Last Updated: Thursday, December 15, 2022

School-employer partnerships at the heart of the learner journey - Breadalbane Academy

What is this?

This exemplar supports considerations about the development of effective partnerships to support curriculum design and delivery as well as delivering effective career education.

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.

This exemplar outlines Breadalbane Academy’s approach to partnership working as a central component part of the curriculum design and development of learner pathways. After many years of commitment to establishing long-term partnerships with employers and partner organisations, the benefit to learners is apparent both in terms of their understanding of future career pathways and the skills required for this as well as the school’s ability to respond to labour market demands most recently in the context of recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. It supports professional reflections around the Career Education and Work Placements Standards as well as School / Employer Partnerships.​​​

How to use this resource to improve practice

This case study has been developed to contribute to professional learning for practitioners at all levels working with children and young people aged between 3 and 18. It is structured to both inform and to support reflection on existing strengths and areas of development around partnership working with employers and organisations within the context of DYW and the development of employability skills.

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

  • To what extent do I foster long-term partnerships to realise the entitlements of the Career Education Standard 3-18?
  • How does my current engagement with employers and partner organisations support my and my establishment’s approach to embedding 'Developing the young workforce' across learning and teaching?
  • To what extent do I collaborate with partners to develop the curriculum offer for learners and incorporate the necessary skills, knowledge and attributes required for the future economic developments?
  • How do I currently collaborate with employers and partners on recovery planning around the COVID-19 pandemic?


This ‘DYW Interesting Practice’ exemplar has been summarised in the following document: Word file: Breadalbane Academy Updated Interesting Practice In Skills - March 2021 (100 KB)

This document provides an example of the partnership agreement used at the school: PDF file: Breadalbane Academy - Partnership Agreement example (175 KB)

Breadalbane Academy’s skills tool: PDF file: Breadalbane Academy - Skills Wheel (2.4 MB)