Author: Malcolm Wilson

Forth Valley and West Lothian Education Scotland Team Update February 2020

Click on the link below for the Forth Valley and West Lothian Regional Improvement Collaborative Education Scotland Team Update for February 2020.

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In this update read about work which has been undertaken alongside partners across the FVWL Regional Improvement Collaborative (RIC) highlighting one or two particular actions the Education Scotland team members have been engaged in and drawing upon their national roles and engagements.

The FVWL Education Scotland Team involves staff with a range of expertise, combining their national remits with support for the FVWL RIC.

Work Stream Plans 2019-2020 for the Forth Valley and West Lothian Regional Improvement Collaborative

The work stream plans for 2019-2020 for the Forth Valley & West Lothian Regional Improvement Collaborative are available at the link below:

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The Forth Valley and West Lothian Regional Improvement Collaborative (RIC) has set out its vision and
priorities. In this document each work stream provides a detailed overview of its aims, priorities and plans set out in short, medium and long term timescales for implementation.

The underpinning work streams are Improving Performance, and Career Long Professional Learning (CLPL), which support the work of the core priority work streams: Numeracy, Literacy and Early Learning and Child Care (ELC). New work streams have also been introduced this session: Health and Well-Being (H&WB), and Curriculum including STEM
(Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).

The RIC works in close partnership with colleagues in Community Learning and Development (whose plan is included in this document) and the RIC Educational Psychology team who are supporting the CLPL plan. The
RIC Education Scotland team have worked collaboratively with the RIC Strategic Board and the Connect workstream leads to develop an offer of support that ties with local authority and national plans.

 

February 2020 Edition of Forth Valley and West Lothian Regional Improvement Collaborative Newsletter

Click on the link below for the February 2020 edition of Forth Valley and West Lothian Regional Improvement Collaborative Newsletter.

February 2020 FVWLRIC Newsletter

This edition of the Forth Valley and West Lothian Regional Improvement Collaborative Newsletter highlights the Ferre Laevers event and Nursery Equity and Excellence Leads/Nursery Teacher Network in the Early Years Workstream; the Literacy Workstream CLPL programme including the “It’s a good time to give it LAL-day literacy showcase; Maths recovery, P1/2 Conceptual Understanding, 5/10 frame training, cuisenaire rods and Numicon Intervention programme in the Numeracy Workstream; bringing our Early, Primary, Secondary and Community Learning & Development colleagues together onto the same professional learning platform by the end of June 2020 in the CLPL workstream; Data Literacy CLPL programme in the Performance Workstream; and new appointments and priorities for the health and wellbeing workstream.

 

Forth Valley and West Lothian Education Scotland Team Update January 2020

Click on this link for the Forth Valley and West Lothian Regional Improvement Collaborative Education Scotland Team Update for January 2020. In this update read about work which has been undertaken alongside partners across the FVWL Regional Improvement Collaborative (RIC) highlighting one or two particular actions the Education Scotland team members have been engaged in and drawing upon their national roles and engagements.

The FVWL Education Scotland Team involves staff with a range of expertise, combining their national remits with support for the FVWL RIC.

Winter Edition of Forth Valley and West Lothian Regional Improvement Collaborative Newsletter

Click on the link below for the winter edition of Forth Valley and West Lothian Regional Improvement Collaborative Newsletter.

Forth Valley and West Lothian RIC Winter Newsletter December 2019

It has been a busy period with the establishment of 3 new priority areas for development: Health & Well Being, Curriculum and STEM.

Detailed outlines of plans for all work streams can be found in the Plan 2019-2022 which can be found on our RIC Blog.

Our main focus as a Collaborative is to enable people to come together and support improvement in areas such as learning and teaching, developing curriculum and raising attainment in numeracy and literacy.

The RIC CLPL programme and the Numeracy & Literacy Academies are designed to support these specific areas, build knowledge, skills and confidence for practitioners, making a difference for children from age 3-18. If you would like to know more about what your school is getting involved with across the RIC, a map of involvement will be produced in January along with the ‘Plan on a Page’.

You are also part of a neighbourhood of schools and your Head Teacher/Head of Establishment can provide details of your group and its activities.

Forth Valley & West Lothian Education Scotland Team Update December 2019

 

Click on this link for the Forth Valley and West Lothian Regional Improvement Collaborative Education Scotland Team Update for December 2019. In this update read about work which has been undertaken alongside partners across the FVWL Regional Improvement Collaborative (RIC) highlighting one or two particular actions the Education Scotland team members have been engaged in and drawing upon their national roles and engagements.

The FVWL Education Scotland Team involves staff with a range of expertise, combining their national remits with support for the FVWL RIC.

Forth Valley & West Lothian Regional Improvement Collaborative Plan 2019-2022

Click on the link below for the Forth Valley & West Lothian Regional Improvement Collaborative Plan 2019-2022

FVWL Regional Improvement Collaborative Plan 2019-22

This Regional Improvement Plan is for the Forth Valley and West Lothian Improvement Collaborative and takes account of the following national and local plans and advice for Falkirk, West Lothian, Stirling and Clackmannanshire:

  • 2019 National Improvement Framework and Improvement Plan for Scottish Education
  • Education Reform-Joint Agreement (Scottish Government, June 2018)
  • Regional Improvement Collaborative plan 2018-2019
  • Local Outcome Improvement Plans
  • Integrated Children’s Services Plans
  • School Improvement Plans 2019-2020

This phase of the plan has been informed by:

  • The review of the Forth Valley & West Lothian Regional Improvement Plan (Phase 2)
  • Regional Improvement Collaboratives (RICs): Interim Review, November 2018

Autumn 2019 Newsletter

The latest Newsletter for Autumn 2019 is available now to read here.

Find out more about what’s happening within the Forth Valley and West Lothian Regional Improvement Collaborative.

There’s a spotlight on Career Long Professional Learning (and you can download the latest CLPL programme here); and you can find out about the latest developments within the Literacy Workstream, Numeracy Workstream, and Early Learning and Childcare Workstream.

Click here for the Autumn-Newsletter-2019

Click here for the latest CLPL programme

 

It’s a Good Time to Collaborate – event on 29 May 2019 for education practitioners in Forth Valley and West Lothian Regional Improvement Collaborative

Aims of the Event

The purpose of this event was to bring together practitioners from every school and educational establishment in Clackmannanshire, Falkirk, Stirling and West Lothian. This was to provide an opportunity for participants to find out more about the progress of the RIC, new projects and opportunities that are being developed with a focus on the emerging agenda of empowerment and equity in Scottish Education. This was an opportunity to engage with colleagues in a collaborative way, working together and learning about the progress being made to close the attainment gap.

Opening address

FV & WL RIC Lead:  Dr Elaine Cook, Depute Chief Executive Officer, West Lothian

Thanks to pupils from Larbert High School for creating this video

Click on the following link for the PowerPoint presentation giving an overview of the day Overview-of-the-day-29-May-2019

Workshops

Numeracy – Research based interventions to close the poverty related attainment gap – the FV & WL RIC Numeracy Leads (Peter Valentine, West Lothian, and Lynne McBain, Clackmannanshire) share the rationale and content of the RIC Numeracy plan including the new RIC Numeracy Academy. A carousel showcasing some of the numeracy interventions which practitioners could be trained in for example, using manipulatives in the senior phase;  the RIC Rekenrek project; the power of effective number talks.

Thanks to pupils from Larbert High School for creating this video

Click on the following link for the Numeracy PowerPoint presentation Numeracy-1

Literacy – The FV and WL RIC Literacy team share the work of each of the sub group projects and consult practitioners to identify next steps. A carousel of project initiatives to engage with will be on offer: ELCC vocabulary and sharing the QA framework; The RIC CLPL pack on moderating reading for early to fourth level; sharing the programme and examples of practitioner enquiry into developing a reading culture network; using HGIOS 4 toolkit to evaluate and reflect on current reading practice and next steps into accreditation.

Thanks to pupils from Larbert High School for creating this video

Click on the following link for the Literacy Early Vocabulary PowerPoint Presentation Literacy-Early-Vocabulary

Click on the following link for the Literacy Building a Reading Culture PowerPoint presentation Literacy-Building-a-Reading-Culture-1

Click on the following link for the Literacy Champions PowerPoint presentation Literacy-champions

Performance Analysis – Lead: Michael Davies (West Lothian) -this workshop shared the structure and work of the Regional Performance Team. Additionally sharing some examples of best practice around use of data and performance information within each Local Authority. The key aim of the group is to develop the use of data analysis, focusing on data for improvement, by practitioners at all levels across the Collaborative. There were also be opportunities for Practitioners to discuss and share current challenges and opportunities that they face around use of data. Gathering views on the day will shape the work of the Regional Group, especially their input into the CLPL plan. Topics that will be highlighted:  Tracking & Monitoring; Standardised Assessment results data (eg.SNSA); BGE Benchmarking Tool; Insight (Senior Phase Benchmarking Tool);  Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation; Additional Support Needs

Click on the following link for the Performance & Improvement PowerPoint presentation by Michael Davis RIC-Performance-Improvement

CLPL – Lead: Stefan Wyroslawski (Stirling) – why is a CLPL programme essential for schools?  What are the challenges and opportunities raised by andragogy and heutagogy? How can we leverage expertise in our regional collaborative and in what ways can we facilitate the co-creation of sustainable regional CLPL opportunities? How will we know when we have been successful? In this workshop we shared the 2019-2020 FV&WL RIC programme and co-created responses to these questions which will inform our future planning.  We investigated the questions above and collectively take responsibility for moving the vision forward. 

Thanks to pupils from Larbert High School for creating this video

Click on the following link for the CLPL PowerPoint presentation CLPL-workshop

Early Learning & Childcare – Lead: Judy Edwards (Stirling) – this workshop shared the work of the ELCC group, showcasing some examples of good practice and highlighting next steps.  Opportunities to hear examples of good practice across the Collaborative including the work of the 2 centres of innovation in our collaborative.  The 4 examples of good practice are: CENTRE OF INNOVATION – Building the Ambition at Bowhouse Early Learning and Childcare in Falkirk; CENTRE OF INNOVATION – ‘Wee Scones Cafe’ at Menstrie Nursery Class in Clackmannanshire; Literacy – led by Stirling Council; Language is fun Together (LIFT) and the development of a self-evaluation tool to support this work; Bedtime Story initiative at Croftamie Nursery; Phonological Awareness Programme; It’s a Good Time to be Two – led by West Lothian Council.

Thanks to pupils from Larbert High School for creating this video.

Click on the following link for the Early Years PowerPoint presentation Early-Years

Developing the Curriculum – Lead: Stefan Wyroslawski (Stirling) – a curriculum is designed to help children and young people gain the knowledge, skills and attributes needed for life in the 21st century, including skills for learning, life and work.  In this workshop we considered the opportunities we have as a regional collaborative to co-create content-rich learning experiences and curricular pathways. How can we enhance outcomes for our young people?  Discussions centred around the BGE as well as the senior phase.  We also took into account our unique setting in Forth Valley & West Lothian, considering what we can do to take responsibility for curriculum development in our contexts, with input from regional our colleges and university. 

Click on the following link for the Curriculum Development PowerPoint presentation Curriculum-Development

Teacher agency: what is it … and [importantly] how do we develop it?

Professor Mark Priestley, Professor of Education, University of Stirling

“Modern curricula, such as Curriculum for Excellence, require teachers to be active curriculum makers. Recent discussions about empowering schools and teachers in Scotland have reinforced these expectations on teachers.
Such talk is premised, implicitly at least, on assumptions that teachers are able to be  agentic in their professional work, and the term ‘teacher agency’ has become commonplace. Nevertheless, teacher agency is often poorly
understood and weakly conceptualised. In this presentation, these issues are explored starting with an overview of an ecological understanding
of teacher agency as something which is achieved, rather than something innate to individuals. How teacher agency (in relation to curriculum
making) is achieved, focuses on three dimensions: 1) individual, including conceptual development about the curriculum; 2) cultural, for example, collective beliefs about the role of schools; and structural, for instance relational resources afforded by networks in schools.”

Click on the following link for the PowerPoint presentation by Mark Priestley Teacher-Agency-Mark-Priestley

Professional Collaboration

Professor Andy Hargreaves, Research Professor, Boston College.  Adviser in Education to the First Minister of Scotland

“The evidence for professional collaboration is now overwhelming. Teachers will do better and schools and their students will do better
if teachers and schools share ideas, support each other when they are facing a difficult challenge, and take collective responsibility for improvement and change. Whether teachers should collaborate is no longer an issue. The key question now is what are better and worse ways to collaborate? How
do leaders design collaboration? What do we know about the respective merits of professional learning communities, learning walks, or school networks, for example? How do school leaders take promising designs from one place and use them effectively in another? Scotland is at a key moment in really developing a strong culture of teaching that is inspiring, supportive and effective. Drawing on his new book about 5 different
designs of collaborative professionalism, Andy Hargreaves set out the possibilities and practicalities of designing collaboration so it is
productive for students and empowering for teachers.

Click on the following link for the Professional Collaboration PowerPoint presentation by Andy Hargreaves Professional-Collaboration-Andy-Hargreaves

Panel forum with key note speakers

Mr John Swinney, Deputy First Minister of Scotland, Cabinet Secretary for Education & Skills

Reflections

Dr Elaine Cook

Stirling Digital TeachMeet open to all in Forth Valley and West Lothian Regional Improvement Collaborative

All education practitioners in Forth Valley & West Lothian Regional Improvement Collaborative and beyond are welcome to the Stirling Digital TeachMeet being held at CodeBase Stirling, 8-10 Corn Exchange Rd, Stirling FK8 2HU on Thursday 14 March from 4pm-6.30pm.

Come along to meet like-minded digital enthusiasts and share ideas about the use of digital technology for learning and teaching!

To find out more and to sign up click on the link below:

http://teachmeet.scot/events/event/stirling-digital-teachmeet-2/