Draft Course Specifications for National 4 and National 5 have recently been published on the SQA website. Click here to see them. These draft documents give more information about what the new National 4 and National 5 qualifications will look like and highlight the mandatory high-level skills and knowledge to be covered in the Course. The Course Specifications outline the subject skills, knowledge and understanding that a learner will cover in the Course and which will be assessed at the end of the Course. They also outline how it will be assessed, eg a question paper / an assignment. Further detail about the Course will come through later development stages.
Other documents – The Overview of Qualifications Report for Access 1 and Access 2 is now online. The Course Rationales and Summaries for Higher will be published on 31 May 2011.
The SAQ website gives more information about each of these documents and describes the stages each qualification goes through to be developed.
Schools should all have received an email with details of a competition to design a new banner or logo for the literacy newsletter. Entries will be welcomed from both primary and secondary schools, and the winning banner or logo will appear in future issues of the newsletter.
Yesterday Graham Donaldson published his report following his review of teacher education in Scotland.
Click here to download the report.
Calling all Supply Teachers!
If you haven’t already done so, please join CPDStepin, the online community for supply teachers and other underemployed colleagues who face additional challenges in accessing CPD?
This professional community is on Glow and provides a wide range of support for CPD and PRD just for you. Don’t forget that LTScotland will provide a Glow username and password for you if needed. (Note this offer is open only to supply and underemployed teachers who can’t access Glow through the usual channels).
See this blog post for more details www.bit.ly/stepin2
If you are in the Edinburgh area, why not come to a practical session in Broughton High School on 26th January at 4.30 pm. We are particularly pleased that the Cabinet Secretary, Mike Russell, has kindly agreed to lead a discussion as part of the session. The theme for the discussion is “The challenge of keeping your skills up-to-date for CfE when not fully employed”. See this CPDFind opportunity for more details, www.bit.ly/stepin1
Even if you can’t attend in person, you can take part in the discussion through CPDMeet. See this CPDFind opportunity for more details, www.bit.ly/stepin1
We hope to see you on CPDStepin
‘What did you do at school today son?’
‘Really? You must have done something?’
‘Well this guy came in to school from the Outdoor Learning Service. He drove us to their base in Musselburgh where we got kitted out like Arctic explorers. Then we went up into the Lammermuirs and snow-shoed up a hill called Spartelton through meter high snow drifts’
‘But did you learn anything?’
‘I learned how to snow-shoe, how to build an emergency snow shelter called a shovel-up and how to stay warm in sub-Arctic conditions’
‘So you didn’t do any school work?’
‘Well for one thing we did some Physics … I now understand that for a constant mass increasing the surface area reduces the pressure per unit area. That’s how snow shoes work. And …’
‘Ok,ok, that’s enough … can I see any pictures?’
‘Sure , just click here for a full-screen slide-show’