Category Archives: Senior Phase

‘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

LIGO and Gravitational Waves

Small - Prof Martin HendryJoin the audience at Ardrossan Academy live on Thursday 9th June at 10.15am as they hear from Prof Martin Hendry, Glasgow University. In this exclusive Glow TV session Prof Hendry will talk about the recent detection of Gravitational Waves at the LIGO facilities in the USA, what the discovery tells us about the the way the universe works and how this new form of observation can be developed in the future.

NB Timings are approximate so the session may start a little later.

Register now to take part live on the day – LIGO and Gravitational Waves.

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.

FREE Cyber Security Summer Camp for S6 Pupils

digital world eyeDoes your school have students with a keen interest in software, computing, telecommunications, cyber security, maths and ethics who are planning to start university to study Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths or Social Science either in autumn this year, or in autumn 2017 after a gap year?   If so, we are delighted to offer them the chance of FREE places at the prestigious Cyber Security residential Glasgow Caledonian University – 4 to 22 July 2016 delivered by GCHQ and their training partner QA.

See the courses’ details, locations, dates, eligibility criteria and how to apply on our website at: http://www.arkwright.org.uk/exclusive/cyberfirst_advanced.htm .   Students who are chosen to attend one of these courses could enhance their application for one of the new CyberFirst Student Bursaries to support their university studies – that’s £4,000 per year for every year of the student’s undergraduate course!

If your students think they’ve got what it takes to impress the experts at GCHQ and QA, they should check their eligibility on our webpage and apply NOW for one of the FREE places. Only 30 free places are being offered. The deadline for applications is Friday 17th June 2016 – so please can you spread the word about these courses rapidly.

Basic student eligibility requirements are: ·   Must be a UK national ·   Must be at least 18 years old on the day before their chosen course starts in July/August this year.

This opportunity is open to all final year students (who meet the eligibility criteria), not just Arkwright Scholars.   Please see website for full details: http://www.arkwright.org.uk/exclusive/cyberfirst_advanced.htm

Questions can be directed to:  Cyber-First-Project@gchq.gsi.gov.uk

Skills Development Scotland: Extended career services offer

Skills Development Scotland (SDS) is expanding its careers sJ Russell Head of CEServices in schools from June 2016, Head of Career Management Skills Development and Delivery James Russell tells us more.

“I can still remember the best piece of advice I was offered while I was at school – be the best you can be and do what will make you happy.

The advice came from my sister who was a maths teacher.

She supported me throughout school not just in her subject, but also in developing study skills and what I now understand to be the fundamental principles of a learning or continuous improvement cycle.

Her support had a huge impact on me, helping me to develop my knowledge, skills and confidence.

It challenged my thinking on what motivated me and what I wanted to do with my life.

It’s more than 20 years since my sister said those words to me, but my experience reflects how good careers advice can open young people’s eyes to the opportunities and possibilities of their future.

The work of SDS careers advisers is having a similar long-lasting impact on young people across Scotland day-in and day-out.

Now, I’m lucky enough to be part of the team at SDS working to extend the reach of our careers services in schools to offer further support for younger pupils, their teachers and parents.

This expansion will allow us to reach younger pupils, especially at big transition points such as choosing subjects, or at the move from primary to secondary school.

It will help ensure the choices they make about their future are informed, and based on their skills, interests and abilities alone.

What to expect

SDS In-School Infographics AW2June marks the start of the new offer being available across the country.  The extended elements of the offer will see Careers Advisers:

  • hold group sessions at primary 7 transition or early in S1 to support individuals during this key transition phase; and with pupils in S2 and S3, aligned with arrangements for making subject choices
  • offer one-to-one interviews with pupils at subject choices time and offer their parent/ carer and/or teacher to be involved during this one-to-one or at another suitable time
  • working closely with schools to identify and agree the delivery of enhanced support to develop career management skills (CMS) to those S3 pupils who need it most, on a one-to-one basis. Follow-up group activity can also be held as agreed

That’s in addition to what’s already in secondary schools which sees SDS advisers:

  • hold group sessions during the senior phase (S4-S6) using interactive activities to continue to develop pupils’ CMS
  • offer one-to-one coaching for those pupils in the senior phase who need it most to support their decision making and progression
  • hold drop-in clinics for all young people from S1-S6
  • be available at parents’ events

Testing is also continuing on our new career education tools and resources for primary 5 to 7 teachers and pupils, which will be available in August.

These will be accessed through our award-winning career information and advice web service, My World of Work, which also has specific advice and support for parents and carers.

Tried and tested

The changes support delivery of the Career Education Standard and the outcomes of Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce, as well as complementing a wide range of other SDS projects such as Foundation Apprenticeships and Improving Gender Balance Scotland.

Annual discussions between SDS and individual secondary schools on the SDS School Partnership Agreement are underway. These discussions enable us to collaborate on how we align and integrate SDS services to compliment the curriculum activities already in place to develop pupils’ knowledge of the world of work and career pathways.

The partnership agreements ensure we can shape how SDS resources are best used to match each school’s strengths, needs and local circumstances.

35 schools in 12 local authorities worked with us across the 2015/16 academic year to be ‘early demonstrators’ for the extended offer. This has enabled us to evaluate the service offer in practice and develop it further in advance its introduction in all other schools across the 2016/17 academic year.

Young people, teachers and SDS staff were an integral part of the process of developing the Career Education Standard and our expanded careers services offer; our work with them will continue to help us understand how we can improve the service further.

We’ve also developed CLPL modules for teachers along with Education Scotland. The first, an introduction and overview of the Career Education Standard, is already online. Three more will be added soon on Career Management Skills, labour market information and My World of Work.

We all want young people to be able to go on to successful and fulfilling careers, and I look forward to the part SDS can play in supporting them to get there.”

‘Design-Engineer- Construct’: The Engineering Challenge for Schools now SCQF credit rated

DEC ChallengeDesign Engineer Construct!®  has now been formally recognised in Scotland thanks to the key support of the Chartered Institute of Building, and is already piloting in Drummond High School in Edinburgh, Garnock Academy in Kilbirnie, and St Joseph’s Academy in Kilmarnock where student take up and attitude has been impressive.

Comprising an introductory and intermediate programme of study, DEC! has been credit rated onto the SCQF by SQA’s Credit Rating Service at SCQF Levels 4 and 6, both carrying 16 credits. SCQF levels 4 and 6 correspond to level 2 and 4 on the European Qualifications Framework (EQF).

DEC! offers young people numerous opportunities to access a wide variety of career pathways, thanks especially to the innovative ‘Adopt a School’ industry partnership scheme that brings professionals into the classroom to support teachers in educating the future of construction and changing the lives of young people. A wrap around teacher training programme is the icing on the cake.

Find out more here.

EU Report: Youth work’s contribution to aid transition from education into employment

EU youth work and employabilityThe contribution of youth work to address the challenges young people are facing, in particular the transition from education to employment.

The Report presents results from the work of the expert group set up under the European Union Work Plan for Youth for 2014-2015.

The findings detail the role of youth work and its specific contribution to addressing the challenges young people face, in particular the transition from education to employment. The report seeks to make employers, Public Employment Services and policy-makers aware of the crucial role youth work can play – either as a lead agency or in partnership with others – in supporting the employment and employability of young people. In this context, youth work is defined as ‘actions directed towards young people regarding activities where they take part voluntarily, designed for supporting their personal and social development through non-formal and informal learning’.