A new focus across the curriculum

Abercorn School for children with moderate learning difficulties, which took part in the Glasgow pilot, has been gearing its curriculum towards employability for some time. Last year 14 pupils passed Access 3 in business and 13 achieved Standard grade administration, including six at General level.

Angela Ferrie, a teacher at the school, said that Learning for Living and Earning had helped the school to refocus. "We now look across the curriculum, through personal and social education, post-16 activities and links with colleges, focusing even more on employability."

The choice of Lochend Community High in Easterhouse as the venue for the launch highlighted the school's culinary excellence programme which involves pupils in preparing food to the highest standards under professional supervision.

Simone Rae, aged 17, said that she wanted to be a childcare worker and had benefited from the course. "I have more confidence, more experience and have met a lot of people."

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