Category Archives: Latest News

The final wider achievement newsletter was issued to all students today. Please look out for this at home and enjoy reading about the wonderful achievements of our amazing young people over the term. We are very proud of all our students!

School closes at 1pm on Wednesday for Summer Holidays. Pupils return Wednesday 15th August at 8.45 am.

Free Connect sessions for Parents and Parent Councils in September

Connect Supporting Partnerships in Education

Connect have a great programme of free online information sessions  in September for parents and Parent Councils.

There is a choice of times for each session, either 1.30pm or 8pm.

Places are free, booking is essential via the links.

 

Parent Councils What’s Our Role Now?

1 September

Parent Councils – What’s Our Role Now?

https://bit.ly/ConnectPCRole1Sep

How can PCs work positively in the current situation? We will offer practical advice on how a Parent Council may help support parents/carers and the school community and find new ways to fulfil their role in the current situation.
Online Q&A How are you doing?

3 September

Online Q&A – How are you doing?

https://bit.ly/ConnectCatch-up3Sep   

We would like to invite parents and parent groups to an informal online chat We’re keen to know how Connect can help your parent group in this current situation. Please tell us about what your parent group needs and about your experiences.

We’d also like to hear about your parent group’s activities, ideas and plans and to share these with other groups. Let’s have a chat about how we can help each other.

Role of Parent Council PTA Chairs

8 September

Role of Parent Council/PTA Chairs

https://bit.ly/ConnectPCChair

For new and more experienced PC/PTA Chairs. Top tips for running effective meetings and dealing with tricky situations.  Advice on holding meetings online, setting agendas, working with other office bearers and working in partnership with your head teacher.
Reaching Out to All Families

10 September

Reaching Out to All Families

https://bit.ly/ConnectReachOut10Sep

Practical help to make sure everyone is included, supported and involved in your school community Who is engaged with the school community?  Who is missing?  What are the challenges faced by some families that make engagement difficult?  How can your PC and school community help to overcome these challenges?  This session will help you to engage more and different families in school and learning.
Role of Parent Council PTA Treasurer
15 September

Role of Parent Council/PTA Treasurer

https://bit.ly/ConnecTreasurer15Sep

For new and more experienced Treasurers Find out how to look after PC/PTA funds, report to meetings/AGM and comply with Connect membership-linked insurance.
Building School & Community Partnerships
17 September

Building School & Community Partnerships

https://bit.ly/ConnectPartnerships17Sep

For parents/carers, school staff, community organisations, working together to improve outcomes for children and young people. Practical ideas for your parent group to help your school move forward with projects around literacy, numeracy, health & wellbeing and many other areas.  We will look at how your school currently engages families and the wider community in children’s learning and how different types of involvement can help to improve outcomes for children and young people in the current situation.

 

Connect + Parenting Across Scotland
24 September

Connect + Parenting Across Scotland

https://bit.ly/ConnectFamilyRelationships  

Looking after yourself and your family The current situation has presented many challenges to parents/carers and a new set of pressures on family relationships. This session looks at things you can do to defuse difficult situations and care for yourself and your family.

 

 

City of Glasgow College Clearing 2020

City of Glasgow College will host a virtual event on Monday 10th August 2020 between 12 and 2pm and/or 4pm and 6pm.

We still have limited availability for some courses beginning August/September 2020 but the event is equally suitable for next year’s leavers and guidance staff/parents requiring further information.

Attendees can:

  • Chat to lecturers about full-time courses starting in August.
  • Discuss your options if you have not met the conditions of your offer.
  • Chat to our Student Support Team about funding and other support available.

www.cityofglasgowcollege.ac.uk/clearing2020

City of Glasgow College Clearing 2020

Skills Development Scotland – Foundation Apprenticeships

If you are interested in finding out more information around Foundation Apprenticeships, contact the school and ask to speak with Mr Toal.

Foundation Apprenticeships – COVID-19 update and news

We continue to work closely with awarding bodies, partners and Scottish Government to quickly respond to issues arising from the epidemic to support you and learners in the delivery of Foundation Apprenticeships.

SDS appreciates all the work being done by learning providers and stakeholders at this time to support FAs. 

We remain committed to working with all key partners to build on the success of recent years, maintain delivery for the benefit of learners and employers during this period of uncertainty. 

We recognise that COVID-19 poses challenges for us all and we will work with yourselves to find solutions where required. 

SQA Accreditation

Thank you for submitting the requested information outlining the extent of SVQ completion against each framework for your learners. 

This continues to inform our engagement with SQA as we seek a solution. 

We expect to be in a position to provide a more detailed update on the work with SQA in the coming days.

Recruitment

Cohort 5 recruitment 

We’re contacting pupils who have submitted an expression of interest for a Foundation Apprenticeship via email to establish if they have completed an application with a learning provider or need additional support from SDS.

This is being tested on a small batch before being rolled out more widely.

Recruitment materials 

We’re currently developing new materials to support recruitment over the summer months – these will include social media assets and key messaging.  

Letters to current FAs

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be sending a letter to all Foundation Apprentices going into their second year.

The letter will support the “keeping in touch” process by providing additional reassurance from SDS, whilst highlighting the support available from SDS Careers Advisers to all learners.   

A copy of the letter will be shared with all providers.

Careers Information Advice and Guidance service offer

A reminder that SDS has support in place for individual FA learners through our Careers Advisers. 

Advisers are available over the phone or online. To speak to a school Careers Adviser, call the local centre and ask for them by name.  

As part of this enhanced support, SDS Careers Advisers have been contacting FA learners on a one to one basis via existing procedures. 

Find a local careers centre or get more information on myworldofwork.co.uk.

Frequently Asked Questions

Please check our COVID-19 FAQs for regular updates. 

We have added an answer on Disclosure Scotland and their capacity to support PVGs going forward this week. 

The FAQ guide for training providers is on the training provider area within the COVID-19 section of the SDS website.

This will continue to be updated to respond to FAQs coming through from you.

Further support

If you have any questions or issues not addressed by the guidance above, please email newapprenticeships@sds.co.uk

We continue to liaise with SQA on measures to support providers through this uncertain period.

We urge you to follow the Scottish Government’s latest information and advice on Coronavirus at gov.scot/coronavirus.

Public health advice can be found at: Coronavirus (COVID-19) on NHS Inform.

Keep up to date with guidance and information about COVID-19 issues on the SDS website.

STEM Work Experience Day with Uptree online

If you are interested in a STEM related career this is the opportunity for you. Employers not only look at your exam results but the experiences you have.

Uptree is a networking platform designed to help you get started in the world of work.

Uptree is excited to announce we are running a free online work inspiration event with Arm Glasgow on 22nd June.

Register for the event for free using the link below.

https://uptree.co/arm/e/2203823272/

The event will take place on Zoom and is aimed at S5 & S6 students interested in careers in STEM. Over 2 hours, students will network with professionals, discover more about the world of work and develop their employability skills.

Glasgow – Uptree STEM Work Experience Day (online)
Monday, June 22, 2020
10:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Overview
A half-day, online work experience event hosted by Arm’s Glasgow team. You will gain experience of the technology industry, career paths and get to meet technology professionals who work at Arm Glasgow!

Agenda
– Ice breaker & welcome
– About Arm
– Inspiring speakers
– Speed Networking
– Micro:bit activity
– The Global Goals
– Next steps and wrap up

You will need to register for an Uptree account (free) and prepare a short motivation statement telling us why they are interested in the opportunity. We will then shortlist applicants based on this.

If you are interested or have any further questions about the opportunity, please let me know and I can give you more information.

Best regards,

Mr Toal