Accredited Learning Programme for young people. Recognising wider achievement.



Friends of the Award are excited to announce they are moving into a new office space. By relocating to The Risk Factory in Chesser, FOTA will have access to modern facilities, providing extended access to the Kit Store as well as a fantastic venue for training courses. FOTA will be hosting an open day in early... Read more

Due to the FOTA office move and staff shortages, there will be a delay in processing JASS orders. Any orders placed between the 29th of November and 11th December 2017 will be dispatched as soon after the 11th as possible. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Please note, that after the 5th of December, the FOTA / JASS address will be: The Risk Factory, 20 New Mart Road, Edinburgh. EH14 1RL and the phone number will be 0131 467 4753.

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The Junior Award Scheme for Schools (JASS) has been extended to encompass young people from 5 to 13 years old. Working with educationalists from across Scotland, the programme has been adapted to suit younger ages. The extended programme is currently being evaluated across a small number of schools, with the results from this evaluation available in early 2018. The extended programme is available to purchase now.

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Update 28/08/2017 - Friends of the Award have now been reinstated onto the Oracle Procurement system. All orders for City of Edinburgh Council Schools can now be processed as previously. Many thanks for your patience while this was rectified.

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We all know that JASS is all about participants reflecting on the activities they take part in, but why not use this end of term time to reflect on the JASS programme as a whole?

We have just heard from one of our schools that's done just this. By using a series of A3 sheets with questions written on them, participants were asked to walk around the room and write down their thoughts for each question. They forwarded the findings onto us and the results are overwhelmingly positive,... Read more

Due to a technical issue there is an intermittent fault with the Online JASS Order Form. If you have submitted an order through the website and have not heard from us within 3 business days please contact the the FOTA office to complete the order, either via email: or by phone: 0131 538 4028.

We apologies for any inconvenience this causes.

Junior Award Scheme for Schools (JASS) Award Ceremony - May 2017

For Scottish school at least, the end of the school year is in sight, with those in other parts of the UK not far behind either. This is the time for celebration events across the curriculum, and we hear from many of our JASS Champions that they have set up specific JASS award ceremony's for their participants. This could be held in conjunction with other awards or achievements, or as a stand-alone event specifically for JASS. There is no reason that parents couldn't be invited down to... Read more

For those that don’t know, The Curriculum for Excellence (CofE) was introduced into schools in the 2010-11 academic year and incorporates four key strands: Successful learners, Confident Individuals, Responsible citizens, and Effective Contributors, as a way of improving young people’s skills for learning, life, and work. These four strands aim to exceed the outcomes of increasing young people’s ability in four distinct learning areas: Reading, Writing, Listening & Talking, and Numeracy... Read more

We can confirm that the recent security issues raised in the media have not compromised the eJASS system. If you are concerned about this then please contact the FOTA office via email: or by phone: 0131 538 4028.

The JASS Office will be shut on Monday 1st May due to the bank holiday. All queries received over this time will be dealt with as soon as we return on Tuesday the 2nd of May.

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IMPORTANT NOTICE: Due to our office move, JASS orders placed between the 29th November and 11th December 2017 will be processed and dispatched as soon after the 11th December as possible. We aim to have all orders placed in this time delivered by the 20th of December, 2017. Apologies for any inconveniene this may cause.


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Who are FOTA?

The Junior Award Scheme for Schools (JASS & eJASS) is owned and distributed by Friends of The Award in Edinburgh and the Lothians (FOTA) a registered charity (Charity No. SC027771) set up to support access for all young people to the Duke of Edinburgh's Award and The Junior Award Scheme for Schools. 

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Junior Award Scheme for Schools

Friends of the Award

The Risk Factory | 20 New Mart Road

Edinburgh | EH14 1RL  | 0131 467 4753