e-Sgoil’s engagement with the Scottish Attainment Challenge is now documented as part of a Live Narrative Project. This sharing of practice is intended to assist senior leaders and teachers with improving practice through the medium of Gaelic and English. More information can be found at https://education.gov.scot/improvement/practice-exemplars/live-narrative-project …
Press Release from SCILT 19 September 2018
Twenty representatives from seven local authorities across Scotland attended a conference on digital learning in Gaelic Learner Education at the University of Strathclyde on 14 September 2018. The forum discussed provision for Gaelic language learners online, with the aim of improving the digital offer and increasing the number of Gaelic learners in Scottish secondary schools.
Phyllis Green, who attended the conference on behalf of West Lothian Council, said: “The conference helped raise awareness of how we could support Gaelic learning within our authority. Following on from this event, we plan to make links with e-Sgoil, and with other local authorities, to look at how digital can be exploited to support learning within West Lothian Council.”
Jo Ellson, representing Aberdeenshire Council, commented: “It was particularly valuable to discover what is available in a wider context to support learners digitally, and to see the will of all those attending to take Gaelic learning forward.”
The event was facilitated by SCILT, Scotland’s National Centre for Languages. Delegates included representatives from Further and Higher Education as well as national education organisations, SQA and Scottish Government.
SCILT Professional Development Officer, Eòghan Stewart, said: “The conference allowed us to bring colleagues from Comhairle nan Eilean’s e-Sgoil to meet with representatives from other local authorities in order to build links with one another and with Further and Higher Education institutions. There is an appetite to learn Gaelic amongst young people but it can be unclear how to go about doing this if there is no teacher in the school. With a good digital learning strategy nationally, we hope to increase the numbers learning and, eventually, speaking the language, in line with the aims of the Scottish Government Gaelic Language Plan.”
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s e-Sgoil was established in August 2016. Through a network of staff who deliver online learning, e-Sgoil aims to support the expansion of Gaelic Medium Education locally and nationally. e-Sgoil recently launched an on-line class for National 5 and Higher Gaelic (Learners). This has attracted 12 candidates for the 2018-19 session.
More information is available here:
To support and strengthen professional learning, Education Scotland has published a new national model of professional learning which replaces previous guidance.
The model of professional learning identifies the key principles and features of effective learning that will build capacity and promote collaborative practices. The new model provides a shared language and aspiration, informing the provision, structure and nature of learning. It also outlines the kinds of learning that will empower and enable you to best meet the needs of learners.
The story of two Mellanbys, some dogs, cats, mice, sheep, penguins…- Public Lecture
Interest in vitamin D has rapidly grown in recent years with numerous studies linking a lack of vitamin D to the development of a wide range of health problems in both humans and animals.
However, many researchers remain skeptical about the non-skeletal health benefits of vitamin D and believe the growing reputation of vitamin D as a cure for many different diseases is wildly over-stated.
In his inaugural lecture, Richard will discuss how studies on dogs were pivotal in the discovery of vitamin D and how research on man’s best friend, and other animals, continues to illuminate the ongoing debate of the importance of vitamin D on health beyond the skeleton.
He will also discuss some of his group’s recent research which is showing the remarkable effects vitamin D can have on shaping the immune system.
This lecture will be followed by a reception in the area outside of the auditorium.
This lecture is free and open to all.
Date: Monday 24th September, 2018
Location: The Roslin Institute
Rabies Lab: Let’s Talk About Health pre-lecture workshop
Would you like to get hands-on with real lab techniques used in the fight against rabies? Are you a pupil in S4, S5 or S6 with an interest in science? If so, sign up for our free 45-minute pre-lecture workshop in the Easter Bush Science Outreach Centre.
During the workshop you will carry out a laboratory technique called ELISA, which is used to screen dogs for successful rabies vaccination as part of the pet passport scheme. The hands-on workshop will cover some of the science behind rabies prevention and is an ideal introduction to the Let’s Talk About Health lecture that immediately follows the workshop – free tickets for the lecture can be booked here
Date Wednesday 10th October
Cost: Free, but you must reserve your place
Location: Easter Bush Science Outreach Centre, Charnock Bradley Building – Easter Bush Campus
Age: Adults and children aged 10 and over. Please note that all children must be accompanied by an adult, with no more than 2 children per adult.
Booking: Booking is essential – please reserve your free place(s) via our Eventbrite page.
Lets Talk About Health and Disease – Public Lecture
Join us to hear about how we have partnered with the Mission Rabies charity to deliver mass canine rabies vaccination programmes in Malawi, India and other rabies ‘hotspots’ across the world, and the challenges this work presents. Hear about our programmes to increase rabies awareness and safety for children and the impact our work is having.
Speakers: Richard Mellanby and Stella Mazeri
Date Wednesday 10th October
Cost: free, but you must reserve your place
Location: Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies
Doors open 4.30pm with teas and coffees available.
Refreshments will be available after event.
This review provides clarity and the first Scottish national definition of learning at home which is vital to help practitioners take this agenda forward. Research shows that learning at home can have significant immediate and longer term impacts on children in different ways. These include a child’s early learning, later achievements, nurture, resilience, wellbeing, social mobility and skills for life.
Supporting parents to help them with their child’s learning at home is therefore ‘a vital part of improving outcomes for children, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds’ (Hunt et al, 2011).
The annual Community Learning and Development Conference will take place on Wednesday 31 October 2018, from 10.00am to 4.30pm in the West Park Conference Centre, 319 Perth Road, Dundee, DD2 1NN.
The conference theme is
Community Learning and Development’s role in addressing the Poverty Related Attainment Gap
The conference will be of interest to staff and managers involved in all sectors of community learning and development, including Local Authority Services, Further Education, Community Planning, Voluntary and Third Sector Organisations
An ‘early bird’ delegate rate of £65 is available for bookings made before the 30 September 2018. Bookings received after this date will be charged £85. Refreshments on arrival and lunch are included in the price.
Click on link to register
If you are going to the Scottish Learning Festival, you might be interested in activities that involve the CLD sector.
The Parental Engagement and Families and Communities Team in Education Scotland will be delivering two workshops at SLF 2018:
Collaborating with Parents and Improvement Planning – Wednesday 3:15pm Dochart 2
Collaborating with partners on developing family learning approaches – Thursday 12:45 pm Dochart 2
Parental Engagement and Involvement will also have a partnership stall which will be located at D115. The stand is being delivered in partnership with the National Parent Forum for Scotland, Connect and the Scottish Government again this year, so there’s lots of expertise to choose from.
CLD and STEM
On Thursday 20th there is a focus on STEM and CLD are represented in five of the demonstration slots happening during the day.
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.
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.
• Presentation – Damien Yeates
• Presentation – Tony McDaid
• Presentation – Diane Greenlees
• Presentation – Philip Black
• Fife case study
• South Lanarkshire case study
• East Renfrewshire case study
• Glasgow case study
• Perth and Kinross case study
If you would like a colleague from Skills Development Scotland to get in touch regarding Foundation Apprenticeships, contact SDS at firstname.lastname@example.org .