To support and strengthen professional learning, Education Scotland has published a new national model of professional learning which replaces previous guidance.
The model of professional learning identifies the key principles and features of effective learning that will build capacity and promote collaborative practices. The new model provides a shared language and aspiration, informing the provision, structure and nature of learning. It also outlines the kinds of learning that will empower and enable you to best meet the needs of learners.
The recently published report, ‘Quality and Improvement in Scottish Education 2012-2016’ (QuISE) highlighted a number of key areas of strengths and aspects for improvement from 3-18 Gaelic Medium Education (GME) inspections. You can read the chapter relating to GME on our website.
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.
For more information, please visit
Our latest briefing on Gaelic Education is now available and features:
Please follow this link for our Briefings.
There are ongoing updates on our blog for GME and Gaelic Learner Education.
The Framework for Educational Leadership is an online learning resource which supports professional learning in leadership for educators at all stages of their careers. We have added an activity to the framework which is bespoke to Gaelic Medium Education (GME). This aims to support practitioners to develop an understanding of the key documents which assist in making self-evaluation integral to improving GME. This activity will be useful to senior leaders and practitioners of 3-18 GME settings. It will also be useful to those who have responsibilities to support continuous improvements in GME in local authorities and regional improvement colloboratives (RICs).
Useful links are:
How good is our school? (fourth edition)
Advice on Gaelic Education
Statutory Guidance for Gaelic Education
GTCS Professional Standards
Fullan, M. (2014) Leadership: Maximizing Impact
Parent, pupil and partner engagement in School Improvement Planning in Riverside Primary School
The Framework for Educational Leadership can be accessed here:
Then select the activity:
Ag àrdachadh dòighean-obrach proifeiseanta ann am Foghlam tro Mheadhan na Gàidhlig (FMG)
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We are pleased to provide Gaelic Medium provisions with a Gaelic version of the Moderation Cycle poster. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope that the poster will help raise awareness of the Moderation Cycle, and that it will support professional discussion and reflection.
More information can be found at these two links.
National Improvement Hub
Moderation Hub on Glow
An t-Alltan is an annual conference to support the delivery of Gaelic Medium and Learner Education in the curriculum. It also supports the delivery of Gaelic (Learners) as part of the 1+2 Approach to Languages.
For more information, please visit
Useful links from our National Improvement Hub
Resources from a conference to support the GME secondary curriculum – Transitions to secondary:
Resources from a conference to support Gaelic (Learners) 1+2 in the curriculum:
Updates from Education Scotland on Gaelic (Learners):
Updates from Education Scotland on Gaelic Medium Education:
Bord na Gaidhlig has produced a new National Gaelic Language Plan. This sets out priorities for increasing the numbers speaking, learning and using the language.
The central aim of the Plan is to encourage and enable more people to use Gaelic more often and in a wider range of situations. The key messages, aims, priorities and new commitments contained in the Plan all contribute to achieving this increased use of Gaelic.
John Swinney, Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills said “I am very pleased to launch this new National Gaelic Language Plan which reflects Gaelic’s unique and important contribution to many areas of Scottish life. It is vital that we have clear agreed priorities and continue to work together to increase the numbers speaking, learning and using the language. I would like to commend Bòrd na Gàidhlig for the work they have done in completing this Plan and I look forward to the opportunities for innovation, co-operation and progress prioritised in the plan over the next five years.”
Amongst the priority areas for the next five years are:
- Initiatives targeting the use of Gaelic by young people
- Increasing the contribution Gaelic makes to the Scottish economy across different sectors
- Increasing the demand and provision for Gaelic Education
- Developing Gaelic medium workforce recruitment, retention, training and supply
- Gaelic in the family
- Gaelic Language Plans developed and implemented by public bodies; and
- Promotion of the social, economic and cultural value of Gaelic
For more information, please see the National Gaelic Language Plan 2018-2023
An Comann Gaidhealach’s newsletter has a summary of the dates for local Mods across Scotland. Education Scotland’s Advice on Gaelic Education refers to such opportunities for personal achievements as an important context for applying language, building confidence and developing a range of skills for learning life and work.
Here are some useful links:
An Comann Gaidhealach’s newsletter:
Education Scotland’s Advice on Gaelic Education:
Statutory Guidance on Gaelic Education:
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: