Balwearie High School recognises that the existing curriculum structure poses some problems for certain pupils so we have created Balwearie Raising Attainment Groups: B.R.A.G .
We will strive to provide an appropriate and alternative option where required for all pupils.
B.R.A.G will be accessible for all year groups.
B.R.A.G will focus on individual pupils needs; social, vocational, core skills and raising attainment.
B.R.A.G aims to create an effective and realistic pathway for pupils into positive sustained destinations post school life.
Projects and courses will often be facilitated by partners, our current projects and partners include;
SRUC Elmwood: Introduction to Horticulture which gains pupils a National 4 level qualification. A range of topics will be covered during the course including plant propagation, rural estate management, horticulture and green keeping tools and machinery and preparing an area for landscaping. A polytunnel will allow the pupils will grow a variety of vegetables and herbs to take home or for use in our Home Economics department.
This facility will be keenly used by DAS unit pupils who are keen gardeners and also available to enjoy by any of the residents at Raith Manor Care home who are part of our Intergenerational learning project .
Lochore Meadows & Fife Ranger Service: Natural Connections
Natural Connections is based on the belief that the best outdoor learning combines adventure skills, personal and social development and learning about the environment. Other important aspects of learning outdoors are the benefits to health, gaining a better understanding of our rights and responsibilities and learning to understand and deal with risk. The Natural Connections programme is designed to offer this balance. Natural Connections uses enjoyable and challenging outdoor experiences to progressively develop skills and understanding. Reflection on experience is encouraged throughout and is the focus of making connections, where participants look back at all their experiences in Natural Connections and how they connect. Progression through the three levels of Natural Connections allows people to specialise and focus on areas that particularly interest them.
Learning Outdoors simply describes any type of learning that takes place in an outdoor environment. It will rarely require specialist training or equipment.
Adventure Education describes a programme of activities where the activity and challenge itself is key to the programme. More technically based activities such as canoeing or mountain biking are usually delivered to groups by specially trained staff.
Outdoor Learning describes an approach to learning that can take place in a variety of outdoor settings. A school or group with an ethos of outdoor learning will engage in regular opportunities to take learning
CLD: S1 Jigsaw
7 Habits of an effective teenager
Kelly Laing FEAT:, Mindfulness group work and 1 to 1 counselling
Louise Blakey: Glenrothes Boxing Club Tutor who facilitates Boxing and fitness to a group of s4 pupils
BRAG Enterprises Ltd Lochgelly
BRAG Ltd. delivers a Life skills project for a group of Pupil support pupils, focussing on Independent living skills, managing money ,living on a budget and includes visits from Community police ,Citizens Advice Rights Fife
Fife Council employability team
Have delivered a bespoke project for some English as another Language pupils who were at risk of leaving school with a negative destination
This project included health and Safety on a Construction site and gaining CSCS cards allowing these pupils to gain employment