Professional Reading

To develop a clear rationale for wider achievement in your establishment see Building the Curriculum 5 a framework for assessment: recognising achievement, profiling and reporting and Education Scotland’s Review of Youth Awards in Scotland and Education   Scotland’s ‘A Review of Youth Awards’:




This recently developed document from Education Scotland and partners is designed to support planning around wider achievement:

Learning Resource 8- Personal Learning and Achievement (Education Scotland)

For the most up to date information on what wider achievement awards are available for different ages and stages see the following awards booklet:









For information on all SQA awards see the document below:

For all you need to know about the SCQF framework, click on this link:

SCQF Framework





Youth Scotland deliver an abundance of awards and are skilled at delivery in a community setting. If you are interested in developing a collaborative approach to delivering wider achievement awards or would simply like to glean some ideas, see their website:




Jim Duffy from ‘Awards Network’ has written an article about being awards aware and the importance of wider achievement awards in the process of developing positive and appropriate learner pathways for our young people:

Being Awards Aware article

This spreadsheet shows the most popular Wider Achievements Awards nationally 2019:

Most popular WAA nationally 2019

Thank you to Galashiels Academy for sharing with us their wider achievement award programme for sixth year – this might give you some ideas to get you started:

Galashiels wider achievement awards programme

Thank you also to Currie Community High School for sharing with us their SCQF School Ambassador Blog:


Skills Development 

Wider achievement awards are key in developing skills for learning, life and work. Therefore, considering wider achievement should be done so with the following document in mind:



Below is a link to the SQA skills framework:



This is a link to the National Improvement Hub Larbert High Skills Framework:





For ideas of recoding and profiling wider achievement , see this example from Kingussie High School, which can also be found on the National Improvement Hub:







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