DUNDEE’S Craigie High School has signed up with the Gen+ programme, the Scotland-wide curriculum initiative which helps inspire and equip first year secondary students and their teachers.
Alongside Morgan Academy and Braeview Academy, Craigie High School is the third Dundee school to join the project which pioneers meta-skills into its curriculum and is set to revolutionise its skills development approach in the upcoming academic year.
Meta-skills, or “learning to learn” skills, are the foundational abilities that enable students to effectively acquire, apply, and adapt knowledge and skills throughout their lives – abilities such as creativity, communication, collaboration, innovation, resilience, and leadership.
The Gen+ Learn suite of 38 lessons sits within a state-of-the-art digital learning platform – a first for Scotland’s schools.
Jim Gill, Depute Head Teacher at Craigie High School, who recognises the importance of meta-skills, said: “We believe that equipping our students with meta-skills is vital for their future success. These skills transcend specific subjects and careers, allowing our students to adapt, lead, learn, and thrive in an ever-changing world.”
Victoria Vardy, Gen+ CEO, said: “We are thrilled to collaborate with Craigie High School, since Dundee City Council has been an invaluable partner in shaping the Gen+ programme into the best learning experience possible for learners and teachers alike.
“We look forward to continuing our work together to advance skills development in schools.”
In the 2023/24 academic session, the Gen+ programme will be delivered in almost 40 secondary schools across Scotland.
Dundee’s Morgan Academy has been a particular champion of the programme since 2021. In August 2023, it supported the programme by hosting a teacher training event at which teachers from schools across Scotland came together to learn how to teach the Gen+ programme effectively, meet colleagues who are also teaching the programme and learn about the innovative Gen+ Teach programme, developed to support teachers’ career long professional learning (CLPL).