Category Archives: Senior Phase

‘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’.

BBC News: Career talks ‘boost future earnings’ – research

PWP_2629Career education given to pupils in secondary school can be linked to higher earnings in adult life,  according to the latest research highlighted in a BBC News report.

A study published in the Journal of Education and Work suggests that better-informed teenagers are likely to make more advantageous career choices.

It measures the earnings benefit as an extra £2,000 per year for every six careers sessions when aged 14 to 15.

Researchers used the British Cohort Study tracking 17,000 people.

The research, commissioned by the Education and Employers charity, found that once other factors were taken into account, such as exam results and economic background, there were higher earnings for those who had received sustained careers advice in school.

The study, by Christian Percy and Elnaz Kashefpakdela from the University of Bath, used data from the British Cohort Study which has been tracking the health, wealth and education of people since 1970.

It concluded that there was a long-lasting employment impact from careers talks and lessons.

Where there were “higher levels of employer contacts, in the form of careers talks with outside speakers”, researchers found that this was linked to higher returns in the labour market.

They concluded that getting careers information and meeting employers in school had a “meaningful and statistically significant impact on later earnings”.

Anthony Mann, director of policy and research for Education and Employers, said: “Other well-known studies have highlighted the benefits of employer engagement, but never before have we had such a robust analysis drawing on such rich data.”

Nick Soar, head teacher at Bishop Challoner Catholic Federation in east London, backed the benefits of outside speakers from industry.

“The pupils love it. They ask endless questions and you can see it really brings home to them what they need to do to succeed in the workplace,” he said.

CBI president Paul Drechsler said: “This report makes clear the importance and impact of great careers insights and advice from people in the business world.”

Andreas Schleicher, the OECD’s education director, said the study provided evidence for how “career education translates into measurable earnings advantages”.

Education and Childcare Minister Sam Gyimah said the research “provides further evidence of the positive impact an employer can have on a young person’s future career”.

Research digest for teachers of craft, design, engineering and graphics

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This research digest has been developed to provide you with a sample of recent international literature and research related to Technologies: Craft, Design, Engineering and Graphics.

www.educationscotland.gov.uk/resources/r/genericresource_tcm4875926.asp

 

 

Education Scotland’s DYW resource – a summary

RoadmapSince the implementation of Scotland’s Youth Employment Strategy in response to the recommendations put forward by the Commission for Developing the Young Workforce in September 2014 Education Scotland has publish a number of key documents and related resources to support practitioners in realising the ambitions around DYW.  Here is an overview which aims to help navigation and access:

Key documents:

Learning Resources (on the new National Improvement Hub):

Other related materials:

Interesting Practice exemplars (collated):

DYW Skills 3-18 Website, Blog and E-bulletin

You also find this information as well as links to  additional materials and partner organisations within theDYW Flyer .

 

Senior Phase Benchmarking Tool now available

What is this?

This tool has been developed to help you evaluate your current approach to planning the senior phase of the curriculum and to consider any necessary improvements/actions.

It can be used by stakeholders in their planning and, with staff, for professional development.

Who is this for?

​All stakeholders engaged in supporting young people in the senior phase.

Download(s)

PDF file: Senior phase benchmarking tool (1.24 MB)

Word file: Senior phase benchmarking actions (20 KB)