As you may be aware, nearly half of working-age adults in the UK currently have numeracy levels that we expect of primary school children. Low numeracy skills have a significant negative impact on individuals, their families and society overall and it is estimated that low numeracy skills cost the UK economy £20.2bn a year.
That’s why we are asking you to join us for National Numeracy Day and help increase numeracy levels in Scotland.
Following last year’s highly successful campaign in Scotland, Education Scotland and the Scottish Government are participating in National Numeracy Day on 15th May 2019 as lead supporters. The day will be an annual celebration of the importance of numbers in everyday life and aims to involve individuals, employers, educators and supporters from across the UK to help improve numeracy levels.
We would like to offer all organisations in Scotland the opportunity to get involved as a champion of the day. Being a champion means you have access to toolkits to engage and support individuals to improve their numeracy. This will involve encouraging individuals to check whether they have the ‘Essentials of Numeracy’ using National Numeracy’s free online tool and using the resources online to improve their numbers skills.
In return for promoting this campaign and getting individuals to use the online resources, champions will be able to use the National Numeracy day champion logo on all marketing and social media outputs and will receive official recognition of their role as a Champion on the National Numeracy Day website (logo will appear on the site). Through use of an organisation specific URL we will also be able to give more detailed data back to champions on the number of people from their organisation who completed the challenge and overall average numeracy levels.
If you would like to get involved, or have any questions, please get in touch.
Lindsay MacDonald, Education Officer Lindsay.firstname.lastname@example.org
This review provides clarity and the first Scottish national definition of learning at home which is vital to help practitioners take this agenda forward. Research shows that learning at home can have significant immediate and longer term impacts on children in different ways. These include a child’s early learning, later achievements, nurture, resilience, wellbeing, social mobility and skills for life.
Supporting parents to help them with their child’s learning at home is therefore ‘a vital part of improving outcomes for children, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds’ (Hunt et al, 2011).
The annual Community Learning and Development Conference will take place on Wednesday 31 October 2018, from 10.00am to 4.30pm in the West Park Conference Centre, 319 Perth Road, Dundee, DD2 1NN.
The conference theme is
Community Learning and Development’s role in addressing the Poverty Related Attainment Gap
The conference will be of interest to staff and managers involved in all sectors of community learning and development, including Local Authority Services, Further Education, Community Planning, Voluntary and Third Sector Organisations
An ‘early bird’ delegate rate of £65 is available for bookings made before the 30 September 2018. Bookings received after this date will be charged £85. Refreshments on arrival and lunch are included in the price.
Click on link to register
If you are going to the Scottish Learning Festival, you might be interested in activities that involve the CLD sector.
The Parental Engagement and Families and Communities Team in Education Scotland will be delivering two workshops at SLF 2018:
Collaborating with Parents and Improvement Planning – Wednesday 3:15pm Dochart 2
Collaborating with partners on developing family learning approaches – Thursday 12:45 pm Dochart 2
Parental Engagement and Involvement will also have a partnership stall which will be located at D115. The stand is being delivered in partnership with the National Parent Forum for Scotland, Connect and the Scottish Government again this year, so there’s lots of expertise to choose from.
CLD and STEM
On Thursday 20th there is a focus on STEM and CLD are represented in five of the demonstration slots happening during the day.
Join the National Strategic Forum for Adult Learning Professional Learning Working Group to launch their report into professional learning opportunities for adult educators in Scotland: a special event hosted by the University of Stirling and the Standing Conference for University Teaching and Research in the Education of Adults (SCUTREA)
Where: Maitland Room, Iris Murdoch Building, University of Stirling, FK9 4LA
When: Thursday 27th September from 12.30-15.30 starting with lunch
For information on how to get there follow this link: Getting here
The working group will launch the report and consult with you to complete the jigsaw of adult learning in Scotland. Speakers include:
Diane Gardner, City of Glasgow College
Bonnie Slade, University of Glasgow
Jim Crowther, University of Edinburgh
Certificates of attendance will be available after the event to contribute towards your professional learning record.
To register for the event follow this link: Mapping Adult Education September 2018
A free introductory module is available to develop an awareness of dyslexia. It may be useful for partners when working with schools. To find out more click here.
A new national CLD partnership plan was launched in June. It aims to improve the co-ordination of workforce development opportunities at national and regional level in community learning and development across Scotland.
Do your plans for the curriculum include developing children and young people’s knowledge, skills and understanding of the First World War? Do you intend to do some intergenerational work to promote children and young people’s Gaelic language skills? Has your tracking of children and young people’s skills in technology shown a gap for which an opportunity to create a film would be useful?
A grant of £250 is available, as part of the Scottish Government’s five-year World War 1 Commemorative Programme, to mark the centenary of the First World War. It aims to help children and young people develop their understanding of the causes of the First World War and impact on people’s lives.
More information is available at:
YouthLink Scotland would like to invite you to join them for their policy seminar on digital youth work and cyber resilience on 27th September 2018 in Edinburgh.
There will be an amazing line up of speakers, including David McNeill (SCVO), Suvi Tuominen (VERKE, Finland’s National Development Centre for Digital Youth Work), and 5Rights Ambassadors – as well as youth worker Darran Gillan (YMCA) sharing his approach to digital youth work, and Rural Youth Project co-founder Rebecca Dawes talking about international rural youth vlogging and blogging.
Some of the key questions that the seminar will address include:
- Are young people really ‘digital natives?’
- Are youth workers equipped and ready to support young people to navigate this changing ‘digital’ world, to realise their potential and address new challenges?
- Do we still deliver youth work services in the same way we always have?
The seminar will also include some brand new films from the EU Digital Youth Work project.
Booking information can be found here.
Bòrd na Gàidhlig has set up this fund to support those currently working towards a career in teaching Gaelic or through the medium of Gaelic.
Consideration will be given to:
- Students undertaking a PGDE in Gaelic Education (both Primary and Secondary – Gaelic as a subject and subjects through the medium of Gaelic)
- Students undertaking a Gaelic Education Undergraduate Degree, (BA or MA Education or MA Gàidhlig with Education) – (no more than 2 grants in total will be approved for each student during their undergraduate degree course.)
More information is available at www.teagasg.com
Closing Date for Applications
Funding applications should be submitted to Bòrd na Gàidhlig as soon as possible but no later than 5pm on Friday 14th September 2018.