Case Studies

Listed below are a number of Case Studies that detail how Scotland’s Enterprising Schools has been able to help both individuals and organisations.

  • European Entrepreneurial School Award Winners 2019
    European Entrepreneurial School Award Winners 2019
    Dunoon Grammar
    At Dunoon Grammar School, winners of the European Entrepreneurial School Award 2019, entrepreneurial education isn’t an add on - it’s at the heart of everyday learning and teaching.
  • WOW (World of Work) Week
    WOW (World of Work) Week
    Currie Community High School
    WoW week at Currie Community High School is all about giving young people the chance to develop an awareness of the World of Work. The event, ran as a cluster, sees students using their skills within Careers, Enterprise and Apprenticeship challenges.
  • Pond Week and Enterprise Through Collaboration
    Pond Week and Enterprise Through Collaboration
    Tealing Primary School
    Pond Week, an outdoor learning project, at Tealing Primary saw children developing partnerships with the community to create a pond within school grounds.
  • “Learning Adventures” and Forest School Development
    “Learning Adventures” and Forest School Development
    Westercraigs Nursery
    At Westercraigs Children Learn Through Active Play, Outdoors, Wherever Possible. They play, plan, practise, pretend, talk about, record and review indoors a little too. But the biggest excitement and in depth learning takes place all around in their commu
  • Community Reading Café
    Community Reading Café
    Gartmore Primary School
    Primary 1 – 3 were given the opportunity to plan and develop an Enterprise topic that would benefit our local community. The focus was to organise a Community Reading Café and this allowed the children to develop their skills in a range of curricular area
  • Learning for Sustainability
    Learning for Sustainability
    Dunblane Primary School
    Our Junior Leadership team (JLT) consisting of P4-P7 pupils have been working together to promote Learning for Sustainability at the heart of learning and our school community.
  • Buds Afternoons
    Buds Afternoons
    St. Fillan’s Primary School
    We wanted to embed a visibly consistent approach to skills-based, creative learning across the whole school in order to allow our children to develop our school aims: Be Brave, Unleash Creativity, Demonstrate Excellence, Show/Radiate Enthusiasm; and to de
  • Playground Development
    Playground Development
    Hermitage Park Primary
    Hermitage Park’s playground was bare and boring. It is a community playground, and the school and children were clear that it would be best to involve the whole community in changing it.
  • Citizenship Groups
    Citizenship Groups
    Mount Vernon Primary School
    We have scheduled “Citizenship” time in our timetable, one hour on a Tuesday afternoon, for two terms of the year. This started last year with my P6/7 class last year and we had three citizenship groups: The gardening group, Foxley Care Home group and the
  • Youcubed Maths Camp
    Youcubed Maths Camp
    Renfrewshire Council
    Numeracy and mathematics are a key strand of our Scottish Government-funded Attainment Challenge programme, which aims to reduce the poverty-related attainment gap so all children and young people can have the same opportunities to reach their full potent
  • Community Cafe
    Community Cafe
    Torbain Primary School
    Target children from Primary 5 – 7 have been given the opportunity to develop a number of skills and qualities through PEF funding. The key focus for the children is to continuously develop skills for learning, life and work while being part of a focused
  • World of Work and Finance Week
    World of Work and Finance Week
    Burgh Primary School
    Primary 5’s topic this term has been focusing around plastic and the environment. The children have all been extremely enthusiastic about this topic and had little prior knowledge about the impact that excessive amounts of single-use plastic has on the en
  • Pupil Leadership Conference
    Pupil Leadership Conference
    Stirling Council
    A group of P5-7 pupils from three primary schools (Kippen Primary School, Braehead PSNC and Gargunnock Primary School) planned, organised and led a Professional Learning Conference for headteachers and school leaders. They wrote their own scripts and crea
  • Daydream Believers
    Daydream Believers
    Daydream Believers
    What we set out to achieve was to evolve our Edinburgh College Mentoring Programme into a more expanded and integrated programme which could be introduced into Secondary Schools.
  • Careers Fair
    Careers Fair
    Mid Calder Primary School
    As part of our Developing Young Workforce school improvement plan agenda, we wanted to engage our learners with adults and volunteers, who have a range of skills, attributes and careers.
  • DYW vision
    DYW vision
    Currie Community High School
    Currie Community High School have taken an enterprising approach to delivering their DYW vision and supporting the wide range of opportunities that they offer across the curriculum. Their innovative approaches to learning and teaching, underpins all devel
  • The Idiom Initiative
    The Idiom Initiative
    Dumfries High School
    Idiom is a company run by S5 and S6 pupils at Dumfries High School in Dumfries & Galloway. Team Idiom have drawn on the skills and experience they have gained as part of the Young Enterprise Scotland Company Programme to inspire the next generation of bus
  • Birks Bag Company
    Birks Bag Company
    Breadalbane Academy
    Birks Bag Company is an enterprise established by primary 6/7 pupils at Breadalbane Academy. The company sold reusable, hessian shopping bags and the project saw pupils take on all aspects of running a business.
  • World of Work Day
    World of Work Day
    Priorsford Primary School
    Priorsford Primary school organised a World of Work day for all pupils in the school. The event was organised in partnership with the Parent Council and the local community/employers. The planning also took account of the Career Education Standard (3-18)
  • Road Trip Series
    Road Trip Series
    Currie Community High School
    At Currie almost 100% of our students go into a range of careers and studies post 16, despite having limited access to real workplaces. The key focus of the Road Trip Series is to allow students to “access activities, presentations, etc. across all learni
  • Unique Soul Beats Lunchtime Club
    Unique Soul Beats Lunchtime Club
    Balloch Primary School
    The vision of Unique Soul Beats is to help children develop their own creativity in a community. The tagline is – Inspire Create Collaborate and through gentle confidence-building activities, children are inspired to express creativity and then collaborat
  • SKapade: Choices
    SKapade: Choices
    SKapade
    We provide young people with a platform to get involved in the creative industries and showcase the different options available to them. When we arrive in schools it’s all about the positive vibes and giving an energetic presentation to get the young peop
  • Learning for Sustainability
    Learning for Sustainability
    Dunblane Primary School
    Learning for Sustainability whole school approach with the Junior Leadership team
  • ‘Sweet Treats’ Tuck Shop
    ‘Sweet Treats’ Tuck Shop
    Beancross Primary School
    Our Primary 7 class, containing 30 children, participated in the Pupil Profit Tuck Shop enterprise project. The focus was to offer more leadership and enterprise opportunities to our senior pupils whilst linking with the Curriculum for Excellence Experien
  • MoneySense
    MoneySense
    Royal Bank of Scotland
    MoneySense is the Royal Bank’s free and impartial financial education programme for 5-18 year-olds in the UK.
  • Cumnock Promotional Gifts
    Cumnock Promotional Gifts
    Cumnock Academy
    Students initially began a small enterprise initiative selling key rings that were manufactured using the in-house equipment already available in the school. This initiative would eventually become Cumnock Promotional Gifts.
  • Staff Industry Insight Morning
    Staff Industry Insight Morning
    Currie Community High School
    The key focus of the Staff Industry Insights morning at Currie Community High School is to have employers ‘work with staff to facilitate awareness of industry expectations and on preparing students for the future’.
  • Enterprise in… Fife
    Enterprise in… Fife
    Scotland’s Enterprising Schools
    In the third instalment of our Enterprise in… My Local Authority series, we travel to Fife to meet with Pamela Stevenson and chat to her about the importance of enterprise in schools and some of the excellent projects taking place across Fife Council.
  • Drumchapel High School
    Drumchapel High School
    Drumchapel High School
    Drumchapel High School have taken an enterprising approach to the delivery of a series Wider Achievement options across the curriculum. They have developed an embedded approach to enterprise and enterprising approaches to developing the range of skills th
  • Radio Kear Online School Radio Station
    Radio Kear Online School Radio Station
    Kear Campus
    Radio Kear is an online school radio station established in April 2017 by Kear Campus pupils. Kear Campus is a school that educates primary and secondary pupils with additional support needs. The purpose of the radio station is for pupils to operate an on
  • The Enterprise Game
    The Enterprise Game
    Fife School
    The Fife School’s Enterprise Game is a developmental tool helping students to learn about business. Initially created as a board game. It allows young people to use their entrepreneurial skills to make, sell and deliver products to customers around the bo
  • Raytheon Quadcopter Challenge
    Raytheon Quadcopter Challenge
    Raytheon UK
    Raytheon Quadcopter Challenge is a partnership between ourselves Raytheon UK. The programme sees STEM Ambassadors from Raytheon UK deliver lessons in classrooms to second year pupils, on a wide variety of engineering topics bringing contextualised learnin
  • Enterprising School Award 2016
    Enterprising School Award 2016
    Broxburn Academy
    Broxburn Academy was judged the winner of the Enterprising School Award 2016. The judges were impressed with the initiatives ongoing at the school to support the young people develop their employability skills.
  • Bonhill Primary School
    Bonhill Primary School
    Bonhill Primary School
    Bonhill Primary School have shared with us a presentation highlighting all of the amazing, enterprising activity going on at their school. From a Fairtrade tuck shop to their enterprise company and beyond, Bonhill is an exemplar of what it means to be an
  • Enterprise in… Glasgow City
    Enterprise in… Glasgow City
    Scotland’s Enterprising Schools
    Scotland’s Enterprising Schools recently had the opportunity to sit down with Gary Condie from Glasgow City Council’s Employability and Skills partnership team to discuss the opportunities available to establishments across the authority, the advantages o
  • Enterprise in… Renfrewshire
    Enterprise in… Renfrewshire
    Scotland’s Enterprising Schools
    The second instalment in our Enterprise in… My Local Authority series takes us to Renfrewshire where Raymond Kane tells us about the amazing enterprise work going on in schools throughout the area and how you can get involved…
  • Speaking with Confidence
    Speaking with Confidence
    Positively Speaking
    In 2015 Jane Cameron (owner and lead trainer with Positively Speaking) supported pupils from Stewarton Academy in their presentation skills preparation for the YES Ayrshire Company Programme Finals Night. The school team (Go Company) won Best Presentatio
  • The Young Gallery
    The Young Gallery
    Impact Arts
    Impact Arts’ Lead Tutor produces themed project plans prior to each project, based on a number of issues which are influenced by local and national priority outcomes, and curriculum for excellence / GIRFEC outcomes. Projects are themed generally around th
  • South Lanarkshire’s Young Apprentice
    South Lanarkshire’s Young Apprentice
    South Lanarkshire’s Young Apprentice
    Aimed at 15-17 year olds, mid academic ability and who had an interest in business and entrepreneurship. The purpose was to raise awareness of entrepreneurship, providing pupils with the confidence to start a business in the future. Participation also pr
  • Scribbles
    Scribbles
    Hollybrook Academy
    Scribbles by Hollybrook is a social enterprise company established in January 2014 by the 3rd year pupils of Hollybrook Academy. Hollybrook is a school that educates pupils with additional support needs. The purpose of this social enterprise is to frame a
  • Bike Recycling
    Bike Recycling
    Kibble Education & Care Centre
    The project recycles/maintains bikes which are donated by the local community or reclaimed from the local council’s amenities sites. The project works with 2-4 senior student with a focus on developing their technical and problem solving skills. Once the
  • Jamboree
    Jamboree
    Hollybrook Academy
    Mosaic Enterprise Challenge is run by an arm of Prince’s Trust. The S3 Xl group was involved in playing a business simulation game and completing an ethical business assessment. The group was divided up into 4 groups with a business mentor to assist them
  • Red Thistle Enterprise Project
    Red Thistle Enterprise Project
    Mearns Castle High School
    Established by pupils in sixth year of Mearns Castle High School in East Renfrewshire through the Young Enterprise Scotland Company Programme, the Red Thistle company was founded on three ideals; traditional, charitable and environmentally responsible. Th
  • Ardnahoe Nursery School
    Ardnahoe Nursery School
    Ardnahoe Nursery School
    Ardnahoe Nursery School is set in a leafy area of Toryglen, Glasgow. It provides early education for three to five year olds in the Glasgow area. The fantastic grounds are well looked after by children, parents and staff.
  • Rosebank Raising Raisins
    Rosebank Raising Raisins
    Rosebank Primary School
    The Social Enterprise fundraising company was formed to help 3 P6 boys primarily with H&W in terms of their self esteem, confidence, team work and belief in themselves. One child in particular had expressed his strong doubt that he would ever be able to g
  • Enterprise Company
    Enterprise Company
    Bonhill Primary School
    The Bonhill Primary School Enterprise Company consists of pupil members representing all stages across the school from Primary 4 to Primary 7. The key focus of the company is to lead, promote, develop and implement a company which will take our enterprise
  • Auchmuty High School
    Auchmuty High School
    Auchmuty High School
    Senior pupils were interested in looking at post school opportunities, so in order to allow them to find out more about the co-operative business world, a “Co-op Day” was planned.
  • Social Enterprise in Education Programme
    Social Enterprise in Education Programme
    Social Enterprise in Education Programme
    The original programme was created as a partnership between the Social Enterprise Academy and the Scottish Government to support the development of enterprise, employability and entrepreneurial skills in young people and to promote awareness of social ent
  • Carluke High School
    Carluke High School
    Carluke High School
    The aim was for Carluke High School to start their own Credit Union. Currently the associated primaries all have their own in school credit union, supported by Carluke Credit Union and it was felt that the secondary school should capitalise on the knowled
  • Speyside High School
    Speyside High School
    Speyside High School
    Speycraft is just one of the successful social enterprise businesses running at Speyside High School. The business is run as an extra-curricular activity and the small group of S4 pupils is supported by the PT of Religious and Moral Education, Mrs Catheri
  • Rutherglen High School
    Rutherglen High School
    Rutherglen High School
    Rutherglen High students were actively engaged in many enterprising activities and the aim of becoming a Scottish School of Co-operation (SSC) was to embed the co-operative values and principles into future activities. The SCC structured approach gave the
  • Calderglen High School
    Calderglen High School
    Calderglen High School
    The class organised and ran an event which had S1 Home Economics classes baking Fairtrade cakes to sell and they hired a Smoothie Cycle machine which was operational throughout the course of the day for all S1 pupils.
  • St. Margaret’s Academy
    St. Margaret’s Academy
    St. Margaret’s Academy
    Pupils in the senior phase were invited to attend a two day conference where they could explore different courses subjects and enterprising activities to make their final year at school the most worthwhile and productive they could.
  • St. Stephen’s Primary School
    St. Stephen’s Primary School
    St. Stephen’s Primary School
    St Stephen’s school has been involved with Curriculo for more than 12 months as a pilot school and have been working with previous versions of the full Primary programme. Teachers in P5, P6 and P7 have been using the Curriculo Programme over this period.
  • Cumbernauld Primary School
    Cumbernauld Primary School
    Cumbernauld Primary School
    Normally the Curriculo programme would be delivered over a three year period with a series of lessons during P5 and P6 prior to undertaking the Curriculo Competition in P7. However, in May this year the DHT and P7 teachers decided to roll out the competit
  • Eastbank Primary School
    Eastbank Primary School
    Eastbank Primary School
    A competition was run asking pupils to draw characters to represent these values. They then voted on the ones they liked best and they now adorn the school and playground, are used as constant references and reminders for the school’s shared values. The p
  • Carlogie Primary School
    Carlogie Primary School
    Carlogie Primary School
    Fairlogie Café was started by the P6 pupils at Carlogie Primary School who were studying Fairtrade as a topic. They decided they wanted to educate others about the benefits of buying Fairtrade products in their school and local community. Fairlogie was op
  • Notre Dame High School
    Notre Dame High School
    Notre Dame High School
    Notre Dame and YES has had a relationship with for the last four years and Notre Dame was both open to the idea of additional support with enterprise activities and enthusiastic about the idea of the ESP as a concept.
  • Duddingston Primary School
    Duddingston Primary School
    Duddingston Primary School
    Duddingston Primary was the first Edinburgh school to apply for and become a Scottish School of Co-operation under Edinburgh Council’s new awards scheme.
  • Kirkintilloch High School
    Kirkintilloch High School
    Kirkintilloch High School
    Kirkintilloch and YES have enjoyed an effective partnership for around two years prior to the projects this year. We were very enthusiastic in taking up the offer of the enterprise support from YES a part of the pilot programme.
  • Gleniffer High School
    Gleniffer High School
    Gleniffer High School
    The YES/Gleniffer relationship was established as part of this pilot. The S1 and S2 materials were made available for use by the business studies department and were rolled out to most of S1 and S2. All of S2 took part in the High Street Challenge session
  • Arkleston Primary School
    Arkleston Primary School
    Arkleston Primary School
    The Scottish Inventors Challenge (P4-P7) Led by YES trainers and business volunteers. The young people were organised into teams to create a new product based on either the telephone or the television, and had to come up with a product name, logo and slog
  • Bonhill Primary School
    Bonhill Primary School
    Bonhill Primary School
    YES partnered with Bauer Media (Radio Clyde) to provide an opportunity for Bonhill’s P7s to record an advert to market one of their many enterprise projects ‘Cluckingham Palace’. The school currently raises chickens and sells their eggs and a group of 30
  • Altnaharra Primary School
    Altnaharra Primary School
    Altnaharra Primary School
    Altnaharra is a small, rural school in Sutherland. There are five pupils in the school from primary two up to primary seven. Teaching staff at the school always look for innovative ways to teach the curriculum that will be interesting to all pupils and en
  • Aldourie Primary School
    Aldourie Primary School
    Aldourie Primary School
    As part of the school’s project ‘Bridges of Inverness’ the school invited the Moray Firth Dolphin Organisation in to talk to pupils. As a result pupils from across different year groups wanted to help support the dolphins in danger and learned that to do

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