Apr 072015
 

science networkThe ENTHUSE Partnership Awards are a grant of £12,000 for groups of between four and eight primary schools wishing to work together to address local issues of underachievement in science/STEM subjects.

The ENTHUSE Partnership Award aims to support collaborative activities over two years to develop and strengthen local partnerships which can subsequently continue independently.

New schools wishing to apply to become an ENTHUSE Partnership, which will commence in September 2015 should show an expression of interest.

To receive an expression of interest form for completion, please email award-entry@slcs.ac.uk. Completed expression of interest forms need to be received by 4pm,Thursday 30 April 2015. Initial expressions of interest need to be submitted toaward-entry@slcs.ac.uk for the attention of Eleanor Malcolmson.

For full details please visit: www.slcs.ac.uk/consortia/national/enthuse-partnership-awards/

Mar 312015
 

Stirling HS John Muir Award Group Survey image 1 (2)The ‘Our Environment Competition’ is a great way of engaging young people with their local environment and conservation issues.

Children identify and collect information about an issue in their local environment, collate the information and propose a solution.

Submit your entry as a presentation, poster, leaflet, video or photo storyboard – or maybe you can think of another creative way.

Have you already been working on an environmental project? You can use what you have found out and produced for this competition!

The winning entry will get £1000!

Find out more here.

http://www.environment.scotland.gov.uk/get-involved/the-big-discussion/

After much interest the closing date has been extended to Friday April 10th

Mar 312015
 

pasPlace, Work, Folk is a 13 month Heritage Lottery Funded project developed by Planning Aid Scotland. The project has examined how the experience of older people who have been active in their communities can be shared with the next generation. The aim has been for young people to cultivate interest and inspiration to become ‘active citizens’ working for a sustainable community and engaging with the cultural heritage of their region.

In the four target areas – West Lothian, Fife, Renfrewshire and Glasgow – PAS has provided a series of workshops, in schools that have explored some of the forces that have helped shape places and communities. With reference throughout to Patrick Geddes’ (the founder of modern day town planning) and his interest of placemaking for people’s needs, pupils have been introduced to the idea that they too can contribute to the decisions that help determine how their area is developed.

pas2School sessions have taken place in a diverse range of classes. In West Lothian a geography class explored specific examples of restoration projects by the Bathgate Historic Conservation Society in addition to broader issues of heritage in West Lothian. In Fife an English Class, contributing their work to the new cross-curriculum Scottish Studies certificate, focused on the ramifications on place of the past mining heritage and the subsequent decline of mining. In Renfrewshire, a personal development class looked at the decline of the motor industry and its effect on place in relation to Linwood but also recent community efforts to improve the Linwood area. In Glasgow, sessions are underway with a citizens development group who considering the legacy effect of national and international events, particularly in the East End where the 2014 Commonwealth Games were held.

PASlogoStan_rgb-w1The PAS workshops, as well as exploring local heritage issues, have equipped pupils with knowledge on how they can engage with shaping their place and community: the essence of active citizenship. Skills have been developed which have enabled them to successfully prepare for, carry out, record and share the oral history stories of the older generation which are available to view on Youtube and Soundcloud in interview format.

View digital findings from the Place Work Folk project on  YouTube and SoundCloud.

For more information about the project and to view an exhibtion of the young people’s stories contact the PAS Place, Work, Folk Co-ordinator, Russell Moran: Russell@PAS.ORG.UK

 

Mar 262015
 

LfS CoverEducation Scotland has published the second paper in its Opening Up Great Learning series. This paper examines what great learning for sustainability (LfS) looks like.

It demonstrates how meeting national LfS recommendations can enable schools, early learning and childcare settings to achieve great outcomes.

The paper also provides a range of Career-long Professional Learning activities to support whole school dialogue and strategic development of LfS.

Click here for further information and support on learning for sustainability.

Mar 242015
 

Stirling HS John Muir Award Group Survey image 2 (2)There’s still time to get your competition entries in for the Our Environment Competition!

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It’s easy to enter and you can win £1000!

Identify an environmental issues in your local area/school grounds.

Collect data about the issue (these easy-to-use surveys might help you!)

Young people can present their ideas for solving the problem (via presentation, leaflet, poster, video, photostory – or something else!)

You have until March 31st!

http://www.environment.scotland.gov.uk/get-involved/the-big-discussion/youth-discussion-competition/env_competition

 

 

Mar 232015
 

The second Young Person’s Conversation Day on 10th March 2015, organised by the Skills Team (3-18) in Education Scotland attracted almost 180 young people from schools, colleges and universities across Aberdeen City, Angus, Dundee and Paisley and another 30 colleagues from Scottish Government, Local Authority, SDS, Parent organisations, Third Sector and Industry/Employers.

Everyone gathered together in Montrose Town Hall to discuss key issues from the Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce (DYW) agenda and how we can work more closely together on them.

The event was opened by Joan Mackay, Assistant Director, Education Scotland and Project Lead on DYW who set out the national and policy context for the work and then young people engaged in discussions at their tables around Work Experience and Profiling.

The first part of the morning was led by Andrew Millar, Development Officer, Education Scotland and provided the opportunity to analyse and feedback upon a version of the new draft standard for Work Experience. Initial reactions were very positive and the evaluations gathered in will help to develop the standard further. There were suggested improvements to the standard and also innovative contributions as to how they themselves could be involved in the delivery of professional learning around DYW for school staff. Colleagues involved in these conversations were impressed at how confident, insightful, and articulate the young people were in taking to the microphone and delivering their comments publicly.

‘This is the most inspiring event I have attended and it shows that we should involve young people more in our work’ was a comment from a local authority employee.

Young Enterprise Scotland led group activities around skills for work and there was an opportunity to engage in employer/ third sector discussions at pop-up stalls. Investors in Youth have collated responses to their table top activity ‘what makes a good employer?’ and parents from NPFS shared their ‘skills in a nutshell’ series with the young people. Key speakers were the civil engineering MA of 2014 and a student from Dundee and Angus College who hopes to be a doctor having left school at 15 and worked in construction for 6 years. Both Sean and Jaye captivated the audience with their personal triumphs promoting the ideal that there are many learning pathways that can lead an individual to success and fulfilment.

Work from the day will be followed up in schools and by colleagues who attended. The young people who were interviewed in the afternoon appeared suitably pleased that they were involved in work around a national agenda and that their views were being listened to seriously.

‘We are important, I am important and we get ignored. It’s all about exams and university but it shouldn’t be. We want to know what’s out there and school should be more about this’ a Dundee S4 explained to her table.

The whole event was filmed by Education Scotland and clips will be used for further events.

Mar 182015
 

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Interested in Business Education? If the answer is “Yes” then why not join the Business Education Community on Glow at: www.tinyurl.com/busedscot.

What is available you might be thinking? Well some of the benefits of joining the community include:

  • Vast amount of resources available
  • Calendar of events for Business Education opportunities
  • Opportunity to share and collaborate
  • Making links with other people interested in Business Education
  • Hot Topics in Business – Discussion area
  • Newsfeed for questions, comments and feedback – great way to keep up with what is happening in Business
  • Plus much more…

Still interested? Join the community and share the site with others.

Mar 172015
 

Mcas-logoessage from Kate Farrell the Co-Chair of Computing at Schools Scotland(CASS)

I am delighted to announce the launch of our 2015 CS Education conference! This year we will be hosted by the School of Computing at the University of Dundee. The conference will be on Saturday 7th November 2015.

After a ‘slimline’ conference last year we will be back to our multiple strands plus workshops model that has worked well in the past. Following on from our successful BGE strand last year and the positive feedback we got from the Primary teachers attending we are carrying on with the BGE strand and expanding it so there will be BGE sessions for the full day.

I am also very pleased to announce that we are partnering with SICSA Education to have an Academic and Research strand, and we’re partnering with College Development Network and ScotlandIS to have an Industry and Vocational Strand.

This will mean professionals from Early Years, Primary, Secondary, Further Education, Higher Education and Industry all gathering together to discuss Computing Science education!

In order to make this conference a huge success we need YOU! We are opening a Call for Proposals and we are hoping that many of you will submit proposals for sessions at the conference. There are a selection of themes to give you ideas. You can get more information and ideas in our Call for Participation document.

If you would like to submit a proposal, the form is here: http://bit.ly/CASSconf15CALL

Mar 112015
 

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The 50 places for the Social Studies Dgitial Learning Day in Stirling were snapped up in a day.

But you can take part in the presentations and conversations by registering for the event on Glow TV.

Saturday 21st March

10:00 – 12:15

Register  here:

http://bit.ly/digidayglowTV

You can also share ideas on the Wiki for the event. Log on with your Glow details.

https://digitalsocialstudies.wikis.glowscotland.org.uk/

A full programme for the day can be downloaded here:

http://bit.ly/Ddayprogramme

 

Mar 112015
 

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Education Scotland has published resource guides for Advanced Higher Biology, Advanced Higher Chemistry, Advanced Higher Physics and N5 Environmental Sciences and Higher Environmental Science. These can be found in the appropriate folders.

These resource guides have been produced in response to requests from staff who attended the NQ Sciences events at Hampden Stadium in December 2013. Those attending felt it would be useful to have a document which helped them navigate to the most relevant resources quickly.

These resource guides show the mandatory course key area tables from the SQA Advanced Higher Biology, Chemistry and Physics as well as N5 and Higher Environmental Science Course and Unit Support Notes. An additional fourth column has been included which contains hyperlinks to resources that are relevant to each of the key areas. Please note: Teachers are not required to use the resources listed – they are only included as helpful suggestions. Teachers should also refer to the SQA website for the most up-to-date course and unit support notes.

These resources form part of a suite of guides including N5 and Higher Biology, Chemistry and Physics and Higher Human Biology.