As a development officer in health and wellbeing with responsibility for substance misuse education, I am often asked by newly qualified teachers and more experienced members of staff about the delivery of effective drug education. Staff sometimes lack confidence in this particular area as they don’t feel well-informed about drugs and worry that children and young people know more than they do. On Tuesday 27th March at 4pm Constable Dougie McClounie from the Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency will be delivering a CPD session on Drug Education. This is a great opportunity to hear the key messages and dispel some of the myths surrounding current issues. Dougie is also keen to answer any ‘tricky’ questions that may arise from this input.
The Glow meet will be of interest to everyone working with children and young people.
You can sign up here.
The Early Years team are busy preparing for our Pre Birth to Three conference taking place on Thursday 29th March at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. We are looking forward to hearing about ‘Creating Nurturing Environments’ and ‘Supporting Parents’ just to name a few of the presentations that will take place.
If you would like to learn more about Pre Birth to Three visit:
…and on Glow…www.bit.ly/PB23Glow
In the meantime keep an eye out for:
- news of our Saturday Conference in May “Learning about Scotland in the Early Years” which will take place at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall 19 May 2012 – save the date!
- Our latest issue of Early Years Matters focusing on involving parents, featuring articles on our new publication Every Day’s a Learning Day, examples of practice from nurseries on involving parents and research findings from the Early Development Instrument.
9:30am – 3.00pm, Thurs 10th May 2012
Theme: Sustainable Development Education and Education for Citizenship
St Paul’s High School is an inspiring example of a school that has adopted a whole school approach to global citizenship. The school’s achievements in this regard have earned it national recognition as a finalist in the 2011 Scottish Education Awards (Sustainable School Category) and as a winner of the 2009 Scottish Education Awards (Active Citizenship Category).
The school’s approach and vision for global citizenship has made an identifiable impact on learners, helping them grow in confidence and providing them with real-life opportunities to develop their skills and transform their local community. The school has supported a wide range of activities to achieve this, most notably:
- Dedicated time within the social studies curriculum for learners to choose and engage with local community projects and tackle anti-social behaviour in the wider community
- A strong school ethos which puts respect for others and service to others at the heart of school life and the curriculum
- A sustained commitment to learner voice and a well-established school parliament that provides learners with decision-making powers and a budget to make things happen
- A diverse range of activities and initiatives which support a whole school approach including a Fairtrade group, Eco-Schools group and pupil campaign group
- Planned opportunities for personal achievement through S1 electives, S2 citizenship and S3 skills academy.
This CPD event offers practitioners and school leaders from across Scotland the chance to visit St Paul’s High School to meet with the Head Teacher, staff and learners and also tour the classrooms, buildings and grounds.
Those participating in the open day will also have time to reflect and share their own experiences.
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How to book
To book, please email: email@example.com or Tel. 0141 282 5172.
Places are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment. This is a free event!
School open day – using international education to develop a whole school approach to global citizenship
Venue: Bo’ness Academy, Falkirk
9:30am – 3.00pm
Thursday 17th May 2012
Note: this event was due to place at an earlier date in the year but has now been rescheduled for the date above.
Theme: International Education
This CPD event offers practitioners and school leaders an exciting opportunity to visit Bo’ness Academy and attend Falkirk Council’s Global Citizenship Showcase Event.
Bo’ness Academy is an inspiring example of a school that has used international education as a vehicle to engage the whole school in global citizenship activities. Through the Comenius Programme and other well established links the school has developed a rich international programme connecting it to countries across the world including: The Gambia, The Netherlands, China, France, Germany and The Czech Republic.
A focus of the event will be to identify and share the practical lessons and ideas that have helped the school move forward on its journey including:
- Making global citizenship a key priority in the school and a focus for the implementation of Curriculum for Excellence
- Using international links to explore important issues in a global context and to create engaging, meaningful and challenging learning experiences
- Developing strong international partnerships which can be sustained and which have made an impact on every learner.
Participants will have the opportunity to meet and talk with the Head Teacher, International Coordinator, staff and learners and also tour the classrooms and school. Time will also be set aside for participants to reflect and share their own experiences.
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How to book
To book, please contact Megan Farr, Policy Officer, Falkirk Council. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel. 01324 506671.
Places for the open day section of the event are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment. This is a free event!