On Tuesday 3rd March and Wednesday 4th March 2020 Education Scotland welcomed colleagues from the Waterford and Wexford Education Board http://waterfordwexford.etb.ie/ in Ireland. They came to Scotland to learn about Adult Literacy and ESOL provision delivered across different providers.
Education Scotland’s CLD, Parental Engagement and Family Learning team welcomed the visitors and heard about the delivery methods, resources and focus in Ireland. Nicola Sykes, Senior Education Officer, shared information on the regional and national commitments of Education Scotland as well as within the scrutiny directorate. Nicola also gave a background to CLD provision in Scotland, in terms of how it is set up and the role of the CLD Standards Council.
The programme for the two days was developed with many partners across the West and Forth Valley and West Lothian regions and was a huge success! The adult literacy group visited provision in Clydebank, West Dunbartonshire as well as in Stirling. The local authorities organised for learners, volunteers and staff to be available to share information, resources and knowledge on the delivery methods used in Scotland. The group also met with City of Glasgow College who shared their Community Learning and Development programme, detailing the focus on health and mental health programmes whilst embedding SQA qualifications in delivery.
The ESOL group had a particular focus on SQA ESOL qualifications from ESOL literacies through to ESOL at the different levels available. They met with the ESOL Team at SQA who were able to discuss how the qualifications were developed, including the content, assessment and verification processes required. They also met with Glasgow ESOL Forum, a voluntary organisation who deliver ESOL with embedded SQA’s in various community settings in Glasgow along with North Lanarkshire Council who also embed qualifications into their ESOL provision. North Lanarkshire Council also had a Syrian learner giving a presentation showing his journey over the last three years from arrival, initial English assessments, learning and volunteering opportunities to him now working on an apprenticeship programme.
North Lanarkshire had various partners attend the session such as Voluntary Action in North Lanarkshire, volunteers, befrienders and CLD staff who were able to share their experiences of the partnership approach to the delivery to ensure learners learn English as well as integrate into the community, make connections and progress in their lives independently.
If you would like to hear any more about the visits please contact Laura McIntosh, CLD Development Officer, mailto:Laura.Mcintosh@educationscotland.gov.scot