Category Archives: Attainment

Celebrating the 5th anniversary of the Scottish Attainment Challenge – A blog from our Chief Executive

It is incredible to me that it has now been five years since the Scottish Attainment Challenge launched. Those five years may have passed quickly but in that time, I have seen so much excellent work taking place across the country with the aim of closing the attainment gap.

The Challenge proactively aims to ensure that every child has the same opportunity to succeed regardless of their background and circumstances – and many schools have taken a really inventive approach in helping to make this important vision a reality.

I am very impressed by the variety of actions being undertaken by schools across the country to help increase attainment. There is not a ‘one size fits all’ approach to tackling this as sometimes what works for the many will not make a difference for our most vulnerable children.

Many schools are focusing on increasing attainment by considering what happens outside of the school gates by involving parents, developing home-school links, and increasing community support through outreach projects. For example, I was delighted to learn about the work being undertaken at Wallace High School through the Scottish Attainment Challenge to recruit Family Link Workers which support young people and their family, and help them to overcome barriers preventing them from attending school.

Whilst it is fantastic to see this kind of work coming forward, the 5th anniversary provides a useful opportunity to reflect on progress made but also what we need to do next.
We want to accelerate progress, evaluate what has worked well and how we can best drive forward further improvements to narrow the poverty related attainment gap. We want to see even more success stories across the country.

I would like to say a huge thank you to the Attainment Advisors from Education Scotland who have been working in schools across Scotland to support the delivery of the Scottish Attainment Challenge since its launch five years ago. They play a strong role in linking the work of Education Scotland, Scottish Government and Local Authorities to improve educational attainment and to reduce the attainment gap between children from the least and most socially disadvantaged backgrounds.

Reducing the attainment gap is not possible without the many hardworking and dedicated teachers and classroom assistants across Scotland, and I also want to acknowledge and thank them for their efforts in helping to tackle this. I was very interested to learn about the partnership work being undertaken in Renfrewshire through the Challenge to devise and deliver a comprehensive professional learning programme for classroom assistants. This is incredible work and underlines the significant contribution our classroom assistants make to increasing attainment.

We now need to continue to focus on pedagogy, engagement and on developing an irresistible curriculum for our children. There are many children who are not yet where they need to be in terms of attainment but through taking a targeted approach to their lessons, and considering where the gaps in their learning are, teachers are helping these children to become more confident and ensuring they maximise their potential.

Change doesn’t happen overnight and research suggests that educational change can be a marathon rather than a sprint, but I am very encouraged by the strong steps forward which have been made since the launch of the Scottish Attainment Challenge five years ago. With the continued commitment and focus of all key players in the educational system I believe that together we can achieve equity for every child.

Gayle Gorman

Briefing on Gaelic Education

Seo fiosrachadh ùr bhuainn:

https://education.gov.scot/improvement/Documents/BriefingonGaelicEducationSept2019.pdf 

Please see our September  Briefing on Gaelic Education here:

https://education.gov.scot/improvement/Documents/BriefingonGaelicEducationSept2019.pdf

Our briefings on Gaelic Education  keep practitioners updated of some of Education Scotland’s, and key partners’, support for improvement in Gaelic Education. Please follow this link for more information:

https://education.gov.scot/improvement/learning-resources/Briefings%20on%20Gaelic%20Education/Fiosrachadh%20mun%20Ghàidhlig

Resources available in Gaelic which support First Minister’s Reading Challenge

The National Museum of Scotland and the Scottish Book Trust have produced two resources, available online, which support the First Minister’s Reading Challenge. To access these resources please follow the links below:

Cuir sgeulachd ri chèile san taigh-tasgaidh – This resource can be used at any museum across the UK.

Leugh do shlighe timcheall Taigh-tasgaidh Naiseanta na h-Alba! – This resource is for use at the National Museum of Scotland.

 

NQ Support Materials Update

The NQ support materials for Gàidhlig, Gaelic(Learners) and subjects and courses through the medium of Gaelic, previously hosted on the Education Scotland National Qualifications website are now available on our professional learning community for Gaelic education on Yammer.

It should be noted that these resources no longer fully match the SQA course specifications. However, they do provide a range of useful support on approaches to effective learning, teaching and ongoing classroom assessment, should teachers wish to use them. You will find these resources here.

A glow login is required to access Yammer and membership of the group is also required.

Briefing on Gaelic Education

Seo fiosrachadh ùr bhuainn:

https://education.gov.scot/improvement/documents/briefingongaeliceducationfeb19.pdf

Please see our February Briefing on Gaelic Education here: 

https://education.gov.scot/improvement/documents/briefingongaeliceducationfeb19.pdf

Please follow the link below to view our briefings on Gaelic Education which keep practitioners updated of some of Education Scotland’s, and key partners’, support for improvement in Gaelic Education.

https://education.gov.scot/improvement/learning-resources/Briefings%20on%20Gaelic%20Education/Fiosrachadh%20mun%20Ghàidhlig

 

Gaelic version of e-Sgoil’s live narrative project now available

Education Scotland has published the Gaelic version of e-Sgoil’s live narrative project here:

https://education.gov.scot/improvement/practice-exemplars/live-narrative-project

This project outlines e-Sgoil’s virtual learning approach to overcoming barriers to learning across a range of local authorities and aspects of pedagogy​. It is intended to assist senior leaders and teachers  with improving practice through the medium of Gaelic and English.

 

e-Sgoil

e-Sgoil’s engagement with the Scottish Attainment Challenge is now documented as part of a Live Narrative Project.  This sharing of practice is intended to assist senior leaders and teachers  with improving practice through the medium of Gaelic and English. More information can be found at

Moderation Poster (Gaelic version)

We are pleased to provide Gaelic Medium provisions with a Gaelic version of the Moderation Cycle poster.   Please contact distribution@educationscotland.gsi.gov.uk.

We hope that the poster will help raise awareness of the Moderation Cycle, and that it will support professional discussion and reflection.

More information can be found at these two links.

National Improvement Hub

https://education.gov.scot/improvement/learning-resources/The%20Moderation%20Cycle

Moderation Hub on Glow

https://glowscotland.sharepoint.com/sites/PLC/moderationhub/SitePages/Home.aspx

 

 

 

Interesting Practice exemplar – Castlebrae Community High School: Junior Adventure Leader

This exemplar outlines a 8 week programme that helps learners in  S2 to gain valuable experiences, skills and qualifications in relation to the world of work.  Delivered in partnership with a number or organisations this PSHE course component provides learner with the opportunities to develop a wide variety of employability and career management skills as well as key attributes and dispositions to better prepare them for the world of work.

This is one component of a wider whole school strategy on career education that aims to inspire and prepare learners for future pathways and the world of work.

The following will outline the programme in more detail:

The following documents provide materials in support of the delivery of an SQA employability award  :