Acting on Achievement

This Awards Network report highlights the crucial role that youth awards play in making learning more flexible, experiential and relevant.

It’s an exciting time for education in Scotland, as calls for reform consider how we can encourage learner agency, embrace more flexible forms of non-curricular learning and create a strengthened learning network with support from community partners.

Acting on Achievement is a thoroughly-researched report that outlines the important role youth awards can play in achieving each of these goals. Published in May 2024 by Awards Network, it shows how youth awards have supported young people across Scotland to build core skills, explore new experiences, make connections with positive role models in their communities and earn accreditation.

The report draws on wide-ranging expert recommendations to explore the what, why and how of proposed education reforms and offers evidence to support a vision for the future where youth awards are recognised as an impactful way to engage young people in learning—one that enjoys parity of esteem with formal curricular education.