Category Archives: Community Resilience

Supporting Men’s Sheds

scottish-mens-sheds-association-logo-WT-smallCan you help your local Men’s Shed?

There are Men’s Sheds in 22 regions across Scotland  – there could be one near you. A men’s shed is a meeting place where men come together and take part in a variety of mutually agreed activities. Lots of learning,  rediscovering former skills, picking up new ones  and camaraderie.

If your school is  updating technical equipment perhaps you would be able  to  gift older items to your local Men’s Shed.  It’s a recycle/ re-use story.  Actions like this promote inter-generational activities and lifelong learning.

More information from Age Scotland  or Scottish Men’s Sheds website

 

 

 

 

Save the Children Resilience Project

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Save the Children are looking for two schools to take part in a resilience project that aims to strengthen children’s understanding of emergencies and the actions they can take to prepare themselves, their families and their communities.  Click here for more information on the project .  It is aimed at children aged 9 – 11 and participating schools will be given a £1000 budget.

You can also contact Graham Clark, Programmes Manager g.clark@savethechildren.org.uk for more information.

 

Community Resilience and CfE flyer

CaptureOur climate is changing and communities across Scotland are becoming increasingly affected by extreme weather events and flooding which can block roads, destroy homes and lead to loss of power for thousands of people.

Ensure the children and young people in your class know  what to do if there is severe weather, utility failure, flooding or pandemics by reading this hot off the press Community Resilience and Curriculum for Excellence flyer!

Community resilience is about communities and individuals using their collective resources and skills to help themselves prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies.

Discover ways to link learning to Scotland’s change in climate and how to embed community resilience within learning across different curriculum areas.

If you are already doing work in this area or are interested in finding out more, contact Eilidh.Soussi@educationscotland.gsi.gov.uk

Scottish local authorities, schools and partner organisations can request multiple hard copies of this guide for distribution to school clusters and networks.  Remember to include a postal address and state how many copies you wish to receive.

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Community resilience networking event May 2016

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Friday 13th, unlucky for some but not for us last month, when resilience professionals and education colleagues met to discuss how they could work together, to ensure our children and young people would be best prepared for the challenges they may face in the 21st Century as a result of a change in Scotland’s climate.  To find out what was discussed, click here Conference Report May 2016.  To have your say in future work we do, come along to our next networking event, to be held in Glasgow on Monday 31st October.  Email Eilidh.Soussi@educationscotland.gsi.gov.uk for more information or if you would like to showcase work your school, class or organisation are doing in this area.  We look forward to hearing from you!

Learning Families – Intergenerational Approaches to Literacy Teaching and Learning

“All of the programmes featured in this publication by the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning  share valuable experiences and lessons. They reflect a view of effective learning families whereby each child is a member of a family, and within a learning family every member is a lifelong learner. Among disadvantaged families and communities in particular, a family literacy and learning approach is more likely to break the intergenerational cycle of low education and literacy skills..” (Elfert and Hanermann 2014)

http://uil.unesco.org/fileadmin/keydocuments/Literacy/en/learning-families.pdf

https://familylearningscot.wordpress.com/

SHOWCASING PLAY – PRACTICAL LEARNING, FUNDING AND BEST PRACTICE

We thought we’d let you know of an event hosted by Inspiring Scotland and Children in Need and supported by Jeely Piece to look at lots of different ways to facilitate play.

The event is designed to showcase the raft of playful activities that can be delivered for disadvantaged children and young people across Scotland, playful opportunities that require little or no equipment, and that can be utilised in family’s homes, in their communities and in schools. Play can make a massive difference in the lives of children and young people and not just at an early age. This event will demonstrate how play activities can be delivered in different ways with all age groups.

The event will also look at how funding is available to charitable organisations to kick start and support playful opportunities that enhance the lives of Scotland’s children and young people.

The event is practical and will be both indoors and outdoors, so please come dressed appropriately for the weather on the day and wear outdoor shoes.

During the day workshops will be on offer:
o Inclusive Play – Capability Scotland
o Play Rangers and Street Play – Possibilities for Each and Every Kid
o Active Play – Agile, Healthy Valleys and Jeely Piece Club
o Risky Play – Play Scotland and Care Commission
o Cooking Outdoors and Fire Play – Broxburn Family Centre
o Mini Play Rangers – Parent Action for Safe Play and Youth Scotland

You can register here.

Understanding Glasgow

GCPH new report, Glasgow: health in a changing city looks in detail at how health and life expectancy are changing in Glasgow and each of its 56 neighbourhoods, and the links to the changes over the last 20 years to the city’s population, housing, environmental and socioeconomic circumstances.

Understanding Glasgow sets out to describe life circumstances and health in the city. Here you will find key indicators, showing trends and comparisons within the city and with other cities.

 

 

 

PREVENT update

PREVENT is embedded within the legislative safeguarding duties of all education authorities and schools. Professional update for educational staff is undertaken through the routine sessions delivered by education authorities and the SCIS ( Scottish Council for Independent Schools)

In Scotland, we have a distinctive approach to safeguarding in Scotland linking to Getting It Right for Every Child which promotes action to improve the wellbeing of every child and young person.    Safeguarding is the golden thread that runs through the curriculum. The aim is to support the development of learner’s knowledge, skills and resilience to keep themselves safe and protect themselves and to develop an understanding of the world so that they can respond to a range of issues and potential risky situations arising throughout their lives. As such, it permeates many features of the education experience life – leadership, values, vision, the curriculum, teaching and learning, positive relationships, learner resilience, etc.

Education Scotland, working closely with the City of Glasgow Council is hosting a PREVENT conference on 24 February to be held in Lourdes Secondary School. Dr Alasdair Allan, Minister for Learning, Science and Scotland’s languages, will open the conference. The conference is targeted at strategic education leaders across the wider education community covering education authorities, colleges, independent schools and third sector organisations involved in supporting the PREVENT agenda, it will be led and facilitated by young people from the school. Keynote speakers will include colleagues from Education Scotland, Scottish Government, Police Scotland and the young people from Lourdes.

Following the strategic conference, in the summer term, a number of regional events will be held for practitioners focused on curriculum support to ensure teachers and other educational staff are supported to embed the PREVENT agenda into key curricular areas, including RME, social subjects and HWB. These regional events will show case best practice and have input from curricular leaders within Education Scotland.

Education Scotland recently published (September 2015) HGIOS4. Within the document a new quality indicator focused on Safeguarding has been developed. This QI outlines the clear expectations of all schools, colleges, early learning and childcare centres in protecting children and young people

Getting Ready for Winter

Small - Ready for WinterDon’t get caught out with bad weather this winter! Doing small things now can save a lot of trouble later.

Take part in our Glow TV event on Tuesday 24th November at 10.45am to hear important information from the Met Office, a flood officer and other experts on why you need to get ready and what you can do. This will include getting your home and bike ready for winter.

Our experts are keen to answer your questions too. This is a great opportunity to get ready for winter! This event is suitable for upper primary and lower secondary.

In the meantime, visit bit.ly/RfEScot Ready for Winter page to get ideas to use with your class. You’ll find a power point, short video and learning journeys packed full of ideas to get you started. Keep safe this winter!

Register now to take part in this exciting event – Getting Ready for Winter

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.