St Mary’s Primary School, finalist at the Scottish Education Awards 2017, has developed a systematic approach to career education weaving work-based learning opportunities across the curriculum. This includes an assisted work placement programme for all P7 students with local business across a wide range of sectors from science and technology, IT and the hospitality sector. The programme is now running in its second year. Headteacher Mary Hume says: “We have built excellent relationships within the town evidenced by the fact that they are willing to work with our pupils again this year but moreover, we have been able to diversify and offer more choice to our pupils.”
One of their partnerships allows pupils to shadow interpreters at Conentrix (IBM) dealing with complex issues of cyber security. The partnership also extents to staff visiting the school to supporting the 1+2 languages agenda at St Mary’s.
This initiative sits within the wider career education programme the school offers all learners across the curriculum. Parents and employers are co-designing and delivering exciting project work that enhances leanrers’s skills for learning, life and work.
If you want to hear more about this approach why not attend Mary Hume’s seminar at the SLF 2017 on Wednesday, 20 September @ 2pm (Baisdale2).
Rising to the challenge set by the Career Education Standard 3-18, Maisondieu Primary School has woven career education and advice into their curriculum from early years to P7. Working oin partnerhsup with parents and the wider community the school harnesses a wider range of resources and support including SDS’s online materials to develop skills and career aspirations for the 21 century. A working group, led by a parent-teacher partnership and local community partners, helped to promote the schools career education . Many activities including a ‘World of Work Mobile Unit’ and two whole school careers events were arranged. These enable children and young people to actively engage with variety of employers to support learning and understand the skills required for their future pathways.
The impact of this approach is far-reaching:
Pupils are able to connect their learning with the world of work, carefully selected representatives from local employers help challenge stereotypes and provide a more realistic picture of jobs and careers available for young people in the future and the skills required to access these.
It also strengthened partnership links with stakeholders in the community.
It allowed pupils and staff to reflect upon the entitlements and expectations set out within the Career Education Standard 3-18
Find out more about this initiative by joining the SLF seminar of Ruth Mcfarlane, teacher at Maisondieu Primary School: Wednesday, 20 September, 9.30 (Boisedale 2)
This year’s Scottish Learning Festival continuous to offers a wide variety of DYW related seminars covering key issues such as curriculum pathways for all, senior phase options, work-based learning in primary school, CLD, school/employer partnerships, etc . Seminars will have direct inputs from practitioners, showcasing the practical implementation of DYW across all levels.
Outline of DYW related seminars:
Wednesday, 20 Sept:
Keynote: “Everything around you that you call life was made up by people no smarter than you.”
Josh Littlejohn, Social Entrepreneur and co-founder of Social Bite
DYW – building careers education in a primary setting
Ruth McFarlane, Maisondieu Primary School, Angus
Ayrshire works: senior phase partnership working in hospitality and engineering
Carol Jenkins, Ayrshire College
Strengthening a community through enhancing skills for learning, life and work
Mary Hume, St Mary’s Primary School, North Ayrshire
Boisdale 2, 14.00
DYW – A CLD approach to the Work Placement Standards
Elisha Fisher, Employment and Skills Partnership Team, Glasgow City Council
Talking tomorrows: how do we develop the young workforce?
Peter Kelly, Holy Cross High School, South Lanarkshire
Boisdale 2, 15.15
The enterprising practitioner
Heather Hughes, Scotland’s Enterprising Schools
Thursday 21 Sept.:
Raising aspiration through WOW (World of Work)
Cheryl Kelly, Barmulloch Primary School, Glasgow
An inclusive curriculum for all!
Gib McMillan, Craigroyston Community High School, Edinburgh
The 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 onMonday 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.