Scottish Governments’ Programme Board for DYW publishes DYW reports to highlight the progress made across the 5 Change Themes. The following reports have been published so far:
Seo fiosrachadh ùr bhuainn:
Please see our September Briefing on Gaelic Education here:
Our briefings on Gaelic Education keep practitioners updated of some of Education Scotland’s, and key partners’, support for improvement in Gaelic Education. Please follow this link for more information:
This week marked the start of the a level results being issued whilst over a week ago the Scottish higher results were issued. And if as predicted, it leads to a greater focus on the number and type of candidates gaining entry to university, is it now time for a rethink?
Interestingly, English students go to school to collect their results, knowing that if things don’t go quite as planned there is support at hand with advice and back up plans able to be put swiftly in place. Conversely, the Scottish system has evolved where most young people receive a text or letter through the post. Any support and advice is generally provided by skills development Scotland rather than school based staff. Although most schools will retain a support offering for students to discuss course choice changes and provide advice.
However, as various announcements are made by political parties about the suitability of the university entries system and suggestions made on how to improve it. Labour propose students receiving an offer based on actual grades once the exam results have been published. Presumably, this would lead to university terms starting later or exams being brought forward into March or April to allow time for results, offers and university places to be accepted.
But isn’t there a better way? Should students who want to go to university simply be allowed to attend, assuming they have provided evidence that they can attain. Maybe not necessarily requiring a grade to join. This would mean universities changing their competitive approach to higher education. However, would quality be reduced? Or would students from disadvantaged backgrounds be more able to gain entry to university?
Would this lead to the suggested devaluing of the National 4 qualification which has a pass/fail approach. I’m not sure it would. I think that have an external, final exam was retained then we would retain the integrity of the qualification.
Would this also ensure that all students continue working hard right up until the end. Reports suggest that some students do not exert the same effort when they receive an unconditional offer. This is despite the fact that the university is making the offer based on the application submitted and the subjects studied being detailed on the application.
Overall, we should consider refocusing the timings of exams, results and university offers so that offers are received towards the end of the academic year. I am not sure the Scottish education system is quite ready yet for a pass/fail approach to higher and subsequent entry into university.
The National Museum of Scotland and the Scottish Book Trust have produced two resources, available online, which support the First Minister’s Reading Challenge. To access these resources please follow the links below:
Cuir sgeulachd ri chèile san taigh-tasgaidh – This resource can be used at any museum across the UK.
Leugh do shlighe timcheall Taigh-tasgaidh Naiseanta na h-Alba! – This resource is for use at the National Museum of Scotland.
The NQ support materials for Gàidhlig, Gaelic(Learners) and subjects and courses through the medium of Gaelic, previously hosted on the Education Scotland National Qualifications website are now available on our professional learning community for Gaelic education on Yammer.
It should be noted that these resources no longer fully match the SQA course specifications. However, they do provide a range of useful support on approaches to effective learning, teaching and ongoing classroom assessment, should teachers wish to use them. You will find these resources here.
A glow login is required to access Yammer and membership of the group is also required.
Seo fiosrachadh ùr bhuainn:
Please see our February Briefing on Gaelic Education here:
Please follow the link below to view our briefings on Gaelic Education which keep practitioners updated of some of Education Scotland’s, and key partners’, support for improvement in Gaelic Education.
Education Scotland has published the Gaelic version of e-Sgoil’s live narrative project here:
This project outlines e-Sgoil’s virtual learning approach to overcoming barriers to learning across a range of local authorities and aspects of pedagogy. It is intended to assist senior leaders and teachers with improving practice through the medium of Gaelic and English.
e-Sgoil’s engagement with the Scottish Attainment Challenge is now documented as part of a Live Narrative Project. This sharing of practice is intended to assist senior leaders and teachers with improving practice through the medium of Gaelic and English. More information can be found at https://education.gov.scot/improvement/practice-exemplars/live-narrative-project …
We are pleased to provide Gaelic Medium provisions with a Gaelic version of the Moderation Cycle poster. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Moderation Hub on Glow
This exemplar outlines a 8 week programme that helps learners in S2 to gain valuable experiences, skills and qualifications in relation to the world of work. Delivered in partnership with a number or organisations this PSHE course component provides learner with the opportunities to develop a wide variety of employability and career management skills as well as key attributes and dispositions to better prepare them for the world of work.
This is one component of a wider whole school strategy on career education that aims to inspire and prepare learners for future pathways and the world of work.
The following will outline the programme in more detail
The following documents provide materials in support of the delivery of an SQA employability award :
- CCHS Pupil Booklet (00000002)with footers
- 1617 unit 1 powerpoint CCHS
- 1516 unit 3 powerpoint CCHS
- 1617 unit 2 powerpoint CCHS