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Upcoming webinars and online opportunities for CLD

The Education Scotland team have collated a number of webinars and online opportunities hosted by ourselves and others that may be of relevance to CLD practitioners and managers. See details of dates, times, platform where available and link for signing up below.

Monday 6th July: 2 – 3.30pm, YouthLink Scotland: Climate Emergency Training for Youth Workers, https://bit.ly/3fybOEX

Monday 6th July: 2 – 3.30pm, Third Sector Lab: Working Better: Keeping in touch with your team, https://bit.ly/37S8Mc8

Tuesday 7th July: 7 – 8pm, Our Bright Future/National Youth Agency: UK Youth for Nature seminar, https://bit.ly/2VRpIul

Wednesday 8th July: 10 – 12pm, Youth Scotland: Arts Training, Zoom, https://bit.ly/2Zk06Ht

Wednesday 8th July: 11 – 12pm, LEAD Scotland Supporting Others to be Safe Online, Zoom, https://bit.ly/2XHTjrj

Wednesday 8th July: 11 – 12.30pm, Third Sector Lab: Digital Strategy, https://bit.ly/2BwNunX

Monday 13th July: 2 – 3.30pm, Third Sector Lab: Simple smartphone video, https://bit.ly/37SrJuV

Tuesday 14th July: 2 – 3.30pm, SCVO: Accessibility and UX (user experience), Zoom, https://bit.ly/2Y65tL9

Wednesday 15th July: 11am, Community Development Alliance Scotland: Members and Subscribers conversation, https://bit.ly/2Ncevj7

Wednesday 15th July: 12 – 12.45pm, YouthLInk Scotland/Fin Wycherley: Instagram for Youth Work, https://bit.ly/2YM3wDV

Wednesday 15h July: 2 – 3.30pm, YouthLink Scotland: Climate Emergency Training for Youth Workers, https://bit.ly/3fybOEX

Wednesday 15th July: 2 – 3.30pm, Third Sector Lab: Data Visualisation: Exploring Tableau, https://bit.ly/2AXIvgm

Thursday 16th July: 12 – 12.45pm, YouthLink Scotland/Police Scotland: Helping young people stay safe online, https://bit.ly/2Am06yk

Thursday 16th July: 4 – 5pm, LEAD Scotland: Supporting Others to be Safe Online, Zoom, https://bit.ly/2XHTjrj

Friday 17th July: 10 – 12pm, Youth Scotland: Arts Training, Zoom, https://bit.ly/2ZfQMnY

Friday 17th July: 1 – 2pm, CLD Standards Council: Virtual Catch Up for members, TBC

Monday 20th July: 11 – 12.30pm, Youth Scotland: Online Games Training, Zoom, https://bit.ly/3ivwuQa

Monday 20th July: 2 – 3.30pm, Third Sector Lab: How to support your team when working remotely, https://bit.ly/315BtAE

Friday 24th July: 10 – 11.30am, YouthLink Scotland: Climate Emergency Training for Youth Workers, https://bit.ly/3fybOEX

Monday 27th July: 1 – 2pm, LEAD Scotland: Supporting Others to be Safe Online, Zoom, https://bit.ly/2XHTjrj

Monday 27th July: 2 – 3.30pm, YouthLink Scotland: Climate Emergency Training for Youth Workers, https://bit.ly/3fybOEX

Monday 27th July: 2 – 3.30pm, Third Sector Lab: Simple animation, https://bit.ly/3euJnru

Monday 27th July: 2 – 3pm, Youth Scotland: Laughter Yoga Awareness session, Zoom, https://bit.ly/3f5cykT

Tuesday 28th July: 10 – 12pm, Youth Scotland: Arts Training, Zoom, https://bit.ly/2VrqSN6

Wednesday 29th July: 2 – 3.30pm, Third sector Lab: Data Visualisation: Exploring Microsoft Excel, https://bit.ly/3fL7FgT

Thursday 30th July: 12 – 12.45pm, YouthLink Scotland/Police Scotland: Keep yourself safe online, https://bit.ly/2ZyZzBq

Friday 31st July: 2 – 3pm, Youth Scotland: Laughter Yoga Awareness session, Zoom, https://bit.ly/2Ccnu1S

Monday 3rd August: 2 – 3pm, Youth Scotland: Laughter Yoga Awareness session, Zoom, https://bit.ly/3e9ES4E

Tuesday 4th August: 10 – 1pm, YouthLink Scotland: What on earth is digital youth work? Zoom, https://bit.ly/3iCbt6j

Wednesday 5th August: 10 – 11am, LEAD Scotland: Supporting others to be safe online, Zoom, https://bit.ly/3gvYTUi

Thursday 6th August: 12 – 12.45pm, YouthLink Scotland/Police Scotland: Safe choices for your apps and platforms, Zoom, https://bit.ly/31RMYMz

Friday 7th August: 2 – 3pm, Youth Scotland: Laughter Yoga Awareness session, Zoom, https://bit.ly/2VMuKbl

Monday 10th August: 2 – 3pm, Youth Scotland: Laughter Yoga Awareness session, Zoom, https://bit.ly/2C74phl

Tuesday 11th August: 12 – 12.45pm, YouthLink Scotland/CHAS: Take active listening online, https://bit.ly/2D4SjFV

Friday 14th August: 2 – 3pm, Youth Scotland: Laughter Yoga Awareness session, Zoom, https://bit.ly/3gp7OXE

Friday 14th August: 2 – 3pm, LEAD Scotland: Supporting others to be safe online, Zoom, https://bit.ly/2BGPOtc

Tuesday 25th August: 10 – 1pm, YouthLink Scotland: What on earth is digital youth work? Zoom, https://bit.ly/3gxVCno

Thursday 10th September: 9.30am – 2pm, CORRA Foundation: CYPFEIF & ALEC Online conference; Building Resilience, https://bit.ly/3gkn3kJ

Also check out https://bit.ly/3fN7Fgi and https://bit.ly/2V4g5Iw for a range of pre-recorded webinars from the Education Scotland Digital Skills team. These were created for formal education setting, but the content will be a just as relevant to CLD practitioners. For example, learn how to use Microsoft Forms for quizzes and surveys or watch the session on online gaming and gambling.

Please contact Susan.Epsworth@educationscotland.gov.scot if you would like us to promote something on your behalf

Adult Literacies and ESOL visit

On Tuesday 3rd March and Wednesday 4th March 2020 Education Scotland welcomed colleagues from the Waterford and Wexford Education Board http://waterfordwexford.etb.ie/ in Ireland. They came to Scotland to learn about Adult Literacy and ESOL provision delivered across different providers. 

Education Scotland’s CLD, Parental Engagement and Family Learning team welcomed the visitors and heard about the delivery methods, resources and focus in Ireland. Nicola Sykes, Senior Education Officer, shared information on the regional and national commitments of Education Scotland as well as within the scrutiny directorate. Nicola also gave a background to CLD provision in Scotland, in terms of how it is set up and the role of the CLD Standards Council. 

The programme for the two days was developed with many partners across the West and Forth Valley and West Lothian regions and was a huge success! The adult literacy group visited provision in Clydebank, West Dunbartonshire as well as in Stirling. The local authorities organised for learners, volunteers and staff to be available to share information, resources and knowledge on the delivery methods used in Scotland. The group also met with City of Glasgow College who shared their Community Learning and Development programme, detailing the focus on health and mental health programmes whilst embedding SQA qualifications in delivery.

The ESOL group had a particular focus on SQA ESOL qualifications from ESOL literacies through to ESOL at the different levels available. They met with the ESOL Team at SQA who were able to discuss how the qualifications were developed, including the content, assessment and verification processes required. They also met with Glasgow ESOL Forum, a voluntary organisation who deliver ESOL with embedded SQA’s in various community settings in Glasgow along with North Lanarkshire Council who also embed qualifications into their ESOL provision. North Lanarkshire Council also had a Syrian learner giving a presentation showing his journey over the last three years from arrival, initial English assessments, learning and volunteering opportunities to him now working on an apprenticeship programme.

North Lanarkshire had various partners attend the session such as Voluntary Action in North Lanarkshire, volunteers, befrienders and CLD staff who were able to share their experiences of the partnership approach to the delivery to ensure learners learn English as well as integrate into the community, make connections and progress in their lives independently.

If you would like to hear any more about the visits please contact Laura McIntosh, CLD Development Officer, mailto:Laura.Mcintosh@educationscotland.gov.scot

 

Towards Best Practice in Educating Separated Children

Scottish Refugee Council, Glasgow Clyde College, Aberlour and Stirling University ran a conference on Wednesday 25 September, the culmination of a year-long project, Towards Best Practice in Educating Separated Children. The aims of the conference were to:

  • To present new research by Stirling University into the educational and language needs of unaccompanied asylum-seeking, refugee and trafficked young people (16-18)
  • To present the views of young people themselves on their education and aspirations; and
  • To promote the Glasgow Clyde College ‘16+ ESOL’ model – rationale, and curriculum and teaching resources.

The 16+ESOL Routes to Learning handbook sets out the approach, curriculum and teaching resources of Glasgow Clyde College’s 16+ESOL programme for separated children (16-18). It is a helpful resource for lecturers and teachers educating separated children in Scotland, the UK and elsewhere, in colleges and schools or in the community as well as other professionals, such as social workers and guardians. Whilst developed for separated children, the resources may be used and adapted in other ESOL, EAL and other language learning settings. A link to further online resources can also be found in the handbook.

The full research report and executive summary can be found here  Towards Best Practice in Educating Separated Children

The live stream footage from the conference in Glasgow on educating separated children is on Youtube (64 mins). It features researchers from Stirling University presenting their findings into Glasgow Clyde College’s 16+ESOL programme, as well as a presentation from two of the lecturers behind the programme.

A film of four young people (9 mins) who have benefited and graduated from the 16+ESOL programme was shown at the conference.

The project was funded by the Glasgow Clyde Education Foundation and Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

An exemplar of the 16+ ESOL programme at Glasgow Clyde College can also be found on the National Improvement Hub.

Regional Working and the CLD Team

Education Scotland has now moved to a regional delivery model and will support improvement and capacity building at local, regional and national level. CLD members are now part of Regional Teams. Each Regional team is headed up by a Senior Regional Advisor. There are six teams based on the geographies of the six Regional Collaboratives. The work of ES staff is not just limited to the RICs. All Regional teams except the Northern Team have a CLD presence. Team members will be in touch to make contact and find out about local developments.

Tayside Regional Improvement Team (Dundee, Perth and Kinross and Angus) Senior Regional Advisor (acting) –

CLD presence – Susan Epsworth, Development Officer, CLD Susan.Epsworth@educationscotland.gov.scot

South East Regional Improvement Team (Edinburgh City, Fife, Midlothian, East Lothian, Scottish Borders) Senior Regional Advisor – Alistair Brown

CLD presence – Chris Woodness, Education Officer, CLD (secondment) Vince Moore, Development Officer, CLD Vincent.Moore@educationscotland.gov.scot

South West Regional Improvement Team (Dumfries and Galloway, East Ayshire, South Ayrshire and North Ayshire) Senior Regional Advisor – Carol Copstick

CLD presence – Nicola Sykes, Senior Education Officer

Dehra Macdonald, Development Officer, CLD Dehra.Macdonald@educationscotland.gov.scot

Forth Valley and West Lothian Regional Improvement Team (Falkirk, Stirling, Clackmannanshire and West Lothian) Senior Regional Advisor – Jackie Halawi

CLD presence – Lindsay MacDonald, Education Officer, CLD Lindsay.MacDonald@educationscotland.gov.scot

Mandy Watts, Development Officer, CLD Mandy.Watts@educationscotland.gov.scot

West Regional Improvement Team (Glasgow City, East Dunbartonshire, East Renfrewshire, Inverclyde, North Lanarkshire, Renfrewshire, South Lanarkshire and West Dunbartonshire) Senior Regional Advisor – Patricia Watson

CLD presence – John Galt, Education Officer, CLD mailto:John.Galt@educationscotland.gov.scot

Laura Mcintosh, Development Officer, CLD Laura.Mcintosh@educationscotland.gov.scot

Northern Regional Improvement Team (Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire, Moray, Argyll and Bute, Shetland Islands, Western Isles, Highland, Orkney) Senior Regional Advisor – David Gregory

CLD Meetings and events updates

CLD Standards Council

The CLD Standards Council held a successful conference with over 180 members participating actively in a wide variety of workshops with a professional learning focus across a wide spectrum of CLD practice. For more information about their work, visit their website: http://cldstandardscouncil.org.uk/

CLD and STEM

Education Scotland met with colleagues from the Science Centres and Festivals to discuss STEM actions in relation to CLD. We are currently undertaking an audit of science centre and CLD STEM engagement. This information will give a baseline of current activity. Further discussions will take place with CLD, Education Scotland, Scottish Government and Science Centres and Festivals to identify priorities and begin to produce STEM Community Plans.

Newbattle Abbey Adult Learning Conference

The fifth Adult Learning Conference took place in Newbattle Abbey College on the 24th April and delegates came from local authorities, colleges, National Organisations, Higher Education and the Third Sector.  Shirley- Anne Somerville,  Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science delivered the Keynote Address and announced grant support from Education Scotland for the Adult Achievement Awards. Joan MacKay, Assistant Director, Education Scotland, invited the audience to help shape the CLD offer in the light of Education Scotland’s new National and Regional responsibilities. Adult Guidance was the theme of the

conference, introduced by Marian Docherty, Principal of Newbattle Abbey College and there were two powerful testimonies from adult learners about their learner journeys and the importance of adult guidance in shaping their futures. Conference delegates agreed recommendations for actions to develop Adult Guidance in Scotland. This Action Plan will be sent to Ms Somerville and the National Strategic Forum for Adult Learning will implement the recommendations once approved by the Minister.

National Youth Work Strategy

The National Youth Work Strategy Group met on 2 May at Youthlink. Key themes arising were how to build on the legacy work of the YOYP and ensure that the new Strategy was reflective of young people’s aspirations and how to make use of evidence from the GUS research to help inform the new Strategy and build a strong evidence base for the future.

Languages in FE and ESOL Practitioner Professional Learning Network

The second meeting of the steering group for the Languages in FE and ESOL Practitioner Professional Learning Network took place at the end of April. This network is being supported by a partnership between the College Development Network, Education Scotland and Scotland’s Centre for Languages.

The Languages and ESOL network supports the learning and teaching of all languages and cultures. Its purpose is to be a national voice for languages and ESOL within FE and the wider community, and to provide a platform for sharing and developing practice in its widest sense. For more information about the work of the steering group, please contact Mandy Watts.

National Strategic Forum for Adult Learning in Scotland Learner Voice Working Group

The National Strategic Forum for Adult Learning is chaired by Education Scotland. The new Learner Voice Pack contains information on the work of this strategic group and case studies from Glasgow Women’s Library, Scottish Book Trust, Stirling Council, Crisis Skylight Edinburgh, Scottish Borders CLD, East Renfrewshire Council, Age Scotland, Airdrie Adult Learners’ Forum  and West Dunbartonshire Learners’ Voice. It is accessible now from the CPD Forum page of i-develop. It will be formally launched at Learning Link Scotland on the 15th May.

Live webcast: DYW – Equalities and Inclusion, 4 Feb 2016

RoadmapWhen is it?  Thursday, 4 February, 1 – 2 pm

Who is this for?  Head teachers, teachers,  employers, parents/carers and anyone one else interested or involved  in the development of  equalities and inclusion agenda, particularly around career education from 3 -18.

Where?  Live on Glow TV

About the Glow Meet:

This interactive session will  bring you key information about the latest developments of the area of Developing the Young Workforce.

You will hear from Charlotte Govan, project officer for Improving Gender Balance with a particular focus on STEM career pathways. She will share some of the latest facts and initiatives with you on how to embed and contexts in your teaching to promote gender balance.

The session will also provide an overview of the ‘Modern Apprenticeships for All’ programme delivered by Oumar Akram from BEMIS.

Time will be set aside for you to ask questions about the presentations as well as the wider Developing the Young Workforce agenda.

Hope you can tune in and join us.

SCQF Learner Survey

The SCQF Partnership is currently undertaking research to evaluate how the SCQF is being used by learners across all areas of education including school, college, university, CLD and those currently in employment. We would like to establish the level of knowledge of the SCQF and how it is being used by learners to make decisions on their learning and plan their learning pathways. We would also like to establish if there have been any changes in the levels of awareness and understanding of the SCQF since we last conducted this research in 2013.

This is the short on-line survey link https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SCQF_Learners

The closing date is Friday 18 December 2015.