Researchers at the University of Cardiff have published a report on an initiative encouraging students to take up modern languages. It considers the role that mentoring, and in particular online mentoring, can have in addressing the decline in modern foreign languages learning at GCSE level in Wales. http://www.meits.org/news/item/digi-learning-stimulating-language-learning-in-schools …
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
Foundation Apprenticeships offer young people valuable work-based learning opportunities to develop their skills and employer connections in order to build their future career pathways.
Learners will now have the option to select a Foundation Apprenticeship as one of their senior phase subject choices and complete the qualification over one or two years in collaboration with local learning provider, such as a college and with an employer.
Skills Development Scotland has developed the Foundation Apprenticeship programme, in partnership with education and industry, which now feature on the senior phase curriculum in most secondary schools in Scotland. Young people can select a Foundation Apprenticeship as one of their subject choices and complete the qualification over one or two years, usually starting in S5 or S6 . This provides them with a real, practical work placement which will give their career a head start and looks great on their CV.
A Foundation Apprenticeship is a chance to try a career out to decide if it’s right for them. Whatever young people want to do after school – straight into work, onto a Modern or Graduate Apprenticeship or to college or university – a Foundation Apprenticeship can open up their options.
Watch this clip to find out more about FAs: youtube.com/scottishapprenticeship
Foundation Apprenticeships are designed by employers to ensure the qualification and skills young people develop throughout are what are needed for the world of work. Employers therefore help shape the next generation of talent and build the skills they require for their future career pathways . At the same time Foundation Apprenticeships allow employers to spot talented, motivated learners who could become their future employees.
For more information on Foundation Apprenticeships visit apprenticeships.scot/foundation or follow @apprentice_scot .
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Download an overview of the key aspects of FAs here: foundation-apprenticeships-positioning-doc-august-2018
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
The course report for Advanced Higher Gaelic (Learners) is now available on the SQA website:
• Presentation – Damien Yeates
• Presentation – Tony McDaid
• Presentation – Diane Greenlees
• Presentation – Philip Black
• Fife case study
• South Lanarkshire case study
• East Renfrewshire case study
• Glasgow case study
• Perth and Kinross case study
If you would like a colleague from Skills Development Scotland to get in touch regarding Foundation Apprenticeships, contact SDS at email@example.com .
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
A review of e-Sgoil’s first year of operation is available here:
For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01851 822850.
Seminar Title: Early learning, early gains in reducing the attainment gap in Gaelic Medium Education (GME)
Date: Wednesday 19 September 2018
Seminar Code: L1A
Registration for the seminar: http://ow.ly/oO8n30k1UGB
The Scottish Learning Festival (SLF) is Scotland’s key educational event. We look forward to inviting you to a seminar for the Gaelic sector at 9.30am on Wednesday 19 September. This will have a focus on raising attainment and promoting excellence and equity for learners through an improved GME curriculum.
- We are delighted that John Swinney MSP, Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills will make some opening remarks at the seminar. This will set the national, strategic direction for Gaelic Education from the recently-published National Gaelic Language Plan, 2018-2023.
- Joan Esson, HM Inspector of Education will share the successes and challenges of the free GME ELC hours, and how solution-focused approaches are being implemented. This will be based on our evaluations of the quality of experiences, as part of The Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) GME trials, which will be augmented with our inspection findings on GME ELC.
- Angela NicIllebhràighe, Course Co-ordinator: Childcare Programmes and Seonaidh Charity, Programme Leader, Sabhal Mòr Ostaig University of Highlands and Islands will share how they can support GME post-16 pathways to support workforce planning. This will include:
- The Foundation Apprenticeship in Social Services: Children and Young People, which is a two-year programme delivered by Sabhal Mòr Ostaig UHI through the medium of Gaelic. This is for young people in S5 and S6 and combines college-based learning with work placements.
- HNC Childhood Practice, which is delivered by Sabhal Mòr Ostaig UHI over two years on a part-time basis. The HNC Childhood Practice is a nationally recognised qualification, with the opportunity to study by distance learning. On successful completion, you will be eligible to register with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC).
- The BA (Hons) Gaelic and Education is a new four-year GME teacher education programme. The programme can be studied through distance learning, or by on-site delivery. It has a focus on the distinctive pedagogy required for GME. Students gain a degree, as well as a teaching qualification. This allows a direct route into teacher education, in an area in which there is a recognised shortage of teachers. The programme is designed for teaching Gàidhlig and Gaelic (Learners) at the secondary stages, or GME Primary Teaching. It includes 18 weeks of teaching experience within schools.
Please register for the seminar here:
In support of Year of Young People 2018, Historic Environment Scotland and Social Enterprise Academy have launched a new opportunity for schools and social enterprises, aimed at inspiring young entrepreneurs and promoting Gaelic language. For more information contact email@example.com.