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Welcome to Iain McGhee, our new FV&WL RIC Development Officer

I am delighted to be taking up this post with the Forth Valley and West Lothian Regional Improvement Collaborative (RIC).  I’ve come from a secondary background, originally as a Modern Studies teacher in Kilmarnock and Glasgow before spending the last 15 years at Senior Management level in Alloa Academy.  Although my experience has been largely based in the secondary sector I’ve always been a strong believer in the importance of lifelong learning and fully appreciate the great work that early years and primary practitioners do on a daily basis in developing our children.

I hope that working together we can continue to create a genuinely collaborative organisation that is able to meaningfully support educators at all levels across the RIC in our drive to raise attainment, create equity and provide the best possible opportunities for our children and young people.

Iain McGhee

FV&WL RIC Development Officer

Nurture Principles Wee Blether – 6 August 2020

Due to the popularity of the national Nurture Wee Blether in June 2020, we will be hosting a Forth Valley and West Lothian Nurture Wee Blether on Thursday 6th August 2020, 3-4pm.

This will be an opportunity for colleagues across Forth Valley and West Lothian to get together and have a smaller, more in-depth conversation about Nurture Principles and how we can use them to support the return to school buildings for children and young people. The event will be hosted by Education Scotland and Ed Psychologists from across Forth Valley and West Lothian. We will be exploring the following questions in discussions:

  1. Environment offers a safe base:
    • How are we organising our learning environments to help support wellbeing in different areas of our school and classrooms?
    • What are we doing to promote psychological safety for our children, young people and school staff?

  2. Behaviour is a form of communication:
    • What behaviours do you think we will see that will show children are coping or not coping when they return to school buildings?
    • What can we do to support children who are showing their distress through their behaviour?

This event is about giving practitioners the opportunity to talk and explore their thoughts. It is informal and conversational in nature where participants share their knowledge and expertise around the themes being discussed. If you are interested in being involved, please follow this link to register:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/forth-valley-wl-wee-blether-nurture-principles-and-the-return-to-school-tickets-114664241834

There are a set number of places available so if interested please register as soon as possible. Registration closes 24 hours before the event starts. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to email.

I look forward to seeing you there 
Kind regards
Jacqui Ward

jacqui.ward@educationscotland.gov.scot

iheart and FV&WL RIC collaboration – pilot results

Please find attached details about our Resilience and Webinar series in collaboration with the iheart charity.

Headlines:

  • 60 participants started the course, 54 completed.
  • 4 week staff resilience and well-being programme consisting of staff taking part in 2 x 1.5hr hour sessions per week for 4 weeks.
  • CLPL lead officer along with a data coach from Falkirk ensured rigorous analysis of the data produced during the course.
  • Based on pre questionnaire, course was designed to support staff in a number of areas: stress, worry, anxiety, work life balance and return to work post Covid.
  • During the course, short surveys were completed at the end of each week and used to develop the following sessions so that participant demands could be appropriately addressed – in line with improvement methodology principles.
  • Particularly statistical significance with: ability to manage stress (+56%); ability to manage worry (+51%); ability to manage anxiety (+43%); ability to manage a return to workplace post CV-19 (+44%); and ability to manage work/life balance (+55%).
  • Entirely webinar based approach.

iheart Educators Storyboard FV&WL Pilot May-June 2020

iheart Feedback and Testimonials FV&WL RIC Pilot May-June 2020

‘A Fair Bear Share’ by Stuart J Murphy – Maths Through Stories

Please  find a short video explaining the background and rational of using Maths Through Stories, as a powerful way and engaging way to  teach Mathematical concepts.

Mama Bear wants to make her special Blue Ribbon Blueberry Pie, but it’s up to her four cubs to gather enough nuts, berries and seeds. Three of the cubs go at it with gusto, adding up their treasures by arranging them in groups of tens and ones. But they don’t have enough! Will their little sister – the one who spent the afternoon skipping, running and turning cartwheels – come through and save the day? Learning how to regroup numbers is essential for solving more advanced addition problems

Please find lesson plans to accompany ‘A Fair Bear Share’ to share with your learners

A Fair Bear Share