Category Archives: Professional Learning

Scottish Borders – Teacher Industry Insight Placements

Scottish Borders Council provided 55 teachers with the opportuntity 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.

Career Pathways for Teachers: engagement event, 23 October

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

Time:               1600-1730

Venue:             Bellahouston Academy

                          30 Gower Terrace

                         Glasgow

                         G41 5QE

 

Free STEM Events at the Easter Bush Campus- University of Edinburgh

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

Cost: Free

Age: Everyone

Booking link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-story-of-two-mellanbys-some-dogs-cats-mice-sheep-penguins-tickets-47354594868

 

 

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.

 

Booking link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/lets-talk-about-health-moving-towards-rabies-elimination-in-africa-and-asia-a-one-health-approach-tickets-48270095154?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

 

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.

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.

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.

Professional learning opportunities for nurturing approaches

  • ‘Applying Nurture as a whole school approach: A Framework to support the self-evaluation of nurturing approaches in schools and early learning and childcare settings’ professional learning is on the 23rd of May from 9.30 am to 12.30 pm in the Optima Building in Glasgow. This will support any school leaders who have begun to look at how they implement and self-evaluate nurturing approaches in their setting. There are still some places available for this training.
  • ‘Nurturing approaches to support the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences’ professional learning is taking place on the 4th of June from 9.30 to 3.30 pm in Victoria Quay in Edinburgh. This training day is an exciting opportunity to link nurturing approaches to ACEs and to look at how you might adapt your practice to support the needs of children and young people affected by ACEs.
  • If you are interested in attending any of these sessions please contact: Gail.Nowek@educationscotland.gsi.gov.uk

New GME self-evaluation activity

The Framework for Educational Leadership is an online learning resource which supports professional learning in leadership for educators at all stages of their careers.   We have added an activity to the framework which is bespoke to Gaelic Medium Education (GME).  This aims to support practitioners to develop an understanding of the key documents which assist in making self-evaluation integral to improving GME.  This activity will be useful to senior leaders and practitioners of 3-18 GME settings.  It will also be useful to those who have responsibilities to support continuous improvements in GME in local authorities and regional improvement colloboratives (RICs).

Useful links are:

How good is our school? (fourth edition)

Advice on Gaelic Education

Statutory Guidance for Gaelic Education

GTCS Professional Standards

Fullan, M. (2014) Leadership: Maximizing Impact

Parent, pupil and partner engagement in School Improvement Planning in Riverside Primary School

The Framework for Educational Leadership can be accessed here:

<https://www.scelframework.com/>

 

Then select:

Leading: self-evaluation

Then select the activity:

Ag àrdachadh dòighean-obrach proifeiseanta ann am Foghlam tro Mheadhan na Gàidhlig (FMG)

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Career Education Standard 3-18: Reflection tool and self-evaluation wheel

In order to reflect on the entitlements of learners and the expectations on teachers and practitioners outlined with in the Career Education Standard the following toolkits have been developed:

  1. self evaluation wheel on the CES 3-18 expectations
  2. CES 3-18 reflection tool L Entitlements
  3. CES 3-18 reflection tool L Entitlements and infographics

These can be used in conjunction with a wide range of other resources and exemplifications collated for easy access on the DYW Summary Page of the National Improvement Hub.