Learner Pathways and Other Awards

This link will take you to the interactive SCQF Framework to help you consider learner pathways. A leaner pathway is a young person’s journey through education and learning. It is important that the curriculum provides flexible learning pathways which meet the needs of all learners.

This is a link to the SCQF ambassador training page. On this page are video presentations from different schools and from the SCQF conference about how establishments have moved ahead with learner pathways, especially ‘non traditional’ pathways:


Wider achievement awards can play an important role in learner pathways by supporting flexible choices for children and young people. By using the SCQF framework, you can see how wider achievement awards can be offered alongside national qualifications.

This power point gives examples of how 2 secondary schools are using the SCQF framework to develop flexible learner pathways:

Learner Pathways training power point

In January 2020 Education Scotland engaged NoTosh, a design thinking agency, to collaboratively plan a series of creative curriculum co-design events.
Representatives from local authorities and national partners embarked on three days of curriculum design thinking with school leaders on two themes: Learner Pathways and
Interdisciplinary Learning. This think-piece, collaboratively developed by Education Scotland and NoTosh, is the culmination
of the Learner Pathways work:

This resource from National Parent Forum Scotland is a simple guide to learner pathways:

Sharing Practice 

A  number of schools are looking at enhancing learner pathways and providing greater choice through the use of wider achievement awards, both in the Broad General Education and Senior phase.

Schools across the country are using Youth Achievement Awards to do this:

Using Youth Achievement Awards to build flexible pathways

This video is West Calder High School’s Youth Achievement Award story. A great example of widening the learner pathway for young people both in school and the community:

This video from Galashiels tells you a bit about how it has, as an ambassador school, created alternative pathways in senior phase:

Galashiels Academy – being an SCQF ambassador school

Case studies of young people who have benefitted from Youth Scotland Awards can be found in this document:

YS Awards – Supporting Young People to Achieve Their Potential – Their Stories

In order to share thinking and practice in this area, please share your stories by completing a learner pathway storyboard using one of these templates:

Learner pathways storyboard templates

Please send your completed story to:


Other Award Stories

Thank you to Galashiels Academy for sharing with us their wider achievement award programme for S6 pupils. This might give you some ideas:

Galashiels wider achievement awards programme

Other resources

If you are supporting learners about to leave education with no or few formal qualifications, you may be interested in the My Skills My Future resources to help them to identify key, transferable skills they have developed outwith formal education. See this flyer for more information:

Click to access msmf-flyer-2017.pdf

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