JASS
Junior Award Scheme for Schools

A world wide Accredited Learning Programme for young people. Recognising wider achievement.

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The Broughton UP programme is a targeted intervention aimed at improving outcomes for learners who have the potential to do well academically but they might be less inclined to apply for university for a number of reasons; financial, no one in their family has gone to University, low self-efficacy.

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By utilising Pupil Equity Fund (PEF) money, Ardeer Primary School, North Ayrshire, were able to employ a teacher to work with an identified group of children one afternoon a week. JASS provided accreditation, structure, as well as a formal way of acknowledging their wider achievements.

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At St. Mary’s Catholic Primary School, we wanted to enrich our curriculum and support young people who struggled developing positive relationships or who had displayed anxiety or low self-esteem in year 5 and 6. However, we realised that with a group that required support socially and emotionally they also needed excellent peer role models so we chose 14 children to pilot the JASS Bronze award with during the summer term.

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Last week we had a fantastic presentation evening for the 64 children in Years 5 and 6 who achieved bronze and silver JASS awards. They were all so proud of their achievements (as were the staff and parents).

A group of 8 children in school set up a journalism club called “chatterbox” as part of their awards which has been run by a lunch time supervisor over the year. They now have a monthly slot in our local community newspaper and have just produced their magazine/newspaper called “the Chatterbox Times” just in time for the end of the academic year. In it they make regular reference to JASS. Our secondary school has agreed to run JASS – which is brilliant news

Daniel worked through his JASS from Bronze through to Gold. Here are some of his reflections from the activities he completed across his JASS awards.

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I came across JASS on an internet search. I wanted to be more involved in his preparation for transition into High School but I also knew I had to work with him to build his confidence, build his self-esteem and make him more resilient. When I looked at what JASS was about, I realised it has Daniel’s name written all over it. Being active, being adventurous, trying new things, helping others, being involved in your community….this was just Daniel. It was perfect for him.

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At St. Mary’s Catholic Primary School, we wanted to enrich our curriculum and support young people who struggled developing positive relationships or who had displayed anxiety or low self-esteem in year 5 and 6. However, we realised that with a group that required support socially and emotionally they also needed excellent peer role models so we chose 14 children to pilot the JASS Bronze award with during the summer term.

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Year 5 and 6 at Marksbury Primary School near Bath decided on planning their own community charity event as part of the Me and My World section of their Bronze award.  The event was to carry 10L containers of water up and down the hill in the village (known as the ‘dipper’) to raise money for Alive and Well, a local charity that dig wells in Sierra Leone.

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A great case study from ESMS in Edinburgh. Why not organise a Foodbank collection?

Many people from all sorts of different backgrounds and walks of life need help from food banks from time to time.

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Prospect Bank School caters for primary age learners with complex, long term additional support needs. The needs of learners are primarily associated with learning disability and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Taking part in JASS  has encouraged the P7 pupils to try new activities and Kate Varona, Deputy Head, believes the official recogition they gain for doing things well is one of the main benefits of JASS.

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The Royal Blind School in Edinburgh provides education, care and support to pupils with visual impairment, including those who have additional support needs and those with complex multiple disabilities. Craig Lynagh and Caren Bryce, teachers in the PE and Outdoor Education Department, have used JASS as a tool to develop their outdoor education programme.

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Alternative Adventure

Harlaw Resevoir

As an alternative to school camp Joanna Murray, Teacher, organised an adventure closer to home.   The group of P7s took the bus, then walked to Harlaw Resevoir, located in the Pentlands Regional Park.  The group  had a fantastic day exploring a wildlife garden, following a bio-diversity trail and having fun playing hide and seek and paddling  in the water, aswell as having lunch outside.  For many of the children involved these were completely new experiences.  In total the group walked 5km, a great achievement for the children.

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All the S2 pupils at St Augustine’s R.C. High School  have been taking part in JASS since August 2011, led by Sarah Murray, Guidance Teacher.   JASS is delivered  as part of a wider achievement period once a week.  Sarah believes “there is great scope for interdisciplinary learning  and meeting the goals of the Curriculum for Excellence  with JASS.   JASS has contributed to a culture of achieving and participating within the school”.

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Supporting Transitions

Balerno Community High School (BCHS) run a comprehensive transitions programme to support young people starting high school.   The feeder primary schools for BCHS all run JASS and the majority of the 125 S1 pupils have completed their Bronze and Silver JASS Award by the end of primary school, enabling them to start their Gold Award in S1. As a result JASS has become a key part of the transitions programme.

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At Pilrig Park Special Secondary School a broad and challenging curriculum based on the “Curriculum for Excellence” is offered to 80+ pupils from 12 – 18 years of age with moderate/complex learning needs and autism.

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Oaklands School provides education for children and young people aged 3 to 18 years old with severe/profound and complex learning difficulties, including pupils with significant physical and sensory impairments.

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Background

Delivering CfE as people are always saying crosses many boundaries – many aspects of the four capacities are quite naturally incorporated into outdoor education and outdoor education is always a huge motivator for primary age children. The problem is however that an overarching curriculum design is fraught with problems. It’s easy to come up with ideas about developing fitness, working as a team, taking responsibility for safety, acting independently, reflecting on a personal performance and so on but it is really problematic for an individual teacher to find the resources to design an overarching curriculum.

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JASS has been running at CCHS since the pilot in 2010 for all S1 pupils at Gold level (an average of 130 pupils).

Currie lies to the SW of Edinburgh in the commuter suburban area and is largely modern family housing built up around the original 19th century mill village. The school has a strong sports club offering and a very good DofE programme that set the scene for the JASS award to be included in their wider achievement programme.  The largest intake is from Currie Primary School, who run JASS at Silver level for their P7s. All the other cluster primaries are running JASS Bronze and Silver.  This means that a high proportion of pupils are coming to the school already familiar with JASS and with a JASS folder, thus reducing the cost for CCHS at Gold level as only continuation packs are needed.

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Developing Personalisation and Choice – The Tynecastle ‘Me and My World’ Programme.

A staff team of 6 headed up by the RME staff (Religious and Moral Education) run the JASS programme for S1 at Tynecastle High School. The team includes Art, Drama, CDT staff and Service Officers.

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