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The Big Pedal 20th – 31st March 2017⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

The Big Pedal is our UK wide inter-school scooting and cycling challenge, where schools compete to try to get the largest percentage of pupils, staff and parents travelling to school by two wheels.




This year’s challenge will be running from March 20th – 31st. It is open to primary and secondary schools who register and then log their data each day.  Schools with the highest participation win great prizes.

Schools can choose to enter a 1 or 5 day challenge where their best day or best 5 days out of the two weeks count. On the final day of the challenge we encourage schools to run a Superhero Day, where pupils dress themselves and their bikes as superheroes.

This year’s theme is Around the World in 10 Days and schools will track their progress on a wall chart – register using the link below –  learning about the countries and cities they pass through along the way.

Information and registration is at http://bigpedal.org.uk/.

The value:

We see the challenge as a great way to get whole school communities excited about active travel and to impact school traffic issues.


Red Nose Day 24th March 2017⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog


Red Nose Day is back on Friday 24th March 2017. Thousands of schools across the country will be getting involved and making their laugh matter.

Comic Relief has designed lots of learning resources and fundraising activities for teachers in nursery, primary and secondary schools.

There are  films, assemblies, learning resources, tutor time activities and an interactive story to make Red Nose Day come to life in the classroom.

How is your school getting involved?

To get involved go to www.rednoseday.com/schools and order your free fundraising pack.

Follow @rednosedaysch for fundraising tips, ideas and lots of fun!


DYW- Interesting practice exemplar: Outward Bound – supporting young people on the future pathways⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

outward boundOver the last 75 years Outward Bound has uses the outdoors to equip young people from all walks of life with valuable skills for education, work and life in order to fulfil their potential. The charity’s programmes help young people to become more confident, more effective and more capable at school, college and in the workplace.  Participants in the varies outdoor initiatives learn a deep appreciation of the balance between risk, reward and responsibility and leave our programmes with transferrable, essential life skills, including:

  • Setting and achieving goals
  • Listening and communicating effectively
  • Facing a challenge with determination
  • Cooperation and collaboration
  • Maintaining a positive outlook, even when things get tough
  • Effective leadership skills

As a result of recent discussions around the alignment of their work to the Career Education Standard (3-18) (CES), Freda Fallon (Education Partnerships) has begun to map their activities against the expectations, entitlements and ‘I can’ statements of the standard (see outward-bound-dyw-career-standard-mapping-exercise-draft).   It is clear that many of the Outward Bound activities support the realisation of CES and deliver on the entitlements of children and young people outlined within the standard.

To find out more about Outward Bound’s programmes, their links to industry and the world of work as well as case studies from schools that successfully use the programme and individual testimonies of young people please access the following interesting practice exemplar:  interesting-practice-in-skills-dyw-outward-bound

I’m an Engineer, I can help here!⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

Take part in SCDI’s flooding emergency project I’m an engineer I can help here, aimed at primary schools.  There are prizes of up to £300 available.  To enter return the entry-form-2017 by 30 April 2017.  Shortlisted schools will then be invited to present their project at the Celebration of engineering and Science at Glasgow Science Centre on 9 June.

Engaging schools in community resilience⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

Date:  Friday 10th March 2017

Time:  09.20 (for a 9.45 start) – 15.00

Venue:  Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre, Exhibition Ave, Bridge of Don, Aberdeen AB23 8BL

This one day event, organised by Aberdeenshire council with support from Education Scotland, Moray and Aberdeen councils aims to explore opportunities for schools and resilience professionals to work together to help build more resilient communities.

Using recent experiences with flooding as a context for developing resilience, this event will  provide support for  health and wellbeing outcomes in the curriculum as well as those in social subjects and science.

Primary and secondary schools from the three local authorities will outline their experiences with developing resilience through the curriculum and there will be opportunities for discussion and reflection during the day.  A number of external agencies will be present at the event to take part in discussion and to offer their support with resources to help teachers in schools.

This event is open to teachers and resilience professionals across Scotland and places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. If you are interested in signing up for this event please contact Gavin.Penman@aberdeenshire.gov.uk

Click here to view the draft-programme  of the day

Co-fharpais Eadar-theangachaidh Ghàidhlig! Gaelic Translation Competition!⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

Tha an co-fharpais eadar-theangachaidh seo fosgailte do chlann is daoin’ òga a tha ann am Foghlam Luchd-ionnsachaidh agus Meadhan Gàidhlig.

Gheibhear postairean do naoi luchd-saidheans Albannach ann am Beurla agus ochd ann an Gàidhlig air an Ionad Leasachaidh Nàiseanta. Tha aon a dhìth ann an Gàidhlig- Alexander Graham Bell.

Tha cuireadh a’ dol a mach gu clann is daoin’ òga eadar-theangachadh gu Gàidhlig a dhèanamh air an sgeul-goirid aig Alexander Graham Bell. ’S e cothrom air leth a tha seo airson d’ obair a bhith air a cho-roinn aig ìre nàiseanta agus seasaidh am postair agad ri taobh na h-ochd sgeulachdan-goirid luchd-saidheans a tha air an Ionad Leasachaidh Nàiseanta mar tha. Dh’fhaodadh gun toireadh an obair agadsa taic do luchd ionnsachaidh na Gàidhlig air feadh Alba!

Lean an ceangal seo, is gheibhear an teamplaid bàn ri chleachdadh agus am postair Beurla.

Bu chòir innteartan a chuir gu  EDSCFE@EducationScotland.gsi.gov.uk ron 3mh latha den Mhàirt.

Thèid an neach-buannachaidh ainmeachadh aig an Language Show Live anns an SECC air Dihaoine an 10mh latha den Mhàirt. Às dèidh sin, thèid am postair suas air an Ionad Leasachaidh Nàiseanta ri taobh na postairean Gàidhlig eile.

Ma tha clann a’ gabhail pàirt anns a cho-fharpais seo, tha iad ag aontachadh gun tig an obair aca a cho-roinn air na seirbhisean air loidhne aig Foghlam Alba, le an ainm agus ainm an sgoil far a bheil iad. 

Tha an cò-fharpais seo a’ tighinn a mach bho Foghlam Alba ann am com-pàirteachas le SCILT.

This translation competition is open to all children and young people in both Gaelic Learner and Gaelic Medium Education.

There are nine English and eight Gaelic posters of Scotland’s scientists available on the National Improvement Hub. One of the Gaelic posters is missing- Alexander Graham Bell.

Children and young people are invited to translate a short biography on Alexander Graham Bell into Gaelic. This is an exciting opportunity to have your work shared nationally and to feature alongside the other eight scientist biographies available on the National Improvement Hub. Your work could support learners of Gaelic across Scotland.

Please follow this link to the National Improvement Hub to access the blank template to be used, the English version and the other eight biographies.

Entries should be submitted to EDSCFE@EducationScotland.gsi.gov.uk by the 3rd of March. Please include your name and school with your entry. 

The winner will be announced at the Languages Show Live at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre on Friday the 10th March.  It will feature on the National Improvement Hub thereafter. 

In entering the competition children and young people agree to have their work on our online services, along with their name and the school they attend.

This competition is being launched by Education Scotland in partnership with SCILT.

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Inspection – working together to support improvement⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

1It has now been a few months since we told you all about our plans to continue to develop new inspection approaches. We introduced the ‘full establishment model’ of inspection in schools in September 2016 and I’m pleased with how well this is progressing.

We’ve had positive feedback, with schools being inspected saying that they enjoyed using How Good is Our School? (4th edition) and valued discussion with inspectors around these new Quality Indicators, as well as highlighting the professional dialogue with inspectors as helping the school focus thinking and giving them a sharper focus on how to move forward.

Some of the positive feedback relates to a new aspect of the approach that we introduced which is asking the school to identify a Quality Indicator (QI) for additional focus. It clearly demonstrates our commitment to working in partnership with school staff during the process.

We’re well aware that inspection can be viewed as quite a stressful experience as school staff worry about making sure that inspectors get to see all the work they have been doing. Some feel that their work is going to be judged and they “don’t want to be the one to let the school down”. We want to get away from that perception. Inspections are about working together to support improvement through professional dialogue between staff and inspectors. The experience should be helpful, understanding and professional leaving you in a better place to take the school or other establishment forward. That is what we are striving to achieve.

Shorter visit inspection model
I am pleased that the full establishment model has being well received and now look forward to the introduction of the new shorter visit inspection model which started at the end of January 2017. This approach will be piloted in a small number of primary school inspections through to Easter 2017. We will pilot the short visit model in secondary schools after the summer break, modify as necessary and fully implement it across the academic session.

However, the general approach is that this inspection model will be undertaken over fewer days than the current full establishment model and the numbers of inspectors in these teams will be smaller. This will allow inspectors to visit more schools across a year. There will be fewer but more focused areas being looked at during these inspections.

Amongst the feedback we received during the ‘try-outs’ of the short visit model over the 2015/16 academic session was that the increased focus meant that schools felt they were clear about what inspectors needed to see and hear, and they felt there was less documentation and evidence to make available for the team’s arrival.

Greater use of digital technology
We are also continuing to prepare for the introduction of short-notice inspections some time in the future – not to be confused with the short visit model. The idea being that schools will have a reduced notification period before inspectors arrive.

Feedback received during the engagement phase of the review of inspection was mixed with approximately half of teachers saying that they welcomed the shorter notification period as it reduced anxiety preparing for the visit. Almost all of the rest felt that the current notice period was about right with feedback generally saying “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”.

There’s still work for us to do before we introduce this model as we need to make greater use of digital technology to support this approach. For example, the paper questionnaires which we have been using until recently need to be issued in advance and can take some time to process so we are currently piloting an online version of this survey to gather views of children and young people, parents, teaching and non-teaching staff and other stakeholders.

The pilot began in January 2017 and the learning from this pilot phase will inform how we implement online surveys for all inspections. The External Reference Group for the inspection review will, of course, discuss what we find out before we finalise and I look forward to telling you all about its feedback and the next steps in the development and implementation of new models.

I am looking to engage with many practitioners over the next few months to hear directly your experiences and thoughts on the new approaches to inspection. The first opportunity will be a Glow meet on 23 February for you to join me and other inspectors for an informal discussion and Q&A session. More details on this coming soon.

In addition, over the coming weeks we will be using a lot of the feedback we’ve been receiving to shed light on many of the misconceptions and myths that have built up around inspections. You can follow these on Twitter and Facebook by searching for us @EducationScot and you can follow our hashtag #InspectionMythBusters.

Future Textiles at Dumfries House⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog


Click on the link to find out more information relating to FREE CLPL opportunities linked to textile technologies across the curricular levels.

Travel grants available for schools

Future Textiles at Dumfries House is an exciting project, currently ongoing at stately home Dumfries House in Ayrshire,  in collaboration with Glasgow Clyde College (Cardonald Campus) and Ayrshire College. The project was initiated by HRH The Duke of Rothesay who listened closely to the needs of the textile industry who wish to address a skills gap.

The project brings together industry and education in a unique setting, in order to train the next generation with skills for the textile industry, by providing a range of no cost workshops suitable for secondary school teachers, pupils and those seeking employability skills.

To date, over 800 participants have taken part in sewing, pattern drafting and woven textiles workshops, from secondary teachers to pupils from S1 – S6, as well as master classes and  specialist training programmes for industry.

The project has received invaluable input since inception from local and national industry with vital support & advice from Marks & Spencer, Sarah Mower OBE, Tammy & Christopher Kane, John Lewis Partnership, Savile Row Tailor Patrick Grant as well as other local and national textile manufacturers.

The local industry in East Ayrshire currently has twenty textile related companies with workforce consisting of 45% male and 55% female employees. Many of the companies are considering recruiting modern apprentices and participation in the workshops will allow pupils a greater understanding of industry requirements


RHS Campaign for School Gardening⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog


What to do in your school garden now…

Join the campaign and receive support to develop a sustainable garden for young people’s learning and health & wellbeing.



Make 2017 your year to get growing. Here are some tips to help kick start your garden this year:

  • Plan which crops you need to sow and harvest over the coming months using our spring guide to an edible school garden.
  • Keep the birds well fed during the colder months by making these fun bird seed cakes using pine cones or recycled yoghurt pots.
  • If you’ve got some new crops to sow and plant in spring, use our guide on how to prepare your soil so that it’s ready to grow.
  • Once your soil is ready, this activity sheet will show you how to sow annual seeds into the ground.
  • Need an indoor activity? Try making and decorating these fun watering cans from recycled milk bottles.