Category Archives: Early Learning and Childcare

Gaelic Language Enrichment Course for teachers of Gaelic Learner and Medium Education (GLE and GME)

When: 2 – 7 July 2017 and 23 – 27 July 2017

Where: South Uist

Fee: £250

Language level: Beginner to Fluent

Brief: This Gaelic Enrichment Course is a career-long professional learning opportunity for teachers of GLE and GME. The course aims to support teachers use and develop their Gaelic language skills within a community setting. The course will be tailored to the specific needs of the teachers.  It includes: conversational skills, grammar, resources for the classroom, workshops and field trips.

For more information, please contact: Ceòlas Uibhist, Taigh Gleus, Dalabrog, Uibhist a Deas HS8 5SS Tel: 01878 700154 E-mail: info@ceolas.co.uk

www.ceolas .co.uk

New Road Safety Resources

Road Safety Scotland have developed a suite of free road safety learning resources for specific age groups from 3-18 years, with a view to developing responsible road use among young people. All their resources link to Curriculum for Excellence, incorporating experiences and outcomes in health and wellbeing; literacy and English; maths and numeracy, and many other subject areas.

The resources offer different learning styles to engage teachers and learners, and make the learning appropriate, relevant and challenging at every level, and may also help maintain the important link between school and home, allowing key road safety messages to be shared throughout the wider community. You can now access the online resources through the App Library available in Glow.

Inspection Myth Busters

1Join us on Thursday 16th March at 3.45pm to find out more about the recent changes to the inspection process with our Inspection Myth Busters Glow TV event.

Over the past months Education Scotland has developed new inspection approaches, to help you understand the changes to inspection we’re holding a Glow TV event with Alastair Delaney, Director of Inspection. You can find out more about the changes to inspections and ask Alastair questions that you have surrounding this.

Register to take part live – Inspection Myth Busters

If you unable to join us for the live event you can always catch up with the recording at another time – Glow TV’s Watch Again.

Financial Education, Numeracy and Mathematics

The ability to work with numbers is an essential part of being financially capable. This has been recognised recently in a number of support materials recently published by Education Scotland. The first of these is the National Numeracy and Progression Framework. This includes a progression pathway on money (linked to the experiences and outcomes for money in Curriculum for Excellence) One of the key aspects of this framework is the concept of understanding finance in a digital world.

As well this there is also a set of benchmarks that will support teachers in assessing learning. These Benchmarks were published in August 2016 as draft documents. There is currently an online consultation which can be accessed via the National Improvement Hub. This consultation will close on 31.3.17 and the final Benchmarks will be published in June 2017.

There are many activities that will support young people’s learning across a number of different levels to ensure that financial education can provide memorable experiences and powerful messages. In a number of practical situations the following opportunities can be provided

  • budgeting
  • investigating value for money
  • deciding on costings for design and manufacture
  • discussing types of bank cards and costs involved
  • designing coins/notes – shapes, patterns, etc
  • taking part in money games
  • investigating exchange rates
  • discussing various methods of payment and costs involved
  • using tally sheets and producing graphs/pictograms
  • engaging with money transactions – different combinations of coins and notes
  • comparing prices
  • using Automated Teller Machines (ATM) and other ‘money’ machines
  • calculating profit/loss

In addition to this engaging with numeracy and mathematics helps young people make the jump from dealing with concrete examples to the much more abstract nature of ‘money in the digital age’.

Leugh is Seinn le Linda!

Now available on Glow TV Watch Again

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Education Scotland, in partnership with Comhairle nan Leabhraichean, invites you to join in this fun-filled Glow TV session. This session will be of particular interest to children and practitioners working at early and first level literacy and Gaidhlig. The session is led by Linda MacLeod who uses storytelling in Gaelic and Gaelic song to support the development of Gaelic language with 3-5 year olds in a fun and motivating way. These are key strategies for taking forward immersion.

The session lasts approximately 30 minutes and is delivered through the medium of Gaelic.

Professional Learning for Teachers of Gaelic Medium Education (GME)

Streap, the Postgraduate Teaching Certificate for teachers of GME will start on 4 September 2017There are a limited number of places available. An induction event takes place in Glasgow on 14 and 15 September 2017.  There is now a Facebook page relating to this professional learning.   Please contact Margaret.ford@highland.gov.uk for more information. This programme is currently fully funded by the Scottish Government.  For more information, please visit:

http://www.abdn.ac.uk/education/degrees-programmes/gaelic-medium-education-pgcert-436.php

 

 

Gaelic Education Award at the Scottish Education Awards 2017

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Have you made a nomination yet for the Gaelic Education Award?

There is still time to apply!

This award is open to all 3-18 provisions doing Gaelic (Learners), Gaelic Medium as well as those that may be doing some learning of Gaelic and about Gaelic as part of the curriculum in English medium education.

Here are some questions which may encourage you to make a nomination:

  • Do children and young people enjoy learning Gaelic due to the approaches you are using?
  • Do you have a project which has included children and young people learning about Gaelic language and culture or learning some Gaelic?
  • Do you have a successful club, trip or an event which is helping children and young people to develop their fluency?
  • Does a group, organisation or business support the learning of Gaelic within your curriculum?
  • Have you changed the curriculum model with the result that there is an increase in the numbers learning Gaelic?
  • Are you using the Advice on Gaelic Education to improve the quality of provision?
  • Is there a sense of pride, value and identity with Gaelic within your provision?
  • Is there effective practice within a cluster group in implementing the 1+2 policy for language learning?
  • Do you have any effective examples of supporting families with Gaelic Education?

Please make a nomination to the Gaelic Education Award by 15 February. For more information, please visit: http://www.scottisheducationawards.org.uk/index.asp

Gaelic Education Award at the Scottish Education Awards 2017

ed-award

Have you made a nomination yet for the Gaelic Education Award?

This award is open to all 3-18 provisions doing Gaelic (Learners), Gaelic Medium as well as those that may be doing some learning of Gaelic and about Gaelic as part of the curriculum in English medium education.

Here are some questions which may encourage you to make a nomination:

  • Do children and young people enjoy learning Gaelic due to the approaches you are using?
  • Do you have a project which has included children and young people learning about Gaelic language and culture or learning some Gaelic?
  • Do you have a successful club, trip or an event which is helping children and young people to develop their fluency?
  • Does a group, organisation or business support the learning of Gaelic within your curriculum?
  • Have you changed the curriculum model with the result that there is an increase in the numbers learning Gaelic?
  • Are you using the Advice on Gaelic Education to improve the quality of provision?
  • Is there a sense of pride, value and identity with Gaelic within your provision?
  • Is there effective practice within a cluster group in implementing the 1+2 policy for language learning?
  • Do you have any effective examples of supporting families with Gaelic Education?

Please make a nomination to the Gaelic Education Award by 15 February. For more information, please visit: http://www.scottisheducationawards.org.uk/index.asp