Most of the primary schools we inspected were making good use of national advice to improve the opportunities children have to learn through Gaelic. However, we noted that in secondary schools, staff needed to make much more use of national advice to ensure that young people have significantly greater opportunities to learn through Gaelic.
We have added a new practice exemplar and challenge questions to the National Improvement Hub (NIH) which shows how The Nicolson Institute, Stornoway improved their secondary Gaelic Medium and Learner curriculum.
Our latest briefing on Gaelic Education is now available and features:
Challenge questions to support the implementation of Gaelic (Learners) as part of 1+2 Approach to Languages.
Details of the seminar for Gaelic Education at the Scottish Learning Festival on Wednesday 19 September, 09.30-10.15. This year’s seminar is designed to support strategic planning for the expansion of ELC 1140 hours, with some advice on the GME senior phase.
Support from partners, including a new ebook in which children and young people in GME from all over Scotland have published their writing; and Comhairle nan Leabhraichean’s support for raising attainment in literacy P1 .
The Framework for Educational Leadership is an online learning resource which supports professional learning in leadership for educators at all stages of their careers. We have added an activity to the framework which is bespoke to Gaelic Medium Education (GME). This aims to support practitioners to develop an understanding of the key documents which assist in making self-evaluation integral to improving GME. This activity will be useful to senior leaders and practitioners of 3-18 GME settings. It will also be useful to those who have responsibilities to support continuous improvements in GME in local authorities and regional improvement colloboratives (RICs).
An t-Alltan is an annual conference to support the delivery of Gaelic Medium and Learner Education in the curriculum. It also supports the delivery of Gaelic (Learners) as part of the 1+2 Approach to Languages.
Bord na Gaidhlig has produced a new National Gaelic Language Plan. This sets out priorities for increasing the numbers speaking, learning and using the language.
The central aim of the Plan is to encourage and enable more people to use Gaelic more often and in a wider range of situations. The key messages, aims, priorities and new commitments contained in the Plan all contribute to achieving this increased use of Gaelic.
John Swinney, Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills said “I am very pleased to launch this new National Gaelic Language Plan which reflects Gaelic’s unique and important contribution to many areas of Scottish life. It is vital that we have clear agreed priorities and continue to work together to increase the numbers speaking, learning and using the language. I would like to commend Bòrd na Gàidhlig for the work they have done in completing this Plan and I look forward to the opportunities for innovation, co-operation and progress prioritised in the plan over the next five years.”
Amongst the priority areas for the next five years are:
Initiatives targeting the use of Gaelic by young people
Increasing the contribution Gaelic makes to the Scottish economy across different sectors
Increasing the demand and provision for Gaelic Education
Developing Gaelic medium workforce recruitment, retention, training and supply
Gaelic in the family
Gaelic Language Plans developed and implemented by public bodies; and
Promotion of the social, economic and cultural value of Gaelic
An Comann Gaidhealach’s newsletter has a summary of the dates for local Mods across Scotland. Education Scotland’s Advice on Gaelic Education refers to such opportunities for personal achievements as an important context for applying language, building confidence and developing a range of skills for learning life and work.
Education Scotland has published a paper on frequently-asked questions about the Benchmarks. It seeks to clarify key points, and to support the effective use of the Benchmarks as part of assessment and moderation.
This paper, and the Benchmarks across curricular areas, are available here:
Digital technology is integral to many areas of learning. The recently-published Digital Parenting magazine contains expert opinion and advice on how parents, teachers, carers and professionals can keep young people safer online. The magazine is available here:
We have updated the Advice on Gaelic Education to reflect some recent changes to the 1+2 policy. This change enables children to continue with L3, as they move from primary to secondary, if schools are able to demonstrate that children’s achievements are “approaching the second level”. We have included challenge questions, matched to the quality indicators, to support self-evaluation for self-improvement.