Tag Archives: Building Your Curriculum

SDS Event: ‘Ensuring Foundation Apprenticeships are at the heart of the curriculum’ – catch up

A thought-provoking event on the further expansion of Foundation Apprenticeships across the country has taken place in August with a number of inspirational presentation s by gues speakers:

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 conference@sds.co.uk .

My world of work: What career options are available with a qualification in Gàidhlig, Gaelic (Learners) and Gaelic Medium Education?

My World of Work offers career information, advice and resources to help children and young people learning Gaelic and in GME make informed choices about their future.     It enables children and young people to choose school subjects based on labour market information and career pathways. Find out more.

For information on teaching Gaelic, or through the medium of Gaelic, please visit Bòrd na Gàidhlig’s website



Career Education Standard (3-18): Exemplification Tool offers a ‘helping hand’

ces-exemplification-toolThis tool will support practitioners in planning and developing new practice in career education  and to reflect on existing practice.   Based on the ‘I can’ statements in the Career Education Standard (3-18) it provides illustrations of what children and young people might experience in order to help them meet their entitlements.  For ease of reference the entitlements have been appended to the resource and linked to each theme.  The tool  supports  practitioners  to consider what  career education might look like in their own particular contexts and to plan accordingly.


The exemplification tool groups the entitlements and the illustrative  ‘I can statements’ in five themes and by levels.  Alongside these are suggestions of the types of activities that children and young people might experience as they work towards their entitlements.

The themes are :

  1. Exploring the concept of work (from simulated experiences to the world of work)
  2. Expanding horizons and ambitions
  3. Diversity and equity
  4. Seeking help and information
  5. Finding a route to work

Down load the exemplification tool here:

Use the following infographisc to bring the  10 entitlements to life: https://blogs.glowscotland.org.uk/glowblogs/eslb/files/2018/03/Infographic-entitlements.pdf


Illustrations of how education establishments have implemented DYW across the curriculum can be found on the Education Scotland National Improvement Hub.

Career Education Standard 3 – 18: Suite of Learning Resources

A suite of learning resources are currently being produced to  career standardssupport professional  development related to career education.  These resources  will cover a variety of key themes such as labour market information, career management skills, enterprise and entrepreneurship, My world of Work etc. and relate this to Career Education Standard 3-18.

Learning outcomes

As a result of engaging with this learning you will have:

  • an understanding of the purpose and aim of the Career Education Standard (3 – 18) (CES);
  • an understanding of the part you are expected to play, along with partners, in the implementation of the CES;
  • an understanding of the entitlements for children and young people;
  • developed, through self-evaluation, your understanding of the CES expectations in relation to your current practice;
  • identified areas of the CES expectations for your professional learning; and
  • a plan to take forward manageable changes to your practice.

Who is this learning for?

The resource  contribute to professional learning for practitioners at all levels working with children and young people within early learning and childcare, primary, secondary, special schools, colleges, private training providers, third sector providers, social work, community learning and development and other specialist learning providers including secure and residential settings.


Learning Resource 1:  An Introduction to the Career Education Standard 3-18

This resource introduces you to the standard, its context, purpose and expectations in a logical and manageable format. The materials include a self-evaluation tool and contain references to How good is our school? (4th Edition). Engaging with this professional learning resource will help you build on your existing practice.

Downloads :

Learning Resource 2:   Introduction to the Labour Market Information (LMI)

This resource offers  introductory level learning  to LMI and how this can be accessed and used to support learning and the development of career management skills (CMS) in  relation to the Career Education Standard.  It is structured to begin to inform and to help you reflect on your existing practice.

Download: lr2-intro-to-labour-market-information

Learning Resources 3:   Introduction to Career Management Skills

This resource helps to familiarize practitioners with CMS and how this can be used in wider context of learning and teaching.  It relates directly to the entitlements set out in the CES.


Learning Resources 4:   Introduction to my World of Work

This resource gives practitioners an introduction to Skills Development Scotland’s careers web service – My World of Work. It can be used to help learners to make informed choices about their future careers.

Learning resource 4: Introduction to My World or Work.

The following resource is currently in development:

  • Learning Resources 5:   Introduction to Enterprise Education

DYW Interesting practice: All exemplars published so far

int-pract-exIn the third year the implementation of the DYW Youth Employment strategy we are seeing an increasing amount of creative and dynamic work coming to the fore in this area.  We would like to share some of this with you through our ‘interesting practice exemplars’  in order to inspire thinking and discussion.  The exemplification also provides you with contacts to support collaboration as we collectively  progress on our journeys to enhance children and young peoples’ opportunities to develop skills for learning, life and work.

The following  DYW exemplars have been published so far:

Early Years and Primary:


Local authorities and national support:

Conference on Gaelic Education: Transitions to secondary, Drumossie Hotel, Inverness on 2 June 2016

Education Scotland and Bòrd na Gàidhlig would like to invite you to a conference we are organising on Gaelic Education. The purpose of the conference is to give strategic direction to the development of Gaelic Education, with a particular focus on transitions into secondary Gaelic Learner and Medium Education. The conference is intended to assist schools and local authorities in increasing the availability of Gaelic Learner and Medium Education within the secondary curriculum. More information is available here.

It would greatly assist with the organisation of the conference if those attending would register online by 9 May 2016. To do so, please follow this link:


In the meantime, Education Scotland and Bòrd na Gàidhlig look forward to welcoming you to the conference.

We can’t afford not to be creative!

A key message from the recent Attaining Creative Solutions event was that if we want to engage learners, close the attainment gap and help young people develop the skills they need in order to thrive in an unpredictable and fast changing world, we can’t afford not to be creative.

This National Creative Learning Network event brought together senior education staff and practitioners from local authorities across Scotland with operational and strategic responsibility for attainment, employability and/or creativity and provided them with the opportunity to explore how they could use creativity to address these challenges in their local context.

The event was facilitated by Paul Collard, CEO of Creativity, Culture and Education, who drew on international research, policy and practice to discuss the importance of creativity in learning and its impact on learners’ attainment and the development of employability/career management skills.

Also featured was the launch of a new publication by Sir Tim Brighouse and education consultant David Cameron, ‘Ten challenges to becoming a truly creative school’, which became the focus for discussion sessions on how participants might work together to use creativity in their own roles in order to improve outcomes for learners.


Creative Conversation Panel
Creative Conversation Panel

An early evening Creative Conversation, We can work it out, featured Hywel Roberts, curriculum innovator and author of ‘Oops! Helping Children Learn Accidentally’, Andy Gray, Head of Schools and Communities, City of Edinburgh Council, Paul Collard and David Cameron. Film footage of this conversation which summed up the key messages of the day can be seen here: http://bit.ly/creativeconversationsplaylist



Dr Alasdair Allan, Minister for Learning, Science and Scotland’s Languages attended the evening conversation and was pleased to show the Government’s support for Scotland’s Creative Learning Plan. He commented that creativity is vital to the future of Scotland, both economically and in terms of culture and wellbeing – it can engage young people, tap into and develop their potential and have a powerful impact on attainment. Dr Allan stated that ’We want the best in creative learning to be an entitlement for all our young people’ and emphasised the Scottish Government’s confidence in the teaching profession to work collectively to continuously improve.

The following day National Creative Learning Network members met at Jupiter Artland for an inspiring day with Hywel Roberts who shared ideas and practical advice on using creative approaches to engage learners. The group explored the creative learning potential of Jupiter Artland’s education activities and heard from senior staff from Corstorphine Primary and Balerno Community High School on how they are embedding creativity within teaching and learning across the curriculum.

jupiter arts NCLN event 2015
Feedback from the two days has been overwhelmingly positive. There is a strong sense of recognition that engagement is key and that creativity is an essential element in engaging all young people in learning.

This National Creative Learning Network event was delivered in partnership with Edinburgh Creative Learning Network, and was part of the Emporium of Dangerous Ideas programme. It was supported by Education Scotland in partnership with Creative Scotland.

Sciences Open Day – 28th May 2015

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Moffatt Academy, Dumfries and Galloway
10am to 3pm, Sciences Open Day – 28th May 2015.

We are pleased to announce that Moffatt Academy has kindly agreed to host our next sciences open day event. This professional learning event presents a valuable opportunity to learn about the approaches to sciences developed by the 3-18 all-through school at Moffatt Academy which have been identified through the inspection process as having ‘very good’ provision for its learners.

The event is aimed at Quality Improvement Officers, Science Development Officers, science coordinators, school leaders and primary and secondary practitioners responsibility for sciences as well as national agencies and partner organisations.

The event will provide delegates with an opportunity to hear about various aspects of work taking place across the sciences including:
• innovative practice in relation to primary/secondary transitions both in the all-through setting and also across the cluster
• cluster working groups to develop progressive programmes of study from 3-18
• use of engaging contexts for learning
• development of literacy skills within sciences.

There will be a further session delivered by the school to share their experiences of operating as an all-through school.

In addition, optional professional learning sessions will be run in the afternoon by Education Scotland staff on the following themes:

• Assessment in the sciences within primary and early learning and childcare settings (Louise Morton, Primary Science Development Officer)
• NQ support for sciences through GLOW (Grant McAllister, Secondary Science Development Officer)

To register for this event please use the following survey monkey link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ZJXJVCM

There is no cost to this event. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

For further information about the event please contact Joanne Walker:

Developing a rationale for the West Barns Curriculum 2 – Pulling the pieces together

Over the past year staff, pupils, families and the wider community have been working hard to improve our school. Feedback from pupils, families, staff and visitors has already shown us that our children are more motivated and engaged in their learning, we are able to support our learners more effectively, parents and families are more involved and willing to participate in the life of the school and their child’s learning and we are developing a real ethos based around our vision of ‘Team West Barns’ and our values and aims.

It has been necessary to implement many changes at West Barns in a short space of time, most of these were carefully planned from the outset, but a few have evolved from developing needs within the school. As part of our ongoing self-evaluation process we decided to take a step backwards and look at how well we are developing as a school in line with a Curriculum for Excellence and our own vision, values and aims. This would give us a clear picture of our strengths and help us identify our next steps.

We decided to do this through comparing the two documents side by side, discussing each element, identifying how we were meeting this and making links between the two documents. We used Post-it notes to record our thoughts.

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We discussed how we could evidence what we have achieved and identify our next steps.

This was a very powerful process. As a staff we could clearly see how by developing our learning and teaching through the introduction of initiatives such as Cooperative Learning, introducing our Learning Journeys, new programmes of study and joint planning and teaching sessions we were delivering many elements of the curriculum and our own school aims more effectively. Similarly, by introducing our Nurture Group, Paired Reading, Maths Recovery, Developing Emotional Resilience Group, joint planning sessions and working more effectively across classes we were providing the support to help all our pupils achieve. We were also able to identify areas for further development, including supporting P7-S1 transition through arranging cluster small schools learning days from P4 onwards and re-developing our interdisciplinary learning topics through a different approach.

We have begun to collate this information through a pupil-friendly PowerPoint and now want to engage pupils and families in helping us evidence the impact our curriculum is having on our children’s’ learning and the life and ethos of the school. We also want to work with our families to find an effective way of sharing this information across Team West Barns.

Below is a copy of our our draft ‘Building the West Barns Curriculum’ PowerPoint – still a work in progress. We still have to add some of the staff evidence then share it with the pupils. This will give us an opportunity to discuss impact and evidence and next steps with our learners.

Building the West Barns Curriculum

Second Assessment in the Sciences Glow Meet

Following the publication of its 3-18 Curriculum Impact Report for Sciences in September 2012, Education Scotland organised a series of conversation days where priorities for action to secure improvements in science education nationally were identified.

Key aspects for development emerged, which included primary and early years practitioners requiring guidance and exemplifications for assessment in the sciences.

To address this aspect the sciences team hosted a Glow Meet, Assessment in the Sciences, which was complimented by a series of professional learning twilight sessions across Scotland.

Practitioners have asked that the Meet be run again, therefore join us on Tuesday 10th March 3.35-4.45 pm in Glow TV.

Participants should be familiar with the Assessing Progress and Achievement Overarching Paper.

We will also be using a highlighted Assessing Progress and Achievement in the Sciences curriculum paper, Sciences Progression Framework and an Annotated Exemplification which can be downloaded through the blog link upon registration for the Glow Meet.

To register https://meet.glowscotland.org.uk/assessscience2/event/event_info.html