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Adult Learning Strategic Forum Scotland (ALSFS) update⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

Community Learning and Development Policy transferred from Education Scotland to the Scottish Government in September 2018. Prior to this transfer, the Strategic Forum for Adult Learning, supported by Scottish Government and Education Scotland had been tasked to “develop a national framework for adult learning that outlines the key priorities in delivering adult learning in Scotland”. As a result, the forum developed the Adult Learning Statement of Ambition.

 The Scottish Government is committed to supporting and developing adult learning.  With this in mind, the new CLD Policy Team has worked with the adult learning sector to refresh this forum to create the Adult Learning Strategic Forum Scotland [ALSFS]. The forum’s revised membership and terms of reference were approved in April 2019. The ALSFS is anticipated to operate until 2023.

 The ALSFS will provide strategic advice to the Scottish Government in support of adult learning policy and in particular on matters of direction, performance and planning. Their current focus is to build on the Statement of Ambition and develop a new Adult Learning Strategy for Scotland to be launched sometime in the spring of 2020.  At the Adult Learning Conference at Newbattle Abbey College on 22nd May, the Minister for Further Education Higher Education and Science: Richard Lochhead, announced that the ALSFS would be chaired by the former principal of West Lothian College Mhairi Harrington.

 The ALSFS will continue to consult across the adult learning sector and more widely with other areas of the education and skills system and significant organisations in the public private and third sectors. The Adult Learning Conference in May provided an opportunity for both discussion groups and workshops on the priorities for adult learning and what should this new adult learning strategy aim to deliver for the people of Scotland. The Minister made it clear in his speech that this strategy must be about more than ambition and characterised by delivery and action

 While consultation is and will be essential, the ALSFS has recognised the sense of urgency in the development of the strategy and that clear direction and focus is also needed. To that end it has tasked several members of the ALSFS to form a working group to take the strategy forward. The members of the working group are:-

 Ray McCowan – Workers Educational Association                       

Jackie Howie – Learning Link Scotland

Emma Whitelock – LEAD Scotland

James King – Scottish Prison Service

Jane Logue – CLD Managers Scotland

Wendy Burton – Scottish Union Learning

Sandra Grieve – Newbattle Abbey College

Bonnie Slade – University of Glasgow

Nicola McAndrew – Scottish Government

Elisha Fisher – Scottish Government

Lindsay MacDonald – Education Scotland

 The group met the day after the Adult Learning Conference and have agreed to meet once a month until the strategy is delivered in the Spring of 2020. Work has begun on a survey aimed at ensuring that learners are fully involved in the consultation process and will have a significant say in the strategy’s development. At the same time they are building on the large amount of work already undertaken to develop the key themes of the strategy.  They are considering how they can promote an intensive week of consultation across the country in the early autumn to get some focus on the development of the strategy. The aim is to deliver the first draft of the strategy and to circulate this out for extended consultation by late autumn 2019.

 The intention is to keep stakeholders across the sector fully informed on how the work of the ALSFS is progressing. This will be achieved through regular updates to the sector following on from each monthly meeting of the ALSFS.

 

Regional Working and the CLD Team⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

Education Scotland has now moved to a regional delivery model and will support improvement and capacity building at local, regional and national level. CLD members are now part of Regional Teams. Each Regional team is headed up by a Senior Regional Advisor. There are six teams based on the geographies of the six Regional Collaboratives. The work of ES staff is not just limited to the RICs. All Regional teams except the Northern Team have a CLD presence. Team members will be in touch to make contact and find out about local developments.

Tayside Regional Improvement Team (Dundee, Perth and Kinross and Angus) Senior Regional Advisor (acting) –

CLD presence – Susan Epsworth, Development Officer, CLD Susan.Epsworth@educationscotland.gov.scot

South East Regional Improvement Team (Edinburgh City, Fife, Midlothian, East Lothian, Scottish Borders) Senior Regional Advisor – Alistair Brown

CLD presence – Chris Woodness, Education Officer, CLD (secondment) Vince Moore, Development Officer, CLD Vincent.Moore@educationscotland.gov.scot

South West Regional Improvement Team (Dumfries and Galloway, East Ayshire, South Ayrshire and North Ayshire) Senior Regional Advisor – Carol Copstick

CLD presence – Nicola Sykes, Senior Education Officer

Dehra Macdonald, Development Officer, CLD Dehra.Macdonald@educationscotland.gov.scot

Forth Valley and West Lothian Regional Improvement Team (Falkirk, Stirling, Clackmannanshire and West Lothian) Senior Regional Advisor – Jackie Halawi

CLD presence – Lindsay MacDonald, Education Officer, CLD Lindsay.MacDonald@educationscotland.gov.scot

Mandy Watts, Development Officer, CLD Mandy.Watts@educationscotland.gov.scot

West Regional Improvement Team (Glasgow City, East Dunbartonshire, East Renfrewshire, Inverclyde, North Lanarkshire, Renfrewshire, South Lanarkshire and West Dunbartonshire) Senior Regional Advisor – Patricia Watson

CLD presence – John Galt, Education Officer, CLD mailto:John.Galt@educationscotland.gov.scot

Laura Mcintosh, Development Officer, CLD Laura.Mcintosh@educationscotland.gov.scot

Northern Regional Improvement Team (Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire, Moray, Argyll and Bute, Shetland Islands, Western Isles, Highland, Orkney) Senior Regional Advisor – David Gregory

The UK’s second ever National Numeracy Day is fast approaching…⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

As you may be aware, nearly half of working-age adults in the UK currently have numeracy levels that we expect of primary school children. Low numeracy skills have a significant negative impact on individuals, their families and society overall and it is estimated that low numeracy skills cost the UK economy £20.2bn a year.

That’s why we are asking you to join us for National Numeracy Day and help increase numeracy levels in Scotland.

Following last year’s highly successful campaign in Scotland, Education Scotland and the Scottish Government are participating in National Numeracy Day on 15th May 2019 as lead supporters.  The day will be an annual celebration of the importance of numbers in everyday life and aims to involve individuals, employers, educators and supporters from across the UK to help improve numeracy levels.

Get involved! 

We would like to offer all organisations in Scotland the opportunity to get involved as a champion of the day. Being a champion means you have access to toolkits to engage and support individuals to improve their numeracy. This will involve encouraging individuals to check whether they have theEssentials of Numeracy’ using National Numeracy’s free online tool and using the resources online to improve their numbers skills.

In return for promoting this campaign and getting individuals to use the online resources, champions will be able to use the National Numeracy day champion logo on all marketing and social media outputs and will receive official recognition of their role as a Champion on the National Numeracy Day website (logo will appear on the site).  Through use of an organisation specific URL we will also be able to give more detailed data back to champions on the number of people from their organisation who completed the challenge and overall average numeracy levels.   

If you would like to get involved, or have any questions, please get in touch. 

Lindsay MacDonald, Education Officer Lindsay.macdonald@educationscotland.gov.uk

 

 

Mapping Adult Education in Scotland – hills and glens, roads and pathways⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

Join the National Strategic Forum for Adult Learning Professional Learning Working Group to launch their report into professional learning opportunities for adult educators in Scotland: a special event hosted by the University of Stirling and the Standing Conference for University Teaching and Research in the Education of Adults (SCUTREA)

Where: Maitland Room, Iris Murdoch Building, University of Stirling, FK9 4LA

When: Thursday 27th September from 12.30-15.30 starting with lunch

For information on how to get there follow this link: Getting here

The working group will launch the report and consult with you to complete the jigsaw of adult learning in Scotland.  Speakers include:

Diane Gardner, City of Glasgow College

Bonnie Slade, University of Glasgow

Jim Crowther, University of Edinburgh

Certificates of attendance will be available after the event to contribute towards your professional learning record.

To register for the event follow this link: Mapping Adult Education September 2018

Education Grants for students studying to be teachers in the Gaelic sector⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

Bòrd na Gàidhlig has set up this fund to support those currently working towards a career in teaching or through the medium of Gaelic.

 

Consideration will be given to:

  • Students undertaking a PGDE in Gaelic Education (both Primary and Secondary – Gaelic as a subject and subjects through the medium of Gaelic)
  • Students undertaking a Gaelic Education Undergraduate Degree, (BA or MA Education or  MA Gàidhlig with Education) – (no more than 2 grants in total will be approved for each student during their undergraduate degree course.)

More information is available at www.teagasg.com

Closing Date for Applications

Funding applications should be submitted to Bòrd na Gàidhlig as soon as possible but no later than 5pm on Friday 14th September 2018.

CLD Meetings and events updates⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

CLD Standards Council

The CLD Standards Council held a successful conference with over 180 members participating actively in a wide variety of workshops with a professional learning focus across a wide spectrum of CLD practice. For more information about their work, visit their website: http://cldstandardscouncil.org.uk/

CLD and STEM

Education Scotland met with colleagues from the Science Centres and Festivals to discuss STEM actions in relation to CLD. We are currently undertaking an audit of science centre and CLD STEM engagement. This information will give a baseline of current activity. Further discussions will take place with CLD, Education Scotland, Scottish Government and Science Centres and Festivals to identify priorities and begin to produce STEM Community Plans.

Newbattle Abbey Adult Learning Conference

The fifth Adult Learning Conference took place in Newbattle Abbey College on the 24th April and delegates came from local authorities, colleges, National Organisations, Higher Education and the Third Sector.  Shirley- Anne Somerville,  Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science delivered the Keynote Address and announced grant support from Education Scotland for the Adult Achievement Awards. Joan MacKay, Assistant Director, Education Scotland, invited the audience to help shape the CLD offer in the light of Education Scotland’s new National and Regional responsibilities. Adult Guidance was the theme of the

conference, introduced by Marian Docherty, Principal of Newbattle Abbey College and there were two powerful testimonies from adult learners about their learner journeys and the importance of adult guidance in shaping their futures. Conference delegates agreed recommendations for actions to develop Adult Guidance in Scotland. This Action Plan will be sent to Ms Somerville and the National Strategic Forum for Adult Learning will implement the recommendations once approved by the Minister.

National Youth Work Strategy

The National Youth Work Strategy Group met on 2 May at Youthlink. Key themes arising were how to build on the legacy work of the YOYP and ensure that the new Strategy was reflective of young people’s aspirations and how to make use of evidence from the GUS research to help inform the new Strategy and build a strong evidence base for the future.

Languages in FE and ESOL Practitioner Professional Learning Network

The second meeting of the steering group for the Languages in FE and ESOL Practitioner Professional Learning Network took place at the end of April. This network is being supported by a partnership between the College Development Network, Education Scotland and Scotland’s Centre for Languages.

The Languages and ESOL network supports the learning and teaching of all languages and cultures. Its purpose is to be a national voice for languages and ESOL within FE and the wider community, and to provide a platform for sharing and developing practice in its widest sense. For more information about the work of the steering group, please contact Mandy Watts.

National Strategic Forum for Adult Learning in Scotland Learner Voice Working Group

The National Strategic Forum for Adult Learning is chaired by Education Scotland. The new Learner Voice Pack contains information on the work of this strategic group and case studies from Glasgow Women’s Library, Scottish Book Trust, Stirling Council, Crisis Skylight Edinburgh, Scottish Borders CLD, East Renfrewshire Council, Age Scotland, Airdrie Adult Learners’ Forum  and West Dunbartonshire Learners’ Voice. It is accessible now from the CPD Forum page of i-develop. It will be formally launched at Learning Link Scotland on the 15th May.

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

Skills development through outdoor education: Fully funded CPD opportunity⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

The Outward Bound trust (Loch Eil) is offering a free CPD opportunity to for teachers /practitioners and employers to explore partnership working around skills development and employability .  

During a 2 day seminar the team at Loch Eil will demonstrate how the outdoor context can develop core skills relevant in supporting young people to realise their  future aspirations and career pathway.   The seminar will make reference to skills development in relation to the Career Education Standard, attainment and wider achievement. 

More information about the seminar and how to sign up here.

Contact:

Freda Fallon,

EDUCATION PARTNERSHIPS – SCOTLAND

The Outward Bound Trust

Loch Eil Centre, Achdalieu

Fort William, PH33 7NN

T 07919 887716

W outwardbound.org.uk

Also:  Access the Outward Bound interesting practice exemplar here.

Gaelic Language Enrichment Course for teachers of Gaelic Learner and Medium Education (GLE and GME)⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

When: 2 – 7 July 2017 and 23 – 27 July 2017

Where: South Uist

Fee: £250

Language level: Beginner to Fluent

Brief: This Gaelic Enrichment Course is a career-long professional learning opportunity for teachers of GLE and GME. The course aims to support teachers use and develop their Gaelic language skills within a community setting. The course will be tailored to the specific needs of the teachers.  It includes: conversational skills, grammar, resources for the classroom, workshops and field trips.

For more information, please contact: Ceòlas Uibhist, Taigh Gleus, Dalabrog, Uibhist a Deas HS8 5SS Tel: 01878 700154 E-mail: info@ceolas.co.uk

www.ceolas .co.uk

Developing Gaelic literacy skills⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

Tuesday 7th February, Balnain House, Inverness; 09.15  – 17.00 Tutor: Roddy MacLean

Are you interested in developing your skills in editing and proof-reading Gaelic texts?  If so, this professional learning opportunity may be of interest to you.  It includes a focus on grammar and writing conventions.  For more information, or to register for the course, email John Storey, at the Gaelic Books Council.

Sgilean Sgrìobhaidh is Deasachaidh Gàidhlig airson nan Gnìomhachasan Cruthachail

Dimàirt 7 an Gearran, Balnain House, Inbhir Nis. 09.15 – 17.00 Neach-teagaisg: Ruairidh MacIlleathain

A bheil ùidh agad ann an obair-deasachaidh ceangailte ri leabhraichean no foillseachaidhean eile?  Ma tha, ‘s dòcha gum bi ùidh agad anns a’ chùrsa ùr seo.  Airson tuilleadh fiosrachaidh, no airson clàradh, cuiribh brath gu John Storey, Ceannard Litreachais agus Foillseachaidh.