Category Archives: Inclusion and Equality

Red Nose Day 24th March 2017

https://www.rednoseday.com/schools

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Red Nose Day is back on Friday 24th March 2017. Thousands of schools across the country will be getting involved and making their laugh matter.

Comic Relief has designed lots of learning resources and fundraising activities for teachers in nursery, primary and secondary schools.

There are  films, assemblies, learning resources, tutor time activities and an interactive story to make Red Nose Day come to life in the classroom.

How is your school getting involved?

To get involved go to www.rednoseday.com/schools and order your free fundraising pack.

Follow @rednosedaysch for fundraising tips, ideas and lots of fun!

 

Money in a digital age

Teachers can put digital technologies at the heart of great learning in financial education by using a variety of software applications to

  • Keep financial records
  • Analyse information
  • Assess value for money
  • Prepare and use budgets
  • Make informed financial decisions
  • Simulate real life scenarios
  • Find specialist advice and information
  • Communicate with advisors and specialists

In an ‘enterprise context’ a number of schools have used and encouraged their young people to manage the finances of their healthy eating tuck shops by using ‘Excel’ on Glow.    A Fife school has used the software to manage cash flow, stock control and profit calculations.

At a personal level this can be exemplified by using a resource such as Money Talks, Family Finances which examines the inter-related finances of an extended family.   The on-line bank statements are based on ‘Excel Spreadsheets’ and young people can see  how changes in expenditure and income affect the end of month balance.  Items of expenditure can be more deeply researched using the Internet to compare best value for a range of goods and services.  This  links closely to the use of loyalty cards and text alerts which a number of banks and supermarkets use to keep customers informed of additional services being offered.  Other online services and technologies that young people should be aware of are

    • Paypal
    • Contactless technologies
    • Foreign currency conversion tables
    • Peer to peer lending
    • Crowd source funding and financing
    • Just giving – online support for charities
    • Paying or donating by text messaging – many organisations use this for television charity appeals.
    • Transport apps – Lothian buses is good example.
    • Wearable technologies

Government agencies also encourage the use of digital technologies for claiming benefits and the payment of taxes such as the ‘Vehicle or Road Tax’.

There are a range of potential risks to the use of digital that need to be recognised. In particular young people should be given the opportunity to discuss

  • Gambling apps
  • Pay day lending
  • Illegal streaming of videos and music
  • Digital security and keeping money safe
  • ‘Phishing scams’ involving email
  • Identity theft
  • Recognising secure sites

One of the main areas of risk is around the abstract nature of money and this may be an issue given that children and young people have access to mobile technology at a very early age.

 

Tackling Sectarianism Resource Launch Event

The Scottish Government and  Education Scotland are hosting the launch of a free suite of anti-sectarianism learning and teaching resources for children and young people. The launch will be opened by the Scottish Government Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs, Annabelle Ewing, in Stirling on the 22 Febuary 2017. Throughout the day detailed information about these resources and how they can be best deployed will be presented by a range of education practitioners. There will also be opportunities for you to explore the resources.

Date and Venue

22nd February 2017 9.30am – 4pm

Stirling Court Hotel, University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA

Refreshments and lunch will be provided

Background.

As part of the wider “Tackling Sectarianism” agenda by the Scottish Government a large number of both local authority and community based projects have been, and in some cases are still being, delivered across Scotland.

These projects were delivered in a variety of settings and involved a great deal of action research.

As a result of this work a number of anti-sectarianism resources were produced under the guidance of the Scottish Government Community Safety Unit and its appointed Government Advisory Group.

The Scottish Government then tasked an Education Scotland working group with reviewing these resources and carrying out a Quality Assurance programme so that the best of these resources could be made available to practitioners across Scotland through the Education Scotland National Improvement Hub.

The launch event will be opened by the Scottish Government Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs, Annabelle Ewing. Throughout the day detailed information about these resources and how they can be best deployed will be presented by a variety of personnel and there will be opportunities for you to explore the resources.

Places can be reserved via the link below by Friday 17th Febuary 2016.

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/28SKYXB

 

Primary Nurturing Approaches Professional Learning Resource

A Primary Nurturing Approaches Professional Learning Resource has recently been completed by Education Scotland and was delivered to around 50 representatives from the 9 Challenge Authorities over 4 days in October and November 2016 as a pilot. This was an engaging and motivating 4 days and many of the representatives have begun to embed both universal nurturing approaches and targeted approaches in their schools and LAs.

The resource is being updated to incorporate the feedback of those who attended and will be run again as a 4 day course on the 23rd, and 24th of January and 20th and 21st of February 2017 in Glasgow.  There is an expectation that those who attend this training will be able to take it forward and deliver it in their own context.  Notes of interest are asked to be submitted to the following email: Anne-Marie.Lamont@educationscotland.gsi.gov.uk.  Details on the course and requirements for attending will then be sent out to all those who are interested after which interested parties will be invited to attend if they are felt to be at a stage of readiness to take the training forward in their context. Although the first round of training focused on Challenge authorities, notes of interest are now extended to any interested local authority or school.

Education Governance Review – Ask The DFM

small-john-swinney-ed-governanceAs you may be aware the Education Governance Review is currently underway. The Deputy First Minister is hosting a Q&A session live on Glow TV for teachers to discuss the Governance Review on Tuesday 17th November at 6pm.

The Scottish Government believe that decisions about children’s learning and schools should be taken within schools themselves supported by parents and communities. If schools are to have greater control over the decisions they take, there is a clear rational to change the allocation of resources to support this. The Scottish Government will introduce a new fair and transparent needs based funding formula to make sure that resources get to the areas that need it most.

The Scottish Government recognise that there may be some functions which are best delivered at a local, regional or national level rather than at school level and that teachers and practitioners require support to do their jobs well. They want to hear your views on how all levels of our education system can be improved to support the empowered, collaborative and flexible culture which we are seeking to develop. If you are unable to attend the live session and wish a question to be asked please send it to – governacereview@gov.scot

Register now to take part live – Education Governance Review – Ask The DFM

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.

Young People’s Social and Political Participation Across the EU

 LSE pilot study ends 3rd July
CATCH-EyoU (Constructing Active Citizenship with European Youth: Policies, Practices, Challenges and Solutions) is a research and innovation action funded by the European Commission
CATCH-EyoU is trying to find out about young people’s social and political participation across the EU and want to understand why and how some young people decide to participate (or to not participate) in their communities, in politics, and in social life. They are especially interested in European active citizenship and what this might mean to young people.
The project is currently carrying out a survey which seeks the views of young people, in two separate age groups: between 16-18, and between 19–25 on their experiences and perspectives as young European citizens. The pilot survey will be open until 3 July.
For young people between the ages of 16-18 the link to the survey is here.
For young people between the ages of 19-25 the link to the survey is here.
Any young person completing the whole survey will be eligible to win one of ten £20 Amazon voucher prizes. These will be randomly allocated at the beginning of July, and will be sent via email to the winning participant.
Find out more here.
Contact: Dr Sam Mejias at London School of Economic and Political Science, s.mejias@lse.ac.uk

Early Years Conference

Join us live in Glow TV for this exciting day long broadcast on Monday 27th June from 9.50am.
This conference has been organised to further enhance the POET (pedagogies of educational transition) objectives of building networks and facilitating exchanges between the five POET countries namely New Zealand, Scotland, Sweden, Iceland and Australia.

In particular the conference will engage with a group of early years professionals from across Scotland:

to expand knowledge and understanding of the significance of dialogic pedagogy for educators working with babies, young children and their families;

to promote collaboration among early years professionals from a number of education authorities and agencies across Scotland;

to continue to facilitate the development of research skills and expertise among the participants; and

to generate knowledge transfer among and between researchers, educators, other professionals and policymakers involved in this field of early learning and childcare.

The conference would hope to generate further involvement in the existing (POET-project) and planned future international research partnerships (for example, the ‘infant project-from the beginning’ which is currently being developed between Strathclyde University and Waikato University).

09.50-Welcome to East Dunbartonshire Council Convenor of the Education Committee Cllr Maureen Henery and Chief Education Officer-Jacqui MacDonald.

09.55-Musical welcome to Bishopbriggs Academy-Rachel McLean S6

10.00-Clare Lamont Assistant Director Education Scotland

10.05-Mr Mark McDonald Minister for Childcare and Early Years

10.15-Chairperson for the day-Marion Burns HMI.

10.20 Keynote address: Associate Professor E. Jayne White, Waikato University

‘A dialogic ‘look’ at early learning and childcare for the under threes’

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11.50 Lynn McNair OBE-Headteacher Cowgate Nursery-
‘Living with Dialogism’-presentation and discussion

13.40 Judith Thomas Head of Centre Ferguslie Pre-five Centre, Paisley.
‘You’ve got something really special here’ -A nurturing philosophy that supports our children to blossom and grow.’-presentation and workshop session.

Sign up and join us live – Early Years Conference

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.

Funded International Learning Experience

On October, the 3rd, 2013, 368 migrants died in a dreadful shipwreck off the Italian island of Lampedusa. It was just one of the cruelest tragedy in the long trail of death since the mass migrations from North Africa began few years ago. The UNHCR rates that more than 2600 persons have died in the Mediterranean sea from 2011 so far. The Italian Parliament has therefore established a Remembering Day every 3rd of October, to honour the people who died and raise awareness of the migration tragedy.

The “Europe begins at Lampedusa” initiative aims to involve Italian and European students in learning activities and events specifically concerning the issues of global interdependence and human rights, with a particular focus on migrations and the rights of refugees and asylum seekers.

The European Agency for Special Needs and Inclusive Education has forwarded on this invite from the Italian Ministry for a Scottish secondary school to participate in a learning experience focused on global interdependence, rights, migration, asylum seekers and refugees.

The successful school would engage pupils in preparatory learning experiences in their own school during September to prepare for a conference in Lampedusa, Italy, in October.

 The deadline for applications is Thursday 16th June.

Click here for an application pack.

 

EU Report: Youth work’s contribution to aid transition from education into employment

EU youth work and employabilityThe contribution of youth work to address the challenges young people are facing, in particular the transition from education to employment.

The Report presents results from the work of the expert group set up under the European Union Work Plan for Youth for 2014-2015.

The findings detail the role of youth work and its specific contribution to addressing the challenges young people face, in particular the transition from education to employment. The report seeks to make employers, Public Employment Services and policy-makers aware of the crucial role youth work can play – either as a lead agency or in partnership with others – in supporting the employment and employability of young people. In this context, youth work is defined as ‘actions directed towards young people regarding activities where they take part voluntarily, designed for supporting their personal and social development through non-formal and informal learning’.

Education Scotland’s DYW resource – a summary

RoadmapSince the implementation of Scotland’s Youth Employment Strategy in response to the recommendations put forward by the Commission for Developing the Young Workforce in September 2014 Education Scotland has publish a number of key documents and related resources to support practitioners in realising the ambitions around DYW.  Here is an overview which aims to help navigation and access:

Key documents:

Related Resources (on the new National Improvement Hub):

Interesting Practice exemplars (collated):

A series of interesting practice examples are being published on the National Improvement Hub. The  following ones are currently available:

DYW Skills 3-18 Website, Blog and E-bulletin

You also find this information as well as links to  additional materials and partner organisations within the dyw-flyer-feb-17