Category Archives: Senior Phase

Holy Mass at Carfin Grotto

Small - Holy Year of MercyJoin us live in Glow TV and follow Mass for the Holy Year of Mercy broadcast from the National Shrine dedicated to Our Lady at Carfin Grotto. In 2015 the Holy Father, Pope Francis, invited the Catholic Church across the world to celebrate a Jubilee Year dedicated to the loving mercy of God. The schools of the Diocese of Motherwell will mark this Holy Year of Mercy by gathering together at the National Shrine, dedicated to Our Lady, at Carfin Grotto to celebrate Holy Mass. Around 4000 pupils, teachers and chaplains will come together with Bishop Joseph Toal for this occasion.

Join us and follow the Mass live on Friday 26th August at 11.30am. Sign up – Holy Mass at Carfin Grotto.

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.

Glow’s Watch Again Service

Watch Again ImageThe on demand service from Glow TV, Watch Again, has recently undergone a redesign. All the recordings are still available but finding them should now be quicker and easier.

Why not have a look at the new look blog and find the events that you may have missed or ones that are of interest to you and your class? Glow TV – Watch Again.

The live and interactive events can be found on the Glow TV schedule .

Modern Apprenticeship reviews

Modern Apprenticeship (MA) reviews have been conducted in Engineering and Hairdressing. The Hairdressing review will be published in September.    A team of reviewers from Education Scotland, SDS, colleges and independent training providers is about to conduct the review of MAs in Automotive Engineering in the autumn.

Agreement has been reached to prepare a new model which will now look at on-the-job training, delivered in the workplace, by colleges and independent training providers. Work on preparing the model is in full swing and the model will be ready for implementation in Spring 2017.

Career Information, Advice and Guidance (CIAG) reviews

The CIAG team has redesigned the review model to reflect initiatives that have been introduced recently. These include the roll out of the SDS enhanced service delivery of CIAG services across the country, the implementation of the Career Education Standard and the publication of the Work Placement Standard for schools and colleges.

In addition, the outcome from the CIAG review grades, for the quality element Capacity to Improve, will now form part of the evidence base for demonstrating progress in the National Improvement Framework priority:

  • to improve employability skills and sustained positive school leaver destinations for all young people.

The next set of CIAG reviews have been agreed and will commence in September in Highlands region. Following this review there will be reviews in:

  • Renfrewshire.
  • South Lanarkshire.
  • Midlothian.
  • Dundee.

Follow-up reviews, which occur 18 months after the initial full CIAG review will take place in:

  • Clackmannanshire.
  • North Lanarkshire.
  • Shetland.
  • Scottish Borders.
  • Glasgow.

The reports from the full CIAG reviews can be found on the Education Scotland website at: http://www.educationscotland.gov.uk/inspectionandreview/reports/othersectors/careersservices/index.asp

Webinar on semiconductors (Higher physics)

SSERC ImageJoin Chris Hooley of St Andrews on Tuesday 6th September at 4pm for a live webinar on semiconductors. Chris will explain semiconductors using band theory and will discuss p-n junctions, solar cells and LEDs. The content will follow the semiconductors section of the CfE higher syllabus.

There will be plenty of time for questions and participants are encouraged to ask questions during the talk. This webinar is particularly suitable for teachers who are new to band theory, or those less familiar with the new CfE higher physics syllabus.

To join, please email Gregor.steele@sserc.org.uk

This webinar is being delivered as part of a partnership between SSERC and Education Scotland.

‘Making Education your Business’ – a five step guide to school/employer partnerships

MEYB CBIThis new guide developed by teachers and businesses together with the Royal Society in response to its call for closer collaboration between education, industry and academia.  It aims to provide support school or college-employer partnerships mainly through the lens of STEM.  The guide sets out 5 simple steps for companies planning to engage with education or extend their educational partnerships along side a number of case studies that highlight key features of a successful, mutually beneficial educational scheme.

You can access the ‘Making education your business’ guide here.

 

Young People’s Social and Political Participation Across the EU

 LSE pilot study ends 3rd July
CATCH-EyoU (Constructing Active Citizenship with European Youth: Policies, Practices, Challenges and Solutions) is a research and innovation action funded by the European Commission
CATCH-EyoU is trying to find out about young people’s social and political participation across the EU and want to understand why and how some young people decide to participate (or to not participate) in their communities, in politics, and in social life. They are especially interested in European active citizenship and what this might mean to young people.
The project is currently carrying out a survey which seeks the views of young people, in two separate age groups: between 16-18, and between 19–25 on their experiences and perspectives as young European citizens. The pilot survey will be open until 3 July.
For young people between the ages of 16-18 the link to the survey is here.
For young people between the ages of 19-25 the link to the survey is here.
Any young person completing the whole survey will be eligible to win one of ten £20 Amazon voucher prizes. These will be randomly allocated at the beginning of July, and will be sent via email to the winning participant.
Find out more here.
Contact: Dr Sam Mejias at London School of Economic and Political Science, s.mejias@lse.ac.uk

‘DYW – interesting practice’ exemplars: First six now live!

Int Prac exemp KibbleThe first six ‘DYW interesting practice’ exemplars have now been published on Education Scotland’s National Improvement Hub, taking account the increasing number of activities around the implementation of this agenda.  These exemplars aim to inspire thinking and discussion around a particular project or key issue as well as to provide people with contacts to collaborate as they progress on their journeys to enhance children and young peoples’ opportunities to develop skills for learning, life and work.

The following exemplars are available:

  • Skills Academy programme at St Matthew’s Academy (North IMG_0636Ayrshire): Young people gain vital employability and life skills through this unique initiative.
  • SCOTS programme at Forth Valley College: Helps  learners consider college courses as a progression route in the senior phase.
  • Kibble Education and Care Centre: Delivers a wide range of uniquely integrated services to equip disadvantaged young people with the skills and experience to pursue a fulfilling career and a brighter future
  • 2+3 pilot project in East Ayrshire: Re-engages young people in the senior phase to peruse industry-focused learning  pathways.
  • Developing Career Management Skills – Millburn Area School Group: An education/transition programme across the ASG in Inverness to enhance employability and literacy skills at the same time.
  • Clyde Gateway: Scotland’s most ambitious regeneration project, has joined up with education to transform the lives of young people in Glasgow’s East End.

The next exemplifications in the series will be released at the beginning of the new term in August.

Funded International Learning Experience

On October, the 3rd, 2013, 368 migrants died in a dreadful shipwreck off the Italian island of Lampedusa. It was just one of the cruelest tragedy in the long trail of death since the mass migrations from North Africa began few years ago. The UNHCR rates that more than 2600 persons have died in the Mediterranean sea from 2011 so far. The Italian Parliament has therefore established a Remembering Day every 3rd of October, to honour the people who died and raise awareness of the migration tragedy.

The “Europe begins at Lampedusa” initiative aims to involve Italian and European students in learning activities and events specifically concerning the issues of global interdependence and human rights, with a particular focus on migrations and the rights of refugees and asylum seekers.

The European Agency for Special Needs and Inclusive Education has forwarded on this invite from the Italian Ministry for a Scottish secondary school to participate in a learning experience focused on global interdependence, rights, migration, asylum seekers and refugees.

The successful school would engage pupils in preparatory learning experiences in their own school during September to prepare for a conference in Lampedusa, Italy, in October.

 The deadline for applications is Thursday 16th June.

Click here for an application pack.

 

‘Creative Pathways Finder’ – offering an insight into vast careers opportunities in the industry

The ‘Creative Pathways’ brochure developed by Dundee Creative pathways brochureCity provides  anyone interested in working in the creative industries sector with all the information required to consider the wide variety of jobs  that exist within it.

Dundee, and Scotland as a whole,  have an exciting and ever growing cultural economy.   To continue to build on our reputation as an innovative and entrepreneurial nation, it is important that our young people are equipped with the correct skills and knowledge to thrive  and succeed, in order to grow and sustain Scotland’s economic future.

The aims of the Creative Pathways brochure are to:

• Highlight career pathways within the city and the importance of the role that creative industries will have in Dundee’s future.

• Provide an insight into specific career roles.

• Assist pupils with subject choices, sign-posting them in a creative direction.

• Increase teachers’ knowledge of the creative employment opportunities available for their pupils.

• Highlight what ‘creativity skills’ are.

• Raise awareness of the skills employers are looking for.

• Encourage creative people to remain in the city.

This resource has been informed by national strategies such as: Developing the Young Workforce Scotland’s Youth Employment Strategy,   A Time to Shine: Scotland’s Youth Arts Strategy, A Curriculum for Excellence and Scotland’s Creative Learning Plan.

As the creative sector in our city continues to expand many new opportunities will emerge for  young people to follow a creative pathway.

You can access the brochure here:  Creative Pathway Finder