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Confident collaboration for improvement – the legacy of QuISE?⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

by Dr Bill Maxwell, HM Chief Inspector of Education

The publication of our report on Quality and improvement in Scottish education (QuISE), ranging back over the period 2012 to 2016, has been a great opportunity to take a step back from more immediate short-term concerns and take a ‘bigger picture’ view of what has been achieved over a period of major reform which has touched every area of Scottish education.

Having launched the report, I would now encourage each education setting to read their dedicated chapter and consider it in their self-evaluation.

Of course there is already good evidence around that, as result of the professionalism and expertise of staff and of course the efforts of learners themselves, outcomes have improved over that stretch of time. National Qualification outcomes have steadily improved and the proportion of young people entering a positive destination post-school now sits at a record high. Although there is still a long way to go, we have also seen evidence of progress in beginning to close the attainment gap between pupils from the most and the least disadvantaged backgrounds.

Equally, of course, not all in the statistical garden in rosy. We have also seen some unwelcome indications that we should be concerned about the pace of progress in literacy and numeracy through the broad general education, for example, and we saw a disappointing set of PISA results for 2015.

The QuISE report, offers a distinctly different, but complementary, perspective from that which you can get by simply looking at the statistics. It provides an analysis based on first-hand observation and evaluation of the quality what is actually happening in playrooms, classrooms, lecture rooms and other educational settings throughout the country. It summarises observation and evaluation undertaken by expert professionals, HM inspectors and indeed many other associates and lay members from education sectors across the country who join our inspection teams contributing a valuable additional perspective.

Our analysis of what has emerged from that more qualitative evidence base over the last four years has led us to conclude that there are some very positive and growing strengths in the provision and practice within Scottish education. These are strengths that align directly with the ambitions of Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) and other related reforms.

We are seeing improvement in the quality of learning experiences, with the result that young people are increasingly well motivated, engaged and actively involved in their learning. We are seeing schools and other education settings becoming more inclusive, we are seeing a broader range of achievements being promoted and recognised, and we are seeing the impact of strong leadership, with a clear and sustained focus on raising the quality of the day-to-day learning and teaching that learners experience.

The report also sets out a set of five priority areas. This is where we believe targeted improvements in practice and provision would reap dividends in enabling us to make further progress towards meeting our collective national ambition of achieving excellence with equity for all Scottish learners. They include: exploiting more fully the flexibility of CfE; improving assessment and personal support; enhancing partnerships; strengthening approaches to self-evaluation and improvement; and growing a culture of collaborative enquiry. In all cases these go with the flow of current reforms and national strategies and in each case there are already examples of excellent practice in the system.

Taking a longer view of what has been achieved over the last few years, and thinking about where we go next, has also had quite a personal dimension for me, as I retire from the role of Chief Executive of Education Scotland this Summer. As I prepare to move on, I am convinced that the Scottish education system is well placed to make substantial progress across each of these key areas.

If I were to pick out a linking theme it would be about collective commitment across all partners in the education system to work together, to help each other, and indeed to constructively challenge each other, in ways which provide richer, more coherent, more personalised learning pathways capable of matching the needs of all our learners. Confident collaboration for improvement rather than competitive isolation should be the Scottish way, reflecting our deep national commitment to a strong education as a common public good.

Taking account of the themes in this report, and with the National Improvement Framework providing a new level of clarity and focus from national to local level, I am confident that we can rise to the challenge that the OECD left us with following their 2015 review: to make sure we achieve the potential of a progressive programme of national educational reform, by taking bold and specific action to fully realise its benefits. I hope the QuISE report helps inform discussion and debate in education settings of all types, across the whole country, about where that specific action is needed and how boldness can be ensured as it is pursued.

 

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

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New Road Safety Resources⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

Road Safety Scotland have developed a suite of free road safety learning resources for specific age groups from 3-18 years, with a view to developing responsible road use among young people. All their resources link to Curriculum for Excellence, incorporating experiences and outcomes in health and wellbeing; literacy and English; maths and numeracy, and many other subject areas.

The resources offer different learning styles to engage teachers and learners, and make the learning appropriate, relevant and challenging at every level, and may also help maintain the important link between school and home, allowing key road safety messages to be shared throughout the wider community. You can now access the online resources through the App Library available in Glow.

Inspection Myth Busters⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

1Join us on Thursday 23rd February at 3.45pm to find out more about the recent changes to the inspection process with our Inspection Myth Busters Glow TV event.

Over the past months Education Scotland has developed new inspection approaches, to help you understand the changes to inspection we’re holding a Glow TV event with Alastair Delaney, Director of Inspection. You can find out more about the changes to inspections and ask Alastair questions that you have surrounding this.

Register to take part live – Inspection Myth Busters

If you unable to join us for the live event you can always catch up with the recording at another time – Glow TV’s Watch Again.

Financial Education, Numeracy and Mathematics⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

The ability to work with numbers is an essential part of being financially capable. This has been recognised recently in a number of support materials recently published by Education Scotland. The first of these is the National Numeracy and Progression Framework. This includes a progression pathway on money (linked to the experiences and outcomes for money in Curriculum for Excellence) One of the key aspects of this framework is the concept of understanding finance in a digital world.

As well this there is also a set of benchmarks that will support teachers in assessing learning. These Benchmarks were published in August 2016 as draft documents. There is currently an online consultation which can be accessed via the National Improvement Hub. This consultation will close on 31.3.17 and the final Benchmarks will be published in June 2017.

There are many activities that will support young people’s learning across a number of different levels to ensure that financial education can provide memorable experiences and powerful messages. In a number of practical situations the following opportunities can be provided

  • budgeting
  • investigating value for money
  • deciding on costings for design and manufacture
  • discussing types of bank cards and costs involved
  • designing coins/notes – shapes, patterns, etc
  • taking part in money games
  • investigating exchange rates
  • discussing various methods of payment and costs involved
  • using tally sheets and producing graphs/pictograms
  • engaging with money transactions – different combinations of coins and notes
  • comparing prices
  • using Automated Teller Machines (ATM) and other ‘money’ machines
  • calculating profit/loss

In addition to this engaging with numeracy and mathematics helps young people make the jump from dealing with concrete examples to the much more abstract nature of ‘money in the digital age’.

Leugh Sgriobh Cunntais / Read Write Count Gaelic Support Page⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

A help page for parents and carers of children in Gaelic Medium Education is available on the Read Write Count website. To access this page please follow this link:

http://www.readwritecount.scot/gaelic-support-page/

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Leugh is Seinn le Linda!⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

Now available on Glow TV Watch Again

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Education Scotland, in partnership with Comhairle nan Leabhraichean, invites you to join in this fun-filled Glow TV session. This session will be of particular interest to children and practitioners working at early and first level literacy and Gaidhlig. The session is led by Linda MacLeod who uses storytelling in Gaelic and Gaelic song to support the development of Gaelic language with 3-5 year olds in a fun and motivating way. These are key strategies for taking forward immersion.

The session lasts approximately 30 minutes and is delivered through the medium of Gaelic.

Professional Learning for Teachers of Gaelic Medium Education (GME)⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

Streap, the Postgraduate Teaching Certificate for teachers of GME will start on 4 September 2017There are a limited number of places available. An induction event takes place in Glasgow on 14 and 15 September 2017.  There is now a Facebook page relating to this professional learning.   Please contact Margaret.ford@highland.gov.uk for more information. This programme is currently fully funded by the Scottish Government.  For more information, please visit:

http://www.abdn.ac.uk/education/degrees-programmes/gaelic-medium-education-pgcert-436.php

 

 

Gaelic Education Award at the Scottish Education Awards 2017⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

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Have you made a nomination yet for the Gaelic Education Award?

There is still time to apply!

This award is open to all 3-18 provisions doing Gaelic (Learners), Gaelic Medium as well as those that may be doing some learning of Gaelic and about Gaelic as part of the curriculum in English medium education.

Here are some questions which may encourage you to make a nomination:

  • Do children and young people enjoy learning Gaelic due to the approaches you are using?
  • Do you have a project which has included children and young people learning about Gaelic language and culture or learning some Gaelic?
  • Do you have a successful club, trip or an event which is helping children and young people to develop their fluency?
  • Does a group, organisation or business support the learning of Gaelic within your curriculum?
  • Have you changed the curriculum model with the result that there is an increase in the numbers learning Gaelic?
  • Are you using the Advice on Gaelic Education to improve the quality of provision?
  • Is there a sense of pride, value and identity with Gaelic within your provision?
  • Is there effective practice within a cluster group in implementing the 1+2 policy for language learning?
  • Do you have any effective examples of supporting families with Gaelic Education?

Please make a nomination to the Gaelic Education Award by 15 February. For more information, please visit: http://www.scottisheducationawards.org.uk/index.asp