Category: Curriculum and Virtual

Collaborative Literacy: Literacy Through Play

11th May at 4pm

Join us for our first ‘Literacy Through Play’ event for Primary practitioners which will kick off a series of Literacy focussed sessions providing the opportunity for FVWL colleagues to share good practice and build a collaborative network.

This session will cover the progression of teaching Literacy through a play-based pedagogy in Primary 1 and Primary 2. We will discuss what a typical week would look like within Literacy, covering both the formal teaching aspect as well as developing Literacy more informally through free play. We will also share a variety of documentation and assessment strategies that we have found to be effective within Literacy.

Sign up either via CPD Manager or by emailing RIC Literacy PT Chiara Sportelli: sportellic14s@glow.sch.uk

FVWL RIC Easter School – recorded lessons

Recorded lessons now available:

We are delighted to be offering a range of recorded lessons on our FVWL RIC YouTube Channel which can be fully and freely accessed over Easter and beyond … This range of resources is continually evolving and will be added to as the session progresses.

For our Easter school we will have lessons for Senior Phase pupils designed to support them to succeed in National 5 and Higher SQA assessments.  So far these include: Maths, English, Geography, History, Modern Studies, Classical Studies, Computing Science, Design Manufacture, Biology, Health and Food Technology.

We are also offering a range of Literacy and Numeracy lessons for BGE pupils.  There will be over 50 lessons available initially and these will be added to as the session progresses.

Audrey Farley

Curriculum & Virtual Learning Lead

FVWL RIC Easter School

Live lessons:

We are delighted that e-Sgoil and our Forth Valley and West Lothian Regional improvement Collaborative are offering an Easter programme of real-time, interactive webinars covering Nat 4 to Advanced Higher, for Scottish Senior Phase learners. The programme is not designed to deliver whole course content but will focus on key aspects of the subject(s) and hints and tips on how to be successful in assessments.

The programme which covers over 60 courses runs from 6th – 16th April and there will be three Live Webinars per course. Webinars are run through Microsoft Teams, accessible through GLOW logins, and will use a ‘flipped learning’ approach. This means that young people will have had access to high quality, online resources prior to attending each webinar.

Week 1: 6 – 9 April 2021

·         Start times are from 1.00pm -5.00pm each day.

·         Subject Webinars will take place on Tuesday/Thursday or Wednesday/Friday e.g. English could be at 1.00pm on Tuesday and Thursday and Biology at 4.00pm on Wednesday and Friday.

Week 2: 12 – 15 April

·         e-Sgoil Easter study support webinars will be running as per the existing e-Sgoil evening webinar schedule. Additional webinars have been arranged to match week 1 provision.

Useful information

·         The focus for the webinars will be on helping pupils succeed in SQA assessments as part of the Alternative Certification Model.

·         Resources will be posted in the Webinar teams and they will either be SQA past papers or assessments as well as any relevant materials from West OS and the Supported Learning materials from the National e-Learning Offer.

·         To book a place, Senior Phase pupils should have their SCN number ready and visit http://www.e-sgoil.com/easterstudysupportsessions2021/

Recorded lessons:

We are delighted to also be offering a range of recorded lessons on our FVWL RIC YouTube Channel which can be fully and freely accessed over Easter and beyond … This range of resources is continually evolving and will be added to as the session progresses.

For our Easter school we will have lessons for Senior Phase pupils designed to support them to succeed in National 5 and Higher SQA assessments. So far these include: Maths, English, Geography, History, Modern Studies, Classical Studies, Computing Science, Design Manufacture, Biology, Health and Food Technology.

We are also offering a range of Literacy and Numeracy lessons for BGE pupils. There will be over 50 lessons available initially and these will be added to as the session progresses.

Learners can also access a range of over 1500 high-quality short learning videos through West OS, which can be accessed through your GLOW launch pad.

Audrey Farley

Curriculum & Virtual Learning Lead

 

     

 

Joint e-Sgoil/FVWL Easter School Offering

We are delighted to be able to share more details of our Joint e-Sgoil/FVWL Easter School Offering which we hope will serve to complement the fantastic ongoing work of our schools. We are offering over 180 live lessons of National 4 to Advanced Higher for Senior Phase pupils with a focus on key aspects of the subjects and hints and tips on being successful in assessments. Pupils would need to sign up if they wish to attend the eSgoil live lessons using this eSgoil Easter Study Support sign up form Please see attached two week programme.

This two week programme of live lessons will be complemented by a range of supported study recorded lessons on our FVWL RIC YouTube Channel created by commissioned RIC practitioners who have SQA experience. We would welcome your support in sharing this professional opportunity with your staff who should discuss this with you first and then complete the FVWL RIC Virtual Learning Volunteer Application Form asap.

Many thanks for your support with this exciting programme

Welcome to our Curriculum and Virtual Learning Lead

I am absolutely thrilled to be taking up my role as Curriculum and Virtual Learning Lead and working as part of the Forth Valley and West Lothian Regional Improvement Collaborative team. I have been teaching in secondary schools for 22 years and enjoyed being a Depute Headteacher for the last 7 years at St Mungo’s High School. I have worked collaboratively with primary colleagues and fully appreciate the dedication and commitment from all staff to support our learners through their 3-18 journey and beyond, driven by the belief that our young people are at the heart of everything we do.
I hope to support staff and work collaboratively so that Forth Valley and West Lothian is where children, young people, staff and families thrive in an exciting, ever-changing digital world and that our innovative, flexible, personalised curricular experiences empower all to fulfil their potential.
We are keen to celebrate the excellent practice within our RIC so please tag us on Twitter @FVWLricDigiCurr to share your curricular or digital experiences.
I am excited about what we can achieve together.
Audrey Farley
FVWL RIC Curriculum and Virtual Learning Lead.
@FVWLricDigiCurr

A Conversation about Parental Engagement

Tue, 26 January 2021, 16:00 – 17:00

An opportunity for Head Teachers and CLD Leads to share their experiences of engaging parents, particularly through periods of remote learning. We will reflect on key messages from the recent Equity Audit and gain an insight into parental engagement strategies successfully adopted in North Ayrshire. The main focus of this event will be to provide the opportunity for FV&WL colleagues to share practical strategies about how we can most effectively support parents with learning at home.

Use this link to register on Eventbrite.

Wee blether about how Microsoft Teams has been used across the curriculum

Join educators from across Forth Valley and West Lothian Regional Improvement Collaborative for a wee blether about how Microsoft Teams has been used across the curriculum. Share what’s worked for you and your learners

Are you teaching using Microsoft Teams? Are you wondering how others are using the features of Microsoft Teams with their learners?

Then why not join in a chat with colleagues doing likewise from other schools in Forth Valley and West Lothian Regional Improvement Collaborative (Clackmannanshire, Falkirk, Stirling and West Lothian) – share what’s worked for you and your learners, and hear from others.

Join educators from across FVWL RIC for a wee blether on how Microsoft Teams has been used across the curriculum. Share what’s worked for you and your learners. The conversations will be facilitated by Education Scotland and FVWL RIC digital officers. There are different sessions for educators to choose depending on whether your pupils are first level, second level, third level or fourth level, so you can join in whichever sessions suit you.

A Glow login is required to join these sessions. They will take place on Glow, in the FVWL Webinars Digital Learning and Teaching channel in Microsoft Teams. Just sign up at the link below for your choice of session, and joining details will also be sent to you to confirm your place:

First Level Teams Wee Blethers – Monday 9 November 4.30pm-5.30pm – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/126305125029
Second Level Teams Wee Blethers – Thursday 12 November 4.30pm-5.30pm – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/126314781913
Third Level Teams Wee Blethers – Monday 23 November 4.30pm-5.30pm – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/126315088831
Fourth Level Teams Wee Blethers – Thursday 26 November 4.30pm-5.30pm – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/126315475989

 

FV&WL RIC Workstream Plans 2019-2020

We have set out our vision and priorities. In this document workstreams provide a detailed overview of their aims, priorities and plans set out in short, medium and long term timescales for implementation.

 

FV&WL RIC Workstream plans 2019-2020

 

The underpinning workstreams 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 workstreams have also been introduced this session: Health and Wellbeing (HWB), and Curriculum including STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).

We work 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.

 

Driving forward and embedding whole school digital solutions for Headteachers and Depute Headteachers

Dear colleagues, please sign up for the FV&WL RIC CLPL session here. We only have 40 places available.

If you are a Falkirk employee please sign up directly on CPD Manager

https://falkirk.cpdservice.net

If you are a Clackmannanshire, Stirling or West Lothian colleague please sign up using the form below.

This course is designed for Headteachers and Depute Headteachers in Primary and Secondary centres. We are working on CLPL opportunities for Early Years and CLD colleagues in the future.

Intentions and success criteria of the course:
-Recognising the crucial role of Headteachers to support and enable their staff in the use of digital technologies.
-Equipping Headteachers and Depute Headteachers to use digital tools to support efficient workflow and reduce workload for staff.
-Develop understanding of strategies to further embed use of digital technologies that support learning and teaching.
-Increase awareness of digital solutions which could be applied in schools to reduce workload and increase workflow, making use of online collaborative platforms.

This will be one of a sequence of four sessions held over the school year specifically for school leaders in FV&WL RIC. These sessions are designed to be sequential and each will build on the previous session. There will be a session in each term, but each session will be duplicated within that term so that you will be able to choose the date which suits you best in each term.

Meetings take place from 4-5.30pm at schools on rotation within the collaborative.

The dates are as follows:
Autumn Term – choose either Tuesday 10 September OR Thursday 12 September
Winter Term – choose either Wednesday 30 October OR Wednesday 6 November
Spring Term – choose either Tuesday 11 February OR Thursday 13 February
Summer Term – choose either Thursday 23 April OR Wednesday 29 April

Please bring with you a device e.g. tablet / laptop / iPad and have the Microsoft Teams app installed on the device you use or, if using a laptop, via web browser if you choose. Participants will be given access to a Microsoft Teams area. Please ensure you are able to log into your Glow account.

If you have any further questions about the course please contact Malcolm Wilson by clicking on this link

Stefan Wyroslawski will be in contact with you to confirm your place on the course.

Sign up here:

https://forms.gle/d7JEREuFrx8HHMFs5

 

CLPL opportunity – Driving forward and embedding whole school digital solutions for Primary and Secondary practitioners who lead/support the digital journey across their school.

This course would be suitable for Primary and Secondary practitioners who lead/support the digital journey across their school.

This progression of 4 sessions will build practitioner digital skills by:

improving own digital skills using online collaborative platforms as Professional Learning Communities

improving colleagues’ Digital Skills by looking at ways to involve staff in an online PLC, for a real life practical application

exploring how we can use the collaboration skills we’ve learned to enhance and support Learning and Teaching. What’s the potential impact for our learners?

exploring how Digital Solutions, including Glow, can help us engage and collaborate with parents/carers or the wider global community

It was the great automotive engineer Caractacus Potts who said, “Teamwork makes the dream work,” but in the 21st Century, what does teamwork even look like? How can we embed collaboration across the curriculum to support and enhance Learning and Teaching in our schools? Indeed, how do we prepare our learners for life, learning and work in an increasingly digital global community?

There is an expectation that participants will set goals for their own school and work towards them between sessions. Participants will also collaborate and support each other in meeting their goals.

Camelon Education Centre, 2-4pm, 10/10/19, 12/12/19, 30/01/20 and 19/03/20 – participants are expected to attend all 4 sessions.

Sign up details will follow in September.