Tag Archives: Partnership Working

Pre-apprenticeships set Craigroyston pupils on the right career path⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

A unique partnership between an Edinburgh secondary school, and a number of local employers from across the city has received special recognition from the Scottish Qualifications Authority.

The Pre-Apprenticeship Programme delivered by staff at Craigroyston Community High School in the north of Edinburgh sees a number of the school’s senior pupils embark upon year-long structured work experience placements with local businesses. While on placements for two afternoons a week, the pupils continue to study for Highers, Nationals, and other awards at school, but combine this with working towards industry recognised vocational qualifications. And once they have successfully completed their placements, the pupils go on to a guaranteed full-time Modern Apprenticeship with their prospective employer. 

The scheme was first introduced in 2015, following a meeting between the school’s head teacher, Steve Ross, and Robert Allan, director of HR at Apex Hotels. In its first year, nine pupils went down the pre-apprenticeship route, taking up roles in the hospitality sector with Apex Hotels, Novotel, and IBIS, and with defence engineering firm, Leonardo. This year more employers, including Charlie Miller Hairdressing, and Robertson Construction have encouraged a fourfold increase in uptake, as 36 pupils began new placements.

The stay-on rate for senior pupils at Craigroyston has increased dramatically as a result of the scheme. The number of pupils now staying on from S4 to S5 has grown from 50% in 2014/15 to 90% in 2016/17, while the S6 intake has doubled over the same period.

 The scheme has been so successful it was highly commended at the SQA Star Awards, lifting a trophy for Promoting Inclusion.

Speaking about his ambitions for the pupils, Craigroyston head teacher Steve Ross, said: “I want to encourage every pupil in the school to stay on until the end of sixth year, so when they leave they do so with a portfolio of qualifications, experiences, skills, and a knowledge of the job market that will help them find a positive destination.”

Pre-Apprenticeship co-ordinator Elaine Gray, head of home economics at the school, worked closely with Danielle Ramsay, Group Recruitment Manager at Apex Hotels, to design the content of the programme. Elaine said that the success of the scheme is down to the close relationship fostered between the school, and the employers. The model they developed has since been rolled out to all the participating employers.

Elaine added: “The partnership between the school and the employer is really important. We have to set the right expectations for the pre-apprentices and help them understand what their employers expect from them. This might include helping them with things like time management, and attendance, but equally the employers must have realistic expectations of the pupils.  However, once we get them through the door, and we can see that relationship begin, we can see the pupils start to flourish as their confidence grows and they begin to realise what they are capable of.”

Danielle Ramsay said: “We work with the pupils to help them take the first steps in the work place, supporting them with their applications, and helping them with their interviews. The benefit in the long term for us as an employer is we get to invest in the pre-apprentices for a year and introduce them to the way we work. That means that when they start their Modern Apprenticeship, they are familiar with the company, our culture, and what we expect from them, meaning they are more likely to succeed.”

Speaking about the value of the pre-apprenticeship programme, Theresa McGowan, SQA regional manager for Edinburgh, said: “The approach the team at Craigroyston has taken was tailored specifically for the needs of their pupils, and their local community, but it is a model that could be replicated elsewhere. The positive relationships between the school and employers across the city are delivering real results for the pupils, and they are really benefitting from the opportunity to complete the additional work-experience and vocational qualifications.”

For more information about how SQA supports Modern Apprenticeships and other training opportunities, visit www.sqa.org.uk/appenticeships.

My World of Work: New ‘pathway’ feature support the search for jobs⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

mywow-pathwaysThere are now more ways for young people to browse pathways and explore potential qualifications routes on Skills Development Scotland’s career information and advice web service, My World of Work.  Senior Service Development Executive Mairi Rule explains how these changes will help young people, and those who support them:

“Our new ‘pathways’ feature is changing the way our users can search for, filter and explore job profiles.   The idea behind them was simple. We grouped all the jobs on the web service into one of six broad pathway groupings based on common high level activities and skills.  We then gave individuals the ability to browse job profiles, and further refine search results, by one of these six pathways.

The six pathway verbs and their descriptors are:

  • Care                       educating and caring for others
  • Create                  creating things and expressing new ideas
  • Discover              exploring problems to find answers
  • Produce               making and fixing things
  • Protect                 defending people’s rights and keeping them safe
  • Support                supporting customers and organising things

These simple groupings provide young people with a new way of exploring jobs that challenge traditional industry stereotypes.

For example, the ‘Create’ pathway shows customers that jobs that involve creative activities can exist in a range of industry areas, such as engineering or information and computing technology.  It’s a great way of showing the range of jobs that could be of interest, broadening horizons and allowing exploration of a wider range of opportunities.  You’ll find the new filters within the My Career Options landing page of My World of Work and within the subject choices tool.

Similar thinking also sits behind our work on qualification routes.  We know that young people in schools, particularly those focusing on passing exams, can find it difficult to understand how the subjects they are studying relate to future careers.

In addition, some young people, parents, carers and employers can be unfamiliar with the current range of available qualifications, and how all of them relate to the world of work.  By introducing new qualifications functionality, we hope to help increase that understanding of the relationship between learning in the classroom and the world of work, as well as highlighting the range of learning opportunities available.

The functionality is above the ‘Getting in’ section of 150 job profiles on My World of Work, allowing users to create personalised qualification routes.

Users can view and select from different types of qualifications, including new work based learning options such as Foundation Apprenticeships, in order to build up multiple routes for one or more careers.  They will also be able to view detailed information about the qualifications that are shown, such as length of study, and select links to related course and apprenticeship information.

At the end of the tool, users can view and print off the routes they’ve created which they can then compare or discuss with their SDS careers adviser, parent, carer or teacher.   If signed in, customers can also save their qualification pathway to the book marks section of their My World of Work account.

We’re continuing to add qualification routes to job profiles, all of which will have the tool by the summer.”

The six new pathways on My Career Options landing page and the Subject Choices tool

To see an example of qualification routes check out https://www.myworldofwork.co.uk/my-career-options/accounting-technician

Engaging schools in community resilience⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

Date:  Friday 10th March 2017

Time:  09.20 (for a 9.45 start) – 15.00

Venue:  Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre, Exhibition Ave, Bridge of Don, Aberdeen AB23 8BL

This one day event, organised by Aberdeenshire council with support from Education Scotland, Moray and Aberdeen councils aims to explore opportunities for schools and resilience professionals to work together to help build more resilient communities.

Using recent experiences with flooding as a context for developing resilience, this event will  provide support for  health and wellbeing outcomes in the curriculum as well as those in social subjects and science.

Primary and secondary schools from the three local authorities will outline their experiences with developing resilience through the curriculum and there will be opportunities for discussion and reflection during the day.  A number of external agencies will be present at the event to take part in discussion and to offer their support with resources to help teachers in schools.

This event is open to teachers and resilience professionals across Scotland and places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. If you are interested in signing up for this event please contact Gavin.Penman@aberdeenshire.gov.uk

Click here to view the draft-programme  of the day

SLF 2017: Submit a seminar proposal⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

slf-logoThe Festival provides high quality continuing professional learning and is a rendezvous for educational professionals both nationally and internationally, providing a unique platform to engage with a diverse range of experts, colleagues and suppliers.

Education Scotland organises the event and is now accepting seminar proposals for the 2017 conference programme which will feature around 100 seminars over two days.

Is there a project you have been working on that could be showcased? Or perhaps you are aware of establishments that demonstrate good practice? We would encourage you to share this information with your colleagues and networks and submit relevant proposals for consideration.

The theme for SLF 2017 is Promoting excellence and equity for Scotland’s children through:

  • empowering teachers, practitioners, parents, schools and communities;
  • strengthening partnerships, collaboration and networks to improve outcomes for children and young people;
  • building the professional capacity of teachers, practitioners and leaders;
  • fair and learner-centred funding; and
  • responsibility and accountability at all levels.

If you would like to submit a proposal for consideration please do so before midday on Monday 20 February. Proposals received after this date will not be considered for inclusion in the conference programme.

The 2017 conference programme and registration will be launched in May and will feature the sessions that have been submitted and selected for inclusion.

We look forward to receiving your proposals and hope you will contribute to SLF 2017 to help continue to deliver Scotland’s largest annual national education event. If you would like any further information about SLF 2017 please contact the SLF team.

DYW Interesting Practice – Ferguslie – Pre5 Centre: Skills Development in Early Years⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

pwp_2896Fergulsie Pre 5 Centre, this year’s Scottish Education Award winner in the category ‘Employability across Learning’,  provides a skills based learning approach for children from 3 – 5 years, actively seeking to connect learning to the world of work whenever possible.  Through a variety of play contexts and in connection with professionals and local businesses they engage in projects that inspire enterprising attitudes and creativity.  At the same time it introduces children to a range of jobs people hold within the wider community.

pwp_3132Children are at the heart of this approach, influencing the direction of projects by leading the learning.   Some examples include the creation of a ‘dog house’, their business venture, the ‘Rainbow Café’ for the local community and creating a nursery newspaper.

The Tackling Poverty agenda has further motivated staff to support children in developing the necessary skills and confidence to succeed. The opportunities and experiences put ipwp_3552n place in partnership with parents supports the develop of skills for everyone involved ensuring that no matter their stage of development they are equipped to lead their own learning and celebrate their achievements.

Judith Thomas, head of the centre says:  “At Ferguslie Pre-five Centre our children have a natural curiosity about the world around them and we, as a staff, have put an increased emphasis on the development of children’s skills through play.  They engage in projects that develops a depth of learning and to scaffold this, we connect to and work with businesses and professions.  Local schools and colleges also  support the projects children engage in and they understand who can help them achieve.”   Partners and parents make valuable contributions to the curriculum and opportunities to involve the local community in children’s learning are maximised. ”

The holistic approach taken by the centre to developing skills and engaging children in play around the world of work providpwp_2676es inspiration and creative engagement opportunities that fosters positive attitudes for learning, life and work, important stepping stones for career education from 3 – 18.

Hear more about the nursery’s approach to developing skills for learning, life and work employability by accessing the following interview with Judith:

 

Additional resource:

2016 Scottish Learning Festival presentation:  career-education-at-ferguslie-pre-five-centre

DYW Interesting Practice – Woodfarm High School: A whole school approach to career education⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

Woodfarm High School in East Renfrewshire has developed a holistic approach to career education for learners at all levels in order to equip them with the necessary skills to fully realise their aspirations in life.

Using the Career Education Standard (CES)  an audit had been undertaken to embed the entitlements for young people into the curriculum.  In partnership with employers and parents, learners are fully engaged in maximising  opportunities to enhance career education across all aspects of learning.   This includes initiatives such as a S6 Career Ambassadors programme, business breakfasts,  presentations to challenge career stereotypes, an S2 STEM project and a ‘Skills week’ across all subjects.

In reflection of the Work Placements Standard the school has developed a flexible, fully integrated model that provides work-based learning opportunities for learners  at various stages of their development.

Integral to the new approach at the school is the engagement of staff.  CLPL opportunities are on offer during inset days and collegiate time and a ‘Teaching and Learning Community’ has been established to collaborate with employers in order to coordinate and enhance work-based learning opportunities.

Woodfarm HS has also developed a ‘Employer Partnership’ database in connection with the local authority and East Renfrewshire’s Chamber of Commerce in order to enhance the quality and scope of experiences for learners around the world of work.  As a result young people have the opportunity to visit local business, engage in work shadowing and extended work placements, practice interview skills and CV writing and find out about careers, including Modern Apprenticeships, through career evenings, talks, 1-1 sessions and enterprise activities.

Read the ‘Interesting Practice summary sheet to find out more about the career education programme at Woodfarm: dyw-int-practice-summary-woodfram-hs

Watch the film clip about the S3 DYW day

DYW Interesting Practice: Dalziel High School – Skills development through STEM⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

dalziel-hs-stem-learnersDalziel High School has a well established, strategic career education programme from P7 transition to senior phase.  At the heart of this is a focus on STEM careers supported by a highly dynamic, award-winning school-employer partnership with the engineering company Amec Foster Wheeler.

Throughout there time at Dalziel High School all learners will have the opportunity to get involved in a wide variety of STEM related learning initiatives from participating in  Science & Technology fayres, STEM challenges, Space School and  Science & Engineering competitions to undertaking a Foundation Apprenticeship.

The following brief outline describes the core activities, purpose and outcomes of the career education approaches taken at the school:

 

Additional materials:

  • Film clip:

Foundation Apprenticeship and scholarship opportunities in the senior phase – a learner perspective

  • Skills poster:

Access the dalziel-hs-skills-poster designed by the school to assist learners in  identifying their skills and  linking them to their profiles.

  • Scottish Learning Festival 2017 – presentation:

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Scottish Education Awards 2017: Nominations open now!⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

Category:  Employability across Learning (Early Years/Primary and Secondary)scottish-education-awards-2017

The Scottish Education Awards recognise schools and centres that have developed a vibrant and progressive culture and climate of continuous innovation.

The culture and ethos should promote respect, ambition and achievement while improving outcomes for all learners in ways which eliminate inequity.

Nominations should include practical activities and projects that the school or centre has undertaken, detailing the impact these strategies have had on pupils, staff, parents and the community.

  • How is your school ensuring all young people have the opportunities to develop skills for learning, life and work?
  • How are these skills being developed across all curriculum areas within the school, in interdisciplinary studies and in all other contexts and settings where young people are learning?
  • How is your school ensuring young people, are aware of, and understand, the value of skills for learning, life and work that they are developing?
  • How is your school ensuring parents are aware of, and understand, the value of skills for learning, life and work skills that they are developing?
  • How is your school developing quality partnerships with employers?

What are the outcomes of these approaches in terms of impact on:

  • children and young people
  • the whole school community
  • the wider community

Nominations close at 12 noon on Wednesday 15 February 2017

Nominate an early years/ primary school here.

Secondary school nominations here please.

Download and share the scottish-education-awards-2017-prom-flyer!

Govan High School Marks £2 Million Milestone For Youth & Philanthropy Initiative Scotland⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

yipThe Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI) in Scotland has announced that a total of £2 million has now been awarded to local grassroots charities since the programme was first introduced in Scotland by The Wood Foundation in 2008. This year alone a total of 210 Scottish secondary schools will participate in YPI, actively engaging over 26,500 students in a hands on experience of social action and philanthropy.  The latest £3000 grant will be awarded at Govan High School’s YPI Final on Friday 18th November, marking a significant milestone for the YPI programme.

Commenting on Govan High School’s YPI Final and hitting the £2 million milestone, Sir Ian Wood, Chairman of The Wood Foundation said, “YPI is by far The Wood Foundation’s most successful philanthropic initiative in Scotland.  Beyond the grants YPI has awarded to local charities, the programme most significantly impacts upon young people, not only providing a valuable experience of philanthropy but also nurturing critical employability and enterprise skill development.  We are proud that today’s YPI celebration event at Govan High School marks a total of £2 million invested in local communities across Scotland through the programme.  This is a remarkable milestone, made possible through the dedication of our participating schools and charities, the support of our programme funding partners, and the enthusiasm of all participating students.”

Govan High School has now participated in YPI Scotland for two yip-govan-hsyears, delivering the programme across their full S2 cohort as part of the school’s Wider Achievement Programme. Through YPI, Govan High School students are encouraged to draw upon their strengths and learning from across the school, and look beyond the classroom in order to link closely with the wider school community.  Teachers at Govan High have noted a massive impact on their learners through the development of vital skills including research, communication and team work, and students have also demonstrated real commitment to the programme, with many dedicating their own time to visit local charities, as they address local social issues.

Nancy Belford, Head Teacher of Govan High School, commented, “As a school we strive to create a caring, inclusive and happy learning community and the whole ethos behind the YPI Programme helps to enhance this vision. YPI encourages our young people to care about their community through identifying a social issue that is important to them; it builds links between people and organisations in the wider community as students explore and visit charities; and it helps to promote inclusion as our young people come to understand what is happening on their own doorstep and what it is they can do to help some of the most vulnerable groups within the local community.”

The YPI programme is now delivered across 31 local authority areas throughout Scotland and over half of all secondary schools in the Glasgow City area are now actively involved in the programme.

Maureen McKenna, Director of Education at Glasgow City Council and guest judge at Govan High School’s YPI Final stated, “YPI is proving to be a highly effective framework through which students can broker and establish meaningful partnerships across their school community, develop essential skills for learning, life & work, and directly support local people & groups most in need.  This in itself encapsulates what Curriculum for Excellence is all about.  I am very proud of the involvement of schools in our area and that Govan High School’s 2016 YPI Final also recognises a total of £2 million invested in local Scottish charities through YPI.”

Career Education Standard 3-18: Weaving career education into the curriculum⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

ken-edwardsBy Ken Edwards, Education Programme Lead, Skills Development Scotland

Published in September 2015, the Standard addresses the ambition to reduce youth unemployment by better preparing young people for the world of work and is a direct response to one of the recommendations in Education Working for All! The standard reflects existing Curriculum for Excellence guidance; most obviously, in relation to Building the Curriculum 4: Skills for learning, life and work but also in delivering some of the health and wellbeing outcomes that are, of course, the responsibility of all.

At the heart of the new Standard lies a set of entitlements for all learners and a corresponding set of expectations for each of the four key influencers in young peoples’ learning and career choices: you as teachers or education practitioners; parents and carers; employers and, of course, Skills Development Scotland (SDS) the national skills agency.

I know from previous experience that the landscape of Scottish education can sometimes appear cluttered with seemingly unconnected new initiatives that compete for limited development time. Therefore, it’s heartening to know that as schools begin to deliver the entitlements and expectations described in this new Standard it will also help them address some of the other current priorities in Scottish education.

A significant body of research shows more systematic and progressive delivery of quality career education works on two fronts. Firstly it helps young people to develop the essential career management skills needed to successfully navigate the increasingly complex and extended transition from school into further learning, training or employment. Secondly, it has more immediate positive impacts by helping to set learning in a relevant real-life context so raising learners’ engagement and motivation. In turn, this leads to measurable improvements in achievement and attainment and makes a valuable contribution to closing the attainment gap. All of which are priorities in Scottish Government’s new National Improvement Framework.

Support for you

The Career Education Standard acknowledges and builds on the existing good practice seen in classrooms across Scotland and aspires to make this common practice in future.

Fortunately, with such an ambition, you are not alone in implementing the Standard. SDS and other partners are working hard to provide additional guidance and support to help you develop young people’s skills for life and work and so ensure that DYW sustainably improves learning experiences and outcomes for all.

SDS’s team of expert Careers Advisers have started working with pupils from an earlier stage; beginning at the point of transition from P7 to S1 and continuing to be involved at all stages until thesds-in-school-infographics-aw2 end of school. They offer a combination of group and one-to-one activities geared to developing the essential career management skills that help young people make informed learning and career choices providing a valuable complement to school career education programmes. We have been working in close collaboration with Education Scotland and a number of primary, secondary and additional support needs schools across Scotland to develop, test and refine this support.

We know young people are going online for information and help. Only last week Childwise figures showed 7-16 year olds are spending 3 hours a day on line, that’s up to 4.8 hours for 15 to 16 year olds. This growing trend coincides with the news that SDS’s digital resource is already being significantly enhanced, with more on the way. This includes the updated and more intuitive version of My World of Work, our award-winning careers information and advice web service, which launched on 25 January.

There will also be a new dedicated digital offer aimed at CfE second level (P5-7) and an exploration of how P7 pupils can best use My World of Work. These digital resources are accompanied by a range of support materials that can help teachers and pupils to better connect learning in and beyond the classroom to the world of work.

SDS is also working to enhance practitioners’ confidence and skills in the area of career education. We are working with Education Scotland to develop a suite of learning resources that will support career-long professional learning. These will be gradually rolled out over the coming months and will focus on getting to know the Standard, how to make effective use of My World of Work, career management skills and also an insight into career and labour market intelligence and how to access current information.

SDS will also be able to further support schools in engaging and working with employers, and along with the National Parent Forum of Scotland have already developed a guide for parents to career education in schools.

Coming up

Over the coming months you’ll hear more from my colleagues in SDS on each of these areas and the progress that’s being made.

In March we’ll update you on the launch of the re-developed My World of Work and the new and improved tools and content as well as plans for the future.’

Useful Links

Read the Career Education Standard

Find out more about Skills Development Scotland

Get the help you need for the career you want at My World of Work

See the National Parent Forum of Scotland nutshell guide Career Education: A World of Possibilities

Building the Curriculum 4

Education Working for All!