Skills Conversation Day 3

The third in a series of conversation days focussing on skills across the 3-18 curriculum will take place at Eden Court Theatre, Inverness on Thursday 5th June 2014. Education Scotland are delighted to host the event along with our education partners Highland Council and Skills Development Scotland.

The event will provide an opportunity for stakeholders to continue the conversations started at Loch Leven Community Campus in September and December 2013. The focus then was on exploring the issues around developing a common language and understanding of skills and local approaches to engagement with employers, including contrasting rural and urban opportunities for work experience.

The key area of focus for the third event in the series will be how schools are planning for and recording progression in the development of skills. The conversations will pick up some of the inter-linked threads from previous events and weave these through the day’s presentations and activities.

The outcomes, materials and suggested actions generated from the day will be posted on the Education Scotland Learning Blog.

Expressive Arts Conversation Day 2

The second expressive arts conversation event took place on Friday 28th March 2014 at Eden Court Theatre, Inverness.

The views and experiences of invited stakeholders provided a very helpful basis for us to consider how best to provide further support for education establishments, stakeholders and education partners.

The purpose of the day was to:

  • explore the current national position with regard to developing practitioner confidence and capacity in expressive arts
  • highlight issues that could be addressed through examples and briefing
  • consider what challenges are emerging and how these are being addressed
  • identify areas that require further support and what that support needs to look like – including consideration of establishing a national primary expressive arts network/community.

During the day we discussed:

  • The approaches that are currently being taken to develop practitioner confidence and capacity in expressive arts and the thinking behind these approaches.
  • How far education establishments and partners have advanced in developing these approaches.
  • The key challenges; for example, the range of skills practitioners believe they need to ensure that learners have appropriate breadth of experience and challenge in expressive arts.
  • The support/information/guidance that is now needed and at what level.
  • How best to share with stakeholders the proposed steps towards developing practitioner confidence and capacity.

Below you will find the outputs from the day’s discussions which were generated through our use of the International Futures Forum’s “Implemento” transformational tool. The discussions focussed on the actions we need to take to achieve our aspirations for an ideal future system.

The evaluations from the day asked three questions that can now be used as a baseline from which we can measure the impact of the day. Have a look to see what our participants said!

Conversation Day 2 Evaluations

Implemento Table 4

Implemento Table 3

Implemento Table 2

Implemento Table 1

SQA Star Awards 2014 – Nominate Your Brightest Stars!

Nominations are now open. The SQA’s annual Star Awards are a unique way to celebrate success, triumph, achievement and recognition of the best in education and training. Behind every success story lies motivation and commitment, pride and self-esteem and, of course, sheer hard work.

See the stars come out – nominate your stars today

Closing date for entries is Friday 27 June 2014.

Education & Engagement Officer, Food for Life Scotland

Closing date: Sunday, June 08, 2014
Contract type: Full time, fixed term contract until 31 July 2015
Salary: £22,932
Location: Glasgow, with regular travel
Soil Association Scotland’s Food for Life programme aims to transform food culture across Scotland through supporting the production and enjoyment of good food that is healthy, sustainable and accessible to all.
As Education and Engagement Officer you will pay a key role in supporting the Education and Engagement Co-ordinator in the development and delivery of Food for Life Scotland’s education framework, and the uptake of the Food for Life Catering Mark in schools. You will work in designated local authority areas across Scotland to increase knowledge and understanding of the connections between health, economy and the environment among catering staff, consumers, teachers, pupils and the wider community.
Educated to degree level, or with equivalent professional experience, the successful candidate will have considerable knowledge of the Curriculum for Excellence and have experience of delivering education activities and support in schools, including engaging with senior management teams, teaching staff, pupils and catering staff. You will be an experienced relationship builder and public speaker and be confident presenting to small and large groups across a range of audience types.
You will have an understanding of the connections between food, health and the environment, and ideally of the principles that underpin the Food for Life approach and Food for Life Catering Mark. Experience of working on cooking and growing projects would be a real advantage.
For more details please click here.
Closing date: 8 June 2014
Interviews are likely to be held in Glasgow on 18 June 2014