The National Museum of Scotland and the Scottish Book Trust have produced two resources, available online, which support the First Minister’s Reading Challenge. To access these resources please follow the links below:
Cuir sgeulachd ri chèile san taigh-tasgaidh – This resource can be used at any museum across the UK.
Leugh do shlighe timcheall Taigh-tasgaidh Naiseanta na h-Alba! – This resource is for use at the National Museum of Scotland.
National Digital Learning Week is back! This year the event will take place Monday 13 until Friday 17 May.
For this year’s even all Early Learning and Childcare Centres and Schools across Scotland are invited to take part in 5 Curriculum focused challenges in: STEM, Social Studies, Expressive Arts, Numeracy and Literacy.
Here’ a 2 minute video that tells you everything you need to know about the event.
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Seo fiosrachadh ùr bhuainn:
Please see our February Briefing on Gaelic Education here:
Please follow the link below to view our briefings on Gaelic Education which keep practitioners updated of some of Education Scotland’s, and key partners’, support for improvement in Gaelic Education.
Education Scotland has published the Gaelic version of e-Sgoil’s live narrative project here:
This project outlines e-Sgoil’s virtual learning approach to overcoming barriers to learning across a range of local authorities and aspects of pedagogy. It is intended to assist senior leaders and teachers with improving practice through the medium of Gaelic and English.
21st and 22nd March 2019 Glasgow – Optima Building, Glasgow
Many people may believe that children and young people must be punished when they misbehave. This type of response can be ineffective, dangerous, breed resentment and make situations worse as a child or young person can be resentful of punishment rather than reflective of their actions. Children and young people require the opportunity to hear about and face up to the harm and distress they have caused others.
Restorative approaches are built on values which separate the person from the behaviour. They promote accountability and seek to repair any harm caused in a situation.
What are restorative approaches?
Schools may use restorative approaches as part of a planned response to relationship and/or discipline difficulties. This is a more effective response than traditional punishments. Restorative approaches can change the emotional atmosphere in a school and lead to more positive relationships between pupils and between pupils and staff.
These two day national training events are open to all staff and managers working in schools who have an interest in improving the ethos and culture in their school or setting.
Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come basis. Previous feedback includes “one of the most valuable training experiences I have ever been on”.
Solution Oriented Approaches
9th and 10th May 2019- Victoria Quay, Edinburgh
Solution oriented approaches aim to build individual capacity for effective problem solving and reflective practice and can be used effectively to support key meetings and discussions within schools. This is a strengths-based approach which, while acknowledging problems, focuses on future possibilities and solutions.
Solution oriented approaches have been used by practitioners in schools for a number of years with regard to supporting day-to-day practice and have also supported whole school strategic change. More recently, solution oriented practice has been used effectively to actively support positive relationships and culture change in the classroom.
This two day training aims to increase understanding and awareness of the approach and develop participant skills in working with individuals and groups, as well as developing the skills to run solution-oriented meetings.
Book a place
If you are interested in booking a place please email the following address putting the name and date of the relevant course in the subject heading of the e-mail.
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.
Comann nam Pàrant, the national organisation that advises and supports parents/carers of those in Gaelic Medium Education (GME), have published their latest newsletter.
The newsletter provides a useful update, including:
- Learning together, 2018 – 2021: Scotland’s national action plan on parental involvement, parental engagement, family learning and learning at home.
- A new foundation apprenticeship through the medium of Gaelic entitled, Social Services: Children and Young People
- National standardised assessments for Gaelic Medium Education(GME): Measaidhean Coitcheann Nàiseanta Gàidhlig (MCNG).
- Expansion of GME in local authorities.
- Comann nam Pàrant’s offer of a school trip to support the development of language skills
- New television programmes for children to support Gaelic language learning
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Announcing the Founders4Schools iPad App
On October 9th we announced the new Founders4Schools iPad App being rolled out across schools in Glasgow City. A brand new tool for teachers who want their students to benefit from encounters with local business leaders. The first version of the app will let teachers go through the full booking process: set up your event, share the details with us and find suitable speakers from the local area. It also provides plenty of detail about each potential speaker, as well as filters to help you select business leaders relevant to your school.
New case study formats
Whether you are a teacher, practitioner or an employer an easy way to get a feel for what Founders4Schools can offer you have a look at the following exemplars:
September has been our best month ever!
Over the month of September teachers across Scotland booked Founders4Schools encounters which will positively affect 3300 young people in Scotland. Have a look at our events map and see what’s happening near you. https://dywscot.founders4schools.org.uk/events Then why not book an event in your area? https://dywscot.founders4schools.org.uk/search/full