Category Archives: CfE

Helping you to help pupils make subject to career connections

sharon-orourkeSharon O’Rourke, Skills Development Scotland

Helping young people make connections between what they are learning in classrooms and the world of work they’ll enter when they leave school has been brought into sharp focus by Building the Curriculum 4, the Career Education Standard and of course, Developing the Young Workforce.

Embedding career information and advice web service My World of Work into lessons, using SDS’s newly developed ‘lesson inserts’, is our way of helping you to make that connection for young people without needing to be a career expert yourself.

What are lesson inserts?

Lesson inserts are our answer to the common pupil question ‘why are we doing this?’

Co-created with teachers, for teachers, these are short, easy-to-use and adaptable activities, linking curriculum topics to careers by using the wealth of information on My World of Work.

The lesson inserts use the ‘plan on a page’ format. All essential information is in one place, brief and to the point, so you don’t need a lot of preparation time to use them; just pick it up and it’s ready to go. They are also flexible enough for teachers to expand or shorten the activities to meet the needs of their lesson.

How it works in practice

The short activities set out a range of ways to help young people make career connections.

These could be links to a job profile or film lasting only a few minutes featuring a person working in a certain career. For example during a biology lesson on dissection, a link to the job profile for a pathologist has a handy video showing the job in action.

Alternatively, individual or group exercises can encourage deeper careers research by perhaps asking pupils to complete a quiz or worksheet which requires searching My World of Work for the answers.

Or perhaps the activity might be given as homework to pupils to research jobs on My World of Work that are related to your subject with an action to discuss any common skills across them all in your next lesson.

At Whitburn Academy, Computing Science teachers are using the lesson inserts to show pupils and their parents how vital the subject is across a variety of careers. They are designing activities that mix careers research with practical programming activities to show the link to modern day jobs, such as Web or Games design, as well as the part programming plays in more traditional trades, such as electrician. This encourages young people to understand the breadth of opportunity their subject offers.  The teachers used the subject choice tool to research careers information for their lesson inserts, which they said increased their confidence to promote the subject in school and at parents’ evenings.

Keeping it current

As you know, My World of Work is part of the range of support on offer from Skills Development Scotland.

The information it holds is regularly updated, ensuring pupils are always accessing the most up-to-date information possible.

Using links to My World of Work helps young people develop career management skills and widens their career horizons as they become more informed about the career choices available to them.

Using My World of Work also provides the opportunity for teachers to build their career intelligence, whilst increasing their knowledge of what’s available on the site from the perspective, not just of a teacher, but as an individual, and perhaps as a parent as well.

Get Involved

We are still early in the process of creating lesson inserts, and are keen to work with teachers across all subjects to create more.

Examples of the lesson inserts that have recently been developed with teachers can be found in the partner area of My World of Work.

If you’re not registered or haven’t used the range of resources we have for teachers on My World of Work, why not sign up as a partner today and get involved?

The partner development and integration (PD&I) team at SDS are here to support you every step of the way. We really believe that these lesson inserts can be a useful, inspiring tool to support learning in your classroom.

We all want to see young people go on to successful and fulfilling careers when they leave school.

These lesson inserts are another way for us all to support them to do just that.

If you’d like to get involved email sharon.orourke@sds.co.uk

Scottish Engineering Special Leaders Award – John Penman

Small - John PenmanJoin us on Tuesday 1st November at 1.45pm for an opportunity to chat to an engineer who can help you as part of this year’s Scottish Engineering Special Leaders Award.

We are delighted to welcome back John Penman, the Sales and Marketing Director for FiFe Fabrications, based in Fife. John started his career making coal cutters and served his apprenticeship as turner/Mechanical engineer. He then progressed his learning by going to college in the evening and gaining experience in various areas in engineering. He has learnt a lot about the sectors he sells into, these include test and measurement/Defence/oil and gas/Audio visual displays.

You can watch the recorded version now if you missed the live session – Scottish Engineering Special Leaders Award – John Penman.

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A Year in the Life of an Arable Farmer

small-arable-farmerJoin RHET on Tuesday 1st November at 10.30am as we follow Peter, a farmer near Linlithgow over the course of the year.

Find out what happens on an arable farm at different times of year and ask us any questions on food and farming you may have.

Sign up and join us live – A Year in the Life of an Arable Farmer

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.

Creativity: The Big Picture – new Creativity JPEGs available for use in presentations, reports, posters and online.

The following JPEGs and PNGs (with a transparent background) are drawn from the Creativity: The Big Picture infographic available on the National Improvement Hub.

Please use and share the images as widely as possible with educators, learners and partners in presentations, reports, posters and online.

You can also build your own infographics from scratch using the Everything Is Creative online tool and make your own use of the artwork you see here.

 

What are creativity skills? – new Creativity JPEGs available for use in presentations, reports, posters and online.

The following JPEGs and PNGs (with a transparent background) are drawn from the What are creativity skills? infographic, poster for learners, poster for staff, and poster for early learning and childcare settings, all available on the National Improvement Hub.

Please use and share the images as widely as possible with educators, learners and partners in presentations, reports, posters and online.

You can also build your own infographics from scratch using the Everything Is Creative online tool and make your own use of the artwork you see here.

Why are creativity skills important for attainment? – new Creativity JPEGS available for use in presentations, reports, posters and online.

The following JPEGs are drawn from the Why are creativity skills important for attainment? infographic available on the National Improvement Hub.

Please use and share the images as widely as possible with educators, learners and partners in presentations, reports, posters and online.

You can also build your own infographics from scratch using the Everything Is Creative online tool and make your own use of the artwork you see here.

Scots Sing-along with Jeana Leslie

small-jeana-leslieJoin Jeana Leslie on Friday 28th October at 10am for this interactive event to learn two songs from around Scotland. You will be able to sing -along with Jeana (words will be on the screen) and ask her questions.

We’re all looking forward to singing with you!

Sign up and join us live – Scots Sing-along with Jeana Leslie

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.

Scottish Youth Poetry Slam

small-poetry-slamJoin us live from The Beacon in Inverclyde on Thursday 27th October at 1pm for the final of the Scottish Youth Poetry Slam 2016.

A Poetry Slam is an event in which 12 or more poets perform their work and are judged by a panel and audience reaction through heats. Over the past 2 months there have been regional Scottish Youth Poetry Slams where young people, selected by their peers, worked together in a workshop to compete in a Regional Slam. Winners of the Regional Slams went forward to compete in the Scottish Youth Poetry Slam.

The Slam final is an exciting, live event that is hosted with a guest band and three judges who score the performed poems. Scoring is based on audience reaction, the participant’s performance and the poem’s content. Judges will be selected from our partner organisations.

Join us at the live final to watch The Slam and find out who the final winners will be.

Sign up and join us live – Scottish Youth Poetry Slam

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.

Scottish Engineering Leaders Award 2017 is Open for Entries!

Scottish Engineering Special Leaders Award 2017 – join the thousands of children already registered for this exciting free competition!

If you could be an engineer in Scotland – what would you do?

To answer the question “If you were an engineer in Scotland, what would you do?” your pupils will need to interview engineers about what it means to be an engineer, find a problem, invent a solution, draw it, explain it and send it in. Add a letter to Mechanical Engineering students at The University of Strathclyde explaining why their invention should be made and they may just choose to build it!

If your school would like to be part of this extraordinary event please contact info@leadersaward.com
for more information.

Watch what happened at the awards ceremony for SESLA 2016 – it was a great evening with some fantastic ideas!

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Gaelic Writing

small-gaelic-book-councilEducation Scotland, in partnership with Comhairle nan Leabhraichean, invites you to join a Gaelic Writing Glow TV session with Gaelic author and actor Catriona Lexy Campbell on Wednesday 5th October.

During this session Catriona Lexy will; describe how she has developed her career in Gaelic writing, discuss ways in which practitioners can inspire children and young people to write in Gaelic, suggest ways in which practitioners can further develop Gaelic writing skills, linking to CfE Es and Os.

This session will be of particular interest to practitioners at the upper primary and secondary stages. This session will be delivered through the medium of Gaelic and will last approximately 45 minutes.

Sign up now to join us live in Glow TV – Gaelic Writing.

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.