Scottish Governments’ Programme Board for DYW publishes DYW reports to highlight the progress made across the 5 Change Themes. The following reports have been published so far:
Spòrs Gàidhlig, with support from Bòrd na Gàidhlig and Fèisean nan Gàidheal, are offering exciting activities to local fèis groups through Fèis-spòrs.
Fèis-spòrs is a new initiative delivered in partnership with Fèisean nan Gàidheal. They will come to you during your normal fèis dates and deliver activities with professional instructors and equipment. Local Fèis participants can access exciting outdoor activities using Gaelic.
Spòrs Gàidhlig, are also offering an new Fèis-spòrs camp which will combine the best of music tuition and drama with an exciting programme of outdoor activities. You can book online by visiting the website at www.spors.scot
For more information, please call Spòrs Gàidhlig on 01463 234138 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
In order to support the implementation of DYW at early learning & childcare and primary school level Education Scotland DYW team are bringing together teachers, practitioners and DYW leads with experience and interest in this area to participate in workshops. There are three workshops planned in early 2020.
The aims of the workshops are to:
• share current practice and experiences;
• scope requirements to enhance DYW implementation in this area;
• develop support for teachers and practitioners.
We had our first event at the Wolfson Centre in Glasgow in January, over 60 participants collaborated and developed some inspiring ideas to drive DYW in the Early Years and primary sectors.
At Lochend Community High school they strive to open up opportunities for all of young people regardless of ability or background. They have a strong focus on Developing the Young Workforce across the whole school and through their links with colleges, universities, employers, local business and other organisations. They want to embed work related learning opportunities across the whole school. They continue to expand and develop skills through a range of activities in and out of the classroom with a particular focus on ‘closing the gap’. They are empowering young people to develop their skills for Life, Learning and Work. This strategy involves establishing ever-increasing local, regional, national and global partnerships to support all curricular areas to provide real- life contexts for learning.
How have they done this?
Working with young people and partners to embed opportunities and developing skills across the curriculum.
Enhance young peoples understanding of different career routes ,offering curricular programmes and regular engagement with employers.
Actively collaborate with partners to develop and deliver a curriculum that supports the development of young peoples employability and career management skills.
Reviewing the work placement model in line with the ‘Work Placement Standard’,creating bespoke opportunities tailored to the needs of all young people.
Allowing young people to find out about potential employers. Young people have the opportunity to talk directly with representatives from industry and education.
Partnerships with City of Glasgow, Glasgow Clyde, Glasgow Kelvin, West College Scotland, GCU, UWS, UoG, Strathclyde, Stirling and Glasgow School of Art. Each year group has a short presentation and an opportunity to meet with the Further and Higher Education representatives to ask questions about courses, entry requirements and education beyond school in general. Parents of senior phase young people are invited to attend.
All young people are given interview skills training and mock interviews from their business partners.
Salters Chemistry Festival
In partnership with University of Glasgow, Salters Chemistry and Royal Society of Chemistry, young people are given experience of working in a working laboratory carrying out investigations and experiments.
Chemistry Careers Event
In partnership with Glasgow Science Centre, UWS and Royal Society of Chemistry young people learn about laboratory techniques, discuss career pathways and alternative routes into careers in Chemistry
STEM Glasgow/Jacobs Engineering Challenge
In partnership with DYW Glasgow, West Partnership, Glasgow City Council and Jacobs Engineering young people are involved in real life engineering challenges. Working with partners to create a solution to plastic pollution while investigating and learning about careers in the sector.
Young people have the opportunity to develop skills, inform subject choice and change perceptions about STEM, raising awareness of how studying STEM related subjects can lead to rewarding careers.
In partnership with Glasgow Kelvin College young people explore STEM related careers with input from various organisations. Young people take part in practical activities to enhance skills and knowledge of STEM based careers.
In partnership with STEM Ambassadors S1 young people are involved in weekly activities which promote learning and careers in STEM. Links are made to STEM careers and young people are encouraged to explore and research career pathways.
Making links between numeracy used in subjects across the school and how numeracy is used in the world of work. Using partners such as credit unions, Barclays Bank, Santander, Mott McDonald, NHS, Marks and Spencer to showcase Maths in the world of work.
Young people have the opportunity to learn and practice numeracy tests for apprenticeships, colleges and universities.
P7 Maths Challenge
Young people work in teams to learn about Maths in the world of work.
Young people working collaboratively, researching existing products and designing a new product to present as part of the competition. The winners will have their product marketed, displayed and sold in Aldi stores across the country.
Quality Meat Scotland Chef Visit
Chef visit to work with S2 young people, demonstrating and embedding skills as well as sharing their experience of working in the hospitality industry
ZooLab Junk Bus
Delivered in partnership with Zoolab Junk Bus young people learn about the production of some of our favourite foods.
GHA/ Loretto Afternoon Tea
Partnership with Glasgow Housing Association and Loretto Housing allowed young people to work with local partners and allowed an opportunity to experience working in this sector.
Developing an understanding of the textile industry and the available progressions pathways.
Marks and Spencer – Work Placement Programme.
The partnership was set up to strengthen the link between employers and young people, building confidence and supporting the transition between school and the workplace.
30 young people have had the opportunity to apply and experience a work placement in the retail sector. Many young people have secured part time jobs as a result of the experience.
Glasgow Kelvin College Pathway
As part of the S2 options process, young people will be offered the opportunity to attend Kelvin College for one afternoon per week throughout the school session. This partnership programme allows young people to participate in a college based course alongside their school studies. This will not only enrich their learning experiences but will provide them with qualifications in the form of SCQF Level 4 units. Young people enrolled in these courses will also be considered as an internal applicant for any further courses.
RUTS aims to equip young people with the confidence and skills, raising their aspirations. RUTS are currently delivering a bespoke personal development/employability, this is achieved through motorcycle and bicycle based programmes tailored to the individual needs of the young people.
NHS @ Work
Young people S1-S6 have the opportunity to attend an NHS@Work Event showcasing the careers available within the NHS, dispelling some of the myths about working in the NHS.
Educational support and guidance programme designed to widen access to higher education.
FARE are a voluntary organisation based in Easterhouse . They work with communities to improve the lives of children and families. FARE are employed within the school, engaging with a number of projects and programmes that link to the DYW agenda.
Young Enterprise Company Programme –
The Company Programme is the ultimate business experience for S5 and S6 young people. They set up and run their own company and develop a range of skills throughout this entrepreneurial experience.
Career Ready is a programme that prepares young people for the world of work. The model links young people to employers through master classes, mentoring, workplace visits and internships.
EY Foundation partnership
EY Foundation is a charity that works directly with disadvantaged young people,employers and social entrepreneurs to create and support routes into education, employment and enterprise. They support the school in world of work events, mock interviews and industry presentations. They also have a paid work experience programme called Smart Futures.
Working with a range of business partners, young people who are studying less than two National 5 qualifications are invited to attend a programme that helps develop crucial knowledge and understanding of the world of work.
Flexible Work Placement Model
Lochend offer a flexible approach to work placements, encouraging and supporting young people to source and secure their own work placement . There are also targeted placement opportunities available on WorkIT and via our business partners which are available to all young people.
Departmental DYW displays
Displaying potential careers and pathways relevant to their own curricular area. The Pupil Leadership Team have created a number of notice boards around the school to promote the DYW agenda. The boards also include live job/apprenticeship and work placement opportunities.
Lochend CHS Skills Framework
They established a systematic and progressive skills development framework that will be used across learning. Young people will have the opportunity to reflect on these on an on-going basis and incorporate them into their profiling activities. The Skills Framework will be displayed throughout the school.
During the academic year all staff took part in CLPL around the DYW agenda. Staff received an introduction to the Career Education Standards and an introduction to labour market Information.
All information relating to DYW and employability is advertised on Facebook and the DYW Twitter page. Parents engaged regularly with posts on Facebook which ensured that parents/carers/guardians were more aware of the range of opportunities and supports available.
Work Inspiration Visits
Young people have has the opportunity to experience the world of work and to find out more about career pathways:
|Art Galleries||Hilton Hotel Group||IBIS Hotel Group|
|Auchenlea Building Site||TIGERS Construction Training||STV|
|Glasgow Film Theatre||National Theatre of Scotland||Platform @ The Bridge|
|Emirates Arena||Braehead Shopping Centre||BBC Scotland|
|Glasgow Fort||Marks and Spencer||Glasgow Kelvin College|
|City of Glasgow College||Glasgow Caledonian University||FARE|
Increase the number of MWOW ambassadors
Engage in more profiling support
Recording achievements using My World of Work
“I developed so much confidence from taking part in a lot of these activities. I have met so many great people who have helped nurture me and give me the platform to learn. I have so many more contacts now than I did before.”
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Every classroom has a poster for Skills for Learning, Skills for Life and Skills for Work. Pupil-friendly definitions of these skills were produced by a working group of staff. Teachers are asked to make reference to these skills in their learning intentions and success criteria and in the content of the lesson itself. The impact of DYW is discussed in the videos:
All S1 pupils are recording the development of these skills in a Skills Passport booklet during DCT. The main purpose of the booklet is to help the pupils document the skills they are developing, the subjects in which they use these skills and the evidence they have to support their judgements on how well they are progressing with particular skills in learning, life and work. The booklet also includes sections on profiling, SMART targets, reflection, mental health, recognising wider achievement, subject reports and self-evaluation.
The school has used several key methods to ensure that the strategy has the desired impact to the learners:
- Researched examples of skills frameworks and received valuable input from Larbert High School after seeing their materials on the National Improvement Hub
- Decided to develop their version of a skills framework and to link it to their tutor time programme for tracking purposes
- Established a staff team to develop the framework and materials
- Introduced the focus on skills to staff at collegiate session.
- Introduced the focus on skills to pupils at year group assemblies.
- Produced a set of posters for every classroom
- Obtained feedback on reference to skills for learning, life and work through pupil focus groups where 5 pupils are selected from various year groups once a week.
The school believes that the changes have impacted on their learners, the key indicators:
- Promoted skills development in learning and teaching
- Ensure staff are consistently embedding skills development in their classroom practice
- Ensure pupils know what skills they possess
- Helping pupils develop the ability to confidently articulate the skills they are developing
- Ensure pupils can utilise these skills across different subject areas
- Ensure pupils realise the value and importance of skills they develop in school and how these relate to the world of work
This is a journey for staff and young people, the key points are:
- Staff are referencing skills development in their lesson planning
- Pupils are noticing the increased focus on skills and realising the value as they progress through the school
- Pupils are becoming more aware of how often they are using different skills
- Pupils are realising the value of transferrable skills
- Pupils are realising the importance of skills for their future careers
It has allowed them to monitor it through their focus groups, and they can reference it more easily due to the visual nature of their posters. When they have speakers or reference areas of employment in their career of the week they ensure skills are highlighted.
Portlethen are working hard on partnership and engagement with industry. Curricular experiences through DYW include:
Breadth of careers
Air traffic control
Enterprise day (S2)
Hospitality (chef of the week, Royal navy chefs)
Porthlethen see DYW as integral and underpin out their work with young people by making the links between skills and the workplace. They refer to the school as just another workplace, which reinforces the link between education and skills for work. The skills framework has helped by providing a clear focus.
- Having a visual display of the skills you are focusing on
- Reference skills in all aspects of the lesson where appropriate
- Help pupils realise the range of skills they possess
- Ensure pupils know which skills they are developing
- Help pupils transfer these skills to different contexts and subject areas
They have started formally recording and documenting skills development and progression in S1. They are looking at creative ways to record and document skills development as the cohort become more mature and progress through the school. They will formalise the inclusion of skills development in lesson planning, learning intentions and success criteria to ensure a consistent approach by all staff.
“I like the framework because I can click on it and see what it means” S1 pupil
“Having the framework on your website helped me link my presentation to the skills required to work in the catering industry in a way that pupils could understand” DYW presenter.
“The framework diagrams give me a key point of reference in planning lessons and for reference in class.” Teacher
The conference, organised by Education Scotland, boasts over 100 seminars and a fantastic line up of keynote speakers and opportunities for professional networking.
With a combination of top quality keynote speakers, interactive seminars and the ever popular exhibition, SLF is the ideal place to share thinking and discuss education.
25-26 September 2019
Information about this year’s DYW themed workshops can be found in the DYW-Flyer-SLF1 and in the summary below:
|A whole school approach to developing and applying skills in problem based learning|
Improving Gender Balance: Promoting equity through exploring gender stereotypes
Belonging, Believing, Achieving
Leadership for all to facilitate deep involvement in the life of the school and community, empowering learners to embed skills in a real life context
Recognising Wider Learning and Achievement – supporting equity and employability
Implementing a My World of Work profile to help young people showcase their skills and achievements
|Education and Skills Committee|
|Empowering pupils to inspire others: A case study of STEM|
|Delivering skills for work – Laboratory Science in schools & colleges|
|Understand the learners: Use their motivations and aspirations to shape the curriculum|
Attending the event supports your career long professional learning by helping to keep your professional practice fresh, up-to-date and relevant. You can also find opportunities to discover innovative practice, new resources and exchange knowledge and ideas with thousands of professional colleagues and experts.
National Digital Learning Week is back! This year the event will take place Monday 13 until Friday 17 May.
For this year’s even all Early Learning and Childcare Centres and Schools across Scotland are invited to take part in 5 Curriculum focused challenges in: STEM, Social Studies, Expressive Arts, Numeracy and Literacy.
Here’ a 2 minute video that tells you everything you need to know about the event.
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The story of two Mellanbys, some dogs, cats, mice, sheep, penguins…- Public Lecture
Interest in vitamin D has rapidly grown in recent years with numerous studies linking a lack of vitamin D to the development of a wide range of health problems in both humans and animals.
However, many researchers remain skeptical about the non-skeletal health benefits of vitamin D and believe the growing reputation of vitamin D as a cure for many different diseases is wildly over-stated.
In his inaugural lecture, Richard will discuss how studies on dogs were pivotal in the discovery of vitamin D and how research on man’s best friend, and other animals, continues to illuminate the ongoing debate of the importance of vitamin D on health beyond the skeleton.
He will also discuss some of his group’s recent research which is showing the remarkable effects vitamin D can have on shaping the immune system.
This lecture will be followed by a reception in the area outside of the auditorium.
This lecture is free and open to all.
Date: Monday 24th September, 2018
Location: The Roslin Institute
Rabies Lab: Let’s Talk About Health pre-lecture workshop
Would you like to get hands-on with real lab techniques used in the fight against rabies? Are you a pupil in S4, S5 or S6 with an interest in science? If so, sign up for our free 45-minute pre-lecture workshop in the Easter Bush Science Outreach Centre.
During the workshop you will carry out a laboratory technique called ELISA, which is used to screen dogs for successful rabies vaccination as part of the pet passport scheme. The hands-on workshop will cover some of the science behind rabies prevention and is an ideal introduction to the Let’s Talk About Health lecture that immediately follows the workshop – free tickets for the lecture can be booked here
Date Wednesday 10th October
Cost: Free, but you must reserve your place
Location: Easter Bush Science Outreach Centre, Charnock Bradley Building – Easter Bush Campus
Age: Adults and children aged 10 and over. Please note that all children must be accompanied by an adult, with no more than 2 children per adult.
Booking: Booking is essential – please reserve your free place(s) via our Eventbrite page.
Lets Talk About Health and Disease – Public Lecture
Join us to hear about how we have partnered with the Mission Rabies charity to deliver mass canine rabies vaccination programmes in Malawi, India and other rabies ‘hotspots’ across the world, and the challenges this work presents. Hear about our programmes to increase rabies awareness and safety for children and the impact our work is having.
Speakers: Richard Mellanby and Stella Mazeri
Date Wednesday 10th October
Cost: free, but you must reserve your place
Location: Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies
Doors open 4.30pm with teas and coffees available.
Refreshments will be available after event.