Youth Work & Curriculum for Excellence

Youth work delivers person-centred informal learning and development, working with the young person as a whole, within their family and community. As a rights-based practice, youth work offers opportunities for all children and young people, helping them to develop a broad range of skills, capacities and achievements that enable them to reach their potential. 

Youth work is integral to  Curriculum for Excellence.  Youth work approaches create more flexibility and choice within the curriculum, providing a diverse range of opportunities outside the classroom to support young people’s development as confident, successful learners.  For some young people, youth work is the key to unlocking learning, overcoming barriers to engagement and providing a more tailored curriculum offer.

In the sections below, you’ll find more information about the different ways in which youth work supports positive outcomes for young people in the context of Curriculum for Excellence:

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