The Community School of Auchterarder

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Our WAP Rationale

As part of the national implementation of Curriculum for Excellence it is an expectation for schools to create opportunities for our learners to develop a wide range of skills that prepare them for the world of work and develop an ethos of lifelong learning.

As explained by the Scottish Government, why we should recognise achievement includes:

To increase self-esteem, improve motivation and keep young people engaged in learning

  • To encourage young people to reflect on their learning – where they are and where they want to be – and help them articulate the skills gained, in discussion with other learning partners and in interviews with potential employers, colleges or higher education
  • To help deliver the aims, values and purposes of Curriculum for Excellence – in which planning opportunities for achievement is an integral part of the curriculum.

Our Wider Achievement Programme (WAP) is an integral part of our curriculum structure and is open to every learner in secondary education. It offers a variety of opportunity to experience new skills and activities and further develop the key capacities of Curriculum for Excellence. Our aim is to promote achievement out with the traditional curriculum and encourage our young people to attain across a wider range of activities whilst developing skills for learning, life and work.

Learners are encouraged to engage fully in the programme which in turn will deliver a variety of opportunities to be successful. At its heart is attainment and achievement and the programme of opportunities includes activities, both in and out with the school day, on the school campus and in the wider school community. In the true meaning of partnership working the WAP is a community programme and encourages teaching staff, ancillary staff, pupils, parents and the wider community to engage and lead where appropriate.

The Wider Achievement Programme has a different theme and skill focus for each year group and is designed as a 4 to 6 year programme of skills development. Each activity is designed to develop the key skills as highlighted in the PKC skills framework over the duration of the learner’s school journey. It allows for the core skills to be developed despite a learner exiting at the end of S4 or S5. The senior phase allows for further broadening of their skills and individual specialisation. In most cases the programmes operate on a 20 week basis but a few continue for longer durations.

Achievements in all activities will be recorded as a development of skills and aligned with the Perth & Kinross skills framework, the PKC Employability and Enterprise initiative and Building the Curriculum 4. This will be recorded in individual pupil profiles and learning journals. Additionally, in some cases, learners will be securing awards from award agencies and external providers all of which will be a focus of reflection for learners.

At the end of the 20 week block our Wider Achievement Programme morphs into two separate learning environments. Our S1 to S3 engage in a programme of exciting and innovative interdisciplinary learning experiences which create “space for learning beyond subject boundaries, so that children and young people can make connections between different areas of learning”. During this time our S4 to S6 have the opportunity of additional supported study and have 4 three week blocks to focus on areas for development highlighted through their tracking reports.