The Curriculum

The curriculum at MHA, Dunkeld is planned within the principles and guidelines of  Curriculum for Excellence  . Ensuring opportunities to develop skills for learning, skills for life and skills for positive destinations post school is central to the opportunities, tasks and contexts. Our curriculum:

  • Is ‘the totality of all that is planned for children and young people throughout their education’. 
  • Reflects the individual and collective needs of the children and young people who attend the school from ages 11-18 encompassing the Broad General Education (BGE) and Senior Phase
  • Gives children and young people broad experiences and enables them to develop aspirations to achieve and attain.
  • Is underpinned by the principles and entitlements of Curriculum for Excellence 
“My son is enjoying it so much. Everyone (teachers) is excellent”
CYP Parent (2021)

Our curriculum is informed by the Curriculum for Excellence and the Experiences and

Outcomes describe the expectations for learning and progression in all areas of the

curriculum. The experiences and outcomes are grouped under the headings of the

curriculum areas:

• expressive arts;

• health and wellbeing;

• languages;

• mathematics;

• religious and moral education;

• science;

• social studies;

• technologies.

Wider Achievement

  • Outdoor Learning/Sustainability
  • Community Involvement
  • John Muir Award 
  • Saltire Award

Work Placements/Volunteering

Young people in the Senior Phase will have the opportunity to take part in volunteering and/or work placements, these will be planned, coordinated and implemented by school staff.

Literacy, Numeracy, Health and Wellbeing 

All staff members have responsibilities to develop core skills of literacy, numeracy and health and wellbeing across learning. All teachers at MHA, Dunkeld are working together to ensure a consistent approach to the development of literacy, numeracy and health and well-being. 

These three areas are of key importance to our children and young people’s development and underpin all aspects of learning. In Curriculum for Excellence, it is the responsibility of all teachers to contribute to the development of these three areas in their teaching, irrespective of the subject they are delivering. 

Health and Wellbeing at the heart everything we do at MHA, Dunkeld

At MHA, Dunkeld, our curriculum aims to provide opportunities to enable our children and young people to achieve their full potential, both as learners and individuals. Our overall objective is for our children and young people to become: 

● confident individuals 

● effective contributors 

● successful learners 

● responsible citizens 

The 4 capacities were designed to produce a more rounded education with broader achievements being recognised alongside academic attainment. 

Career Pathways

Career Choices

Within school, pupils have access to careers support through a variety of means:

  • Developing Young Workforce (DYW) – Teachers have access to a wide range of resources relating to vocational pathways. Children and young people, particularly seniors, work closely with DYW Teachers in exploring different vocational and academic options.
  • Careers Advice (Skills Development Scotland) – This provision operates through appointments for individual young people,in person and also virtually. Our school Careers Advisor is in school regularly and is in attendance at the senior phase young people’s Post School Transition Planning meetings. Young people are encouraged to use My World Of Work  for help with CV development, career research, courses and interview preparation within their DYW lessons.
  • Work placements and Volunteering opportunities – all Senior Phase young people will have the opportunity to participate in work placements and/or volunteering. We welcome suggestions from our young people as well as families as to these possible opportunities, however we will plan, coordinate and implement these to ensure all young people gain fair and equitable experiences. 

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