Category Archives: Languages

Gaelic Language Enrichment Course for teachers of Gaelic Learner and Medium Education (GLE and GME)

When: 2 – 7 July 2017 and 23 – 27 July 2017

Where: South Uist

Fee: £250

Language level: Beginner to Fluent

Brief: This Gaelic Enrichment Course is a career-long professional learning opportunity for teachers of GLE and GME. The course aims to support teachers use and develop their Gaelic language skills within a community setting. The course will be tailored to the specific needs of the teachers.  It includes: conversational skills, grammar, resources for the classroom, workshops and field trips.

For more information, please contact: Ceòlas Uibhist, Taigh Gleus, Dalabrog, Uibhist a Deas HS8 5SS Tel: 01878 700154 E-mail: info@ceolas.co.uk

www.ceolas .co.uk

SCEL: Teacher Leadership Programme

The Scottish College for Educational Leadership Teacher Leadership Programme supports and challenges teachers to become more confident in leading classroom practice in their contexts and develop against the GTCS Standard for Career-Long Professional Learning.

Who is the programme for?

The programme is open to all post-probation classroom teachers in Scotland. The programme is free of charge and is primarily aimed at teachers who are seeking professional learning opportunities to develop their leadership of learning and teaching in their contexts.

How is the programme delivered?

The programme is primarily delivered online through Glow and participants are regularly supported and challenged by a regional group of their peers as well as a critical friend and a programme tutor. Regular online tutorials are provided to support participants’ professional learning.

The programme also includes one national and one regional event which allow participants to learn and share in person.

What does the programme involve?

A central feature of the programme is enquiring into an aspect of the participants’ classroom practice to develop an aspect of learning and teaching as appropriate for the learners in their contexts.

Participants will be supported to explore teacher leadership, reflect on current practice and consider the nature and purpose of enquiry. They will then plan and implement an enquiring approach to developing their classroom practice.

Throughout the programme, teachers will engage with literature and reflect on the learning arising in terms of their own leadership as well as for their learners.

The regional and national events provide an opportunity for the participants to network, share their learning and learn from the enquiring approaches taken by other programme participants.

How can I find out more?

SCEL are holding an online information session from 6.30pm to 7.30pm on 19 April (hosted by Fearghal Kelly, Lead Specialist at SCEL) where you can find out more about participating on the next cohort of the programme.

Register for information session

How can I apply?

Applications for the programme must be submitted using the online form on SCEL’s website. Applications should be completed no later than 15 May 2017.

Free Dyslexia and Inclusive Practice course

 

 

Introduction to Dyslexia and Inclusive Practice is the first of three free online modules developed to complement the 2015 Education Scotland Route Map for Dyslexia and Inclusive Practice and support the professional standards from the General Teaching Council for Scotland.

This free module aims to provide teachers and local authority staff with an awareness of what dyslexia is, its impact and how it can be supported within an inclusive school community.  It may also be of interest if you work in the voluntary sector or simply have an interest in dyslexia and inclusive practice.  Find out more.

New Road Safety Resources

Road Safety Scotland have developed a suite of free road safety learning resources for specific age groups from 3-18 years, with a view to developing responsible road use among young people. All their resources link to Curriculum for Excellence, incorporating experiences and outcomes in health and wellbeing; literacy and English; maths and numeracy, and many other subject areas.

The resources offer different learning styles to engage teachers and learners, and make the learning appropriate, relevant and challenging at every level, and may also help maintain the important link between school and home, allowing key road safety messages to be shared throughout the wider community. You can now access the online resources through the App Library available in Glow.

Invitation to SQA webinar: National 5 Gàidhlig – changes to course assessment

 

Date: Thursday, 30 March 2017
Time: 16:30pm to 17:30pm
Presenters: –       Alasdair Bauld (Qualifications Development Specialist)

–       Calum MacKay (Principal Assessor, National 5 Gàidhlig)

–       Marilyn Waters (Qualifications Manager)

–       Jay de Pellette (Qualifications Officer)

SQA are pleased to invite you to a webinar which will provide a detailed overview of the changes that  are being made to the National 5 Gàidhlig course from the start of academic session 2017/18 (including the new externally assessed writing assignment).

To register for this webinar, please visit the online events booking system: https://athena.sqameet.net/events/ebs.nsf.

Hosted by the Qualifications team responsible for SQA’s National Qualifications in Gàidhlig, this webinar will provide a clear overview of what is changing within the National 5 Gàidhlig course and why. Delegates will also have the opportunity to ask  subject and assessment experts questions.

Whilst delegates are free to ask questions at any time during the live webinar, SQA are keen to try and answer as many questions as possible in the time available and would therefore encourage you to submit any questions you may have in advance. If you would like to submit a question in advance of the webinar, please e-mail Jay de Pellette (Qualifications Officer): jay.depellette@sqa.org.uk.

Following the Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills announcement that a strengthened final exam and externally assessed coursework will replace units and unit assessments for all National Qualifications at levels National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher, SQA are making some changes to the National 5 Gàidhlig course to ensure that standards are maintained and that the integrity of the qualification is protected.

More information about the changes SQA are making to National Qualifications, as a result of the Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary’s decision to remove units and unit assessments, can be found here: http://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/78398.html.

SQA strongly recommend that all practitioners and other interested stakeholders register to attend this webinar. It will provide valuable and informed commentary on the new course assessment model for National 5 Gàidhlig and also counts towards your continuing professional development (CPD). CPD certificates will be made available to delegates after the event.

SCEL Survey – Reminder

To help SCEL  bring clarity and coherence to the wide and increasingly expansive leadership professional learning landscape you  are invited to complete a short survey on their professional learning needs.

The survey will help SCEL better understand which forms of professional learning you have found effective, what aspects of professional learning you would like to engage in next, and any barriers you have found when undertaking professional learning.

The answers you provide will be confidential and collated by an independent organisation and the aggregated information will then be used to inform the development of programmes, resources and activities to support leadership professional learning across the system in Scotland.

It should take around fifteen minutes to complete and as a thank you, respondents will be entered into a draw to win a book voucher worth £100 for their school.  The survey will be open until the 25th March 2017.

CLICK HERE TO TAKE THE SURVEY

 

Or copy and paste the following link into your address bar https://qdpservices.co.uk/OnlineQuestionnaire.aspx?code=28501-16530-16297273

 

Fuji Festival – Calligraphy

What is Japanese calligraphy, what do you need to do it and how is it done? Discover the fun of writing in Japanese with Japanese teacher, Ms Emiko Abe plus staff from the Japanese Consulate and volunteers from Edinburgh University.

Ms Abe shows P3 students at Law Primary School that learners can practice Japanese calligraphy with basic materials found in every classroom.

Join us on Friday 10th March at 9.15am in Glow TV to find out more! Sign up to take part now – Fuji Festival – Calligraphy

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.

Ceannardas ann am FMG/ Leadership in GME

 

1. Social Enterprise Academy is delivering an Institute of Leadership and Management Award for teachers of Gaelic Education on 3 and 4 November 2017.  If you require more information, please contact kate@socialenterprise.academy. Social Enterprise Academy acknowledges support from Education Scotland in delivering this award and financial assistance from Bòrd na Gàidhlig.

2. The Scottish College for Educational Leadership (SCEL) is inviting views on professional learning for leadership.  Practitioners of GME are encouraged to participate by completing a short survey. As a thank you, respondents will be entered into a draw to win a book voucher worth £100 for their school.  Education Scotland has shared with SCEL the results of the CLPL Audit of the professional learning needs of practitioners in Gaelic Education.

3. Applications are now open for the Into Headship qualification which commences in June 2017.  This qualification is fully funded by the Scottish Government.  It is designed to prepare participants for the specific strategic challenges of being a head teacher.

 

 

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