Last Updated: Monday, February 15, 2021

Developing skills for learning life and work in partnership with employers - Kinross Primary School

What is this?

​Kinross Primary School developed a skills for learning, life and work programme in partnership with local employers. Over a number of years the school has developed a skills progression framework across the school which initially focused on higher order thinking skills but has now been extended to incorporate skills for learning, life and work (SLLW).​

The whole school approach to systematic skills progression has been aligned with the implementation of Developing the Young Workforce. A wide variety of work-based learning experiences have been planned throughout the curriculum including career focus days, world-of-work engagements with business and opportunities to develop employability skills in real life settings.

The school profiles skills progression and wider achievements alongside formal academic development.​

Who is this for?

​This exemplar will be useful for practitioners involved in the planning, implementation and evaluation of the Developing the Young Workforce agenda.

It supports professional reflections around the Career Education and Work Placements Standards as well as School / Employer Partnerships​.​


PDF file: Kinross Primary school (568 KB)

Zipped file: Kinross Primary tracking documents (1.3 MB)​​

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What was done?

Our Skills Progression Framework involves P1-P7 (Nursery 2018/19) recognising and celebrating Wider Achievements, Early to Second Level. This includes:

  • Higher Order Thinking Skills are embedded as core practice across all classes and planning
  • W​hole school skills progression framework is linked to the Skills for Learning, Life and Work (SLLW)
  • All wider achievements are tracked and linked to SLLW
  • Planning across all stages has a focus on SLLW for each interdisciplinary learning topic
  • Employability skills are promoted and linked with parental engagement.​

What was the impact?

The aim was for learners to have a real depth of understanding of the skills required to fully participate and contribute to society and to widen their horizons in terms of career pathways and positive destinations. To achieve this, a strategic overview is key. There needs to be a clear implementation plan which focusses on consistency. Start small and build each year, involving staff, parents and learners in the strategic direction.

This has resulted in partnerships with these local businesses or organisations:

  • Robertson’s Construction
  • Balfour Beatty
  • Community Potager Garden
  • Broke Not Broken
  • CHAS
  • Le Jardin (local café)
  • Dobbies
  • Todd and Duncan
  • Kinross Museum
  • Specsavers
  • Local dentist
  • Kinross High School