CfE and Glow News - April 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

Key curriculum support

Key Curriculum Support is an online one-stop-shop for CfE guidance, support and resources, which aims to assist practitioners and parents when searching the web for curriculum-related materials and advice.

This guide was created following feedback from some practitioners that information and resources were located on numerous different websites and were not always easy to find.

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National Qualifications

Getting ready for SQA exams – information for parents and carers

The Parentzone website has information that will be helpful for parents and carers who have children sitting exams in the coming weeks. This includes a guide to preparing your child for exams, which has useful links to sample exam papers and revision aids.

Revision in a Nutshell – subject guides for learners

The National Parent Forum of Scotland has prepared a series of revision support materials for learners who are about to sit the new National 5 qualifications. The Revision in a Nutshell subject guides are designed to complement learning and revision in the classroom.

The subject guides cover 20 of the most popular subjects.

They provide links to:

  • SQA Specimen Papers and marking instructions
  • useful SQA past papers and marking instructions, with questions listed
  • school websites with helpful course content and revision activities
  • revision materials on BBC Bitesize, YouTube and to teacher blogs.

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Scottish Survey of Literacy and Numeracy: Literacy - Writing resource

Writing is a significant aspect of learning in Literacy and English and Literacy and Gàidhlig. It is the responsibility of all practitioners to develop learners' knowledge and understanding, skills, attributes and capabilities in writing.

This professional learning resource uses results from the Scottish Survey of Literacy and Numeracy (SSLN) to promote and inform professional reflection, dialogue and debate about writing and how to improve it.

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Education Scotland's Learning Blog - recent posts

Getting ready for the exams

In the run-up to this year’s SQA exams we asked some young people how they are preparing for them and some parents how they are supporting their children through them. We shared their thoughts via the Learning Blog. Read parent’s perspective (1), parent’s perspective (2), learner’s perspective (1), learner’s perspective (2) and learner’s perspective (3).

Learning Technologies in Argyll and Bute

Over the last year the learning technologies team in Argyll and Bute have been providing additional exciting, computer science related learning opportunities for young people at primary level.

The long-term goal of this project is to capture the imagination of young people, to showcase what can be created and inspire through technology.

To find out more about this project read the Education Scotland Learning Blog post.

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Glow update


The Glow Wiki project team is currently gathering requirements for a replacement wiki service and would like to invite wiki users to take part in a short survey. We are interested to hear from Glow Wiki users or users of wikis outside of Glow. Thanks for your help.

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Glow TV events

The Leaders Award for STEM
25 April 2014, 9.30 am

Roma Agrawal, an Associate Structural Engineer at WSP, will be talking to students about her career and her role in designing bridges, skyscrapers and sculptures with signature architects over her eight year career. She will then take questions from the students in the studio and logged in on Glow TV. Roma Agrawal is being interviewed to encourage students to engage with The Leaders Award for STEM.

More information on this Glow TV event is on the Education Scotland Learning Blog.

Divided City by Theresa Breslin: New Musical Version for Primary Schools
28 April 2014, 11.00 am

Join Theresa Breslin and Elly Goodman of the Citizens Theatre as they offer a unique insight into the history of bringing this iconic book to the stage. Pupils and teachers will get the chance to ask Theresa and Elly questions about the play and the book and to find out more about this ground-breaking project.

More information about this Glow TV event is on the Education Scotland Learning Blog.

GOS - Social Studies Learning Zone
29 April 2014, 2.00 pm

On Tuesday 29 April, the Queen’s Baton will be in Ottawa, Canada before making the final leg of its journey through Europe and back to Scotland to arrive here on 14 June. Accompanying the baton to all 70 nations and territories of the Commonwealth has been Scottish adventurer and BBC broadcaster, Mark Beaumont. In conjunction with BBC Commonwealth Class, Mark will join us on Glow from Ottawa to tell us about this amazing journey and learners can ask him questions about his adventure.

More information about this Glow TV event is on the Education Scotland Learning Blog.

Spring into Scotland Sings
2 May 2014, 9.45 am

Following on from our highly successful Scotland Sings on Burns Day we are back - with more songs for you to learn and join in with!! This time we will be joined in the Glow TV Studio by Dumfriesshire singer Jen Butterworth.

More information about this Glow TV event is on the Education Scotland Learning Blog.

Arable Farming
12 May 2014, 1.30 pm

Join us as we take an in depth look at how food is produced. This food journey will look at arable farming and the process that oats, barley and wheat take to get from the field to the plate. This Glow TV event aimed at upper primary pupils will include background information on all the topic areas together with suggestions of some activities to be used in the classroom.

More information about this Glow TV event is on the Education Scotland Learning Blog.

British Academy Schools Languages Award 2014
12 May 2014, 4.00 pm

Four thousand pounds will be awarded to two language learning projects in Scottish secondary, supplementary schools or FE colleges via the British Academy Schools Language Award (BASLA) this autumn. If your establishment has plans in place, or is already involved in an imaginative language learning project which is improving uptake in languages in the Senior Phase and beyond, then you could be in with a chance of winning.

SCILT is hosting a Glow Meet to provide key information and helpful insights to BASLA success. More information about this Glow TV event is on the Education Scotland Learning Blog.

More details of all these events are available on the Glow TV schedule (

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