Accredited Learning Programme for young people. Recognising wider achievement.


What is JASS

The Junior Award Scheme for Schools (JASS) is an accredited award for young people. By providing a structured programme, JASS aims to support young people through the transition from primary school to lower secondary school. JASS has been designed to be flexible and adaptable to the interests and abilities of individuals to ensure it is achievable by all participants, whilst matching the goals of their Schools Curriculum. There is no set age range for JASS, however we have found it works best for 10 - 14 year olds. Because of it's flexibility, JASS is proving particularly popular with additional support needs settings.

How JASS works

JASS is structured into four sections, designed to stretch different aspects of developing confident individuals.

My Interests - developing an interest or learning a new skill

Get Active, Stay Active - taking part in sport and physical activity

Me and My World - contributing to the local community

Adventure - outdoor activity and learning, including team work and problem solving

Each of these sections can be constructed to meet the needs of the individuals or to tie in with local interests or projects.


The JASS award is progressive, through Bronze, Silver, and Gold levels with increasing levels of learning and challenge. It is though it is possible to start at any level should it be practical. Each JASS award takes the following timescales to complete:


My Interests

Get Active, Stay Active

Me and My World



8 hours over a school term

8 hours over a school term

8 hours over a school term

3 hours


12 hours over a school term

12 hours over a school term

12 hours over a school term

5 hours


18 hours over  2 school terms

18 hours over  2 school terms

18 hours over  2 school terms

8 hours

Upon completion of each section, a JASS sectional certificate is awarded to the participant. Once all four sections are complete for a given JASS level, a JASS certificate and pin badge are awarded to the participant. 

Taking Part in JASS

There are two ways to participate in JASS, either using the hard copy folder or using our newly developed online system, e-Jass. The only difference between them is that all data is logged on our online platform for e-Jass and in the folder for JASS. Participants still receive sectional certificates as well as completion certificated and a pin badge upon successful completion of their award.


Click here for more information on e-Jass


Why use JASS?

JASS is fully aligned with current educational thinking and in particular with the Curriculum for Excellence and the Outdoor Learning Strategy. Because of this, JASS can be a strong partner in describing and evidencing the new breadth of learning and in providing new levels of challenge to sit alongside the core curriculum. JASS aims to build on the Curriculum for Excellence's main capacities:

Successful Learners   |   Confident Individuals   |   Effective Contributors   |   Responsible Citizens


 Although JASS was developed in-line with the Curriculum for Excellence, there is no doubt that these core capabilities also fit with a variety of curriculum outcomes worldwide.

Want to find out more?

We have additional pages dedicated to participants, and schools / organisations which include user guides, leaflets, and frequently asked questions.

Participants School / Organisation

If you would like more information on the Junior Award Scheme for Schools please email us at the office: or speak to a member of our team: 0131 538 4028.

Want more information?

Do you want more information on the JASS programme? Download our information leaflets below.

Alternatively contact us directly on 0131 538 4028 or email


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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. 

For more information on FOTA please see our website:



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Junior Award Scheme for Schools

Friends of the Award

Castlebrae Community High School | 2a Greendykes Road   Edinburgh | EH16 4DP  | 0131 538 4028