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Professional Learning Opportunities with the Inclusion and Equalities team at Education Scotland⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

Solution Oriented Training 16th and 17th of January 2018

This training introduces participants to the solution-oriented approach. This is a strengths-based approach which, while acknowledging problems, focuses on future possibilities and solutions. The training aims to increase understanding and awareness of the approach and develop skills in working with individuals, groups as well as skills in running solution-oriented meetings.

This two day training will take place in Atlantic Quay, Glasgow and is aimed at strategic leaders in local authorities and schools.

Restorative Approaches – National Training Days 31st January and 1st February (Edinburgh) and  14th and 15th February (Glasgow)

Many people may believe that children and young people must be punished when they misbehave. This type of response can be ineffective, dangerous, breed resentment and make situations worse as a child or young person can be resentful of punishment rather than reflective of their actions.  Children and young people require the opportunity to hear about and face up to the harm and distress they have caused others.

Restorative approaches are built on values which separate the person from the behaviour. They promote accountability and seek to repair any harm caused in a situation.

Schools may use restorative approaches as part of a planned response to relationship and/or discipline difficulties. This is a more effective response than traditional punishments. Restorative approaches can change the emotional atmosphere in a school and lead to more positive relationships between pupils and between pupils and staff.

These two day national training events are open to all staff and managers working in schools who have an interest in improving the ethos and culture in their school or setting.

Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come basis.

Training in Nurturing Approaches

We have recently completed our secondary nurturing approaches training in Edinburgh which was very well received and we hope to continue to work with all those who attended to support implementation of this approach. The Recall session for this training will be on Friday the 26th of January in Victoria Quay from 1 pm to 3.45 pm.  This will only be opened to those who attended the secondary nurturing approaches training.

On the 26th of January from 9.30 am to 12.30 pm we will be offering another opportunity to attend the Applying Nurture as a whole school approach training.  This is opened to strategic leads at local authority or school level who are implementing nurturing approaches and would like further information on this self-evaluation framework.

The Primary Nurturing Approaches 4 day training will be delivered in Glasgow on the 1st and 2nd and 27th and 28th of February.  This again is more appropriate for strategic leads at local authority and school level.  There are limited spaces remaining for this training.

Further primary nurturing approaches training and secondary nurturing approaches training is likely to be focused on supporting Regional Improvement Collaboratives where this is a priority.

If you are interested in booking a place on one of the above courses please email Hazel Gore at EDSIE@EducationScotland.gsi.gov.uk specifying the course you wish to attend.

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.

 

Whole School Approach -reducing the cost of a school day⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

Child Poverty Action Group has some good practice examples of working with partners in the community including local organisations to help towards reducing the cost of a school day see link below

 http://www.cpag.org.uk/content/it-takes-all-us-whole-school-approach-reducing-costs-school-day

 

SCEL Leadership Programmes⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

 

The SCEL Teacher Leadership Programme supports teachers and practitioners to make a difference in the classroom, school and wider community through access to innovative and quality leadership development programmes and activities.  For more details, please visit:

http://www.scelscotland.org.uk/what-we-offer/

Moderation⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

There is a range of support now available on Glow to help with moderation.  Please visit:

http://ow.ly/pI2X30g8EEU

For Benchmarks for literacy and Gaidhlig, Gaelic (Learners) and Benchmarks available through the medium of Gaelic to support Gaelic Medium Education (GME), please visit

benchmarkshttps://education.gov.scot/improvement/curriculum-for-excellence

Leadership Award for Gaelic Medium Education (GME): 1 and 2 December 2017⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

Leadership is key to the success of schools to which all colleagues can contribute.

This  leadership programme aims to develop  practitioners as teacher leaders who are able to positively influence Gaelic Education within their school.  It has been developed by Social Enterprise Academy, in partnership with Education Scotland, and accredited by the Scottish College of Educational Leadership(SCEL).

Specific objectives are to:

  • apply leadership principles to the contemporary issues and challenges in Gaelic Education
  • use action learning and peer learning approaches to identify new approaches to improving  practice
  • enable educational professionals to develop reflective practice techniques to ensure their ongoing development as classroom practitioners
  • develop practitioners’ own leadership ability.

Practitioners can gain an Award in Leadership (SCQF 9) on attending the leadership programme and successfully completing a reflective assessment.  The programme, and related assessment, is delivered through the medium of Gaelic.

For more information, please contact Jessica@socialenterprise.academy.

 

Support for GLE and GME on Education Scotland’s online services⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

This presentation is designed to raise  practitioners’ awareness of the resources on our online services to support Gaelic Learner and Medium Education.

https://education.gov.scot/improvement/Documents/gael14-resources-to-support-gme.pdf

 

Children’s Rights and Learner Participation⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

There will be a day to refresh our ‘Realising and Recognising Children’s Rights’ professional learning resource which will also introduce some of the key messages in our new ‘Learner Participation in Educational Settings’ resource. We are currently recruiting schools to take part in a pilot to explore this resource. We will also be running a workshop on the resource at the Scottish Learning Festival on the 21 September 2017.

Date Event Venue Who is it for
21.9.17 Seminar at Scottish learning Festival

 

SEMINAR CODE L2H

Scottish Exhibition Centre Education Practitioners
20.10.17 Realising and recognising children’s rights and Learner Participation Atlantic Quay, Glasgow Those with an authority wide remit in rights and participation or senior managers or those with a remit within schools.

To book a place on the October training email the Inclusion Team and put ‘Children’s Rights’ in the e-mail subject heading.  Click here to book a place at the Scottish learning festival.

Food Education News June 2017⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

Please find below Food Education News for June 2017, which includes links to resources to support Food & Health as well as information about opportunities for staff and pupils.

Food Health news JUNE 2017

1.    Using food as a context to raise attainment & close the gap

Scottish Learning Festival Thursday 21st September 10.45am – 11.45am

http://www.slfexhibition.com/

Using exemplars from schools across Scotland, this workshop aims to empower practitioners to consider innovative and creative ways in using food as a context for promoting equity and excellence for our children and young people. Hear from teachers and      partners who have implemented and measured positive change using food at the heart of   learning.

2. Food & Health Benchmarks now published on the National Improvement Hub

Curriculum for Excellence Benchmarks

3. Progression of skills exemplar Skills at the Heart of the Curriculum

These short videos demonstrate the progression of skills in one primary setting, looking at the experience from a range of key stakeholders.

4.    BNF Health Eating Week 12 to 16 June 2017

Is your school registered for BNF Healthy Eating Week? To date, an incredible 8,038 nursery practitioners and primary/secondary teachers have registered for BNF Healthy Eating Week 2017.

Register now and you will receive a number free resources, as well as the opportunity to join in health challenges and cook-a-longs!

www.healthyeatingweek.org.uk

  1. Revised Nutritional Analysis

Guidance for schools and local authorities to demonstrate compliance with nutrient standards can be found on the National Improvement Hub.

Revised Nutritional Analysis

  1. SQA N5 course assessment changes 2017 – 2018

            Hospitality: Practical Cake Craft                http://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/56929.html

Hospitality: Practical Cookery                    http://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/47439.html

Between April and September 2017, SQA are running a programme of subject specific webinars which focus on the requirements of the revised National 5 course assessments being introduced in 2017-18.

http://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/58475.html

For some subjects, SQA are publishing audio presentations that cover the same content as webinars. These will be published between May and September 2017.         http://www.understandingstandards.org.uk/Subjects/Hospitality

  1. REHIS

The Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland (REHIS) is Scotland’s awarding body     for a number qualifications in Food Safety, Food and Health, Control of Infection and Occupational Health and Safety.  REHIS has worked in partnership with Food Standards Scotland for many years to make the Elementary Food Hygiene Course and Introduction to    Food Hygiene Course available to secondary schools all over Scotland.  For further            information please contact training@rehis.com or 0131 229 2968.

 

  1. Food & Drink Federation Scotland

Video resource looking at what the food industry is doing to reduce sugars in food.

       https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FGZfn3KlS78

  1. Food Standards Scotland ‘Munch That Lunch’ competition **Closing date 9th June 2017

Food Standards Scotland (FSS) is running a competition inviting P4-P7 pupils from Scottish primary schools to design and draw a healthy and balanced packed  lunch based on the Eatwell Guide and using our Munch That Lunch Guidance. The full briefing and entry form can be accessed online via        www.foodstandards.gov.scot/teachers

  1. Children’s Food Trust

To receive regular updates about Let’s Get Cooking, we invite you to register as one of our friends Let’s Get Cooking 

  1. Food and drink Career showcase Thursday 14 September at Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh.

The College Development Network (CDN) Food and Drink Industry Expo is designed for  education practitioners, pupils and students. This hands-on event showcases the  opportunities available in a fast-growing sector. The Food and Drink Industry offers careers      in:

Engineering

Science

Design and innovation

Product development and production.

The event takes place 1300 to 1800 Thursday 14 September at Murrayfield Stadium,   Edinburgh.

Find out more and sign up yourself and your pupils.

 

  1. Better Eating, Better Learning – 3 easy steps
  1. BEBL online support materials
  2. Follow activity on Twitter @BEBLScot
  3. Join our BEBL Glow community http://bit.ly/beblhome

 

 

Questions or queries about food education?

Please contact

lorna.aitken@educationscotland.gsi.gov.uk

New release: Career Education Standard (3-18) – Implementation review⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

Education Scotland has undertaken a national review on the implementation of the Career Education Standard (3-18) since its release in September 2015.  The review also incorporated reflections on the Work Placements Standard and School/Employer Partnership Guidance.

The standards and the guidance were published with the understanding that Education Scotland would evaluate the impact the documents were having, in light of experience and use.  In response a team from Education Scotland visited 29 secondary schools between December 2016 and March 2017. The evidence from nine secondary school inspections and 30 Career Information Advice and Guidance (CIAG) reviews also recorded evidence about the implementation of the standards in secondary schools.  An online survey was established to maximise the participation of as many people and organisations as possible for the review.  In addition, a bespoke survey for employers, delivered on behalf of Education Scotland by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), attracted further responses. Questions on the review of the standards and guidance were also included in the annual Skills Development Scotland (SDS) Headteachers survey.

In summary, the purpose of the review was to ascertain answers to the following questions:

  1. To what extent have the standards and guidance been implemented and has the pace of implementation been sufficient in order to direct the next stage of activity and focus? There was a particular focus on the CES and how it was being implemented in secondary schools, alongside the expansion of the SDS service offer.
  2. Are the standards and guidance ambitious enough to deliver the aspirations of the DYW strategy?

You can access the complete report here.