Author Archives: E. MacQuarrie

Whole School Approach -reducing the cost of a school day⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

Child Poverty Action Group has some good practice examples of working with partners in the community including local organisations to help towards reducing the cost of a school day see link below

 http://www.cpag.org.uk/content/it-takes-all-us-whole-school-approach-reducing-costs-school-day

 

Can we learn from Making Ireland Click – Literacy series⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

Making Ireland Click is a campaigning four-part series, guided by Ireland’s Digital Champion, David Puttnam.  on the skills  Irish citizens need  to be  digitally literate. Over four half hour episodes, the series deals with digital inclusion and showcases work around skills needed  to go online.

There are a range of useful adult learner resources, including videos on online banking and social media tips, available on the shows.
To learn more about Making Ireland Click see here

John Muir Award activity with schools 2015-2016⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

john_muir_way_scotland_10-12-2006The John Muir Award is used to help deliver Curriculum for Excellence outcomes and demonstrates Learning for Sustainability in action. It involves pupils taking responsibility for nature (in school grounds and communities), helps establish aspirations for healthy behaviour, and improves wellbeing in line with Scottish Government SHANARRI indicators. Such activity helps foster a culture of achievement in schools – building essential skills for life, learning and work, and raising attainment for all.

During 2015-2016:

  •  445 schools were involved in delivering the John Muir Award in Scotland (this includes 45% of Secondary Schools, 12% of Primary Schools and 13% of Special Schools)
  •  15,858 Awards were achieved by pupils and staff (15% increase on 2014-15)
  •  3,362 Awards (21%) were achieved by pupils who experience some form of disadvantage

For full report with breakdown of each local authority  see here

What keeps you sharp? Over 40 this is for you⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

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What Keeps You Sharp? survey launched

People often think of changes in their thinking skills with age in terms of decline. While some people do experience these changes, others do not.

What Keeps You Sharp? is a nationwide survey being led by researchers at Heriot-Watt University about your beliefs and attitudes to how thinking skills might change with age. They  also want to know if you think there are things we can do to maintain or improve thinking skills as we grow older.

If you’re aged 40 or over and living in the UK you can complete the survey online: http://tinyurl.com/keepingsharp.

 Help  spread the word

They  want to reach as broad an audience as possible, so share within your own networks – email lists, Facebook and other social media.

Anyone on social media can share the links  from @TheAgeingLab and the hashtag #WhatKeepsYouSharp?

Please share the survey among your friends and family and any groups you might be associated with.

Grants of between £500 and £2,000 -Scotrail’s Community Grants⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

Scotrail’s Community Grants Fund
The ScotRail Foundation provides grants of between £500 and £2,000 to grass roots community groups and charities in Scotland.

Your PTA or parents’ group might qualify  as long as there is a wider benefit.  Applicants should read the guidelines before making an online application.
Applications must fit within at least one of the following criteria to be eligible for funding:
• Promotion of positive mental health and wellbeing
• Targeting improvements in literacy, numeracy and health and wellbeing in primary schools
• Improving the community’s environmental impact at a local level, encourage recycling or upcycling, or run environmental information or outreach programmes.
The next deadline for applications is 30 September 2016. 
Contact: Foundation Scotland, Tel: 0131 524 0340 [ e-mail | website

Supporting Men’s Sheds⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

scottish-mens-sheds-association-logo-WT-smallCan you help your local Men’s Shed?

In Argyll and Bute  when a school was  updating technical equipment they  gifted it to their local Men’s shed.  It’s a recycle/ re-use story.  Actions like this   promote inter-generational activities and lifelong learning.

A men’s shed is a meeting place where men come together and take part in a variety of mutually agreed activities. There are Men’s Sheds in 22 regions – there could be one near you.  More information from Age Scotland  or Scottish Men’s Sheds website

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Supporting Men’s Sheds⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

scottish-mens-sheds-association-logo-WT-smallCan you help your local Men’s Shed?

In Argyll and Bute  when a school was  updating technical equipment they  gifted it to their local Men’s shed.  It’s a recycle/ re-use story.  Actions like this   promote inter-generational activities and lifelong learning.

A men’s shed is a meeting place where men come together and take part in a variety of mutually agreed activities. There are Men’s Sheds in 22 regions – there could be one near you.  More information from Age Scotland  or Scottish Men’s Sheds website

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Young People’s Social and Political Participation Across the EU⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

 LSE pilot study ends 3rd July
CATCH-EyoU (Constructing Active Citizenship with European Youth: Policies, Practices, Challenges and Solutions) is a research and innovation action funded by the European Commission
CATCH-EyoU is trying to find out about young people’s social and political participation across the EU and want to understand why and how some young people decide to participate (or to not participate) in their communities, in politics, and in social life. They are especially interested in European active citizenship and what this might mean to young people.
The project is currently carrying out a survey which seeks the views of young people, in two separate age groups: between 16-18, and between 19–25 on their experiences and perspectives as young European citizens. The pilot survey will be open until 3 July.
For young people between the ages of 16-18 the link to the survey is here.
For young people between the ages of 19-25 the link to the survey is here.
Any young person completing the whole survey will be eligible to win one of ten £20 Amazon voucher prizes. These will be randomly allocated at the beginning of July, and will be sent via email to the winning participant.
Find out more here.
Contact: Dr Sam Mejias at London School of Economic and Political Science, s.mejias@lse.ac.uk

Age Friendly Schools – Perth and Kinross – Glasgow⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

Generations Working Together  invites primary and secondary schools to become involved in an age friendly project supported by a GWT Development Officer. They  are looking to identify 4 schools within City of Glasgow and Perth & Kinross local Authority Areas, one primary and one secondary from each area to be part of this project in the next academic year.

In partnership with Linking Generations Northern Ireland (LGNI) and with funding secured to develop this project from The Big Lottery, GWT is looking to identify schools who would like to show that they can be a hub for intergenerational engagement promoting inclusion, participation and wellbeing of older people and the generations they share their communities with.

 

If you are interested and would like to know more please check out here . Deadline for calls of interest close on Friday 29th April at 5pm.

Nominate a Family for a free break through Visit Scotland⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

Free breaks for Scottish families. As part of VisitScotland’s Spirit of Scotland campaign a range of  businesses will offer  almost 100 vulnerable and disadvantaged Scottish families the opportunity to experience more of the Spirit of Scotland for themselves. All families must be referred by someone who knows them professionally like a teacher, social worker, health visitor or another charity.  To find out more and apply for a break click here http://www.familyholidayassociation.org.uk/scotspirit/