Getting the most out of education can be difficult if you are looked after or struggling to be in school. That’s why Enquire have produced two new guides to help young people understand their rights to support in school.
“What happens when you can’t go to school?” will help young people understand their rights to get support so they can carry on with their learning even when they are not at school. The guide considers a number of reasons young people might be away from school including being ill, caring for a family member, being excluded, home schooled from a travelling community or a refugee.
“Extra help at school when you are looked after” will help looked after pupils understand their rights to extra support and what that support might be. It explains how they can be involved in making decisions about their learning and the planning that should be in place for them as they prepare to leave school.
Created with help from children and young people, the guides are an essential tool for all those working with young people who aren’t in school or who are looked after. Short and easy to read, like all Enquire’s resources, it has been accredited by the Plain Language Commission.
The guides can be used as a teaching resource for a whole class or with individual pupils.
Both guides can be downloaded from the website
Raising the Bar in Scotland – transforming lives through learning.
Science, technology, engineering and maths are key priorities within Curriculum for Excellence.
The Scottish Learning Festival 2013 provides numerous opportunities for practitioners to engage in meaningful discussions and attend seminars and workshops relating to STEM.
A select showcase of innovative practice will demonstrate how STEM skills are being developed in creative, exciting and thought provoking ways.
Come along and watch learners from Hamilton College demonstrate how Lego Mindstorm robots helped develop their problem solving skills, take the I-pad journey with Bellshill Academy pupils and find out how to bring science into your school community through Citizen Science activities.
Download the STEM programme of workshops and seminars detailing dates and times:
STEM at the Scottish Learning Festival 2013
To book and register for the Scottish Learning Festival follow the link below:
Senior Leaders Professional Learning Event – Dounans Centre, Aberfoyle: Friday 20th September 2013
A one day event for head teachers and deputy head teachers, focusing on whole school approaches, inspection and self-evaluation for school managers. Delegates will hear from senior managers, education officers and others with experience of outdoor learning in the context of school improvement.
Staff Professional Learning Weekend – Dounans Centre, Aberfoyle: Friday 20th – Sunday 22nd September 2013
This opportunity is aimed at staff from all schools and settings within the partner authorities, and will provide inputs from project and centre staff, from the National Park ranger service, and from Education Scotland staff to support you in embedding Curriculum for Excellence through Outdoor Learning in your school or nursery. As well as a variety of ‘sharing good practice’ sessions run by teachers across all sectors.
The weekend will provide staff with practical tools, ideas and inspiration for developing progressive and frequent outdoor learning opportunities for pupils which will support and enrich all aspects of their learning.
Spaces are still available on these programmes for further information contact
Workshops Staff Professional Learning Weekend
Staff CLPL residential weekend 2013 – info for schools
Final Programme Staff PL Weekend
Final Programme School Leaders
Creating a Prairie Garden
24th September 2013, Aileymill Primary, Greenock
8th October 2013, Blackfriars Primary, Glasgow
Develop a Prairie flower bed in your school garden, richly planted with drifts of perennials and self-seeding annuals, punctuated with grasses. An everlasting, low maintenance style of naturalistic planting, a haven for bees, butterflies and all others that fly!
THE EDIBLE SCHOOL GARDEN
1st October 2013, Perth Academy
To give teachers of all age groups the skills to confidently grow and manage a simple productive garden throughout the year. Also, to ensure that produce is used in tasting, cooking and enterprise activities. Every school should be a food growing school.