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Gaelic (Learners) in the secondary curriculum⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

e-Sgoil is an interactive, real-time teaching facility which uses Glow, Office 365 and Vscene to make Gaelic part of the curriculum in any school in Scotland.  e-Sgoil is offering  National 5 and Higher Gaelic (Learners) from August 2018.  This may be to provide progression with the 1+2 Approach to Languages in the broad general education or within the senior phase, or to enable learners to access Gaelic as a new subject.

e-Sgoil can also offer weekly inputs for Gaelic (Learners)  in the broad general education.

For more information, please contact e-sgoil@gnes.net or phone 01851 822850.

A review of e-Sgoil’s first year of operation is available here:

http://e-sgoil.com/media/1133/e-sgoil-report-year-1-june-2018.pdf

 

 

Practice exemplar: secondary GME curriculum⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

The recently published report, ‘Quality and Improvement in Scottish Education 2012-2016’ (QuISE) highlighted a number of key areas of strengths and aspects for improvement from 3-18 Gaelic Medium Education (GME) inspections. You can read the chapter relating to GME on our website.

Most of the primary schools we inspected were making good use of national advice to improve the opportunities children have to learn through Gaelic.  However, we noted that in secondary schools, staff needed to make much more use of national advice to ensure that young people have significantly greater opportunities to learn through Gaelic.

We have added a new practice exemplar and challenge questions to the National Improvement Hub (NIH) which shows how The Nicolson Institute, Stornoway improved their secondary Gaelic Medium and Learner curriculum.

For more information, please visit

https://education.gov.scot/improvement/self-evaluation/gael14-improving-the-secondary-curriculum-for-gme

Briefing on Gaelic Education⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

Our latest briefing on Gaelic Education is now available and features:

Please follow this link for our Briefings.

There are ongoing updates on our blog for GME and Gaelic Learner Education.

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.