The Scotsman features Big Issue Schools Special release

The Scotsman has included a feature column on the release of the Big Issue Schools Special magazine. This is the 4th time we have worked with The Big Issue to produce the edition.   

The original column was published in the newspaper on May 16th, written by Alan Jones: 

Pupils at 13 schools across Scotland will be selling this special edition in their local communities this week following a partnership with the social enterprise AcaDenny under a programme in partnership with the Scottish Government the social enterprise Academy will provide young people the opportunity to run their own social enterprise by 2024.

The big issue has worked with the social enterprise Academy for the past four years to create a schools takeover edition of the magazine which pupils sell to raise money to support their own school social enterprises and community projects and charities.

Big Issue editor Paul McNamee said: “Each year we are knocked out when we see all the hard work and creativity that these young people put into their social enterprises.”

“This year it’s clear that they are not just thinking about and discussing the big issues: environment, food poverty and loneliness but they have rolled up their sleeves and put into action their social business plans which are clearly making a real difference.”

One of the schools included in the magazine's special edition is St. Bernard’s primary in Glasgow, which has taken part in the programme for the last six years.

Headteacher Elaine MacEachen said: “Social enterprise plays a massive part in helping our pupils develop their passion to create the change they want to see within our local community and realise their potential in this world.”


Thank you to the Scottish Government, Kibble, Link Group Ltd., Project Trust, Social Enterprise Scotland & FirstPort for supporting this year's Schools issue. 


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