These awards will be presented to centres who can demonstrate good practice and innovation in their delivery of SQA qualifications. This award is sponsored by Education Scotland.
The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland’s ZEST (Zoo and Environmental Skills Training) programme integrates SQA qualifications, including the Access 3 Social Subjects, the Employability Award, and the Practical Abilities and Self & Work Units of the Personal Development Award.
The programme allows students to work with over 1,000 exotic animals, and gain an understanding of environmental and conservation issues.
The main objectives meet the requirements of Curriculum for Excellence — developing employability skills and responsibility towards the environment, and building confidence, experience and interpersonal skills.
ZEST has grown from hosting eight students in 2009, to 14 students in 2010 to 16 in 2011. At the end of the programme, the students create and present a conservation project. They also outline their own personal development achievements.
Winner: Royal Zoological Society of Scotland
Pictured - Alaina Macri accepting the Award from Graeme Ogilvy.
Highly Commended: South Lanarkshire College
Award accepted on behalf of South Lanarkshire College by James Jamieson
Highly Commended: The Queensberry Initiative at Wallace Hall Academy
Award accepted on behalf of The Queensberry Initiative at Wallace Hall Academy
by Pat Kirby