Recently a number of staff underwent training on the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF). The SCQF is designed to help people of all ages and circumstances to access the education and training that is appropriate to them over their lifetime. It can help young people to design their learning and develop progression routes to follow, whatever their progression pathway may be.
The training and materials provided were very useful and helped staff to understand the SCQF and the range of qualifications available. Staff commented that they were surprised by the vast array of courses and providers that can be utilised in building a curriculum for the 21st century and that here in Dumbarton Academy, some of these alternative qualifications are already on offer in conjunction with West College Scotland.
The purpose of the framework and our promotion of it within the school, is to enable pupils, parents and staff to easily navigate progression between levels and qualifications. We find that this is particularly helpful for parents as qualifications on offer have changed significantly over the years!SQA Interactive Framework