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
e-Sgoil’s engagement with the Scottish Attainment Challenge is now documented as part of a Live Narrative Project. This sharing of practice is intended to assist senior leaders and teachers with improving practice through the medium of Gaelic and English. More information can be found at
Seminar at the Scottish Learning Festival
Leven Room, 16:15-17:15
Wednesday 19 September 2018
Names of key presenters:
Gillian Hamilton (Strategic Director, Education Scotland), Carrie Lindsay (Executive Director of Education and Children’s Services, Fife and Regional Improvement Lead, South East Alliance), headteachers from across Scotland.
Are you considering applying for a headship? This informal discussion brings together headteachers working in different sectors across Scotland to share their experiences of headship. Carrie and Gillian will discuss the support available for aspiring and new headteachers, and the changing responsibilities and expectations of the headteacher role. A panel of headteachers will share their experiences. Anne Graham, headteacher, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar will represent Gaelic Medium Education (GME) on this panel.
e-Sgoil is an interactive, real-time teaching facility which uses Glow, Office 365 and Vscene to support the teaching of Gaelic and through Gaelic in any school in Scotland. It supports the curriculum for 1+2, Gaelic Learner and Gaelic Medium Education. A short promotional video is available here:
National perspective on the curriculum
“HM Inspectors found that in primary schools, most staff used Curriculum for Excellence well to plan learning experiences which were broad and balanced. However, they noted that improvements are required in secondary schools to ensure personalised learning pathways for young people in GME. Staff need to make better use of digital technology, partnerships with the local community and businesses and colleges to support delivery of some of the curriculum through Gaelic.” Read more in the report, Quality and Improvement in Scottish Education
Support for self-evaluation
Case study and challenge questions on improving the secondary GME and GLE curriculum
A review of e-Sgoil’s first year of operation is available here:
For more information, please contact email@example.com or phone 01851 822850.
Our latest briefing on Gaelic Education is now available and features:
- Details of the seminar for Gaelic Education at the Scottish Learning Festival on Wednesday 19 September, 09.30-10.15. This year’s seminar is designed to support strategic planning for the expansion of ELC 1140 hours, with some advice on the GME senior phase.
- A practice exemplar and challenge questions to support the development of the secondary GME curriculum.
- Support for social studies in the GME curriculum: Please log in to Glow and on to the Social Studies Network (#socialstudies) to find Gaelic versions of resources for Gallipoli and World War 1. A grant of £250 is available to support learning on the First World War. This is also an opportunity to enhance intergenerational links and technology skills within the curriculum.
- Details of the professional learning that Education Scotland is delivering at An t-Alltan in September. These focus on: leadership in GME, effective early learning and childcare (ELC) in GME and the National Standardised Assessments for GME.
- A new resource, through the medium of Gaelic, for self-evaluation The Gaelic version of How good is OUR school? Part 1 and Part 2 is now available on the National Improvement Hub.
Please follow this link to our Briefings.
There are ongoing updates on our blog for GME and Gaelic Learner Education.
Do your plans for the curriculum include developing children and young people’s knowledge, skills and understanding of the First World War? Do you intend to do some intergenerational work to promote children and young people’s Gaelic language skills? Has your tracking of children and young people’s skills in technology shown a gap for which an opportunity to create a film would be useful?
A grant of £250 is available, as part of the Scottish Government’s five-year World War 1 Commemorative Programme, to mark the centenary of the First World War. It aims to help children and young people develop their understanding of the causes of the First World War and impact on people’s lives.
More information is available at: