Category Archives: Early years

Royal Mail Awards Review Competition

The deadline for this competition is Friday 17th December. Schools have 7 school days left to enter!

Reviews should be submitted online, and the winners will be notified in February. The first, second and third prize winners in each age category will be invited to attend the Royal Mail Award ceremony on the 22nd February in Glasgow’s Tramway Theatre and will win Waterstone’s gift cards of £25, £15 and £10 respectively. The first prize winners in each category will also win a free author event for their school from one of the Royal Mail Awards 2010 shortlisted authors.

Older pupils who have taken part in shared reading are welcome to review the 0-7 category books, equally younger pupils who are unable to write their own review of the 0-7 books can have their reviews scribed for them by an older pupil.

Review should be submitted here http://www.scottishbooktrust.com/learning-and-inclusion/royal-mail-awards/reviews
All information about what should be included in the review is also on this page.

Also, if any schools are interested in registering to bring pupils to the ceremony they can apply online here: http://www.scottishbooktrust.com/learning-and-inclusion/royal-mail-awards/award-ceremony

If you have any queries please contact the Scottish Book Trust on 0131 524 0176 or email heather.collins@scottishbooktrust.com

Primary Tracking

Sarah Laing, an Early Years Practitioner at Innerwick Primary, has kindly offered to share the work she has been doing on developing tracker sheets for Curriculum for Excellence Experiences & Outcomes.

You can download the guide and all eight of the documents by clicking on the links below.

Sarah has asked me to point out that the documents only open in Word 02, 03 and 07.

Thanks Sarah for sharing.

Education Secretary reveals 10 point plan

teacherA ten point plan to drive forward the delivery of Curriculum for Excellence was unveiled by Education Secretary Michael Russell today.  Mr Russell confirmed that the Scottish Government will put a package of support in place – including an additional £3 million – to help make sure every school is ready to implement the new curriculum in the autumn term.  The package will put in place:

  • Tailored support for any secondary school which needs additional help to be ready for the autumn term. Heads have been invited to tell local authorities and the Scottish Government what help they need. This could include help with CPD, additional materials, expert advice or drawing on the experience of teachers from neighbouring schools who have already fully prepared for the new curriculum
  • Additional practical materials for teachers to support implementation and ensure clarity on what is expected
  • £3 million funding for councils to help support quality assurance and moderation of assessment. This will see a system of checks to ensure that the assessment of pupils is being applied consistently and in line with national standards
  • A proposal for literacy and numeracy units to be built into English and maths qualifications to simplify the system for formally recognising these skills which will be developed across the curriculum
  • ‘Excellence Groups’ bringing subject teachers and experts in individual fields – such as the sciences – together to support excellence in education in their subject area and across the curriculum
  • HMIE work with education authorities and schools to support their implementation of Curriculum for Excellence with effective innovation promoted through inspections
  • A series of events to allow headteachers to share experience and best practice
  • A greater role for parents in managing the new curriculum with the National Parent Forum Scotland invited to nominate a member to sit on the management board
  • Additional materials for pupils and parents explaining the new curriculum. Mr Russell will also invite the National Parent Forum Scotland and pupil councils to play a leading role in improving communication
  • A group, convened by Mr Russell, made up of stakeholders and those with an interest in education to advise on future development of Curriculum for Excellence

Mr Russell said:

“I have been listening to the concerns that have been expressed recently around the new curriculum. I have also taken into account the advice of the Curriculum for Excellence Management Board on the additional support which is required. I have acknowledged those concerns and that advice and today I am acting to address them.

“Schools across Scotland, such as St Mungo’s Academy that I’ve visited today, are well underway with their preparations for Curriculum for Excellence.

“They are responding to the challenges of educating their pupils for a modern world requiring new ways of learning, new skills, creativity and innovation. Many good examples of this are already happening in our schools and change is well underway.

“I want to make sure we harness and drive forward this momentum to deliver the best possible education for our young people. That’s why I am announcing a comprehensive action plan to build confidence, provide support and make sure every school in Scotland is ready to deliver the new curriculum in August.

“I have asked each local authority and school to let me know if they will be ready for implementation in August, for those who are not we will offer support. We will work with HMIE and experienced teachers and headteachers to make sure no school is left struggling.

“We will focus our additional expert support and help where it is needed – for schools and teachers who want a bit more but who also know how important these changes are. This could include practical, teacher-led support to ensure every school is fully prepared.

“I believe it is important that literacy and numeracy are formally recognised, however I also understand concerns about the practicality of having a separate portfolio-based qualification.

“To simplify the system we propose that literacy and numeracy units be built into English and maths courses at SCQF levels 3 to 5 – units that adult learners will be able to take as free standing units to boost their skills. This means employers and others have a clear indication of attainment in literacy and numeracy, whilst making the system clearer and easier to understand.

“I recently announced the new Assessment Framework, and said that would be backed up by resources, today I am confirming an additional £3 million for Local Authorities to help fund the quality assurance and moderation system that underpins the Framework.

“This will all be backed up with further support for schools. We have listened to teachers’ concerns that they need more support and more clarity around exactly what will be expected under the new curriculum. We will provide that clarity and provide additional support, including seminars to enable headteachers to share their experiences and best practice and work with experts to make sure all our curriculum areas are the gold standard in that area.

“What’s more we will give parents a greater say in overseeing the curriculum by inviting the National Parent Forum Scotland to nominate a member of the management board and to work with us to ensure the information we send to parents is as clear as it can be.

“I believe this comprehensive package of measures will make sure Curriculum for Excellence delivers on its full potential and makes sure every child in Scotland benefits from the improved education it offers.”

Mr Russell will discuss the ten point action plan with the Curriculum for Excellence management board when he meets them on April 22, 2010.

http://www.scotland.gov.uk/News/Releases/2010/03/30100515

CPD Sessions for Nursery and P1 Staff

Advance notice of CPD sessions being held next term for all Nursery and P1 staff around the themes of:

  • Curriculum for Excellence
  • Planning
  • Transition

Monday 26th April@ Stoneyhill Primary School

Musselburgh Cluster

Thursday 6th May@ Haddington Infant’s School

Haddington, North Berwick and Dunbar Clusters

Thursday 13th May@ Sanderson’s Wynd Primary School

Tranent and Prestonpans Clusters

These sessions will provide the opportunity for staff working within CfE Early Level to share good practice, discuss issues/concerns and make contact with colleagues which could support transition arrangements.

All sessions will be 4.00-6.00pm

More details about content and sign up instructions will follow shortly.