– Alasdair Bauld (Qualifications Development Specialist)
– Calum MacKay (Principal Assessor, National 5 Gàidhlig)
– Marilyn Waters (Qualifications Manager)
– Jay de Pellette (Qualifications Officer)
SQA are pleased to invite you to a webinar which will provide a detailed overview of the changes that are being made to the National 5 Gàidhlig course from the start of academic session 2017/18 (including the new externally assessed writing assignment).
Hosted by the Qualifications team responsible for SQA’s National Qualifications in Gàidhlig, this webinar will provide a clear overview of what is changing within the National 5 Gàidhlig course and why. Delegates will also have the opportunity to ask subject and assessment experts questions.
Whilst delegates are free to ask questions at any time during the live webinar, SQA are keen to try and answer as many questions as possible in the time available and would therefore encourage you to submit any questions you may have in advance. If you would like to submit a question in advance of the webinar, please e-mail Jay de Pellette (Qualifications Officer): firstname.lastname@example.org.
Following the Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills announcement that a strengthened final exam and externally assessed coursework will replace units and unit assessments for all National Qualifications at levels National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher, SQA are making some changes to the National 5 Gàidhlig course to ensure that standards are maintained and that the integrity of the qualification is protected.
More information about the changes SQA are making to National Qualifications, as a result of the Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary’s decision to remove units and unit assessments, can be found here: http://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/78398.html.
SQA strongly recommend that all practitioners and other interested stakeholders register to attend this webinar. It will provide valuable and informed commentary on the new course assessment model for National 5 Gàidhlig and also counts towards your continuing professional development (CPD). CPD certificates will be made available to delegates after the event.
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.
1. Social Enterprise Academy is delivering an Institute of Leadership and Management Award for teachers of Gaelic Education on 3 and 4 November 2017. If you require more information, please contact email@example.com. Social Enterprise Academy acknowledges support from Education Scotland in delivering this award and financial assistance from Bòrd na Gàidhlig.
2. The Scottish College for Educational Leadership (SCEL) is inviting views on professional learning for leadership. Practitioners of GME are encouraged to participate by completing a short survey. As a thank you, respondents will be entered into a draw to win a book voucher worth £100 for their school. Education Scotland has shared with SCEL the results of the CLPL Audit of the professional learning needs of practitioners in Gaelic Education.
3. Applications are now open for the Into Headship qualification which commences in June 2017. This qualification is fully funded by the Scottish Government. It is designed to prepare participants for the specific strategic challenges of being a head teacher.
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.
Streap, the Postgraduate Teaching Certificate for teachers of GME will start on 4 September 2017. There 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.firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. This programme is currently fully funded by the Scottish Government. For more information, please visit:
My World of Work offers career information, advice and resources to help children and young people learning Gaelic and in GME make informed choices about their future. It enables children and young people to choose school subjects based on labour market information and career pathways. Find out more.
The Language Show Live invites you to Scotland’s largest dedicated event for languages. The Show gives teachers and professionals an opportunity to attend professional learning seminars, enjoy taster sessions in a range of languages and peruse learning and teaching resources.
Please visit the website for more information and to book your free ticket:
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?