Category Archives: National Qualifications

‘Design-Engineer- Construct’: The Engineering Challenge for Schools now SCQF credit rated

DEC ChallengeDesign Engineer Construct!®  has now been formally recognised in Scotland thanks to the key support of the Chartered Institute of Building, and is already piloting in Drummond High School in Edinburgh, Garnock Academy in Kilbirnie, and St Joseph’s Academy in Kilmarnock where student take up and attitude has been impressive.

Comprising an introductory and intermediate programme of study, DEC! has been credit rated onto the SCQF by SQA’s Credit Rating Service at SCQF Levels 4 and 6, both carrying 16 credits. SCQF levels 4 and 6 correspond to level 2 and 4 on the European Qualifications Framework (EQF).

DEC! offers young people numerous opportunities to access a wide variety of career pathways, thanks especially to the innovative ‘Adopt a School’ industry partnership scheme that brings professionals into the classroom to support teachers in educating the future of construction and changing the lives of young people. A wrap around teacher training programme is the icing on the cake.

Find out more here.

Research digest for teachers of craft, design, engineering and graphics

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This research digest has been developed to provide you with a sample of recent international literature and research related to Technologies: Craft, Design, Engineering and Graphics.



DESMOS Support for Practitioners

Desmos is a graphing calculator which millions of students around the world use for free.   Desmos also create activities on top of that calculator, helping students use a powerful tool to experience all the curiosity, beauty, and sense that math has to offer. Those activities were used so often by so many teachers around the world they created an Activity Builder, helping every teacher create digital math activities that equal and exceed the activities they create themselves.

Using this activity builder the National Mathematics Development Group has created online support for the SQA National Qualifications.

Please log on to GLOW and visit our blog which has handy hints and tips for practitioners alongside activities linked to the SQA Assessment Standards for National 5 , Higher and Advanced Higher Mathematics.

SCQF for Young People: Resources

The SCQF Partnership offer a range of publications and resources aimed at helping staff, learners, parents and carers understand more about the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) and how it benefits young people in comparing and understanding qualifications and the level of their learning. It is also an invaluable resource for planning their future learning journey.

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Achievement Counts is the SCQF Partnership’s leaflet for young people. It provides a brief introduction to the SCQF, information on how it can be used and its benefits for school pupils.

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This leaflet has been designed specifically for parents and carers. It provides a background to the SCQF and outlines how it relates to, and can benefit, their child’s learning.

Both leaflets may be useful for parents’ evenings and careers events in your school.

Request Free Copies

The SCQF Partnership are happy to supply hard copies of these resources, free of charge. Please email Sarah MacGregor at Electronic copies can be accessed from the SCQF website at

Come and meet the experts and find out about air pollution!

Free professional learning workshops available for practitioners at Hillpark Secondary School, Glasgow on 25th November 4 – 6pm.

Come along and learn about air pollution, how to use data about air quality in your classes and finding indicator species such as lichen in your local area!

Sign up using our simple survey here:


Professional learning workshops from OPAL, SEPA and Ricardo Energy

Free professional learning workshops available for practitioners at Hillpark Secondary School, Glasgow on 25th November 4 – 6pm.

Come along and learn about air pollution, how to use data about air quality in your classes and finding indicator species such as lichen in your local area!

Sign up using our simple survey here:


Numeracy and Mathematics Resources

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The National Numeracy and Mathematics Hub is a virtual learning environment for all practitioners. The Hub provides an innovative approach to career-long professional learning for all practitioners in all sectors. It is an interactive, virtual learning environment which offers practitioners:

  • Professional learning in different aspects of numeracy with a focus on progression, numeracy and mathematics skills, numeracy across learning, assessment and moderation and teaching.
  • Career-long professional learning opportunities of various types such as broadcasts, professional reading and action research.
  • An easy to use environment where you can share and work with colleagues from across Scotland as well as those from your own school or authority​.

Education Scotland website:

Provides practitioners with excellent resources and guidance to help develop learning and teaching in Numeracy and Mathematics including;

 National Numeracy Progression Frameworkprogression – This resource has been created to deepen practitioners’ knowledge and understanding of progression within the experiences and outcomes for numeracy and mathematics. It included progression pathways with key milestones and building blocks for each of the numeracy organisers. Mathematics pathways coming soon, along with previous knowledge and understanding and exemplification.

Professional Learning Resources – These professional learning resources provide guidance and advice to help inform learning and teaching practices in line with the main objectives of the Scottish Survey of Literacy and Numeracy (SSLN). There are PLR’s for;

There is also information on Assessing progress and achievement available which includes professional learning activities and key documents on significant aspects of learning and making good assessment decisions.

Other key links and websites to support the development of Numeracy and Mathematics;

The Journey to Excellence: Examples of innovative and interesting practice. Search ‘mathematics’ or ‘numeracy’ in to the search facility.

TWIG Film list for National 4 and National 5 Qualifications

TWIG Films from website

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STEM e-bulletin

(Up to date news, information, resources and professional learning)

STEM Central in MOTION blog

(more up to date news on STEM)

STEM Central website

(high quality resources, teaching ideas, videos etc to develop learning experiences relating to sciences, technologies, engineering and mathematics

Main Contact for Numeracy and Mathematics Team at Education Scotland:

Lorna Harvey, Acting Senior Education Officer

Optima Building, 58 Robertson Street


G2 8DU

Tel: 0141 282 5119   



Air Quality professional learning session: 25th November

Sources-of-air-pollution_310314Twilight session for Glasgow secondary teachers, and P7 working towards transition, looking at new approaches to teaching Air Quality. Three short workshops will cover different ways of getting pupils involved in real science research, learning about pollution and Air Quality in a way that is meaningful for pupils and produces useful scientific data along the way. The event will cover a diverse range of topics from Outdoor Learning, to data analysis and a wealth of available resources to use with your pupils. Come along and find out how you and your pupils can get involved in Air Quality research at your school.


Lichen bio-indicator of air quality: Find out how to identify some of the lichen bio-indicators of air quality to get a measure of air pollution in your local environment. This survey is one of the Open Air Laboratories citizen science surveys that enable pupils to carry out real science research in their local environment. OPAL Community Scientist Joanne Dempster

Scotland’s Environment Web: Exploring existing air quality data to investigate air quality near you. Education Scotland Citizen Science Development Officer Stuart McGrath.

Clear the Air: An educational resource for secondary school pupils to learn about air pollution and how it is measured in their area by finding out about the Clear the Air Citizen Science project.Ricardo Energy and Environment: Ricardo Energy and Environment, Susannah Telfer and Jennifer Simpson.

Places are limited so please register here.

STEM at the Scottish Learning Festival

The Scottish Learning Festival (SLF) is the key education event in Scotland welcoming thousands of educational professionals.

SLF 2015 takes place on Wednesday 23 and Thursday 24 September in the SECC, Glasgow.

Below are a list of seminars focusing on science and STEM that may be of interest.

The Education Scotland teams will be on hand at the main stand to discuss STEM and answer any of your questions on Wednesday at 3:00 – 3:30pm and Thursday at 1:30 – 2:00pm.


Wednesday 23 September – 09.30

Highland Primary Science Framework

Peter Finlayson, Highland Council




Wednesday 23 September – 12.30

Delivering the CfE Science Es & Os through Practical Investigations

Philip McGhee, North Lanarkshire Council




Wednesday 23 September – 13.45

Increasing achievement in science education: Learning lessons from Finland and Estonia

Neil McIntyre, Webster’s High School




Wednesday 23 September – 16.15

Learning for Sustainability: National Progress, Local Success

Ian Menzies, Education Scotland




Thursday 24 September – 10.45

STEM in the Early Years

Jennifer Allan, Pine Trees Nursery



Developing the Young Workforce: preparation for employment in

STEM and engineering sectors

Ian Beach, Education Scotland




Thursday 24 September – 13.15

Air Quality Learning and Teaching Package

Ben Jackson, Scottish Environment Protection Agency





Thursday 24 September – 12.00