This DYW ‘interesting practice’ exemplar provides a synoptic overview of the profiling format adopted by Kingussie High School. It also outlines its systematic approach of capturing and reporting learners’ wider achievement both within and out with the school in recognition of its significant contribution to the development of employability skills. This is part of the school’s wider DYW implementation plan with the aim of supporting learners’ progression towards sustained and positive destination.
This case study has been developed to contribute to professional learning for practitioners at all levels working with children and young people from 3 – 18. It is structured to both inform and to support reflection on existing strengths and areas of development around profiling within the context of DYW.
The exemplar focuses on three specific elements:
Wider Achievement Reporting
What was done and why?
Profiling is a key component of a student’s development at Kingussie High School. It built E-Portfolio through Google Sites which allows student to store a variety of pieces of information about themselves, their learning and their skill development, digitally. In recognition of significant impact of wider achievement on the development of skills the school records and reports on this regularly. The information contributes to the wider profiling and reflection process of learners.
In order to support learners in articulating their skills and career aspirations the teachers and practitioners across all areas of the curriculum have regular conversations with learners and, when appropriate, with their parents. The school has also developed visual CVs linked to their skills framework to help learners reflect upon and share their skills and wider achievements.
What is its impact?
The above components are part of the school’s wider DYW ambition to foster career aspirations and increase the employability of learners. It also contributes to the wider attainment of learners, which has significantly increased over the last 3 years. This has been documented in the school’s ‘Developing your Senior Phase Curriculum’ documentation.
This is the first in a series of four opportunities which allows DYW representatives, teachers and educators to gain in-depth insight into what SP Energy Networks look for in candidates.
The event will take place on 28 March 2018 and will run twice on that day. Attendees will have the choice of either a morning slot from 9-12 noon or an afternoon slot from 1-4pm.
The programme as follows:
Two sessions per day AM/PM with 32 places open for registration on each.
30 minute presentation/interaction session on SP Energy Network activities and talent pipelines we have including Graduate, Craft Apprenticeship, Power Engineering, Engineering Foundation and Year in Industry programmes.
1 hour tour of the training centre inclusive of a hand skill and overhead line demonstration.
Concludes with a 30 minute question and answer session.
The event will take place at the SPEN Training Centre in Cumbernauld:
Booking should be made in the first instance through the Marketplace website. If you do not have access to Marketplace then please register your interest by contacting Alison Nimmo, DYW West Lothian at: Animmo@dywled.org
Future events are being planned for the following dates: 13 June, 14 Sept, 16 Nov 2018.
The Outward Bound trust (Loch Eil) is offering a free CPD opportunity to for teachers /practitioners and employers to explore partnership working around skills development and employability .
During a 2 day seminar the team at Loch Eil will demonstrate how the outdoor context can develop core skills relevant in supporting young people to realise their future aspirations and career pathway. The seminar will make reference to skills development in relation to the Career Education Standard, attainment and wider achievement.
This 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 :
Exploring the concept of work (from simulated experiences to the world of work)
Scotland’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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.