Professional Focus Papers now available

Education Scotland has launched the first in a set of Professional Focus Papers.

These materials have been designed to assist teachers and others with the delivery of programmes of learning within the new National 4 and National 5 courses.

The papers highlight important features of learning which are enhanced or different from previous arrangements.  They provide advice on approaches to learning and teaching which build directly on those used in the 3-15 Broad General Education in order to promote continuity in learners’ acquisition of knowledge, understanding and skills.  The papers are also intended to stimulate professional reflection and dialogue about learning.

This first tranche features 10 subjects: Biology, Chemistry, English, Environmental Science, Geography, History, Modern Studies, People & Society, Physics, and Science, each with papers published at both National 4 and National 5 level, except People & Society and Science which are only available at National 4.

They come as part of the development of exemplar course materials across the full range of National 4 and National 5 qualifications, being managed by Education Scotland in partnership with ADES.

The Professional Focus Papers are now available for download on the National Qualifications area of the Education Scotland website.

Opportunities for All

The Scottish Government has published the following documents relating to Opportunities for All. They help to set out the expectations for delivery and processes to support better tracking of young people through the learning system.

Opportunities for All – Implementation Paper
This publication describes the aim, principles and delivery mechanisms of the Scottish Government’s commitment to an offer of a place in learning or training for all 16-19 year olds who are not already engaged. It has been drafted in collaboration with key delivery partners, Skills Development Scotland, DWP Jobcentre Plus, the Scottish Funding Council and local authorities.

Post-16 Transitions Policy and Practice Framework
This refresh of the 16+ Learning Choices Policy and Practice Framework positions 16+ Learning Choices within the context of the delivery of both Curriculum for Excellence and Opportunities for All. The Scottish Government would expect local partnerships to use this Framework to guide their detailed strategic and operational planning and to establish more formal agreements across and between services to ensure sustainable local delivery.

Post-16 Transitions Data Practice Framework
The Framework sets out the roles and responsibilities of partners to effectively share data to support young people as they move through learning and training into jobs. It sets out the framework for data sharing that will allow the Scottish Government and its partners to create a system of working that appropriately supports each and every learning and training transition a young person makes from age 16 up until their 20th birthday. This system of working is central to delivery of ‘Opportunities for All’ and will significantly reduce the risk of a young person disengaging with learning and/or training.

Opening up the Future: It’s your future

It’s my Future is a song created by children, young people and adult learners to express their views on how learning needs to change to fulfil their aspirations. It demonstrates what exciting modern learning can look like.

Education Scotland want to hear from children and young people across Scotland about their hopes and aspirations for the future.

On Tuesday December 4 2012 at 11am Education Scotland will host a national event in Inveralmond Community High School. The event led, by young people, will help shape future developments in learning and teaching. This Glow TV session will enable children and young people to speak directly to Craig Munro, one of Education Scotland’s strategic directors, and share their views about learning and teaching.

These views will be taken into consideration as the organisation shapes its corporate improvement plan priorities. There will be an opportunity to see the launch of the music video and follow links to inspirational learning taking place in Scottish education.

Sign up and join us in Glow TV on the day or view the recording in Watch Again.

St Andrew’s Day Debating Championship 2012

On Monday 3rd December, the annual St Andrew’s Day debating championship will be held in the Scottish Parliament with students and senior pupils from universities and schools across Scotland competing in debating heats covering a range of issues important in today’s society.

The Final will take place in the Debating Chamber chaired by the Presiding Officer with the opportunity to win the specially engraved Scottish Parliament Quaich. This year, for the second time, all schools across the country will be able to follow the progress of the competition on Glow throughout the day and then watch the final, streamed live on Glow TV. This is an exciting opportunity for pupils to get involved in a high quality debate and to learn more about debating.

The Glow Meet will start live at 10.40am with the motion for the debate being announced just before the event starts.

We begin again at 1.10pm with Heat 2 with the motion again being announced just before the debate begins.

Heat 3 will follow at 2.40pm with the Glow TV sessions finishing at 3.45pm.

During the live broadcasts throughout the day we will have a judge available to answer any questions that you have about the debates and how they are judged.

The live final can then be viewed on the Scottish Parliament website from 4pm (a link to this will be provided on the Glow Meet page)

Sign up and join us in Glow TV and if you are unable to join us live then you can access the recording in Watch Again.

GTC – Completing the Interim 1 Profile

Are you a supporter of a Probationer on the Teacher Induction Scheme?

If so, you’ll know it’s time for the Interim 1 Profile to be completed so why not join us in Glow TV on Thursday 29th November at 4pm to have any questions that you may have answered.

Mairi McAra of GTC Scotland will lead you though “Who does what?” and respond to any of your questions. This is a good chance to ask anything you’re not sure about and meet and talk with other colleagues also supporting Probationers.

Hear what other probationers are involved in share practice with other supporters.

Sign up and join us in Glow TV
and if you are unable to watch the live event then you can still catch it in Watch Again.

Wise Up Wednesday: Free Bookbug for the Home Training

Bookbug Session for the Home training is suitable for professionals already working with vulnerable families in their homes.

The training will provide professionals with the knowledge, tools and resources to incorporate the core principals of Bookbug sessions (talking, cuddling and sharing books, songs and rhymes) into their home visits. The training focuses on how to sensitively and practically encourage parents and carers to engage with children in the home.

Bookbug for the Home training is available on the following dates and locations.

Dundee

28/11/2012 Education Suite, Dundee Heritage Trust 4-6.30pm

Glasgow

28/11/2012 Blythswood Room, Mitchell Library, Glasgow 10am-12.30pm

05/12/2012 Bridgeton Library, Glasgow 10am-12.30pm

16/01/2013 Bridgeton Library, Glasgow 10am-12.30pm

23/01/2013 Bridgeton Library, Glasgow 10am-12.30pm

West Lothian

19/11/2012 Conference Room 3, Civic Centre, Livingston 2 – 4.30pm

West Dunbartonshire

24/01/2013 Alexandria Library tbc

Bookbug for the Home is being delivered as part of the Bookbug Assertive Outreach programme to reach vulnerable families. This is taking place in the following authorities over 2012/13: Argyll and Bute, East Renfrewshire, Dundee, Glasgow, Inverclyde, South Lanarkshire, West Dunbartonshire and West Lothian. Subsequent training dates in all of these authorities will be offered in due course, and the Scottish Booktrust are very happy to put on bespoke dates on request.

To make a booking or for more information contact Kirsty Sinclair, Early Years Outreach Co-ordinator at Scottish Book Trust on 0131 524 0179 or e-mail kirsty.sinclair@scottishbooktrust.com

What is Remembrance? – Wounded

This year Poppyscotland have teamed up with Glow TV to bring you a series of events about remembrance. This is the final event in this series.

From 20th – 23rd November 2012, Surgeons’ Hall Museum at The Royal College of Surgeons will host a unique theatrical and educational event. ‘Wounded’ is a new play, which has been written by members of the Birmingham Repertory Theatre for students from S3 upwards.

Wounded is a free educational event which has two aims: to bring to life elements of the Curriculum for Excellence, particularly in History, English, Drama and Citizenship; and to support outreach initiatives for students, enabling interaction with museum collections.

This is your chance to watch ‘Wounded’ from the comfort of your own classroom!

Sign up and join us in Glow TV on Thursday 22nd November at 10am or Watch Again if you are unable to join us live.

Aiming High in Higher Scottish History

Practitioners who are specialists in History may be interested in the following event:

Aiming High in Higher Scottish History:
a Conference for Teachers and Learners

Saturday 1 December 2012
University of Glasgow

Teachers and learners studying Scottish History topics at Higher level are invited to hear exciting new research on their topics from leading academics at the University of Glasgow. Simon Wood, Principal Teacher of History, will share advice on how to maximise exam performance.

The conference is free and spaces are limited: book now at http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/event/4606245404 Please book a place in the conference and choose a topical breakout session.

Location: Boyd Orr Building, University of Glasgow

10:15 Coffee, tea and juice available on arrival

10:30-10.40 Welcome and opening remarks, Boyd Orr Building, Lecture Theatre 1

10:50 -11:50 Session 1: breakout rooms in Boyd Orr
• Wars of Independence I with Professor Dauvit Broun
• The Age of the Reformation I with Dr. Steven Reid
• The Treaty of Union I with Dr. Karin Bowie
• Migration and Empire I with Professor Ted Cowan
• The Impact of the Great War I: An Archaeological Perspective with Dr. Tony Pollard

12:00-12:45 Plenary Session with Simon Wood, Principal Teacher of History

12:45-12:55 Website launch: University of Glasgow resources for teachers and learners in Scottish History

12:55-2:30 Lunch (own arrangements)
• Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery open (free admission)

2:30-3:20 Session 2: breakout rooms in Boyd Orr
• Wars of Independence II with Professor Dauvit Broun
• The Age of the Reformation II with Dr. Steven Reid
• The Treaty of Union II with Dr. Karin Bowie
• Migration and Empire II with Professor Ted Cowan
• The Impact of the Great War II with Dr. Irene Maver

3:30-3:45 Closing remarks, Boyd Orr Lecture Theatre 1

Travel information: the Boyd Orr building is located on University Avenue between Byres Road and the university’s main gate. The nearest underground stop is Hillhead station. For more information on the conference, contact Dr. Karin Bowie at karin.bowie@glasgow.ac.uk.

The Referendum- A Conversation

As Autumn 2014 comes ever closer why not join the two-part conversation series with Jon Snow, Alex Salmond and Alistair Darling (Part of The Herald – Fraser of Allander Lecture Series)?

In one of the first major public events about Independence, First Minister Alex Salmond will appear in conversation with broadcaster Jon Snow on November 23rd. ‘Better Together’ leader Alistair Darling will be questioned at a second event on December 6th by Herald and Sunday Herald writer Alan Taylor.

The conversations – part of the Herald-Fraser of Allander Lecture Series – are being run in partnership with the Glasgow-based charity the International Network of Street Papers (INSP). Snow, one of the most respected broadcasters in the UK, is an ambassador of INSP. All proceeds from the ticket sales will go towards the charity’s work alleviating poverty and supporting street papers sold by homeless vendors in Scotland and around the world.

The conversations which focus on independence, and its implications for Scotland and the United Kingdom, will also cover social justice and media independence. There will also be an opportunity for members of the audience to question the speakers.

The Herald-Fraser of Allander Lecture series has established a reputation for dealing head on with major issues of national and international importance, and this series will make a major contribution to the independence debate as plans for the referendum get underway.

This event would be suitable for pupils in S4 and above. More information and how to obtain tickets can be found on the University of Strathclyde Website.

The Doran Review Report

The Doran Review Report – The Right Help at the Right Time in the Right Place. Strategic Review of Learning Provision for Children and Young People with Complex Additional Support Needs has been published by the Scottish Government.

The report and the Scottish Government response can be downloaded here:

The Doran Review Report
Scottish Government response

Leadership at Hill of Banchory Primary

Join us on Tuesday 20th November for a double event coming live from Hill of Banchory Primary School in Aberdeenshire.

During our first event at 2pm meet the pupils who are actively encouraged to take leadership in their own learning experience.

Hear from the youngsters about how they are using profiling and actively use Glow for their Whole School Development Time. Every Thursday they are provided with questions and issues that need to be discussed as a whole school and the pupils can give their own views and opinions therefore making them a valuable part of the school with their own Pupil Voice.

You will have the opportunity to ask the pupils questions and find out how they feel about their important role in the development of their school.

Sign up and join us in Glow TV at 2pm on Tuesday 20th November for this exciting event or if you miss the live event make sure that you see the recording in Watch Again!

Then at 4pm join us again to following on from our earlier session with the pupils where you will have an opportunity to hear from the staff about how they are developing a culture of empowerment within a school environment.

During this session find out how leadership is fostered with all members of staff including non teaching staff and how Pupil Volunteering is organised and carried out in the school.

Sign up and join us in Glow TV for this insight into a school working well towards leadership empowerment for all or catch up with the recording in Watch Again.

Church of Scotland Awards for RME and RO

The Church of Scotland has launched its two annual awards for 2012/2013.

The Stevenson Prize – This is awarded to a school for excellence in the area of Religious Observance.  The prize consists of a certificate and a cheque for £500 for the school.

http://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/speak_out/education/articles/stevenson_prize

Moderator’s medal –  which is open to children and young people and seeks to encourage creativity in responding to how they have been inspired by a Christian whose story has made them think or act in new ways or helped them to reflect on issues relating to faith, belief or religion.   The prize consists of a cheque for £100 for the winning entry and book tokens worth £100 for the winning entrants’ school or youth club.  Winners will also receive a medal and a certificate.  Runners-up entries will receive a prize of £25.

http://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/speak_out/education/articles/moderators_medal

The entry date for both prizes is 15 March 2013.

Wise Up Wednesday: Early Years Community

Have you seen the new early years community on Glow?

The new cleaner look means that everything is easier to find. We’re still in the process of spring cleaning the cupboards of the old group and linking everything up to the new community, but what is really missing is you!

The aim of the community is to provide a forum where you can connect with others, share professional learning and resources and show how you are changing your practice.

In the community you can:

  • reach out to colleagues in the connect area
  • take part in one of our live / recorded CPD activities in the learn area
  • share, share, share in the share area
  • add an intention to change your practice and find others working on similar things
  • ask questions and get help on the support area.

To join the Early Years Community simply go to bit.ly/earlyhome and click on the join button. You will be asked to enter your Glow log-in details and then to complete an online form. There are  two key things to remember when filling in the form. The first is that the box for “My Name” is for your name  (obvious, I know) and the box for “Name” is for your photograph (not so obvious!). The second thing is that you must type #early in the hashtag box or you won’t appear on the community!

Look forward to seeing you there!

Change to Speakers for Schools

In a change to our scheduled speaker, Douglas Alexander for Friday 16th November now join us for our final event of Scottish Speakers for Schools launch week live from Bellahouston Academy in Glasgow where we will be joined by Anas Sarwar.

Anas was elected in December 2011 and was born and brought up in the city of Glasgow.

He has been a campaigning member of the Scottish Labour Party since the age of 16 and was part of the team which campaigned to successfully save the Govan shipyard in 1999.

At the 2007 Scottish Parliament elections Anas was selected to stand as the number 1 candidate on the regional list for Glasgow.

Sign up and join us live from Bellahouston from 9.10am on the 16th November and if you are unable to join us live please ensure that you view the recording in Glow TV’s Watch Again.

Wise Up Wednesday: Website for Early Years Practioners

The “Maternal and Early Years for Early Years Workers”  website is aimed at everyone working in the early years workforce across Scotland. This includes all early years practitioners across health, local authority and the community and voluntary sector in Scotland.

The website covers the early years in four sections: pregnancy, 0-3 years, 3-5 years and 5-8 years. It covers a wide range of information and settings and provides information that is relevant to practitioners. A key element of the site is that it brings together up-to-date information, resources and support.

The website is also the home of the Early Years Network. By joining the Early Years Network you will:

  • receive all the latest early years information through the monthly Maternal and Early Years newsletter
  • receive regular early year’s research and evidence updates
  • receive invites to our local and national events
  • have an opportunity to share information about your work with others
  • make a contribution to the development of the network – this will be led by network members needs with the underpinning principle of working in partnership to improve outcomes in the early years.

Membership is free and is open to a broad range of people, organisations and sectors. This includes all early years practitioners across health, local authority and the community and voluntary sector in Scotland.

The next information packed newsletter will be sent out any day now, so sign up soon to make sure you don’t miss out!

What does Remembrance mean?

This year Poppyscotland have teamed up with Glow TV to bring you a series of events about remembrance. The event entitled ‘Meet Those Involved’ is the second event in this series and will be held on Thursday 8th November at 2pm.

On 5th November there was a special event that took place in Edinburgh. This is your chance to see footage from this event which was the opening of the Garden of Remembrance and take part in a question and answer session with staff from Poppyscotland and Lady Haig’s Poppy Factory.

The panel who will be there to answer your questions and tell you about what remembrance means to them includes veterans from recent wars – remembrance isn’t just about World Wars 1 and 2.

Join us in Glow TV and find out more about what remembrance really means.

The third event in the series takes place on Friday 9th November when you can join us live in Glow TV from 10am for a special Remembrance Day event. This year Education Services in Glasgow have organised a city wide remembrance service for schools in Glasgow City Chambers. The event will link the important civic aspects of remembrance and allow young people to better understand the range of issues involved. The programme will involve pupils from across the city encompassing drama, poetry and music. Sign up and join us for this thought provoking event.

National Literacy Network

Join us live in Glow TV from Stirling Management Centre on Thursday 8th November for three National Literacy Network events.

This excting opportunity to join the NLN group begins at 9.30am with the Keynote speech from metaphrog who will be kick starting events with ‘Comics in the Classroom’. metaphrog discuss their experiences working with different age groups using graphic novels to explore literary ideas and to encourage reluctant readers. They will share insights into visual storytelling, talk about their Louis books and demonstrate their working methods. Sign up and join us in Glow Tv for this session.

This is followed at 10.20am by an opportunity to join a Workshop Presented by Moyra Hood, ESO Literacy, Angus Council and Yvonne Manning, Principal Librarian, Falkirk Council. In the context of creative approaches to literacy and research which shows that a love of reading is more important in academic achievement than a child’s social or academic background, two local authorities describe how book awards, both local and national, can contribute to raising enthusiasm and enjoyment for reading for pleasure among young people. Practical advice and ideas will be shared and the workshop will be illustrated with images showing the impact of the book awards and the book award ceremonies. Sign up and join this session in Glow TV.

Finally we conclude our Glow TV coverage at 12pm with a series of 5 minute sessions on literacy which includes Latin through ‘The Romans’, Literacy Across Learning Planning, Bookface Project, Using social networking style layout for exploring fictional characters, historical figures M Literacy-using mobile phone apps, Blogging, Writing Across Secondary Social Subjects, i Books/e books and much much more! Sign up and join us in Glow TV.

And remember if you miss any of these events you can watch them all again in Glow TV’s Watch Again facility.

Speakers for Schools comes to Scotland

Glow TV and Education Scotland is proud to announce that it will once again to be working with the charity initiative Speakers for Schools . Last year through this initiative Glow TV brought you ‘Jonathan Edwards live in Glow ‘ which you can Watch Again.

Speakers for Schools is a programme originally launched in October 2011 in England by BBC Business Editor Robert Peston and The Education and Employers Taskforce. Each speaker commits to one talk per year, completely free, for a state school or college. Over 800 people have already agreed to participate with a range of speakers including CEOs of major companies, politicians, media and arts people, scientists, entrepreneurs and academics – ranging from the Astronomer Royal Lord Rees to the founder of LastMinute.com and digital entrepreneur Martha Lane Fox.

The 12th of November Speakers for Schools is officially launching in Scotland, with all state secondary schools eligible to apply for a talk on a range of topics.

This year Glow TV will be broadcasting live events from a range of speakers from various areas of commerce so that your school can be part of the experience as well (and if you are unable to attend the session live you can view the recording through Glow TVs Watch Again facility)

We will be starting our exciting series of events on Monday 12th November live from Perth College with inspirational speaker Alice Enders who is a former senior economist at the World Trade Organisation and was professor of economics at York University, Canada. Alice will be speaking about the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Sign up and join us in Glow TV for this exciting event.

In addition to this event Glow TV will also be broadcasting live an event with Stewart Regan
the CEO of the Scottish Football Association on Thursday 15th November live from Smithycroft High School in Glasgow. Sign up and join us for this event in Glow TV.

Speakers for Schools will be announcing more inspirational speakers appearing live over the coming weeks so keep checking the Glow TV schedule for more being added.

To register and more information Speakers for Schools, visit www.speakers4schools.org

Impact Arts – Kamikaze

Impact Arts are currently touring Kamikaze to High Schools followed by post show discussions with the young people.

The Tour dates are:

Thu 1st Nov – 09:30 Marr College Troon
Fri 2nd Nov – 09:30 Ayr Academy Ayr
Mon 5th Nov – 09:30 Loudon Academy Galston
Mon 5th Nov – 14:00 Doon Academy Dalmellington
Tue 6th Nov – 09:30 Kilmarnock Academy Kilmarnock
Tue 6th Nov – 14:00 Girvan Academy Girvan
Tue 6th Nov – 18:30 Westmuir High Glasgow (Carntyne)
Wed 7th Nov – 09:05 Cumnock Academy Cumnock
Wed 7th Nov – 13:25 Auchinleck Academy Auchinleck
Thu 8th Nov – 09:00 Stewarton Academy Stewarton
Thu 8th Nov – 13:45 Grange Academy Kilmarnock
Fri 9th Nov – 09:10 St Joseph’s Academy Kilmarnock
Fri 9th Nov – 13:30 James Hamilton Academy Kilmarnock

For more information see the website.
http://www.baldybanetheatre.co.uk/Productions/the-kamikaze