Category Archives: Responsibility of All

Financial Education – powerful messages and memorable experiences

Much has been done over the past ten years or so to improve the quality and quantity of the financial education delivered in our schools. This has been achieved by working across the financial, education and cultural sectors to raise the status and profile of financial education but also to improve the confidence of teachers to address the issues in this area of the curriculum.  The main reasons for a continued focus on financial education are the ever changing economic, political, social and environmental issues that continue to have a wide-ranging impact on all our lives.  These contexts are a central feature of  ‘learning for sustainability’ . Financial education has an important role in tackling poverty, reducing financial and social exclusion and improving the employability skills of all our young people. This will benefit both the individual and society in general.

Financial education is about helping young people meet the financial and economic challenges, now and particularly in ‘post-Brexit Britain’. The best way to do this to make sure they receive powerful messages about money and their experiences in and out of the classroom are memorable. Economics, politics and philosophy are at the heart of the development of financial capability underpinned by numeracy and literacy skills. It should be recognised that developing financial skills will make a contribution to an individual’s economic wellbeing which in turn improves physical, mental, emotional and social wellbeing.   Issues such as

  • High levels of personal debt (including student debt)
  • Increasingly sophisticated financial products
  • Pay day and other high cost lending
  • ‘Food banks’ and increasing levels of poverty
  • High pressure advertising particularly around gambling
  • Pension regulation
  • Probable increase and fluctuations in interest rates
  • Changes to taxes and benefits

mean that there is an even greater need for individuals to take a much more active and informed interest in their own financial futures. Low levels of financial capability can be a cause and a symptom of poverty with the resulting impact on all aspects of health and wellbeing. It is really important that schools work with a range of stakeholders including credit unions to improve the financial skills of our young people.

Developing Gaelic literacy skills

Tuesday 7th February, Balnain House, Inverness; 09.15  – 17.00 Tutor: Roddy MacLean

Are you interested in developing your skills in editing and proof-reading Gaelic texts?  If so, this professional learning opportunity may be of interest to you.  It includes a focus on grammar and writing conventions.  For more information, or to register for the course, email John Storey, at the Gaelic Books Council.

Sgilean Sgrìobhaidh is Deasachaidh Gàidhlig airson nan Gnìomhachasan Cruthachail

Dimàirt 7 an Gearran, Balnain House, Inbhir Nis. 09.15 – 17.00 Neach-teagaisg: Ruairidh MacIlleathain

A bheil ùidh agad ann an obair-deasachaidh ceangailte ri leabhraichean no foillseachaidhean eile?  Ma tha, ‘s dòcha gum bi ùidh agad anns a’ chùrsa ùr seo.  Airson tuilleadh fiosrachaidh, no airson clàradh, cuiribh brath gu John Storey, Ceannard Litreachais agus Foillseachaidh.

Ski lessons for those in GME and GLE

The Gaelic organisation, Comunn na Gàidhlig (CNAG) aims to give children and young people opportunities to use and apply their Gaelic skills in situations beyond school. CNAG are currently offering ski lessons through the medium of Gaelic at Nevis Range, Glenshee, The Lecht, Glen Coe and Cairn Gorm. For more information, please contact fios@spors.scot or phone 01463-234138.

Tha CNAG a’ tabhann leasanan sgithidh do dh’òigridh. Tha iad ri fhaighinn aig gach ionad sgithidh ann an Alba (Monadh Nibheis, Gleann Sìth, An Leac, Gleann Comhann agus An Càrn Gorm).

Gheibhear tuilleadh fiosrachaidh bho fios@spors.scot no 01463 234138. 

Career Education Standard 3 – 18: Suite of Learning Resources

A suite of learning resources are currently being produced to  career standardssupport professional  development related to career education.  These resources  will cover a variety of key themes such as labour market information, career management skills, enterprise and entrepreneurship, My world of Work etc. and relate this to Career Education Standard 3-18.

Learning outcomes

As a result of engaging with this learning you will have:

  • an understanding of the purpose and aim of the Career Education Standard (3 – 18) (CES);
  • an understanding of the part you are expected to play, along with partners, in the implementation of the CES;
  • an understanding of the entitlements for children and young people;
  • developed, through self-evaluation, your understanding of the CES expectations in relation to your current practice;
  • identified areas of the CES expectations for your professional learning; and
  • a plan to take forward manageable changes to your practice.

Who is this learning for?

The resource  contribute to professional learning for practitioners at all levels working with children and young people within early learning and childcare, primary, secondary, special schools, colleges, private training providers, third sector providers, social work, community learning and development and other specialist learning providers including secure and residential settings.

LERANRING RESOURCES

Learning Resource 1:  An Introduction to the Career Education Standard 3-18

This resource introduces you to the standard, its context, purpose and expectations in a logical and manageable format. The materials include a self-evaluation tool and contain references to How good is our school? (4th Edition). Engaging with this professional learning resource will help you build on your existing practice.

Downloads :

Learning Resource 2:   Introduction to the Labour Market Information (LMI)

This resource offers  introductory level learning  to LMI and how this can be accessed and used to support learning and the development of career management skills (CMS) in  relation to the Career Education Standard.  It is structured to begin to inform and to help you reflect on your existing practice.

Download: lr2-intro-to-labour-market-information

Learning Resources 3:   Introduction to Career Management Skills

This resource helps to familiarize practitioners with CMS and how this can be used in wider context of learning and teaching.  It relates directly to the entitlements set out in the CES.

Downloads:

The following resources are currently in development

  • Learning Resources 4:   Introduction to my World of Work
  • Learning Resources 5:   Introduction to Enterprise Education

Creativity: The Big Picture – new Creativity JPEGs available for use in presentations, reports, posters and online.

The following JPEGs and PNGs (with a transparent background) are drawn from the Creativity: The Big Picture infographic available on the National Improvement Hub.

Please use and share the images as widely as possible with educators, learners and partners in presentations, reports, posters and online.

You can also build your own infographics from scratch using the Everything Is Creative online tool and make your own use of the artwork you see here.

 

What are creativity skills? – new Creativity JPEGs available for use in presentations, reports, posters and online.

The following JPEGs and PNGs (with a transparent background) are drawn from the What are creativity skills? infographic, poster for learners, poster for staff, and poster for early learning and childcare settings, all available on the National Improvement Hub.

Please use and share the images as widely as possible with educators, learners and partners in presentations, reports, posters and online.

You can also build your own infographics from scratch using the Everything Is Creative online tool and make your own use of the artwork you see here.

International School Meals Day Competition

Why not take part in a competition for children and young people to enter to help decide the theme for next year’s International School Meals Day?

Your school or class could take part during Scottish School Meals Week 31st October – 4th November 2016.

https://blogs.glowscotland.org.uk/glowblogs/eslb/2016/10/13/scottish-school-meals-week-31st-october-4th-november/

The flyer/poster is attached, and it would be helpful if you could please distribute it as widely as possible within your school, learning centre and community.

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There are three options to vote / choose:
• Food that reflects your heritage, culture or traditions
• Recipes that help make the most of the food you have at hand
• Completely open to suggestions!

There is a closing date of 7 November – and the chance to win an Amazon voucher!

 

Scots in Shawlands

By Adam Black

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“We at Shawlands decided that it would be nice for our Primary Two classes to learn a little about Scots language. On discussing this with the children they seemed very upbeat and interested. We decided to start off our learning process by teaching some classic Scottish songs (Skyscraper Wean/Cannae Shove yer Grannie Aff a Bus etc) and by reading ‘The Gruffalo’ in Scots. This worked well and the children were hooked!

We decided to create Scots language dictionaries where the children copy down a Scots word and write what they think it means before writing down the true translation. This created lots of hilarity in the class.

We then thought it would be good to seek a talk form a professional. The children love receiving visitors and when I contacted the Education Scotland Scots language team they were prompt and pleasant in their reply. We very quickly set up a date for Bruce Eunson to come in and speak to the children. Bruce had a lovely manner with the children and they were captivated from start to finish. They really enjoyed his use of Scots and the game he played with the red balls was one they adored (I also liked it and will steal it for my own literacy work!).

Bruce also introduced us to the NLS Oor Wullie Scots website. This is a fantastic resource which we wouldn’t have found ourselves. It has interesting activities which are easy to use. It has also captured the children’s imagination as several children have come into school with Oor Wullie annuals.

Overall we are delighted that we chose to look at Scots. The children are really benefiting from learning a little about their cultural history and are enjoying throwing the occasional Scots word into lessons. They loved meeting Bruce and practising with Oor Wullie. A enjoyable experience for all and one we will use with our classes for years to come!”

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Estimation and Rounding

Join us on the National Numeracy and Mathematics Hub

What is the hub?

Easy to use, professional, online learning community for practitioners across Scotland, provided by the numeracy and mathematics team at Education Scotland.

What does the hub offer?

Innovative, rich CLPL in different aspects of numeracy and mathematics via dialogue, sharing resources, interactive Glow TV broadcasts and research

Please join us for the next instalment of our SSLN support  which focusses on estimation and rounding on 01/11/16.

Some questions to consider:

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Join in the debate on our National Numeracy and Mathematics community.

Scottish School Meals Week 31st October – 4th November

Scottish School Meals Week

31st October – 4th November 2016

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Each day will have a different food focus. Please see attached for further information.

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Planning on joining in?

Share your story with @EducationScot @SchoolMeals using #scotmealsweek #FoodEdFriday

Catering colleagues in schools will also have details regarding the week long celebration.

Monday : Scottish School Cook of the Year 2016, Maria Millar’s menu; delicious chicken enchiladas & coleslaw, followed by strawberry cheesecake.

What can you do? Talk about the journey of food in Scotland, undertake taste tests, create and make your own recipes, keep a food diary.

Tuesday : Meat Free Day : school meals will include Quorn based recipes meeting school meal standards such as Quorn mince in a spicy tomato sauce or Quorn tikka masala.

What can you do?  Discuss nutritional needs through exploring different dietary requirements. Taste test the meat free option offered in the school dining hall.

Wednesday : The Great Scottish Bake Off. Does your school cook have what it takes to join the best in Scotland for a bake off? Information and nominations can be found here; https://www.unileverfoodsolutions.co.uk/menu-support/baking-in-schools/big-school-bake-off-scotland.html

Make sure you nominate them no later than Friday 21st October!

What can you do?  Host your own class bake off with catering colleagues as your judges.

Thursday : Big Brakes Scot Pot Challenge.

What can you do? Can  learners  design a one pot meal containing locally sourced ingredients?

Friday : Charity Day:  Supporting Social Bite http://social-bite.co.uk/  or your own school nominated charity.

What can you do? Keep safe and hygienic when preparing food for a special school cafe event.