Scotland’s National Centre for Languages (SCILT) has published a case study which focuses on increasing the uptake for languages as young people move from the broad general education into the senior phase. It demonstrates how self-evaluation has been used to secure improvements.
SCILT have published a programme of professional learning which practitioners may find useful in implementing Gaelic (Learners) as part of the 1+2 Approach to languages. We have also taken this opportunity to list a few resources which curriculum planners may find useful in taking forward Gaelic as part of 1+2.
SQA has published the revised National 5 Course Specification for Gaelic (Learners). This document contains details of the changes to the performance of talking and the new assignment for writing. The document can be accessed on the SQA website at:
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: email@example.com
To help SCEL bring clarity and coherence to the wide and increasingly expansive leadership professional learning landscape you are invited to complete a short survey on their professional learning needs.
The survey will help SCEL better understand which forms of professional learning you have found effective, what aspects of professional learning you would like to engage in next, and any barriers you have found when undertaking professional learning.
The answers you provide will be confidential and collated by an independent organisation and the aggregated information will then be used to inform the development of programmes, resources and activities to support leadership professional learning across the system in Scotland.
It should take around fifteen minutes to complete and as a thank you, respondents will be entered into a draw to win a book voucher worth £100 for their school. The survey will be open until the 25th March 2017.
Education Scotland and Bòrd na Gàidhlig would like to invite you to a conference we are organising on Gaelic Education. The purpose of the conference is to give strategic direction to the development of Gaelic Education, with a particular focus on transitions into secondary Gaelic Learner and Medium Education. The conference is intended to assist schools and local authorities in increasing the availability of Gaelic Learner and Medium Education within the secondary curriculum. More information is available here.
It would greatly assist with the organisation of the conference if those attending would register online by 9 May 2016. To do so, please follow this link:
Àrainneachd, Cànan is Dualchas (‘environment, language and heritage’) is a ten-day Gaelic language learning course. It is intended for fluent speakers and near-fluent learners of the language who would like to continue to develop their fluency. The course explores the strong links between the language and the Scottish environment. It will run in North Skye on 25-29 July and from 1-5 August, 2016. Students can attend either or both weeks. More information about this course is available here: ACD 2016 (E) and at https://acisd.wordpress.com/.
The Language Show Live is coming to Scotland and will have a special feature on Gaelic and Scots. This is Europe’s longest running premier language event and has been hosted in London for the past 27 years. There will be an input from Education Scotland and Fèisean nan Gàidheal on the role of Gaelic in Scotland’s identity and in the curriculum of Scottish education. Other attractions include:
a range of educational seminars
There also will be over 100 exhibitors related to the promotion of languages and resources including some specific to Gaelic such as Sabhal Mòr Ostaig and Bòrd na Gàidhlig.
Please support the feature on Gaelic and Scots which is taking place from 10.30am in the main hall on 11 March. Please follow this link to register to attend.
Have you made a nomination yet for the Gaelic Education Award? There is still time to apply.
The 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?