Do your plans for the curriculum include developing children and young people’s knowledge, skills and understanding of the First World War? Do you intend to do some intergenerational work to promote children and young people’s Gaelic language skills? Has your tracking of children and young people’s skills in technology shown a gap for which an opportunity to create a film would be useful?
A grant of £250 is available as part of the Scottish Government’s five-year World War 1 Commemorative Programme to mark the centenary of the First World War. It aims to help children and young people develop their understanding of the causes of the First World War and impact on people’s lives.
More information is available at:
The Primary Science Education Conference (PSEC) is coming to Edinburgh in June 2019. It will bring together teachers and primary science experts from across the UK and internationally to share best practice in primary science teaching. From 6-8 June 2019, the comprehensive programme will offer outstanding professional development in primary science, complemented by a dynamic exhibition specifically focussed on primary science teaching.
Now is the perfect time to register your interest in attending PSEC, submit a proposal to deliver a workshop and apply for a teachers bursary to help cover your costs. On Friday 7th June there will be a dedicated Children’s Conference and more details of this will be released in September.
PSEC is brought to you by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) – an educational charity whose vision is to see excellent teaching of science in every primary classroom in the UK.
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As one of the key priorities in education, Developing the Young Workforce related contributions will feature prominently again at the SLF 2018 (19 – 10 September, SCCC, Glasgow). This year’s main focus will be on School-Employer Partnerships and STEM related learning around DYW.
Here is a list of key seminars:
Wednesday, 19 September
|Title||Presenters/education establishment||Room/ Time|
|School-employer and Local Authority partnerships: A partnership approach to delivering DYW||Donald MacLeod, Western Isles||Carron 1
|School-employer partnerships: Planning, sustaining and developing a whole school strategic partnership: what works and why?||Peter Smith, Wallace High School, Stirling||Carron 1,
|STEM/Numeracy: Linking the maths curriculum to the world of work||Alessio Gusmeroli, Skills Development Scotland||Dochart 1,
|School-employer partnerships: Collaborative multi-agency approach to DYW||Gill Geddes, Peebles High School, Scottish Borders||Carron 1, 14.00|
|Profiling in the context of DYW: New guidance and My World of Work toolkit||Klaus Mayer, Education Scotland and Derek Hawthorne, SDS||Carron 1,
Thursday, 20 September
Download our DYW Flyer with all related seminars here: SLF 18 DYW seminar flyer
Access the full SLF programme here: https://education.gov.scot/Documents/SLF2018conferenceprogramme.pdf
Register for the SLF and book your seminars here.
Sir John Jones is the most inspirational speaker there is on the educational speaker circuit at the moment. He is funny, passionate and down to earth kind of guy. It was a joy to hear him speak and I would recommend you read his book.
Congratulations to Castlebrae Community High School for winning the ‘Employability and Creativity across Learning’ award along side the two other finalists, St Albert’s Primary School and Park School Kilmarnock.
In recent years the school has undergone a profound change in outlook, ethos and culture with employability and creativity at the core of this. The cross-school approach to skills development and the collective effort to inspire learners in pursuing their vision for a positive future has had a significant impact not only on young people themselves but the whole school community.
The school has worked with a wide range of partners to support their journey towards ensuring that young people are aspirational, ambitious and have access to appropriate learning experiences and support at all levels to equip them for their futures . In particular the partnership with Edinburgh International Festival has been a catalyst for transformational cultural change for the young people, staff and the EIF events team itself. Their three year partnership programme resulted in the creation of far-reaching learning opportunities for pupils and staff alike, from regular inputs to learning and teaching, the offer of work placements to hosting a major event at the school as part of the Edinburgh Festival. The role of EIF staff as student mentors has been of significant added value to the young people. The ambitions and aspirations gained by the young people through this project has been further developed through a wider range of partnerships with Edinburgh Rugby, RBS, Columba 1400 and Foxlake (see Junior Adventure Leader programme) , providing a sustained investment in the young people within the school community.
Castlebrae CHS provides a tailored curriculum to better meet the needs of their learners (eg. through the Skiff boat project, various vocational courses, a pupil lead community bistro (Social Enterprise Academy award 2018)) which young people reported as having a significant impact on their confidence and the acquisition of transferable skills such as communication, teamwork, problem solving, leadership etc.. The overall impact in terms of ethos, attendance, attainment, parental engagement, enrolment and positive destination figures in this area is also tangible.
If you want to find out more about the school’s approach why not attend their seminar at the Scottish Learning Festival, Thursday, 20 September (12 noon).
An excellent resource to set up a debating team or club. It can also be used in your classroom to discuss all manner of things to do with your curriculum.
Calderglen High School’s Art, Design & Technology Faculty hosted its very first ‘Day of Design’. Initially inspired to participate in a Global Day of Design in order to raise the profile of the faculty, the team at Calderglen quickly grasped the opportunity to do more, much more!
Find out more in the school’s Day of Design Newsletter about their exciting partnership with Notosh and Scottish Power to challenge their pupils in problem solving and solution focused thinking in the school’s
In order to reflect on the entitlements of learners outlined and the expectations on teachers and practitioners outlined with in the Career Education Standard the following toolkits have been developed:
- self evaluation wheel on the CES 3-18 expectations
- CES 3-18 reflection tool L Entitlements
- CES 3-18 reflection tool L Entitlements and infographics
These can be used in conjunction with a wide range of other resources and exemplifications collated for easy access on the DYW Summary Page of the National Improvement Hub.
Code Club – A great resource to learn how to code