All posts by I. Menzies

Senior Education Officer for Sciences, Education Scotland

Learning for Sustainability and ‘Connecting Classrooms’ – Glasgow

lfspostBritish Council Learning for Sustainability: Connecting Classrooms course, Glasgow

14 January – 18 March 2017

Further information and registration here: https://glasgowconnectingclassrooms.eventbrite.co.uk

This programme offers teachers the opportunity to engage and collaborate over a nine-week period which include a day-long participative face to face session at the beginning and at the end of the period, supported by fortnightly inputs from online materials.

Scotland is unique internationally in having a requirement for all teachers and education professionals to address Learning for Sustainability (LfS) in their practice to conform to the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS) Professional Standards  LfS It also features as a priority in the recently revised Education Scotland ‘How Good Is Our School?’ (2015, HGIOS 4).This makes LfS development in Scotland one of the highest priorities in Scottish Education.

This fully funded professional learning initiative by the University of Edinburgh in partnership with the British Council, is a timely opportunity for teachers to grapple with what LfS means, what existing and new skills and knowledge are required, and how this might all look in the a school context. Connecting directly with Curriculum for Excellence, involvement will enable you to effectively plan for and implement Learning for Sustainability approaches in your school in ways that will significantly enhance the educational experience of learners. Engagement with this course will also inform Professional Review and Development (PRD) and Professional Update (PU) for GTCS registration. This is a GTCS accredited programme and engagement in the programme could, in time, lead to Professional Recognition from the GTCS.

Teachers who successfully complete the programme will be eligible to apply for £3000 British Council support towards overseas study visits to partner schools in other countries. Learning can be used to strengthen international links at your school, enriching teaching and learning through partnerships and joint projects.

Further information and registration here https://glasgowconnectingclassrooms.eventbrite.co.uk for more information please contact abicornwall@lfsscotland.org   

Learning for Sustainability and ‘Connecting Classrooms’ – Edinburgh

lfspostBritish Council Learning for Sustainability: Connecting Classrooms course, Moray House, University of Edinburgh

21 January – 25 March 2017

Further information and registration here: https://edinburghconnectingclassrooms.eventbrite.co.uk

This programme offers teachers the opportunity to engage and collaborate over a nine-week period which include a day-long participative face to face session at the beginning and at the end of the period, supported by fortnightly inputs from online materials.

Scotland is unique internationally in having a requirement for all teachers and education professionals to address Learning for Sustainability (LfS) in their practice to conform to the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS) Professional Standards  LfS It also features as a priority in the recently revised Education Scotland ‘How Good Is Our School?’ (2015, HGIOS 4).This makes LfS development in Scotland one of the highest priorities in Scottish Education.

This fully funded professional learning initiative by the University of Edinburgh in partnership with the British Council, is a timely opportunity for teachers to grapple with what LfS means, what existing and new skills and knowledge are required, and how this might all look in the a school context. Connecting directly with Curriculum for Excellence, involvement will enable you to effectively plan for and implement Learning for Sustainability approaches in your school in ways that will significantly enhance the educational experience of learners. Engagement with this course will also inform Professional Review and Development (PRD) and Professional Update (PU) for GTCS registration. This is a GTCS accredited programme and engagement in the programme could, in time, lead to Professional Recognition from the GTCS.

Teachers who successfully complete the programme will be eligible to apply for £3000 British Council support towards overseas study visits to partner schools in other countries. Learning can be used to strengthen international links at your school, enriching teaching and learning through partnerships and joint projects.

Further information and registration here https://edinburghconnectingclassrooms.eventbrite.co.uk, for more information please contact abicornwall@lfsscotland.org  .

National Education Officer – Improving Primary Science

TWFES

Job title:  National Education Officer, Improving Primary Science Education

Post details:       This post is offered on a fixed-term contract for a period of thirty three months. Following a review the post may be extended up to a total of eight years.

Employed by:     The Wood Foundation.

Location:             The post-holder will be based in one of Education   Scotland offices.

Salary scale:       Circa £46,424 to £54,458 – negotiable depending on experience.

Deadline for applications:       5pm on Wednesday 29th June 2016. Interviews to be held:               Week beginning Monday 1st August 2016.

In partnership with Education Scotland and Scottish Government, The Wood Foundation is looking to recruit a National Education Officer to lead improvements in primary science education in Scottish schools. The ambition of this programme is to ensure all learners experience highly-engaging and motivating learning experiences in the sciences that enable them to contribute effectively to society as scientifically literate citizens. The programme will also seek to equip learners with skills for learning, life and work to enable them to access a wide range of stimulating and rewarding careers including those within science and STEM sectors.

The successful candidate will be responsible for the successful delivery of 33-month pilot programme involving up to ten local authorities. Following a period of review the programme may be extended to a total of up to eight years so as to benefit all local authorities in Scotland. The post-holder will be based in an Education Scotland office and line managed by the responsible Education Scotland Senior Education Officer.

A key responsibility will be to provide strategic support to a network of Primary Science Development Officers based in local authorities. The post-holder will also work closely with other partner organisations including Scottish Government, Scottish Schools Education Research Centre (SSERC), the Association of Directors of Education in Scotland (ADES) and local authorities to achieve the aims of the programme and ensure it aligns to national priorities and policies. This includes alignment to the emerging national strategy for STEM, the Developing Young Workforce programme, National Improvement Framework, Scottish Attainment Challenge, Digital Learning and Teaching Strategy and promoting gender balance in STEM.

Partnership working will require frequent visits to SSERC’s offices in Dunfermline and to participating local authorities across Scotland.

This post will be well suited to those with experience of leading and managing improvements in science at Principal Teacher, Faculty Head or Depute Head Teacher level.

For further information about this role please contact Ailsa McRae at The Wood Foundation on Email: info@thewoodfoundation.org.uk or Tel: 01224 619831.

 

Vacancies – Sciences Development Officers

es logoSecondment opportunities
Duration: 23 months

Education Scotland seeks to appoint Development Officers to work in partnership with colleagues from across the education system, Scottish Government and other national organisations to develop, promote and support effective and innovative approaches within their specialist areas.

Working in teams led by Senior Education Officers, we are seeking Development Officers in the following areas:

  • Expressive arts
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Literacy and English
  • Science
  • Technologies

Candidates should possess a relevant degree in teaching and be registered with the GTCS. You should also have excellent knowledge of Curriculum for Excellence and be able to contribute to its continued development and implementation. Demonstrable experience in the relevant discipline is required with excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

The Development Officer posts are being offered on a 23 month secondment basis and can be based out of any of the Education Scotland offices subject to local availability.

See further details on our vacancies page>>

Closing date for applications: Midnight, 7 June 2015
Completed applications should be submitted by email to edshr@educationscotland.gsi.gov.uk
Education Scotland is committed to Equal Opportunities.

Learning for Sustainability Conversation Days

Learning for Sustainability – the report of the One Planet Schools working group – was published in December 2012. It set an ambitious agenda to embed Learning for Sustainability in every school in Scotland in an approach that encompasses learning and teaching, professional development, leadership, ethos, buildings and grounds.

Learning for Sustainability enables a school and its wider community to build the values, attitudes, knowledge, skills and confidence to develop practices and take decisions which are compatible with a sustainable and equitable society.  Scotland’s schools are already strong on the themes that are included within Learning for Sustainability – outdoor learning, global citizenship, sustainable development education, and on respecting the rights of the child.  However, the Government believes that schools that are able to bring all of these important themes together into a coherent whole school approach will significantly improve experiences and outcomes for learners.

The Scottish Government has initiated a Learning for Sustainability Implementation Group to bring together the key partners with responsibilities for the actions identified in the Learning for Sustainability report.  The aim of the group is to create the conditions for, and help and support schools and teachers to embrace Learning for Sustainability.

The Implementation Group recognises the significant expertise, commitment and contribution of Scotland’s Learning for Sustainability community and is committed to working in partnership with them and with other national groups with an interest in and a responsibility for aspects of Learning for Sustainability.

One of the key mechanisms to facilitate this partnership working will be a series of Conversation Days which will provide an open forum for individuals, partner organisations and networks to contribute to and collaboratively develop the work of the Implementation Group. 

The Group has identified two initial themes that it would like to hold conversation days on, in May 2014.  These are described below.  The Group hopes that all those with an interest will be able to attend and participate in discussions on the day to help shape their work under these themes. These days are open to anyone with an interest to attend although there will be a limit on numbers due to venues.  We expect they will be of most interest to: teachers, young people, education authorities, national education agencies, parent organisations and third sector organisations within the LfS community.

An Education Scotland update on the progress that has been made against the Learning for Sustainability recommendations has been attached for your information.

Conversation Day 1 – Career-long professional learning and development of briefing

9:30am to 3:30pm, Thurs 15th May 2014 (Menzies Hotel, Glasgow)

The need for more Career-Long Professional Learning (CLPL) in LfS is a theme that runs throughout the Learning for Sustainability Report with Recommendation 2.1 specifically stating the need for a coordinated national strategy for Learning for Sustainability CLPL.  The purpose of this Conversation Day is to initiate the development of this strategy and the development of a Learning for Sustainability briefing for schools.  The briefing will clearly communicate key messages about Learning for Sustainability and its relevance to the new GTCS Professional Standards, to schools, education authorities and the wider education community.  The Implementation Group recognise that there are already many stakeholders providing CLPL on different aspects of LfS and there are also many organisations with an interest in and expertise about how schools can take LfS forward and aims to bring all those interests together in this Conversation Day.   The Group hopes that the Conversation Day will develop support for LfS and a momentum for its implementation in schools.

Conversation day 2 – school building and grounds

20th May 2014 (Edinburgh)

The development of sustainable school estates as part of a whole school approach was identified as a key theme in the Learning for Sustainability report which called for all school buildings, grounds and policies to support Learning for Sustainability.  The aim of this Conversation Day is to bring together those responsible for and with an interest in school buildings and grounds to discuss how best to implement the recommendations made in the Learning for Sustainability Report and to identify the elements of a supporting action plan.  This day will be of particular interest to those involved in and responsible for managing existing school estates, including managing energy efficiency, building new schools and creating green spaces for outdoor learning and play within schools.  The day will be chaired by Gordon McKinlay of Renfrewshire Council, on behalf of ADES.

Register

You can register your interest by emailing Jennifer.Moore@educationscotland.gov.uk for the  15th  May event, and Jeff.Quinn@scotland.gsi.gov.uk for the 20th May event.

Each Conversation day will include a discussion on specific next steps within each theme, including whether longer-term working groups need to be established to take work forward.  We expect that there will be themes and issues that are common to all three days and the Group is interested in the common themes that emerge across all three as well as the specific issues that are discussed.  A record will be created for each day and made available through the Learning for Sustainability website.

Evolution automotive show – seminar for teachers

Special Seminar for Teachers – 3.30pm Friday 25th of April Royal Highland Centre

Need a greater understanding of the automotive industry to pass onto your learners? Transport Scotland, the Energy Saving Trust and their partners will provide an insight into the developments within the automotive sector and how Scotland is helping shape the future, with specific focus on low emission transport including low-carbon, hybrid, electric and hydrogen vehicles. The seminar will include case studies and examples of innovation to help shape courses and prepare learners to take advantage of this newly emerging and rapidly changing market. Please register your interest by emailing charlotte.cassar@psigroupltd.co.uk

Or you can just come along and enjoy the EVOLUTION show on 26th April and test drive new generation cars. FREE entry. Register at: www.evolutionshow.co.uk

Sciences conversation day, Aberdeen 12th Dec 2013

Improving Science Education – Conversation Day

10:00 – 15:30, Thurs 12th Dec 2013

Venue: Bucksburn Academy, Kepplehills
Road,
Bucksburn, Aberdeen AB21 9DG
. 

 

Education Scotland has been holding a series of face-to-face
conversations this year with the Scottish education community to engage schools
and stakeholders in the findings of the
Sciences
3-18 Curriculum Area Impact Project
report and
to determine key priorities for sciences education. The three events that have
already taken place have engaged a wide variety of people from all
school sectors as well as industry, colleges, universities, parent groups, and
science organisations.

 

Places are still available for the event on the 12th
December for those who would like to join discussions and help shape the future
of sciences education in Scottish schools. Please contact Jennifer Moore on
Jennifer.Moore@educationscotland.gov.uk
to book your place.

Equalities in STEM education – An exciting professional learning opportunity

Education Scotland is offering a very exciting opportunity to any practitioners interested in looking at equalities issues around STEM. The facts are stark in this area.

“In Scotland, 27% of women graduate in STEM work in the sector they qualified in, compared with 52% of male graduates.  This means that of the 56000 female STEM graduates in Scotland, just over 15000 continue to work in the sector.”

The Royal Society of Edinburgh, 2012.  Tapping all our Talents: Women in STEM: strategy for Scotland, 10.

“23% of the most socially advantaged pupils aspire to become a scientist, compared to just 9% of disadvantaged pupils.”

TISME, spring 2013.  Interim Research Summary, ASPIRES project:

What shapes children’s science and career aspiration age 10 – 13, 7.

This is an opportunity to develop a fuller understanding of the issues and consider approaches to tackling them.

The first of two day long sessions will include a morning with SLF keynote speaker Dr Avis Glaze, Edu-quest International Inc and Former Chief Student Achievement Officer of Ontario. Dr Glaze brings a wealth of experience and expertise in addressing issues of equity and this is a unique opportunity to spend time with her in a small group setting. The afternoon will consider relevant research into equalities across STEM and how this is relevant to practitioners’ own contexts. A second day will be planned for early 2014 and will be held in a STEM industry setting with an opportunity for practitioners to share their own experiences and thinking and hear about equalities in STEM from a business perspective.

There are 20 places available to any interested practitioners and these will be allocated on a first come first served basis. If you are interested in taking part please email Diane Carson at Diane.Carson@educationscotland.gov.uk .The first day will take place on Tuesday September 24th in The Optima building in Glasgow. The second day will be held in early 2014 in an industry setting, date and venue are yet to be confirmed.

Forth Replacement Crossing – education centre now available for bookings

The Forth Replacement Crossing Contact and Education Centre is now open and taking bookings for school groups to find out about the construction of the new bridge across the Firth of Forth – recently named ‘The Queensferry Crossing’.

Visit the Centre to find out more about the project, view the works and get involved in engineering and construction related activities.

The Centre can provide customised sessions related to school topic areas including maths, geography, science and technology and the visits can be linked to Curriculum for Excellence.

Did you know?

■     Multiple bookings can be made by each school for groups of 12 or more

■     Visits are tailored to your needs

■     School groups of all ages are welcomed

■     The centre provides amazing views of the bridges

The Centre provides a fantastic opportunity for people of all ages to view the works and find out more about the largest engineering project in Scotland in a generation.

To find out more and make a school booking:

–          visit website : www.forthreplacementcrossing.info

–          email : frcenquiries@transportscotland.gsi.gov.uk

–          phone: 0800 078 6910

BP online science resources

The BP Educational Service provides over 200 free science teaching ideas, videos, online activities and challenges. All the resources are searchable by age and topic.

The free primary resources cover topics from electricity and energy to forces, materials and life processes.

Stepping into Science is targeted at learners aged 4 – 7 years whilst the InvestiGATE section helps prepare learners aged 9-12 years for the transition to secondary school science.

At secondary level the free teaching resources feature topics from Chemical and Material Behaviour, Energy Electricity and Forces, and the Environment, Earth and the Universe.

There are films on the properties of hydrocarbons, an interactive challenge on wind power and a Carbon Footprint Toolkit for schools.

Secondary teachers can also order the free Periodic Table poster – and test themselves and their students in the Periodic Table Challenge .

 Visit www.bp.com/bpes to view the resources