Category Archives: Additional Support for Learning

Presentation to practitioners and SMT from West Lothian Council

DO MCMC 16+ LC did a presentation to practitioners and SMT from West Lothian Council on Friday 28th October at Inveralmond Community School. DO participated in round table discussions re need for flexibility in the Senior Phase if we are to get 16+ Learning Choices right. It was heart-warming to see so many vocational programmes operating in many of the schools (mainstream and SEN) to develop skills for learning, life and work in our young people. I thoroughly enjoyed the session and I look forward to a follow up on December 9th at Deans Community School. Great to see such fantastic and innovative work being done – well done West Lothian!!

Improving communication skills – Duncanrig radio

” Improving Communication Skills – Duncanrig radio” case study has been published on the Education Scotland website

http://www.ltscotland.org.uk/sharingpractice/i/improvingcommunicationskillsduncanrigradio/introduction.asp?strReferringChannel=sharingpractice&strReferringPageID=tcm:4-671139-64

Pupils from Duncanrig Secondary School and the associated Communication Support Base (CSB) which caters for pupils with autism spectrum disorders, have been taking the radio airwaves by storm with their very own radio project. The pupils have been performing their own radio shows on community radio. The project was set up to support inclusion in a realistic and fun setting as well as enhancing communication skills. Pupils showcased their work at SLF and also took the opportunity to interview Michael Russell on the day.

Glow Meet – Global citizenship DROP IN

Every month the DGC team will be available on our new Glow TV channel to answer your questions about global citizenship and to signpost you to resources and ideas to help you embed global citizenship in the curriculum.  This is an informal session open to any school leader or practitioner in Scotland – just drop into the Glow meet to pick our brains, find out what’s coming up or tell us what you’re up to.

The inaugural session will take place from 3.30-5.00pm on Wednesday 26th October.  The theme for the first 45 minutes of this session will be A Games Legacy for Scotland and will showcase how the London Olympics 2012 and Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014 can be used to create exciting learning opportunities for global citizenship activities and interdisciplinary learning.  Find out how to get free tickets to the Olympics, hear about the Forest Pitch football strip design competition and how the organisers plan to Get Scotland Dancing. 

A general Q & A/open floor session will follow from 4.15pm to 5pm. Put the day in your diary and join us for all, or part of, this event to discuss and share or get help with a particular issue. Visit Glow TV to register and take part on the day: http://bit.ly/DGCdropin

If you can’t make this one then the following drop in session will be on Tuesday 6th December 2011 from 3:30pm – 5pm. The theme will be: Developing a whole school approach to global citizenship.

Meeting needs through Curriculum for Excellence

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Meeting needs through Curriculum for Excellence

 
 
 
 
Meeting needs through Curriculum for Excellence
A conference for special schools, units and bases

 

10 November 2011
10.00-15.30
Stirling Management CentreEducation Scotland is holding a conference for practitioners and managers from special schools, units and bases.  The conference will be opened by Angela Constance MSP, Minister for Children and Young People. 

The key purposes of the day are to:

 

  • Provide a national update on Curriculum for Excellence key messages and expectations

 

  • Provide an opportunity for professional dialogue and reflection around key themes

 

  • Showcase examples of good practice through practitioner led seminars

 

To book a place at the conference here.  A confirmation will be sent to you.Further details and seminar selections will be available shortly.

 

 
 
 
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Curriculum for Excellence Action Plan – details announced at #SLF11

This Scottish Government Action Plan details the priorities for the implementation of Curriculum for Excellence for 2011-2012. Details of the plan were announced in the keynote speech by Michael Russell, Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, at the Scottish Learning Festival on 21 September, 2011.
http://www.ltscotland.org.uk/resources/c/cfeactionplan2011.asp

Additional Support for Learning: What do you need to know?

This Glowing Thursday will provide an opportunity to find out more about the additional support for learning framework and legislation, the advice and information Enquire can offer schools and the types of issues parents raise with the Enquire helpline. Enquire is the Scottish advice service for additional support for learning.

Enquire want to cover the issues you have questions about so please let them know in advance the topics you’re interested in advance the topics you’re interested in or just join us at 3.45pm on Thursday 15th September to find out more – Glowing Thursdays – Additional Support for Learning: What do you need to know?

Register for Glow TV today and then sign up for all the events that you want to view!! Register for Glow TV and then Sign Up for this event

16+ Learning Choices Coordinators’ meeting

Presentations from the 16+ LC event. 71 delegates from Shetland to the Borders attended the event and participated in workshops re provision and support for young people with additional support needs.

Fiona McKean – SDS Presentation

Alison Mitchell – Presentation

Ron Crichton – Assessment – SDS

Rosie Whelan – Scottish Government – Presentation

Sandra Cheyne – SDS – Provision – Presentation

Sandra McIntyre – Presentation – Youthlink

16+ Learning Choices Newsletter August 2011

The new look 16+ learning Choices Newsletter August 2011 has been published. In addition to good news articles from across the country, there are updates on developments and links to resources. The newsletter can be downloaded from the 16+ Learning Choices blog

https://blogs.glowscotland.org.uk/glowblogs/SeniorPhase/2011/09/02/august-2011-newsletter-available-now/

Supporting Learners recently published support for staff materials

The following case studies have been published online

Flexible Learning: supporting transitions for young people with additional support needs

http://www.ltscotland.org.uk/sharingpractice/f/flexiblelearning/outline.asp?strReferringChannel=supportinglearners&strReferringPageID=tcm:4-665558-64

The Flexible Learning Initiative in North Lanarkshire has been set up to support young people who have become disengaged with education to the extent that many of them struggle to attend their mainstream schools.

Expanded Learning Opportunities (ELO) help support transitions for young people

http://www.ltscotland.org.uk/sharingpractice/e/expandedlearningopportunities/introduction.asp?strReferringChannel=supportinglearners&strReferringPageID=tcm:4-665558-64

ELO is a transition programme based in three North Lanarkshire special schools which builds and develops unique programmes for individual pupils with additional support needs arising particularly from social and emotional factors.

Coalyard transition project – providing stepping stones to employment for young people with learning disabilities http://www.ltscotland.org.uk/sharingpractice/c/coalyard/introduction.asp?strReferringChannel=supportinglearners&strReferringPageID=tcm:4-520567-64

The Coalyard is a project in Larkhall offering support and skills development to young people with additional support needs who are making the transition into employment, training or further education.