Tha na Slatan-tomhais airson Slàinte agus sunnd a nis ri fhaighinn ann an Gàidhlig aig:
The Gaelic version of the Benchmarks for Health and wellbeing are now available at:
Tha na Slatan-tomhais airson Slàinte agus sunnd a nis ri fhaighinn ann an Gàidhlig aig:
The Gaelic version of the Benchmarks for Health and wellbeing are now available at:
Exposing young people to the outdoors and engaging them in activities that challenge and inspire them has long been highlighted as an important component to support the development of skills for learning, life and work. Resilience , team building, problem-solving as well as acquiring technical skills all help when it come to preparing for the world of work.
This has been highlighted by the recent visit of Jamie Hepburn, Scottish Minister for Employability and Training, to The Outward Bound Trust’s Loch Eil Centre to see for himself how the trust works with young people to help them develop skills which enable them to become workplace-ready. In his interview to the Scotsman (7 July) he said: “It was fantastic to see The Outward Bound Trust’s work helping young people build their skills and confidence while enjoying the outdoors. This kind of practical training is benefitting Scotland’s workforce and enabling our economy to grow and flourish. That is why we are investing in 30,000 modern apprenticeship starts per year by 2020 and are increasing the number of graduate level and foundation apprenticeships.”
The trust has recently placed even more emphasis on the transition from education to the workplace and to tailoring our offerings to respond to the Developing the Young Workforce agenda. We work with employers to design, develop and deliver courses that address specific workplace needs, such as positive attitudes, communication skills and determination to stay motivated when faced with difficult situations.
Read more at: http://www.scotsman.com/news/opinion/building-confidence-and-resilience-a-worthwhile-addition-to-workplace-skills-1-4497523#comments-area
As we approach the summer holidays, Scottish Water would like to make all parents and their children aware of the water safety code.
Water safety is a priority but especially during the summer months when children spend more time outdoors.
Scottish water would encourage teachers to take the time to access the Go Safe Scotland resource and deliver a water safety lesson before the summer break.
For more information go to Go Safe Scotland – Water Safety.
1. Using food as a context to raise attainment & close the gap
Scottish Learning Festival Thursday 21st September 10.45am – 11.45am
Using exemplars from schools across Scotland, this workshop aims to empower practitioners to consider innovative and creative ways in using food as a context for promoting equity and excellence for our children and young people. Hear from teachers and partners who have implemented and measured positive change using food at the heart of learning.
2. Food & Health Benchmarks now published on the National Improvement Hub
3. Progression of skills exemplar Skills at the Heart of the Curriculum
These short videos demonstrate the progression of skills in one primary setting, looking at the experience from a range of key stakeholders.
4. BNF Health Eating Week 12 to 16 June 2017
Is your school registered for BNF Healthy Eating Week? To date, an incredible 8,038 nursery practitioners and primary/secondary teachers have registered for BNF Healthy Eating Week 2017.
Register now and you will receive a number free resources, as well as the opportunity to join in health challenges and cook-a-longs!
Guidance for schools and local authorities to demonstrate compliance with nutrient standards can be found on the National Improvement Hub.
Hospitality: Practical Cake Craft http://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/56929.html
Hospitality: Practical Cookery http://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/47439.html
Between April and September 2017, SQA are running a programme of subject specific webinars which focus on the requirements of the revised National 5 course assessments being introduced in 2017-18.
For some subjects, SQA are publishing audio presentations that cover the same content as webinars. These will be published between May and September 2017. http://www.understandingstandards.org.uk/Subjects/Hospitality
The Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland (REHIS) is Scotland’s awarding body for a number qualifications in Food Safety, Food and Health, Control of Infection and Occupational Health and Safety. REHIS has worked in partnership with Food Standards Scotland for many years to make the Elementary Food Hygiene Course and Introduction to Food Hygiene Course available to secondary schools all over Scotland. For further information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 0131 229 2968.
Video resource looking at what the food industry is doing to reduce sugars in food.
Food Standards Scotland (FSS) is running a competition inviting P4-P7 pupils from Scottish primary schools to design and draw a healthy and balanced packed lunch based on the Eatwell Guide and using our Munch That Lunch Guidance. The full briefing and entry form can be accessed online via www.foodstandards.gov.scot/teachers
To receive regular updates about Let’s Get Cooking, we invite you to register as one of our friends Let’s Get Cooking
The College Development Network (CDN) Food and Drink Industry Expo is designed for education practitioners, pupils and students. This hands-on event showcases the opportunities available in a fast-growing sector. The Food and Drink Industry offers careers in:
Design and innovation
Product development and production.
The event takes place 1300 to 1800 Thursday 14 September at Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh.
Questions or queries about food education?
By Jackie Maley, HM Inspector and Lead Officer for early learning and childcare
This is an exciting time in Early Learning and Childcare (ELC). Planning for the expansion programme is well underway as we look ahead to what this may mean for our future inspections. There is much for practitioners to be reflecting on in their current practice to ensure this continues to improve and that they provide high-quality learning experiences for all children, including under-threes.
The recently published report, ‘Quality and Improvement in Scottish Education 2012-2016’ (QuISE) highlighted a number of key areas of strengths and aspects for improvement from ELC inspections. You can read the ELC chapter from the QuISE report on our website.
Inspectors found that the quality of children’s learning experiences continues to be an area of strength. Staff continued to promote children’s engagement and motivation in their learning. Strong relationships with children and their families were also identified as being a strength in many ELC settings.
A common aspect for development which was highlighted was the need for settings to improve their approaches to self-evaluation and, in particular, methods for monitoring and tracking children’s progress. When such approaches are robust and consistently applied by all staff, we observe children making the best possible progress while engaged in appropriately challenging learning experiences.
In the current academic year, we have inspected a number of ELC settings. It is pleasing to observe staff engaging well with ‘How Good is Our Early Learning and Childcare?’ to support them in reflecting on and improving their practice. In the best examples, we also see staff making use of ‘Building the Ambition’ guidance to support their self-evaluation activities. We know that staff engage well with the case studies included in this document to help them plan for future developments.
Over this session we have also found that staff continue to ensure that they foster strong relationships with children and their families. In a few of the settings we have visited, staff have developed their understanding of attachment to support children well. We have also noted that staff are now making more positive attempts to improve outdoor learning experiences for children. In the best examples, we see children with regular access to high-quality outdoor learning which promotes their skills in curiosity, investigation and creativity.
It is settings’ approaches to planning and assessment that still remain areas for improvement. Children need to be more involved in talking about their own learning and progress. By doing this, children will have increased motivation and development of key skills to support them in making continuous progress in their learning and development.
While we see staff keen to capture and document children’s progress, it is not always done in a consistently effective way. It is important that staff are skilled in making observations of children’s learning. It is not necessary for everything to be recorded, only those parts of learning and development that are significant for individual children.
As practitioners become more confident in documenting children’s progress, they will find they are able to plan learning better for the differing needs of the children in their care. This will also enable practitioners to provide appropriate challenge as necessary. We are now observing children engaging better with their learning profiles and, also, staff developing new approaches to involve parents more in their child’s learning. Parents joining their children in the playrooms for shared learning sessions is becoming a regular feature in many settings. We look forward to seeing how staff continue to take a creative approach to involving parents in their children’s learning as we complete this year’s ELC inspections.
Food for Thought Education Fund
The Food for Thought Education Fund gives financial support to develop Food and Health as a context for learning. The fund aims to improve practitioner confidence in providing progressive, high quality learning experiences which help to embed food education into the ethos of the establishment. It also provides an opportunity to plan and implement learning experiences which build sustainability and capacity for future development.
Now in its fifth year, the Fund allows Local Authority Schools and Early Learning and Childcare settings to apply for grants of up to £3000 to develop projects that support the aims of the Fund. (Note – ASN establishments in the independent sector are also eligible to apply). Establishments may apply individually or as part of a cluster of schools from their education authority.
It is essential that food based projects include a business or community link . Business in the Community Scotland is a partner in the Food for Thought Fund and can help establishments to find a business/community link if help is required.
What Are We Looking for This Year?
Scottish Government’s aspiration that Scotland is a Good Food Nation, means a country where people from every walk of life take pride and pleasure in, and benefit from, the food they buy, serve, and eat day by day. It also means that :
This year, we are particularly interested in bids which will to contribute to this vision by:
In this phase, we also ask that projects incorporate some or all of the following themes:
Projects may also relate to national events and/or Government initiatives including :
Fund PartnersEducation Scotland is building on its strong partnership with Scottish Government with a continued commitment to high quality learning in health and wellbeing, including food education, across educational establishments in Scotland.
Business in the Community Scotland (BiTCS) brings together businesses and partner organisations across sectors to more effectively play their role in a stronger, fairer, wealthier, healthier, and greener Scotland.
In order to enhance skills for learning, life and work it is essential that you work in partnership with a business for this funding. BiTCS’s role in the Food for Thought Fund will be to help schools to link to a business or community organisation that can fulfil this role for the fund. These partners are not required to be a food based business/community organisation. Schools can also work with existing partners or create their own new partnerships. Securing a financial contribution from this partner is not mandatory; however it may be beneficial to your project if you were able to find additional income or ‘in kind’ funding to develop your project.
The Scottish Government is committed to ensuring all schools in Scotland embed food education through the implementation of Curriculum for Excellence, and the Schools (Health Promotion and Nutrition) (Scotland) Act 2007. The Government supports good quality learning and teaching around food through funding a number of stakeholders to engage and work with schools.
To apply for Food for Thought Phase 5 funding, please complete the attached application form to arrive by 14.00 on Wednesday 31st May 2017. Examples of completed application forms from earlier phases are housed in the ‘Resources’ section of the Food for Thought Glow Newsfeed . (Glow log-in required)
Practitioners from previous phases have also shared photographs, stories and information about their projects through the newsfeed conversation.
A Glow Meet has been organised for Tuesday 25th April at 3.45pm and this will be an opportunity to ask questions about the application process or the project you are planning. If you would like to join me, Sign up here.
Please send completed application forms to :
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.
Test your creativity and innovation skills!
The competition is open to all primary 5,6, and 7 pupils from schools across Scotland. Individual prizes will be given to the best entries, but all the pupils in the winning class will win an all-expenses paid trip to the Royal Highland Show 22nd – 25th June 2017. The winning product will be showcased at the ASSIST FM National Conference on 24th & 25th August 2017 in Glasgow.
The winning product will feature in schools across Scotland during Scottish School Meals week, 31st October 2017.
We are asking pupils to conduct their own market research to develop a new Scots Origin One Pot Dish that could be sold as a stand-alone product or be part of school meal that can be used in schools across Scotland.
The challenge is based on a similar format to the television programme ‘Dragons Den’. We would like pupils to put their creative and entrepreneurial skills to the test and design an innovative new ‘one pot’ product that:
To enter, please complete the attached entry forms and send to email@example.com by 5th May 2017
Education Scotland and the Money Advice Service, in partnership with the Scottish Financial Capability Partnership (http://www.fincap.org.uk/scotland-forum) are running a Scottish Financial Education Week from 20-24 March which will see a series of events happening to promote money management for children, young people and young adults and to raise awareness of the importance of financial education both in schools and in the wider community.
The following are examples of what is taking place
Wednesday 22nd – Focus Group at Young Scot (Edinburgh) examining the development of financial capability with young apprentices.
Thursday 23rd – University of Edinburgh Business School is hosting a seminar and interactive webinar focusing on supporting and developing young adult financial capability.
Thursday 23rd (evening) – Lloyds Money for Life workshop in Glasgow involving young people.
Friday 24th – Financial Education Conference at Murrayfield (Edinburgh) – aimed at teachers and local authority education workers. Sponsored by the Accountant in Bankruptcy and the Money Advice Service. To register e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Also, throughout the week there will be a series of consumer facing events run by Lloyds Money for Life programme, in partnership with Youth Scotland, where young people will be going out across Scotland to ask young people about their hopes and fears for their financial future
This year the theme for International School Meals Day is Food, Culture and Heritage. We are encouraging children and young people (supported by their teachers or other adults) to share ‘stories’ about their culture, heritage and associated food – this could be family food traditions, food that is loved (or not!) in their country or festivals, ceremonies and celebrations that take place.
During the session we will investigate the provenance of school food in Scotland. Do you know where your school food comes from? Can you find out from your catering staff in time for the Glow TV session? In particular this session will look at where bread comes from, the different types of bread to be found here in Scotland and across the world, and the role of bread in our diet.
Overall, the aims of International School Meals Day are to:
* Raise awareness of the importance of the nutritional quality of school meal programs worldwide
* Emphasise the connection between healthy eating, education and better learning
* Connect children around the world to foster healthy eating habits and promote well-being in schools * Share success stories of school meal programs around the globe
* Highlight research activities in school meal programs around the globe
* Raise awareness of the hunger and poverty issues being addressed through school feeding programmes (programs)
Sign up to take part live on the day – International School Meals Day – Pupil Event.
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.