CfE and Glow News - March 2014

The CfE and Glow News update provides you with information about Curriculum for Excellence and support for practitioners, along with all the latest developments within Glow.

In this issue...


Curriculum for Excellence

Listening to young people
Young peoples’ views on education will be gathered through a project which includes a conference for children and a new website, designed to make them ‘Leaders of Learning’. The project will ensure the voice of young people is heard by those making key decisions about Curriculum for Excellence and builds on engagement focusing on the experiences of young people both in and out of school.

Read the Scottish Government news release on Listening to young people for more information.

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National Qualifications

Route maps through assessment
The Minister for Learning, Dr Alasdair Allan, recently put in place a package of support to help secondary schools to deliver the new National Qualifications. This support included new route maps through assessment and these have now been published on the Education Scotland website. Developed by Education Scotland in partnership with the SQA, these provide a sequenced list of main messages and links for National 4 and National 5.

The route maps have been developed for all new National Qualifications subjects. They will also be developed for the new Higher courses and these will be available from the start of the new session.

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Senior Phase Benchmarking Tool - preparing for August

The Senior Phase Benchmarking Tool is being developed by the Scottish Government and its partners to help compare, analyse and improve the learning and teaching of pupils in the senior phase. The tool will be going live in August and there will be a number of activities taking place over the coming months to help secondary schools and local authorities prepare.

From early April the Senior Phase Benchmarking Tool will be known as Insight. The change of name is in response to stakeholder feedback to call the tool something shorter and snappier. The idea is that Insight will be a more practical name for stakeholders and will help encourage the tool to be used and talked about in schools.

The Preview Update edition of the tool will be released in mid-late April for secondary schools and local authorities to become familiar with the latest changes to the tool and provide feedback. This will be the last prototype to be released before it goes live.

A series of regional events are being held in 15 different locations across Scotland from the end of April to the middle of June. Each local authority and secondary school have been invited to send three representatives to hear from the Scottish Government about the purpose of the tool and Education Scotland about how it will be used as part of the inspection process. They will also be guided through practical scenarios during a hands on session.

For more information about the Senior Phase Benchmarking Tool please visit www.scotland.gov.uk/seniorphasebenchmarking.

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Food for Thought Phase 2

Scottish schools are invited to apply for Phase 2 of the Food for Thought Education Fund. The Fund can provide up to £5,000 to support work in partnership with local businesses on food education projects across Curriculum for Excellence which link to the cultural events of 2014. Applications must be submitted by Friday 28 March.

Visit the website to find out more and download the application form.

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Parental involvement

Preparing for assessments and exams
The Parentzone website has information for parents and carers to help them support young people prepare for assessments and exams.

The Helping your child prepare for assessments and exams section has advice on managing their time, getting organised, tips to encourage studying, keeping well and useful websites.

As the 2014 National Qualifications exams approach please promote Parentzone, as a source of advice and information, to parents and carers.

Supporting numeracy at home - new materials for parents and carers
A series of materials to support numeracy at home have now been published on the Parentzone website. The materials consist of illustrations which can be downloaded from the website and handed out to parents and carers.

They provide ideas for building numeracy into everyday activities, applicable to Curriculum for Excellence early level through to fourth level.

The titles in the series are:

Please forward on details about the numeracy materials to parents and carers. Also give us their feedback on how useful they find the materials by emailing parentzone@educationscotland.gov.uk.

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Education Scotland’s Learning Blog – recent posts

M Factor Scoops Excellence Award
Last year Glow worked in partnership with Midlothian Council to support a new and innovative approach to learning – the M Factor. This successful partnership was recognised as the team scooped the COSLA 2014 Scottish Government Delivering Excellence Award on 13 March at a star studded event in St Andrews.
Read more about the project on the Education Scotland Learning blog.

New Water Learning Journeys for STEM Central
STEM Central supports the delivery of teaching in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Through Learning in Context, practitioners can source information, resources, learning journeys and videos for nine learning contexts, including Food Security, Transport and Water.
To support and enhance the existing Water context section we have added three new learning journeys.
Find out more about STEM Central on the Education Scotland Learning blog.

Art and Design National Working Group
An initial meeting of the Art and Design National Working Group took place at Optima, Glasgow on Tuesday 4 March. The aims of the meeting were to identify and discuss the key national issues with regard to Art and Design education 3-18 and to begin considering actions to address these issues.
Find out more about the Art and Design National Working Group on the Education Scotland Learning blog.

Drama National Working Group
An initial meeting of the Drama National Working Group meeting took place at Optima, Glasgow on Wednesday 5 March. The aims of the meeting were to identify and discuss the key national issues with regard to Drama education 3-18 and to begin considering actions to address these issues.
Using the International Futures Forum '3 Horizons' tool, the group set out to map the current landscape and to explore visions for the future, not just in three years’ time but looking further ahead into 2020 and beyond.
Find out more about the Drama National Working Group on the Education Scotland Learning blog.

Bucksburn Academy Conversation Day 4
Delegates attending our fourth conversation day at Bucksburn Academy identified three key themes for improving science education.
Discussions focussed on:

  • Priorities for sciences education
  • Identifying partnerships that work
  • What does great learning in the sciences look like?

Education Scotland is keen to hear your views regarding the third theme, addressing what great learning in the sciences looks like.
Find out more about the Conversation Day on the Education Scotland Learning blog.

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Free access to Tigtag - Scotland’s primary schools get science boost

Primary schools across Scotland have received a welcome boost to science lessons with the introduction of Tigtag, an award-winning digital resource that helps children learn about the scientific world. Education Scotland has invested in the resource so that all schools across the country can have free access to this facility which aims to encourage young people to take an interest in scientific subjects.

Glow, the national school’s intranet houses the new resource. Tigtag provides teachers with over 600 short films, integrated lesson plans, extensive background information on science topics and comprehensive support materials.

For more information, please read the press release about the launch of this free resource.

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Glow TV events coming up

Ask the Expert - The Romans
24 March, 13.30
http://bit.ly/askexpertrom
This is one of a series of live broadcasts from the National Museum of Scotland (NMS). Dr Fraser Hunter will explore NMS’s Roman object handling collection and is keen to hear from pupils with questions about life in Scotland in Roman times. For more information about this event, please read this blog post.

Meet Robert the Bruce
25 March, 10.15

http://bit.ly/robbruce
Abbot House Heritage Centre, Dunfermline Presbytery, and Historic Scotland are pleased to offer a collaborative programme exploring three themes of the life of King Robert Bruce (1274-1329) for local primary students. For more information about this event, please read this blog post.

More details of all these events are available on the Glow TV schedule
(Glow log-in and password required).

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