Tag Archives: STEM

Making connections: Numeracy & Mathematics and the world of work

The following materials will be of interest to anyone who would like to explore connections between numeracy/mathematics and the world of work. It includes an interactive financial education resource, Money Talks, an article on how mathematics is used in the workplace from the Mathematics Association of America and Citizen Maths, a site for people who want to become more confident in using maths at work and in life.     There are also links to the National Numeracy and Mathematics Hub, a virtual learning environment for all practitioners and a copy of the latest Numeracy and Mathematics Resource Guide.

 

What Could I Be? … in Food Production

Scottish Food & Drink Federation and SRUC have developed this great poster outlining the breadth of career opportunities and chain of jobs involved in food production at Castelton Farm.

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Looking for activities or discussion points with pupils?

Research what you could earn from doing the jobs identified on the poster.

Think of your favourite food. Can you create a career map demonstrating who is involved in creating your favourite food?

What food production is happening in your local area? Can you develop a food provenance map for your area and share on GLOW?

How does this link to the career standards?

Page 15 – 17 of  DYW Career Standards identifies the ‘I can’ statements for each level.

 

 

 

 

SLF 2016: DYW related seminars

SLF logoThis year’s Scottish Learning Festival offers a wide variety of seminars around DYW covering key issues such as curriculum pathways from 3-18, STEM, gender equalities, CLD, school/employer partnerships.  Seminars will have direct inputs from practitioners, showcasing the practical implementation of DYW across all levels.

Outline of seminars:

Wednesday, 21 Sept:

What does DYW look like in a secondary school? Gib McMillan, Craigroyston Community High School, Edinburgh
Young Workforce Development at Kibble Eileen Cummings, Kibble Education and Care Centre
Aligning the curriculum to meet the needs of employers and industry at local, regional and national levels. Karen Corbett, Education Scotland
Clyde Gateway Connections Natalie Philips, Clyde Gateway
First Steps on the Career Pathway – DYW in early years and primary school Judith Thomas,  Ferguslie Pre 5 Centre;   Sarah Cloy and Karyn Wyse, Caskieberran Primary School
In what ways can the adoption of an integrated approach to employability skills across subject areas in the senior phase change students’ awareness of employability? Peter Smith, Wallace High School
Tailored work placement opportunities and raising achievement of all learners Michelle Robertson, West Lothian Council
Building the STEMpire: A whole school approach to delivering STEM education in secondary John Reid, Former HT at Larbert High School, Falkirk
Full STEAM Ahead! Using STEAM as a context to enrich learning and encourage creativity and discovery Joanne Jarvie, Thornton PS, Fife
A partnership approach to recognising and capturing young peoples achievements to raise attainment for all Mandy Toogood, Education Scotland

Thursday, 22 Sept:

Keynote Seminar:       Curriculum Pathways 3-18 Joan MacKay and Carol MacDonald, Education Scotland
Developing the Young Workforce:  How we do it? – a secondary school perspective Margaret Craw, Dalziel High School, North Lanarkshire;  Raymond Perry, Braeview Academy, Dundee;
Career Education Standard (3-18) – where are we now? Ken Edwards, SDS;  Klaus Mayer, ES
Improving Gender balance:   Exploring gender stereotyping and subject choices in schools. Charlotte Govan, Institute of Physics/Education Scotland
Let’s get work ready Liz Prosser, Meldrum Academy, Aberdeenshire
STEM in the early years Mark Irwin,   Glasgow City Council
Inspiring learning through STEM & creative industries Gayle Martin-Brown, Camelon Education Centre, Falkirk   Council
Engineering your Curriculum Susan Scurlock, Primary Engineering Programmes

Download a detailed programme of all seminars here:  DYW related seminars at SLF 16 2

You can also speak to staff from Education Scotland and Scottish Government about any issues related to DYW at the Education Scotland stand in the centre of the exhibition area.

Organisations  that will provide further information around employability and enterprise at their stand within the exhibition area  include Skills Development Scotland, Scotland’s Enterprising Schools, SQA .

For more information on the whole conference visit the SLF website.

 

‘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. .

‘Making Education your Business’ – a five step guide to school/employer partnerships

MEYB CBIThis new guide developed by teachers and businesses together with the Royal Society in response to its call for closer collaboration between education, industry and academia.  It aims to provide support school or college-employer partnerships mainly through the lens of STEM.  The guide sets out 5 simple steps for companies planning to engage with education or extend their educational partnerships along side a number of case studies that highlight key features of a successful, mutually beneficial educational scheme.

You can access the ‘Making education your business’ guide here.

 

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.

 

Community Resilience and CfE flyer

CaptureOur 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.

Ensure the children and young people in your class know  what to do if there is severe weather, utility failure, flooding or pandemics by reading this hot off the press Community Resilience and Curriculum for Excellence flyer!

Community resilience is about communities and individuals using their collective resources and skills to help themselves prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies.

Discover ways to link learning to Scotland’s change in climate and how to embed community resilience within learning across different curriculum areas.

If you are already doing work in this area or are interested in finding out more, contact Eilidh.Soussi@educationscotland.gsi.gov.uk

Scottish local authorities, schools and partner organisations can request multiple hard copies of this guide for distribution to school clusters and networks.  Remember to include a postal address and state how many copies you wish to receive.

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Community resilience networking event May 2016

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Friday 13th, unlucky for some but not for us last month, when resilience professionals and education colleagues met to discuss how they could work together, to ensure our children and young people would be best prepared for the challenges they may face in the 21st Century as a result of a change in Scotland’s climate.  To find out what was discussed, click here Conference Report May 2016.  To have your say in future work we do, come along to our next networking event, to be held in Glasgow on Monday 31st October.  Email Eilidh.Soussi@educationscotland.gsi.gov.uk for more information or if you would like to showcase work your school, class or organisation are doing in this area.  We look forward to hearing from you!