Excelerate is a curriculum-based initiative being piloted at Alford, Kemnay, Banff, and Portlethen Academies harnessing the power of partnerships in creating authentic, meaningful, and impactful learning opportunities.

Excelerate will support the development of young people’s readiness for work by enabling schools and partners to deliver high-quality, diverse pathways that further realise the opportunities of Scotland’s curriculum through interventions such as project-based learning.

The programme, which is being delivered in partnership with Aberdeenshire Council, has the following goals:

  • Upskilled, confident teachers with strengthened pedagogy
  • Deeper relationships and activities between schools, employers and the wider community
  • More high-quality and diverse learning pathways
  • Engaged, informed, motivated and empowered young people

The Wood Foundation has committed more than three years of in-depth, reflective, international research in developing the basis of Excelerate. It is now working in partnership with Aberdeenshire Council, the four pilot schools, industry and communities to co-create and collaborate in the delivery of innovative curricular opportunities driven by local context.

The immersive professional learning being offered to schools and partners are vital bedrocks of the programme, promoting confidence and inspirational new approaches.

Business & Community Support Officers are now in post acting as the liaison between the establishments, industry and community which will drive real-world contexts for learning.

Following a year of training, strategic review, community coaching, and relationship building, schools have started to implement learning with their pupils in the 2020/21 academic year. Educators will continue to be exposed to professional learning opportunities in order to further and deepen their learning.