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Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2017

twitter-images-apprenticeship-weekScottish Apprenticeship Week is a nationwide celebration showing that apprenticeships work for businesses, individuals and the economy and encouraging more employers to take on apprentices.

From 6 to 10 March the campaign theme for 2017 is ‘Apprenticeships are Changing’.With a commitment to more Modern Apprenticeships; the introduction of Foundation and Graduate Level Apprenticeships – it’s never been more important to promote the apprenticeship family.

Organisations and employers are being urged to take part and share the business benefits of apprenticeships with others. Organised by Skills Development Scotland (SDS), #ScotAppWeek17 highlights the commitment of businesses who have decided to invest in the skills of their workforce and showcases the successes of apprentices who have chosen to get a job, get paid and get qualified.

Visit the campaign homepage scottishapprenticeshipweek.com for information on the week, to register events and to access the digital toolkit featuring images, posters and social media designs.

Co-fharpais Eadar-theangachaidh Ghàidhlig! Gaelic Translation Competition!

Tha an co-fharpais eadar-theangachaidh seo fosgailte do chlann is daoin’ òga a tha ann am Foghlam Luchd-ionnsachaidh agus Meadhan Gàidhlig.

Gheibhear postairean do naoi luchd-saidheans Albannach ann am Beurla agus ochd ann an Gàidhlig air an Ionad Leasachaidh Nàiseanta. Tha aon a dhìth ann an Gàidhlig- Alexander Graham Bell.

Tha cuireadh a’ dol a mach gu clann is daoin’ òga eadar-theangachadh gu Gàidhlig a dhèanamh air an sgeul-goirid aig Alexander Graham Bell. ’S e cothrom air leth a tha seo airson d’ obair a bhith air a cho-roinn aig ìre nàiseanta agus seasaidh am postair agad ri taobh na h-ochd sgeulachdan-goirid luchd-saidheans a tha air an Ionad Leasachaidh Nàiseanta mar tha. Dh’fhaodadh gun toireadh an obair agadsa taic do luchd ionnsachaidh na Gàidhlig air feadh Alba!

Lean an ceangal seo, is gheibhear an teamplaid bàn ri chleachdadh agus am postair Beurla.

Bu chòir innteartan a chuir gu  EDSCFE@EducationScotland.gsi.gov.uk ron 3mh latha den Mhàirt.

Thèid an neach-buannachaidh ainmeachadh aig an Language Show Live anns an SECC air Dihaoine an 10mh latha den Mhàirt. Às dèidh sin, thèid am postair suas air an Ionad Leasachaidh Nàiseanta ri taobh na postairean Gàidhlig eile.

Ma tha clann a’ gabhail pàirt anns a cho-fharpais seo, tha iad ag aontachadh gun tig an obair aca a cho-roinn air na seirbhisean air loidhne aig Foghlam Alba, le an ainm agus ainm an sgoil far a bheil iad. 

Tha an cò-fharpais seo a’ tighinn a mach bho Foghlam Alba ann am com-pàirteachas le SCILT.

This translation competition is open to all children and young people in both Gaelic Learner and Gaelic Medium Education.

There are nine English and eight Gaelic posters of Scotland’s scientists available on the National Improvement Hub. One of the Gaelic posters is missing- Alexander Graham Bell.

Children and young people are invited to translate a short biography on Alexander Graham Bell into Gaelic. This is an exciting opportunity to have your work shared nationally and to feature alongside the other eight scientist biographies available on the National Improvement Hub. Your work could support learners of Gaelic across Scotland.

Please follow this link to the National Improvement Hub to access the blank template to be used, the English version and the other eight biographies.

Entries should be submitted to EDSCFE@EducationScotland.gsi.gov.uk by the 3rd of March. Please include your name and school with your entry. 

The winner will be announced at the Languages Show Live at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre on Friday the 10th March.  It will feature on the National Improvement Hub thereafter. 

In entering the competition children and young people agree to have their work on our online services, along with their name and the school they attend.

This competition is being launched by Education Scotland in partnership with SCILT.

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Financial Education, Numeracy and Mathematics

The ability to work with numbers is an essential part of being financially capable. This has been recognised recently in a number of support materials recently published by Education Scotland. The first of these is the National Numeracy and Progression Framework. This includes a progression pathway on money (linked to the experiences and outcomes for money in Curriculum for Excellence) One of the key aspects of this framework is the concept of understanding finance in a digital world.

As well this there is also a set of benchmarks that will support teachers in assessing learning. These Benchmarks were published in August 2016 as draft documents. There is currently an online consultation which can be accessed via the National Improvement Hub. This consultation will close on 31.3.17 and the final Benchmarks will be published in June 2017.

There are many activities that will support young people’s learning across a number of different levels to ensure that financial education can provide memorable experiences and powerful messages. In a number of practical situations the following opportunities can be provided

  • budgeting
  • investigating value for money
  • deciding on costings for design and manufacture
  • discussing types of bank cards and costs involved
  • designing coins/notes – shapes, patterns, etc
  • taking part in money games
  • investigating exchange rates
  • discussing various methods of payment and costs involved
  • using tally sheets and producing graphs/pictograms
  • engaging with money transactions – different combinations of coins and notes
  • comparing prices
  • using Automated Teller Machines (ATM) and other ‘money’ machines
  • calculating profit/loss

In addition to this engaging with numeracy and mathematics helps young people make the jump from dealing with concrete examples to the much more abstract nature of ‘money in the digital age’.

My world of work: What career options are available with a qualification in Gàidhlig, Gaelic (Learners) and Gaelic Medium Education?

My World of Work offers career information, advice and resources to help children and young people learning Gaelic and in GME make informed choices about their future.     It enables children and young people to choose school subjects based on labour market information and career pathways. Find out more.

For information on teaching Gaelic, or through the medium of Gaelic, please visit Bòrd na Gàidhlig’s website

 

 

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 Thursday 16 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.”

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