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Yokerburn Early Years

Extended day centre within Yoker area of North West Glasgow. Nursery caters for children from 0–5 years from a multitude of cultural, social, economic and learning backgrounds.

The establishment has been raising awareness of job roles within local community by working with a range of different partners . This inspires the children and provides an early introduction into the world of work.  The children have been working with a local care home to build up confidence and familiarity of the world of work. The children have experienced several different roles within the care home including: nursing, cooking, hair and beauty and table set-up . This is a fantastic opportunity for the children to gain a real insight into the world of work.

The project has grown and the children have had several engagements with the organisation:

Sustainability
They have been working with the care home to grow products. This project is in conjunction with another partner Dumbarton Environmental Trust. The project is helping the children to improve their understanding of science but also introducing a wide range of different career options.

Remembrance Day
They joined the care home residents on Remembrance Day and the children made their own poppies to commemorate the occasion. This was another opportunity for the residents to discuss their own lives with our children.

We have other experiences available to our children:

Parental Employability Sessions
We have encouraged our parents to become involved in our employability events and we have had several successful parental QA sessions. This allows the children to experience these skills from some familiar faces.

Fruit Stall
This project has allowed our children to learn employability skills in a real-life context. The children are involved in all aspects of the enterprise activity and have had hands on experience in the following:

Health and hygiene
Money handling
Stock control

They also produce a survey on what products are selling the best and plan their purchases accordingly.

Community Police Visit
The children had a visit from the community police, this was another opportunity to showcase a positive role model . They had a QA session and had the opportunity to ask a wide range of diverse questions.

“The effective incorporation of simple counting, matching and comparison tasks into the conversation encouraged early numeracy skills and the reciprocal question and answers and new vocabulary in context developed early literacy skills for our children in a real and meaningful way. Our childen have been extremely engaged during visits to Quayside with older residents and we have recognised that often adults can underestimate children’s abilities in terms of empathy and awareness. We have had statements from Quayside about increased motivation, interest and engagement by some residents and there really is an observable connection between the regular visitors. Promoting the world of work is allowing our children to access early knowledge of the wide range of different career pathways. We are building on our local partners and will continue to actively promote the positive impact of early introduction to the world of work” Mary Gallacher, Head Teacher

Next Steps
We will continue to work with local partners and strengthen links with the local community.

“We have noticed a surge of energy and increase in physical activity for some of our residents when they know the children will be visiting” Anne from Quayside

Women in Wellies – Event 2018

A one day event to inspire young women to choose rural careers took place on 30th October 2018.

The event was a huge success with 170 attendees and Cairngorms National Park Authority (CNPA) is keen to do the event again next year.

CNPA is also keen for organisations across Scotland to use the model and repeat the event.

A new webpage has been created, sharing videos of the event and providing links for rural careers information (training, volunteering, jobs, qualifications):

http://cairngorms.co.uk/caring-future/education-learning/women-in-wellies/

This document outlines how we planned the event, successes, and how Women in Wellies can be developed in the future. Please share the document with anyone who is interested in planning a Women in Wellies event.

Attendees

The venue (Boat of Garten Community Hall) had a seated capacity of 200. We invited five local High Schools (Alford, Aboyne, Kingussie, Grantown and Speyside) to bring up to 30 girls each from S4-S6. We promoted the event to students through contacts at UHI. We opened up some places for young women and women seeking a career change through Eventbrite. All places were free. CNPA covered transport costs for school groups.

Speakers

We planned speakers by thinking about the particular jobs / areas of work in the outdoor sector we wanted covered, and then consulted our steering group to find suggestions for good speakers to fill those slots.  Here is an outline of the programme.

Programme

30th October 2018 Boat of Garten

9.30 Arrival and Welcome

10 Introduction by Jo O’Hara (Forestry Commission Scotland)

10.40 Panel chaired by Anna Fleming (Cairngorms National Park Authority) Area Speaker Organisation / employer
Stalking Megan Rowland Gordonbush Estate
Crofting / rangering / landscape management Lynn Cassells Lynbreck Croft
Farming Joyce Campbell Women in Agriculture Taskforce
Recreation / mountain guiding Heather Morning Mountaineering Scotland
Conservation / landscape Frances Thin Cairngorms National Park Authority
Forestry Sarah Toulson Cawdor Forestry

 

Afternoon

Farming and crofting Lynn and Sandra, Lynbreck Croft
 
Forestry, conservation and field ecology Becks Denny, field surveys
Veterinary, equine and academia Sophie Boyd, Strathspey Veterinary Centre
Game keeping, stalking and fisheries Pamela Esson, River Dee Trust
Guiding, recreation and rangers Heather Morning, Mountaineering Scotland

 

 

Making Scotland a STEM Nation

STEM Education and Training Strategy for Scotland has now been published

A STEM (Sciences Technologies, Engineering and Mathematics) Education and Training Strategy was launched in the Scottish Parliament last week by Ms Shirley-Anne Somerville, Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science. The Strategy, together with a STEM Evidence Base Report, is now available to download from: http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2017/10/1386/downloads

A central focus on the strategy is to enable everyone to develop STEM skills for learning, for life and for work. It provides a new emphasis on career pathways within STEM sectors and to grow successful  partnerships between schools and employers through the Developing the Young Workforce Programme.  The strategy also includes a commitment to expand Foundation, Modern and Graduate Apprenticeship Programmes to enable many to pursue jobs and careers in STEM through these pathways. This strong focus on skills and careers will further enhance national efforts to Develop the Young Workforce (DYW) and embed employment and career management skills in the curriculum through the Career Education Standard.

A wide variety and resources including exemplars around DYW and STEM can be accessed on the National Improvement Hub here.

 

Scottish Textiles Skills Partnership: ‘Materials World’ – a resource for secondary schools

Material World is a resource that has been developed for secondary schools, designed to use textiles as a medium for delivering learning outcomes related to the STEM, Circular Economy & Sustainability and Developing the Young Workforce agendas. The resource uses case studies of Scottish textile, leather and fashion companies to provide young people with a deeper understanding of the processes used, and products made in Scotland today. Themed activities are linked to the case studies to deepen their learning and skills analysis sheets link the learning through activities, to jobs in the sector.

The evaluation of a pilot with four Scottish Schools as well as resources, case studies and toolkits are contained within the  Materials World resource pilot report ES

For more information and contact details please access the Interesting Practice in Skills DYW Textiles May 2017 summary sheet.

 

Engaging schools in community resilience

Date:  Friday 10th March 2017

Time:  09.20 (for a 9.45 start) – 15.00

Venue:  Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre, Exhibition Ave, Bridge of Don, Aberdeen AB23 8BL

This one day event, organised by Aberdeenshire council with support from Education Scotland, Moray and Aberdeen councils aims to explore opportunities for schools and resilience professionals to work together to help build more resilient communities.

Using recent experiences with flooding as a context for developing resilience, this event will  provide support for  health and wellbeing outcomes in the curriculum as well as those in social subjects and science.

Primary and secondary schools from the three local authorities will outline their experiences with developing resilience through the curriculum and there will be opportunities for discussion and reflection during the day.  A number of external agencies will be present at the event to take part in discussion and to offer their support with resources to help teachers in schools.

This event is open to teachers and resilience professionals across Scotland and places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. If you are interested in signing up for this event please contact Gavin.Penman@aberdeenshire.gov.uk

Click here to view the draft-programme  of the day

John Muir Award activity with schools 2015-2016

john_muir_way_scotland_10-12-2006The 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.

During 2015-2016:

  •  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

Community resilience resources for schools

Want to find out how to prepare for emergencies and keep yourself and other safe? Keep reading and find out how this key message can be used as an exciting approach to teaching and learning.

Download this flyer for exciting ways to integrate flooding, severe weather and other resilience issues into CfE.

CaptureRead these case studies to see what this looks like in practice.

 

 

See at a glance how you can take this forward in the classroom:

Health and Wellbeing – responsibility of all

Are you ready for severe weather, utility failure, flooding or pandemics? Make sure you know whatwhin-park-flooding-sepa to do.  Stay informed, pack a kit, make a plan.

Literacy

Our climate is changing and communities across Scotland are becoming increasingly affected by extreme weather events and flooding which can block roads, destroy homes and lead to loss of power for thousands of people. This can be used as an exciting context for:

  • report writing on the impact of severe weather on daily life in Scotland
  • talk/presentation at assembly and to the whole class
  • debating local issues like flood protection schemes and staying safe in emergencies
  • creating new written texts like an information leaflet or a safety brochure.

Social studies/geography

Are you doing work around natural disasters, weather, land use, map work?

Use community resilience as an exciting approach to cover these topics. By working with local authority resilience professionals you could gain access to information about flood plains, flood protection schemes and other areas of interest in the local area. Local authorities can share data and images from sensors, such as from traffic monitoring, to bring the learning to life in the classroom.  Contact your local authority to discover what may be available to help your school learn about community resilience.

Science

Scotland’s climate is changing as a result of climate change, so we are getting colder and wetter winters and hotter and wetter summers. Use community resilience as an exciting context to explore these issues.

  • explain some of the processes which contribute to climate change
  • consider how climate change influences changes in the atmosphere and then how this impacts on living things
  • investigate how severe weather can affect daily life in short, medium and long term, considering impact on social, economic and cultural life
  • create and use rain gauges as part of a project monitoring and analysing the weather in the local area
  • create anemometers to measure wind speed.

Technology

Use community resilience as an exciting context to:

  • design rain gardens, green roofs, identify ways to harvest rainwater
  • identify the impact, contribution, and relationship of technologies on the environment through flood protection schemes14677863_678528988971564_410767113_o-1
  • design and construct models to illustrate how sustainable urban drainage systems work
  • explore uses of materials
  • create and present weather forecasts based on personal research
  • investigate the impact of severe weather on people, place and the economy, on a local, national or international level.

 Numeracy and mathematics

Community resilience can be used as an exciting context to solve problems using a range of methods, sharing approaches and solutions with others e.g. money, measurement, data and analysis, chance and uncertainty:

  • use digital mapping and other information sources to work out how much salt is required to help clear a surface covered with snow
  • compare and contrast the contracts and cost plans offered by a range of utility companies, and consider how this may be affected by an emergency
  • use outcomes linked to chance and uncertainty to consider the likelihood of another utilities failure happening
  • consider how this may affect insurance premiums.

Kinross High School among the first in UK to benefit from WSP/Parsons Brinckerhoff’s new engagement programme with schools

kinrosshihg6WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff is helping to deliver one of the first STEM programmes in schools in a bid to encourage more young people in Scotland to take up a career in science.

The global consultancy, which has worked on high-profile projects including the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow, has sponsored a school in Perth and Kinross to take part in ‘Design Engineer Construct’, a programme which has been added to the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF).

Pupils at Kinross High School are amongst the first in the UK to take part in the project aimed at 11-18 year-olds, which teaches subjects related to science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

Industry experts from WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff visited the school on Thursday, 3 November and spoke to pupils about subjects related to engineering to show how diverse a career it can be.

WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff senior engineer Sarah Piscitelli, said: “We’re thrilled to be involved in delivering Design Engineer Construct to Kinross High School and hope to extend our sponsorship to another school next year.  Too many students are failing to choose STEM subjects as they go through school and there aren’t enough role models, especially females, to inspire them. When we spoke to young people about studying physics, maths and electronics some were turned off but when we mention overcoming challenges or solving problems it begins to appeal.   We were delighted with the reception from the girls and boys at Kinross, it was very positive and it was great to see their enthusiasm during the day. I believe the next generation of engineers have an important role to play in using their creative and team working skills to change perceptions of the industry. I’m also sure many of them will go on to become the industry leaders of the future.”

WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff graduate and apprentice recruitment specialist Mel Clark said: “When we are able to link STEM subjects studied at school to real life careers and the exciting opportunities our industry is able offer we can see a change in students opinions of these subjects for the better. We are committed to proving exciting career opportunities for early career professionals and we hope to see some of the students from Kinross start their careers with us in the future.”

Design and Technology teacher Richard Smith at Kinross High School, who is leading the Design Engineer Construct programme, said: “The introduction of the Design Engineer Construct course is, I believe, the most exciting development the Scottish curriculum has seen for some time. As soon as the course was brought to my attention I knew it was something I whole heartedly wanted to become involved in.  The benefits to the pupils are enormous. I have always been a strong advocate of the curriculum addressing the needs of industry. The fact that this course offers such a close project-based working relationship with such prestigious industry partners as WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, with pupils applying pure academic subjects to the latest construction industry practices is fantastic.  The course offers an accredited learning programme for our students and produces young people with real-world practical experience and highly desirable employability skills.”

For more information about DEC, visit www.designengineerconstruct.com

Feedback from 31st October community resilience networking event

Approximately 70 delegates joined us at Celtic Park on Monday 31st October to identify networkingeventways resilience to natural disasters like flooding/severe weather/utility failure could be integrated into Curriculum for Excellence (CfE).

There were speakers from the Met Office, SSEN, Edinburgh City Council, Education Scotland, Highland Council and Glasgow Resilient Cities and a busy market place with around 15 stallholdemarket-placers representing organisations like Scottish Council for Development and Industry, Scottish Flood Forum, SEPA, Youthlink Scotland and Eco-Schools Scotland.

Some of the ideas discussed during the day included:

    • Introduce the UN stop disasters game
    • Set up a weather station
    • Digi maps to compare past/present areas
    • World of Work – contact outside agencies and ask them to share their knowledge and understanding and investigate practically
    • Pupils to work cooperatively to solve a given scenario – flood prevention; Royal Academy of Engineering; STEM Ambassadors

Click here for the full report 31st-oct-mini-conference-report

Ready Scotland Photography Competition 2016

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Be prepared for bad weather and win prizes for your school!

What is it?

Ready Scotland Photo and Caption Competition for P6 pupils. Take part in this competition to ensure you and your family are ready for winter!

Action!

We want P6 pupils across Scotland to take a photo which captures how Scotland is ready for winter.  Examples can include:

  • Dogs wearing hi-vis coatscwfrn0gxeaajtlu
  • Weather Signs
  • Flood prevention measures in your local area

In no more than 20 words, please also provide a caption for your image that tells us why it’s important to be prepared for bad weather.

Before you start read this!

Radio can be really helpful in communicating information in an emergency.  Watch this youtube clip to find out how useful people in Chile found the radio during an emergency. Visit Ready Scotland website for more advice on staying safe in Scotland and  complete a family action plan. Visit Ready for Emergencies website for more ideas on staying safe this winter. capture

 

The prize!

The 3 winning schools will receive a wind-up radio for their own grab bags and a behind the scenes experience at their local Bauer network radio station. The Bauer network reaches over 25 million consumers and includes stations like heat, KISS, Magic, Absolute Radio, Forth 1, Clyde 1, Moray Firth, Northsound, Radio Tay, West FM and West Sound. Each school will be able to send 6 pupils to their local station to see what is involved  in creating a radio show and will have the opportunity to try a few of the tricks of the trade.

So have a go!  Win yourself and 5 of your classmates this exciting opportunity!

How to enter:

Each school should attach their top 5 entries as jpg’s to an email and send them to: sde@keepscotlandbeautiful.org

In the text box add:

  • Name of school
  • Full name of pupil
  • Full name of class teacher
  • Caption describing the photo in no more than 20 words

Deadline for entries:

5pm on Thursday 17th November 2016