Tag Archives: Skills for Learning Life and Work

Angus STEM event attended by more than 300 people⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

An event to raise aspirations towards, and interest in, STEM was enjoyed by more than 300 people at Arbroath Academy.

The Angus STEM Festival featured shows from Aberdeen and Dundee Science Centres, as well as Generation Science alongside interactive workshops and stalls presented by local colleges, universities and STEM employers. 

Organised by Raising Aspirations in Science Education (RAiSE) and Developing the Young Workforce (DYW), the festival also aimed to highlight the science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) career pathways available within Angus. 

Jonathon Brown, the RAiSE Primary Science Development Officer, said:  “It was a wonderful day and we were incredibly pleased with the numbers attending and the enthusiasm and participation from the young people and their families.  These fun, informative sessions really help bring science to life and engage young people.”

Visitors were surveyed, with more than 90% reporting that the festival made them more interested in a future career in STEM and that it had increased their interest in STEM subjects.  All of those questioned enjoyed the event.

RAiSE is a four-year pilot programme to increase the confidence and skills of teachers to teach effective and engaging primary science. More than 40 schools in Angus are engaged in the programme. It is funded and delivered by The Wood Foundation, Education Scotland and participating local authorities.

 

Winners of the 2018 Scottish Education Awards: Castlebrae Community High School⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

Congratulations to  Castlebrae Community High School for winning the ‘Employability and Creativity across Learning’ award along side the two other finalists, St Albert’s Primary School and Park School Kilmarnock.

In recent years the school has undergone a profound change in outlook, ethos and culture with employability and creativity at the core of this. The  cross-school approach to skills development and the collective effort  to inspire learners in pursuing their vision for a positive future  has had a significant impact not only on young people themselves but the whole school community.

The school has worked with a wide range of partners to support their journey towards ensuring that young people are aspirational, ambitious and have access to appropriate learning experiences and support at all levels to equip them for their futures .  In particular the partnership with Edinburgh International Festival  has been a catalyst for transformational cultural change for the young people, staff and the EIF events team itself.  Their three year partnership programme resulted in the creation of far-reaching learning opportunities for pupils and staff alike, from regular inputs to learning and teaching, the offer of work placements to hosting a major event at the school as part of the Edinburgh Festival.  The role of EIF staff as student mentors has been of significant added value to the young people. The ambitions and aspirations gained by the young people through this project has been further developed through a  wider range of partnerships with Edinburgh Rugby, RBS, Columba 1400 and Foxlake (see Junior Adventure Leader programme) , providing a sustained investment in the young people within the school community.

Castlebrae CHS provides a tailored  curriculum to better meet the needs of their learners (eg. through the Skiff boat project,  various vocational courses, a pupil lead community bistro (Social Enterprise Academy award 2018)) which young people reported as having a significant impact on their confidence and the acquisition of transferable skills such as communication, teamwork, problem solving, leadership  etc..  The overall impact in terms of ethos, attendance, attainment, parental engagement, enrolment and positive destination figures in this area is also tangible.

If you want to find out more about the school’s approach why not attend their seminar at the Scottish Learning Festival, Thursday, 20 September (12 noon).

 

Using digital portfolios to share learning experiences and skills progression⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

Tarbolton Primary School in South Ayrshire use ‘Seesaw’, a student driven digital portfolios, for learners from to instantaneously share and record learning experiences and achievements from within and out with school.

Children and young people use mobile devices to  evidence their learning,  upload personal targets and reflect on their progress .  This is then continuously shared with their teachers and parents in order to review their learning.

Seesaw is also used for uploading homework, sharing letters or information as well as daily communications.

Lynsey Bradford, PT at Tarbolton Primary School says:

“Seesaw has radically changed how we log our pupils learning journeys. It is instant and accessible from all devices and ticks the digital platform buttons for all children.  They want to see and share their learning and achievements now and this app allows them to do that in a safe and secure way.”

Read more about how the school has implemented the tool across the school and how it plans to extend its use into early learning and childcare.: Interesting Practice in Skills DYW – Profiling_Seesaw tool

 

 

How to develop ‘Problem Finding’ Skills?⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

Calderglen High School’s Art, Design & Technology Faculty hosted its very first ‘Day of Design’. Initially inspired to participate in a Global Day of Design in order to raise the profile of the faculty, the team at Calderglen quickly grasped the opportunity to do more, much more!

Find out more in the school’s Day of Design Newsletter about their exciting partnership with Notosh and Scottish Power to challenge their pupils in problem solving and solution focused thinking in the school’s

Film clip: Careers in the Tourism Industry within Borders Council⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

These short film clip showcases the wide variety of career opportunities in the Borders and highlights the employment opportunities  and associated skills development within the tourism industry.

The clip provides an ideal starting point for learner discussions on local labour market information, the development of employability skills and relevant qualifications alongside work-based learning.

 

 

The Royal Society of Edinburgh: New Unlocking Ambition Enterprise Fellowship Programme is now open!⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

What is it at a glance:

  • Inaugural RSE Unlocking Ambition Enterprise Fellowship Programme to invest in up to 20 high-potential entrepreneurs, academics and researchers
  • This is an invitation to entrepreneurs from Scotland, the UK and from right across the world to submit ideas which have the potential to be transformative
  • One-year package of benefits – up to £900,000 total grant funding across the 20 Fellowships; over £150,000 for a comprehensive and cutting-edge training programme personally tailored to develop business skills delivered to the highest of international standards; a dedicated mentor, and access to professional, financial and entrepreneurial networks
  • Apply by the deadline of Wednesday 2 May at http://www.rse.org.uk/

Applications are now open for a brand new cutting-edge entrepreneurial support scheme. The £4m Unlocking Ambition Challenge is delivered by key stakeholders from Scotland’s entrepreneurial ecosystem as part of the Scotland CAN DO initiative, backed by the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon. The Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) will lead the academic stream of the inaugural programme, with support from Scottish Enterprise, based on the highly successful Enterprise Fellowship Programme that the RSE has been running for 20 years. Together they will invest in 20 early-stage high-potential entrepreneurs with innovative projects, with the aim of forming start-up businesses in Scotland in the new RSE Unlocking Ambition Enterprise Fellowship Programme.

Up to 20 successful applicants will receive an RSE Unlocking Ambition Enterprise Fellowship operating over a period of a year with a host of bespoke benefits, including total grant funding of up to £900,000 (up to £45,000 grant per Fellow – £25,000 maintenance grant and up to £20,000 business development fund); a total of over £150,000 for a comprehensive and cutting-edge training programme personally tailored to develop business skills delivered to the highest of international standards; a dedicated mentor for each Fellow, and access to professional, financial and entrepreneurial networks.
This is an invitation to entrepreneurs, academics and researchers from Scotland, the UK and from right across the world to submit ideas which have the potential to be transformative. You don’t have to be in Scotland or be Scottish – you can be anywhere in the world to apply. You are also not required to have an existing connection to the RSE. The only condition is that you agree to relocate or establish your business here in Scotland.

The RSE Unlocking Ambition Enterprise Fellowship Programme presents the ideal start-up opportunity by supporting promising ideas with the necessary skillsets to build them into successful companies. If this is you, then please apply by the deadline of 17:00 on Wednesday 2 May, 2018. Visit www.rse.org.uk for more information and to apply. If you have a question please contact unlockingambition@therse.org.uk

What happens after the closing date? The expert selection panel will review all applications after the closing date and invite shortlisted applicants for interview between 5 and 21 June 2018. The formal training programme will start w/c 25 June 2018  with discovery meetings when an announcement will be made about the inaugural cohort.

Website for more information and to apply:

www.rse.org.uk and specifically https://www.rse.org.uk/awards/rse-unlocking-ambition-enterprise-fellowship-programme/ The below information is housed on the website as well as the all-important application form, T&Cs and guidance notes.

Broughton High School students’ social enterprise units the community over a cuppa and some cake⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

BRO Enterprise is a social enterprise and cooperative which aims to look at ways to tackle social isolation and loneliness in the community by bringing people together to enjoy a cup of tea and a cake, and to have fun together through crafts and interactive reading activities

Students of Broughton High School have created a safe and welcoming space featuring a community café and intergenerational workshops where everyone is welcome. Established in late November 2017, the enterprise has been running each Friday afternoon and boasts a growing customer base of café regulars and workshop participants from early years to the golden agers. A recent partnership with the Cyrenians Fareshare movement enables the enterprise to provide very low cost and healthy home-made soups and baking. Natalia’s red velvet cake is a definite favourite.

The social enterprise has been a really positive movement in our school.

Learners have real opportunities to become effective contributors and responsible, caring citizens who feel empowered to bring about change within their community. Students are developing skills for work and life in addition to building confidence and creativity. They plan and lead the interactive workshops, create the activities and resources and manage the running of the café. Already, we see that working closely with our community is helping to build a stronger and more caring society.

Each week we provide workshops for people of all ages. We might have an eighty year old making playdough with a seven year olds, or a whole room reading together with props and mimes.

Perth and Kinross Council: Learner Profiles and Profiling Guidance⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

The following documents provide guidance and support materials  developed  by Perth and Kinross Council to support the profiling process and the creation of  learner profiles:

  1. PKC Profiling and profiles 3-18
  2. Perth and Kinross: ‘A Skills Framework – creating a standard together’

 

 

Kingussie High School: Profiling employability skills and wider achievement⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

This DYW ‘interesting practice’ exemplar provides a synoptic overview of the profiling format adopted by Kingussie High School. It also outlines its systematic approach of capturing and reporting learners’ wider achievement both within and out with the school in recognition of its significant contribution to the development of employability skills.  This is part of the school’s wider DYW implementation plan with the aim of supporting learners’ progression towards sustained and positive destination.

This case study has been developed to contribute to professional learning for practitioners at all levels working with children and young people from 3 – 18. It is structured to both inform and to support reflection on existing strengths and areas of development around profiling within the context of DYW.

The  exemplar focuses on three specific elements:

  • E-Portfolios
  • Wider Achievement Reporting
  • Visual CV’s.

What was done and why?

Profiling is a key component of a student’s development at Kingussie High School. It built E-Portfolio through Google Sites which allows student to store a variety of pieces of information about themselves, their learning and their skill development, digitally. In recognition of significant impact of wider achievement on the development of skills the school records and reports on this regularly.  The information contributes to the wider profiling and reflection process of learners.

In order to support learners in articulating their skills and career aspirations the school has developed visual CVs linked to their skills framework.

What is its impact?

The above components are part of the school’s wider DYW ambition to foster career aspirations and increase the employability of learners. It also contributes to the wider attainment of learners, which has significantly increased over the last 3 years.

This ‘DYW Interesting Practice’ exemplar has been summarised in the following document: Interesting Practice in Skills DYW – KHS – Version 1

This PowerPoint presentation offers an overview of the development work in this area: ESProfilingDYW_AB_KingussieHS (2)

Reflection:

You are invited to use this exemplar to reflect on the following questions:

  • To what extent do I engage children and young people in meaningful discussions about their skills development and assist them in profiling to support their career journeys?
  • How does my/our current practice relate to the profiling guidelines expressed within the CfE Briefing notes ‘Profiling and S3 Profiles’?
  • To what extent do I make use of relevant digital and online resources, in particular My World of Work?
  • How well do I use profiling with children and young people to discuss their progress particularly at transition stages?
  • To what extend do I support children and young people in the planning of future learning and envisaging career pathways?

Infographics bring the 10 Learner Entitlements to life⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

New infographics are now available to help you bring the 10 Learner Entitlements from the Career Education Standard 3-18 to life.

Download the Infographic entitlements. 

CES Implementation:  Where are you now?

If you are reflecting on the implementation of entitlements the following reflection tool may provide a starting point for you and your staff: CES 3-18 reflection tool L Entitlements

If you  are involved in DYW planning  the  Exemplification Tool may offer help and guidance.  Based on the ‘I can’ statements this resource  provides illustrations of what children and young people might experience across all levels of the curriculum in order to help  realise the entitlements.