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Empower
Future
Leaders

Proudly supported
by The Peter Vardy
Foundation

Improving young people’s
outcomes is at the heart of
everything we do

Motivation

A curriculum for success

As a team of educators, we wanted to provide more opportunities for learners to develop crucial leadership and meta-skills. That’s why we set out to create Gen+, a programme designed to empower young people with the tools they need to succeed and to help them to recognise their unique skills and talents.

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Collaboration

Finding the right collaborators

When we started building Gen+, we knew we needed the right team of experts to bring our vision to life. With the support of the Peter Vardy Foundation, we were able to assemble a group of teachers and educational technologists who share our passion for helping young people thrive. Together, we’ve created a programme that we’re truly proud of.

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Ambition

Dreaming big

Our ultimate goal with Gen+ is to make sure that every young person in Scotland has access to the kind of education that will set them up for a bright future. With that goal in mind, we’re constantly working to improve and expand our programme, so that we can reach more learners and teachers and make an even greater impact.

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Values

Practising what we preach

Values-based leadership is fundamental to our Gen+ Learn and Teach leadership teachings, and equally guides our organisation’s approach to work. Our values include tenacity – holding fast to our cause; joy and adventure – encouraging playful modes of learning and bringing our own humour and enthusiasm to what we do; and teamwork and inclusion – prioritising our partnerships and working openly, trusting boldly and leading bravely.

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Endeavour

Improvement driven by curiosity

Gen+ is an endeavour in innovation. To us, innovation means curiosity and the drive to always improve. We regularly refresh and develop our curriculum through user testing, focus groups, and feedback. We restlessly ask how can we make Gen+ better for pupils and teachers, and see this quest not as a challenge but as an opportunity.

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Our Targets

  • 275k pupils taught
  • 2000+ schools by 2026/7
  • 36,000 teachers involved

Our Team

A team built on
classroom experience

We are a team of educators and creative, innovative individuals who are passionate about inspiring young people and other educators through engaging content and interactive learning, to realise their potential and be the best leaders they can be.

Victoria Vardy

CEO

Samantha Bedford

COO

Becca Dobson

Director of Education

Lydia Cawley

Director of Product

Elizabeth-Anne Collier

Director of Strategic Partnerships

Andy Laszlo

Technology Director

Sophie Dall

Digital Marketing Executive

Our board of trustees & advisors

Peter Vardy

Founder & Chairman

Claire Maith

Trustee

Alastair Grier

Trustee

Grounded by research for concrete results

Deliver on key frameworks

Developed specifically to help schools deliver on objectives including the Skills 4.0 model and National Improvement Framework.

Built by global digital experts

We collaborated with global UX and technology experts to build the Gen+ platform, incorporating best practices of blended learning for Scottish pupils in a post-covid world.

Skills and support tailored to careers

We have partnered with DYW to develop supporting resources linking the Gen+ skills to careers in Scotland, including tailored career shorts.

Built on instructional design framework

Backed by research, we have drawn on Horton’s Absorb-Do-Connect instructional design framework, which combines active offline learning with online delivery methods.

Harnessing digital learning

Studies show that blended learning is considerably impactful, allowing learners to control the time, pace and place of their learning.

Reflection & evidencing learning

The course offers reflection opportunities for pupils to create a skills portfolio as evidence of their learning, which can be shared with parents and carers.

Gaming industry best practices

The gamified approach aims to reward engagement and celebrate achievement as learners strive to earn digital badges for their avatar.

Robust monitoring of results

We have developed a robust evaluation and evidence model, combining data from the platform, focus groups, case study schools, and end-line assessments to measure impact.

OUR PARTNERS

Agency of None

Website design, development & motion graphics.

Daydream Believers

Visual development and lesson design.

Each & Other

User experience support and development.

Edly

Development of ed-tech platform.

Racoon Gang

Instructional design and lesson development.

Thinkfour

Production for engaging lesson videos.

  • Sinclair Academy

    West Lothian

  • Hamilton College

    South Lanarkshire

  • St. John’s Academy

    Perth & Kinross

  • Port Glasgow High

    Inverclyde

  • St. Columba’s High

    Inverclyde

  • Notre Dame High

    Inverclyde

  • Clydeview Academy

    Inverclyde

  • St.Stephen’s High

    Inverclyde

  • Inverclyde Academy

    Inverclyde

  • The Glasgow Academy

    Glasgow City

  • Bellahouston Academy

    Glasgow City

  • Shawlands Academy

    Glasgow City

  • Hillpark Secondary

    Glasgow City

  • Lourdes Secondary

    Glasgow City

  • St. Leonards

    Fife

  • Braes High

    Falkirk

  • James Gillespie’s High

    Edinburgh City

  • Mearns Castle High

    East Renfrewshire

  • Barrhead High

    East Renfrewshire

  • Bearsden Academy

    East Dunbartonshire

  • Douglas Academy

    East Dunbartonshire

  • Bishopbriggs Academy

    East Dunbartonshire

  • St. Ninian’s High

    East Dunbartonshire

  • Craigie High

    Dundee City

  • Braeview Academy

    Dundee City

  • Morgan Academy

    Dundee City

  • Dalbeattie High

    Dumfries and Galloway

  • Wallace Hall Academy

    Dumfries and Galloway

  • North West Community

    Dumfries and Galloway

  • Dyce Academy

    Aberdeen City

  • Bridge of Don Academy

    Aberdeen City

  • Northfield Academy

    Aberdeen City

  • Oldmachar Academy

    Aberdeen City

  • St. Machar Academy

    Aberdeen City

Trusted by schools across Scotland

Our programme is the go-to in meta-skills education for an increasing number of schools across Scotland, currently adopted in 6 local authority areas.

FAQs

Can’t find the answer you’re looking for? Don’t hesitate to reach out for more information!

  • Which subject/faculty delivers the lessons?
    The lessons can be delivered across any subject area of the curriculum, including PSHE, Wider-Achievement or DYW. We believe that skills acquisition and knowledge apply cross-curricularly.

    Our primary Explorer programme has flexibility for lessons to fit within specific subjects, themes and topics, as part of a project or as part of the more general Health and Wellbeing curriculum.

    Those lessons specifically aimed at supporting the transition to secondary school process, can form part of the wider transition programme with delivery in both the primary and secondary school settings, as the individual school / cluster see most suitable.
  • Are the lessons inclusive for all levels and abilities?
    Our lessons and resources are accessed via our accessible digital learning platform. The lessons are interactive and engaging and pitched to inspire thought and challenge the pupils without being too difficult for the tasks to be completed. Whilst there are digital tasks to complete, there are also offline tasks such as pair and class discussions. The lessons are classroom facilitated and designed to be teacher-led. Gen+ uses a blended learning model - not solely e-learning.
  • Why stop at S3?
    Surely S4s+ need skills as they are leaving school? Our aim is to really embed the knowledge, understanding and language of skills within the pupils before they get to Senior Phase (S4-6). This early intervention will better equip them with the skills and confidence to best support them as they transition on to their post-school destination. There are very many other programmes and projects available to Senior Phase pupils.
  • Does the programme offer a qualification upon completion?
    At present, the programme does not offer any form of accreditation or qualification. We have chosen to place an emphasis on achievement versus attainment. The programme aims to build self-confidence in the pupils and help them realise their talent, abilities and potential. Pupils can, however, track their progress through the programme and receive digital badges to build a ‘skills tracker’ e-portfolio of their achievements alongside their learning reflections and outcomes. We are exploring options of an SCQF Level 4 qualification, upon completion of all 3  Trailblazer, Gamechanger and Innovator courses.
  • How much lesson time does the programme need to be allocated on the timetable?
    Our secondary S1 and S2 courses – Trailblazer and Gamechanger – are made up of 3 units each, with 4 lessons in each unit. In addition, there is an introduction and Wrap-Up lesson for each course, so a total of 14 lessons each year. The S3 project-based course is equivalent to 10 lessons also. So, in total, the secondary school element of the programme consists of 38 lessons.

    The primary school element – Explorer – is under development but will consist of 6 lessons, focussing on one of our key meta-skills, delivered across P6 & P7. In addition, there are 2 additional lessons available to support the P7 to S1 Transition phase, so there are a total of 8 lessons available This component of the programme will be coming in 2024/25.
  • How does the programme help schools fulfil the SDS (Skills Development Scotland) Skills 4.0 agenda?
    Each of the nine key meta-skill principles central to the programme have been identified through Skills 4.0 as essential for the future workforce. By delivering this programme, schools can easily embed a skills development framework into their curriculum to complement existing provisions and projects. Pupils will become familiar with consistent skills language and grow in confidence of their knowledge, understanding and ability to articulate and demonstrate these skills.
  • Are meta-skills not already taught in schools?
    Most schools have either an established or developing skills framework however there is no standard curriculum for skills development at present. At both Scottish Government and local authority level, this has been identified as a priority, to complement the existing work of Education Scotland, the Curriculum for Excellence, Skills Development Scotland, and Developing the Young Workforce.

    Many projects and programmes do currently exist which develop meta-skills within pupils, but they are mostly extra-curricular, not a part of core teaching and learning, which is where our lessons sit.
  • I’m not a teacher. How can I still get involved with Gen+ Teach?
    We offer a variety of opportunities for non-educators to contribute to Gen+ Teach. Perhaps you are a business or tech leader who would like to contribute your skills knowhow to teachers through an article or a webinar? Please reach out to hello@genplus.co.uk if you would like to get involved.
  • How do I gain access to Gen+ Teach Library?
    All staff at Gen+ schools have access to the Gen+ Teach library through their school logins, including support for learning and non-teaching staff. When you login, you will see the Gen+ Teach Library dashboard.
  • How do I register interest in the Strathclyde course?
    Please register your interest with lead teachers at your school, with whom Gen+ will coordinate when accepting new registrants to the Strathclyde course. The Strathclyde course is a year-long programme for which there are limited funded places.

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