Applications are now invited for this 60-credit programme on Gaelic Medium Education. The programme is delivered by Aberdeen University and Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, and is fully-funded by the Scottish Government. Find out more.
21st and 22nd March 2019 Glasgow – Optima Building, Glasgow
Many people may believe that children and young people must be punished when they misbehave. This type of response can be ineffective, dangerous, breed resentment and make situations worse as a child or young person can be resentful of punishment rather than reflective of their actions. Children and young people require the opportunity to hear about and face up to the harm and distress they have caused others.
Restorative approaches are built on values which separate the person from the behaviour. They promote accountability and seek to repair any harm caused in a situation.
What are restorative approaches?
Schools may use restorative approaches as part of a planned response to relationship and/or discipline difficulties. This is a more effective response than traditional punishments. Restorative approaches can change the emotional atmosphere in a school and lead to more positive relationships between pupils and between pupils and staff.
These two day national training events are open to all staff and managers working in schools who have an interest in improving the ethos and culture in their school or setting.
Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come basis. Previous feedback includes “one of the most valuable training experiences I have ever been on”.
Solution Oriented Approaches
9th and 10th May 2019- Victoria Quay, Edinburgh
Solution oriented approaches aim to build individual capacity for effective problem solving and reflective practice and can be used effectively to support key meetings and discussions within schools. This is a strengths-based approach which, while acknowledging problems, focuses on future possibilities and solutions.
Solution oriented approaches have been used by practitioners in schools for a number of years with regard to supporting day-to-day practice and have also supported whole school strategic change. More recently, solution oriented practice has been used effectively to actively support positive relationships and culture change in the classroom.
This two day training aims to increase understanding and awareness of the approach and develop participant skills in working with individuals and groups, as well as developing the skills to run solution-oriented meetings.
Book a place
If you are interested in booking a place please email the following address putting the name and date of the relevant course in the subject heading of the e-mail.
The General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTC Scotland) is conducting a consultation to seek views on how to increase impact in the Gaelic sector. The consultation has a specific focus on the recruitment and retention of teachers of Gaidhlig, Gaelic (Learners) and those who teach a subject through the medium of Gaelic. GTC Scotland are also seeking views on improving teacher education for the Gaelic sector.
This consultation is a result of a seminar chaired by John Swinney, Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills. At this seminar, GTC Scotland and the Scottish Funding Council were asked to identify ways in which the recruitment, retention and training of teachers for the Gaelic sector could be improved. Four other Gaelic networks were charged with looking at digital learning and the senior phase curriculum, the economy and labour market, community connections, and encouraging greater confidence in the use of the Gaelic language.
Please send your responses to the consultation to gtcs.org.uk
For more information on the consultation, please visit <http://www.gtcs.org.uk/News/teaching-scotland/76-gaelic-education-your-ideas-wanted.aspx>
This link also has a useful summary of some of the developments already happening, which may act as a stimulus for the consultation.
Also to note is the consultation on the Memorandum on Entry Requirements for Initial Teacher Education Programmes in Scotland (the Memorandum).
For more information, please visit <http://www.gtcs.org.uk/News/news/literature-review-teacher-education-entry-requirements.aspx>
The consultation closes on 21 December 2018.
Foundation Apprenticeships offer young people valuable work-based learning opportunities to develop their skills and employer connections in order to build their future career pathways.
Learners will now have the option to select a Foundation Apprenticeship as one of their senior phase subject choices and complete the qualification over one or two years in collaboration with local learning provider, such as a college and with an employer.
Skills Development Scotland has developed the Foundation Apprenticeship programme, in partnership with education and industry, which now feature on the senior phase curriculum in most secondary schools in Scotland. Young people can select a Foundation Apprenticeship as one of their subject choices and complete the qualification over one or two years, usually starting in S5 or S6 . This provides them with a real, practical work placement which will give their career a head start and looks great on their CV.
A Foundation Apprenticeship is a chance to try a career out to decide if it’s right for them. Whatever young people want to do after school – straight into work, onto a Modern or Graduate Apprenticeship or to college or university – a Foundation Apprenticeship can open up their options.
Watch this clip to find out more about FAs: youtube.com/scottishapprenticeship
Foundation Apprenticeships are designed by employers to ensure the qualification and skills young people develop throughout are what are needed for the world of work. Employers therefore help shape the next generation of talent and build the skills they require for their future career pathways . At the same time Foundation Apprenticeships allow employers to spot talented, motivated learners who could become their future employees.
For more information on Foundation Apprenticeships visit apprenticeships.scot/foundation or follow @apprentice_scot .
FA PowerPoint presentation: FA Presentation
Download an overview of the key aspects of FAs here: foundation-apprenticeships-positioning-doc-august-2018
Scottish Borders Council provided 55 teachers with the opportunity to find out first hand the skills required in local industries.
Sarah Rowson- Teacher of Modern languages from Berwickshire High School shares her experiences
Before the end of the summer term 2018 I spent two days with Rabbie’s Trail Burners as part of my Teacher Industry Insight Placement organised by Developing the Young Workforce Borders .
I spent one day in the Edinburgh headquarters being introduced to employees across the various departments and hearing about their roles in the organisation. This was highly informative and helped me understand the structure and functions within the company.
The second day I spent on a day tour of the “West Highlands, Lochs and Castles” to give me a taste of Rabbie’s business from a customer’s viewpoint.
Since then, I have built on this link with Elaine Brannan, Head of HR, who is going well beyond the call of duty for my pupils. I am running the SQA Languages for Life and Work Award this session, which includes an Employability unit. Elaine has been in to Berwickshire High School to meet my pupils and has committed to coming back on several occasions to help them identify their transferable skills, create CVs and work on their interview skills. She has also offered work experience to a small number. Taking part in all these activities – and especially being interviewed and given constructive feedback – will be enormously beneficial for my pupils. Elaine’s first visit last week was met with enormous enthusiasm, the most I have seen from this group for anything work-related!
My background is business-related (before I became a teacher) and both my experience and that of all the business contacts we have forged are really bringing home to the pupils the importance of identifying the transferable skills that they already have and developing them still further. In this class our focus is not really the academic, but rather developing these young people in preparation to join the workforce in due course. The placement I had with Rabbies has been invaluable here.
It’s your future, come and share with us what you think we should be considering!
An independent panel has been set up, led by Moyra Boland, Glasgow University, to consider new approaches to Career Pathways for Teachers that are fit for purpose for our modern Education system. All teachers have been sent a link to an online survey and in addition we are very keen to hear your views directly. We are going around the country to engage directly with education staff.
An engagement event has been set up in your area:
Date: Tuesday 23rd October
Venue: Bellahouston Academy
30 Gower Terrace
The story of two Mellanbys, some dogs, cats, mice, sheep, penguins…- Public Lecture
Interest in vitamin D has rapidly grown in recent years with numerous studies linking a lack of vitamin D to the development of a wide range of health problems in both humans and animals.
However, many researchers remain skeptical about the non-skeletal health benefits of vitamin D and believe the growing reputation of vitamin D as a cure for many different diseases is wildly over-stated.
In his inaugural lecture, Richard will discuss how studies on dogs were pivotal in the discovery of vitamin D and how research on man’s best friend, and other animals, continues to illuminate the ongoing debate of the importance of vitamin D on health beyond the skeleton.
He will also discuss some of his group’s recent research which is showing the remarkable effects vitamin D can have on shaping the immune system.
This lecture will be followed by a reception in the area outside of the auditorium.
This lecture is free and open to all.
Date: Monday 24th September, 2018
Location: The Roslin Institute
Rabies Lab: Let’s Talk About Health pre-lecture workshop
Would you like to get hands-on with real lab techniques used in the fight against rabies? Are you a pupil in S4, S5 or S6 with an interest in science? If so, sign up for our free 45-minute pre-lecture workshop in the Easter Bush Science Outreach Centre.
During the workshop you will carry out a laboratory technique called ELISA, which is used to screen dogs for successful rabies vaccination as part of the pet passport scheme. The hands-on workshop will cover some of the science behind rabies prevention and is an ideal introduction to the Let’s Talk About Health lecture that immediately follows the workshop – free tickets for the lecture can be booked here
Date Wednesday 10th October
Cost: Free, but you must reserve your place
Location: Easter Bush Science Outreach Centre, Charnock Bradley Building – Easter Bush Campus
Age: Adults and children aged 10 and over. Please note that all children must be accompanied by an adult, with no more than 2 children per adult.
Booking: Booking is essential – please reserve your free place(s) via our Eventbrite page.
Lets Talk About Health and Disease – Public Lecture
Join us to hear about how we have partnered with the Mission Rabies charity to deliver mass canine rabies vaccination programmes in Malawi, India and other rabies ‘hotspots’ across the world, and the challenges this work presents. Hear about our programmes to increase rabies awareness and safety for children and the impact our work is having.
Speakers: Richard Mellanby and Stella Mazeri
Date Wednesday 10th October
Cost: free, but you must reserve your place
Location: Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies
Doors open 4.30pm with teas and coffees available.
Refreshments will be available after event.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org