Most of the primary schools we inspected were making good use of national advice to improve the opportunities children have to learn through Gaelic. However, we noted that in secondary schools, staff needed to make much more use of national advice to ensure that young people have significantly greater opportunities to learn through Gaelic.
We have added a new practice exemplar and challenge questions to the National Improvement Hub (NIH) which shows how The Nicolson Institute, Stornoway improved their secondary Gaelic Medium and Learner curriculum.
Education Scotland has published a paper on frequently-asked questions about the Benchmarks. It seeks to clarify key points, and to support the effective use of the Benchmarks as part of assessment and moderation.
This paper, and the Benchmarks across curricular areas, are available here:
Digital technology is integral to many areas of learning. The recently-published Digital Parenting magazine contains expert opinion and advice on how parents, teachers, carers and professionals can keep young people safer online. The magazine is available here:
We have updated the Advice on Gaelic Education to reflect some recent changes to the 1+2 policy. This change enables children to continue with L3, as they move from primary to secondary, if schools are able to demonstrate that children’s achievements are “approaching the second level”. We have included challenge questions, matched to the quality indicators, to support self-evaluation for self-improvement.
The Scottish Education Awards recognise early learning and childcare settings and schools that have developed a vibrant and progressive culture and climate of continuous innovation in relation to Gaelic Medium and Gaelic Learner Education. The culture and ethos should promote respect, ambition and achievement in Gaelic Education while improving outcomes for all learners in ways which eliminate inequity.
Do you know an early learning and childcare centre or school that can respond to the above statement? Then why not nominate them for the Gaelic Education Award?
Nominations close at 12 noon on Wednesday 14 February 2018
Leadership is key to the success of schools to which all colleagues can contribute.
This leadership programme aims to develop practitioners as teacher leaders who are able to positively influence Gaelic Education within their school. It has been developed by Social Enterprise Academy, in partnership with Education Scotland, and accredited by the Scottish College of Educational Leadership(SCEL).
Specific objectives are to:
apply leadership principles to the contemporary issues and challenges in Gaelic Education
use action learning and peer learning approaches to identify new approaches to improving practice
enable educational professionals to develop reflective practice techniques to ensure their ongoing development as classroom practitioners
develop practitioners’ own leadership ability.
Practitioners can gain an Award in Leadership (SCQF 9) on attending the leadership programme and successfully completing a reflective assessment. The programme, and related assessment, is delivered through the medium of Gaelic.
For more information, please contact Jessica@socialenterprise.academy.
Practitioners are invited to register for this conference that is organised by Stòrlann. Education Scotland is delivering workshops at the conference to which you are warmly invited. Please visit www.storlann.co.uk/an-t-alltan to register.
The workshops we are delivering at the conference are:
effective leadership of 3-18 Gaelic in schools and nurseries;
using a well-structured and designed curriculum to raise attainment;
immersion, interaction and high-quality pedagogy through play;
using assessment to inform progress and attainment;
creating schools and nurseries which have a mutual understanding and inclusive ethos for Gaelic.
E-Sgoil: A digital solution for Gaelic Medium Educationcurriculum
We are delighted to invite e-Sgoil to co-present this workshop with us. The development of an effective secondary GME curriculum requires creative planning of the contexts of Curriculum for Excellence. E-Sgoil offers a digital learning solution for curriculum planners’ consideration. In this session, practitioners will gain an insight into what it is like to be a teacher, facilitator and a learner in e-Sgoil. The session will support practitioners of the 3-18 curriculum to
become familiar with the digital technology that is used by e-Sgoil;
focus on effective pedagogy to support learning through technology;
plan the primary curriculum to support transitions to learning which is partially delivered through digital technologies.
Please also refer to our Advice on Gaelic Education, some of which is statutory, on how to structure and design a curriculum for GME.
Benchmarks for Literacy and Gàidhlig
The purpose of this session is to promote an understanding of the national standards described in the Benchmarks for Literacy and Gàidhlig. There will be a particular focus on listening and talking.
Key themes for presentation and discussion will include:
using the Benchmarks to support professional judgements of achievement of a level;
developing progression in literacy and Gàidhlig using the Benchmarks;
gathering a range of evidence to demonstrate breadth, challenge and application;
developing an effective cycle of moderation in which practitioners have a shared understanding of standards and expectations.