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

ces-exemplification-toolA new tool is now available for practitioners to support planning and developing new practice in career education or 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:

Illustrations of how education establishments have implemented DYW across the curriculum can be found on the Education Scotland ‘Learning Blog’.

Scotland’s Enterprising Schools Conference – developing employability skills for learners from 3 – 18

Scot Enterprising SchoolsScotland’s Enterprising Schools, with the support of Education Scotland, will host a national event for strategic leaders in education to inspire enterprising attitudes, entrepreneurship and the development of skills for learning, life and work in learners.

This all-day event will be held on :

26th October 2016 at Princes Trust Wolfson Centre, Cumbrae House, 15 Carlton Court, Glasgow G5 9JP.

Access the event programme here:   conference-agenda-2610-draft-updated-031016-2

Delegates will have the opportunity to hear from keynote speakers from Scottish Government and Education Scotland as well as meeting business organisations who can help schools embed an enterprising culture. There will also be interactive workshops.

Sign up for the event here and access the SES Conference draft agenda .



Scottish Guidance Association: Annual Workshop Day

We are pleased to bring you this year’s SGA Workshop Day, which will be held on Saturday 5th March 2015, from 09.30–15.30, at the Carnegie Conference Centre, Halbeath, Dunfermline. This event is open to everyone involved in the education of pupils. Following the keynote speech from Mairi Thomson and Ken Edwards, you will attend 3 workshops outlined in the Workshop Day Brochure 2016. To book your place, please click here. It is also possible to use the Workshop Day Booking Form 2016

If you are not already a member of the SGA, and would like to take advantage of the £10 discount (usual price £100), you can join by using the Membership tab on the website—membership is free.

If you don’t like the idea of an early commute on a Saturday morning, why not stay overnight at the Holiday Inn Express, which is right next door? A special rate of £66 is available for Carnegie events, though the cost is often considerably lower.

We are sure you will enjoy the day.

How to add the Twig, Tigtag and Reach Out CPD tiles to your own Launchpad in Glow.



Twig and Tigtag have been procured by Education Scotland for a further 12 months through to July 2016.

These award-winning online resources will continue to be available to all local authority practitioners and learners for this time through the Scotland Launchpad and the App Library on Glow.

See our simple guide to find out how to add the Twig, Tigtag and Reach Out CPD tiles to your own Launchpad in Glow.




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.

New National ELCC and Primary Science Network

The National ELCC and Primary Science Network was launched at a residential event on 1st and 2nd June in Glasgow.

The purpose of this network is to create a cross-authority sharing practice group to:

  • develop a common understanding of standards and progression in the sciences
  • create a national model for moderation
  • build capacity in understanding the sciences curriculum
  • co-develop resources to support the planning, teaching, assessment and moderation of the sciences curriculum within the Broad General Education

Many thanks to all participants, who greatly valued having the opportunity to network, collaborate, share and co-develop resources. Early work focused on the development of science frameworks, skills progressions, resource guides, topical science issues and professional learning resources and are now available on our Glow science site.

To access the Glow sciences site : http://bit.ly/glowsciences

Please liaise with the representatives from your authority that attended the network event for further information.

The network will meet again for two one day events on November 18th 2015 and February 25th 2016. Delegates will share their gap task and contribute in an on-going way to the conversations and development of the Glow sciences site. Members of the network will also be expected to continue to share the outputs from each event with colleagues and appropriate networks within their authority.

Survey monkey registration for the next event will be available nearer the time.

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Visit our STEM Central blog: http://bit.ly/1aY16DS


Book your place today for the Scottish Learning Festival 2015

SLF_logo_URLSLF is the key education event in Scotland welcoming thousands of educational professionals. SLF 2015 takes place on Wednesday 23 and Thursday 24 September in the SECC, Glasgow.

The theme of this year’s event focuses on raising achievement and attainment for all by maximising educational outcomes through:

• Local partnerships and collaboration – to share approaches that lead to better outcomes
• Self-evaluation – to ensure creative and innovative approaches to sustained improvement
• Work-related learning – to improve transitions into sustainable productive employment

SLF 2015 is free for everyone to attend and gives you access to:

• Inspirational keynotes from Angela Constance MSP, Prof Mel Ainscow, Dr Bill Maxwell and Chris van der Kuyl
• Over 100 professional development seminars where you can engage in activities and learn from practitioners and young people
• Lively debate at the professional focussing on How good is our school?, Closing the gap and Developing the Young Workforce
• Scotland’s largest education exhibition with over 100 exhibitors showcasing educational resources
• Opportunities for discussion and professional networking with peers and colleagues from across Scotland

New for 2015

A number of new features have been added to the SLF line-up, to celebrate the Year of Food and Drink the exhibition will feature a Food for Thought Showcase where schools from across Scotland will demonstrate how they have developed and improved learning and teaching around food education. The Healthier Scotland Cooking Bus will also be at SLF to provide cooking demonstrations.

Another exciting new feature in the exhibition will the Developing the Young Workforce showcase where partner organisations, employers, training providers and others will bring Developing the Young Workforce to life.

Book Now

To guarantee your place at SLF 2015 and your choice of seminars book now, as many sessions do fill up before the summer break. Visit the SLF website to browse the full conference programme and book your place today.

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:

Networking Event: Engaging Schools in Community Resilience

Date: Friday 5 June 2015

Time: 09:30 (for 10:00 start) – 16:00

Venue: Menzies Glasgow Hotel, 27 Washington Street, Glasgow, G3 8AZ

 Target audience: teachers, school managers, local authority education officers, community resilience officers, flood planners, emergency planning officers and civil contingency officers.

As a result of climate change, communities across Scotland are increasingly being affected by flooding and extreme weather events. It is crucial that our children and young people are fully engaged in community resilience programmes so they are able to contribute effectively to building more resilient communities.

This networking event will provide a valuable opportunity to unlock the opportunities within Curriculum for Excellence to develop this important area of learning through partnership approaches. Through stimulating dialogue and discussion, and sharing of interesting practice from schools, it will also help community resilience professionals understand effective ways they can engage with schools further to support this agenda.

This event is free. To book a place at this event please click on this link https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/C66DZ8N It is advisable to book early to avoid disappointment.

For any questions about the event please contact: Joanne.Walker@educationscotland.gsi.gov.uk


CPD for Primary Teacher – Unlocking the Thinking Behind Computing



Computing At School Scotland have a course running soon for teachers who are absolute beginners at Computing and want more confidence and understanding.

You can learn from our video:


There is more information below and on http://www.cas.scot/unlock/ (as well as a link to an Eventbrite booking page)