Category Archives: CfE

Scottish Engineering Special Leaders Award- Morgan McIntosh

small-morgan-mcintoshJoin us on Tuesday 15th November at 11am for an opportunity to chat to an engineer who can help you as part of this year’s Scottish Engineering Special Leaders Award.

Today’s engineer is Morgan McIntosh. She has just recently turned 20. She’s from a small town in Lanarkshire called Blackwood and she attended Holy Cross High School in Hamilton. When she was at school she was always interested in Maths and Science as well as Art and Design however was never really sure what career path she would like to follow. It was her Physics teacher who suggested she look into engineering. She looked into many different engineering fields and pursued a Mechanical Engineering HNC course at City of Glasgow College where she was part of the first all girl class in Scotland. This was part of an initiative by the college to get more women into engineering.

After a year at college she decided to apply to university to study Prosthetics and Orthotics which is a specialised department with Biomedical Engineering. She is currently within her first year of this course and enjoying it immensely. In the future she would like to be involved in further developing biomechanical limbs and making these more accessible and affordable to patients.

Sign up and join us live in Glow TV – Scottish Engineering Special Leaders Award- Morgan McIntosh

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.

Poppy Scotland’s Letters Home Competition

small-poppy-scotlandThis year Poppy Scotland’s competition is called Letters Home, the competition asks you to write a letter back to your folks at home as though you were a soldier fighting at The Somme.

Reflecting on what you have learnt about World War 1 and the Battle of the Somme, think about how you would describe your experiences, your feelings about the battle and the difficulties of the environment you are living in. Consider the power your words would have in describing how the conflict affected you and those all around you, but bear in mind the impact your words would have on those receiving the letter.

Further information on the competition and how to enter can be found at: http://learning.poppyscotland.org.uk/competition/

The closing date is December 2nd and the winner will receive a tablet with seven runners-up receiving a £30 book token courtesy of National Book Tokens.

Outdoor Learning – Your questions answered!

small-outdoor-learning-qaJoin us on Thursday 10th November at 4pm for an opportunity to have your Outdoor Learning questions answered

During this Glow TV event you will have a chance to ask a panel of teachers and practitioners all the questions you may have about using outdoor learning as a context for learning in your establishment. Whether it’s as part of a nurture programme, to raise attainment in literacy or numeracy or for developing your school grounds we will help to answer your questions and give some ideas and advice to utilising the wonderful resource that is outdoor learning.

Sign up now to take part live in Glow TV – Outdoor Learning – Your questions answered!

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 Special Leaders Award – Claudia Nordgren

small-claudia-nordgrenJoin us on Tuesday 8th 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.

This week’s engineer is Claudia Nordgren. Claudia studied Product Design Engineering in Glasgow University and Glasgow School of Art. Now she works as a graduate design engineer and her job consists of taking projects from start to finish; by preparing documents, attending meetings, meeting with clients and testing products that will be manufactured amongst other things.

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

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Poppyscotland Remembrance

small-poppy-scotlandJoin us live from Poppy Scotland on Tuesday 8th November at 11am to find out more about Remembrance and the significance of the poppy.

This year Poppyscotland have once again teamed up with Glow TV to bring you an event about Remembrance and the significance of the poppy. Take part in a live question and answer session with staff and veterans from Poppyscotland and Lady Haig’s Poppy Factory in Edinburgh, where 5 million poppies are hand-made each year.

Register now to take part live in Glow TV – Poppyscotland Remembrance

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.

How to join the Developing the Young Workforce Yammer group

yammer-2All educators in Scotland with an interest or remit around DYW are invited to join this community. Here you can:

  • take part in collegiate dialogue
  • share what is working (or not) in your learning setting
  • talk to the ES Skills Team and other staff working on this remit support team
  • get help for your improvement objectives.

To join the community, you need to be a member of Glow Yammer, so click here to request to join the community.

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More detailed help here!

If you need help on how to access Glow, please see this blog post – How do I get a Glow login?

Detailed help is available on Handy guide – join the Scottish Attainment

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.