Category Archives: Learning for Sustainability

Scotland’s Enterprising Schools: Supporting career education from 3 – 18

Are you looking for creative ways to develop children and young people’s learning about the world of work?

To inspire you have a look at our Interesting Practice area that highlights the many creative ways schools like Broxburn Academy are providing opportunities for young people around entrepreneurship and enterprise.

 Interesting practice exemplars from Fife Council

The Raytheon Quadcopter Challenge is a partnership between the Council and Raytheon UK. The programme brings STEM Ambassadors from Raytheon UK to deliver lessons in classrooms to second year pupils, on a variety of engineering topics, bringing contextualised learning to young people.  Another great example from Fife is The Enterprise Game. The game is a developmental tool helping pupils to learn about business.  Initially created as a board game, it allows young people to use their entrepreneurial skills to make, sell and deliver products to customers around the board.  It has been customised to incorporate the names of many major employers throughout Fife which helps players to increase their understanding not just of enterprise, but of the wider Fife economy.

You can also learn about the great opportunities offered to young people by Glasgow City Council and Renfrewshire Council.   If you have interesting practice to share please contact us.

Looking for support?

If you would like support to embed enterprise within your school’s curriculum Scotland’s Enterprising Schools can help.  Have a look at our resource area for ideas or contact us to arrange for a member of our team to get in touch with you. You can also expand your knowledge around enterprise and get support to embed the Developing the Young Workforce strategy by attending one of the free twilight professional learning sessions we are delivering across Scotland.  You should hear about these opportunities from your Local Authority shortly.  The next sessions will be held as follows:

Fife Twilight Session (venues and times tbc):

  • 26th April 2017 – West Fife
  • 2nd May 2017 – Central Fife
  • 8th May 2017 – North East Fife

Aberdeen City Twilight Session (venue and time tbc):                         10th May 2017

Inverness All Day event (for senior leaders) at Smithton-Culloden Free Church   –  1st June 2017

If you would like more information about these sessions or opportunities in your area please contact us.

Scot Pot – School Meal Product Development Competition

Test your creativity and innovation skills!

The competition is open to all primary 5,6, and 7 pupils from schools across Scotland. Individual prizes will be given to the best entries, but all the pupils in the winning class will win an all-expenses paid trip to the Royal Highland Show 22nd – 25th June 2017. The winning product will be showcased at the ASSIST FM National Conference on 24th & 25th August 2017 in Glasgow.

The winning product will feature in schools across Scotland during Scottish School Meals week, 31st October 2017.

We are asking pupils to conduct their own market research to develop a new Scots Origin One Pot Dish that could be sold as a stand-alone product or be part of school meal that can be used in schools across Scotland.

The challenge is based on a similar format to the television programme ‘Dragons Den’. We would like pupils to put their creative and entrepreneurial skills to the test and design an innovative new ‘one pot’ product that:

  • They would like to eat and that could form part or all of a school meal for example; meal soup, meal pot, layered dish or something creative and innovative.
  • Has to contain AT LEAST ONE Scottish ingredient.
  • Would encourage more pupils to take school meals if it was sold in the dining area.
  • Could be promoted with an innovative advertising campaign that would include a name and a catch phrase to promote the product and fit with the Scots Origin branding.
  • Can be sold as a stand alone product.
  • Meets the nutritional guidance for a theme day in school.

To enter, please complete the attached entry forms and send to schools@sfdf.og.uk by 5th May 2017

Scot Pot Entry Form 2017

 

 

Financial Education Week

Education Scotland and the Money Advice Service, in partnership with the Scottish Financial Capability Partnership (http://www.fincap.org.uk/scotland-forum) are running a Scottish Financial Education Week from 20-24 March which will see a series of events happening to promote money management for children, young people and young adults and to raise awareness of the importance of financial education both in schools and in the wider community.

The following are examples of what is taking place

Wednesday 22nd – Focus Group at Young Scot (Edinburgh) examining the development of financial capability with young apprentices.

Thursday 23rd – University of Edinburgh Business School is hosting a seminar and interactive webinar focusing on supporting and developing young adult financial capability.

https://www.business-school.ed.ac.uk/event/seminar-supporting-and-developing-young-adult-financial-capability

Thursday 23rd (evening) – Lloyds Money for Life workshop in Glasgow involving young people.

Friday 24th – Financial Education Conference at Murrayfield (Edinburgh) – aimed at teachers and local authority education workers. Sponsored by the Accountant in Bankruptcy and the Money Advice Service.   To register e-mail edscfe@educationscotland.gsi.gov.uk

Also, throughout the week there will be a series of consumer facing events run by Lloyds Money for Life programme, in partnership with Youth Scotland, where young people will be going out across Scotland to ask young people about their hopes and fears for their financial future

Financial Education Conference 2017 Workshops

Finance Fairtrade Fortnight – St Catherine’s Primary School, Glasgow City Council

Jennifer Anderson PT and Claire Conlon PT will describe how the school’s themed finance fortnight addressed the priorities in the School Improvement Plan (SIP), such as improving learning in literacy, numeracy and social studies, embedding outdoor learning in the curriculum, making connections to global citizenship and developing a shared understanding around learning for sustainability. They will demonstrate how the ‘real life’ money activities they and their colleagues offered the children using support from the local community provided an increased focus on lifelong learning, made the young people aware of the links between economic wellbeing and health, improved staff understanding and knowledge of financial education within the curriculum areas of health and wellbeing (HWB), numeracy and social studies (SS), met the children’s needs via ‘going out to learn’/outdoor learning and supported the children regarding the ‘world of work’.   Jennifer and Claire will discuss the usefulness of ‘Money Mates’ in assessing the children’s learning over the fortnight and next steps.

Financial education and additional support needs – Cardinal Winning Secondary School, Glasgow City Council

Marie Inglis PT and Paula Elliot CT will demonstrate how ‘Money Week’, besides addressing financial education, provided a platform for the development of interdisciplinary learning (IDL) and the delivery of an exciting and challenging curriculum while developing the necessary skills for learning, life and work. Besides IDL, the other main themes developed were supporting the young people with everyday money management skills and self-evaluation. Marie and Paula will describe how the school’s aims of Money Week were met – developing IDL, promoting a sound savings ethos, raised awareness of ‘needs versus wants’, developing independence, a wider awareness of employment opportunities and links to managing money, awareness-raising of using money in a digital age and understanding ‘risks and rewards’. They will discuss how the themed event supported the development of employability and entrepreneurial skills.

Credit Unions, Money Week and more – Prestonfield Primary School, City of Edinburgh Council

Fiona Murray, Head teacher at Prestonfield PS, has organised and run several Money Weeks in recent years and following the Money Week in February 2016 she proposed the setting up of a school savings bank in partnership with Capital Credit Union. In this workshop she will share examples of interesting practice and the lessons learned from these themed inter-disciplinary weeks. She will explain how this has impacted the development of a high quality Financial Education programme in the school context and offer advice for delivering similar provision in other establishments. She will be assisted in this workshop by Kenny Ferguson who is the volunteer in school in charge of the CU Savings Bank.

Financial education and numeracy across learning – Knox Academy, East Lothian Council

Calum Blair who is a curriculum leader in Knox Academy will describe how as part of the school improvement plan they implemented and evaluated their money week. This focused on ‘numeracy across learning’, interdisciplinary learning (IDL) and the delivery of high quality learning and teaching opportunities with a focus on raising attainment. ‘Money Week’, besides raising an awareness of the issues underpinning financial education, provided an opportunity to make connections to support from the financial services sector and the wider community. Calum will talk about how the school are taking forward the lessons learned over the course of the week and through subsequent discussions with colleagues and members of the school management team.

Going out to Learn: real life financial education – Westercraigs Nursery School, Glasgow City Council

Lesley Morrison HT with a group of staff and young children will demonstrate the variety of fun, challenging and highly rewarding experiences the whole establishment enjoys while interacting with services out with the playroom – all on an almost daily basis. During this workshop the children will operate their real life fruit and veg shop and show how “pupil voice” informs how the profits they make from their business activities are researched, agreed and spent. The concept of fairness within a Curriculum for Excellence is included in a First Level outcome. Westercraigs children will offer their take on fairness and Fair Trade and demonstrate their ability and eagerness to meaningfully engage, with fairness in mind, in the life and work of their community at Early Level.

Financial Education: meeting challenges now and in the future – Money Advice Service

We know that the money experiences and learning children and young people have in their school years is important for managing money well later on.  Financial education is on the curriculum, yet there’s still too little evidence and research about how to deliver it effectively, and some children are still missing out.

This workshop will explore what MAS has found from extensive research into children’s and young people’s needs, why financial education matters so much, and what you can do to help improve it. It will provide insights into activities happening to understand more about ‘what works’, and an opportunity to consider the barriers to doing more of it – and solutions to overcoming them, including the chance to learn about a range of MAS tools and projects to support more evidence-based, effective financial education.

Progression in financial education, numeracy benchmarks – Education Scotland

Education Scotland published draft benchmarks for numeracy and mathematics in August 2016. There is currently an online consultation seeking practitioners’ views on these. Education Scotland is keen to consult with as many practitioners and partners as possible. Final Benchmarks will be published in June 2017. This workshop provides an opportunity for you to find out more about how the Benchmarks will be used to support professional judgement of achievement of a level in numeracy and mathematics. There will be an opportunity for professional discussion and for you to provide feedback on the Benchmarks related to Money and Number and number processes.

 

Credit Unions in Schools – Pioneer Credit Union

Beth Welsh, Business Development Manager and Amanda Gilmour, Project Co-ordinator for Pioneer Mutual Credit Union will talk about how they are engaging with schools across East Renfrewshire as part of the Scottish Government’s Junior Savers Scheme Fund. The project aims to encourage positive financial habits from a young age, and Pioneer Mutual are working with both primary schools and secondary schools.  In order to achieve this we have developed a series of financial education workshops, covering topics including credit scores and real life budgeting. The workshops focus on ensuring that participants gain an understanding of money and budgeting the digital world. We are working with Wildhearts to enable all the schools involved in our partnership project participate in their Micro-Tyco challenge; as we believe that the savings and ethical finance practices the Credit Union promotes works hand in hand with the entrepreneurial skills learnt through the challenge.

Prison Education: A Hard Cell! – Scottish Prison Service

The prison population in Scotland is comprised of a disparate mix of prisoners with complex problems and backgrounds. This workshop will provide an overview of how the Scottish Prison Service (SPS) in partnership with their two college education providers help tackle such issues through encouraging participation in learning. The workshop will be led by Jim King Head of Learning & Skills for SPS with support from Fife college and New College Lanarkshire. This will include examples of innovative case studies to demonstrate the complexity of issues facing the prison population and the ways in which our education providers promote the benefits of financial education for prisoners.

 

 

Financial Education – Engaging with the wider community

In order to become more financially capable it is essential that young people understand the wider business, economic and financial world in which we all live.  Schools linking with a wide range of organisations, businesses and agencies can help make financial education much more relevant and engaging.  Making these connections can of course contribute to a wide range of curricular areas.

A really good example of this is taking young people to the Museum on the Mound in Edinburgh.

You get to see lots of money and the money that’s been used hundreds of years ago and how it was first made and what it was made of.

P5 Pupil

As well as learning about money, our young people get a great insight into the world of work. Obviously, two-fold in this case because they were in a museum, meeting the curator and learning about what a curator does and going around the museum itself and also the world of banking and the activities that happen in banking, even today.

Class teacher

Money as an industry in its own right, what a lot of people don’t always realise is the number of artists and craftsmen, printers that are involved in making what you get out of the hole in the wall or get back as change from a till.

Curator Museum on the Mound

In North Ayrshire the Accountant in Bankruptcy (AiB) has partnered a local primary school to support the development of financial education.  This has involved using a resource called Skills 4 Bills.  Around ten members of staff from AiB took an afternoon away from their workplace to deliver this exciting simulation/game.  The purpose is to give an insight to financial management and the consequences people face should they find themselves in unsustainable debt.

During the game young people are given a different job or profession with its corresponding salary or wage.   Tax is then deducted before the young people choose their lifestyle options including their mode of transport, accommodation and holidays.  The game introduces young people to the swings and roundabouts of everyday life, some receiving bonuses while some suffer unexpected expenses.  At the end of round 1 in the game they review their results and then visit all the stations a second time before finding out whether or not they are in debt.

At the end of the simulation the young people worked with the AiB staff members to discuss what lessons have been learned and how they could avoid debt in their adult lives.

‘I learned that you should be careful when buying and you should only buy stuff that you need so you won’t go into debt’ P6 pupil

The young people were absolutely engaged in the activities and had lots of questions for the team from AiB that showed how much they had learned during the afternoon.

‘I think that the different options available to children gave them a taste of real-life contexts for finances.’ P7 teacher

Recently many more Credit Unions have become involved in schools in setting up Junior Savers schemes and delivering lessons in schools. For example Pioneer Mutual in East Renfrewshire are working with both primary schools and secondary schools delivering a series of financial education workshops, covering topics such as credit scores and real life budgeting.

There are a number of organisations that visit schools to enhance their provision around financial education particularly in secondary schools. Included in this are the Financial Education Partnership and the Stewart Ivory Financial Education Trust. Employees from the Royal Bank of Scotland also go into schools to deliver their very well received MoneySense workshops. They currently have 823 employees signed up in Scotland to deliver financial education sessions and have 1,011 schools across the country registered to use these resources.

Many of these interventions tend to be more successful when they are aligned with preparing young people for the world of work and for further and higher education.

Money and storytelling – powerful messages

One of the most inspirational ways that financial education has been delivered is through ‘stories’. In primary schools for example the use of the ‘On the Money’ short stories has been particularly successful and this was brought about by a partnership between Standard Life, Scottish Book Trust and Education Scotland .  The four stories were written by successful authors and covered a wide range of themes and contexts.

‘Funny Money’ written by Alison Prince focuses on:

  • Overspending and high levels of personal debt
  • Abstract nature of money
  • Attitudes and behaviours towards money

Nicola Morgan wrote ‘Charlie Fly and the Nice Dream’ which highlighted issues around:

  • Pocket money
  • Needs versus wants
  • Entrepreneurial and enterprising behaviour

‘No Change’ was written by Jonathan Meres and this short story looked at:

  • Family relationships
  • Marketing
  • Brand labels and peer pressure

Theresa Breslin’s contribution was ‘Down the Pan’. This short story focused on:

  • The divide between rich and poor
  • Global citizenship
  • Fundraising and charity

Engaging with these stories has helped young people tackle some very big issues, developing their own ideas as part of the process. For example young people in a Glasgow  primary school read ‘Down the Pan’ as part of their work during ‘Fairtrade’ week.

The follow up to ‘On the Money’ was produced in partnership between the Scottish Government, Scottish Book Trust and Education Scotland. It was a graphic novel entitled ‘Skint!’  This was a much ‘grittier’ resource aimed at young people aged 16-26.  It contains two illustrated stories that explore issues around attitudes and behaviours towards money management.  They were produced to engage reluctant readers and focused on realistic financial circumstances.

This book has been very well used in a number of different contexts particularly in community learning and development as well as schools and colleges.  As with ‘On the Money’ young people have engaged with the stories and the characters and these have provided memorable, enjoyable experiences and powerful messages for learners.   In particular there was a great deal of discussion amongst the learners about the characters and why they did certain things.  Many young people also face the issues that are discussed in the book and this makes it even more relevant for them.  The biggest issues that have arisen are:

  • Spending too much in teenage years and early twenties
  • Payday lenders
  • Buying on credit
  • Student debt

Many of these issues are discussed in the Money Advice Service report , It’s time to talk:young people and money regrets.

The Big Pedal 20th – 31st March 2017

The Big Pedal is our UK wide inter-school scooting and cycling challenge, where schools compete to try to get the largest percentage of pupils, staff and parents travelling to school by two wheels.

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Details:

This year’s challenge will be running from March 20th – 31st. It is open to primary and secondary schools who register and then log their data each day.  Schools with the highest participation win great prizes.

Schools can choose to enter a 1 or 5 day challenge where their best day or best 5 days out of the two weeks count. On the final day of the challenge we encourage schools to run a Superhero Day, where pupils dress themselves and their bikes as superheroes.

This year’s theme is Around the World in 10 Days and schools will track their progress on a wall chart – register using the link below –  learning about the countries and cities they pass through along the way.

Information and registration is at http://bigpedal.org.uk/.

The value:

We see the challenge as a great way to get whole school communities excited about active travel and to impact school traffic issues.

 

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.

 

International School Meals Day 2017

International School Meals Day

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Thursday 9th March 2017

http://www.internationalschoolmealsday.com/

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International School Meals Day encourages children and young people around the world to connect and talk to each other about the food they eat and the role that it plays in their lives.

In 2017 the theme is Food, Culture and Heritage

Share your food stories & be part of a global event

Join our Glow meets on the day!

Sign up to take part here

https://eventpub.meet.glowscotland.org.uk/content/connect/c1/7/en/events/catalog.html?OWASP_CSRFTOKEN=8ec01637b0ce39321b206037c84528a06bc9e77f041e5094f5ab81b890fa81a9

The way that food is cultivated, prepared and consumed is an expression of culture and heritage. This year’s theme provides an opportunity for pupils to express themselves through the food and associated traditions that form an important part of their identity.

In the run up to International School Meals Day we want pupils from around the world to share their food stories through whichever medium they wish

pictures / posters / videos / poems / stories / dance /drama

The approach that you take to getting pupils to think about their culture and heritage and its associated food traditions is up to each individual school and classroom. However, here are some quick ideas of how ISMD can be celebrated:

  1. Deliver one-minute talks or videos about favourite meals and national traditions
  2. Have an International Menu Day
  3. Have food tasting sessions or other fun food activities
  4. Fundraising activities for charities to support school feeding programmes in developing countries
  5. Incorporate global citizenship and food culture into classroom learning
  6. Have sessions on the theme of ‘food’, with extracts from favourite poems and stories
  7. Skype – teachers and students can skype with another school around the world to share their experience of food, culture and heritage.

Stories and pictures will be shared on the ISMD website and on Twitter so be sure and follow

@IntSchoolMeals and use the hashtag #ISMD2017.

 

 

Future Textiles at Dumfries House

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Click on the link to find out more information relating to FREE CLPL opportunities linked to textile technologies across the curricular levels.

Travel grants available for schools

Future Textiles at Dumfries House is an exciting project, currently ongoing at stately home Dumfries House in Ayrshire,  in collaboration with Glasgow Clyde College (Cardonald Campus) and Ayrshire College. The project was initiated by HRH The Duke of Rothesay who listened closely to the needs of the textile industry who wish to address a skills gap.

The project brings together industry and education in a unique setting, in order to train the next generation with skills for the textile industry, by providing a range of no cost workshops suitable for secondary school teachers, pupils and those seeking employability skills.

To date, over 800 participants have taken part in sewing, pattern drafting and woven textiles workshops, from secondary teachers to pupils from S1 – S6, as well as master classes and  specialist training programmes for industry.

The project has received invaluable input since inception from local and national industry with vital support & advice from Marks & Spencer, Sarah Mower OBE, Tammy & Christopher Kane, John Lewis Partnership, Savile Row Tailor Patrick Grant as well as other local and national textile manufacturers.

The local industry in East Ayrshire currently has twenty textile related companies with workforce consisting of 45% male and 55% female employees. Many of the companies are considering recruiting modern apprentices and participation in the workshops will allow pupils a greater understanding of industry requirements