Monthly Archives: December 2017

Staffrm Transfer 7 – Such stuff that dreams are made on, When Everything is Awful, Friday again, Can I Talk to You, Let the Music Move you⤴

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Such stuff that dreams are made on.

#learning

Lena Carter · 1 year ago

This week has been one of the hardest ever in my professional life, even though we only had three days in school. Suffice to say that our community and school community are struggling.

My job has been to support staff and pupils as best I could.

On Friday we also had Active Girls Day (http://www.sportscotland.org.uk/schools/active-girls/active-girls-day/) which meant all of our girls were in sports activities while all the boys stayed in classes.

Period 6 came and I had planned a Halloween themed drama scriptwork activity with my second year class. I felt tired beyond belief and had to dig deep to find the energy to teach the class.

The group of eleven boys were unsettled when we started the lesson, entirely understandably. A room displacement from our usual space added to the disruption and of course the lack of girls created its own dynamic.

I explained the task but their attention wandered and I was not optimistic that they would be able to achieve what was required: small group rehearsal followed by a performance without scripts.

A couple of the boys seized on the fact that there were guitars in the room and asked whether they could create some spooky music to go with the script. I reluctantly agreed.

The rehearsal began. Noisy, chaotic with guitar music providing distraction. Boys falling out and blaming one another for not getting it right. Piercing screams (as per the stage directions) which had concerned colleagues looking through the door to check if all was ok.

(I have ongoing issues with colleagues judging me because of my noisy drama lessons when I am supposed to be a DHT with exemplary discipline. But that is probably for another blog post)

I sat at my desk, feeling anxious about the chaos, berating myself for my lack of classroom control. But then I looked again and saw, within the chaos, boys playing, interacting, being creative and imaginative. And I remembered why I am a drama teacher and why these creative spaces are so crucial.

And then it was time for the performances.

Pure gold. Funny, confident, with all engaged and doing the best they could. Lines almost perfect and with added improvisation. A dream rather than a nightmare.

“And Miss, we never giggled once! That was our target from last time.”

Life is messy. Learning can and should be messy. Let’s never forget that, even when out internal chimps and the external critics try and tell us otherwise.

When everything is awful.

#wellbeing

Lena Carter · 1 year ago

This post is an edited version of today’s Friday Thoughts email to staff in my school.

Good morning.

A slightly disconnected series of thoughts today. Please forgive and bear with me. It has been another hard week.

A university friend, Charlie Harthill, took his own life some years after we left university. It shook those of us who remained very much, particularly those who had know him since school days. His death made many of us more committed than ever to get mental health, depression and suicide talked about. This PDF was shared by one of those friends a year ago today and it popped up in my memory feed today. Please read it, use it, share it. If it does not resonate with you, there may be colleagues or pupils for whom it will make perfect sense:

drive.google.com/file/d/0BwP6a…

Next week is dyslexia awareness week and I am doing awareness-raising on dyslexia and different ability throughout the secondary school. Please look here to remind yourself about what you can be doing to support pupils: www.dyslexiaaction.org.uk/page…

But please also remember that differentiation is about more than bits of yellow paper. It is about not judging, about using labels discerningly and about seeing, hearing and knowing every child in front of you to help that child thrive. No two dyslexics are the same. No two children are the same.

This is a charity that works to promote this message. Have a look at the home page and individual pen portraits: www.mindroom.org/

After our difficult event this week, I set about getting on with work. I was told that two pupils were looking for me to give me ‘my hugs’. They were seeking out all the members of staff who had been involved to check they were ok and to give them a hug. I was so impressed and touched by their mature, caring, thoughtful attitude and actions and reminded of the importance of watching out for one another.

Take care of one another, today and every day. Take our pupils’ example and check that someone is ok. Give them that hug (or metaphorical hug.)

Take care.

Friday again.

#learning

Lena Carter · 1 year ago

Today’s weekly Friday thoughts email to staff.

So, the news from the US has been a little unsettling this week. It has been quite hard to know what to say when pupils have asked about it.

On a positive note, I heard an incredibly inspiring American educational speaker last Saturday.

Her name was Karin Chenoweth and she talked about schools which had achieved success for all pupils. Her ideas are based on work in a range of schools across the US.

I wrote up my notes for my blog.

Although they make for a long read and are partially about what school leaders can do to turn schools around, they are fundamentally about teaching and school ethos.

If you don’t have the time or inclination to read them, here are a few key ideas:

The 5 factors that make schools successful in raising attainment (based on observation and evidence from schools studied over 20 years):

1. What pupils need to know is clearly defined and teachers agree on this.

Karin said that often, there is too much confusion around this- teachers teaching what they want to teach and what they are comfortable with. The timetable must be structured around what pupils need to know in order to succeed in life.

2. Teachers collaborate on what they need to do to improve teaching and learning.

The most important factor in learning is the class teacher but the paradox is that no one teacher can do it all. C.f. the world of medicine- no one surgeon can do all surgery. She may be able to do heart surgery but not knee surgery. Teacher learning communities are key.

3.Teachers assess frequently- not to grade but to get feedback. AIFL all the way.

“Did they learn what I taught?” If 50% did not get it, you are not a bad teacher, you just need to try again. The “I am a bad teacher” approach allows excuses.

4. They use data to inform instruction.

Do not stick with what is easy / convenient. If it is not working, do something different.

5. Relationships are key.

Adult to adult. Adult to pupil.

Some other important ideas and challenge concepts:

· With the exception of pupils with complex additional support needs, we should believe that 100% of pupils can read to a nationally agreed standard. If they don’t, we need to teach differently. Educating 70% is not enough. Many who cannot read end up in prison.

· Differentiation can be the enemy of equity. (!)

· Belief that every child can learn and succeed is crucial but not enough. Belief needs to be backed up with hard work and a constantly reflective mindset.

· Teaching and learning can change a society.

· Keep trying and trying and trying.

One last thought from another inspiration from across the pond, though Canada not America:

“There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in”

RIP Leonard Cohen

The full post is here: https://lenabellina.wordpress.com/2016/11/06/it-can-be-done-inspiration-from-karin-chenoweth/

Can I talk to you?

#wellbeing

Lena Carter · 1 year ago

Next week we launch our “Can I talk to you?” campaign in school.

This is the email I sent to staff today. Feel free to use/adapt:

Following discussions at the last parent council meetings and discussion with some other parents, we are going to have a “Can I talk to you?” campaign next week.

We all know that our pastoral team do a phenomenal job when pupils ask them for support.

However, there are some pupils who will not feel able to talk to someone in school, maybe through a fear of stigma, maybe through shyness. They need to know that there are other options and so we are going to issue all pupils with the information below on a flyer on Tuesday during period 2.

The information will also go on the school facebook page and I hope that it will get shared on other social media platforms.

If you are teaching a class on Tuesday when the flyer come around, can I please ask that you read it aloud to your class. It does not need any other explanation but please ask each pupil to take the flyer and keep it safe. They may not feel they need it just now but they may in the future.

Many thanks for your support in this matter.

Kindest regards

Lena

Can I talk to you?

Sometimes we all get worried or feel down about things. You will know that talking things through helps but it is important that you talk to the right person.

The best people in the first instance might well be your parents/carers. Although it might not seem like it, they probably understand you much better than you think they do!

If that doesn’t feel right, you could talk to someone in school: your guidance teacher or any member of staff with whom you feel comfortable. They may be able to help you and if not, they can find someone else who will.

If that still doesn’t feel right and you want something more confidential, there are a number of excellent organisations who can help – either via a phonecall, email or text message:

• Breathing Space is a free and confidential phone line for anyone experiencing low mood manned by trained advisors with mental health, counselling and social work backgrounds, who provide advice, support and understanding. Also provides support to family members, partners and friends who are concerned about the wellbeing of their loved ones. 24 hours at weekend, 6pm – 2am Monday to Thursday Tel: 0800 83 85 87. http://www.breathingspacescotland.co.uk

• Childline is a 24 hour helpline for children and young people needing help with problems however big or small. Calls are free and confidential. Tel: 0800 1111. http://www.childline.org.uk

• Samaritans provide a confidential, non-judgemental emotional support for people who are distressed or experiencing feelings of despair, including those contemplating suicide. Tel: 08457 90 90 90 (UK). http://www.Samaritans.org

The hardest thing can be starting the conversation. Just try “Can I talk to you?”

Let the music move you.

#motivatiin

Lena Carter · 1 year ago

We are off work today and Monday. A quirk of the Scottish holiday system.

For me, some much needed family time and catch-up.

Those familiar with my blog will know that I send a weekly “Friday Thoughts” email to staff. Usually it contains a bit of reflection and it challenges others to reflect; CPD on a budget. This week it was Thursday Thoughts and took a slightly different turn. I got a greater number of responses than I have ever got from an FT email and spent my day sporadically dancing in my office as each response popped in between the phonecalls, classes, crises and attempts at strategic thinking. I could hear odd snippets of Justin ringing out through the school and even witnessed an S5 class allowing themselves a little shuffle as their teacher shared it with them……

Magic stuff. Creativity unites.

This is what I wrote:

Good morning

What? Friday thoughts on a Thursday?

I’m a rebel, me.

Something a bit different this week. Here’s how it works:

· Think of one song that makes you feel happy and/or motivated.

· Send me the title or, better still, a YouTube link.

· I will put them together into a playlist and share, ready for us to listen to when we come back in January (oh, to have a whole school tannoy like we did in my last school!)

A chance for us to share a bit of joy with each other and share a bit of ourselves.

Here’s mine; it makes me smile and want to dance every time I see it. Much to the embarrassment of my daughter.

m.youtube.com/watch?v=ru0K8uYE…

(Justin Timberlake Can’t Stop the Feeling)

Have a restful and incredibly well-deserved long weekend.

Kindest regards

Lena


Staffrm Transfer 6 – Celebration, Blogging as Reflection, Optimistic October, Disconnect Time, Post-holiday Post⤴

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Celebration time.

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Lena Carter · 1 year ago

I am going away to the wedding of my step-son and his partner tomorrow night and am already in holiday mode. I am getting ahead of myself and blogging tonight instead of on Saturday.

I have written a reflective post here:  https://lenabellina.wordpress.com/2016/09/22/inclusive-cpd/

But for this post I just want to share the three songs that went with my CPD on Monday:

youtu.be/NDHYZtwjFTs

youtu.be/-n3sUWR4FV4

youtu.be/sWEEaH3QZoI

Wishing my fab lone lunatic colleagues a brilliant weekend when it comes.

See you on the other side!

Blogging as reflection

Lena Carter · 1 year ago

Today I am leading a learning conversation at Pedagoo Muckle on Blogging as a reflective tool

I am a little apprehensive. These are the notes I have made to help me:

I am a newbie blogger: celebrated the 1 year anniversary last month: ResearchEd.

Blog – what on earth is that? Had to google it.

Section from my Into Headship Journal – September 2016.

“But within the Standards there is also the reference to the need to ‘to ask critical questions of educational policies and practices and to examine our attitudes and beliefs. Values, and the connections between values and practices, need to be regularly re-appraised over the course of teachers’ careers as society and the needs of learners change and as understanding develops.’ (GTC 2012, p6).

“I think that, a week ago, I would have said that I am a reflective practitioner but my reading over the last week has challenged me to think about the quality of my reflection. I have found that Gray’s ideas on the difference between reflection and critical reflection (Gray 2007), alongside Brookfield’s writing on hegemonic assumptions and the need to look at practice for what it really is (Brookfield 1995) have made me realise that often my reflection is uncritical. I mentioned in the webinar on Tuesday that I have a tendency to overthink and allow irrational worry to infiltrate my thinking and that this may well lead to what Brookfield refers to as ‘self-destructive workaholism’ (Brookfield 1995, p16). There is a need for me to adopt more rigour in my critical reflection and analysis of the tools described by Gray (Gray 2007) lead me to believe that this can be achieved by use of a reflective journal and critical incident analysis.”

Tentative start.First blog post was others’ ideas.

Husband – what do YOU think?Me?!? Who wants to know what I think?

Therapeutic.

Support structures:

Twitter.

@GilchristGeorge

@jillberry102

Negativity

Pedagoo – excellent support to start

#Teacher 5 a day

#29daysofwriting

#44weeksofwriting

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WordPress

Honesty? How honest? Maybe too honest?

Links with current thinking on authenticity and vulnerability: Brené Brown. TED talk – The Power of Vulnerability:

“Truth and courage aren’t always comfortable, but they’re never weakness.”

“To me, a leader is someone who holds her- or himself accountable for finding potential in people and processes.”

“Authenticity is a collection of choices that we have to make every day.”

What type of role models do we want to be?

Optimistic October

#optimism

Lena Carter · 1 year ago

Optimism. Glass half full or glass half empty? Maybe a bit of both. Not pretending that life doesn’t have difficult moments but accepting the ups and downs.

Passion. Find that thing you care about and plan to do more of it in the future.

Thrive. Rather than survive. You owe it to yourself.

Inspiration. Connect with others and fill your world with positive reinforcement throughout the day.

Music. Have songs at the ready to help you stay hopeful. My favourite album for this is ‘Like Comedy’ by The Proclaimers.

Involve yourself. Join in, sign up… for events, concerts, lunch dates, drama groups, sports teams. Having things to look forward to in the diary helps a lot.

Start something. Once you have started plan how to progress it further into the future.

Trust. In yourself. In others. In humanity and in natural processes.

Imagination. Picture what your ideal future looks like and set off towards it.

Celebrations. Plan to celebrate as much as possible. Eat cake, drink wine, dance and sing. Celebrate each new day if you feel like it.

October. Has been the happiest and saddest of months for me. The month my daughter was born and the month I lost my lovely Grandmother aged a magnificent 100. The highs and the lows.

Connect. The more people you get to know, the more perspectives you will come to understand and the more you will see how diverse and amazing the human race is.

Teach. Children are the messages we send into the future (Brent Davies). Make them good ones.

Obstacles. Embrace them and use them to develop resilience and courage.

Blessings. Count them. Friends, family, the autumn colours, the sunset.

Explore. The world is a vast and exciting place. New vistas often offer new hope.

Reflect. Look back and learn so that you can move forward.

Disconnect time.

#wellbeing

Lena Carter · 1 year ago

Today I start my holiday. I won’t be around on here for a while. Time to disconnect.

I wrote this to staff in this week’s ‘Friday Thoughts’:

Thank you:

For supporting all of our pupils to thrive and shine.

For taking extra care of our most vulnerable children.

For going above and beyond in difficult times.

Please, this holiday,:

Take the time to make sure that you thrive and shine.

Take care of yourself.

Go above and beyond for YOU and your family.

Thank you again.

I need to follow my own advice. Those on holiday too, have a great one.

Post holiday post

Lena Carter · 1 year ago

I have been on holiday this week.

I have switched off.

I have started a mindfulness course which has really opened my eyes: www.futurelearn.com/courses/mi…

I have started each day by dancing to Justin Timberlake: m.youtube.com/watch?v=ru0K8uYE…

I have eaten well, walked a lot and connected with family.

I invented a game which we played: You need access to Youtube. Each person shares and plays their “favourite song at this moment in time”. It is brilliant to play in an intergenerational group as Grandad gets to hear Green Day and daughter gets to hear Bizet. And no one day is the same as the next as it is mood dependent.

I have had a couple of days of feeling utterly wretched.

I have reflected a lot. I also wrote a blog post, even though I had not planned to.

I have devoured ‘The Hours’ by Michael Cunningham.

I now have 4 days left.

I need to go into work on at least one, probably one and a half.

But I plan to hold on to feeling calm.

I plan to stay mindful, multitask less and be more focused.

And I plan to keep dancing.

Have a great break, if yours is just starting. Xx


8 blogs that I am glad I wrote in 2017.⤴

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There seems to be a trend that people are sharing their top 10 blogs from 2017.

I l blogged less in 2017 than I had in 2016 and lost my way a bit.

I nearly gave up blogging altogether but I am glad I didn’t as writing keeps me sane, helps me reflect and most importantly connects me with others.

To buck the trend of top 10s, here are my top 8. Thanks for reading my ramblings, for engaging with them and for challenging me when I talk nonsense.

I will probably carry on in 2018 and I’d love you to keep reading.

1.

This one is about keeping on top of things when life seems to be against you:

https://lenabellina.wordpress.com/2017/02/25/746/

2.

This one is very long and probably quite boring unless you are interested in timetabling from scratch:

https://lenabellina.wordpress.com/2017/05/29/the-story-of-a-timetable/

3.

This one is a reflection on the nonsensical nature of judging children through exams:

https://lenabellina.wordpress.com/2017/08/13/real-results/

4.

This one is about why we have to teach about mental health:

https://lenabellina.wordpress.com/2017/09/22/why-we-need-to-teach-about-mental-health/

5.

This one is about our why:

https://lenabellina.wordpress.com/2017/10/13/what-are-we-about/

6.

This one is about caring:

https://lenabellina.wordpress.com/2017/10/19/pastoral-care/

7.

This one is also too long but talks about my latest obsession and a revolution in kindness:

https://lenabellina.wordpress.com/2017/10/29/on-a-saturday-youre-mad/

8. And lastly, this one is about honesty.

https://lenabellina.wordpress.com/2017/12/02/honestly/

Have a great New Year celebration and a magical 2018.

 

 


And so this is Christmas.⤴

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And so here we are. A late break-up on Friday, a mad panic now to get it all done……and I sit once again on my exercise bike and ponder.

I have the usual side throat and swollen glands. I have the usual feeling of panic at the days of enforced eating and relaxation ahead. I am beyond tired and the cosy film-watching in front of the tv has already been spoiled by my inability to stay awake for more than 5 minutes: “Mum!!! Wake up! Stand up! Drink coffee!”.

But I also have an unusual sense that things are ok.
That I am ok.

I have achieved a lot this year. I have been a success in my role as Acting Head of Secondary Teaching and Learning, I have written a school timetable which works (my first), I have started to make changes in the teaching and learning culture at school and I have submitted an application for the post on a permanent basis. Wish me luck.

As for any school in Scotland this year, we have faced significant challenges in terms of staffing and austerity measures and it has been a very challenging period.
We have come to learn that the much-needed mental health support for many of our vulnerable children now on the whole has to come from within the school. I have worked hard to ensure that all of our staff work in a way that is nurturing of pupils who need unconditional love, aspirational role models and positive regard if they are to thrive.

I have worked very, very hard this year. But that is ok. Because as well as the bigger achievements outlined above, I have some smaller ones squirrelled away in my heart that I can’t tell you about in detail. They involve unexpected thank-yous, achievements and attendance from pupils who without our support might have given up or been given up on.

Below is the address I gave to the school on Thursday.
Achievements, mistakes, learning, fun and kindness. What else is there?
Happy holidays to all my wonderful friends.

 

“And so, it falls to me, at the end of this assembly, to say thank you.

First of all I want to thank all those who have contributed to this fantastic assembly.
But I would also like to thank you all, for everything you have done over the last year to make our school the respectful, achieving, happy and safe place that it is.

This time last year I talked to you about the fact that you all had the potential to do amazing things in the year ahead. And over the last 12 months we as a school have achieved some truly amazing things. From the academic successes in qualifications achieved by our senior phase students last year, to the brilliant achievements of our pupils in sporting activities, to the outstanding musical performances such as those in last week’s concert but also in the social events that have taken place including last night’s fantastic Snowball, you have shown that you are truly amazing.

Of course there are some of us in the room who have not always got it right, who have made mistakes and who have needed to move on from these mistakes and learn from them. And as a place of learning, our school will always support you in that.
As the great Nelson Mandela once said:
“I never lose. I either win or learn.”

Thank you for making our school a place of great learning over the last year.

And thank you especially from me to all of the staff in the school who have made that possible.

Finally I would like to take this opportunity to wish every one of you a wonderful Christmas.
Be kind, have fun and stay safe.
Happy Christmas.”

 

 


Parkhill Secondary School: Preparing flexible learning pathways for young people with additional needs⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

Parkhill Secondary School in Glasgow has developed an exciting and innovative approach to preparing young people with additional support needs for the world of work.  In partnership with colleges and employers the school has established their own Enterprise Academy that provides pupils with  work-based learning opportunities and industry relevant qualifications.

Access the outline of the programme here:

The following film clips outline the format, experiences and impact of the Academy programme :

The school has used the Career Education Standard to reflect on the progress made in delivering against the expectations set out within the standard:      Parkhill Sec School, CES self-evaluation

 

 

 

Interesting Practice exemplar – Castlebrae Community High School: Junior Adventure Leader⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

This exemplar outlines a 8 week programme that helps learners in  S2 to gain valuable experiences, skills and qualifications in relation to the world of work.  Delivered in partnership with a number or organisations this PSHE course component provides learner with the opportunities to develop a wide variety of employability and career management skills as well as key attributes and dispositions to better prepare them for the world of work.

This is one component of a wider whole school strategy on career education that aims to inspire and prepare learners for future pathways and the world of work.

The following will outline the programme in more detail

The following documents provide materials in support of the delivery of an SQA employability award  :

 

Teach Languages Conference, 10 February 2018⤴

from @ My Languages


Teach Languages 2018
Teach Languages is a conference and exhibition for language teachers organised by Linguascope. The 2018 edition will take place on Saturday 10th February 2018.

Programme
The focus for the 2018 edition will be the teaching of grammar. Speakers include Sue CaveJuliet ParkIsabelle Jones and Judith Rifeser. To view a printable version of the full programme, click here.

Venue
Teach Languages is taking place at the Rich Mix Cultural Foundation in East London. Rich Mix is conveniently located just outside Shoreditch High Street station (Overground) and within walking distance of Liverpool Street station. There is also plenty of free parking spaces around the venue at the weekend. To help you find your way, we’ve produced a printable map for you to download. For travel details, check out the Rich Mix website

A day pass gives you access to any sessions and the exhibition area for the whole day. It also includes your delegate pack, refreshments and lunch.
The cost of a day pass is:
• £60 (£50 + VAT)
• £48 (£40 + VAT) if booked and paid online
• FREE* for Linguascope subscribers
*You will find your redemption code in the Staffroom section of the Linguascope website, under "Training Events"). Note that free tickets are subject to a £10 deposit (fully refundable if you attend on the day) to ensure that no place is wasted.

Sessions:
Creative Grammar: Developing Language Learner's independence • Isabelle Jones
With the new GCSE in sight and the need to produce writing in exam conditions, teaching and learning grammar has never been so important. This session will aim to introduce delegates to a range of strategies to develop the learning of grammar creatively from key stage 2 in order to produce independent and successful language learners ready for GCSE and beyond.

Grammar Moves • Sue Cave
Activities for developing grammatical understanding will be demonstrated. They have been tried and tested in Key Stage 2, however, they could equally be suitable for other age groups. Each activity will relate to the KS2 targets of the MFL Programme of Study. The emphasis will be on progression from word to sentence level both orally and written. Most of the activities include either movement or a kinaesthetic element and are designed to engage learners actively and creatively. All the examples will be in French but can be adapted for most languages.

The Final Countdown: Revision Revisited • Juliet Park
This session will focus on the lead up to the new exam, how we can help our students prepare for the new exam-style questions and be ready to apply grammar and vocabulary independently and spontaneously. This session will show effective ways to build exam-style practise into your lessons and ensure that students are getting sufficient exposure and practise both in the classroom and independently to help maximise their performance.

Grammar|in|con|text: Teaching grammar through film and other authentic resources in the TL • Judith Rifeser
The teaching of grammar, the use of cultural resources as well as the teaching in the target language are all key elements of the MFL agenda. But how can we make our teaching ARPS: authentic, relevant, purposeful and stimulating, whilst still ensuring students are getting to grips with complex grammatical structures and rules? In this session, we’ll explore examples of good practice, in particular through film, to teach grammar in context, focussing on developing their grammatical awareness and explicit grammar knowledge in the target language, whilst still allowing students to improve all their skills and learn grammar in a fun and motivating way.


More Information and online booking:  http://www.teachlang.com/  See you there!

Impetus – Ready for Work report: The capabilities young people need to find and keep work!⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

In case you haven seen this report so far:

This Ready for Work (2014) report, produced by Impetus-PEF in partnership with the Young Foundation and the Social Research Unit at Dartington (SRU), seeks to provide practical answers to the question: how can we help young people be ready for work? The study aims to support those who fund, invest in or provide services to improve the employability of young people – including our main concern, young people from disadvantaged background.  

It identifies six essential capabilities that young people are expected to demonstrate in order to get and keep a job:

Self-awareness, Receptiveness, Drive, being Self-assured, Resilience and being Informed.

The report also reflected on a number of programmes or interventions with a proven record of success, providing valuable thoughts and information as people develop and implement strategies within their respective contexts.

You can access the report here:  2014_09-Ready-for-Work

DYW Moray releases new career videos⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

DYW Regional Group in Moray involved 15 pupils to plan, film and edit 6 films for use in any educational context to show young people what career opportunities are available to them in growth sectors in the local authority.

The films are focussed on 6 Growth Sectors identified in the Moray Skills Framework launched in May 2017 by the Moray Council.  We now would like the film to be used as much as possible to inform our young people better about potential career paths available to them – examples of usage may be at careers events; to assist with the delivery of courses within schools/colleges; to generally promote the Moray area for work etc.

Please follow the link below and scroll down to the section that says “Careers in Moray – Films for Educational Usage”.

https://www.dywmoray.co.uk/education

Teachers, Lecturers and Employers are more than welcome to use them to show to our young people in Moray the Careers Available to them.   Please can you pass on this email to any of your colleagues who would find it of value to see or use the films.

The films are also available on our YouTube page.  Please click on the links below for each video.

  1. Early Learning and Childcare Sector Film – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tVtmjGMz6bU
  2. Food, Drink & Tourism Sector Film – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KvdIsrynuhc
  3. Engineering Sector Film – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6SYWiz89Tc
  4. Creative Industries & IT – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=txfUIjYhay0
  5. Business/Professional Services Sector Film – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U8ruawNL-mo
  6. Land Based Sector Film – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mX77i4dvNdM

 

Also, if you haven’t yet noticed on our social media pages, there is a number of photos that were taken from our Moray’s Aspiring Film Trainee Awards (MAFTAs) on Monday evening.  This event launched the films and recognised all of the pupils involved in the project.  You can find these photos on the Facebook page “DYW More in Moray” – https://www.facebook.com/DYWMoreInMoray/.

First Test of Happy Scribe @_getscribe⤴

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Happy Scribe @_getscribe

We provide you with an user friendly interface to transcribe your interviews from speech to text. Proudly made in Ireland by two students.

The prices are very reasonable, £0.09 per minute. 50p minimum charge. So I though it was worth a punt, I uploaded my most recent microcast:

And in a couple of minutes I got this back:

This is a make you cast by Duron Johnson. Podcasting history. According to Wikipedia podcasting fruits and audio blogging from way back when. The word seemed to be coined in 2004 at Thamer just published some audio recordings of rating classer. 10 year olds who produced Rosko website. Once I figured out podcasting wasn’t a fad with me the real podcast which ran for several years starting podcasting as a meeting developed was really useful. I think Falk’s still despite the best efforts find the concept of RSS difficult. When I started publishing podcasts. I ended up reading the RSS because some of it and rating our podcast RSS by hand. The web page that showed the pod cast was just a p p pedes that Parche the RSS. This way the episodes get back said forewards way of make a broadcast. Given a new Wortle in the West or PSP. It was quite surprising this worked. But it didn’t suit enshrouding they had a reasonable understanding who catching and RSS worked. One of the interesting things was at that point the school bought and I pored. Over we edited and recorded some of each episode we did on a Mac of the audio came from the iPod’s recording feature although the odd audio quality was a remember. 64 bit more. The interface was was really great. The click wheel thing. Really easygoing pupils to use compared to any other digital recorder issue apart on the market. And that kind of iceballs speaks to the way I am doing this no into my phone. Even though we had a podcast and Macs we used on audacity then to put the Pokus again and I’m still using that day for podcasting. But mostly these make CAS amusin workflow or at least no use in fitting a recording studio. To do a wee bit and the more editing. If any to. Most Borgman and the pod casting back in was with pupils but it did make a few pod cast myself when I thought I had something to see and later on about 2007. David Nobile and they started s l f talk. This was up open in the. Who was attending the Scottish festival podcast and folks submitted audio via email to Posterous or by tagging it in a Audioboo when it was imported Posterous and a couple other makers we had.

That. For me this was vs incoming. It was just really groovy. It became a no US show it turned into the age of talk which later became radio wages talk. This is a regular cast with different guests each week. Why broadcast the main podcast. The more microcaps recently have kind of been struggling a bit and organized in guess some dipping in the Skase rules. The habits are much better at keeping this going all the time but I do enjoy talking into a microphone so I’ve started this make it cast again it’s kind of ebb forward. This would be Episode 13 but I’ve decided to stop with the numbering. After listening to Chris Aldrich. And his Maker cast Gwennie suggests that. It’s very practical. To regimented.

But mainly that’s a tool for listening. So ever saw of beautifulness make a cast with a series of three point episodes. This is the third. That point can have lost a lot of momentum. As I’ve had a bit of a virus chest infection a few weeks so a wee bit stuffy but I’m really hoping to be more regular Castano most of my pade Carson has been around education and a tech I’ve occasionally wandered off into the long grass field recording towards couping or ear birds crooking are buskers.

Battling whatever sucky or street they mostly have stuck to the early and Norbert and workin. I think they’re going to probably a little more personal. We’ve a plan behind. Waiting a finished here and atry. I hope to take one or two lessons with me and hope you enjoyed this show.

It was presented in a nice editor so you can listen and edit easily before you download. The editor highlights the words as the audio plays, you can adjust the speed. It looks ease to use but I’ve not tried that yet. At first glance the site looks nicely designed and easy to use, I’ve managed this and the blog post is 10 minutes or so before school.

When I get a moment I am going to see how long the editing process takes. But the bell is going to ringing for the last day of term in two or three minutes.