Recognising wider achievement with the Junior Award Scheme for Schools

Junior Award Scheme for Schools (JASS) is a worldwide, progressive learning programme for young people (age 5 – 14 years) which has been designed to recognise wider achievement.

JASS benefits the participant, organisation and wider community. Other benefits are:

  • JASS supports the transition from primary to secondary school as well as at every other academic year.
  • As an umbrella award, other awards can be gained as part of the JASS award.
  • A fully inclusive award, participants with additional support needs can achieve alongside their peers.
  • JASS can aid pupil profiling, vocational learning and helps evidence the breadth of learning and opportunities within educational and youth settings.
  • JASS is a precursor for other awards such as the Duke of Edinburgh award.

“JASS is a universal and inclusive programme which takes a holistic approach to developing our young people. JASS is a powerful medium for developing confidence, resilience and self-esteem in an engaging, motivational and rewarding way which ensures that every child achieves – and has this success celebrated,” enthuses Maria Seery, Head Teacher, Bonhill Primary School.

“A key driver of the JASS programme is ensuring positive outcomes for our young people. This driver is also the aspirational aim of many child-centred policies of national and international governments.”

Maria continues: “It doesn’t matter what the drivers of any government are – JASS is like a multi-coloured umbrella which a child can look at the world through. They experience life through the variety of colours but JASS also offers them protection from the challenges that life will rain down upon them.

“JASS an amazing concept. It breaks down all barriers as children from all walks of life can participate, collaborate and make a difference in partnership with others. The Me and My Community section will be the vehicle to ensure that the refugee children’s integration is smooth, assured and sustainable.”

JASS develops the whole individual by offering recognition in four key areas – regular physical activity (Get Active, Stay Active), exploring a personal interest (My Interests), working for the good of the community or the environment project (Me and My World) and completing an outdoor team activity or challenge (Adventure).

Participants can start at any level. The award is designed so that participants move through the levels with increasing commitment, learning, and challenge.

Advised academic year

Scotland (flexible)

Advised academic year

England (flexible)

Get Active Stay Active My Interests Me and My World Adventure
White P1 reception 2 hrs 2 hrs 2 hrs 1 hrs
Yellow P2 Year 1 3 hrs 3 hrs 3 hrs 2 hrs
Red P3 Year 2 4 hrs 4 hrs 4 hrs 2 hrs
Green P4 Junior 3 5 hrs 5 hrs 5 hrs 3 hrs
Blue P5 Junior 4 6 hrs 6 hrs 6 hrs 3 hrs
Bronze P6 Junior 5 8 hrs 8 hrs 8 hrs 3 hrs
Silver P7 Junior 6 12 hrs 12 hrs 12 hrs 5 hrs
Gold S1 & S2 Second 7 & 8 18 hrs 18 hrs 18 hrs 8 hrs

For more information contact Joan Alexander, JASS Development Officer, at or visit

View the JASS film here.