Be prepared for support in CfE

The Scout Association is sharing members' achievements with schools. Julia Horton reports

Julia Horton

The scouting movement in Scotland has a new mission - to help schools fulfil the Curriculum for Excellence agenda.

The Scout Association is sharing information with schools across the country about CfE-related achievements of school-aged members.

In West Lothian, for example, senior pupils at Armadale Academy have gained an extra qualification through their scouting activities since the school launched the new Leadership Award, which links closely to the Scout Association's Young Leaders' Scheme.

As a result, teachers at the academy now have a greater insight into what their pupils are learning outwith school, which has helped staff to develop their practice in terms of recognising the wider achievements of young people.

Meanwhile in Inverclyde, primary pupils record their personal scouting successes at school and describe their experiences and what they have learned to peers and teachers.

Some schools also present pupils with a special certificate during assembly in further recognition of their scouting achievements, such as when they are awarded a scout badge.

Ross Donald, Scouts Scotland education links officer, said: "Scouting has been providing non-formal education for young people for over 100 years. Our organisation is all about supporting young people as they develop and in achieving their full physical, intellectual, social and spiritual potential.

"The purpose of Scouting has a massive crossover with the four capacities of Curriculum for Excellence and we are striving to support our volunteers and schools in developing partnerships to benefit the learning and development of our young people."

New information explaining how Scouts Scotland is contributing to CfE has been published on the association's website in a bid to encourage more schools to work in partnership with the movement.

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