This one-day event will bring together teachers, education professionals and communities from across Scotland to discuss tackling homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying and celebrating difference through a series of interactive workshops, keynote speeches and panel discussions.
The annual Education Conference will take place at the Hilton Grosvenor, Edinburgh on Friday 3 June.
Further information and booking details available here.
We thought we’d let you know of an event hosted by Inspiring Scotland and Children in Need and supported by Jeely Piece to look at lots of different ways to facilitate play.
The event is designed to showcase the raft of playful activities that can be delivered for disadvantaged children and young people across Scotland, playful opportunities that require little or no equipment, and that can be utilised in family’s homes, in their communities and in schools. Play can make a massive difference in the lives of children and young people and not just at an early age. This event will demonstrate how play activities can be delivered in different ways with all age groups.
The event will also look at how funding is available to charitable organisations to kick start and support playful opportunities that enhance the lives of Scotland’s children and young people.
The event is practical and will be both indoors and outdoors, so please come dressed appropriately for the weather on the day and wear outdoor shoes.
During the day workshops will be on offer:
o Inclusive Play – Capability Scotland
o Play Rangers and Street Play – Possibilities for Each and Every Kid
o Active Play – Agile, Healthy Valleys and Jeely Piece Club
o Risky Play – Play Scotland and Care Commission
o Cooking Outdoors and Fire Play – Broxburn Family Centre
o Mini Play Rangers – Parent Action for Safe Play and Youth Scotland
Ceitidh is now available from CALL Scotland’s Scottish voice website alongside “Heather” and “Stuart”, the two Scottish computer voices. Heather and Stuart are also licenced for the entire Scottish Public Sector.
The new Gaelic computer voice is licensed for the Scottish public sector, so it can be used by students in schools, colleges and universities, NHS patients, and employees in the public sector. CALL also has permission to distribute the voice to charities.
The Gaelic voice works on Windows and Macintosh computers and can be used to:
read Gaelic web sites, ebooks, textbooks, SQA exam papers and other curriculum resources;
check writing, emails, and social media posts – proofreading by listening can improve spelling and grammar;
The voice will be particularly helpful for Gaelic speakers with dyslexia, reading difficulties and visual impairment, but it should also be useful for anyone learning or working in Gaelic.
This document aims to support care staff working collaboratively with education staff to support children and young people with their learning in the care setting. It recognises that care staff are already supporting children and young people’s learning in care, and aims to provide them with practical examples which will assist services to further improve learning outcomes for children and young people across care and education. The examples of learning experiences which follow are organised in the 3 key curriculum areas which are the responsibility of all: literacy, numeracy and health and wellbeing.
Scotland’s new Chief Medical Officer Dr Catherine Calderwood today visited Sciennes Primary School in Edinburgh to launch the Primary Futures ‘Who’s in Health?’ campaign; to help young children understand how people in the health sector use literacy, maths and science in their jobs.
Who’s in Health? is a free initiative for state primary schools run by the Education and Employers charity in partnership with the Medical Schools Council. It encourages volunteers from the healthcare sector to visit primary schools and chat informally to children about their jobs. This is to help the children (aged 7–11) see the relevance of what they are learning – especially in science, mathematics and English – and to broaden and raise their future aspirations. Volunteers may be hospital doctors, GPs, nurses, ambulance drivers, high street pharmacists, healthcare assistants, dieticians, surgeons, midwives, students and researchers to name just a few. Volunteers and schools connect via the free online service Primary Futures.
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is the leading known preventable cause of permanent learning disability worldwide and is caused by maternal use of alcohol during pregnancy. Affected children can have a wide range of physical, growth and neurobehavioural problems which impact on their everyday lives and limit their independence. Often teachers are the first professional to notice a child has difficulties.
As part of a programme of events over the last 4 years, the Scottish Government has arranged a free event for nursery and primary school teachers. The event’s keynote speaker is Dr Ana Hanlon-Dearman – a Developmental Paediatrician from the Manitoba FASD Centre in Canada. The Scottish Government has worked closely with Dr Hanlon-Dearman in moving FASD forward in Scotland. Dr Hanlon-Dearman has a wealth of experience working with schools in Manitoba, and will be discussing their work supporting children and young people, as well as tools that have proved successful.
For further information or to book a space on the event, please contact Jamie.firstname.lastname@example.org 0131 244 4634.
The Rights, Support and Wellbeing Team hope to revise the current guidance and training materials on solution oriented approaches in schools in the coming school session. We hope to update this to reflect the ongoing innovative work that is being implemented in local authorities and will be looking for a number of representatives to support a working group to take this forward.
If you are involved in this work and are interested, contact:
Following the successful launch of ‘Nurturing Approaches in Secondary Schools’ training materials at the Scottish Learning Festival, we have a number of National Training events coming up soon. Part 1, of a 4 Day Training, will be held in Glasgow on the 2nd and 3rd of November and Part 2 will be held in Glasgow on the 23rd and 24th of November. There will be a second event in Edinburgh with Part 1 being held on the 10th and 11th of November and Part 2 on the 15th and 16th of December. This training will cover all the key modules over a 4 day training period and will enable key staff to deliver it and embed it within a local authority or within their own school. Recommended participants at this training would include: Authority representatives with a key inclusion/support remit; school senior management; nurture teachers and Educational Psychologists. There will be an expectation that attendees with evaluate the impact of the training immediately after and 3 months after attending.
A number of local authorities have also embarked on their own bespoke training for Nurture including East Dunbartonshire and North Ayrshire. This can be negotiated as part of an authorities strategic focus with link officers and the RSW Team. There is also ongoing evaluation and support for a number of pilot schools who are taking this initiative forward and we look forward to sharing more on how this has been going, with you in the future.
The First Minister on 1 September 2015 launched a draft National Improvement Framework for Scottish Education. The Framework will bring together, in a more consistent way, the key information that is needed to support improvement for children. It builds on the strong foundations of Curriculum for Excellence and aims to ensure that parents, teachers, schools, and local authorities, as well as nationally, we have the access to the right type of information that tells them about the progress of children.
The Framework sets out 6 areas where activity and support is planned:
• School improvement
• School leadership
• Teacher professionalism
• Assessment of children’s progress
• Parental involvement
• Performance information.
Join us at one of our regional events for teachers, parents and local authorities to hear more about the six areas that will be included in the Framework. You will have the opportunity to discuss and exchange views on what this means for you and for children. This is an opportunity to share your thoughts on the draft Framework as we work together to develop it further.
The eight regional events will take place at locations across Scotland with the first event taking place on 29 September 2015 at the University of Edinbugh. The other events are planned for Glasgow, Inverness and Aberdeen.
Please click here to register your place at one of the events.