Tag Archives: Duke of Edinburgh

Amazing Things – the guide to youth awards⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

The 4th edition of Amazing Things – the guide to youth awards in Scotland has been launched by the Awards Network to coincide with the 2017 Scottish Learning Festival. Featuring 26 youth award providers and more than double the number of youth awards than the previous edition, it is packed with information that will help young people, educators and employers to learn more about youth awards and how they contribute to young people’s learning, life and work skills development.

Commenting on Amazing Things, Graeme Logan, Chief Inspector of Education, encourages ‘everyone who works with young people – in schools, youth work settings, further education or in the workplace to make best use of this excellent resource’.
In his Foreword to Amazing Things, John Swinney MSP, Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, highlights the important contribution that youth awards make to raising attainment and to developing key skills valued by employers. Hugh Aitken CBE, CBI Scotland Director, echoes these remarks, commending youth awards for helping young people develop a ‘can do attitude – exactly what we (employers) want to see in the workforce’.
A keynote contribution from Jim Thewliss, General Secretary of School Leaders Scotland, notes how youth awards have developed ‘from curriculum enhancements to fundamental building blocks’.
And from young people themselves:
Graeme – “Gaining my award is an amazing achievement. I have learned so many new skills, met so many new friends and this has boosted my confidence”
Stephanie – “From self-management to making the most of new opportunities (my award) has given me the chance to grow as a person”
Amazing Things features 48 award programmes, many providing multiple levels of progression and almost half delivering formal qualifications. Find out about key award elements, age ranges, distinctive features, skills and competences and links to other awards.
Copies of Amazing Things 4 can be ordered by contacting office@youthscotland.org.uk or downloaded from the Awards Network website.

Are you Awards Aware?⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

The Awards Network’s Awards Aware Scheme and new website will be formally launched by Shirley-Anne Somerville MSP, Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science at an event to be held at Leith Academy on 31 August 2017. Being Awards Aware demonstrates a commitment to recognise and value the skills and achievements gained by young people through youth awards.

The Awards Network website provides information on non-formal learning awards and programmes from (currently) 26 member organisations, highlighting learning outcomes and impact. Adding to learner journey options are credit-rated awards such as Youth Scotland’s Youth Achievement Awards, YouthLink Scotland’s Participative Democracy Certificate and SQA Employability Awards; programme awards, including the John Muir Award, The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and Queen’s Scout Award; participation and nominated awards such as the Saltire Award and Young Scot Awards.

Further information at www.awardsnetwork.org.uk; e: contact@awardsnetwork.org

ARTiculation is coming to Scotland!⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

ARTiculation final takes place on the 17th of February 2016 at University of Stirling

This is a public speaking competition for S6 students in Scotland. It has been running in England since 2006 and is nationally recognised by leading arts professionals, teachers, universities and examining boards for supporting students’ artistic and academic development.

This free competition invites students to give a 10 minute presentation on a work of art, artefact or architecture to a judging panel and an invited audience at the University of Stirling.  First, second and third prize winners will each receive book prizes sponsored by Laurence King Publishers and one year’s free membership to the Art Fund to include a National Art Pass.

ARTiculation supports the national Arts Award initiative for both Silver and Gold (gaining up to 35 UCAS points), the Duke of Edinburgh Award, UCAS personal statements, and in England has been noted by the A-level moderators as adding accreditation to the practical and written work. It also develops skills individual thinking, observation, research, language, public speaking and presentation skills.

Schools are invited to host an internal school heat prior to selecting their Finals candidate. Support material for this will be sent on request.

ARTiculation Teachers Information Evening: 22 September, University of Stirling, 4.30pm – 6.00pm

Ross Thomson from Boroughmuir High School will introduce ARTiculation from a teacher’s perspective and Jodie Williamson, winner of ARTiculation Scotland 2014, will give a short extract from her presentation. This will be a great opportunity to ask questions and find out more about taking part.  This event will take place at the Pathfood Building at the University of Stirling, Stirling, FK8 4LA at 4.30pm-6.00pm.

All information on ARTiculation can be found on The Roche Court Educational Trust website or contact Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Museum for more information www.argylls.co.uk