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New GME self-evaluation activity⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

The Framework for Educational Leadership is an online learning resource which supports professional learning in leadership for educators at all stages of their careers.   We have added an activity to the framework which is bespoke to Gaelic Medium Education (GME).  This aims to support practitioners to develop an understanding of the key documents which assist in making self-evaluation integral to improving GME.  This activity will be useful to senior leaders and practitioners of 3-18 GME settings.  It will also be useful to those who have responsibilities to support continuous improvements in GME in local authorities and regional improvement colloboratives (RICs).

Useful links are:

How good is our school? (fourth edition)

Advice on Gaelic Education

Statutory Guidance for Gaelic Education

GTCS Professional Standards

Fullan, M. (2014) Leadership: Maximizing Impact

Parent, pupil and partner engagement in School Improvement Planning in Riverside Primary School

The Framework for Educational Leadership can be accessed here:

<https://www.scelframework.com/>

 

Then select:

Leading: self-evaluation

Then select the activity:

Ag àrdachadh dòighean-obrach proifeiseanta ann am Foghlam tro Mheadhan na Gàidhlig (FMG)

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Moderation Poster (Gaelic version)⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

We are pleased to provide Gaelic Medium provisions with a Gaelic version of the Moderation Cycle poster.   Please contact distribution@educationscotland.gsi.gov.uk.

We hope that the poster will help raise awareness of the Moderation Cycle, and that it will support professional discussion and reflection.

More information can be found at these two links.

National Improvement Hub

https://education.gov.scot/improvement/learning-resources/The%20Moderation%20Cycle

Moderation Hub on Glow

https://glowscotland.sharepoint.com/sites/PLC/moderationhub/SitePages/Home.aspx

 

 

 

New resource to support Gaelic (Learners) in the curriculum⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

Linguascope now includes resources to support Gaelic  (Learners) as L2 and L3 in the curriculum.

Examples of these resources are available here:

https://www.linguascope.com/preview/students/beginner/topic.php?language=gaelic&topic=town&utm_source=Linguascope+Newsletter&utm_campaign=dd4f6fd2e0-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_04_24&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_32aafcf909-dd4f6fd2e0-453467709&mc_cid=dd4f6fd2e0&mc_eid=d89429835a

Existing subscribers may log in here:

https://www.linguascope.com/?utm_source=Linguascope+Newsletter&utm_campaign=dd4f6fd2e0-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_04_24&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_32aafcf909-dd4f6fd2e0-453467709&mc_cid=dd4f6fd2e0&mc_eid=d89429835a

Our National Improvement Hub has resources for Gaelic (Learners):

Gaelic (Learners) 1 + 2

 

Updates from Education Scotland on Gaelic (Learners) are available here:

https://blogs.glowscotland.org.uk/glowblogs/eslb/category/languages/gaelic-learners/

An t-Alltan Conference for practitioners of GME and GLE, 26 and 27 September 2018⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

An t-Alltan is an annual conference to support the delivery of Gaelic Medium and Learner Education in the curriculum.  It also supports the delivery of Gaelic (Learners) as part of the 1+2 Approach to Languages.

For more information, please visit

https://www.storlann.co.uk/an-t-alltan/

Useful links from our National Improvement Hub

Resources from a conference to support the GME secondary curriculum – Transitions to secondary:

https://education.gov.scot/improvement/self-evaluation/Conference%20on%20Gaelic%20Education:%20Transitions%20to%20Secondary

Resources from a conference to support Gaelic (Learners) 1+2 in the curriculum:

https://education.gov.scot/improvement/learning-resources/Conference%20-%20Gaelic%20Learners%20in%201plus2%20Approach%20to%20Languages

Updates from Education Scotland on Gaelic (Learners):

https://blogs.glowscotland.org.uk/glowblogs/eslb/category/languages/gaelic-learners/

Updates from Education Scotland on Gaelic Medium Education:

https://blogs.glowscotland.org.uk/glowblogs/eslb/category/languages/literacy-and-gaidhlig/

 

National Gaelic Language Plan 2018-2023⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

Bord na Gaidhlig has produced a new National Gaelic Language Plan. This sets out priorities for increasing the numbers speaking, learning and using the language.

The central aim of the Plan is to encourage and enable more people to use Gaelic more often and in a wider range of situations.  The key messages, aims, priorities and new commitments contained in the Plan all contribute to achieving this increased use of Gaelic.

John Swinney, Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills said “I am very pleased to launch this new National Gaelic Language Plan which reflects Gaelic’s unique and important contribution to many areas of Scottish life. It is vital that we have clear agreed priorities and continue to work together to increase the numbers speaking, learning and using the language. I would like to commend Bòrd na Gàidhlig for the work they have done in completing this Plan and I look forward to the opportunities for innovation, co-operation and progress prioritised in the plan over the next five years.”

Amongst the priority areas for the next five years are:

  • Initiatives targeting the use of Gaelic by young people
  • Increasing the contribution Gaelic makes to the Scottish economy across different sectors
  • Increasing the demand and provision for Gaelic Education
  • Developing Gaelic  medium workforce recruitment, retention, training and supply
  • Gaelic in the family
  • Gaelic Language Plans developed and implemented by public bodies; and
  • Promotion of the social, economic and cultural value of Gaelic

For more information, please see the National Gaelic Language Plan 2018-2023

Opportunities for Personal Achievements through Gaelic⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

An Comann Gaidhealach’s newsletter has a summary of the dates for local Mods across Scotland.  Education Scotland’s Advice on Gaelic Education refers to such opportunities for personal achievements as an important context for applying language, building confidence and developing a range of skills for learning life and work.

Here are some useful links:

An Comann Gaidhealach’s newsletter:

http://www.ancomunn.co.uk/images/uploads/Cuairt-litir_Mart_2018.pdf

Education Scotland’s Advice on Gaelic Education:

https://education.gov.scot/improvement/self-evaluation/Comhairle%20mu%20Fhoghlam%20Gàidhlig/%20Advice%20on%20Gaelic%20Education

Statutory Guidance on Gaelic Education:

http://www.gaidhlig.scot/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Statutory-Guidance-for-Gaelic-Education.pdf

 

 

 

 

Education Scotland's Learning Blog 2018-03-27 13:32:41⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

CfE Benchmarks: Frequently-asked questions

 

Education Scotland has published a paper on frequently-asked  questions about the Benchmarks. It seeks to clarify key points, and to support the effective use of the Benchmarks as part of assessment and moderation.

This paper, and the Benchmarks across curricular areas, are available here:

https://education.gov.scot/improvement/learning-resources/Curriculum%20for%20Excellence%20Benchmarks

Coming soon are the Gaelic translations of the Benchmarks for Expressive Arts, Modern Languages, Science, Social Studies and Technologies.

Digital Parenting Magazine⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

Digital technology is integral to many areas of learning. The recently-published Digital Parenting magazine contains expert opinion and advice on how parents, teachers, carers and professionals can keep young people safer online.  The magazine is available here:

https://parentzone.org.uk/Digital-Parenting-Magazine-order-here

 

Challenge questions to support improvement⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

We have updated the Advice on Gaelic Education to reflect some recent changes to the 1+2 policy. This change enables children to continue with L3, as they move from primary to secondary, if schools are able to demonstrate that children’s achievements are “approaching the second level”.  We have included challenge questions, matched to the quality indicators, to support self-evaluation for self-improvement.

This section of the Advice is available here:

https://education.gov.scot/improvement/Documents/Gael3-16curriculum318LanguageLearning12.pdf

There is also an earlier blog entry which may be useful to read.

The 1+2 Leadership Programme⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

2 – 5 July 2018, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.

This national leadership programme is now open for registration.  It is hosted by SCILT and Education Scotland. The programme is aimed at those who have, or aspire to have, a responsibility for leading languages and developing colleagues’ capacity to deliver the 1+2 approach to languages in their context.  The programme is free of charge for educators in the public sector and begins with a summer school.

The programme themes include:

  • 1+2 languages: the national picture and the position of languages within the National Improvement Framework and the Scottish Attainment Challenge
  • Strategic leadership in languages: planning and evaluation
  • Progression in language learning
  • Parental and wider engagement in language learning
  • Raising attainment: practical ways to develop literacy skills across languages
  • L3 – existing models, diversity of languages
  • Inclusive practice in languages

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