Tag Archives: Attainment

Impetus – Ready for Work report: The capabilities young people need to find and keep work!

In case you haven’t seen this so far:

This Ready for Work (2014) report, produced by Impetus-PEF in partnership with the Young Foundation and the Social Research Unit at Dartington (SRU), seeks to provide practical answers to the question: how can we help young people be ready for work? The study aims to support those who fund, invest in or provide services to improve the employability of young people – including our main concern, young people from disadvantaged background.  

It identifies six essential capabilities that young people are expected to demonstrate in order to get and keep a job:

Self-awareness, Receptiveness, Drive, being Self-assured, Resilience and being Informed.

The report also reflected on a number of programmes or interventions with a proven record of success, providing valuable thoughts and information as people develop and implement strategies within their respective contexts.

You can access the report here:  2014_09-Ready-for-Work

Outdoor Learning – Your questions answered!

small-outdoor-learning-qaJoin us on Thursday 10th November at 4pm for an opportunity to have your Outdoor Learning questions answered

During this Glow TV event you will have a chance to ask a panel of teachers and practitioners all the questions you may have about using outdoor learning as a context for learning in your establishment. Whether it’s as part of a nurture programme, to raise attainment in literacy or numeracy or for developing your school grounds we will help to answer your questions and give some ideas and advice to utilising the wonderful resource that is outdoor learning.

Sign up now to take part live in Glow TV – Outdoor Learning – Your questions answered!

If you unable to join us for the live event you can always catch up with the recording at another time – Glow TV’s Watch Again.

If you do one thing this term; collaborate

JanieBy Janie McManus, Assistant Director in charge of the Scottish Attainment Challenge

Welcome back after the holidays! It’s always an exciting time of year, and one when we’re looking ahead to the difference we will make to the lives of children across Scotland. When I was in the classroom I always remember the first day with a new class of children and both the excitement and anxiety about getting to know them quickly and thinking about the difference that I could make to their learning over the coming year.  One of the strengths of the school was working alongside my colleagues to share ideas, resources and talk about ways I could make my teaching and learning better.  Learning from each other about effective practice to raise attainment and close the poverty related attainment gap is a key feature of the Scottish Attainment Challenge.

On the Scottish Attainment Challenge, we’re heading into our second year. This time last year we had just appointed our first Attainment Advisors. As they have become established, they are working collaboratively across groupings of local authorities as well as working with individual schools and local authorities.

With a well-established full team, we are learning about what is working. That includes the impact on the vocabulary gap in Dundee of speech and language therapists working alongside teachers, and the value of CLPL on literacy for practitioners in Inverclyde.

Both are featured in the August edition of GTCS’s Teaching Scotland magazine, as the publication follows the progress of the Attainment Advisors in these two authorities.

In both examples, collaboration has been key, and one factor that keeps being highlighted by the Attainment Advisors is the value of sharing practice with colleagues, whether informally or formally through professional learning networks. I have been impressed by the approaches being used to develop professional learning and enquiry and the use of collaborative action research.

The anecdotal experience is backed up by research. A recently published paper by Professor Chris Chapman, Senior Academic Advisor to the Scottish Attainment Challenge, has demonstrated that collaborative working has a positive impact on personnel, facilitating improvements in many aspects of practice, which in turn has a positive impact on learner attainment.

If you are looking for ideas, both publications are a good place to start; or you could simply catch up with colleagues in and beyond your classroom and school and start the invaluable process of sharing your questions and experiences; and collaborating.

Key links

CELCIS New Website – Design A Christmas card

CELCIS is looking for a looked after young person to help them by designing for  their  2015 Christmas card

Their New Website makes it  easier to keep up to speed with what’s going on for looked after children and young people in Scotland, and beyond. Find out more at their Knowledge Bank

Access to Education Fund

Small- Education FundIn 2014 the Access to Education Fund gave schools across Scotland the opportunity to apply for funding of around £5,000 to reduce the barriers to learning experienced by pupils from the most deprived areas to help improve their attainment.

The fund was very popular with over 700 applications received from all 32 local authorities, and from all sectors within education, for a huge variety of different projects – including increasing engagement with parents and enhancing opportunities for children and young people to experience the world around them.

This Glow TV session on Monday 30th March at 4pm will look at the features of successful applications – providing examples and guidance around the application form, and answer any questions you may have around the process. You will also have the opportunity to hear from schools about their projects and their approach to completing the application for funding.

Register now to take part in Glow TV – Access to Education Fund