The CfE and Glow News update provides you with updates on Curriculum for Excellence and support for practitioners, along with all the latest developments within Glow.
In this issue...
- Curriculum for Excellence
- National Qualifications
- SSLN professional learning resource
- Emerging approaches to profiling 3-18
- Assessing progress and achievement
- Tigtag - Scotland's primary schools get science boost
- Education Scotland’s Learning Blog – recent posts
- Parentzone is changing
- Glow update
- Glow TV events coming up
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 CfE-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.
More support for teachers and schools
The Scottish Government has announced that secondary school teachers across Scotland will get more time and support to deliver the new national qualifications, through a package worth £5 million.
Following discussions with teachers, teaching unions and other national organisations, Minister for Learning Dr Alasdair Allan has put in place a further package of support for secondary schools.
New National Qualifications: SQA Updates
The latest updates on the new National Qualifications can be accessed on the SQA website. There are updates for practitioners and partners, parents, carers and employers.
Course comparison documents for new Higher courses
SQA has published tables which outline some of the changes for each of the new Higher Courses in comparison with the existing Higher Courses. This is intended to help teachers/lecturers identify what is changing, and what will remain the same, within their subject.
The information in these tables is not exhaustive, but provides links to more detailed subject documentation that can be accessed from the SQA's subject pages.
Course comparison documents can be found on the 'Related Information' panel on each of the subject pages on the SQA website.
SSLN professional learning resource
Education Scotland has published a new professional learning resource for literacy, which uses results from the Scottish Survey of Literacy and Numeracy (SSLN) to promote and inform professional reflection, dialogue and debate about progression in reading comprehension.
At the heart of this resource are case studies based on pupils' responses to SSLN reading assessments, carried out in 2012, and on their responses to an associated pupil questionnaire.
Emerging approaches to profiling 3-18
A number of reports on emerging approaches to Profiling 3-18 are now available on the Education Scotland website.
These include approaches being developed in the Early Years and in the Senior Phase. This new resource complements existing support materials for profiling.
Assessing progress and achievement
A number of updated resources have been published as part of a suite of support available from Education Scotland.
An overarching paper providing an introduction to the assessing progress and achievement professional learning papers is available, in addition to professional learning papers for a number of curriculum areas.
A paper on monitoring and tracking progress and achievement in the broad general education has also been published.
These resources can be accessed through the assessing progress and achievement professional learning resource section of the Education Scotland website.
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 access to this facility which aims to encourage young people to take an interest in scientific subjects.
Glow, the national schools' 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 read the press release about the launch of the resource.
Education Scotland's Learning Blog - recent posts
'Delivering a curriculum and new qualifications to highest standards'
This article by Graeme Logan, Strategic Director, Education Scotland, appeared in The Herald on 7 February 2014 and has also been published on Education Scotland's Learning Blog.
'In schools across Scotland, young people are now experiencing a different approach to their education. The new curriculum has been ten years in the making. As a result, schools are providing young people with high quality, in-depth learning that matches their individual needs and interests. Their experiences, qualifications, awards and achievements at school will set them up well for their life ahead. We should not lose sight of the magnitude of this, and the enormous collective effort involved as we work to provide our young people with a world-class curriculum…'
Read the full article on Education Scotland’s Learning Blog.
Primary curriculum conversation day (7 March)
Education Scotland is holding a conversation day aimed at school leaders which will focus on the primary curriculum. We are keen to take stock of how the curriculum is developing in primary schools and hear school leaders' views and experiences. Full details about this event are on Education Scotland’s Learning Blog.
Reminder - Climate Week (3-9 March)
Climate Week 2014 is fast approaching. It is Britain's largest climate change campaign, with half a million people attending over 3,000 events each year.
Climate Week is about how people can live and work more sustainably, and you can run any kind of event or activity you wish. There is a Climate Week Challenge, a competition for small teams in schools and workplaces. It needs no preparation, is free and helps develop innovation and teamwork. Find out more on Education Scotland’s Learning Blog about how you can get involved in this year's Climate Change Week.
Parentzone is changing
Over the coming months changes will be made to the Parentzone website. The new look website will be more responsive to parents' and carers' needs. It will give access to high quality information on education in Scotland.
Supporting numeracy at home
New materials to support numeracy at home have now been published on the Parentzone website. The first materials are on measurement and money and consist of illustrations with some simple ideas to build numbers into everyday activities.
Coming soon are materials for the following areas:
- information handling
- mental calculations.
Preparing your child for exams
The Parentzone website has a section on how parents and carers can help young people prepare for assessments and exams. There are suggestions on organisation, exam preparation and time management, and tips on ways to encourage studying.
New publications from the National Parent Forum of Scotland, such as Assessment in a Nutshell and Pointers for Parents and Pupils, as well as links to useful websites, are included.
The focus of the enhancement work being carried out by Education Scotland and Scottish Government on Glow is on the development of our approach to ensuring Glow delivers high quality content and improved functionality to support learners. An information campaign is being launched over the coming months to showcase the services and functions on offer - find out more in future editions of CfE and Glow News.
Glow TV events
(Glow log-in and password required to access the following links.)
GOS - Sciences Learning Zone
25 February, 11.00
On 4 February, our panel set a real-life problem-solving STEM challenge for you and your learners. Join schools who took part to explore how they went about solving the problems. Take part in the discussion and share your strategies and solutions with the country. Do you use the same strategies or different ones? Are some more efficient than others?
Artist Will McLean Talks to Glow
27 February, 10.45
What inspires a leading contemporary artist? How does an artist go about his work? How do I develop as an artist? If you've ever had questions like these then this is the Glow TV event for you! As part of the preparation for the MUSA Young Artist Award 2014, renowned Fife-based artist Will Maclean will be talking about his life and work and will be answering your questions.
NLN Conference - March 2014
6 March, 9.40
The NLN Conference is once again taking place in Stirling Management Centre on Thursday 6 March and, for those of you who are unable to attend, we will be broadcasting two sessions live from there on the day. Our first live broadcast is a keynote presentation from David Didau, literacy specialist, teacher, author and blogger. He will discuss and explore writing across the curriculum.
Fife's BIG Book Brains Quiz Final 2014
12 March, 10.00
Join 92 primary schools in Fife for the final of the amazing BIG Book Brains Quiz, organised for the fifth year running by Fife's Public Library Service. Reading Challenges and Quiz Heats have been taking place across Fife since last September and now 125 teams from 92 schools will come together to compete for the title of BIG Book Brains 2014.
Ask the Expert - The Romans
24 March, 13.30
A fantastic series of live broadcasts from the National Museum of Scotland, which let pupils explore the collections and meet experts face to face. You can ask questions, come up with answers and explore object handling collections on screen.
Also in March
Look out for a Spotlight on Careers event on 6 March with the Edinburgh Theatres, and our popular Game on Scotland events continue with this month's curricular area being health and wellbeing. The first Professional Learning event for this will be on 4 March and the Learning Zone for pupils will be on 25 March. More details will be available on the Glow TV schedule (http://bit.ly/whatsonglow).