Keith Varty (Inveralmond CHS) and David Short (St Andrews RC PS)
Camelon Education Centre (Falkirk)
Participants are expected to attend all meetings
07/10/2019 (Seminar room)
Target audience – staff in Primary, Secondary and CLD at the developing stages of their STEM journey.
– promote engagement in STEM
– consider where contextual learning and teaching sits within context and curriculum rationale
– national and local policy context and approaches to planning effective learning, teaching and assessment in STEM including moderation cycle, opportunities and pathways
– developing skills through STEM to succeed in today’s world and in the world of the future
– national and local policy context and innovative STEM partnerships as a platform to promote and develop the DYW agenda
– consider possible sustainable partnerships
Session 1 – 07/10/2019
Contextualised Learning in STEM subjects
This session will consider promoting engagement through contextual learning and teaching in STEM. It will reflect upon the benefits of relating learning with real-world situations and how this can encourage learners to make connections between their knowledge and skills and everyday life. Participants will be asked to consider where contextual learning and teaching sits within their school’s context and curriculum rationale.
Task: Explore different contexts that might be of interest to learners in your setting.
Session 2 – 18/11/2019
Planning effective learning, teaching and assessment in STEM
This session will consider the national and local policy context and approaches to planning effective learning, teaching and assessment in STEM. Participants will be asked to consider:
· The moderation cycle, its purpose and resources to support it?
· To what extent has an effective moderation process been introduced in your setting? In what ways can this be used to plan contextual learning and teaching in STEM.
· How is your school using the flexibility of Curriculum for Excellence to provide STEM opportunities and pathways for all learners to progress?
· How might other systems that are currently in place within your school support you in developing STEM learning e.g. Bundling E’s and O’s, Holistic Assessment, IDL Planning etc.
Task: Using a chosen context for learning, participants will plan a block of STEM learning.
Session 3 – 13/01/2020
Skill development – enabling success in the future
This session will consider the contribution STEM subjects can make in ensuring learners are developing the skills required to succeed in today’s world and in the world of the future. We will consider the value of integrating skill development at the heart of the curriculum and the benefits associated with this. Participants will be asked to consider where Responsibility of All, subject specific skills and Skills 4.0 sit in your setting and how these can be further enhanced to prepare learners to cope with the ever-changing world of work. Participants will consider skills progression in their settings.
Task: Participants will be asked to identify the progression of skills within their planned programmes of learning and where further opportunities exist for skill development.
Session 4 – 24/02/2020
This session will consider the national and local policy context and innovative STEM partnerships as a platform to promote and develop the DYW agenda. Participants will be asked to consider where opportunities may exist to help learners to make links between their current learning and their future career options and employment. During this session participants will consider possible sustainable partnerships through:
· Cluster professional learning
· Transition projects
· Business Links
Task: Consider links with the available agencies and, if possible, use these to extend the planned programmes of work participants have created.
This course is now fully booked. The resources from the sessions will be shared via our blog.