Education is constantly evolving

Waid Academy's award winners (picture by Peter Adamson)
Waid Academy's award winners (picture by Peter Adamson)

Waid Academy’s annual awards ceremony was a celebration of achievement, as well as inspiring others to aim high and achieve well in whatever they chose.

Head teacher Iain Hughes said education was constantly changing and evolving, and now resembled a “continuous cohesive curriculum”.

By careful application, Waid had met the various challenges it offered.

“Learners are at the centre of all developments,” added Mr Hughes.

“Learning is the crucial key. Teaching youngsters the skills of learning while promoting higher order learning and thinking skills will create the leaders of the future in this rapidly changing world.

“Waid Academy is committed to Fife Council priorities of promoting achievement, raising attainment and developing an inclusive school.”

Words like ‘aspiration’ and ‘resilience’ cropped up regularly in curriculum discussions.

‘Aspire’ was interpreted as having great ambition, and ‘resilience’ as the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties.

The Scottish Government has identified four different contexts for learning – the ethos and life of the school as a community, curriculum areas and subjects, interdisciplinary learning, and opportunities for personal achievement.

Mr Hughes said Waid’s awards and presentations showed its learners had clear opportunities to perform in each of them.

Acknowledging the many people who had contributed to the success, Mr Hughes said there had been a tremendous number of developments, events and activities in the last 12 months which helped give pupils a wider picture of their place in society.

Waid had also undergone a very positive review in November.

Areas highlighted were the school’s clear direction and leadership; positive ethos of respect and shared values; very well behaved, motivated and responsible young people; very positive relationships between staff and learners; high level of commitment from staff to young people and improving the school, and a wide range of opportunities offered for young people to flourish.

Priorities for next year included increased opportunities for achievement.

See for a note of the winners.