Category Archives: Senior Phase

John Byrne National Drawing Competition 2016/17

Budding young artists in Scotland are being urged to enter the third annual John Byrne Drawing Competition.

Since the launch of the competition in 2014, over 7000 entries from pupils across Scotland have submitted their artwork to be judged by the renowned artist and playwright himself, John Byrne.

The competition, in partnership with Education Scotland, is aimed at pupils from primary four through to third year.

John Byrne, along with a selection panel, will choose the overall winners and runners-up, whose work will then be exhibited at Paisley Museum and Art Gallery on Friday 17 March.

John said: “It’s important we give the young people in our country the opportunity to harness their artistic skills and love for drawing. This competition is a great way to showcase that and, once again, I look forward to seeing the remarkable talent that will be unveiled.”

john-byrneLast year’s competition winner, Alba Cooke Ribes (P5) from Hermitage Park Primary School in Edinburgh was selected from over 4,000 children and young people from across Scotland.

Ron Cowie, Senior Education Officer at Education Scotland, added: “Art is an important part of the curriculum and this competition aims to encourage pupils across Scotland to develop their drawing skills and use their creativity. Education Scotland is proud to be involved in this competition as it is a great way to raise the profile of drawing.”

Pupils can catch up on an interactive online event with John Byrne where they can learn more about the competition and his work. Watch here.

The closing date for entries is Friday 3 March 2017.

Read more for competition rules and information about submitting entries in the link below.

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SQA webinar – Advanced Higher Modern Languages Course Assessment, including Gaelic (Learners)

Venue: Online Visit website

Event Date: 18/01/2017 17:00 – 18:00

This webinar will run from 17:00 – 18:00 and will be delivered by Maureen Andrew and Lorna McMurray, Subject Implementation Managers for Modern Languages. It will focus on the Advanced Higher course assessment (Portfolio, Performance: Talking and both Question Papers). It will cover the key aspects and requirements for assessment and will consider the input and advice from Advanced Higher Principal Assessors detailed in Course Reports. Advice will also be given regarding accessing materials for Understanding Standards and CLPL  purposes.

The webinar will reiterate some aspects already covered at the December 2015 Understanding Standards event, so will be useful to any practitioners who were unable to attend.

Please visit the SQA website to register.

Making skills work and promoting apprenticeships

letitiaFrom As the national skills body, we, Skills Development Scotland (SDS) support the people and businesses of Scotland by delivering services that help them to achieve their ambitions.

With careers advisers in secondary schools and high street centres across the country, we are passionate about developing skills in the community and getting more young people into work.

We also support and promote work based learning and apprenticeships which offer young people the chance to get a job, get paid and get qualified.

As part of this promotion, we are working with employers, training providers and partners to co-ordinate events and activity throughout autumn to raise awareness of apprenticeships and the benefits of work based learning.

The Scottish Government’s Youth Employment Strategy and the aims of Developing the Young Workforce include reducing youth unemployment and bringing education and industry closer together.

To support this, young people in Dumfries and Galloway are encouraged find out more about apprenticeships at an upcoming SDS event taking place on Friday 25th at Easterbrook Hall.

Aimed at pupils from S2 to S4, this event will help inform pupils when making choices about their future. It provides  a great opportunity to hear real life experiences from apprentices as well as the chance to meet employers.  Young people will get an insight as to the benefits of apprenticeships and career opportunities provided by work based learning through exclusive demonstrations.

mohammadYou might not know but there are more than 25,500 new Modern Apprenticeship opportunities across Scotland each year, with over 80 different types available in hundreds of jobs!  From financial services and healthcare to construction and IT, each apprenticeship is developed by industry to suit their needs.    This means that apprentices can build valuable work experience from day one and gain an accredited qualification which is recognised by industry.

It’s worth noting that last year there were 765 Modern Apprenticeship starts in Dumfries and Galloway, up from 753 in 2014/15.

Apprenticeships provide an alternative route into the world of work, equipping young people with the skills they need to succeed. Foundation Apprenticeships mean you can also now start a Modern Apprenticeship at school.   With a Foundation Apprenticeship pupils in S5 can complete elements of a Modern Apprenticeship alongside their other studies, such as Nat5s or Highers.Foundation Apprenticeships take two years to complete with pupils spending part of the week out of school, getting hands-on experience at college and with a local employer in their chosen industry.

With a Foundation Apprenticeship they leave school with an industry-recognised qualification which is set at SCQF level 6 – the same level as a Higher.

And now Graduate Level Apprenticeships provide a new way into degree-level study for individuals who are currently employed, or who want to go straight into work.

Visit apprenticeships.scot  to find out all you need to know about apprenticeships and to search and apply for vacancies.

How to join the Developing the Young Workforce Yammer group

yammer-2All educators in Scotland with an interest or remit around DYW are invited to join this community. Here you can:

  • take part in collegiate dialogue
  • share what is working (or not) in your learning setting
  • talk to the ES Skills Team and other staff working on this remit support team
  • get help for your improvement objectives.

To join the community, you need to be a member of Glow Yammer, so click here to request to join the community.

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More detailed help here!

If you need help on how to access Glow, please see this blog post – How do I get a Glow login?

Detailed help is available on Handy guide – join the Scottish Attainment

Making Skills Work: Promoting Apprenticeships

apprenticeshipsSkills Development Scotland (SDS) is working with employers, training providers and partners to co-ordinate events and activity throughout autumn to promote apprenticeships and the benefits of work based learning.

At the events pupils will have the chance to experience exclusive demonstrations from local employers and apprentices. These sessions will provide an insight as to the benefits of apprenticeships and the career opportunities provided by work based learning.

Aimed at pupils from S2 to S4, the events will help inform pupils when making choices about their future. Click here for the full list of events. For more information or queries please contact Lauren Sweeney

New release: Work Placements Standard for Colleges

work-placements-guidance_collegesThis newly developed standard provides direction and exemplification across a range of sectors in order to build on and enhance work-based learning experiences for college students in Scotland.  Realising the new standard will support the development of learners’  employability skills and subsequently improve the career prospects of all students studying in colleges across Scotland.

The new document complements the Work Placements Standard for Schools released  in September 2015 and articulates well with its key messages, allowing practitioners in secondary schools to align work placements for diverse learner pathways in the senior phase.

You can access and download the new standard here:  work-placements-standard_colleges

 

 

DYW Interesting practice: All exemplars published so far

int-pract-exNow in the third year the implementation of the DYW Youth Employment strategy we see an increasing amount of creative and dynamic work coming to the fore in this area.  We would like to share some of this with you through our ‘interesting practice exemplars’  in order to inspire thinking and discussion.  The exemplification also provides you with contacts to support collaboration as we collectively  progress on our journeys to enhance children and young peoples’ opportunities to develop skills for learning, life and work.

The following  new exemplars have been published on the Education Scotland Learning Blog:

Previously we have  been added the below exemplars to the National Improvement Hub  :

Also published earlier:

A Further Discussion With John Swinney MSP

Small - Further DFMJoin John Swinney in another Glow TV event to discuss ways to reduce teacher workload on Tuesday 13th September at 6.15pm. You will have the opportunity to ask questions live to Mr Swinney or submit a question prior to the event.

To follow up his recent Glow Meet, John Swinney MSP, Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, is offering an additional opportunity to education practitioners to discuss Curriculum for Excellence, the recently published Statement and Benchmarks, and other actions to help reduce teacher workload. He will be joined by Graeme Logan, Strategic Director, who was actively involved in developing the Statement and Benchmarks, and who is currently leading the Scottish Attainment Challenge for Education Scotland.

Once again, the questions will come from Scotland’s teachers and education practitioners. If you can’t take part on Tuesday, please send a question in advance to Jennifer.mckay@educationscotland.gsi.gov.uk. We will do our best to answer as many questions as we can during the Glow Meet and we will publish answers to any questions that we don’t manage to address.

Sign up now to take part live in Glow TV – A Further Discussion with John Swinney MSP

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.

Labour market information inspires curriculum change in the Western Isles

_DSC7168Over the last years a long-term education:economic strategy has been put in place that applies Labour Market Information (LMI) to enhance ‘Personalisation and Choice’ in senior phase and drive forward curriculum change. As a result the Western Isles have achieved significantly improved SQA vocational education attainment, greater equity of provision, a local economically-relevant curriculum and increased positive, sustained destination rates for young people.

LMI-identified maritime industries are a key sector in this local authority and a wide range of work-based learning opportunities have been created for young people, now embedded within the senior phase curriculum.  As a result all CnES presenting centres run popular N5 Maritime Skills for Work courses. Such has been the industry recognition of the maritime skills, experiences and qualifications gained by young people in school, a number of pupils have secured part-time work with the Stornoway Port Authority and others employment in the aquaculture, ferry and fishing industries.

Iain Stewart (Education and Childrens’ Services) comments: “Our education/economic strategy has significantly improved the industry-relevant skills/qualifications employers are looking for and as a result enhanced the employability of young people – a win-win situation for all parties involved. Young people find local employment, develop essential skills for what world of work and employers save money and time on the training of a young workface.”

The LMI prioritisation of STEM has also driven considerable senior phase change in recent years. Pupils in Castlebay School, Isle of Barra, informed by LMI asked for SQA Engineering in senior phase. Outcomes has taken the form of very good SQA results, increased post school progression to engineering FE and HE courses and to engineering work destinations. Of the ten Sgoil Lionacleit pupils on the Engineering Skills for Work course in 2014, eight progressed to engineering destinations In 2015, Western Isles schools, with under 1% of Scotland’s pupils accounted for 28% of SQA Engineering Skills for Work N5 passes (up from 24% in 2014).

The integration of LMI with pupil ‘Personalisation & Choice’ data promotes the ‘responsive schooling system’, something highlighted by the OECD as being of importance. The resulting senior phase progression pathways in the Western Isles have tangibly engaged young people, who see the economic currency and relevance of S4/5/6. Latest figures show over 25% of CnES school leavers with SQA vocational qualifications at SCQF 5 and above (Scottish average 9%) and of the 2015 school leavers, 42% are in work (also highest in Scotland).

LMI continues to inform new developments including industry-relevant SQA vocational qualifications and CnES E-Sgoil Gaelic language opportunities.

NB.: Here some additional statistics in support of the above:

* Scotland’s Youth Employment Strategy – Developing the Young Workforce KPI3 “increase the percentage of school leavers attaining vocational qualifications at SCQF level 5 and above”: (Data from Scottish Government ‘Summary statistics for attainment, leaver destinations and healthy living, No. 6: 2016 Edition – Attainment and Leaver Destinations’ 22 June 2016)

Percentage of 2014 school leavers attaining 1+ vocational qualifications at SCQF Level 5 and above Percentage of 2015 school leavers attaining 1+ vocational qualifications at SCQF Level 5 and above
Aberdeen City 7.1% 8.7%
Aberdeenshire 4.5% 4.4%
Angus 3.7% 3.9%
Argyll & Bute 10.6% 15.7%
Clackmannanshire 4.3% 1.8%
Dumfries & Galloway 8.7% 6.7%
Dundee City 6.0% 8.9%
East Ayrshire 8.2% 9.3%
East Dunbartonshire 8.3% 11.3%
East Lothian 7.7% 10.3%
East Renfrewshire 7.8% 8.6%
Edinburgh City 8.0% 10.6%
Eilean Siar 24.8% 26.0%
Falkirk 8.9% 10.6%
Fife 3.0% 4.0%
Glasgow City 6.9% 10.2%
Highland 11.0% 10.5%
Inverclyde 0.6% 3.5%
Midlothian 7.1% 16.4%
Moray 7.7% 8.1%
North Ayrshire 5.5% 12.0%
North Lanarkshire 9.3% 9.7%
Orkney Islands 11.4% 15.4%
Perth & Kinross 11.5% 13.6%
Renfrewshire 4.1% 6.2%
Scottish Borders 2.5% 4.1%
Shetland Islands 7.1% 10.4%
South Ayrshire 4.8% 7.7%
South Lanarkshire 3.1% 3.9%
Stirling 3.9% 5.9%
West Dunbartonshire 9.0% 15.6%
West Lothian 20.4% 21.4%
Grant Aided 12.9% 8.0%
Scotland 7.3% 9.0%
(Vocational qualifications: NC, HNC, SVQ, NPA, & Skills for Work.)

 

** CnES 2015 leavers follow-up, 97% in sustained destinations (with 42% in work) Data from SDS SLDR

*** Skills Strategy Spotlight Better Skills, Better Jobs, Better Lives, OECD 2013

****LMI priority-STEM With under 1% of the national school roll CnES schools in 2015 accounted for 28% of the SQA N5 Engineering Skills for Work passes. Data – Insight.

***** SQA vocational qualifications in Local Food Production, Maritime, Harris Tweed, Crofting, Traditional Boatbuilding. Available SQA.org

 

A Discussion with John Swinney MSP

John SwinneyJoin us in Glow TV on Monday 29th August at 12.45pm for an opportunity to put your views and thoughts to John Swinney, Depute First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills.

The Depute First Minister wrote: “When I took the role of Education Secretary I was determined to speak to as many teachers as possible. I have been able to meet a good number during visits to schools in my first three months but it would take a lot longer to be able to visit every school across the country. That is why I am inviting you to take part in a Glow Meet with me and Bill Maxwell HM Chief Inspector of Education so you can ask about our plans for education in Scotland.

Teachers are the most important asset to our education system and I want to hear directly from you how we can make the system better and how the Scottish Government can support you. If you can’t take part on Monday please send a question in advance. Please send this to jennifer.mckay@educationscotland.gsi.gov.uk.

I will do my best to answer as many questions as I can during the Glow session and we will publish answers to any questions that we don’t manage to address during the time.”

Sign up now to take part live in Glow TV – A Discussion with John Swinney MSP

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.