Youth Work Programmes – Get Involved



A focused intervention for children with particular social, emotional and behavioural difficulties which are creating a barrier to learning within a mainstream class.
Nurture groups will be facilitated by school youth worker and also a member of the learning support team.


A school council is a formal group of pupils within the school who are elected by their peers to represent them and their views at regular meetings with Youth Work Staff.

Article 12 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) says that

children and young people should have a say in decisions that affect their lives.  A school council can provide a meaningful way in which pupils can voice their opinions and have their views taken into account in decisions which impact upon them.

During their time on the pupil council, young people will complete a Participative DemocracyCertificate.

The Participative Democracy Certificate (PDC) acknowledges and develops communication, decision-making and negotiation skills in the context of democratic engagement. Based on decision-making in groups, it’s worth two credits at SCQF Level 5 (equivalent to a National 5 or SVQ 2). Each credit is based on 10 hours of learning activity.


A life changing experience. A fun time with friends. An opportunity to discover new interests and talents. A tool to develop essential skills for life and work. A recognised mark of achievement; respected by employers.

The Duke of Edinburgh Award is many things to many people, supporting generations to successfully navigate adult life.

Young people in S3&4 can participate in the Duke of Edinburgh programme at one of three progressive levels which, when successfully completed, leads to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

There are foure secrions to complete at broze and silver level and five at gold. They involve helping the community/environment, becoming fitter, developing new skills, planning, traing for an

developing new skills, planning, training for and completing an expedition and, for Gold only, working with a team on a residential activity.

For more information speak to Liam (Youth Worker) or Dr


USEFUL LINKS – Duke of Edinburgh Website – Login page for online portal


We oversee the weekly meetings of the SJHS LGBT+ Group. The group meets weekly at lunchtime on a Thursday. The group is a safe space for young people to have discussions with youth work staff. We will also use the group to raise LGBT awareness and tackle homophobia.

For more information on where and how to get support check out LGBT Youth Scotlands Wedsite.

For more information speak to Liam or Ms Fidler.

MEDIA GROUP – Wider Achievement 

The media group is a choice for pupils to choose to do in their Wider achievement time.
The groups main focus will be to develop a secondary department newsletter that will go out at the end of the term. We will also have other little projects to work on such as videos, interviews and more!


1 to 1 Support

We deliver one-to-one support sessions with pupils who are struggling to engage with school and/or display social, emotional and behavioural support needs, to raise attendance, engagement and attainment.