Scottish Refugee Council, Glasgow Clyde College, Aberlour and Stirling University ran a conference on Wednesday 25 September, the culmination of a year-long project, Towards Best Practice in Educating Separated Children. The aims of the conference were to:
- To present new research by Stirling University into the educational and language needs of unaccompanied asylum-seeking, refugee and trafficked young people (16-18)
- To present the views of young people themselves on their education and aspirations; and
- To promote the Glasgow Clyde College ‘16+ ESOL’ model – rationale, and curriculum and teaching resources.
The 16+ESOL Routes to Learning handbook sets out the approach, curriculum and teaching resources of Glasgow Clyde College’s 16+ESOL programme for separated children (16-18). It is a helpful resource for lecturers and teachers educating separated children in Scotland, the UK and elsewhere, in colleges and schools or in the community as well as other professionals, such as social workers and guardians. Whilst developed for separated children, the resources may be used and adapted in other ESOL, EAL and other language learning settings. A link to further online resources can also be found in the handbook.
The full research report and executive summary can be found here Towards Best Practice in Educating Separated Children
The live stream footage from the conference in Glasgow on educating separated children is on Youtube (64 mins). It features researchers from Stirling University presenting their findings into Glasgow Clyde College’s 16+ESOL programme, as well as a presentation from two of the lecturers behind the programme.
A film of four young people (9 mins) who have benefited and graduated from the 16+ESOL programme was shown at the conference.
The project was funded by the Glasgow Clyde Education Foundation and Paul Hamlyn Foundation.
An exemplar of the 16+ ESOL programme at Glasgow Clyde College can also be found on the National Improvement Hub.
Following on from our last update, posted after the highly successful Adult Learning Conference at Newbattle Abbey College, the Adult Learning Strategy working group, a subgroup of the Adult Learning Strategic Forum for Scotland, has met on several occasions. There have also been meetings with the new chair of the Adult Learning Strategic Forum for Scotland: Mhairi Harrington, to discuss progress with the strategy’s development. As you might expect, the final document is still a number of months away so a great deal of work is still needed before a first draft of the strategy is available for consultation. At this stage however the group is pleased to report that the outline of a strategy, based on all the prior consultation and feedback from the sector, is beginning to emerge.
The working group are clear that any new strategy should be aligned to the National Performance Framework so the key deliverables within the strategy will contribute to one or more policy objectives. A draft vision and mission has now been developed and some broad areas of focus and key delivery themes are gradually being formed. All of these developments and proposals from the working group were discussed at a full meeting of the Adult Learning Strategic Forum for Scotland on 20th August and an update to the wider sector will follow about the continued shaping of the strategy.
The strategy working group has also been looking to find ways and means to engage directly with learners and ensure that any strategy fundamentally meets learner needs. A survey questionnaire is now in the final stages of development. This will be tested in the next few weeks with several small focus groups before wider circulation later in the year. This will also provide a snapshot picture of adult learning in Scotland so please help us by sharing the survey so that this data is as robust and representative as possible.
The outcomes from the meeting of the Adult Learning Strategic Forum for Scotland on 20th August and the feedback from the learner questionnaire will shape the efforts of the working group over the next few months. A number of sector stakeholder events will be planned around the proposed themes and areas of focus. These will be led by members of the working group and will give everyone further opportunities to comment on and contribute to the next stages of the strategy’s development.
The working group will continue to update the sector regularly and hope that you and your learners will join us to share your views in the months ahead, as the strategy develops. All opportunities for engagement will be promoted widely through the usual channels.
For more information contact Nicola.Mcandrew@gov.scot
Child Poverty Action Group has some good practice examples of working with partners in the community including local organisations to help towards reducing the cost of a school day see link below
Making Ireland Click is a campaigning four-part series, guided by Ireland’s Digital Champion, David Puttnam. on the skills Irish citizens need to be digitally literate. Over four half hour episodes, the series deals with digital inclusion and showcases work around skills needed to go online.
There are a range of useful adult learner resources, including videos on online banking and social media tips, available on the shows.
To learn more about Making Ireland Click see here
The John Muir Award is used to help deliver Curriculum for Excellence outcomes and demonstrates Learning for Sustainability in action. It involves pupils taking responsibility for nature (in school grounds and communities), helps establish aspirations for healthy behaviour, and improves wellbeing in line with Scottish Government SHANARRI indicators. Such activity helps foster a culture of achievement in schools – building essential skills for life, learning and work, and raising attainment for all.
- 445 schools were involved in delivering the John Muir Award in Scotland (this includes 45% of Secondary Schools, 12% of Primary Schools and 13% of Special Schools)
- 15,858 Awards were achieved by pupils and staff (15% increase on 2014-15)
- 3,362 Awards (21%) were achieved by pupils who experience some form of disadvantage
For full report with breakdown of each local authority see here
Scotrail’s Community Grants Fund
The ScotRail Foundation provides grants of between £500 and £2,000 to grass roots community groups and charities in Scotland.
Your PTA or parents’ group might qualify as long as there is a wider benefit. Applicants should read the guidelines before making an online application.
Applications must fit within at least one of the following criteria to be eligible for funding:
• Promotion of positive mental health and wellbeing
• Targeting improvements in literacy, numeracy and health and wellbeing in primary schools
• Improving the community’s environmental impact at a local level, encourage recycling or upcycling, or run environmental information or outreach programmes.
The next deadline for applications is 30 September 2016.
Contact: Foundation Scotland, Tel: 0131 524 0340 [ e-mail | website
The contribution of youth work to address the challenges young people are facing, in particular the transition from education to employment.
The Report presents results from the work of the expert group set up under the European Union Work Plan for Youth for 2014-2015.
The findings detail the role of youth work and its specific contribution to addressing the challenges young people face, in particular the transition from education to employment. The report seeks to make employers, Public Employment Services and policy-makers aware of the crucial role youth work can play – either as a lead agency or in partnership with others – in supporting the employment and employability of young people. In this context, youth work is defined as ‘actions directed towards young people regarding activities where they take part voluntarily, designed for supporting their personal and social development through non-formal and informal learning’.
The CDN Emporium 2016: Inspiring Ideas will take place 01 to 17 June, offering a fortnight of thought-provoking and practical workshops, seminars and activities at our offices in Scotland and in colleges across Scotland.
This year the CDN Emporium will explore ‘Developing the Workforce’ as a theme, focusing firmly on the current needs and challenges facing colleges.
The Emporium creates opportunities to:
- share inspiring practices and success stories from Colleges, Employers and Students
- lead and discuss inspiring ideas that shape a transforming workforce development agenda.
What innovative (partnership) plans do you have to continue the implementation of DYW? Share your ideas on the Emporium Padlet.
You can view the full programme and register for events at: http://www.collegedevelopmentnetwork.ac.uk/emporium/
Don’t miss out, book now as our Emporium events fill up very quickly.
Free breaks for Scottish families. As part of VisitScotland’s Spirit of Scotland campaign a range of businesses will offer almost 100 vulnerable and disadvantaged Scottish families the opportunity to experience more of the Spirit of Scotland for themselves. All families must be referred by someone who knows them professionally like a teacher, social worker, health visitor or another charity. To find out more and apply for a break click here http://www.familyholidayassociation.org.uk/scotspirit/
When is it? Thursday, 4 February, 1 – 2 pm
Who is this for? Teachers, employers, parents/carers and anyone one else interested or involved in the development of equalities and inclusion agenda, particularly around career education from 3 -18.
Where? Live on Glow TV
Sign up here: https://meet.glowscotland.org.uk/equalitiesandinclusion/event/registration.html
About the Glow Meet:
This interactive session will bring you key information about the latest developments of the area of Developing the Young Workforce.
You will hear from Charlotte Govan, project officer for Improving Gender Balance with a particular focus on STEM career pathways. She will share some of the latest facts and initiatives with you on how to embed careers and contexts in your teaching to promote gender balance.
The session will also provide an overview of the ‘Modern Apprenticeships for All’ programme delivered by Oumar Akram from BEMIS as well as information on wider employability issues relating to ethnic and cultural minority communities.
Time will be set aside for you to ask questions about the presentations as well as the wider Developing the Young Workforce agenda.
Hope you can tune in and join us.