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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

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.

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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

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

 

Community resilience networking event

Date: Monday 31st October 2016

Time: 09:00 (for 09:25 start) – 15:00

Venue: Celtic Park, London Road, Glasgow, G40 3RE

Target audience: P4 – 7 and secondary teachers with an interest in geography/social studies/health and wellbeing/science and resilience professionals who are looking to engage schools in activities relating to flooding, extreme weather, climate change and other community resilience issues.

This is a unique opportunity that will encourage meaningful employer involvement, supporting the work of the Developing the Young Workforce agenda.  Don’t miss out on this opportunity to engage learners with their local environment supporting work around learning for sustainability.

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We would be delighted if you were able to join us on the day.

To find out what was discussed at the last event click here

‘Closing the gap’ between education and employment, by Anthony Mann

Edu and Skills blogThis latest blog from Anthony Mann focuses on the European dimension of the link between education and employability.  It identifies employer engagement in education as a key issues in tackling the skills gap.

Government priority objectives across European countries include:

  • Tackling skills shortage/skills mismatch
  • Improving youth skills relevant to dynamic labour market demand
  • Harnessing community resources to improve attainment
  • Putting coherent pathways in place for young people moving through educational and training provision
  • Addressing inequalities in outcomes, promoting social mobility and challenging gender stereotyping.

For more information on this include OECD reports see visit the Education & Skills Today blog.

Also relevant in this context is Mann’s report key_issues_in_employer_engagement_in_education_anthony_mann‘ which specifically relates to the Scottish context. .

National Education Officer – Improving Primary Science

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Job title:  National Education Officer, Improving Primary Science Education

Post details:       This post is offered on a fixed-term contract for a period of thirty three months. Following a review the post may be extended up to a total of eight years.

Employed by:     The Wood Foundation.

Location:             The post-holder will be based in one of Education   Scotland offices.

Salary scale:       Circa £46,424 to £54,458 – negotiable depending on experience.

Deadline for applications:       5pm on Wednesday 29th June 2016. Interviews to be held:               Week beginning Monday 1st August 2016.

In partnership with Education Scotland and Scottish Government, The Wood Foundation is looking to recruit a National Education Officer to lead improvements in primary science education in Scottish schools. The ambition of this programme is to ensure all learners experience highly-engaging and motivating learning experiences in the sciences that enable them to contribute effectively to society as scientifically literate citizens. The programme will also seek to equip learners with skills for learning, life and work to enable them to access a wide range of stimulating and rewarding careers including those within science and STEM sectors.

The successful candidate will be responsible for the successful delivery of 33-month pilot programme involving up to ten local authorities. Following a period of review the programme may be extended to a total of up to eight years so as to benefit all local authorities in Scotland. The post-holder will be based in an Education Scotland office and line managed by the responsible Education Scotland Senior Education Officer.

A key responsibility will be to provide strategic support to a network of Primary Science Development Officers based in local authorities. The post-holder will also work closely with other partner organisations including Scottish Government, Scottish Schools Education Research Centre (SSERC), the Association of Directors of Education in Scotland (ADES) and local authorities to achieve the aims of the programme and ensure it aligns to national priorities and policies. This includes alignment to the emerging national strategy for STEM, the Developing Young Workforce programme, National Improvement Framework, Scottish Attainment Challenge, Digital Learning and Teaching Strategy and promoting gender balance in STEM.

Partnership working will require frequent visits to SSERC’s offices in Dunfermline and to participating local authorities across Scotland.

This post will be well suited to those with experience of leading and managing improvements in science at Principal Teacher, Faculty Head or Depute Head Teacher level.

For further information about this role please contact Ailsa McRae at The Wood Foundation on Email: info@thewoodfoundation.org.uk or Tel: 01224 619831.

 

Save the Children Resilience Project

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Save the Children are looking for two schools to take part in a resilience project that aims to strengthen children’s understanding of emergencies and the actions they can take to prepare themselves, their families and their communities.  Click here for more information on the project .  It is aimed at children aged 9 – 11 and participating schools will be given a £1000 budget.

You can also contact Graham Clark, Programmes Manager g.clark@savethechildren.org.uk for more information.

 

Natural Partners Project in the Botanics

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Natural Partners — STEM  and Learning for Sustainability  :  in partnership with Forestry Commission Scotland  and Forest Research…

THIS WEEKEND from 12 noon to 3 p.m. Come to the Royal Botanics to see and take part in an project developed and hosted by Design and Technology PGDE   with support from  Science  PGDE students. We invite people of all ages to drop in and stay as long as they want with us at the Real Life Science Lab in the  John Hope Gateway within the Botanics in Edinburgh … have a go at practical activities and learn  more about outdoor learning and sustainability through infographics, visual displays, making stuff  and  discussion!   

If you are simply dropping in, with or without kids, then your interest is very very appreciated!

It’s FREE

For more information go to: http://www.rbge.org.uk/whats-on/event-details/3971

Today (Mon 23rd Nov, 2015) is… Fibonacci Day

Writing November 23rd the American way, we have 1123 – what a coincidence. They are the first four numbers of Fibonacci’s sequence.

Leonardo of Pisa, better known as Fibonacci, is responsible for the Fibonacci Sequence (or Fibonacci numbers) – a pattern of counting where each number is the sum of the previous two. As well as being prevalent in nature, this kind of system is used widely in computer data storage and processing, and Fibonacci Day recognises the importance and value of Fibonacci’s contributions to mathematics.

Below is a link to some resources and investigations that can be used in the classroom.

http://nrich.maths.org/public/search.php?search=fibonacci