Word Wizard 2015!
Scotland’s National Centre for Languages and Confucius Institute for Scotland’s Schools, in partnership with The University of St Andrews, are proud to announce the return of Word Wizard for its second year!
Do your pupils like a challenge? Do you want them to:
- Enjoy learning and have fun?
- Test their memory?
- Improve their vocabulary?
- Represent your school at national level?
- Win certificates and prizes?
Motivate your French, Gaelic, German, Mandarin and Spanish pupils by signing up now to take part in this spellbinding competition!
Registrations for Word Wizard 2015 have now closed. Please contact email@example.com if you would like further information.
A new book club to support Gaelic Medium Education
A new book club, Cuilean Cràicte, is being established to support children and young people in Gaelic Medium Education (GME). It will be run by a group of volunteers which includes professional publishers, translators and parents of those in GME. The book club will make available each month a Gaelic chapter book. This will feature hot off the press translations of books by popular authors such as Terry Deary and Frank Cottrell Boyce. The benefits to children and young people include
- fostering an interest in reading
- encouraging independence in reading
- supporting skills in literacy and Gaelic
- helping to improve vocabulary
- helping to increase fluency in Gaelic.If you wish to join the club, please do so by 15 December 2014. A minimum number of subscribers are required to enable this club to run. For additional information, please click here.
This document is provided to support the delivery of the early level curriculum intending to support staff with curriculum planning and delivery. It is an accompaniment to help further illustrate the result of increased expectations in previous years and the current updated illustrations for 5.1 and 5.9.
Curriculum impact reviews – case study films
|Education Scotland showcases schools on the Journey to ExcellenceEducation Scotland has published new case study films highlighting examples of good practice in creativity, health and wellbeing, and religious and moral education from establishments in Scotland.
The films, available on the Journey to Excellence website, are helping schools across the country learn from those leading the way in innovative practice. The aim of these films is to support and inspire practitioners. They are designed to complement Education Scotland’s 3-18 thematic reviews of creativity, health and wellbeing, and religious and moral education, which were published last year.
Education Scotland, in association with ADES, has published web-based support materials for all courses from National 3 through to Higher. We are currently seeking feedback on the National 4 and National 5 materials and are asking secondary school practitioners to complete a short e-survey. This will assist Education Scotland in identifying priority materials for update and enhancement. The survey will only take five minutes to complete.
South Lanarkshire Council, Psychological Service, have kindly given permission for their “a-z of attachment and resilience” publication to be shared on the early years section of the Education Scotland website.
Saturday 31 January 11am – 3.30pm at New College, School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh
An opportunity to explore the way sacred stories from the Christian and Buddhist traditions might be used In RME at both Primary and Secondary level, with a focus on issues of transition and progression.
Dr Naomi Appleton and Dr Alison Jack from the School of Divinity at Edinburgh University will offer new ways to read sacred stories in the context of RME. Naomi is an expert in the Buddhist narrative tradition, and Alison focuses on the parables of Jesus. Joe Walker, Senior Education Officer for RME at Education Scotland, will explore broader issues around transition and progression in this curriculum area. The sessions will be interactive and there will be opportunities to share experiences as well as to find out about new resources.
The event is free and lunch will be provided, but participants should register by 19 January by emailing Alison Jack at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Education Scotland is holding a conference for support staff, including pupil support assistants, janitorial staff, catering staff, frontline office staff. The conference will have keynote speakers – including Donna Bell, Deputy Director, Learning Directorate, Scottish Government – as well as workshops and a market place.
Education Scotland has published more material on the Mentoring Matters online resource. The materials have been produced in response to recommendation 39 from the report, Teaching Scotland’s Future (TSF), “all teachers should see themselves as teacher educators and be trained in mentoring”. Visit the Education Scotland website to view the new resources.
- As general background reading on specific aspects of RME;
- To identify career-long professional learning needs;
- To stimulate discussion and debate among practitioners;
- To support and challenge good practice in learning and teaching in RME.
From other organisations:
The development of leadership capacities across the career trajectory
SCEL recently commissioned Dr Joan Moat (University of Strathclyde) to write six ‘thought pieces’ on the development of leadership capacities. The texts include Developing Leadership for Tomorrow’s Education, The Changing Paradigms of Leadership and the Next Steps for Leadership Development in Scotland.
Primary languages starter pack
Pack of materials to support the teaching of languages in UK primary schools. More information
SCILT Scotland’s National Centre for Languages
Do you have students who are thinking about continuing with languages when they leave school? As the UCAS application process gets underway, the Beyond School section of the SCILT website contains useful information to help them decide on the different language courses and options available, with helpful advice on making the transition from school to university and beyond.
There is a lot of information on…
- Languages – the benefits for you and your career.
- Undergraduate language courses at Scottish and UK universities.
- Enhance your degree – options for combining languages with other subjects.
- The gap year – opportunities to study, work or volunteer abroad.
- Student experiences – advice from those who’ve been there, done it and got the t-shirt!
Please make your pupils, guidance and careers staff aware of the ‘Beyond School’ website. It covers all their language needs – www.scilt.org.uk/BeyondSchool.aspx