Jul 132015
 

A key message from the recent Attaining Creative Solutions event was that if we want to engage learners, close the attainment gap and help young people develop the skills they need in order to thrive in an unpredictable and fast changing world, we can’t afford not to be creative.

This National Creative Learning Network event brought together senior education staff and practitioners from local authorities across Scotland with operational and strategic responsibility for attainment, employability and/or creativity and provided them with the opportunity to explore how they could use creativity to address these challenges in their local context.

The event was facilitated by Paul Collard, CEO of Creativity, Culture and Education, who drew on international research, policy and practice to discuss the importance of creativity in learning and its impact on learners’ attainment and the development of employability/career management skills.

Also featured was the launch of a new publication by Sir Tim Brighouse and education consultant David Cameron, ‘Ten challenges to becoming a truly creative school’, which became the focus for discussion sessions on how participants might work together to use creativity in their own roles in order to improve outcomes for learners.

 

Creative Conversation Panel

Creative Conversation Panel

An early evening Creative Conversation, We can work it out, featured Hywel Roberts, curriculum innovator and author of ‘Oops! Helping Children Learn Accidentally’, Andy Gray, Head of Schools and Communities, City of Edinburgh Council, Paul Collard and David Cameron. Film footage of this conversation which summed up the key messages of the day can be seen here: http://bit.ly/creativeconversationsplaylist

 

 

Dr Alasdair Allan, Minister for Learning, Science and Scotland’s Languages attended the evening conversation and was pleased to show the Government’s support for Scotland’s Creative Learning Plan. He commented that creativity is vital to the future of Scotland, both economically and in terms of culture and wellbeing – it can engage young people, tap into and develop their potential and have a powerful impact on attainment. Dr Allan stated that ’We want the best in creative learning to be an entitlement for all our young people’ and emphasised the Scottish Government’s confidence in the teaching profession to work collectively to continuously improve.

The following day National Creative Learning Network members met at Jupiter Artland for an inspiring day with Hywel Roberts who shared ideas and practical advice on using creative approaches to engage learners. The group explored the creative learning potential of Jupiter Artland’s education activities and heard from senior staff from Corstorphine Primary and Balerno Community High School on how they are embedding creativity within teaching and learning across the curriculum.

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Feedback from the two days has been overwhelmingly positive. There is a strong sense of recognition that engagement is key and that creativity is an essential element in engaging all young people in learning.

This National Creative Learning Network event was delivered in partnership with Edinburgh Creative Learning Network, and was part of the Emporium of Dangerous Ideas programme. It was supported by Education Scotland in partnership with Creative Scotland.

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Funded by the Royal Academy of Engineering, Dundee-based engineers and students will be preparing activities and learning information packages for use in class and online to explain the processes involved in the building of Dundee’s new railway station.

Resources for the classroom

Free online activities and class materials will be released with each stage through our website at

www.abertay.ac.uk/open/engineering

These will have background information about what’s happening at the Railway Station, images and associated learning activities aimed at each level of the curriculum. Corresponding Es&Os will be highlighted for each learning unit.

We will also send out posters for display in classrooms to highlight the STEM subjects and raise awareness of career prospects in engineering for your pupils.

“Scotland needs to find more than 147,000 extra engineers by 2022 in order to tap into rising demand worth billions of pounds to the economy”

Engineering UK 2015 ‘The State of Engineering’, produced for the Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET)

 

 

Delivery points and stages of the learning programme:

Learning programme delivery dates Construction / Deconstruction dates Building phases and learning contexts
October to December 2015 2010 to 2013 Preconstruction phase. Dundee Railway Station is part of Dundee City’s 30 year Waterfront Regeneration project. Engineering content: The Victorian Railway tunnel which runs under the Central Waterfront development zone presented engineers with complex deconstruction challenges when bringing down the existing buildings. In addition, the road network through the central zone has to be reconfigured frequently to allow each stage of the area’s deconstruction and reconstruction to be carried out considerately and effectively. Learning opportunities will focus on the planning, design and costs of different options to the old railway station in Dundee.
Dec 2013; Dec 2014 Removing the old Railway Station building. Engineering content: The focus of this milestone will be the problematic removal of the building with live railway lines running underneath the station. Learning opportunities will provide a summary of the advance works that have been carried out to bring the students up to date on the background of the project including: utility diversions, stage 1 demolition of road over rail bridges and construction of new bridge structure and road, diversion of pedestrians and vehicles, construction of extended lay-by and bus area, construction of the temporary station facilities prior to demolition of the existing concourse building, Rail Maintenance Offices and bridge deck.
Sept – Jan 2016 Installing services. This topic will focus on how services are installed with the focus on the future needs of the railway station and how these predictions are made. The new infrastructure network currently being implemented as part of the £0.5 billion redevelopment of the Central Waterfront will include: the highest specification digital communication, an integrated transport hub at the new rail station and updated utilities.


January to June 2016 Jan – Aug 2016 Building the foundations for the new Railway Station. Engineering content: Foundations at this site will be problematic as this land was reclaimed c1900. The bearing pressure is inconsistent. This milestone will focus on ground engineering design and why piled foundations have been specified in this build project. Particular attention has to be on preserving the integrity of the railway abutment walls and working with live rail traffic, whilst installing rotary percussion bored piles
Feb to Aug 16 Bridge Construction, Ground Floor Structure & Platform Works. Engineering content: Installation of pre-fabricated steel beams, permanent deck formwork, steel reinforcement and in situ concrete over a live railway line.
Aug 2016 to Jan 2017 Building the superstructure of the railway station and hotel above. The new station concourse will consist of a triple-height arched space, framelessly glazed at both ends. The arched form responds to the structural requirement to span across the railway bridge below. Engineering content: will address construction considerations, materials and support requirements in building such an open expansive supporting structure over a tunnel, with the additional complexities of operating the build over live railway lines.
Oct 2016 to July 2017 Temporary Works. Engineering content: Construction of a multi storey building in close proximity to the railway and within a constrained site creates significant potential risks to both employee health and safety and for the protection of the railway infrastructure. The sequencing of the construction of the steel frame building is critical to ensure that at all times throughout the works the temporary structure is safe. Significant temporary measures will be required to be designed and installed throughout the course of the construction.
April 2016 Sustainability. Sustainability of buildings during construction, service and demolition is a major part of the design of any building. This session will include the three main pillars of sustainability in the construction context.
Oct 16 to Sept 2017 The External Building Cladding & Internal fit out Engineering content: incorporation of utilities, avoiding clash with steelwork, floors, walls and ceilings how 3D modelling helped to reduce delays and decrease fabrication costs on site. Ensuring the hotel rooms are constructed to provide the specified sound acoustic performance requirements.
Health & Safety will be covered in each section of the project. Introducing the importance of health and safety on site using topics such as the protection of the public and traffic management. Situated in the middle of one of Dundee’s busiest roads, traffic management of this site is a major part of the planning.

 

Jul 012015
 

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Summer of Learning Professional Development

The 2015 Summer of Learning professional development series is brought to you by Share My Lesson in partnership with content leaders, authors and experienced educators. Over the course of four special days, preK-12 educators and parents have access to dozens of new webinars—for free.

The Professional Development Content Series includes:

  • Thursday, June 11: Summer Learning
  • Thursday, June 25: Humanities
  • Thursday, July 9: STEM
  • Thursday, July 23: Classroom Foundation and Back to School

How do I register?

  • Select one or all of the webinars below, and click register.
  • Each session will last about 50 minutes.

How do I get professional development credit?

  • Each webinar offers one hour of professional development credit.
  • The certificate will be available in your webinar portal at the end of each webinar.
  • You will be required to answer poll questions and complete a survey to receive the certificate.

REGISTER NOW

Jul 012015
 

 

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A crowd funding web site recently raised more than two million US dollars to fund solar roadways. These roads, claim the developers, will remain snow-free, and, at the click of a switch, can be transformed into car parks or even sports pitches. In this activity students consider whether solar roadways are worth funding. They critique claims using reasoning and evidence, and apply what they know about generating electricity in solar cells, to make a decision.

Curriculum links include energy transfers, renewable energy sources, wave motion: waves transferring energy

Jun 162015
 

Keep Scotland Beautiful (KSB) have launched a nationalyreCircleImageWeb journalism programme for young people. Young Reporters Scotland (YRS) is a sustainable development initiative which offers young people the opportunity to build their skills and experience in journalism and be part of an international group producing creative solutions to issues within their communities.

Schools and community groups running relevant clubs and activities are invited to enter the 2015 national competition by submitting entries which investigate an environmental problem or sustainability issue. A range of suggested themes are designed to support entrants to identify topics. Creativity is encouraged so entries can be in a range of different media; articles, blogs, videos, animations and photographs are all eligible.

Find out more, register to take part and access support materials at www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/yrs or email enquiries to lyndsay.sutton@keepscotlandbeautiful.org.

Jun 102015
 

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Register today for the Bank of Scotland £5 design challenge, a unique art and design competition for budding designers aged 4-14.

The Bank of Scotland £5 design challenge celebrates Bank of Scotland’s partnership with BBC Children in Need. The challenge asks pupils to design a banknote that depicts “What BBC Children in Need means to you”. 

The first prize winner will see their design produced as a limited edition £5 Bank of Scotland banknote. 

Exclusive access to resources

Schools that register will get exclusive access to downloadable classroom resources including; Teacher Notes, an introductory PowerPoint taking you through how to run the challenge, a classroom poster and competition entry leaflet. The resources have been developed to make the delivery of this competition fun and simple in the lead up to the end of term.

The first 200 schools to register will receive a printed pack including 130 competition leaflets and a poster for your school.

Benefits include

  • Curriculum links to Art and Design, Health and Wellbeing and Literacy
  • Easy to use and adaptable resources that can be used in class for a quick fun activity or set as a homework task.

In addition to seeing their design produced as a limited edition £5 Bank of Scotland banknote the winner will also receive:

  • visit to De La Rue, Basingstoke, for the winning pupil (with a parent or guardian) to meet the banknote designer and learn how banknotes are prepared for production
  • a framed digital print of the banknote for the winning pupil
  • a framed digital print banknote for their school
  • a visit from Pudsey Bear for your school

Two lucky age group category winners will receive great prizes too.

Don’t miss out, register now to give your pupils the chance to win a once in a lifetime opportunity to create a real banknote featuring their very own design

NationalSchoolsPartnership  

Tel:020 7198 8374

Web:www.nationalschoolspartnership.com

Email: info@nationalschoolspartnership.com

Jun 082015
 

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During a number of recent events and presentations about learning for sustainability, I have displayed the above word cloud with the question “Where do we start?”. Different practitioners offer different responses. My response is to assure everyone that where you start is far less important than actually getting started and making the connections between the many exciting areas of this agenda.

Making connections is exactly what Ben Mali MacFadyen from Eco Drama has been doing throughout the Out to Play project. Working with children and teachers across Glasgow, Out to Play seeks to facilitate interaction with the natural world through quality artistic experiences, re-thinking traditional views of nature as merely ‘sites’ and ‘reserves’, noticing and appreciating nature on our doorstep. Eco-Drama

Sessions have been tailored to the unique surroundings of each school, and through imaginative play & adventurous learning, Out to Play aims to deepen young people’s connection to our natural world.

Ben’s blog offers a detailed and reflective account of the process thus far, providing some wonderful insights into the children’s learning. He has also shared a number of very practical ideas and approaches for engaging pupils in the outdoors.

For further information on Education Scotland support for outdoor learning, click here.

Jun 022015
 

Go to http://www.educationscotland.gov.uk/readyforemergencies/index.asp for topical, relevant learning! Has anyone seen the weather warnings and flood warnings that have been issued?

Why does it always rain on me (100 x 100)

Education Scotland’s go-to website for lesson ideas on severe weather and flooding.

Go to http://www.educationscotland.gov.uk/weatherandclimatechange/climatechange/index.asp for ideas on taking climate change issues further with your class.

 

 

Jun 012015
 

Community resilience activities around Scotland:

Please see below for the latest information on what’s happening in education and resilience:

Glow meet Watch Again

An enthusiastic and inspiring nineteen year old organised a trip to Greenland with three friends last summer to record the impact of climate change on the landscape and on the people. He will be discussing the footage he took and the soundtrack he recorded.  This can all be found on Education Scotland’s Weather and Climate Change page.

I would be grateful if you could pass this information  on to any of your local schools who might be interested in this.

This summer he is planning a trip to the Himalayas where again he will be recording his findings and sharing with Education Scotland.  He is a very engaging and enthusiastic presenter and this will hopefully encourage discussion in classrooms about the effects of a changing climate.

Community Resilience Networking Event 5th June 2015 in the Menzies Hotel, Glasgow

Target audience: teachers, school managers, local authority education officers, community resilience officers, flood planners, emergency planning officers and civil contingency officers.

This event is free.  To book a place at this event please click on this link https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/C66DZ8N It is advisable to book early to avoid disappointment. For any questions about the event please contact: Joanne.Walker@educationscotland.gsi.gov.uk

 

Ready for Emergencies website update

This is a resource aimed at teachers to help them deliver community resilience themed lessons in the classroom.  What could you add?

We need photos, case studies and footage to really help bring the learning to life.  We’d be really grateful if you were able to add anything to the website, please let me know if you do. Many thanks for your help with this.
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Local Authorities

Scottish Borders Council

Education Scotland visited Earlston High School at the start of May to observe a resilience themed day organised by S3 pupils, Principal Teacher of Guidance Scott Watson and Kevin Sewell Assistant Emergency Planning Officer– Photos taken by the press team  The Pupils from Earlston High School took part in a number of exercises to give them an insight into dealing with emergency situations.  The exercises were run by a number of outside agencies including Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Borders Search and Rescue Unit, Salvation Army, Scottish Borders Council, British Red Cross and Police Scotland.

Highland Council

Education Scotland visited Safe Highlanders earlier this month.  It is an annual event that promotes community safety, health and crime prevention to pupils. Primary 7 pupils get their chance to experience a number of potentially hazardous situations and participate in a range of simulated practical exercises. It is organised by The Highland Council, High Life Highland, Police Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Scottish and Southern Energy, Scorrish Environment Protection Agency, British Red Cross, Institute of Safety and Health, and Fujitsu.

Perth and Kinross, Angus and Dundee Councils

There’s a similar event to Highland Council’s, called Safe Taysiders. It takes place over two weeks in May and is for P7 pupils in the Perth and Kinross, Angus and Dundee council areas. It involves a range of partners delivering hazard and safety advice.

Glasgow City Council

This is another website that has information on different cities and how they are resilient. Glasgow has recently become a part of this.

On this website you can search for other cities that have similar or different issues to Glasgow.

Essex Council

This council has a Developing Community Resilience Through Schools project.  This project aims to increase the resilience of schools to emergencies by providing national resources for schools to use: ‘What if? Molly and Ben go to the beach’ ‘What if? Molly and Ben are flooded…’ ‘What if? Molly and Ben have a power cut!’ ‘What if? The weather is bad…’
Please do get in touch!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 282015
 

IS Tech at Work Special cover May 15Every aspect of the curriculum has a part to play in helping children and young people understand the world of work, the parts which they might play, and the contributions they might make to business, employment and the economy in their careers beyond school. Within that overall framework it is possible to see a unique role for the technologies, and the particular logic and clarity of a special relationship which the technologies can share with creative, productive working life in the 21st century.

Over a number of years, and through many different programmes and initiatives, national and local governments have recognised the importance of the technologies in supporting young people’s expanding awareness of careers and working life. For example, the Technical and Vocational Education Initiative (TVEI) invested £1bn in schools across the UK over a span of 10 years or so; and more recently the Scottish Government’s Determined to Succeed programme focused a further £100m on developing young people’s readiness for work, much of it supporting technological skills and knowledge.

Building Society: Young people’s experiences and outcomes in the technologies was launched on 9 March 2015.  It’s vision for leanign in, through and about the technologies, makes clear the improtance of cultivating strong links and associations with the progress being achieved in Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce, in the wake of the Wood Commision report an dthe Scottish Government’s response.

Technologies at Work highlights ideas, issues, projects and resources from across the learning and skills landscape.  It aims to help business and schools identify and make the most of the common objectives and synergies of the technologies and young workforce initiatives.  It makes connections between subject areas, between education and business sectors, and between the economy and learning.

Education Scotland, who commissioned this Informed Scotland Special, encourages partners on business and across education establishments to use the resource, recognising the important bridge th technologies provides between the communities of school and work.

Find the full version here

 

 

 

 

 

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