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Briefing on Gaelic Education⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

Our latest briefing on Gaelic Education is now available and features:

Please follow this link for our Briefings.

There are ongoing updates on our blog for GME and Gaelic Learner Education.

New GME self-evaluation activity⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

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).

Useful links are:

How good is our school? (fourth edition)

Advice on Gaelic Education

Statutory Guidance for Gaelic Education

GTCS Professional Standards

Fullan, M. (2014) Leadership: Maximizing Impact

Parent, pupil and partner engagement in School Improvement Planning in Riverside Primary School

The Framework for Educational Leadership can be accessed here:

<https://www.scelframework.com/>

 

Then select:

Leading: self-evaluation

Then select the activity:

Ag àrdachadh dòighean-obrach proifeiseanta ann am Foghlam tro Mheadhan na Gàidhlig (FMG)

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Moderation Poster (Gaelic version)⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

We are pleased to provide Gaelic Medium provisions with a Gaelic version of the Moderation Cycle poster.   Please contact distribution@educationscotland.gsi.gov.uk.

We hope that the poster will help raise awareness of the Moderation Cycle, and that it will support professional discussion and reflection.

More information can be found at these two links.

National Improvement Hub

https://education.gov.scot/improvement/learning-resources/The%20Moderation%20Cycle

Moderation Hub on Glow

https://glowscotland.sharepoint.com/sites/PLC/moderationhub/SitePages/Home.aspx

 

 

 

An t-Alltan Conference for practitioners of GME and GLE, 26 and 27 September 2018⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

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.

For more information, please visit

https://www.storlann.co.uk/an-t-alltan/

Useful links from our National Improvement Hub

Resources from a conference to support the GME secondary curriculum – Transitions to secondary:

https://education.gov.scot/improvement/self-evaluation/Conference%20on%20Gaelic%20Education:%20Transitions%20to%20Secondary

Resources from a conference to support Gaelic (Learners) 1+2 in the curriculum:

https://education.gov.scot/improvement/learning-resources/Conference%20-%20Gaelic%20Learners%20in%201plus2%20Approach%20to%20Languages

Updates from Education Scotland on Gaelic (Learners):

https://blogs.glowscotland.org.uk/glowblogs/eslb/category/languages/gaelic-learners/

Updates from Education Scotland on Gaelic Medium Education:

https://blogs.glowscotland.org.uk/glowblogs/eslb/category/languages/literacy-and-gaidhlig/

 

National Gaelic Language Plan 2018-2023⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

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

For more information, please see the National Gaelic Language Plan 2018-2023

Subject Choices tool kit supports learners plan their senior phase pathways⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

Skills Development Scotland has launched a choices toolkit that helps pupils to make the right subject choices for their future career pathways.  This tool complements the efforts of Career Advisors who are busy in schools providing a programme of support at this important  time for young people in S2/3.

The toolkit allows learners to connect subjects with the potential career opportunities and relevant job profiles.  You can access the toolkit at: https://www.myworldofwork.co.uk/subjectchoices

Using the toolkit

A support pack has been developed around the toolkit with useful ideas on how to support young people alongside the efforts of career advisors to make well informed and appropriate subject choices.

You can download the pack here:
SDS Partner toolkit

Gaelic Education Award/Duais Foghlam Gaidhlig⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

The Scottish Education Awards recognise early learning and childcare settings and schools that have developed a vibrant and progressive culture and climate of continuous innovation in relation to Gaelic Medium and Gaelic Learner Education. The culture and ethos should promote respect, ambition and achievement in Gaelic Education while improving outcomes for all learners in ways which eliminate inequity.

Do you know an early learning and childcare centre or school that can respond to the above statement? Then why not nominate them for the Gaelic Education Award?

Nominations close at 12 noon on Wednesday 14 February 2018

PLEASE NOMINATE AT

www.scottisheducationawards.co.uk

Glow Blogs Summer Release 2018 Survey⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

Attention all Glow Blog users! We are seeking feedback on what new functionality you would like to see added to Glow Blogs. A short survey has been created to collect your feedback and is available here – https://blogs.glowscotland.org.uk/glowblogs/glowbloghelp/suggestions/

The next release of Glow Blogs is scheduled for summer 2018. In order for all responses to be considered in time for the release, the deadline for survey responses is the 30th November. All responses received after this date will be collected for consideration for future releases of Glow Blogs.

We are looking to gather as much feedback from our Glow users as possible so please complete the form and let us hear your ideas. Why not share this survey with your friends and colleagues to make Glow Blogs even better!

Postgraduate Teaching Certificate in GME⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

An External Examiner is required for the  successful STREAP Programme to start immediately.  This post will normally be for a period of 4 years but will be dependent on continued funding from Scottish Government.

This postgraduate programme was developed jointly by Sabhal Mòr Ostaig UHI and the University of Aberdeen.  It aims to meet the needs of fully-qualified educationalists who want to enhance and extend professional practice in the teaching of subject/stage through the medium of Gaelic.

The programme covers a range of theoretical, historical and policy perspectives – interpretive, social, creative – relating to immersion and bilingual teaching and the promotion of Gaelic Medium Education.

It develops participants’ personal Gaelic language skills, competence and confidence in classroom practice and critical reflection in the Gaelic medium context.

To express interest, please send a current CV to Catriona MacDonald at the University of Aberdeen   catriona.a.macdonald@abdn.ac.uk.

 

Benchmarks – the value of collaboration⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

A blog by Lorna Harvey, Acting Senior Education Officer
for Numeracy and Mathematics

Last year ( August 2016), we published draft Benchmarks for literacy and English and for numeracy and mathematics with the aim of providing clarity on the national standards expected at each level of the Broad General Education. We wanted to make clear what learners need to know and what they need to be able to do to progress through the levels, and to provide guidance that would support consistency in teachers’ and other practitioners’ professional judgements.

By publishing the Benchmarks in draft, we wanted to ensure we had time to consult with the very people who would be using the Benchmarks. We were committed to developing guidance that would hit the mark and achieve our aim of providing clarity.

From the outset we were keen to hear from as many practitioners as possible and we wanted to make sure anyone wishing to provide feedback felt confident that they could be as open and honest as they wished. To achieve that we set up an anonymous online consultation, but we also planned a number of face-to-face sessions allowing for more depth to our discussions and the opportunity for people to ask questions.

A number of National Network events provided opportunities for practitioners from across Scotland to contribute to this consultation process. This included the National Literacy Network, the National Numeracy Network and the Principal Teacher/Faculty Head Forum for Mathematics. Colleagues from SQA were involved in many of these discussions.

Some people decided to get together with colleagues and offer suggestions, while others wanted to provide their individual response. Whichever way people chose to provide feedback, it was extremely valuable. It was great to receive insight based on practitioners’ engagement with the Benchmarks in their education setting.

Together with my colleagues across Education Scotland , I worked on collating the results and analysing the feedback before making relevant changes to the Benchmarks. A number of stakeholders had offered to be involved in further consultation so we shared the updated Benchmarks and gathered more feedback as part of the process.

And then we had them. The final Benchmarks, shaped by practitioners and providing the clarity that we had been aiming for. A real collaborative effort.

We have now published the Benchmarks on our National Improvement Hub and would encourage practitioners to familiarise themselves with the documents before they begin using them in their setting. It’s also worth having a look at the ‘change’ documents we developed which clearly show where changes have been made from the drafts. There is also a frequently asked questions document.

We have uploaded a broadcast on the National Numeracy and Mathematics Hub which provides background information, advice and guidance on using the Benchmarks. The majority of this broadcast is relevant for all practitioners and there is a specific numeracy and mathematics input also. This broadcast could be used at an In-Service day in August to raise awareness of the Benchmarks and support professional discussion and planning.

We will be providing seminars at the Scottish Learning Festival in September as well as a Yamjam – where practitioners are invited to engage in an online discussion about the Benchmarks.

We would like to say  a huge thank you to all the practitioners who supported the consultation process, working with us and engaging with the drafts to provide valuable feedback to help shape the final documents