Three more East Dunbartonshire Council schools, Bearsden Academy, Douglas Academy and Bishopbriggs Academy have joined a pioneering meta-skills teaching programme. Meta-skills are essential “learning to learn” abilities, sometimes known as ‘21st-century skills’, that go beyond specific subjects, encompassing problem-solving, critical thinking, adaptability and more. These empower young people to excel in a rapidly changing world by enabling them to navigate challenges, communicate effectively, and continuously develop their abilities.
By partnering with the Gen+ programme, a Scottish education charity that is working to develop meta-skills capacity in every young person and teacher in Scotland through its world-leading digital learning platform and innovative skills curriculum, the three schools will join St Ninian’s High School in Kirkintilloch on the programme, with the goal of transforming the skills curriculum for S1 and S2 pupils.
Convener of Education at East Dunbartonshire Council, Councillor Lynda Williamson, said: “We are incredibly excited to be running the Gen+ programme in another three of our secondary schools this academic year.
“In East Dunbartonshire, we recognise there is a need to implement a skills framework and support our young people to develop their meta-skills capabilities. Gen+ is a fantastic partner to do this with.
“St Ninian’s High School has given very positive feedback on its experience with the Gen+ programme over the past academic year so I am pleased that other schools in the area now have the opportunity to benefit from the programme.”
Victoria Vardy, CEO of Gen+ said: “We are thrilled to embark on this journey with three additional schools in the East Dunbartonshire Council area. Expansion of the programme is exciting, and we want to support young people in East Dunbartonshire to recognise their skills, develop their talents and approach new challenges with confidence.”
The Gen+ programme began this academic year with nearly 40 schools coming onboard across the country and aims to be available to every child and teacher in Scotland by 2027.