Category Archives: Additional Support for Learning

DYW Interesting Practice – Sanderson High School: Tailored learning pathways to meet the needs of all

Winners of the Scottish Education Awards 2017 – category:  Employability across Learning!

A whole school approach to DYW offers learners at Sanderson High School in South Lanarkshire a wide variety of career related and work-based learning opportunities that aim to inspire the exploration of future pathways.  The learning experiences within and beyond the curriculum not only provide learners with a significantly enhanced skills portfolio, tracked and referenced through profiling, but also ensure meaningful connections with the world of work and accreditation in the senior phase. As part of this approach the school created the subject ‘Education for Work’ which now forms part of the core curriculum at all levels. 

The school has also developed a Position Statement which states that “all young people will learn about the world of work; and where appropriate all young people will participate in suitable work experience; and all young people will have a clearly defined and individualised pathway from S1-S6, resulting in sustainable, meaningful post-school destinations.”

Staff use the entitlements from Career Education Standard 3-18 (CES) to ensure these aims are put into practice and audit the skills the young people are developing. For example, staff in each subject area match their curriculum and teaching and learning approaches to the relevant entitlements from the CES and the appropriate skills . The school has a good range of work placements for young people in the senior phase, which provides them with an excellent experience of the world of work and which links well to the curriculum.

There is also a close partnership with Calderglen High School on the implementation of DYW with learners taking up  volunteering opportunities at Sanderson HS.   Video clip: Volunteering at Sanderson HS

Find out more about the schools DYW approach by accessing the Interesting Practice in Skills DYW – Sanderson High School summary information.

Learning Families – Intergenerational Approaches to Literacy Teaching and Learning

“All of the programmes featured in this publication by the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning  share valuable experiences and lessons. They reflect a view of effective learning families whereby each child is a member of a family, and within a learning family every member is a lifelong learner. Among disadvantaged families and communities in particular, a family literacy and learning approach is more likely to break the intergenerational cycle of low education and literacy skills..” (Elfert and Hanermann 2014)

http://uil.unesco.org/fileadmin/keydocuments/Literacy/en/learning-families.pdf

https://familylearningscot.wordpress.com/

Are you ready for the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014?

CYCJ_logoThe Centre for Youth and Criminal Justice could help 

The Centre for Youth & Criminal Justice (CYCJ) supports improvement for young people who offend, contributing to better lives for individuals and communities by…

Providing advice and support

Their multidisciplinary team provide support to those who need it, from advising on individual cases to service and organisational level development. 

Events and training

Events and training opportunities are a regular ‘free of charge’ fixture of the CYCJ calendar, and include topics like the Children and Young Person (Scotland) Act 2014 and how it will impact on you and your organisation. This includes the role of the Named Person, Child’s Plan and links to local services like EEI (Early and Effective Intervention).

IVY (Interventions for Vulnerable Youth)

The ground-breaking Interventions for Vulnerable Youth Project (IVY) is funded by the Scottish Government to meet the needs of high risk young people Find out more at www.cycj.org.uk/ivy

A guide to Youth Justice in Scotland: policy, practice and legislation

CYCJ produces guidance to youth justice in Scotland, incorporating the latest legislation and policy changes. Download the current sections at www.cycj.org.uk/youthpracticeguide.

To find out more…

CEITIDH – FIRST GAELIC COMPUTER VOICE

Ceitidh Computer Voice

Ceitidh is now available from CALL Scotland’s Scottish voice website alongside “Heather” and “Stuart”, the two Scottish computer voices. Heather and Stuart are also licenced for the entire Scottish Public Sector.

The new Gaelic computer voice is licensed for the Scottish public sector, so it can be used by students in schools, colleges and universities, NHS patients, and employees in the public sector. CALL also has permission to distribute the voice to charities.

The Gaelic voice works on Windows and Macintosh computers and can be used to:

  • read Gaelic web sites, ebooks, textbooks, SQA exam papers and other curriculum resources;
  • check writing, emails, and social media posts – proofreading by listening can improve spelling and grammar;

The voice will be particularly helpful for Gaelic speakers with dyslexia, reading difficulties and visual impairment, but it should also be useful for anyone learning or working in Gaelic.

LEARNING IN CARE REFERENCE TOOL

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This document aims to support care staff working collaboratively with education staff to support children and young people with their learning in the care setting. It recognises that care staff are already supporting children and young people’s learning in care, and aims to provide them with practical examples which will assist services to further improve learning outcomes for children and young people across care and education. The examples of learning experiences which follow are organised in the 3 key curriculum areas which are the responsibility of all: literacy, numeracy and health and wellbeing.

Click here to open the document as a pdf.

Click here to discuss this in the Inclusion Hub on GLOW.

Voice Assisted Technology for Gaelic

The world’s first Scottish Gaelic Computer Voice is now available from CALL Scotland’s Scottish Voice web site. The new Gaelic computer voice is licensed for the whole of the Scottish public sector, so it can be used by students in schools, colleges and universities, NHS patients, and employees in the public sector.

Ceitidh is available from our Scottish voice website alongside “Heather” and “Stuart”, the two Scottish computer voices.

The Gaelic voice works on Windows and Macintosh computers and can be used to:

  • read Gaelic web sites, ebooks, textbooks, SQA exam papers and other curriculum resources;
  • check writing, emails, and social media posts – listening to what you have typed can help improve your spelling and grammar.

The voice will be particularly helpful for speakers of Gaelic with dyslexia, reading difficulties and visual impairment, but it should also be useful for anyone learning or working in Gaelic.

The development of the voice was funded by the Scottish Government, Scottish Funding Council, SQA and Bòrd na Gàidhlig. The voice has been created by CereProc, the world leading speech Synthesis Company in Edinburgh, working with Michael Bauer of Akerbeltz.

Read more at http://www.callscotland.org.uk/blog/filte-gu-ceitidh-a-chiad-guth-gidhlig-airson-coimpiutair/.

 

 

Fly The Flag For Human Rights

New campaign to promote the benefits of human rights. 

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The Scottish Government’s #FlyTheFlag for human rights campaign is part of a contribution to the objectives of Scotland’s National Action Plan for Human Rights, where evidence demonstrates that people are insufficiently aware of their rights and do not feel empowered to claim their rights.

New research carried out by You Gov has shown that one in five Scots believe that human rights are for minority groups only. This new campaign is designed to help people better understand how human rights are relevant, used on a day to day basis and how they help build a fairer and more progressive society.

Click here to read more.

Why not continue the conversation on Glow here.

Support for Learning Event – 4th December, Edinburgh

Support for Learning teaching provides children and young people ways to improve their engagement and attainment in school. It offers personalised support and contributes to their support entitlement within Curriculum for Excellence. This event will discuss, within a framework of Curriculum for Excellence and Getting it Right, how effectively Support for Learning teachers can improve their practice in meeting the support needs of children and young people. Participants will also have the opportunity to discuss and exchange views on the draft National Improvement Framework.

This event is for Support for Learning staff in schools and services to engage with this new environment for learning and discuss how best to deliver effective support for Learning.

This event will be held at Victoria Quay and will run from 9am till 4pm.

Click here to book.

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) – Free event for education professionals

FASD

Free Event for Education Professionals

10.00 – 15.00

17 November 2015

COSLA, Edinburgh, 19 Haymarket Yards, Edinburgh, EH12 5BH

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is the leading known preventable cause of permanent learning disability worldwide and is caused by maternal use of alcohol during pregnancy. Affected children can have a wide range of physical, growth and neurobehavioural problems which impact on their everyday lives and limit their independence.  Often teachers are the first professional to notice a child has difficulties.

As part of a programme of events over the last 4 years, the Scottish Government has arranged a free event for nursery and primary school teachers. The event’s keynote speaker is Dr Ana Hanlon-Dearman – a Developmental Paediatrician from the Manitoba FASD Centre in Canada. The Scottish Government has worked closely with Dr Hanlon-Dearman in moving FASD forward in Scotland. Dr Hanlon-Dearman has a wealth of experience working with schools in Manitoba, and will be discussing their work supporting children and young people, as well as tools that have proved successful.

For further information or to book a space on the event, please contact Jamie.garden@gov.scot 0131 244 4634.

Solution Oriented Approaches

The Rights, Support and Wellbeing Team hope to revise the current guidance and training materials on solution oriented approaches in schools in the coming school session. We hope to update this to reflect the ongoing innovative work that is being implemented in local authorities and will be looking for a number of representatives to support a working group to take this forward.

 

If you are involved in this work and are interested, contact:

gail.nowek@educationscotland.gsi.gov.uk.