Monthly Archives: An Gearran 2014

SQA My Alerts

Tha cothrom aig gach tidsear clàradh le SQA ‘My Alerts’ gus fiosrachadh ùr fhaighinn air na cùrsaichean ùra cho luath ’sa thathas ga chur a-mach.

Tha seo a’ ciallachachadh gun tig am fiosrachadh thugad mar phost-d agus nach bi agad ri bhith a’ cumail sùil air làraich-lin air eagal ’s gu bheil stiùiridhean ùr gam foillseachadh gun fhiosd dhut.

Faodaidh tidsearan clàradh airson diofar chuspairean aig

Measgachadh Naidheachdan bho Foghlam Alba

SEBN National Good Practice Conference 2014


Friday 14 March, The Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow

Education Scotland is taking forward capacity building activities to promote support for children and young people with social, emotional and behavioural needs (SEBN). This conference offers the chance to draw upon good practice in schools and communities active in this field across Scotland.

The conference will include a keynote address by Alastair Delaney, Strategic Director for Families, Inclusion and Local Authorities and an update from  the Inclusion Team in Education Scotland including HM Inspectors, Senior Education Officers and Development Officers within the team.

Practitioner-led workshops will showcase a wide variety of best practice in helping children and young people with SEBN, from throughout Scotland and from a variety of sectors.  There will also be displays and information from a number of key partners.

Please register your interest with Andrew McArthur ( ) by Friday 28 February.


The Technologies Impact Review (TIR)

The Technologies Impact Review (TIR) is one of two aspect reviews being conducted by Education Scotland over 2013-14. The other is literacy and English. Similar reports were published in 2013 on science, social studies (on Education Scotland website) – these had similar process and objectives as for TIR: “What is it like to be a learner 3-18 in Scotland? What contribution do the technologies make to that experience, and what is their impact on young people?”

This blog post is part of a series of blogs sharing practice that has been seen in the schools visited as part of the review.

  What is a QR code?

For those of you unfamiliar with QR (quick response) codes, they are similar to bar codes and contain information specific to an item. A key benefit of a QR code is that any amount of information can be attached to them. Creating QR codes is easy, free and you do not have to be an ICT expert to produce them. The following website contains information on how to get started You can produce QR codes to use during lessons, using them in a variety of ways to enhance learning and teaching. To access the information contained within QR codes you will need the “scan” app. Apps are easily downloaded and installed on any mobile device.

Example of an activity using QR codes:

QR codes have been used to enhance learning and teaching in Practical Woodworking across several topics such as, tools, processes, materials and construction. For each lesson, the format is generally the same, however alterations are made to ensure the lesson remains current. QR codes, some containing answers, descriptions and questions based on the topic being taught are produced and printed separately on A5 paper. A5 image sheets containing one picture and a QR code linked to the picture are also created. Finally, an answer sheet containing blanks linked to the answers, questions and descriptions found in the QR codes is produced. QR codes can be placed around the classroom and adjoining corridor.

The Lesson:

During the lesson learners are placed into groups of no more than four. Learners are given instructions to find the answers/descriptions missing on their answer sheet. Learners then work through a task using their answer sheet to identify a series of items found on their desks. For example, if the lesson focused on woods, learners would use their answer sheet to determine what answers/descriptions matched the wood samples given. In total, a timeframe of 20 minutes is given and a timer is placed on the interactive board.

On completion, learners begin peer assessment using a carousel system, placing ticks/crosses next to answers they agree/disagree with. Once the carousel is complete, each group returns to their own desk to see how well they have done. Learners can then share their views as to why they agreed/disagreed with other groups. This informs discussion and allows learners to utilise their knowledge in teaching one another. It also allows the teacher to raise important teaching points, to ensure learners understanding is further improved and correct.

Why was this approach taken?

This approach was taken because the theory in Practical Woodworking can be seen by learners as repetitive and they find it difficult to retain the knowledge required. There is no final exam and practitioners often find that learners do not recognise the importance of developing their knowledge and struggle to recall information when prompted or when working through tasks, tests and homework. This approach allows the development of knowledge and understanding to be an active part of the course.

What are the benefits for learners?

Learners gain several benefits from this approach. They are given the opportunity to explore their own understanding and share this with their peers, develop their critical thinking skills and become active in revision and assessment. The approach also utilises current technologies, whilst giving learners the opportunity to bring their own technology into the classroom. The topic naturally informs group discussion amongst learners and the teacher. Learners are also given ownership of assessment enabling them to peer assess work, which deepens their understanding, whilst continuing to develop their literacy skills.


National Parent Forum of Scotland E-News Update Spring 2014

The latest NPFS E-News Update has been circulated to parent councils via schools and is now available on the NPFS website. The update includes information on Curriculum for Excellence, National Parent Forum of Scotland in action, new National Parent Forum resources for the new qualifications, GIRFEC and details of other resources of interest to parents and carers.


Resource Calendar – Fairtrade Fortnight event

Find topical teaching resources for February in our calendar of events includingFairtrade Fortnight (24 February – 9 March).

Fios bho Foghlam Alba mun Scottish Learning Festival 2014

With only one week left till the call for seminar proposals for this year’s SLF closes, make sure your proposals are in before Friday 28 February.  So far we’ve received a large number of proposals from across Scotland’s education sectors.  

To ensure that we deliver a high quality conference programme we’re still looking for more proposals.  If you know of a project or good practice that could be showcased then why not submit a proposal.  Why not share this opportunity with your colleagues and networks too?  This is your opportunity to be part of Scotland’s largest education conference and exhibition.

Further information about the theme for SLF 2014 and details of how to submit a seminar proposal is available on the 
SLF website.

To comply with the review and scrutiny process, all proposals must be submitted by 
Friday 28 February, any received after this date will not be considered for inclusion in the programme.  

Last year we received more than 350 proposals which allowed Education Scotland to deliver a relevant and balanced conference programme covering all areas of education.  

We look forward to receiving your proposals and hope you will contribute to SLF 2014 to help continue to deliver Scotland’s largest annual national education event.  If you have any queries please email the 
SLF team.

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Òraid mu obair ChLAS aig An t-Alltan 2013

Fiosrachadh bho Foghlam Alba 02/14

Scottish Education Awards

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Make sure your nominations are in by Friday 21 February 2014. The Scottish Education Awards celebrate the hard work and success which takes place in Scottish education. For more information and to see the full list of categories, please visit theScottish Education Awards website.
Helping young people prepare for assessments and 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 org

anisation, exam preparation and time management, and tips on ways to encourage studying.

New publications from the National Parent Forum of Scotland, such asAssessment in a Nutshell and Pointers for Parents and Pupils, as well as links touseful websites, are included.
Curriculum Impact report published

Education Scotland has published the latest in a series of Curriculum Impact reports that are designed to present a subject-by-subject picture of how children and young people are experiencing learning in different areas of the 3-18 curriculum across the country.
The latest report focuses on religious and moral education and has been developed in partnership with schools and local authorities.

In the revised GTCS Standards for Career Long Professional Learning teachers are required to ‘understand and develop the most appropriate contexts for learning 
including outdoor learning and be able to apply appropriate pedagogies for these environments’. This event aims to support this and build confidence and capacity in the delivery of outdoor learning in secondary schools in particular within broad general education (S1-S3).
Education Scotland Learning Blog recent post: Delivering a curriculum and new qualifications to highest standards
The below article by Graeme Logan, Strategic Director, Education Scotland appeared in The Herald on 07 February 2014.
‘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…’ (to see full article visit theblog).

Goireasan airson Foghlam Gàidhlig (Foghlam Alba)

Education Scotland Publications relating to Gaelic Education to bring to teachers’ attention


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Support for the curriculum
Assessing progress and achievement professional learning resources
Assessing Progress and Achievement in Gàidhlig and Literacy and Gaelic (Learners) Early to Third Curricular level
Education Scotland acknowledges the contribution of teachers and senior education staff, representing 3-18 in Gaelic Learner and Medium Education, in producing guidance on assessment.  This looked at assessing progress and achievement from early to third level and breadth challenge and application at each level. Working groups of specialists in Gaelic and in response to feedback from practitioners and other stakeholders to theAssessing progress and achievement professional learning resources, the following updates have been made:
  • an overarching paper has been written which deals specifically with those themes which are common to all curriculum areas and
  • curriculum papers have been amended to reflect the changes made in response to the content of the overarching paper.
The Assessment Team are now setting up groups of practitioners to produce exemplars for the significant aspectsof learning in Gaelic Learner and Medium Education.  We look forward to hearing from anyone who wishes to be considered for this work. 

Fiosrachadh bho Foghlam Alba

Support for the curriculum
Education Scotland: Professional Focus Papers for Gaelic (Learners) and Gàidhlig
These papers have been designed to assist those supporting learners as they work towards the new qualifications.  The papers highlight important features of learning which are enhanced or different from previous arrangements and are intended to stimulate professional reflection and dialogue about learning. They provide advice on approaches to learning and teaching which build directly on those used in the 3-15 broad general education, in order to promote continuity in learners’ acquisition of knowledge, understanding and skills.  Professional learning papers for National 3 are now available.
The National Parent Forum of Scotland (NPFS) has produced a series of summaries of qualifications for Gaelic (Learners) and Gàidhlig.
Support for the curriculum
Materials for National 4 and 5Gàidhlig, Gaelic (Learners), GM geography, GM history, GM modern studies are available on Education Scotland’s website.  GM mathematics materials will follow once the English version is available.  We are currently writing materials for National 3 and Higher for Gaelic (Learners) and Gàidhlig.  We are again inviting schools and education authorities to advise us of the subjects that they are offering in the senior phase at National 3 and Higher for learning through the medium of Gaelic.  Based on responses we will receive, we will translate learning materials that Education Scotland will be commissioning.  Members of MRG are invited to advise Education Scotland of subjects that will be delivered through the medium of Gaelic at National 3 and Higher.  We also acknowledge the co-operation of Education Authorities in sharing materials they themselves have produced for the new qualifications and are made available on our website.  Basic CMYK