Craigowl Primary School Museum Project

Craigowl Primary School Museum Project

Earlier this year, Craigowl Primary School participated in a museum project – delivered via a partnership between Craigowl Primary School, HMS Unicorn, Museum Galleries Scotland and Developing the Young Workforce. Developing the Young Workforce Dundee and Angus assisted in the project by allocating funding towards the production of the booklets.

The aim of the project was to highlight the exciting, varied roles behind the scenes in museums and give the pupils a flavour of the practical skills required for these jobs.  The young people were also challenged with bringing interesting stories from HMS Unicorn’s past to life, by designing activity books for different visiting school groups.

Most of the pupils who attend Craigowl Primary School live in the Ardler and St Marys districts of Dundee. These areas are recognised to be in the 10% most deprived areas in in the Scotland where many children and families live in poverty and often have very limited resources and there are high levels of unemployment. A further aim therefore of the project was to give the children involved an opportunity to engage with an employment sector that they may have a limited exposure and access to.

In total 29 pupils were involved from the P7B class at Craigowl Primary School in Dundee, and two booklets were produced – one aimed at P1-4 on Life in the Georgian Navy, and the other aimed at P5-7 on HMS Unicorn – History and Design.

The project entailed a class visit to HMS Unicorn to discover information about the ship and its stories, as well as to have discussions on the design brief for activity books. The children were then split into two groups, with subgroups in Research, Design and Promotion. After the initial session on the ship, the pupils carried out the work back at their school over another six sessions on a weekly basis. Following this the pupils created a presentation based around the work they did for the project. The presentation included what went well and what they found challenging, the new skills they learned and a guide through the newly designed activity books.


The number of different parts to the project and tasks that needed to be completed meant that the children gained a greater number of transferrable employment skills that will be useful for their future careers, including careers in heritage. In the end, a majority of the pupils thought that they had improved to their transferable skills to some extent. The skills improved included; adaptability, design, listening, marketing, problem solving, research, teamwork, time management and working independently. In addition to this, the pupils gained a far greater knowledge of the type of work that happens ‘behind the scenes’ at museums.

The booklets have now since been printed and are available for school groups to use on board HMS Unicorn.

“HMS Unicorn loved having the opportunity to work with Developing the Young Workforce, Museums Galleries Scotland and Craigowl Primary School on this fantastic project. We were impressed by the passion, creativity and hard work from the P7B pupils and the activity book they created for groups visiting our museum.”

– Caroline Taylor, HMS Unicorn Volunteering, Engagement and Learning Officer

“It was a huge amount of work, but the children got a great sense of achievement and pride with the completed work.”

– Rachel Mcwalter, Craigowl Primary School P7B Class Teacher

Carnoustie High School Alumni Day

Carnoustie High School Alumni Day

Carnoustie High School’s ‘Alumni Day’ was a careers inspiration event for S3 pupils, involving former Carnoustie High pupils talking to current students about their career path.

The objective was to inspire young people and improve their knowledge and understanding of the variety of career pathways available both locally and nationally. The event was delivered via a ‘speed networking’- type setup, where the school alumni were to sit at a station each and talk with a different group of S3’s every ten minutes. A further objective, by giving pupils the opportunity to talk to former Carnoustie High pupils of various ages and backgrounds, was to provide the opportunity for the young people to meet someone they could relate to. It was hoped that this would help the young people feel reassured about their school-life and the possibilities when entering the world of work.


Around 14 former pupils of various ages, backgrounds and careers visited on the day to meet the S3’s. There were individuals from a range of employers such as Police Scotland, E W Edwardson Electricians, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and Thorntons Law. There were also representatives from several other industries including engineering, agriculture, performing arts and fitness.

The whole of Carnoustie High School’s S3 year group participated in this. Small groups of 3-4 pupils spoke to each Alumni member for 10 minutes. The pupils had prepared questions that they used to interview the Alumni about their current job, career path so far, what they enjoyed at school and whether or not this all linked together to give them a straight or winding career path. The preparation and subsequent discussion of interview responses provided the young people with a rich experience that developed their understating of the world of work.

DYW Tay Cities also participated, allowing pupils to interview them using the prepared questions. The team also asked the pupils what they found useful when finding out about possible careers – many agreed that hearing first-hand by speaking to people is effective.


By running this event, Carnoustie High School pupils were able to gain a first-hand insight into what life can be like once they have left school. It helped them better understand the range of careers and the variety of possible career pathways.

This is an annual event in which the school runs, and therefore it has allowed them to develop positive relationships with the employers of the Alumni.

The event has also been identified as a model for other Angus secondary schools to adopt. School coordinators from Brechin High School and Montrose Academy are interested in this and plan to implement it.

“In total, over six years, more than seventy guests have thoroughly appreciated the invitation to return to their Alma Mater to explain to our young people their own career path since leaving school and answer questions the pupils were keen to ask. Feedback from both pupils and guests has been extremely positive and we look forward to next session, when we plan to repeat what has become, in terms of career education at CHS, a signature event.”

– Carolyn Joss, Carnoustie High School DYW School Coordinator.

“I definitely think that when you’re at school people push on going to university and getting a degree but that doesn’t work for everybody and I think it’s good to know that there are other options especially speaking to people and not just seeing it online or reading a book. I would definitely say to get involved, you might find your future employee, I think it’s a really good thing to be involved in.”

-Lucy Rourke, Carnoustie High Alumni, Former MA at Thorntons Law, now working there training to be a paralegal.

Breadalbane Academy Jobs Fair

Breadalbane Academy Jobs Fair

On Monday the 20th June, Breadalbane Academy pupils were invited out of their regular classes to chat with around 20 different employers from the local area at the school’s Jobs Fair. The event was created after multiple employers who work closely with the school voiced that they were struggling to recruit staff. Due to it taking place just before the summer break, it also allowed pupils to find Summer work, learning and earning whilst on break from school.


Pupils enjoyed the fair, finding out from employers what opportunities were available on their doorstep, what different careers are available outside of school and much more. The event was split into 3 sessions, S3 & S4, S5 & S6 and then parents had the opportunity to attend after school. Pupils made their own way around the event, choosing to speak to the organisations and industries that they had an interest in. Attendees left feeling successful with many waiting to hear back from employers for evening, weekend and summer opportunities! 

DYW Tay Cities was also there with 10 virtual reality headsets, which brought pupils to various employer’s sites without the cost and time implications of traveling to the various locations.

Monica Young, Project Officer – Wider Achievement & Equity at Breadalbane Academy and Perth and Kinross Council said, “Breadalbane Academy has a long history of working in close partnership with the local business community and we were delighted to able to support them to overcome challenges around recruitment.  Part-time work plays an important role in pupils developing the skills they will require when they leave school and they enjoyed finding out about opportunities across Highland Perthshire.”