Category Archives: Assessment

A Further Discussion With John Swinney MSP

Small - Further DFMJoin John Swinney in another Glow TV event to discuss ways to reduce teacher workload on Tuesday 13th September at 6.15pm. You will have the opportunity to ask questions live to Mr Swinney or submit a question prior to the event.

To follow up his recent Glow Meet, John Swinney MSP, Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, is offering an additional opportunity to education practitioners to discuss Curriculum for Excellence, the recently published Statement and Benchmarks, and other actions to help reduce teacher workload. He will be joined by Graeme Logan, Strategic Director, who was actively involved in developing the Statement and Benchmarks, and who is currently leading the Scottish Attainment Challenge for Education Scotland.

Once again, the questions will come from Scotland’s teachers and education practitioners. If you can’t take part on Tuesday, please send a question in advance to Jennifer.mckay@educationscotland.gsi.gov.uk. We will do our best to answer as many questions as we can during the Glow Meet and we will publish answers to any questions that we don’t manage to address.

Sign up now to take part live in Glow TV – A Further Discussion with John Swinney MSP

If you unable to join us for the live event you can always catch up with the recording at another time – Glow TV’s Watch Again.

In focus: How ‘Insight’ supports DYW

Insight assists secondary schools and local authorities in identifying where improvements can be made in the senior phase as well as areas of success and best practice. It supports professional dialogue about performance at whole school, curriculum area and subject level as part of the improvement process to raise attainment and improve post-school participation in employment, further and higher education. Insight went live in September 2014 but did you realise that discussions are ongoing with awards providers with a view to expanding the range of qualifications in Insight, including, most importantly, those that support vocational learning. Qualifications must be credit-rated on the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework, and aligned with the principles of Curriculum for Excellence.

Insight already includes attainment data on a range of qualifications related to vocational education. These include National Certificates, Higher National Qualifications, Scottish Vocational Qualifications, National Progression Awards and Skills for Work qualifications. From September 2016 there will be additional useful updates:

  • some increases in the tariff points allocated to some specific work-related courses. Some courses attract ‘added value’ – i.e., where there is deemed to be value to the learner over and above the sum of the award’s constituent components – which might be units or courses.   This might be either because they contain an exam unit, an identified ‘added value unit’ (e.g. National 4) or because the award provider has made a case to the Insight project board that the course delivers added value in another way.
  • ‘added value’ recognition will be extended to National Certificates; National Progression Awards; and Scottish Vocational Qualifications. Skills for Work already had this recognition.  Of course, it is vital that choices about courses are made in the best interests of the individual learner, and not on the basis of tariff points, but the adjustments here will support effective self-evaluation by schools of their pupil cohorts’ outcomes
  • remember, Insight captures detail of awards gained by learners at establishments other than their base centre and these are included within the tariff-based benchmarking measures.  From September a new ‘partnership attainment’ measure to make data on the learning achieved by young people in colleges or other training providers, as part of a senior phase vocational pathway, will be more visible and convenient for users to access.

There is more;

  • the new Foundation Apprenticeships will also be awarded added-value from the first certifications in summer 2018.  As Foundation Apprenticeships will vary in SCQF credit points, the Insight tariff points for any particular framework will also vary depend on its characteristics. (Again, remember that course choices must of course be made in the best interests of the individual learner.)
  • a full review of the tariff principles (building on the annual health-checks)  is underway, now that Curriculum for Excellence and the new National Qualifications are fully implemented.  The review will consider whether any adjustments may be necessary to the tariff scale within Insight going forward, to ensure it is fulfilling its purpose as a benchmarking and self-evaluation tool. Keep your eyes open, we want to encourage as many responses as possible .

If you have any further question or wish to join the debate on Insight, please get in touch with Julie Anderson, Senior Phase Pathways & College Partnerships, DYW at the Scottish Government Learning Directorate.

What Could I Be? … in Food Production

Scottish Food & Drink Federation and SRUC have developed this great poster outlining the breadth of career opportunities and chain of jobs involved in food production at Castelton Farm.

SFDF castelton farm poster

Looking for activities or discussion points with pupils?

Research what you could earn from doing the jobs identified on the poster.

Think of your favourite food. Can you create a career map demonstrating who is involved in creating your favourite food?

What food production is happening in your local area? Can you develop a food provenance map for your area and share on GLOW?

How does this link to the career standards?

Page 15 – 17 of  DYW Career Standards identifies the ‘I can’ statements for each level.

 

 

 

 

A Watershed Moment in Scottish Education

Scottish education has had an excellent opportunity to “see ourselves as others see us” to borrow a famous Burns quotation.

We have been receiving a lot of international attention recently. December’s report on Scottish school education by the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), one of the world’s most authoritative think-tanks, was followed this month by the premier annual gathering of education researchers from around the world – some 500 of them – in Glasgow.

The main message I took from these international engagements is one which rings true with the evidence we gather at Education Scotland. That message is that the wide-ranging programme of reform of education in Scotland over the last decade is setting the right ambition and has the potential to ensure young Scots are amongst the best educated young people in the world, but we have more to do to make sure that happens.

We need to hold firm to the vision, but we also stand at a ‘watershed moment’ to use a phrase from the OECD report. We need now to move confidently beyond managing the introduction of key structural changes such as the new National Qualifications and strengthened professional learning arrangements for teachers, to a new phase which shifts the focus firmly onto teachers and school leaders capitalising on the scope which these changes give them to develop more effective, more customised learning experiences for all their learners.

The new National Improvement Framework, also launched last week, has now set out a clear set of priority objectives for all schools to address, as they exercise these new levels of professional freedom. It places a strong onus on teachers’ professional judgement in the assessment and evaluation of progress. There is also a strong role for educational research, both to help inform the decision schools make about what changes to make in their own provision and to generate a wider body of evidence on what is working well, and what is working less well, across Scotland.

The framework also stresses the need for schools to engage strongly with young people, parents and carers and their local communities as they develop and refine new ways of meeting the needs of learners more effectively. If you are a parent or carer, a learner, an employer or just someone with an interest in education in your local community, you should expect to see increasing opportunities to be involved in real dialogue about the education being provided in the schools in your locality. Parents and carers, in particular, should expect expanding opportunities to be involved actively as partners in their child’s learning.

All of this has implications for my own organisation too. Education Scotland was created back in 2011 as a new type of improvement agency which brings a rich mix of education experts in development, support and inspection together in one place. This allows us to flex the way we deploy our staff over time, shifting the balance of the support and challenge we provide from year to year to reflect what is most needed at any particular point in time. In recent years that has meant a strong emphasis on supporting the process of implementing CfE in local authorities and schools, including a major commitment to supporting the transition to new qualifications and to new teaching and assessment approaches from the early years onwards.

Looking forward, as we move into a new phase of embedding Curriculum for Excellence, I see that balance shifting. That will mean we move to a stronger emphasis on evaluating what is working best as schools individually, and together in networks, devise new ways of delivering the best possible learning experiences for their pupils. We will increase inspections to help gather and spread that evidence more effectively. We will also accelerate our work on new approaches to promoting improvement in key areas, particularly the Scottish Attainment Challenge as it leads a nationwide effort to close the Attainment gap.

The next few years will be crucial in ensuring our young people reap the full harvest from the seeds of change that have been planted and nurtured thus far. The OECD praised Scotland for its foresight and patience in taking an ambitious education reform programme to the stage it has reached so far. We now need to follow through and tackle the next phase of improving Scotland’s schools with renewed focus and vigour.

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Dr Bill Maxwell
Chief Executive

Education Scotland

SCQF for Young People: Resources

The SCQF Partnership offer a range of publications and resources aimed at helping staff, learners, parents and carers understand more about the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) and how it benefits young people in comparing and understanding qualifications and the level of their learning. It is also an invaluable resource for planning their future learning journey.

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Achievement Counts is the SCQF Partnership’s leaflet for young people. It provides a brief introduction to the SCQF, information on how it can be used and its benefits for school pupils.

Credit Where Credit’s Due LeafletCredit Where Credit's Due front cover image

This leaflet has been designed specifically for parents and carers. It provides a background to the SCQF and outlines how it relates to, and can benefit, their child’s learning.

Both leaflets may be useful for parents’ evenings and careers events in your school.

Request Free Copies

The SCQF Partnership are happy to supply hard copies of these resources, free of charge. Please email Sarah MacGregor at s.macgregor@scqf.org.uk Electronic copies can be accessed from the SCQF website at http://scqf.org.uk/all-resources/.

SCQF Learner Survey

The SCQF Partnership is currently undertaking research to evaluate how the SCQF is being used by learners across all areas of education including school, college, university, CLD and those currently in employment. We would like to establish the level of knowledge of the SCQF and how it is being used by learners to make decisions on their learning and plan their learning pathways. We would also like to establish if there have been any changes in the levels of awareness and understanding of the SCQF since we last conducted this research in 2013.

This is the short on-line survey link https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SCQF_Learners

The closing date is Friday 18 December 2015.

NNM Hub – Module 8 – Assessing Progress and Achievement

Small- Module 8Join the Numeracy and Mathematics Team on Thursday 12th November at 4pm to find out about Assessing Progress and Achievement.

In this session the Numeracy and Mathematics Team in Education Scotland will be discussing Assessing Progress and Achievement and will be answering your questions.

Register to take part live in Glow TV – NNM Hub – Module 8 – Assessing Progress and Achievement

If you unable to join us for the live event you can always catch up with the recording at another time – Glow TV’s Watch Again.

Have Your Say – National Improvement Framework!

Small - NIFThe Scottish Government has published a draft National Improvement Framework which brings together key information in a more consistent way, so that greater focus can be given to the progress of children and how we can continually improve Scottish education. Scottish Ministers want children and young people from around Scotland to help shape plans to progress the Framework.

There have been meetings and events with parents, teachers and education staff from local authorities and it is important that children and young people get the opportunity to discuss and share their views on what is important to them about knowing how they are doing at school, and how they would want to see their school improve.

The Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, Angela Constance MSP, will also be available during this live Glow TV broadcast to answer your pupil’s questions live!

Join us in Glow TV on Monday 9th November at 11.30am – register now! – Have Your Say – National Improvement Framework!

If you unable to join us for the live event you can always catch up with the recording at another time – Glow TV’s Watch Again.

Numeracy and Mathematics Resources

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The National Numeracy and Mathematics Hub is a virtual learning environment for all practitioners. The Hub provides an innovative approach to career-long professional learning for all practitioners in all sectors. It is an interactive, virtual learning environment which offers practitioners:

  • Professional learning in different aspects of numeracy with a focus on progression, numeracy and mathematics skills, numeracy across learning, assessment and moderation and teaching.
  • Career-long professional learning opportunities of various types such as broadcasts, professional reading and action research.
  • An easy to use environment where you can share and work with colleagues from across Scotland as well as those from your own school or authority​.

Education Scotland website:

http://www.educationscotland.gov.uk/learningandteaching/curriculumareas/mathematics/index.asp

http://www.educationscotland.gov.uk/learningandteaching/learningacrossthecurriculum/responsibilityofall/numeracy/index.asp

Provides practitioners with excellent resources and guidance to help develop learning and teaching in Numeracy and Mathematics including;

 National Numeracy Progression Frameworkprogression – This resource has been created to deepen practitioners’ knowledge and understanding of progression within the experiences and outcomes for numeracy and mathematics. It included progression pathways with key milestones and building blocks for each of the numeracy organisers. Mathematics pathways coming soon, along with previous knowledge and understanding and exemplification.

Professional Learning Resources – These professional learning resources provide guidance and advice to help inform learning and teaching practices in line with the main objectives of the Scottish Survey of Literacy and Numeracy (SSLN). There are PLR’s for;

http://www.educationscotland.gov.uk/learningandteaching/curriculumareas/mathematics/index.asp

There is also information on Assessing progress and achievement available which includes professional learning activities and key documents on significant aspects of learning and making good assessment decisions.

Other key links and websites to support the development of Numeracy and Mathematics;

The Journey to Excellence: Examples of innovative and interesting practice. Search ‘mathematics’ or ‘numeracy’ in to the search facility.

TWIG Film list for National 4 and National 5 Qualifications

TWIG Films from website

stem logoSTEM Links

STEM e-bulletin   http://bit.ly/STEMeBulletin

(Up to date news, information, resources and professional learning)

STEM Central in MOTION blog   http://bit.ly/BlogSTEM

(more up to date news on STEM)

STEM Central website http://www.educationscotland.gov.uk/stemcentral/

(high quality resources, teaching ideas, videos etc to develop learning experiences relating to sciences, technologies, engineering and mathematics

Main Contact for Numeracy and Mathematics Team at Education Scotland:

Lorna Harvey, Acting Senior Education Officer

Optima Building, 58 Robertson Street

Glasgow

G2 8DU

Tel: 0141 282 5119             lorna.harvey@educationscotland.gsi.gov.uk

 

 

Regional Events to discuss the draft National Improvement Framework

NIFThe First Minister on 1 September 2015 launched a draft National Improvement Framework for Scottish Education. The Framework will bring together, in a more consistent way, the key information that is needed to support improvement for children. It builds on the strong foundations of Curriculum for Excellence and aims to ensure that parents, teachers, schools, and local authorities, as well as nationally, we have the access to the right type of information that tells them about the progress of children.

The Framework sets out 6 areas where activity and support is planned:

• School improvement
• School leadership
• Teacher professionalism
• Assessment of children’s progress
• Parental involvement
• Performance information.

Join us at one of our regional events for teachers, parents and local authorities to hear more about the six areas that will be included in the Framework. You will have the opportunity to discuss and exchange views on what this means for you and for children. This is an opportunity to share your thoughts on the draft Framework as we work together to develop it further.

The eight regional events will take place at locations across Scotland with the first event taking place on 29 September 2015 at the University of Edinbugh. The other events are planned for Glasgow, Inverness and Aberdeen.

Please click here to register your place at one of the events.