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So you want to be a headteacher….?

Seminar at the Scottish Learning Festival

Leven Room, 16:15-17:15

Wednesday 19 September 2018 

Names of key presenters:

Gillian Hamilton (Strategic Director, Education Scotland), Carrie Lindsay (Executive Director of Education and Children’s Services, Fife and Regional Improvement Lead, South East Alliance), headteachers from across Scotland.

Descriptor:

Are you considering applying for a headship?  This informal discussion brings together headteachers working in different sectors across Scotland to share their experiences of headship. Carrie and Gillian will discuss the support available for aspiring and new headteachers, and the changing responsibilities and expectations of the headteacher role.  A panel of headteachers will share their experiences. Anne Graham, headteacher, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar will represent Gaelic Medium Education (GME) on this panel.

Curriculum for GLE and GME

e-Sgoil is an interactive, real-time teaching facility which uses Glow, Office 365 and Vscene to support the teaching of Gaelic and through Gaelic in any school in Scotland. It supports the curriculum for 1+2, Gaelic Learner and Gaelic Medium Education. A short promotional video is available here:

http://bit.ly/2Nhvm2F

National perspective on the curriculum

“HM Inspectors found that in primary schools, most staff used Curriculum for Excellence well to plan learning experiences which were broad and balanced. However, they noted that improvements are required in secondary schools to ensure personalised learning pathways for young people in GME. Staff need to make better use of digital technology, partnerships with the local community and businesses and colleges to support delivery of some of the curriculum through Gaelic.”  Read more in the report, Quality and Improvement in Scottish Education

Support for self-evaluation

Case study and challenge questions on improving the secondary GME and GLE curriculum

A review of e-Sgoil’s first year of operation is available here:

http://e-sgoil.com/media/1133/e-sgoil-report-year-1-june-2018.pdf

For more information, please contact e-sgoil@gnes.net or phone 01851 822850.

 

 

 

Briefing on Gaelic Education

Our latest briefing on Gaelic Education is now available and features:

  • Details of the seminar for Gaelic Education at the Scottish Learning Festival on Wednesday 19 September, 09.30-10.15. This year’s seminar is designed to support strategic planning for the expansion of ELC 1140 hours, with some advice on the GME senior phase.
  • A practice exemplar and challenge questions to support the development of the secondary GME curriculum.
  • Support for social studies in the GME curriculum: Please log in to Glow and on to the Social Studies Network (#socialstudies) to find Gaelic versions of resources for Gallipoli and World War 1. A grant of £250 is available to support learning on the First World War. This is also an opportunity to enhance intergenerational links and technology skills within the curriculum.
  • Details of the professional learning that Education Scotland is delivering at An t-Alltan in September. These focus on: leadership in GME, effective early learning and childcare (ELC) in GME and the National Standardised Assessments for GME.
  • A new resource, through the medium of Gaelic, for self-evaluation The Gaelic version of How good is OUR school? Part 1 and Part 2  is now available on the National Improvement Hub.

Please follow this link to our Briefings.

There are ongoing updates on our blog for GME and Gaelic Learner Education.

 

Information to support GME curriculum partners

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.

Grants to support learning on the First World War

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:

https://www.historicenvironment.scot/learn/schools/wwi-project-grants?dm_t=0,0,0,0,0

 

Scottish Learning Festival: Details of the seminar for Gaelic Education

Seminar Title: Early learning, early gains in reducing the attainment gap in Gaelic Medium Education (GME)

Date: Wednesday 19 September 2018

Time: 9.30am

Venue: Leven

Seminar Code: L1A

Registration for the seminar: http://ow.ly/oO8n30k1UGB 

The Scottish Learning Festival (SLF) is Scotland’s key educational event. We look forward to inviting you to a seminar for the Gaelic sector at 9.30am on Wednesday 19 September.  This will have a focus on raising attainment and promoting excellence and equity for learners through an improved GME curriculum.

The programme

  • We are delighted that John Swinney MSP, Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills will make some opening remarks at the seminar.  This will set the national, strategic direction for Gaelic Education from the recently-published National Gaelic Language Plan, 2018-2023.

 

  • Joan Esson, HM Inspector of Education will share the successes and challenges of the free GME ELC hours, and how solution-focused approaches are being implemented. This will be based on our evaluations of the quality of experiences, as part of The Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) GME trials, which will be augmented with our inspection findings on GME ELC.

 

  • Angela NicIllebhràighe, Course Co-ordinator: Childcare Programmes and Seonaidh Charity, Programme Leader, Sabhal Mòr Ostaig University of Highlands and Islands will share how they can support GME post-16 pathways to support workforce planning. This will include:
  • The Foundation Apprenticeship in Social Services: Children and Young People, which is a two-year programme delivered by Sabhal Mòr Ostaig UHI through the medium of Gaelic. This is for young people in S5 and S6 and combines college-based learning with work placements.

 

  • HNC Childhood Practice, which is delivered by Sabhal Mòr Ostaig UHI over two years on a part-time basis. The HNC Childhood Practice is a nationally recognised qualification, with the opportunity to study by distance learning. On successful completion, you will be eligible to register with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC).

 

  • The BA (Hons) Gaelic and Education is a new four-year GME teacher education programme. The programme can be studied through distance learning, or by on-site delivery. It has a focus on the distinctive pedagogy required for GME.       Students gain a degree, as well as a teaching qualification. This allows a direct route into teacher education, in an area in which there is a recognised shortage of teachers.       The programme is designed for teaching Gàidhlig and Gaelic (Learners) at the secondary stages, or GME Primary Teaching.  It includes 18 weeks of teaching experience within schools.

Please register for the seminar here:

http://ow.ly/oO8n30k1UGB 

Leadership Award for Gaelic Education: 2 and 3 November 2018, 30 November and 1 December 2018

We are delighted to announce that the Leadership Award for educators of Gaelic Medium Education (GME) organised by Social Enterprise Academy, in collaboration with Education Scotland and Bòrd na Gàidhlig, is being offered in November and December 2018. This is a professional learning opportunity which is tailored to build leadership capacity in GME. It is delivered through the medium of Gaelic. The Leadership Award is endorsed by the Scottish College of Educational Leadership (SCEL), with accreditation by the Institute of Leadership and Management Award at SCQF level 9.

The objectives of the Leadership Award are to:

  • Understand and reflect on your leadership in context of the challenges you face
  • Gain clarity on setting direction for your work and communicating change
  • Develop your skills in engaging with partnership working
  • Gain confidence in your abilities as a leader to progress your career
  • Gain insight into the skills required to be a successful leader in the Gaelic sector.

Bòrd na Gàidhlig fund this professional learning.

If you wish to apply for this Leadership Award, or require more information, please contact lorna@socialenterprise.academy

 

Education Grants for students studying to be teachers in the Gaelic sector

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.

Language skills – a crutial asset in a global economy

More companies are trading with international markets and this has led to growth in global supply chains. Because of this, there is greater demand for workers who have modern language skills, experience of the international business environment and are prepared to work globally.

Increasingly, companies are interested in employing people who can engage and communicate with their customers and suppliers around the world. Workers with experience of the international business environment are more likely to recognise the cultural differences around the world and understand potential trade challenges and find solutions – companies look favourably upon this skillset.

A survey of UK companies found that a quarter of those surveyed said they had lost international business to their competitors, as they did not have adequate modern language skills in their organisation. It is imperative that we move away from the attitude that modern language skills is a ‘nice to have’ attribute.

Learning a modern language will help improve employment prospects. According to a 2015 QS world university rankings report, six out of ten employers said they would give extra credit for international student experience.

Company examples

Paul Sheerin, Chief Executive, Scottish Engineering: “Companies need to open their minds and see exporting as a possibility. People learning languages in school is massively important in that respect. It is not important which language they learn—it is important that they learn a language.”

Do you want to engage with schools?

As a first port of call Scotland National Centre for Languages website outlines their support to engage with schools: https://www.scilt.org.uk/Business/tabid/1297/Default.aspx

Why not get involved with Developing the Young Workforce? The Scottish Government’s Youth Employment Strategy aims to engage employers with education to better prepare young people for the world of work. https://education.gov.scot/scottish-education-system/policy-for-scottish-education/policy-drivers/Developing the Young Workforce (DYW)

Do you need language support to enter a particular market?

Talk to a Scottish Development International (SDI) export adviser about your requirements. SDI may be able to support with translation and language requirements. https://www.scottish-enterprise.com/services/do-business-outside-scotland/talk-to-an-export-adviser/overview/enquiry-form

Do you want to get involved with Developing the Young Workforce and support young people in school?

There are now twenty-one DYW regional groups covering the whole of Scotland. The groups are led by industry and are the main conduit between employers and schools. They can provide practical support to develop programmes, which allow you to engage with young people.

Get in touch with your regional group using the details below:

Regional Group Contact Email
Ayrshire Claire Baird cbaird@ayrshire-chamber.org
Argyll and Bute Maureen McKenna Maureen.McKenna@uhi.ac.uk
Borders Sara Ward sward@dywborders.co.uk
Dundee and Angus Angela Vettraino angela@dywda.co.uk
Dumfries and Galloway Tricia Hunter tricia.hunter@dgchamber.co.uk
Edinburgh and Lothians Michelle Fenwick michelle.fenwick@edinburghchamber.co.uk
Fife Ray Fernie ray.fernie@fife.gov.uk
Forth Valley Jen Henderson jen.henderson@dyw.forthvalley.ac.uk
Glasgow Leona Seaton Leona.seaton@glasgowchamberofcommerce.com
Inverness and Central

Highland

Andy Maxtone andy@dywich.co.uk
Lanarkshire Alison Nimmo Animmo@dywled.org
North Highland Trudy Morris trudy@caithnesschamber.com
Perth and Kinross Fiona Reith FReith@pkc.gov.uk
West Highland Dougie Ormiston douglas.ormiston@dywwesthighland.org
Moray Sarah Baxter sbaxter@dywmoray.co.uk
Orkney Rachel Scarth rachel.scarth@uhi.ac.uk
Shetland Shona Thompson shona.thompson@shetland.gov.uk
North East James Bream james.bream@agcc.co.uk
Outer Hebrides Bernard Chisholm b.chisholm@cne-siar.gov.uk
West Bob Davidson Bob.Davidson@dywwest.co.uk
West Lothian Lauren Brown lauren.brown@dyw-wl.com

Are you a large national employer looking to develop a programme to rollout across multiple regions in Scotland? Get in touch with Steven Turnbull who can support you to develop a programme – steven.turnbull@gov.scot