Last Updated: Monday, February 15, 2021

DYW Interesting practice: Inspirational learning delivered in partnership - Calderglen High School

What is this?

​All faculties at Calderglen High School actively collaborate with partners to develop and deliver a curriculum that supports the development of pupils’ employability and career management skills.

Who is this for?

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

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

How to use this exemplar to improve practice

This exemplar aims to inspire reflective thinking by practitioners engaged in curriculum development.

You are invited to use this exemplar to reflect on the following questions:

  • In what ways does the curriculum provision and timetabling in your establishment incorporate career education for all learners?
  • To what extend are partners involved in delivering meaningful, work related experiences for learners, the delivery of skills and qualifications as well as prospective career opportunities?


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What was done?

Long-established partnerships with many employers and industry have been maintained but many new added and those from the pupil-led Alumni are showing great signs of promise. They also integrate across a network of local colleges and training providers.


capitalise on the flexibility Curriculum for Excellence provides and embrace Developing the Young Workforce by establishing a range of regional, national and global partnerships which give young people insight into and meaningful experience of the world of work."

What was the impact?

Skills development covers S1-S6 and launched with a 'Skills for the 21st Century programme' used with all S1 pupils and involves identification of key skills developed through curricular areas.

As well as a focus on skills for employability, the school also has a strong focus on growth mind-set approaches for staff and pupils and some work with parents. This includes health and wellbeing indicators across some curricular areas but is having a clear impact on developing the four capacities in pupils, notably successful learners and confident individuals. Pupil feedback is hugely positive on the impact of growth mind-set approaches in learning.

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