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Carluke High School has launched a Duke of Edinburgh Award programme, helping pupils develop skills not always taught in the classroom, thanks to support from UKSE. 

The programme, which helps pupils who are struggling with the demands of mainstream education, inspires young people to get involved in teambuilding activities, expeditions and volunteering, and prepares them to become work-ready for future employment.

UKSE provided the school with funding to purchase the equipment required to carry out the programme, including tents, rucksacks, waterproofs and compasses.

Each of the 961 pupils at Carluke High will have access to the DoE programme, with 62 expected to join in August.

Created in 1965, the HRH Duke of Edinburgh was set up to develop and prepare young people for later in life, including work and further education.

Craig Strachan, PE Teacher at Carluke High, said: “We’re really grateful to UKSE for supporting our latest initiative. The Duke of Edinburgh Award is a fantastic programme for young people to get involved in, allowing them to expand their horizons outside of the classroom, and without their help, we wouldn’t have been able to make it available to our pupils.

“We are looking forward to putting our new equipment to the test, with planned expeditions to Aviemore, the Pentlands and overseas expeditions in the future.”

Anne Clyde, regional manager at UKSE, said: “We live in an age where we’re often staring at computer screens for hours on end, not getting out and about as much as we used to.

“Exploring and appreciating the great outdoors and our beautiful surroundings is so important, and the Duke of Edinburgh award is a great way to get a true sense of expedition.

“UKSE is happy to help Carluke High with their new equipment and we look forward to seeing what adventures lie ahead for the pupils.”