Tag: Curriculum for Excellence

Impact of Digital Technology on Learning and Teaching #digilearnscot

This literature review was commissioned by the Scottish Government to explore how the use of digital technology for learning and teaching can support teachers, parents, children and young people in improving outcomes and achieving these […]

Excellence for All – raising attainment and mentoring

It’s a real pleasure to announce that I have been appointed as Coordinator – Excellence for All. Focussing on attainment and supporting children and young people, I will be working with a range of professionals […]

Effective Transition Arrangements in Scotland

As Curriculum for Excellence continues to embed itself into the culture, structure and practices of education in Scotland, there has never been a greater need for effective transition arrangements throughout the secondary phase of the […]

Do you want to be a Principal Verifier for The SQA?

A successful recruitment programme for the role of Principal Verifier has just been concluded for the new National Qualifications. To complete our team of Principal Verifiers for the new National Qualifications applications are now invited […]

Tackling Youth Unemployment – identifying young people at risk

First things first this is the last time that Ill use the word NEET (Not in Education, Training or Employment). Imagine being a 17 year old, leaving school and being labelled in the negative. It […]

Scottish Education – The Front End vs The Back End

Following from my previous article, here are some random ramblings on Curriculum for Excellence. I’ll produce another article later this week with my concluding thoughts. Mixed messages and a lack of clarity around the broader […]

When is a school not a school?

I am currently writing an article asking the question – when is a school not a school? I have a bit of a ‘bee in my bonnet’ at present about Curriculum for Excellence – and […]

Scottish Government Consultation – review of post-16 education

We all recognise that education is key to improving the life chances of our young people.  At the end of the last parliamentary session, in the Green Paper Building a Smarter Future, The Scottish Government set […]

Lecturing, Guest Speaking, Advice or Coffee?

As well as teaching at my own institution, I have decided to take a bigger part in the development of my field both in a professional and public context. You can read more about my […]

The Scottish Learning Festival – Dead or Alive?

This year’s Scottish Learning Festival (Twitter #SLF11) is likely to be one to remember – either for better or worse. To be held on 21st and 22nd September, the theme is Curriculum for Excellence: Learning, […]

My World of Work – Online Career Toolkit

Skills Development Scotland, the national skills body, has designed and developed an online toolkit to aide those in search of careers information, advice and guidance. My World of Work (or My Wow) will help you […]

Setting up my learning and teaching space

With two weeks to go before the start of the new school year, I spent a few days preparing teaching materials and setting up my learning amd teaching space. I teach Design and Technology – […]

Reporting Curriculum for Excellence Outcomes

Now that Curriculum for Excellence is under implementation, our First Year pupils are being assessed based on their experiences and their outcomes gained from the broad general education. If the terminology – Developing, Consolidating and […]

The 16+ Learning Choices Data Hub

Through policy, I have given a clear commitment to young people about the routes on offer to education, employment and training – and the support that they can expect, when they reach the end of […]

Developing an Education Performance Framework – Part 1: Measuring the Learner’s Journey

This is part one of an article on developing an education performance framework for the 21st century. Firstly, a quick reminder that what I write here on my blog, does not always reflect the policy […]

Supporting all young people into positive and sustained destinations

I created this diagram back in 2010, which I used during a presentation on 16+ Learning Choices and the Senior Phase of Curriculum for Excellence. The conference was held at Celtic Park Football Club in […]

Curriculum for Excellence Management Board – Senior Phase Statement

The Curriculum for Excellence Management Board has released a statement about the senior phase. The statement outlines the vision, principles and framework for delivery of the senior phase in Curriculum for Excellence and provides clarification […]

Curriculum for Excellence Fact-files

Four new Curriculum for Excellence factfiles are now available on the Learning and Teaching Scotland and Parentzone websites. This, the third series of factfiles, covers literacy across learning, numeracy across learning, 3-18 transitions and outdoor learning. The factfiles […]

Youthlink Seminar

I decided to clean out my laptop this morning and amongst the folders, I found an old presentation, which I had delivered with LTScotland back in 2009. I was a teacher back then and this […]

Young People & Transitions to Employment: Community of Practice for Partnership Information

Some of you will be familiar with my work around the National Indicator on the Positive and Sustained Destinations of School Leavers in Scotland. I’ve recently produced some material for the Employability In Scotland website which includes […]

Encouraging Positive Behaviour

Young people are important to us. Forget the moral and ethical reasons; that’s a whole other article in itself. They are important to our communities and to our social infrastructure, to family and most importantly […]

Slides from last year’s National Conference on post-16 learning

In February and March of 2010, Learning and Teaching Scotland hosted a series of conferences with the Scottish Government to support the implementation of 16+ Learning Choices for every young person in the Senior Phase […]

Delivering Educational Outcomes & Portfolio Parity

For those of you following my series on Service Synergy, I have (finally) managed to put aside some time to write a post on Delivering Outcomes. I’m currently sitting on a train, travelling from Alloa […]

International Bureau of Education – Toolkit on Curriculum Development – Submission of Interest

I recently blogged on my intention to submit a proposal for inclusion in the 2010 edition of the UNESCO-IBE Toolkit on Curriculum Development. I have now written my submission of interest and sent it into […]

Curriculum change in Scotland

A special thanks to Jayne Brady, a colleague from UNESCO-IBE based in Geneva (and Aberdeen) for this contribution, recently uploaded to the CoP Curriculum Development eForum. It provides a really useful outline of curriculum change […]

UNESCO-IBE Call for case studies – Submission of Interest

The UNESCO-IBE Community of Practice on Curriculum Development has recently announced a call for case studies for the 2010 edition of the IBE Training Tools for Curriculum Development – a Resource Pack (TTCD). The TTCD […]

UNESCO-IBE: CoP Paper on Assessment

  Annual E-Forum 2010: The Role of Assessment in Promoting the Development of Student’s Competencies 22 November Week 1 – Reflective Paper on Assessment in Scotland The following article is taken from my paper on […]

National Framework for supporting learners

Supporting learners within the framework A national framework for all practitioners and partners, in every setting, aiming to help in supporting learners from early years to positive, sustained destinations. The publication ‘Supporting learners – from […]

Service Synergy Part 3 – Enabling and Empowering People

On October 11th, I wrote an article on Service Synergy – the first in a series of articles on public service integration. I have since written an article on Living Within Our Means. First, let […]

A 21st Century School – The Big Picture

Having completed the series on A 21st Century School, I wanted to quickly write down a brief note which pulls all elements together. I’m not going to re-write what I have already typed; I’ll simply […]

A 21st Century School – Structure and Process

A 21st Century curriculum is about personalisation and relevance to the individual. A custom pathway which will provide all young people with a network of support, information, advice and guidance leading to a positive destination […]

A 21st Century School – Culture

Culture is necessary for a healthy society; ethos delivers the values, principles and attitudes of an organisation or individual. The ethos within a school is important. It equips today’s young people with an ability to […]

Education and Service Synergy Part 2 – Living within Our Means

On October 11th, I wrote an article on Service Synergy – a series of articles on public service integration. This is Part 2, which I’ll call ‘Living Within Our Means’. Although timely with the recent […]

A 21st Century School Part 2 – The Need for Change

I decided to write this article for a number of reasons. Firstly, and probably the most obvious, I wanted to challenge tradition and stimulate discussion around what seems be an ever increasing topic of conversation, […]

The best work in education?

‘Those creating a senior phase curriculum should devise a model geared towards supporting a sustained positive destination for every pupil in their care, irrespective of ability or any other socio-economic factor… Some of the best […]