Author Archives: K. Mayer

Aberdeenshire Council’s Work Placement Unit Newsletter 2018⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

The latest newsletter on Work Placements has been released by Aberdeenshire Council providing an overview of the breath and depth of the developments in the authority.  This includes case studies from schools, the experiences and perspectives of employers  as well as accounts of learners participating in a wide variety of work-based learning opportunities.

Find out more about Aberdeenshire’s offers and achievements by accessing the Workplace Newsletter 2018 Final.

Broughton High School students’ social enterprise units the community over a cuppa and some cake⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

BRO Enterprise is a social enterprise and cooperative which aims to look at ways to tackle social isolation and loneliness in the community by bringing people together to enjoy a cup of tea and a cake, and to have fun together through crafts and interactive reading activities

Students of Broughton High School have created a safe and welcoming space featuring a community café and intergenerational workshops where everyone is welcome. Established in late November 2017, the enterprise has been running each Friday afternoon and boasts a growing customer base of café regulars and workshop participants from early years to the golden agers. A recent partnership with the Cyrenians Fareshare movement enables the enterprise to provide very low cost and healthy home-made soups and baking. Natalia’s red velvet cake is a definite favourite.

The social enterprise has been a really positive movement in our school.

Learners have real opportunities to become effective contributors and responsible, caring citizens who feel empowered to bring about change within their community. Students are developing skills for work and life in addition to building confidence and creativity. They plan and lead the interactive workshops, create the activities and resources and manage the running of the café. Already, we see that working closely with our community is helping to build a stronger and more caring society.

Each week we provide workshops for people of all ages. We might have an eighty year old making playdough with a seven year olds, or a whole room reading together with props and mimes.

Perth and Kinross Council: Learner Profiles and Profiling Guidance⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

The following documents provide guidance and support materials  developed  by Perth and Kinross Council to support the profiling process and the creation of  learner profiles:

  1. PKC Profiling and profiles 3-18
  2. Perth and Kinross: ‘A Skills Framework – creating a standard together’



Kingussie High School: Profiling employability skills and wider achievement⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

This DYW ‘interesting practice’ exemplar provides a synoptic overview of the profiling format adopted by Kingussie High School. It also outlines its systematic approach of capturing and reporting learners’ wider achievement both within and out with the school in recognition of its significant contribution to the development of employability skills.  This is part of the school’s wider DYW implementation plan with the aim of supporting learners’ progression towards sustained and positive destination.

This case study has been developed to contribute to professional learning for practitioners at all levels working with children and young people from 3 – 18. It is structured to both inform and to support reflection on existing strengths and areas of development around profiling within the context of DYW.

The  exemplar focuses on three specific elements:

  • E-Portfolios
  • Wider Achievement Reporting
  • Visual CV’s.

What was done and why?

Profiling is a key component of a student’s development at Kingussie High School. It built E-Portfolio through Google Sites which allows student to store a variety of pieces of information about themselves, their learning and their skill development, digitally. In recognition of significant impact of wider achievement on the development of skills the school records and reports on this regularly.  The information contributes to the wider profiling and reflection process of learners.

In order to support learners in articulating their skills and career aspirations the school has developed visual CVs linked to their skills framework.

What is its impact?

The above components are part of the school’s wider DYW ambition to foster career aspirations and increase the employability of learners. It also contributes to the wider attainment of learners, which has significantly increased over the last 3 years.

This ‘DYW Interesting Practice’ exemplar has been summarised in the following document: Interesting Practice in Skills DYW – KHS – Version 1

This PowerPoint presentation offers an overview of the development work in this area: ESProfilingDYW_AB_KingussieHS (2)


You are invited to use this exemplar to reflect on the following questions:

  • To what extent do I engage children and young people in meaningful discussions about their skills development and assist them in profiling to support their career journeys?
  • How does my/our current practice relate to the profiling guidelines expressed within the CfE Briefing notes ‘Profiling and S3 Profiles’?
  • To what extent do I make use of relevant digital and online resources, in particular My World of Work?
  • How well do I use profiling with children and young people to discuss their progress particularly at transition stages?
  • To what extend do I support children and young people in the planning of future learning and envisaging career pathways?

Infographics bring the 10 Learner Entitlements to life⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

New infographics are now available to help you bring the 10 Learner Entitlements from the Career Education Standard 3-18 to life.

Download the Infographic entitlements. 

CES Implementation:  Where are you now?

If you are reflecting on the implementation of entitlements the following reflection tool may provide a starting point for you and your staff: CES 3-18 reflection tool L Entitlements

If you  are involved in DYW planning  the  Exemplification Tool may offer help and guidance.  Based on the ‘I can’ statements this resource  provides illustrations of what children and young people might experience across all levels of the curriculum in order to help  realise the entitlements.


East Ayrshire Council: ‘Learn 4 Work’ Challenge⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

Learn 4 Work is an innovative project in East Ayrshire where pupils come off-timetable for 3 days and work within a challenge group to produce a solution to a real life business challenge. This allows young people in 4th year to experience the world of work whilst in a school setting.

We are looking for a variety of businesses to get involved and commit to setting a business challenge for a group of young people within one of the participating schools. You must be able to launch your challenge on the morning of day one and visit again on the afternoon of day three to hear the group’s response. This is the minimum time required but you are also welcome to offer more input if in a position to do so.

Each challenge group will comprise of approximately 20-30 young people and they will work together over the three days to produce a solution for the challenge set. Your business challenge should be unique to your business but previous examples include: developing a new soft drink, reducing food waste, promoting a newly refurbished hotel, improving customer service experience and creating a recruitment campaign.

Dates for 2018 are as follows:

  • Grange Academy, Kilmarnock- Wednesday 2nd May to Friday 4th May
  • Loudoun Academy, Galston- Wednesday 9th May to Friday 11th May
  • Stewarton Academy- Tuesday 22nd May to Thursday 24th May

To get involved email:

Access last year’s innovative solutions here.

Scottish Power Energy Network – CPD event for teachers and practitioners: 28 March 2018⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

This is the first in a series of four opportunities which allows DYW representatives, teachers and educators to gain in-depth insight into what SP Energy Networks look for in candidates.

 The event will take place on 28 March 2018 and will run twice on that day. Attendees will have the choice of either a morning slot from 9-12 noon or an afternoon slot from 1-4pm.

The programme as follows:

  • Two sessions per day AM/PM with 32 places open for registration on each.
  • 30 minute presentation/interaction session on SP Energy Network activities and talent pipelines we have including Graduate, Craft Apprenticeship, Power Engineering, Engineering Foundation and Year in Industry programmes.
  • 1 hour tour of the training centre inclusive of a hand skill and overhead line demonstration.
  • Concludes with a 30 minute question and answer session.


The event will take place at the SPEN Training Centre in Cumbernauld:

ScottishPower Energy Networks,  Dealain House,  72 Napier Road, Wardpark, Cumbernauld, G68 0DF

 Booking should be made in the first instance through the Marketplace website. If you do not have access to Marketplace then please register your interest by contacting Alison Nimmo, DYW West Lothian at: 

Future events are being planned for the following dates: 13 June, 14 Sept, 16 Nov 2018.


Subject Choices tool kit supports learners plan their senior phase pathways⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

Skills Development Scotland has launched a choices toolkit that helps pupils to make the right subject choices for their future career pathways.  This tool complements the efforts of Career Advisors who are busy in schools providing a programme of support at this important  time for young people in S2/3.

The toolkit allows learners to connect subjects with the potential career opportunities and relevant job profiles.  You can access the toolkit at:

Using the toolkit

A support pack has been developed around the toolkit with useful ideas on how to support young people alongside the efforts of career advisors to make well informed and appropriate subject choices.

You can download the pack here:
SDS Partner toolkit

Boosting young people’s employability through LifeSkills⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

‘LifeSkills created with Barclays’ is a free employability programme for 11-24 year olds and we’re thrilled that, to date, we’ve had 5 million young people participate in the programme. Now we’re excited to announce two new initiatives that celebrate the achievements of young people, schools and colleges in their bids to boost career prospects.

What is LifeSkills?
Back in 2013, LifeSkills was launched to support educators address the growing skills gap amongst their students and face the youth employability challenge head on. Developed with educators across all four nations, LifeSkills strives to support educators develop young people’s employability skills through free, curriculum linked education content.
Through lesson plans, interactive challenges, videos and quick-fire activities, as well as student work placements opportunities and sending Barclays volunteers into the classroom, we want to help to bring  career education to life.

What does LifeSkills deliver?                                                                                    LifeSkills covers a range of different themes that all support young people get the skills they need to move forward from education into the 21st century workplace, including building resilience, learning to be a problem solving pro, becoming an expert communicator and mastering money management.

LifeSkills and the Career Education Standard
To make teachers’ lives as easy as possible, we ensure our content is aligned with the Career Education Standard’s goal of improving ‘young people’s ability to make informed decisions about future pathways’.   In particular, throughout the resources we look at how we can fulfil the following criteria highlighted within the standard:

• engage young people in meaningful discussion about their skills development
• develop their understanding of the responsibilities and duties placed on employers and employees
• facilitate young people’s learning and their ability to engage with a rapidly developing landscape of work/career and learning opportunities

Greg Leighton, an employability support officer in Glasgow and member of the LifeSkills Educator Advisory Council is passionate about the programme, stating ‘It’s no longer just about qualifications. Young people now, more than ever, need softer skills like confidence and communication, alongside relevant experience, to meet the demands of a changing world of work. LifeSkills resources are comprehensive, easy to use and essential in helping young people to realise and fulfil their true potential.’
But it doesn’t end there. Now we’re taking the programme to the next level.

LifeSkills Champions
Launched in October, LifeSkills Champions offers young people the chance to gain valuable recognition for boosting their own and their peers’ employability skills through LifeSkills. If you work in education, you can nominate anyone aged 14-19 to become a LifeSkills Champion.
Once nominated, young people are tasked with delivering a series of LifeSkills sessions to their peers. From CV writing to interview preparation, networking best practice and more, the sessions cover core skills and competencies that are essential to employers. What’s more, they’ll be supported along the way with a toolkit, packed full of tips and videos from LifeSkills Ambassadors. When their designated activities have been completed and approved, they’ll receive a ‘LifeSkills created with Barclays’ digital badge to help demonstrate to prospective employers that they’ve got the skills to take on new challenges, act as a leader and motivate others.

The LifeSkills Award
Going hand in hand with LifeSkills Champions is the LifeSkills Award. This recognises schools and colleges which are going above and beyond to support their students to gain the skills they need for better futures using LifeSkills. We know there are so many schools and colleges out there doing amazing work to set their students up for success by embedding LifeSkills across their whole institution, and we want to make sure they’re getting the recognition they deserve. Successful applicants will receive certification that demonstrates their institution’s commitment to championing young people’s employability locally and nationally, as well as to regulators and parents.
You can find out more about these two initiatives, alongside a wealth of free employability skills resources, at