Tag: Education

Keynote Speech at the Scottish TTA Annual Conference

The 2017 Scottish Technology Teacher’s Association Annual Conference was held in Shawlands Academy in Glasgow on Saturday 11th November 2017. I was delighted to present the keynote to open the conference, building on a theme […]

Speaker at Social Media for Learning in Higher Education

#SocMedHE15 is the inaugural Social Media for Learning in Higher Education Conference, a one day conference, hosted by Sheffield Hallam University. The conference will debate and examine our use of social media and its impact on […]

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 […]

Global Education Conference 2015

Bienvenue! Welcome! 歡迎! Willkommen! Benvenuto! 환영! Seja bem-vindo(a)! Bienvenido! We are pleased to announce the sixth annual Global Education Conference, a free week-long online event bringing together educators and innovators from around the world, will be […]

#UofG Students to facilitate workshop at the 2015 STTA Conference

The 2015 Scottish Technology Teacher’s Association Annual Conference will be held in Glasgow on Saturday 7th November 2015. The workshop programme will consist of activities based on the new Design & Technology curriculum and N4/5 […]

Global Collaboration Day #VET

Please see the post below for details. This was sent via the UNESCO-UNEVOC TVET Experts Forum. I decided to share as it may be of interest to some of you. Dear Colleagues, It is my […]

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 […]

CAD Modelling with Creo – Dalek, Scooter and Caster

Now that I’m an accredited teacher-trainer in the use of Creo, I thought that I’d write something about it! Creo is the latest version of the 3D CAD software which is developed by PTC. Many […]

Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development – Revolutionising the Way We Teach and Learn

Education stands at a historic point in time where the best of what we know about effective teaching is merging with exciting potentials offered by new technologies, tools, and learning designs. The result is a […]

Developing Inclusive Schools in the Gulf Arab States

Inclusive education is a growing concern that informs and challenges educational reform processes around the world. Inclusive education stands on the recognition that education is a human right that supports a broader view and more […]

Evidence Informed Policy and Practice in Education in Europe

The Evidence Informed Policy and Practice in Education in Europe (EIPPEE) is a two-year project which aims to increase the use of evidence to inform decision-making in education policy and practices across Europe. The network […]

The Worldwide Education Revolution

The Worldwide  Education Revolution over the past 150 years has thoroughly transformed  human society.  The relentless inclusion  of ever more people into formal and non-formal schooling – from early childhood  education to advanced university training […]

Preparing teachers for inclusive education

One of the main challenges for teacher education is posed by the demands of inclusive education but little attention has been paid to this important topic. Global disparities in educational provision, and differences in teacher […]

GTCS Consultation: Framework on Teacher Competence

The General Teaching Council Scotland is consulting on proposed changes to the Code of Practice on Teacher Competence (CPTC), which has been in force since September 2002. It is intended to rename the CPTC as the […]

The Teacher, The Social Media Site and The Public

Here we are, advancing steadily into 2012. I find it slightly amusing if not frustrating that my first post this year is based on the use of scoial media by teachers. Forgive the title – […]

UNESCO-IBE International Forum 21 November – 9 December 2011

I have just completed my registration for the UNESCO-IBE annual forum; this year it will address Socio-Cultural Diversity through the Curriculum. The event takes place over three weeks (21 November – 9 December) and each […]

2011 Global Education Digest: coping with the demand for secondary education

        The 2011 edition of the Global Education Digest, published by the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS), presents a wide range of indicators on the extent to which girls and boys are […]

Eight reasons why education is important to achieve the MDGs

              In the year 2000, 147 heads of State and Government, and 189 nations pledged to halve extreme poverty by the year 2015. Education is a major catalyst for […]

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 […]

International Education – weekly update from around the world!

Nigeria – The Minister for Education, Ruqayyatu Rufa’i presents plans for education reform. More… Fifty years of independence: Quality education delivery in Tanzania. More… Australia – Schools brace for change. More… Concerns raised about Thai education. […]

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, […]

The Scottish Government Consultation on Student Fees

 The “Student Fees (Specification) (Scotland) Order 2011” The Scottish Government has published proposals for secondary legislation to change the way in which higher education tuition fees are applied to students who normally live in another […]

International Bureau of Education Update

Following the success of its inaugural year, the 2nd Regional Diploma in Curriculum Design and Development will begin on August 15, 2011 in Montevideo, Uruguay. It promotes training and capacity development on curricular issues to […]

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 […]

16+ Learning Choices and The Senior Phase Curriculum

These are my own views! The following indicators are not exhaustive; they illustrate potential areas which Education Scotland may wish to review within schools. These could inform the basis of a local report or similar […]

Measuring the Impact of Education Reform: Developing an appropriate performance framework

I recently wrote an article which explored the concept of measuring education reform by developing an appropriate performance framework to analyse outcomes. Originally, I intended to write this in two parts, but instead I have integrated […]

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 […]

Egypt – Reflecting on Education Reform

Having concluded my ten day excursion to Egypt, here are some brief thoughts on the impending changes that the country faces, and how UNESCO has an important role to play in supporting further development. The […]

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 innovation and reform: an inclusive view to curriculum change

In January 2011, the International Bureau of Education participated in an international workshop that was entitled “Curriculum innovation and reform: an inclusive view to curriculum change” organized by the European Centre for the Development of […]

Reach to Teach

Reach to Teach (R2T) is a UK charity with an established platform to deliver primary education to the tribal (Adivasi) peoples of Gujarat in North West India. Funding 104 small village schools, R2T uses a […]

What makes an excellent self-evaluating school?

There are a number of factors that make a self-evaluating school excellent. Here, I have tried to list the most obvious ones, though there are many which could be included that I have omitted. The […]

UNESCO launches new Web portal on Education for Sustainable Development

From climate change to teacher education to new green technologies, UNESCO’s new Web portal on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) demonstrates how education helps societies and individuals to achieve sustainability. The web content has been […]

Building a High-Quality Teaching Profession

The OECD has recently published a document Building a High-Quality Teaching Profession – Lessons from around the world, which was commissioned as a background report for the International Summit on the Teaching Profession. The report […]

Post-16 Interventions – Global Discussion

The Annual Ministerial Review (AMR) is a function of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) mandated at the 2005 World Summit. Its purpose is to assess annual progress made towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) […]

Learning & Teaching in 2011

Thanks to those colleagues who left comments or emailed me directly. I find it really useful to hear from those who practice on the front line; it’s very easy to lose sight of the practical […]

Learning & Teaching in 2011 – What’s important & what’s not?

This is my last post for 2010! It seems a bit weird stating that I won’t write another until next year, though of course that isn’t far away! I have a favour to ask from […]

Education & Service Synergy – Curriculum Change for the 21st Century

Following my recent series of articles on Service Synergy, I have produced a more dynamic document which pulls all the chapters together: The need for change Public value and living within our means A 21st […]

Global Education News Hub

Though I have thought about it for some time, thanks to a colleague in The States, I have finally produced the Global Education News Hub. It’s still in its infancy and is very much a […]

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 […]

How the world’s most improved school systems keep getting better

I’ve just had a read through the McKinsey & Company report on How the world’s most improved school systems keep getting better. What an  interesting read! There are two versions; an executive summary and the […]

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 […]

Creating Public Value in Education – Nobody Said It Would Be Easy!

I recently attended a session on Public Value and thought that I would write up a brief synopsis of my thoughts on the day. It’s really interesting, though I will admit a challenging area to […]

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 […]

UNESCO-IBE Annual Forum on Education Assessment

United Nations Education Scientific and Cultural Organisation – International Bureau of Education Annual Forum – “The Role of Assessment in Promoting the Development of Student’s Competencies”  22 November-10 December 2010‏ The IBE Community of Practice in […]

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 […]