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Digital Parenting Magazine⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

Digital technology is integral to many areas of learning. The recently-published Digital Parenting magazine contains expert opinion and advice on how parents, teachers, carers and professionals can keep young people safer online.  The magazine is available here:

https://parentzone.org.uk/Digital-Parenting-Magazine-order-here

 

Aberdeenshire Council’s Work Placement Unit Newsletter 2018⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

The latest newsletter on Work Placements has been released by Aberdeenshire Council providing an overview of the breath and depth of the developments in the authority.  This includes case studies from schools, the experiences and perspectives of employers  as well as accounts of learners participating in a wide variety of work-based learning opportunities.

Find out more about Aberdeenshire’s offers and achievements by accessing the Workplace Newsletter 2018 Final.

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.

 

Deputy First Minister’s Maths Challenge: GME Version⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

Tha Dùbhlan Matamataig an Leas Phrìomh Mhinisteir ri fhaighinn ann an Gàidhlig an seo:

http://gaelic.readwritecount.scot/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/148167_SCT1117349458-1_DFM_Maths_Challenge_A3_Gaelic-WEB22-1.pdf

Tha sinn an dòchas gun còrd e ruibh.

Deputy First Minister’s Maths Challenge is available through the medium of Gaelic:

http://gaelic.readwritecount.scot/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/148167_SCT1117349458-1_DFM_Maths_Challenge_A3_Gaelic-WEB22-1.pdf

Fun, festive activities to keep your child busy over the holidays!

Work Placements Project – Dundee: Enterprise @ the Rep⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

In December 2017 the Dundee Rep Theatre ran their Enterprise @ the Rep project which saw 73 young people work with more than 30 members of staff and visiting artists across 10 departments over 2 days.

Now in its 9th year, this unique project sits at the heart of our core mission to embed Creative Learning practices across the Rep theatre, enabling us to not only develop greater creative opportunities for a range of participants, artists and staff but to also raise the ambitions and aspirations of young people across the city.

Find out more about this inspirational project and its impact by watching the following film clip:

Make the connection with the Work Placements Standard!

 

 

John Byrne National Drawing Competition – 2017 runner-up blog⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

Eleana Meikle, S3 pupil at Wellington School in Ayr scooped 2nd place at this year’s John Byrne National Drawing competition.  Find out why Eleana entered the competition.

I found out about the competition from my art teacher. The department entered lots of work to the competition. To decide on what I was going to draw I decided that I really like textures and thought that a contrast of rough textures with smooth shiny shoes would be very powerful.

I decided to work in mixed media and used biro pen, white pencil and newspaper collage on brown paper to let me layer and create multiple textures. This mixture also gave the drawing boldness but I could also manage to draw the detail with the pen and pencil.

When I was told about my win I felt ecstatic about gaining 2nd place. This made me really happy and proud of my work.

It was a very positive experience coming to the gallery and seeing my work in a frame with other pupils work. I have never done this before and it really was confidence boosting.

If I had to say to other pupils why they should enter the competition I would tell them to go for it, it’s excellent. The feeling was great and the prize was so generous.

The 2018 John Byrne National Drawing Competition is open for entries, find out more on the Education Scotland website.

Pupils across Scotland invited to take part in the John Byrne National Drawing Competition⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

Budding young artists in Scotland are being urged to enter the fourth annual John Byrne National Drawing Competition.

Since the launch of the competition in 2014, thousands of pupils across Scotland have submitted their artwork to be judged by the renowned artist and playwright himself, John Byrne.

The competition, in partnership with Education Scotland, is aimed at pupils from primary four through to third year.

John Byrne, along with a selection panel, will choose the overall winners and 30 runners up, whose work will then be exhibited at Paisley Museum and Art Gallery on Friday 16 March.

John said: “I’m really excited to launch the fourth year of the annual John Byrne National Drawing Competition and see the creative flair and talent that we have within our schools.

“It’s really important that we give young people opportunities like this to use their imagination and express their creativity and love for drawing. This competition is a great way to showcase their talent and, once again, I look forward to seeing the remarkable variety of entries.”

Last year’s competition winner, Cameron Lawson (S3) from Cedarbank School, West Lothian was selected from over 4,000 children and young people from across Scotland. Cameron said: “My art teacher encouraged me to enter the competition I was really surprised when I found out that I’d won but it was great to see my artwork on display.  I would encourage pupils to take part as it’s a great experience.  My advice would be to try your best and use your imagination.”

Ron Cowie, Senior Education Officer at Education Scotland, added: “Art and design is an important part of the curriculum and this competition aims to encourage pupils across Scotland to develop their drawing skills and be creative. Education Scotland is proud to be involved in this competition as it is a great way to promote drawing in schools.”

To help pupils with their entries, we’ll be sharing a top tip from John each week on the Education Scotland Facebook and Twitter pages.

The closing date for entries is Friday 23 February 2018.

John Byrne National Drawing Competition 2017 – Competition Rules FINALfor competition rules and information about submitting entries.

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