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So you want to be a headteacher….?

Seminar at the Scottish Learning Festival

Leven Room, 16:15-17:15

Wednesday 19 September 2018 

Names of key presenters:

Gillian Hamilton (Strategic Director, Education Scotland), Carrie Lindsay (Executive Director of Education and Children’s Services, Fife and Regional Improvement Lead, South East Alliance), headteachers from across Scotland.

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Are you considering applying for a headship?  This informal discussion brings together headteachers working in different sectors across Scotland to share their experiences of headship. Carrie and Gillian will discuss the support available for aspiring and new headteachers, and the changing responsibilities and expectations of the headteacher role.  A panel of headteachers will share their experiences. Anne Graham, headteacher, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar will represent Gaelic Medium Education (GME) on this panel.

Briefing on Gaelic Education

Our latest briefing on Gaelic Education is now available and features:

  • Details of the seminar for Gaelic Education at the Scottish Learning Festival on Wednesday 19 September, 09.30-10.15. This year’s seminar is designed to support strategic planning for the expansion of ELC 1140 hours, with some advice on the GME senior phase.
  • A practice exemplar and challenge questions to support the development of the secondary GME curriculum.
  • Support for social studies in the GME curriculum: Please log in to Glow and on to the Social Studies Network (#socialstudies) to find Gaelic versions of resources for Gallipoli and World War 1. A grant of £250 is available to support learning on the First World War. This is also an opportunity to enhance intergenerational links and technology skills within the curriculum.
  • Details of the professional learning that Education Scotland is delivering at An t-Alltan in September. These focus on: leadership in GME, effective early learning and childcare (ELC) in GME and the National Standardised Assessments for GME.
  • A new resource, through the medium of Gaelic, for self-evaluation The Gaelic version of How good is OUR school? Part 1 and Part 2  is now available on the National Improvement Hub.

Please follow this link to our Briefings.

There are ongoing updates on our blog for GME and Gaelic Learner Education.

 

The importance of partnership planning to deliver high quality, work-related learning

John Devine, head teacher at  Breadalbane Academy, an all-through school  in rural Perthshire has invested in a unique approach to provide learners with meaningful, tailored and diverse work-based learning opportunities.   The school has introduced a Employer Engagement & Partnership programme with 3-5 year agreements with its business partners implemented by a project officer. “These partnerships lend structure and clarity to the process and help to ensure that engagements are well-planned on both sides, that they are relevant to the curriculum and transfer knowledge and expertise from industry to classroom and vice-versa.”

As a result children and young people gain invaluable  skills and work experience  which help them forge a clearer vision for their future career pathways .

“Through offering a broad and inclusive curriculum which is enhanced through employer engagement and partnerships we  believe that our young people are well prepared for success as they progress from school to tertiary education and the workplace.”

The following document outlines the implementation and outcomes of the project:  Interesting Practice in Skills DYW – Final

Other related documents:

Please refer to the School-Employer Partnership Guidance for further information

Review of the Employability Landscape and Scottish Government Funded Employability Services

The Scottish Government aims to achieve economic growth in Scotland that is inclusive. This means growth that combines increased prosperity with greater equality, creates opportunities for all, and distributes the benefits of increased prosperity fairly.

Its vision is to develop a more joined up employability system across Scotland – an employability system that does more to provide the right help for people of all ages, when they need it, and particularly for those further from the labour market, to ensure as many people as possible can benefit from the economy. This is in line with their approach to  Inclusive Growth, recognising that the overall employment rate is high, we now need to ensure a greater focus on those further away from the labour market.

It is about developing a more flexible system that responds to individual and local needs – with clear roles for public, private and Third Sector. To do this we need a funding system which is flexible enough to support our ambitions, but also to adapt over time as the labour market changes.

Scottish Government recognises that there is a lot of good work going on, there are lots of people and organisations working to create better opportunities for people. The challenge we have is to develop more collective leadership across the main funders, Scottish government,  UK Government, Local Government and the Third Sector.

This review will be informed by user and delivery partner feedback from those engaged with existing SG funded employability programmes, and evidence and evaluation from recent reports on the employability landscape. You are the experts and we want to hear your ideas on:

  • the vision and objectives we have outlined and how we promote more collective leadership and collaboration between the different bodies involved;
  • how we ensure employability programmes and services provide better support for people on their journey towards and into work – removing duplication and supporting better outcomes;
  • how we ensure funding and programmes are flexible enough to meet changing labour market conditions;
  • how we recognise the valuable input from different sectors and how we build, collectively, on what works for the individual;
  • roles and responsibilities at national, regional and local level;
  • whether there are particular types of support that are working really well and how we can do more to build on that;
  • approaches to assessment and referral; and
  • what success looks like and approaches to performance management.

SG welcomes your feedback on these issues. You can send submissions to: NEETpolicy@gov.scot by 29 June 2018.

National CLD Workforce Development Plan

The national organisations and regional networks who developed the National CLD Workforce Development Plan are not aiming to cover all the training and development that goes on in the sector but rather to focus on a few thematic areas to improve access and coverage. The plan was informed by mapping and research undertaken in 2017.

It is intended as a living document.   An online version on i-develop includes event calendars that will be added to throughout the lifetime of the plan. The working group will continue to meet to review the implementation and evaluate the impact of this plan. The results from evaluation will be used to determine whether a new plan is written for 2019-20 and what form such a plan would take.

Contact Alona Murray or John Galt for more information

Career Education Standard 3-18: Reflection tool and self-evaluation wheel

In order to reflect on the entitlements of learners and the expectations on teachers and practitioners outlined with in the Career Education Standard the following toolkits have been developed:

  1. self evaluation wheel on the CES 3-18 expectations
  2. CES 3-18 reflection tool L Entitlements
  3. CES 3-18 reflection tool L Entitlements and infographics

These can be used in conjunction with a wide range of other resources and exemplifications collated for easy access on the DYW Summary Page of the National Improvement Hub.

 

Moderation Poster (Gaelic version)

We are pleased to provide Gaelic Medium provisions with a Gaelic version of the Moderation Cycle poster.   Please contact distribution@educationscotland.gsi.gov.uk.

We hope that the poster will help raise awareness of the Moderation Cycle, and that it will support professional discussion and reflection.

More information can be found at these two links.

National Improvement Hub

https://education.gov.scot/improvement/learning-resources/The%20Moderation%20Cycle

Moderation Hub on Glow

https://glowscotland.sharepoint.com/sites/PLC/moderationhub/SitePages/Home.aspx

 

 

 

Aberdeenshire Council’s Work Placement Unit Newsletter 2018

The latest newsletter on Work Placements has been released by Aberdeenshire Council providing an overview of the breath and depth of the developments in the authority.  This includes case studies from schools, the experiences and perspectives of employers  as well as accounts of learners participating in a wide variety of work-based learning opportunities.

Find out more about Aberdeenshire’s offers and achievements by accessing the Workplace Newsletter 2018 Final.

Infographics bring the 10 Learner Entitlements to life

New infographics are now available to help you bring the 10 Learner Entitlements from the Career Education Standard 3-18 to life.

Download the Careers Education Standard Infographic word_version.

CES Implementation:  Where are you now?

If you are reflecting on the implementation of entitlements the following reflection tool may provide a starting point for you and your staff: CES 3-18 reflection tool L Entitlements

If you  are involved in DYW planning  the  Exemplification Tool may offer help and guidance.  Based on the ‘I can’ statements this resource  provides illustrations of what children and young people might experience across all levels of the curriculum in order to help  realise the entitlements.