Self Evaluation

Grangemouth HS Developing Practitioner Enquiry for Professional Learning

Grangemouth HS Developing Practitioner Enquiry for Professional Learning

Yvonne McBlain attended the most recent meeting of secondary professional learning co-ordinators to hear how Falkirk secondary schools are using an enquiring approach to their self-evaluation and development of teaching and learning. Yvonne provided an update on the success and impact of the practitioner enquiry element of Falkirk Children’s Services’ probationer induction programme. Co-ordinators from each school [more]

Curriculum Development at Hallglen PS

Curriculum Development at Hallglen PS

On 19th April, Yvonne McBlain popped back to gather staff feedback on their curriculum development so far at Hallglen Primary School. 10 staff members were kind enough to give their time and views during this informal evaluation activity. You can read more about Hallglen’s curriculum development process here. Staff described the following impact: Increased knowledge of the [more]

Connecting the Learning at St Bernadette's PS

Connecting the Learning at St Bernadette’s PS

Yvonne McBlain, curriculum support officer with Falkirk Council, enjoyed hearing how Cathy Quinn and staff colleagues at St Bernadette’s RC PS are developing pupil awareness of their learning across the curriculum. Over the last two school sessions, Yvonne has worked with staff to explore whether pupils understand what the curriculum actually is. Read more about [more]

Inter-Authority Moderation

Inter-Authority Moderation

Gillian Campbell (CSO Secondary) has been working with two Falkirk Primary Head Teachers and Glasgow, West Lothian and North Lanarkshire Education Authorities on a major project on moderation. This Education Scotland funded piece of work focused on moderation of their self evaluation procedures and Falkirk were represented by Cathy Quinn (St Bernadette’s RCPS) and Linda-Anne Reid [more]

Teaching for Deep Learning Facilitators Review Their Impact So Far

Teaching for Deep Learning Facilitators Review Their Impact So Far

 On Thursday 3rd April 2014 Falkirk Teaching for Deep Learning programme facilitators reviewed the impact of the programme with Yvonne McBlain, Curriculum Support Teacher. Falkirk’s team of facilitators noted  that the sessions they have delivered in their schools so far have had the following impact: Learners are more aware of intended learning and children are now becoming [more]

The new Standards for Full Registration

The new Standards for Full Registration

Hazel Cunningham, Primary Probationer Supporter, Service and School Improvement Team is currently undertaking a To Lead or Not to Lead project on effective transition between the old and new Standards for Full Registration.  The aims of the project are: *  to raise awareness across Falkirk teaching staff of the main changes in the new Standards [more]

A Saturday Morning spent thinking about Employee Review and Development!

A Saturday Morning spent thinking about Employee Review and Development!

Last Saturday morning Anne Pearson, Curriculum Support Manager, headed down to the Falkirk Football Stadium  to team up with Colin Finlay who was hosting the event in his new role as Falkirk EIS Learning Representative. Over 80 teachers from Falkirk, Clackmannanshire, Stirling and North Lanarkshire came along and whilst  football was not on the agenda, we engaged in [more]

Update on our Teaching for Deep Learning Programme

Update on our Teaching for Deep Learning Programme

Yvonne McBlain from Falkirk’s Curriculum Support team has now created a page for each of our Teaching for Deep Learning sessions here in Glow. Five of our secondary schools have used, or are beginning to use these sessions as content for their Teacher Learning Communities and working groups. Nineteen of our primary schools have already accessed [more]

Offering a Gateway to CPD

Offering a Gateway to CPD

Stuart Lennie, along with Lynne Lauder and Anne Hutchison of the Falkirk Council Education Services Curriculum Support team have been working to commission and implement a new way for staff to search, request, and record CPD opportunities. The new CPD Manager Portal, provided by Gateway, replaces the existing paper based CPD course catalogue and booking [more]

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