This year, innovative young people across Scotland have been setting up businesses to tackle the social and environmental issues that matter to them.

Forty schools from Central Scotland received a Social Enterprise in Education Award from Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education & Skills, John Swinney MSP to recognise the success and sustainability of their social enterprises.

While 21 schools from the Highlands & Islands received a Social Enterprise in Education Award at a ceremony at Eden Court Theatre in Inverness which took place on 29 May 2019.

Social enterprise examples from this year include; creating a range of mindfulness products to promote positive mental health, teaching computer programming to the local community to tackle unemployment, and running a weekly community café to reduce isolation and loneliness among the elderly.

Pupils created their social enterprises as part of the Social Enterprise in Education programme, which was created as a partnership between the Social Enterprise Academy and the Scottish Government in 2007. The programme empowers Scotland’s young people to affect social change in their communities while developing key core employability and entrepreneurial skills for the future.

In March 2019, 14 schools from across Scotland, who all received a Social Enterprise in Education Award, also took part in creating and selling a special edition of The Big Issue magazine, sharing their social enterprise journey with readers across the country.

Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, John Swinney MSP said:

“These young people have been bringing the Curriculum for Excellence to life in an excellent way, developing essential skills for the future by setting up their own social enterprises and having a positive impact in their schools and communities at the same time.

“It was a pleasure to present at the awards and my congratulations go out to all of the successful schools that took part in this innovative initiative that is empowering our young people to change society.”

Emily Mnyayi, Head of Social Enterprise in Education at the Social Enterprise Academy, said:

“We would like to say a huge thank you to all the young people who have worked so hard over the last year, and the teachers and schools who support them.

The Social Enterprise Academy are excited to work with even more schools next year as we work towards our target of offering this opportunity to every school in Scotland and begin pilots in other countries around the globe. We look forward to seeing more ripples of positive change started by young people in every community.”

The following schools received a Social Enterprise in Education Award:


Lornshill Academy

East Renfrewshire:

St John’s Primary School

St Luke’s High School


Broughton High School

St Mary’s RC Primary School


Bo’ness Academy


Beath High School

Blairhall Primary School

Capshard Primary School

Caskieberran Primary School

Dairsie Primary School

Inverkeithing High School

Kelty Primary School

Ladybank Primary School

Masterton Primary School

Pitcoudie Primary School

St Margaret’s RC Primary School

Torbain Primary School

Tulliallan Primary School


Abercorn Secondary School

Bellahouston Academy

Hollybrook Academy

Notre Dame Primary School

Pirie Park Primary School

St Albert’s Primary School

St Bernard’s Primary School

St Denis’ Primary School 

St Joseph’s Primary School

St Paul’s (Shettleston) Primary School


Balloch Primary School

Bun-Sgoil Ghaidhlig Phort Righ

Crown Primary School

Dingwall Academy

Dornoch Academy

Drakies Primary School

Farr Primary School

Fortrose Academy

Inverness High School

Kilchuimen Primary School         

Kinlochleven High School

Lochardil Primary School

Lundavra Primary School

Milton of Leys Primary School

Muirtown Primary School

Plockton High School

Rosebank Primary School

Tain Royal Academy

Ullapool High School 


Hillend Children’s Centre

St Michael’s Primary School


Logie Primary School

Perth & Kinross:

Logierait Primary School


Abi Coyle – Kirklandneuk Primary School

Bargarran Primary School

Mary Russell School

Shetland Islands

Anderson High School

South Ayrshire

Marr College

South Lanarkshire:

Crosshouse Primary School


Callander Primary School

West Dunbartonshire:

Kilpatrick School

West Lothian:

West Calder High School 

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