The Moderation Hub is now live. This is a virtual learning environment delivering career-long professional learning on all aspects of the moderation cycle, helping practitioners to make effective use of the Benchmarks for Literacy and English (glow username and password required).
This year’s programme of national moderation for reading and writing began in September this year. Contact your local Quality Assurance and Moderation Support Officers (QAMSOs) to find out more about what is going on locally.
STEM Education and Training Strategy for Scotland has now been published
A STEM (Sciences Technologies, Engineering and Mathematics) Education and Training Strategy was launched in the Scottish Parliament last week by Shirley-Anne Somerville MSP, Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science. The strategy, together with a STEM Evidence Base Report, is now available to download from: http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2017/10/1386/downloads
The strategy sets out the vision for STEM Education and Training for the next five years around the themes of Excellence, Equity, Inspiration and Connection. The ambitious actions for early learning and childcare, schools, colleges, universities and community learning and development (CLD) sectors have been developed through an extensive process of engagement and consultation.
Key commitments within the strategy include:
- Improving the supply of high-quality STEM graduates into teaching
- Recruiting a new network of STEM specialist advisors to support practitioners and raise STEM attainment
- Enhancing opportunities for children in early learning and childcare (ELC) to learn about STEM and their natural environment through outdoor play
- Delivering an enhanced programme of career-long professional learning for practitioners and technicians to improve STEM learning and teaching
- Launching a new on-line STEM resource and directory for practitioners
- Embedding best practice from the successful Improving Gender Balance project to improve participation by under-represented groups in STEM learning, courses and training, particularly for women and girls
- Establishing a new Young STEM leaders programme to grow and spread inspiration and enthusiasm for STEM, starting in the early and primary years of education
- Launching STEM Awards for ELC settings, schools and CLD settings
- Growing successful STEM partnerships between schools and employers through the Developing the Young Workforce Programme
- Helping science centres and festivals to attract under-served people of all ages and backgrounds
- Creating a STEM hub network to strengthen regional-level collaboration between partners, including universities, science centres and employers.
A central focus on the strategy is to enable everyone to develop STEM skills for learning, for life and for work. Also included are commitments to expand Foundation, Modern and Graduate Apprenticeship Programmes to enable many to pursue jobs and careers in STEM through these pathways. This strong focus on skills and careers will further enhance national efforts to Develop the Young Workforce (DYW) and embed employment and career management skills in the curriculum through the Career Education Standard.
Education Scotland would like to take this opportunity to thank the many practitioners, authority staff and partners who helped to shape this strategy by participating in on-line surveys or by taking part in consultation and engagement events. We are very much looking forward to working with key partners to realise the bold ambitions within the strategy and to improving outcomes for learners, of all ages, across Scotland through STEM.
We would be grateful for any help you can give in disseminating the strategy to your colleagues and networks. Please remember too to share your ideas, practice and approaches in relation to STEM through Twitter @EdscotSciences #ScotSTEM and through our national STEM Yammer Group: http://glo.li/2A7gCgr.
5Rights takes the existing rights of children and young people (under 18), and articulates them for the digital world. Signatories to the 5Rights framework believe that young people should be supported to access digital technologies creatively, knowledgeably and fearlessly.
Education Scotland has signed up to the 5Rights Coalition which champions young people’s digital rights and aims to develop a safe and empowering digital environment for them.
Other organisations which have signed up include Unicef, Sky and YoungScot.
Find more about the 5Rights framework.
The 2017 Glow Annual Survey is now live. The survey is open to all teachers, staff and pupils and provides us with valuable information on how you use Glow. More information, including links to the survey, are available through the link. Let us know your views and help shape the future of Glow
The Benchmark documents for all curriculum areas other than literacy and English and numeracy and mathematics will be published on the National Improvement Hub later today.( 23rd March 2017) The refreshed Technologies Es and Os will be also be published on the Education Scotland website.
John Swinney, Deputy First Minister, will highlight the publication of the Benchmarks as part of a speech he is giving today at Queen Margaret University.
Education Scotland will work closely local authorities to support understanding, dissemination and use of the curriculum area Benchmarks.
Promoting gender balance in STEM? Download the new suite of resources and take part in a national competition
As part of the College/Secondary School STEM hubs ESP(Energy Skills Partnerhship) have been working with Education Scotland, SSERC, Bloodhound, the Army and Microsoft to launch Bloodhound Scotland’s Model Rocket car competition 2016-17 ‘Race for the Line’.
The Model Rocket Car Competition is open to secondary school students (11–16yr olds) and you can find your nearest college Bloodhound Scotland hub here https://www.dendrite.me/content/view/contentid/57349a24851dc6c9410ba839
92 Secondary schools got involved last year and we would like to see even more schools, teachers and young people engage with their local college this year.
Please click – here – to access the Technologies page from Education Scotland.
You will find sections from BGE – Senior Phase – CLPL
Click on the link – here – for latest STEM news from Education Scotland. Some great projects that you may want to share with learners. Whilst in the site, click on the e-Bulletin link and sign up for the electronic newsletter to come direct to your mail inbox
Digital technology is already embedded within Scottish education. It has a place within Curriculum for Excellence, Initial Teacher Education and the Professional Standards set by the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS). Despite the pervasive nature of digital technology, its benefits are not always fully felt within our education establishments.
This strategy aims to improve the current situation by creating the conditions to allow all of Scotland’s educators, learners and parents to take full advantage of the opportunities offered by digital technology in order to raise attainment, ambition and opportunities for all.
It sets out a series of national actions and local expectations structured around four essential and interrelated objectives:
- Develop the skills and confidence of teachers;
- Improve access to digital technology for all learners;
- Ensure that digital technology is a central consideration in all areas of curriculum and assessment delivery;
- Empower leaders of change to drive innovation and investment in digital technology for learning and teaching.
Download the document here