The Digital team will be at this year’s SLF with an exciting offering of activities available to all delegates across both days.
Visit the Education Scotland Stand
The Education Scotland stand will host a schedule of Digital Literacy and Glow focused drop in sessions available on both days. Digital is about supporting learning and teaching so we have arranged a timetable of inspirational and practical sessions for you to join in, learn something new and take your experiences back to the classroom.
To allow you to plan ahead we have put together a timetable of activity which will take place on both days. You can find this below.
On day 2 of SLF visit the STEM expo in the Lomond Auditorium. The team will be leading the Tinker Table to help you build, create, design and inspire ideas to embed digital in every day learning and teaching.
Sessions run from 10.45 – 11.30 and again 13.15 – 14.00
We look forward to welcoming you to the Scottish Learning Festival.
The Digital Literacy and Glow drop in sessions will take place on the ES stand on both days of SLF:
(10:30 start on day 2)
|Improve workload and workflow
Come along and find out about the benefits of using Glow tools to save you valuable time and move towards a better work/life balance.
|Capturing Pupil Voice
Learn about formative assessment tools to capture the learning of young people to inform next steps and give them feedback.
|Internet Safety and Cyber Resilience
Understand the latest risks and threats and gain access to a wide range of resources, support and guidance through Glow.
Create and share interactive stories, animations, personal accounts, presentations and more through the use of Glow tools.
Use Glow tools to share and celebrate pupil learning and build digital learning portfolios.
As one of the key priorities in education, Developing the Young Workforce related contributions will feature prominently again at the SLF 2018 (19 – 10 September, SCCC, Glasgow). This year’s main focus will be on School-Employer Partnerships and STEM related learning around DYW.
Here is a list of key seminars:
Wednesday, 19 September
|School-employer and Local Authority partnerships: A partnership approach to delivering DYW
||Donald MacLeod, Western Isles, + Laxdale Primary School
|Apprenticeships: Early learning, … reducing the attainment gap in Gaelic Medium Education
||Joan Esson, Education Scotland, DFM John Swinney,
|STEM/Numeracy: Linking the maths curriculum to the world of work
||Alessio Gusmeroli, Skills Development Scotland
Collaborative multi-agency approach to DYW
|Gill Geddes, Peebles High School, Scottish Borders
||Carron 1, 14.00
|Profiling in the context of DYW: New guidance and My World of Work toolkit
||Klaus Mayer, Education Scotland and Derek Hawthorne, SDS
Thursday, 20 September
|DYW Regional Group: Labour market information for teachers
||Abigail Kinsella, Glasgow City Council
|DYW whole school approach/ partnerships: Developing Employability and Creativity Skills across learning
||Castlebrae Community High School, Edinburgh; St Albert’s Primary School, Glasgow
|School-employer partnerships/STEM: The impact of STEM insight teacher placements
||Helen Winton, SSERC
|ICT: Stirling digital skills forum: building partnerships and developing skills for the future
||Helen Gorman, Stirling Council
|ICT/Skills: Embed computational thinking across the BGE curriculum
||Lorna Kerr, Education Scotland
|Gender/partnerships: RISE: inspiring the future!
||Audrey McDermott, Uddingston Grammar School, South Lanarkshire
|| Boisdale 1
Download our DYW Flyer with all related seminars here: SLF 18 DYW seminar flyer
Access the full SLF programme here: https://education.gov.scot/Documents/SLF2018conferenceprogramme.pdf
Register for the SLF and book your seminars here.
An event to raise aspirations towards, and interest in, STEM was enjoyed by more than 300 people at Arbroath Academy.
The Angus STEM Festival featured shows from Aberdeen and Dundee Science Centres, as well as Generation Science alongside interactive workshops and stalls presented by local colleges, universities and STEM employers.
Organised by Raising Aspirations in Science Education (RAiSE) and Developing the Young Workforce (DYW), the festival also aimed to highlight the science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) career pathways available within Angus.
Jonathon Brown, the RAiSE Primary Science Development Officer, said: “It was a wonderful day and we were incredibly pleased with the numbers attending and the enthusiasm and participation from the young people and their families. These fun, informative sessions really help bring science to life and engage young people.”
Visitors were surveyed, with more than 90% reporting that the festival made them more interested in a future career in STEM and that it had increased their interest in STEM subjects. All of those questioned enjoyed the event.
RAiSE is a four-year pilot programme to increase the confidence and skills of teachers to teach effective and engaging primary science. More than 40 schools in Angus are engaged in the programme. It is funded and delivered by The Wood Foundation, Education Scotland and participating local authorities.
This is the first in a series of four opportunities which allows DYW representatives, teachers and educators to gain in-depth insight into what SP Energy Networks look for in candidates.
The event will take place on 28 March 2018 and will run twice on that day. Attendees will have the choice of either a morning slot from 9-12 noon or an afternoon slot from 1-4pm.
The programme as follows:
- Two sessions per day AM/PM with 32 places open for registration on each.
- 30 minute presentation/interaction session on SP Energy Network activities and talent pipelines we have including Graduate, Craft Apprenticeship, Power Engineering, Engineering Foundation and Year in Industry programmes.
- 1 hour tour of the training centre inclusive of a hand skill and overhead line demonstration.
- Concludes with a 30 minute question and answer session.
The event will take place at the SPEN Training Centre in Cumbernauld:
ScottishPower Energy Networks, Dealain House, 72 Napier Road, Wardpark, Cumbernauld, G68 0DF
Booking should be made in the first instance through the Marketplace website. If you do not have access to Marketplace then please register your interest by contacting Alison Nimmo, DYW West Lothian at: Animmo@dywled.org
Future events are being planned for the following dates: 13 June, 14 Sept, 16 Nov 2018.
DYW Regional Group in Moray involved 15 pupils to plan, film and edit 6 films for use in any educational context to show young people what career opportunities are available to them in growth sectors in the local authority.
The films are focussed on 6 Growth Sectors identified in the Moray Skills Framework launched in May 2017 by the Moray Council. We now would like the film to be used as much as possible to inform our young people better about potential career paths available to them – examples of usage may be at careers events; to assist with the delivery of courses within schools/colleges; to generally promote the Moray area for work etc.
Please follow the link below and scroll down to the section that says “Careers in Moray – Films for Educational Usage”.
Teachers, Lecturers and Employers are more than welcome to use them to show to our young people in Moray the Careers Available to them. Please can you pass on this email to any of your colleagues who would find it of value to see or use the films.
The films are also available on our YouTube page. Please click on the links below for each video.
- Early Learning and Childcare Sector Film – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tVtmjGMz6bU
- Food, Drink & Tourism Sector Film – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KvdIsrynuhc
- Engineering Sector Film – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6SYWiz89Tc
- Creative Industries & IT – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=txfUIjYhay0
- Business/Professional Services Sector Film – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U8ruawNL-mo
- Land Based Sector Film – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mX77i4dvNdM
Also, if you haven’t yet noticed on our social media pages, there is a number of photos that were taken from our Moray’s Aspiring Film Trainee Awards (MAFTAs) on Monday evening. This event launched the films and recognised all of the pupils involved in the project. You can find these photos on the Facebook page “DYW More in Moray” – https://www.facebook.com/DYWMoreInMoray/.
The latest event in a series of workshops and events on career pathways and skills development in the land-base, aquaculture and environmental industries, will take place on Thursday, 14 December, Westerwood Hotel, Cumbernauld (10am – 3pm). (contact: 01738 310164 or Scotland@lantra.co.uk)
Two recent LANYRA career workshops run for SDS career staff, teachers, DYW regional groups etc. were held in Perth & Lanark. Here are the links to the presentations from industry speakers :
LANTRA’s website offers plenty of information on exciting and rewarding jobs in this industry sector, especially for Modern Apprentices. Find out more by signing up for our quarterly newsletter or contacting us LANTRA directly.
And: The new rural skills video has just been published and can be viewed on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omCE4wlikqo
Attention all Glow Blog users! We are seeking feedback on what new functionality you would like to see added to Glow Blogs. A short survey has been created to collect your feedback and is available here – https://blogs.glowscotland.org.uk/glowblogs/glowbloghelp/suggestions/
The next release of Glow Blogs is scheduled for summer 2018. In order for all responses to be considered in time for the release, the deadline for survey responses is the 30th November. All responses received after this date will be collected for consideration for future releases of Glow Blogs.
We are looking to gather as much feedback from our Glow users as possible so please complete the form and let us hear your ideas. Why not share this survey with your friends and colleagues to make Glow Blogs even better!
STEM Education and Training Strategy for Scotland has now been published
A STEM (Sciences Technologies, Engineering and Mathematics) Education and Training Strategy was launched in the Scottish Parliament last week by Ms Shirley-Anne Somerville, Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science. The Strategy, together with a STEM Evidence Base Report, is now available to download from: http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2017/10/1386/downloads
A central focus on the strategy is to enable everyone to develop STEM skills for learning, for life and for work. It provides a new emphasis on career pathways within STEM sectors and to grow successful partnerships between schools and employers through the Developing the Young Workforce Programme. The strategy also includes a commitment to expand Foundation, Modern and Graduate Apprenticeship Programmes to enable many to pursue jobs and careers in STEM through these pathways. This strong focus on skills and careers will further enhance national efforts to Develop the Young Workforce (DYW) and embed employment and career management skills in the curriculum through the Career Education Standard.
A wide variety and resources including exemplars around DYW and STEM can be accessed on the National Improvement Hub here.
The Institute for Engineering and Technology (ITE) has launched a campaign entitled ‘Engineering Work Experience for All’ in order to raise awareness of the value of high quality, practical work placements in helping to develop future engineers with the practical skills they need for the workplace.
According to the IET 2016 Skills and Demand in Industry report, 62 per cent of engineering employers say graduates don’t have the right skills for today’s workplace, while 68 per cent are concerned that the education system will struggle to keep up with the skills required for technological change. To address these growing concerns over skills gaps in the engineering workforce, particularly among graduates and school leavers, 91 per cent of companies agreed that more employers need to provide work experience for those in education or training.
In response to these statistics, the IET has launched the Engineering Work Experience for All campaign to champion the need for more employers and universities to collaborate to offer quality work experience to engineering students. The campaign is designed to rally employers, universities, Government and students to make a range of different, quality work experience opportunities more widespread.
Find our more about the campaign here.
Last September schools in Midlothian undertook an innovative and exciting new project which would allow them to transform the way that they learnt in their classrooms. Through consultations with local architects, extensive research and planning in their classrooms the schools created their own inspirational learning spaces!
Throught the year the classes had the opportunity to undertake various projects which would help develop and enhance by their new learning spaces. The first project was a STEM eco-classroom project. This is a project created by the Engineering Development Trust to help the pupils to develop their science, technology, engineering and maths skills. During this project, the pupils were challenged to build an eco-friendly classroom. They needed to research eco-friendly classrooms that have already been designed in schools and then use this research to create their classroom in a way that helps the environment.
In an exciting opportunity for the schools, teachers were invited to a training session with VEX Robotics. During the session the teachers got to use programmeable robots, making them move, make sounds and flash their lights! This wasn’t just for the teachers as they went back to school and used the robots with the pupils who could programme them straight from their iPads. In March pupils from two Midlothian primary schools – Loanhead and St David’s – travelled to the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham to take part in the VEX Robotics UK Challenge. The VEX Challenge requires teams to program robots to carry out a series of complex tasks while competing against 40 other teams from all over the UK. Both schools won awards for high level of competancy in programming their robots!
The final project that the schools undertook was a CSI inspired activity where the pupils had to solve the Mayberry Mystery Crime. They visited the Mining Museum in Newtongrange which was the scene of a terrible crime and using their skills they had to solve the mystery and name the culprit. To help keep the pupils working together they used a Yammer group to keep their investiagtions up to date!
Throughout the year lots of exciting work went on in the newly designed classrooms and you can find out more on the mi:Space Blog – https://blogs.glowscotland.org.uk/mc/mispace/