Useful Links



Our Principle Teacher of Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) works in partnership with DYW Borders in providing opportunities within the school and its curriculum to access the skills, knowledge, experience and support of local employers. The school organises an annual Careers Fair and Senior Work Placements in order to help raise awareness of the range of careers and training on offer to our young people and the different routes to work in other local areas and beyond. It is the aim, through DYW, to maximise and sustain those potential business links for our young people in helping them plan for their future training and employment leading to a positive destination.


Students are encouraged to undertake volunteering across the school and in the community, which is recognised by Saltire Awards. We collaborate with Berwickshire Housing Association to provide life skills for selected students; we work with Community Learning and Development to deliver leadership skills and we also work with our Active Schools Co-ordinator to deliver Sports Coaching. In addition, there is college provision within the Borders College Schools Academy programme. There is also a selection of Skills for Learning, Life and Work courses provided by our own staff at BHS such as Enterprise and Employability, and finally, we work with a broad range of local employers to provide valuable work experience packages.


At BHS we have a flexible approach to the provision of work experience. It is provided to all S4 students who are planning to leave school; it is provided to any other student at the most appropriate time in the Senior Phase, and is provided, for an extended period, to a selection of S4 students whose entire curriculum consists of National 4 courses.


The National Parent Forum of Scotland has produced a number of short, helpful publications which explain aspects of the Curriculum for Excellence.

The Assessment publication (attached) explains what Unit Assessments, Added Value Unit (or AVU) Assessments and Course Assessments for National courses are.  It also explains about Reassessment and Results.

The Progression publication (attached) provides a diagram showing how the different qualifications (Nat 4, Nat 5, Higher, Advanced Higher) fit into your child's learning progression.

A full list of their Curriculum publications, which can be downloaded for free, is at:


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Download this file (nutshells_progression_E-1.pdf)ProgressionProgression402 kB08 Dec 17 16:18

The National Parent Forum for Scotland has produced some useful one page summaries of National 4, 5 and Higher courses which are free to download from their website:

For Highers:

For National 5 courses:

For National 4 courses:

Attached are some examples, covering Higher English, National 5 Physics and National 4 Maths.

"Our Nutshell Series gives the key facts about National Qualifications... including the details of course assessment. The nutshell will explain what your child will learn in the course and what his or her experience will be."

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Download this file (nutshells_highers_english_E2.pdf)Higher English in a NutshellHigher English in a Nutshell600 kB08 Dec 17 15:12
Download this file (nutshells_physics_N5_E.pdf)National 5 Physics in a NutshellNat 5 Physics in a Nutshell411 kB08 Dec 17 15:17
Download this file (nutshell_mathematics_N4_E.pdf)National 4 Maths in a NutshellNat 4 Maths in a Nutshell141 kB08 Dec 17 15:17