Tag Archives: Active learning

Developing essential employability skills through outdoor education⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

Exposing young people to the outdoors and engaging them in activities that challenge and inspire them has long been highlighted as an important component to support the development of skills for learning, life and work.  Resilience , team building, problem-solving as well as acquiring technical skills  all help when it come to preparing for the world of work.

This has been highlighted by the recent visit of Jamie Hepburn, Scottish Minister for Employability and Training,  to The Outward Bound Trust’s Loch Eil Centre to see for himself how the trust works with young people to help them develop skills which enable them to become workplace-ready.   In his interview to the Scotsman (7 July) he said: “It was fantastic to see The Outward Bound Trust’s work helping young people build their skills and confidence while enjoying the outdoors. This kind of practical training is benefitting Scotland’s workforce and enabling our economy to grow and flourish. That is why we are investing in 30,000 modern apprenticeship starts per year by 2020 and are increasing the number of graduate level and foundation apprenticeships.”

The trust has recently placed even more emphasis on the transition from education to the workplace and to tailoring our offerings to respond to the Developing the Young Workforce agenda. We work with employers to design, develop and deliver courses that address specific workplace needs, such as positive attitudes, communication skills and determination to stay motivated when faced with difficult situations.

Read more at: http://www.scotsman.com/news/opinion/building-confidence-and-resilience-a-worthwhile-addition-to-workplace-skills-1-4497523#comments-area

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Edinburgh International Film Festival 2017⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

The programme for EIFF Youth Hub 2017 is now live!

Now in its fourth year, EIFF Youth Hub returns for four days packed with free practical filmmaking workshops, masterclasses and events for 15-25 year-olds. Whether you want to gain insights into animation or screenwriting, learn from experienced filmmakers about acting, cinematography or short filmmaking, or if you just want to network and step into a career in film – Youth Hub has something for everyone from 23 to 26 of June.

Events at Youth Hub are free with a Youth Hub Pass which costs £5 and gives access to all Youth Hub events as well as £5 discounted tickets to most EIFF films.

Highlights from this year’s programme directly related to careers in the industry:

A Foot in the Door: First Steps in Film & TV Drama

Saturday, 24 June 2017 | 5pm – 7pm | Education Space | Limited to 30 spaces.

Outlining how being a great runner can be the key to a successful start to your career. 

BAFTA award winning Scottish producer Linda Fraser (Hit the Ground Running) will share an overview of the industry in Scotland, what a runner does and how to be awesome at it. Packed with practical insider info and tips for how to get started, this is a session not to be missed!

Spaces for this event are limited. To sign-up please email youthhub@edfilmfest.org.uk 

A Foot in the Door: Career Advice Session

Saturday, 24 June 2017 | 10.15am – 1.30pm |Main Hall | Limited to 50 spaces.

Want to get your foot in the door and break into the film/TV industry? Join us for our hugely popular careers advice session with Creative Skillset and training scheme Hit the Ground Running as we help you plan your next big step towards a career in the industry. This session includes:

10.15am – 11am: Panel discussion 11.10 am – 12.15pm: Networking surgery with filmmakers and experts from the creative industries. 12.15pm – 1.30pm: A light networking lunch with industry guests, EIFF filmmakers and delegates.

Spaces for this event are limited. To sign-up please email youthhub@edfilmfest.org.uk

Access the full programme here:  https://www.edfilmfest.org.uk/learning/youth-hub

 

 

EXCHANGE – Be Seen – Be Heard – Be Inspired: An event for young people interested in the music industry⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

This unique event provides an excellent opportunity for young people interested in a career in the music industry from production to performance and connect with key people in the sector!

Date:   Friday 2 June 2017 Venue: SWG3, Glasgow

CALL OUT FOR YOUNG MUSICIANS   

Registration for the day and sign-up for performance opportunities is now open: www.mfy.org.uk/exchange 

The deadline for performance sign-ups is Monday, 1st May.

Aspiring young musicians from across Scotland will flock to SWG3, Glasgow on 2 June for Exchange 2017 – the unmissable event for young people looking to get ahead in the music industry.

Music for Youth’s Exchange is giving young performers from across Scotland the chance to learn from established artists and be inspired by industry professionals and their peers alike.  Hosted by BBC Radio Scotland’s Vic Galloway, Exchange is a whole day of keynote speakers, workshops, performances, advice, networking opportunities, a marketplace, and a line-up of music industry speakers covering a whole range of useful topics. Musicians also have the chance to be seen, and get their music heard by performing live for audiences throughout the day. Our professional Music for Youth Music Mentors will be on hand to offer each act feedback on their music and stage presence and highlight areas for development to take their music further. All groups that perform will also be considered for other opportunities such as the Music for Youth Proms at the Royal Albert Hall in November 2017.

We will be confirming panels, workshops and sessions to get involved with on the day shortly, so sign up and stay tuned!

Sign up for performance opportunities (deadline of 1st May 2017) or register for the day by visiting: www.mfy.org.uk/exchange

For more info call Tom Spurgin 020 7759 1838 DON’T MISS THIS UNIQUE EVENT.

EXCHANGE is supported by the Scottish Government’s Youth Music Initiative (YMI) which is administered by Creative Scotland, and the Viviendi Create Joy Fund.

David McDonald Creative Consultant Mobile: 07715 976 707

Website: www.davidmcdonald.org.uk

Teachmeet Firestarter 2017.⤴

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It was cold. Cold like winter. In fact, it was winter, but 15 teachers from across the region started fires, literally and metaphorically.

The first part of the teachmeet involved using steel and flints to spark onto a cotton wool pad which had some vaseline on it. It was huge fun. I think your class would like it.

Once we’d managed a spark and ignited the cotton wool we added the kindle we’d been taught how to split and gradually built our fires. Some were in Kelly Cans and one was in a colander with a trivet on the top. Simple, but huge fun. We boiled the water in the Kelly Cans and mashed ourselves a cup of tea. I know my class would love this, all of them and when they went home that night I reckon they’d tell their folks.

Matt from Grounds for Learning explained how to keep it safe, how to use the equipment and gave examples of the ages of children who’ve done this. You’d be surprised.

Aileen gave out some red strips of paper to add to the fire with our reasons we don’t do more outdoor learning. For me it’s really a bit of laziness. I know when I’ve gone outside with my classes they’ve loved it and they are engaged. Engaging children is something I believe is vital to our children getting the most from school life. I burned my laziness paper, I need to do a bit better.

The more traditional teachmeet section that followed was, as always, interesting. Listening to teachers talk about what they do, why they do it and the impact it has always is. Listening to Aileen talk about children needing recent experiences to talk and write about sparked my thoughts. I need to get my class outdoors a bit more. Teacher after teacher talked about outdoor experiences they had with their classes and each one spoke of the engagement with the traditionally ‘hard to reach’ groups of children.

Our final challenge was to write and then share:

‘What fires are you going to start:

In yourself?

In your class?

In your school?’

 

Well, I am going to take my class out once a week for at least half an hour of learning – I’m thinking this will be maths as this is an area I feel comfortable with and happy to challenge myself with.

In my school, I’m going to tell people how much my class enjoyed going out and offer to share the learning we’ve done and resources we’ve used.

In myself, I’m going to get my outdoor clothing organised so I can go out whatever the weather with my class!

 

Many thanks to Matt and Aileen. Grounds for Learning is know in the rest of the UK as ‘Learning Through Landscapes’.  Their website has lots of resources and ideas.

It really was cold, but it was worth it and I will make sure my children’s learning benefits.

 

Labour market-informed inspires curriculum change in the Western Isles⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

_DSC7168Over the last years a long-term education:economic strategy has been put in place that applies LMI to enhance ‘Personalisation and Choice’ in senior phase and drive forward curriculum change. A a result the Western Isles have achieved significantly improved SQA vocational education attainment, greater equity of provision, a local economically-relevant curriculum and increased positive, sustained destination rates for young people.

LMI-identified maritime industries as a key sector in this local authority and as a result a wide range of work-based learning opportunities have been created for young people, now embedded within the senior phase curriculum. As a result all CnES presenting centres run popular N5 Maritime Skills for Work courses. Such has been the industry recognition of the maritime skills, experiences and qualifications gained by young people in school, a number of pupils have secured part-time work with the Stornoway Port Authority and others employment in the aquaculture, ferry and fishing industries. Iain Stewart, Education and Childrens’ Services comments: “Our education/economic strategy has significantly improved the industry-relevant skills/qualifications employers are looking for and as a result enhanced the employability of young people – a win-win situation for both employers and young people. Young people find local employment, develop essential skills for what world of work and employers save money and time on the training of a young workface.”

The LMI prioritisation of STEM has also driven considerable senior phase change in recent years. Pupils in Castlebay School, Isle of Barra, informed by LMI asked for SQA Engineering in senior phase. Outcomes has taken the form of very good SQA results, increased post school progression to engineering FE and HE courses and to engineering work destinations. Of the ten Sgoil Lionacleit pupils on the Engineering Skills for Work course in 2014, eight progressed to engineering destinations In 2015, Western Isles schools, with under 1% of Scotland’s pupils accounted for 28% of SQA Engineering Skills for Work N5 passes (up from 24% in 2014).

The integration of LMI with pupil ‘Personalisation & Choice’ data promotes the ‘responsive schooling system’, something highlighted by the OECD as being of importance. The resulting senior phase progression pathways in the Western Isles have tangibly engaged young people, who see the economic currency and relevance of S4/5/6. Latest figures show over 25% of CnES school leavers with SQA vocational qualifications at SCQF 5 and above (Scottish average 9%) and of the 2015 school leavers, 42% are in work (also highest in Scotland).

 

LMI continues to inform new developments including industry-relevant SQA vocational qualifications and CnES E-Sgoil Gaelic language opportunities.

NB.: Here some additional statistics in support of the above:

* Scotland’s Youth Employment Strategy – Developing the Young Workforce KPI3 “increase the percentage of school leavers attaining vocational qualifications at SCQF level 5 and above”: (Data from Scottish Government ‘Summary statistics for attainment, leaver destinations and healthy living, No. 6: 2016 Edition – Attainment and Leaver Destinations’ 22 June 2016)

 
Percentage of 2014 school leavers attaining 1+ vocational qualifications at SCQF Level 5 and above Percentage of 2015 school leavers attaining 1+ vocational qualifications at SCQF Level 5 and above
Aberdeen City 7.1% 8.7%
Aberdeenshire 4.5% 4.4%
Angus 3.7% 3.9%
Argyll & Bute 10.6% 15.7%
Clackmannanshire 4.3% 1.8%
Dumfries & Galloway 8.7% 6.7%
Dundee City 6.0% 8.9%
East Ayrshire 8.2% 9.3%
East Dunbartonshire 8.3% 11.3%
East Lothian 7.7% 10.3%
East Renfrewshire 7.8% 8.6%
Edinburgh City 8.0% 10.6%
Eilean Siar 24.8% 26.0%
Falkirk 8.9% 10.6%
Fife 3.0% 4.0%
Glasgow City 6.9% 10.2%
Highland 11.0% 10.5%
Inverclyde 0.6% 3.5%
Midlothian 7.1% 16.4%
Moray 7.7% 8.1%
North Ayrshire 5.5% 12.0%
North Lanarkshire 9.3% 9.7%
Orkney Islands 11.4% 15.4%
Perth & Kinross 11.5% 13.6%
Renfrewshire 4.1% 6.2%
Scottish Borders 2.5% 4.1%
Shetland Islands 7.1% 10.4%
South Ayrshire 4.8% 7.7%
South Lanarkshire 3.1% 3.9%
Stirling 3.9% 5.9%
West Dunbartonshire 9.0% 15.6%
West Lothian 20.4% 21.4%
Grant Aided 12.9% 8.0%
Scotland 7.3% 9.0%
(Vocational qualifications: NC, HNC, SVQ, NPA, & Skills for Work.)

 

** CnES 2015 leavers follow-up, 97% in sustained destinations (with 42% in work) Data from SDS SLDR

*** Skills Strategy Spotlight Better Skills, Better Jobs, Better Lives, OECD 2013

****LMI priority-STEM With under 1% of the national school roll CnES schools in 2015 accounted for 28% of the SQA N5 Engineering Skills for Work passes. Data – Insight.

***** SQA vocational qualifications in Local Food Production, Maritime, Harris Tweed, Crofting, Traditional Boatbuilding. Available SQA.org

 

Healthier Routes to School⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

Sustrans / Go safe Scotland have produced a series of 11 short films to support school travel planning.Healtheir routes

The resource called ‘Healthier Routes’ be found on the GLOW launch pad.

It is aimed at 2nd level pupils and will compliment the work of Junior Road Safety Officers.

A helpful teacher’s guide is also avaiable to support the film resource.

Healthier_Routes_Teacher_Guide

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

Save the Children Resilience Project⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

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Save the Children are looking for two schools to take part in a resilience project that aims to strengthen children’s understanding of emergencies and the actions they can take to prepare themselves, their families and their communities.  Click here for more information on the project .  It is aimed at children aged 9 – 11 and participating schools will be given a £1000 budget.

You can also contact Graham Clark, Programmes Manager g.clark@savethechildren.org.uk for more information.

 

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.

Getting Going with GoNoodle⤴

from @ ICT for Teaching & Learning in Falkirk Primary Schools

GoNoodlemontageGoNoodle is a free online resource bank of action videos and associated activities to support and encourage learners  to get active while helping engage with information being learned in the classroom (or anywhere) or prepare for a change of activity, or even set the scene for reflective thinking!

There is a GoNoodle blog which is full of ideas to inspire teachers with learners across any age group, with specific ideas suggested for topical events in the school calendar, or to support learning in a specific curricular area.

A teacher simply signs up for a free account (there is the option for additional premium features) to access the dashboard where the teacher can set up videos for different classes – they can customise their playlist of videos to suit their classroom and needs of their learners.

There are hundreds of movement videos to get young learners dancing, running, stretching, and more. And there are many which seek to help deliver health and wellbeing messages reinforced with rhythmic actions.

Below here you’ll find a some to give a flavour of what to expect.

GoNoodle: 101 – an introductory video to GoNoodle

Engaging less confident learners with GoNoodle

Changing classroom behaviour with GoNoodle