Youth Scotland’s Dynamic Youth Awards are fun and engaging way to recognise and accredit young people’s achievements.

Dynamic Youth Awards (DYA) externally quality assured by Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) and are credit rated on the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) where they sit at level 3.

The Awards follow a Plan-Do-Review process, which enables young people to more effectively recognise and articulate their learning and achievements within different contexts. This increases their self-esteem, improves motivation and keeps young people engaged with learning.

Through self and peer assessment young people develop skills for learning, life and work. The Awards fully support the aims, values, purpose and implementation of Curriculum for Excellence.

Youth Scotland’s Dynamic Youth Awards provide a simple framework to support quality work with young people. They offer recognition and accreditation for young peoples’ achievements 

ALL STUDENTS WISHING TO TAKE PART IN YOUTH ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS SHOULD ADD IN THEIR UNIQUE SCOTTISH CANDIDATE NUMBER TO THEIR ENTRY.

This will ensure all achievements and certificates are recorded as part of their education record through out school life. This is beneficial when applying for further education courses and to add into C.V later in life.

All students are allocated a number when they enter the schooling system and can be obtained from their school.

If you are home schooled or have just arrived in the country DON’T WORRY we can help.

We can contact and help obtain the appropriate information for you , just let us know.

Features of the Dynamic Youth Awards

Are for young people age 10+

Have a minimum 5 hours of time commitment

Have 5 levels (Star Rating) based on the young person’s cumulative hours ( Smile provides between 20-30 hours per project)

Are inclusive and suitable for young people with a range of interests and abilities

Are externally quality assured by Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA)

Are credit rated on the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) where they sit at level 3

Support the aims, values, purpose and implementation of Curriculum for Excellence

 

HOW THIS FITS IN WITH ‘ SMILE!’ WORKSHOPS

4 DAY WORKSHOP AVAILABLE HOURS ( EASTER) :

Mon 8:45-4:30pm

Tues 8:45-4:30pm

Wed 8:45-4:30pm

Thurs 8:45-3:30pm ( End of performance.)

Performance of work takes place on Last day at 2:30 pm. All students can be taken away by parents/ guardians after this approximately 3:30pm.

Working towards and creating the performance (9:30am-3:30pm) forms the main part of the awards aims but we also do need to spend time creating a folder of evidence for each candidate and to help each student understand all they have achieved within the course.

Help with evidence collation and peer assessment happens between 8:45-9:30pm and/ or 3:30-4:30pm with our fully trained staff.

 

BREAKDOWN OF EXTRA COST

4 day courses +£30 to basic/ early bird course fee

5 day course +£35 to basic/ early bird course fee

When you register as an award student ( see registration page) the fee is representative of the extra time and admin required that is over and above main ‘ Smile!’ performance project.

These costs are NOT included in prizes won. This is an additional activity out-with regular course times.

 

LONG DAY = EXTRA SNACKS

We will make sure that all candidates are well looked after with appropriate breaks. It is advisable to send awards students with at least 3 healthy snacks and one packed lunch through out the day. Water bottles are essential and can be re-filled through out the day at water fountains found around the venue.

 

CERTIFICATES

At the end of each smile ALL achievements are rewarded with certificates of participation in a small ceremony.

The official certificates/ awards will be sent via post to you approximately 6 weeks after completion once all submissions have been approved and checked by Youth Scotland and the SQA.

Do you want to bean award winning student? It’s lots of fun and our staff will guide you through.Click ‘ I would like to be an awards student’ on registration page and we will help you do the rest.