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.
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.
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
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.
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:
Then select the activity:
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A reminder from colleagues at Moray House School of Education that they still have spaces on the upcoming Student Teacher Learning in and through Practice (STLitP) The course is fully funded and due to start on Saturday 21 January 2017 .
Who is this course for?
- all teachers appointed to the ‘cluster tutor’ role in the MSc in Transformative Learning and Teaching
- teacher mentors who expect to be supporting an MA Primary with year 3 student
- teacher mentors who expect to be supporting an MSc in Transformative Learning and Teaching student
More information and the online booking form can be found here:
SELMAS Brainstrust 3: 9 November 2016 – The Outsiders – Braes High School, Falkirk
As the title suggests, the first SELMAS Brainstrust of the session (and 3rd in total) focuses on the young people in danger of being left behind by the education system. We will hear from colleagues who have made sure that the young people in their care don’t fall into this category.
Please find more information about this free professional learning event on the SELMAS website – https://welcometoselmas.wordpress.com/2016/10/18/brains-trust-3-the-outsiders/ – where you will also find the link to enrol.
Social Enterprise Academy, with support from Education Scotland and Bòrd na Gàidhlig, are delivering an Institute of Leadership and Management Award for teachers of Gaelic Education. The next Leadership Award for Gaelic Education will commence on 11 and 12 November 2016. If you wish to enrol for this award, or require more information, please contact email@example.com.
Streap, the Postgraduate Teaching Certificate for teachers of GME is still recruiting for a 5 September 2016 start. Applications are now invited for a limited number of places. The induction to the course takes place in Glasgow on 15 and 16 September 2016.
This programme is fully funded by the Scottish Government. For more information, please go to:
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