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Books Get New Lease of Life Kincorth Academy Scoop Literacy Award World Book Day was celebrated with a book-trailers bonanza , as the Literacy Development Team hosted their first book-trailers competition. A screening and awards presentation was held at the Belmont Picture House on the 6th March. Hazlehead, Glashieburn and Walker Road Primaries and Kincorth Academy wowed the judges with their amazing trailers. Chris Leslie , Scottish Book Trust’s Schools Resource Developer, presented the awards. He stated that he was impressed with the high standard of work and the creativity of Aberdeen pupils. Book-trailers are a great way to engage pupils with reading in the digital realm, and they are a fabulous way to combine different skills across the curriculum. There is huge potential for teaching critical reading and writing skills through this method. Kincorth Academy also entered

Kincorth Academy Pupils with Barry Hutchison, author of ‘The Book of Doom’.

Scottish Book Trust’s National Awards with a trailer about ‘The Book of Doom’ by Barry Hutchison. The pupils won the national event and were delighted to attend the awards ceremony on 5th March. Chris Leslie stated: “It is a very tongue-in-cheek book and the pupils reflected that in the trailer. We were looking for something really creative with a good understanding of what a trailer is supposed to do and conveyed the idea of the book. We loved the fact the pupils filmed it all themselves. It is a really fun trailer and all original footage.” Kincorth Academy’s librarian, Alan Clark, said; “They put a lot of effort into it and are a great group . When I found out they had won, I was delighted for them”. For more information contact:

Read Connecting the Curriculum online at:



Reading Bus—Working Life to War Life The Reading Bus is delighted to announce our successful application to the Heritage Lottery for our WWI project, Working Life to War Life. This is an exciting partnership between Music Without Bars, The Maritime and Gordon Highlanders Museums. The project aims to uncover Aberdeen’s forgotten WWI stories and to bring them to life through the use of music, theatre, animation and creative writing. The project will involve eight city schools. Each class will research a specific aspect of WWI and an associated historical site. The young people will work with artists to translate their work into a range of art forms. Resources will be web mounted. The project will begin in August 2014 and will culminate in an exhibition at Aberdeen’s Maritime Museum in March/ April 2015.

May Festival Don’t forget about the May Festival, hosted by Aberdeen University. Every year there is a Schools and Children’s festival. A range of workshops focused on science, literacy, drama and more are open to schools across Aberdeen City and Shire. The Reading Bus will be on campus delivering a range of sessions. Look out for our WWI workshops, our Stickman Story Party and a ghoulish storytelling session with the Queen of storytelling, Sheena Blackhall. For more details, please contact Jill Burnett on: 01224273874

Media Group News The literacy team have established a new partnership with Aberdeen’s Apple store. Our ‘Joint Venture Partnership’ will see eight city teachers trained on the capabilities of the i-Pad and the ways that it can be used to promote Literacy across the curriculum. Teachers from our media group will explore i-movie, i-books author and much more.


Science and Functional Literacy Our science and functional literacy workshops continue to flourish. Next term we will be working in partnership with TOTAL and Satrosphere Science Centre to deliver a project focused on the oil and gas industry. Two schools will have the chance to visit TOTAL’s headquarters and participate in practical workshops at Satrosphere. The Reading Bus team will work with pupils and class teachers to deliver workshops on functional writing, as well as supporting the development of two animations, which can be used as a resource for teachers across Aberdeen City .

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Barry Donaldson Development Officer Literacy and The Reading Bus 01224 522849



Global Teachers head to Rwanda Eight City teachers will be flying out to Rwanda for four weeks this summer, as part of a Global Citizen Partnership with The Wood Family Trust. They will be joined by seven ‘Shire teachers to go out and work with schools in Rwanda, learning and sharing knowledge and experiences, which they will bring back to their schools to help develop the Global Citizenship programme. They all receive training from both The Wood Family Trust and the Montgomery Development Centre and are already building the programme in their schools. The teachers are (L-R) James (Mile End); Nicola (St. Machar); Mary (Hazlehead Primary); Felicity (Riverbank); Christine (Mile End); Evie (Airyhall; and seated are Lynette (Hazlehead Academy amongst other schools!) and Leanne (Dyce Primary). We wish them all Amahirwe Masa!

In 2012 the Wood Family Trust (WFT) launched an 18 month professional development opportunity aimed at practicing Head Teachers and Teachers in Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and host communities in Sub Saharan Africa. Developed in line with the core principles of Curriculum for Excellence and the educational priorities of host countries, Global Learning Partnerships is designed to use first-hand experience to enhance and augment the delivery of global citizenship within the Scottish school system whilst building the capacity of teachers in host communities overseas. Through the provision of a four to five week placement during the Scottish summer holidays, teachers live in host communities within a developing country and work alongside local teachers within their schools. The placement is a reciprocal learning opportunity in which each teacher will provide mentor support and professional development training to their counterparts; whilst FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: gaining a unique insight into another Fiona Saunders culture which will provide context Development Officer and knowledge to further support their teaching of global citizenship 01224 522849 within the Scottish curriculum. 3


Ashley Road win YESC Final Ashley Road Primary pupils attended the final of the Young Engineers and Science Clubs, held at BP’s North Sea HQ on 22nd March and wowed the judges with their knowledge and enthusiasm for science. They won the NE Primary category. Their teacher, Lakshmi Mannivanan was “bursting with pride” with their achievement. Other city schools attending the event were Kingswells Primary, Charleston Primary, Dyce Academy and Hazlehead Academy.

P6/7 Science Champions Building on last year’s pilot, over 1200 pupils in P6/7 have been trained to be Science Champions. Having been trained by Satrosphere, they now teach science to Early Years pupils in their schools. This helps both stages to learn about science and support each other in both the learning and teaching of the subject.

Family Homework Scheme a Great Success Primary pupils in several schools in Aberdeen are enjoying using a new homework resource developed for P4/5 pupils. Interested schools attended the “Science Carousel” CPD to learn about it, then received the scheme for their pupils. It includes a teacher booklet, a pupil booklet and a leaflet for parents. Feedback is excellent and pupils are showing enthusiasm for homework!

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Fiona Saunders Development Officer Enterprise and Applied Learning 01224 522849




The Learning Technologies Team are presently based at Balgownie One at the Bridge of Don. We support schools in their use of Technology for Learning. Our recent work has centred around a programme of visits with SMT in every school to inform them of ICT changes and developments and to discuss and support their use of Learning Technologies in the curriculum. A significant focus, this year, is on Mobile Devices. Managed wifi networks are being provided in schools which allow school-owned Mobile Devices to be deployed. In conjunction with our colleagues in the technical teams we are rolling out Airwatch, the mobile device management system (MDM) which oversees these devices. We are also working with schools to promote the 360SafeScotland self evaluation tool which supports internet safety and responsible use. As use of internet based resources increases and our reliance on filtering technology changes we are working to build resilience and skills among staff, pupils and the parent body. Glow continues to be a major focus for the team and the introduction of OneDrive and Microsoft Online tools is a welcome addition. We offer a wide range of bespoke CPD covering new technologies (see topics below) and also more traditional support for topics such as interactive whiteboard training, school websites and WordPress blogging. Contact us at

 Internet Safety and responsible use  Self evaluation tool  eSafety template policies

 Mobile Device Management  Deployment of Apps/content  Connection of devices to WiFi

 Glow is the National intranet  25Gb of storage available

 Mobile technologies for learning and teaching  Cooperative learning approaches  21st century learning

 Games Based Learning  Coding  21st Century skills

 Bespoke CPD offered to schools  Creative ICT and rich learning  Support for 21st century teachers and learners


 Pupil ePortfolios  School websites  Technologies experiences and outcomes 5


NORTHFIELD CONSTRUCTS PARTNERSHIP SUCCESS Northfield Academy’s partnership with construction giant Balfour Beatty continues to raise the aspirations and ambitions of its young people. Recognising the positive impact of the partnership Cabinet Secretary for Education, Mike Russell, visited Mike Russell with visits Northfield Academy partners Northfield on 3 March to meet some of those involved in their partnership first hand. Working together on short and long term projects the partnership is enriching the experiences, increasing the skills and ultimately the employability of the young people. The Balfour Beatty Scholarship saw pupils apply for a Summer internship with the company where they worked with employees ranging from admin to the Managing Director. Commenting on the work of the partnership Steve Petrie, Business Development Manager for Balfour Beattie said that the it was “One of the most rewarding and exiting initiatives that I have ever been involved in.”

CHARLESTON BURNS NIGHT Charleston School’s Enterprise Team organised a successful event to celebrate Burns night. It was a whole school effort led by our enterprise team who spent a month preparing, including an x-factor style audition for all the performers, classes creating decorations; including haggis table centres, bunting, posters, flags, famous scots and Primary 1 even helped make the soup for the starter.

On the night of the Burns supper, the guests were welcomed by a whole pipe band that opened the event in style. The enterprise team served haggis vol au vents as a Scottish taster as a welcoming canapé. It was a fantastic event which we as an Enterprise Team were proud to organise and would like to say a really big thank-you to all that helped. Written by Rebecca and Kaleb, P7Y 6

APPRENTICE OPPORTUNITIES The Aberdeen City Council have organised an event for young people who are considering a Modern Apprenticeship. With over 20 companies signed up , all with current vacancies, it promises to be a great opportunity not only for potential employees but for teaching staff wishing to increase their industry knowledge. The event runs from on 10am— 4pm, 3 April at the Town House.

AIMING HIGHER CLASS MATERIALS Materials designed to cover the essential skills in seeking, applying and securing a job are available for download . Targeted at S3 and above the workbooks consider where to find jobs to performing well in assessment centres. Support for delivering the course is available through Alan Tullock.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Alan Tullock Development Officer Enterprise and Applied Learning 01224 522849



CAREER ACADEMIES The Aberdeen City and Shire Career Academies programme continues to provide young people with the opportunity enrich their senior phase experience through engagement with industry. The current cohort, all in S5, have benefited from visits and inputs from BP, OPITO and the Urquhart Partnership and are about to be matched up with their Summer internships. This is the “jewel in the crown” of the programme and sees each young person spend 5 weeks as a paid employee with the host company. We are delighted to be expanding the programme through the City with Northfield, St. Machar and Torry Academies coming on board for 2014/15 bringing Career Academies to 10 schools in the North East.

CELEBRATE CITY ANNIVERSARY Winning designs of a school Fairtrade poster competition were revealed at a recent presentation in Aberdeen’s Town House. Four winning Fairtrade posters were selected out of more than 500 entries to the competition, inviting pupils to design a poster celebrating Aberdeen’s 10th anniversary or to promote Fairtrade.


Fairtrade winners celebrate with Aberdeen’s Lord Provost

Winners of the Primary 1-3 category were: Leah Ray, Skene Square School Alexa Chan, Glashieburn Primary School.

PRIMARY ENGINEER Reminder that CPD training for Primary Engineer is taking place on 24 April at Beach Ballroom.

In the Primary 4-7 category, the winners were: Rochelle Lee, Broomhill Primary School Jay Ridgeway, Kirkhill Primary School. The young artists each received a certificate and a gift voucher and their winning designs will be printed as posters and used around the city.


Sustainable development officer Alison Leslie said: “The standard of post-

Alan Tullock Development Officer Enterprise and Applied Learning

ers was very impressive and showed pupils in Aberdeen have a real under- 01224 522849

achieved Fairtrade School status. Many more are now learning about

standing of the benefits of Fairtrade. Several city schools have already

Fairtrade and are working towards this accolade.” 7


TEAM UPDATE The Assessment Team are working with reduced staff numbers due to two members of the team returning to school. We will still be providing support and guidance to schools but please be patient as it may take longer to respond. Any Assessment queries can be forwarded to: Val Steele (QIO) Anne Bonsall (DO) Shona Milne (DO)

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Hazlehead ASG are coming to the end of their funded moderation project in which they focussed on the moderation of Science Challenges for P1 – P7. It is hoped that this work once complete will be shared nationally on the NAR website.

We would like to hear from you if you have any examples of the inclusion of Skills Development in the moderation process. This can be in any area or context of learning. Please forward any information to Anne Bonsall.

Northfield ASG are currently working on a Numeracy moderation project with a focus on Shape.



We are now well into Year 2 of the Tapestry programme and I am very pleased to say that it is being used in approximately 95% of our schools. All TLC leaders will have received a brief questionnaire asking for feedback on progress made so far and also initial thoughts on how to keep the philosophy of Tapestry going in school beyond the two year programme. Please return the questionnaires to Lynda Blackwood by 31st March. The last sessions will be held in May: Group A Tuesday 6th May (Harlaw), Group B Thursday 8th May (Kincorth) and Group C Thursday 8th May (Old Machar). This session will also include an update from the tutors on how TLC leaders can seek professional recognition with GTCS for the work they have done over the two year programme.

Deep Learning is at the heart of Curriculum for Excellence. The trick is to develop Learning and Teaching that will support this. Kincorth ASG has been working with Expansive Education network to use Action Research as a method of developing teacher practice with the aim of improving the outcomes for pupils. For more information please visit

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Assessment Development Officers Anne Bonsall Shona Milne



PROFILING IN GLOW A new area in GLOW has been created for Profiling. It can be accessed from the Aberdeen City Noticeboard page. Here you will find the templates that can be used for P7 and S3 Profiles including help on how to complete them. This area of GLOW will also be used for the transfer of the P7 Pupil Profile from Primary to Secondary. The deadline for this to take place is Monday 2nd June as this will allow the Secondary schools time to download the files in time for the P7 visits.

CELEBRATE ACHIEVEMENT We would like to hear from you if your school celebrates the completion of the P7 or S3 Pupil Profile with a special event or assembly for example. Please forward any information to Anne Bonsall.

TRACKING AND MONITORING Secondary Schools should all have received a Guide to Interpreting PiPs and INCAS results. A new Tracking Working Group has been created for the new MIS – SEEMiS. S2 SOSCA testing will take place at the end of April. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Assessment Development Officers Anne Bonsall Shona Milne

Any queries on Tracking and Monitoring or on the interpretation of your pupils’ results please contact: Shona Milne, Anne Bonsall, James Martin or Ljiljana Pavlenic.




HEALTH AND WELLBEING Graham Donald—I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce myself to you as the Substance Misuse and Health and Wellbeing Development Officer. The main focus of this post is to coordinate an approach that gives parents information about Substance Misuse with a view that they are better informed to have productive discussions with their children. The Health and Wellbeing part of my post fits quite nicely with this as it refers to assisting schools in addressing Health issues in a much wider context. Trish MacQueen & Gary Giles—Our main priority is to support schools in achieving the Scottish Government target of two hours/ periods of weekly Physical Education. In addition to this we are also supporting schools in the delivery of quality Physical Education. A large part of this work is based around the Significant Aspects of Learning within PE.

SOCIAL STUDIES Laura Thomson – my priority is to support Social Studies teachers in ACC in the implementation of the new National Qualifications. I also support teachers in raising attainment and achievement throughout the Social Studies BGE through a focus on Skills Progression and the learning and teaching of current and relevant events.

ENTERPRISE AND APPLIED LEARNING Alan Tullock – my priority is to support the ECS aim of increasing the number of young people entering a positive and sustainable destination. This involves a significant amount of partnership work across the service, schools and industry. I support schools in a number of ways from working with classes (Primary and Secondary) involved in enterprise projects, creating and maintaining business links and sharing good practice from around the country.

SCIENCE Fiona Saunders — when I started this job, it was to raise the profile of science in Primary Schools. We’ve certainly done that, with Aberdeen schools attracting the attention of Education Scotland, SSERC and ADES due to the outstanding work they do in science. I am here to support all levels of science and respond to the needs of teachers by arranging requested CPD.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Neil McLennan Acting Service Manager




ASSESSMENT Lynda Blackwood – my remit has been focused on two areas – Pedagogy (Tapestry) and Moderation (Broad General Education) and Verification (Senior Phase). In my role I support the TLC leaders in school and liaise with Tapestry on the delivery of the programme. Anne Bonsall – my remit focuses on the Profiling process and the P7 and S3 Profile. I have provided guidance and support in these areas and continue to support schools where needed. I also focus on Tracking and Monitoring in schools through the use of Value added and Baseline Assessments. Through this I support schools (mainly secondary) with the interpretation of MidYis and SOSCA results but also in how to interpret the results coming from Primary from PIPS & INCAS. Shona Milne – my remit focusses on the Tracking and Monitoring of pupil progress in the BGE. Liaison with schools to ensure staff know how to best use the results of PIPs and INCAS I also support schools in the Reporting process and the move from E1 to SEEMiS.

PUPIL VOICE/SUPPORTING GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP Roseleen Shanley—Development Officers are available to promote and support young peoples’ engagement in educational matters and report back on their views to service teams within Aberdeen City Council. Development Officer support is also available for schools to make international links and run sustainability and citizenship projects in school and in the community through the John Muir Awards.

LITERACY/READING BUS Laura Martin / Barry Donaldson—The Literacy Development Team aims to raise attainment in literacy, encourage reading for pleasure and promote media education across the curriculum. The team is made up of a Development Officer for Primary and another focused on managing the Reading Bus.



Know More This is an initiative that is currently running at St Machar Academy in conjunction with a range of partner agencies. Legal Highs (New Psychoactive Substances) have become more prevalent across Scotland; Aberdeen has not escaped this. St Machar Academy took the initiative to support their school community to increase knowledge and awareness around Legal Highs. As a result pupils are getting class input (S2) from the Police, CPD opportunities have been made available for teaching and non-teaching staff and a parent’s night for all school pupils has also been organised looking at parents as role models and how their actions influence their children’s choices. Running alongside this is a commitment from Youth Development and Drugs Action teams to be on hand at lunch time whilst street workers are engaging with pupils in the nearby streets. A competition has also been organised for pupils to design a poster or presentation that will become a rolling presentation on the schools information TV’s spread around the school.

Better Eating, Better Learning - A new context for school Refreshed guidance to support schools, local authorities, caterers, procurement departments, parents, children and young people to work in partnership to make further improvements in school food and food education. This guidance is the work of an expert working group. The working group’s remit was to refresh the guidance on school food and food education to build on the progress made since Hungry for Success in 2003. School food and food education present significant opportunities to rise to the health, environment and educational challenges that Scotland faces. Better Eating, Better Learning sets these opportunities and challenges in a strategic context to show how, by working in partnership and building on progress to date, further improvements in school food and food education can be made. The guidance, which is accompanied by a self-evaluation tool, covers: Food and Health; Food and Learning; School Food and Drink Provision; the Dining Experience; Sustainability through Food; Training and Support and Communication and Engagement. For further information









Cooking professionals offer special lessons for the classroom Pupils across Scotland including a number of pupils from Aberdeen schools will be cooking up a storm with some of the country’s top chefs as part of a new initiative to enhance food education. The Chefs@School: Inspiring Food Education project was launched by Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead at the Gleneagles Hotel, with the backing of Michelin-starred chef Andrew Fairlie. Professional chefs and cooks will be linked to schools where they will run workshops that cover food provenance and the importance of a healthy diet, as well as discussing career FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT; opportunities in the food, drink and hospitality industry. The scheme is designed around the principles of Curriculum for Excellence with teachers able to access support materials to personalise lessons for their class.


Graham Donald HWB Development Officer

01224 523818



MOVEMENT FOR EXCELLENCE In an attempt to support primary schools achieve the Scottish Government target of two hours weekly Physical Education for P1-P7, a movement programme has been developed by PE lead officers within Aberdeen city. This programme was based on research completed by Aberdeen University and the PE curriculum support team back in 2007. The research based on “Exercising attention within the classroom” used an exercise programme aimed at developing the pupils co-ordination and physical literacy. The results showed that children’s ability to stay on task improves with age, but is also boosted by providing classroom exercise. The original movement programme has been extended to include more exercises, differentiated to challenge all learners and has also been linked to the Curriculum for Excellence experiences and outcomes. This movement programme can be delivered outside, in the gym hall and also within the classroom itself.

ATHLETIC EXCELLENCE AT HARLAW Congratulations to a team of young athletes from Harlaw Academy! At the recent National Finals of the Scottish Schools Giant Heptathlon which took place at the Commonwealth Games Stadium in Glasgow, the team of 1st and 2nd year pupils from Harlaw came 2nd overall. Have we discovered the next Jessica Ennis or Daley Thompson?

HEALTHY LIVING SURVEY - Achieving the PE target…….? The Scottish Government recognises the positive impact Physical Education can have on a pupil's health, educational attainment and life chances and that it can form a key element of a school’s plan to deliver the broad health and wellbeing outcomes and experiences contained within Curriculum for Excellence. This includes a commitment that by June 2014, every school pupil in Scotland will benefit from at least two hours per week of Physical Education in P1 to P7 and two periods in S1 to S4. With regards to this target, Aberdeen City Council has made significant progress especially within the primary sector. The figures from the 2013 Healthy Living Survey showed that only 67% of primary schools in Aberdeen were delivering the required two hours of Physical Education. Partnership working between schools and ACC Physical Education Lead Officers has boosted this figure to 96%. Combined with the secondary figure of 100%, Aberdeen city’s overall figure is 98%. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT; Development Officers: Gary Giles. Tel No. 01224 523914 Trish MacQueen Tel No. 01224 523592



WWI Conference and European Discussion – Fully Booked! As 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War, Aberdeen City Council is presenting a conference and discussion for pupils, featuring visiting guest speakers from our Twin Cities in France and Germany. Pupils representing 3 Aberdeen City Academies (Hazelhead, Kincorth and Bridge of Don) will be taking part in what is sure to be a thought-provoking and educational event. Pupils will learn about the impacts of WWI on Aberdeen and its Twin Cities as well as taking part in a discussion with the visiting international pupils, led by facilitators, to discuss the impacts of WWI and how they shaped Europe. Please get in touch… If you are planning a WWI event or activity so that we can highlight how Aberdeen City Schools are commemorating this important historical event.

A new base… Allan Paterson of the Aberdeen Urban Studies Trust, along with Barry Donaldson of the Reading Bus, have relocated from Braeside to Sunnybank Primary School. They are awaiting a phone line but, in the meantime, please use the contact details below Aberdeen Urban Studies Trust 07526 592179

The Reading Bus 07970929496

SOCIAL STUDIES DEVELOPMENT OFFICER Laura Thomson I was seconded to this post in January 2014. In this newly developed role, my priority is to support Geography, History and Modern Studies teachers in the implementation of the new National Qualifications. I am also supporting the teaching and learning of the Social Studies Experiences and Outcomes throughout the BGE with a particular focus on Skills Progression and current and relevant contexts. I would love to hear from you…. If you have a Social Studies event, project or activity planned, please get in touch and let me know about it. If you have any questions, queries or are looking for resources or advice, please let me know.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Laura Thomson Development Officer Social Studies 01224 523909



Social Studies Verification CPD – SQA SQA led Verification CPD events will have taken place for all three Social Studies subjects by the end of March. On 5th March, Bill McGill led the Modern studies event at Bucksburn Academy. On 10th March, George McGeelchryst led the History event at Torry Academy and the Geography event was held on 25th March, in cooperation with Aberdeenshire, at Inverurie Academy. One teacher from each Social Studies subject in each City school was able to attend Verification CPD events. If you would like any more information or materials from any of these events, please contact Laura Thomson.

Kincorth Academy welcomes Holocaust Survivor Harry Bibring, a Holocaust survivor who escaped to Britain as a teenager has been sharing his harrowing and touching life story with pupils at Kincorth Academy. Holly Robertson, teacher at Kincorth Academy, (below, with Harry), invited Harry to present an account of his experiences to S3 and Higher pupils who have been studying the events of WWII and the Holocaust in their classes. Harry, now 89, escaped Nazi-occupied Vienna on a Kindertransport train along with his sister, leaving both his mother and father behind at the age of just 14. His account of the events in his life both leading up to and following his escape to Britain could not fail to have an impact on the pupils and staff present. Harry’s story was followed by a question and answer session to help pupils better understand the nature of the Holocaust and explore its lessons in more depth. The visit was organised through the Programme, which is available to schools across the UK.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Laura Thomson Development Officer Social Studies 01224 523909







Pupil Voice Overview, Achievements and Next Steps The Pupil Voice initiative was started in November 2012 with the aim of encouraging and developing student leadership and participation in educational matters in Aberdeen City by 

Ensuring students’ needs are well met within the education service.

Giving students ownership of educational issues.

Developing skills for learning, life and work.

Making adults aware and reflective of pupil opinion. Fostering a real sense of pride and ambition in the city.

Each year a working group is formed which represents all secondary schools in the local authority. Each school selects 1- 4 students from S3 - 6 to represent their school. What does the group do? What have they done? The activity of the group involves many different strands, which include :  Stakeholder engagement on issues that affect young people in Aberdeen schools.  Discussion of these issues in the Pupil Voice Group.  Sharing pupil responses with other school pupils within the city.  Reporting back to Aberdeen City Council on the findings of the group on key educational matters. Work and Consultations have taken place in the following areas:      

Student led projects in areas such as ‘Equality’ and ‘Attainment” School Estate issues such as new schools and school mergers. Consultations on Global Citizenship Policy and Aberdeen City Council’s Development Plan. Representing Aberdeen nationally working with Planning Aid (national planning agency) and discussing attainment with Mr Michael Russell, Scottish Education Minister at the Scottish Parliament. Presenting at Education Scotland Conferences on the work of Aberdeen Pupil Voice Collaborating with international partners on lowering carbon and renewable energy projects.

Next Steps Aberdeen Pupil Voice has made good progress and the following areas have been identified for further development: - Expand Pupil Voice to include primary school and lower secondary pupils. - Improve communication between schools and the Pupil Voice Group. - Share and promote good practice occurring in school councils and other pupil led groups. - Examine ways to engage with young people about council services. - Measure the impact of pupil engagement on educational services within Aberdeen City Council.


FOR FURTHER INFORMATION contact: ROSELEEN SHANLEY Development Officer: Pupil Voice 01224 523898


BP is offering an exciting development opportunity to experienced teachers in Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire. Applications are being invited from teaching staff in the primary, secondary or special sectors for a secondment to BP which will run from August 2014 to June 2016. Applicants should have an interest in developing aspects of the 3-18 curriculum. It is expected that the curriculum focus will be science/technology/environmental studies but this does not preclude applications from teachers with other specialist interests. They should also have an interest in promoting links between education and industry; a high level of commitment; and management experience ideally at Teaching Head or Depute level. The secondee will be based at BP in Dyce and will work with the External Affairs team. They will primarily support the BP Schools Link Scheme and other educational initiatives particularly in the areas of science and technology. The secondment will be on the basis of teachers’ terms and conditions, including salary, but working flexible office hours and holiday patterns. For an informal chat about this post, telephone Lynne Staples-Scott, Corporate Responsibility Manager, BP on 01224 832564 or Paul Wilson (current secondee) on 01224 832014. Applications should be submitted by Monday 28th April 2014 to Lynne Staples-Scott, Communications & External Affairs, BP, 1 Wellheads Avenue, Dyce, Aberdeen AB21 7PB. Applications by email are acceptable:

We asked Paul Wilson, current secondee at BP, ten questions about what his job involves... What was your most recent Email ? Contacting the Scottish Council for Development and Industry about a major event. Sending a meeting maker to a BP staff member about a forthcoming school visit to North Sea HQ. Contacting an Academy to arrange a visit with the DHT.

What is the biggest difference you noticed between working in school and at BP? I work in a very pleasant environment which is conducive to planned, quality interactions and I am not restricted by the school day so I can plan my week in a more flexible and proactive way.

What was your most recent phone call ? Phone message about a work placement from Aberdeen City

What do you enjoy most about your secondment? Working with a positive and proactive team. Working with enthusiastic staff who want to contribute to their schools. Being able to use my leadership skills in a different environment. Influencing the UK BP education programme for the benefit of BP staff and their linked schools.

What was your most recent CPD Event ? BOSS (Behavioural, Observation, Safety System) Training What was your most recent conference? Event held at Bucksburn Academy – Improving Science Education – Conversation Day . What was your most recent meeting? With the Subsea Operations Manager about an extended five week work placement during FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: the summer. Neil McLennan Acting Service Manager

What has been the biggest challenge? The constant challenge of time! I have to balance the various aspects of the job from operational needs to developing skills of BP staff for their school visits. What skills have you developed through being BP Education Co-ordinator? I have a greater understanding of a major industry in our area. I have fine-tuned my planning skills and my confidence in presenting has increased.




During the latest round of the Marischal College lunch queue race, Keith was fourth. Adrian is not the oldest, but is older than Duncan, who was not second. The child who was next in age to the youngest, finished second. The child who finished in third place is older than the child who finished first. Billy is younger than the child who finished in third place. Can you determine who finished where and place the children in order of age?



The Zone is Aberdeen City Council’s intranet and is where you will find up-to-date information relating to employees. Once logged in you can find out everything from Committee reports, to your pay information and employee benefits. To access the zone from outwith the corporate network , either on a school machine or at home you need to set up an account. To do this, call the ICT Helpdesk on 01224 523434 and have your payroll number handy. You will then be set up with an account login. Once you have that, the URL to use is: Save that URL into your Favourites menu for future use.

SAVE OVER £400 ON MICROSOFT OFFICE! Did you know that Aberdeen City Council employees are entitled to download copies of the full Microsoft Office suite and install them on computers at home. This costs you only £8.95 saving over £400 on the full retail value of the comparable retail versions of Office! As this benefit is for your personal use, Aberdeen City Council's Helpdesk cannot provide support for download, installation or on-going issues. Full details on how to access the download are available on The Zone by searching “Microsoft HUP”.

ON YOUR BIKE! This Salary Sacrifice Scheme allows you to obtain a bicycle and accessories up to a total value of £1,000 (inc VAT) from a local cycle provider of your choice. The Council will purchase your chosen bicycle directly from your preferred local cycle provider and allow you to hire the bicycle and accessories over a fixed 12 month period. In return, you will agree to meet the equivalent cycle hire costs via a salary sacrifice arrangement over the same 12 month period. You have the use of the bicycle for both commuting to work and private purposes and, at the end of the hire period, you may be offered the opportunity of purchasing the bicycle and accessories for a fair market value.

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Improving learning opportunities to deliver better outcomes CPD OPPORTUNITIES—APRIL 2014 Restorative Practice (6 sessions) - Block 3 22 April 2014 09:00 - 16:00 Frederick Street Centre Frederick Street Marvellous Minibeasts - Level One 22 April 2014 16:00 - 18:00 Aberdeen Biodiversity Centre University of Aberdeen, Zoology Building Tillydrone Avenue,AB24 2TZ, Aberdeen Food and Science TeachMeet @ Satrosphere 22 April 2014 16:30 - 18:30 Satrosphere Science Centre, The Tramsheds Cooking Bus @ Satrosphere - 4 workshops available 23 April 2014 09:30 - 25 April 2014 12:30 Satrosphere Science Centre, The Tramsheds Primary Engineer 24 April 2014 09:30 - 15:30 Star Ballroom, Beach Ballroom, Beach Boulevard Investigating Invertebrates – Pooling our Ponds 24 April 2014 16:00 - 18:30 Aberdeen Biodiversity Centre University of Aberdeen, Zoology Building Tillydrone Avenue,AB24 2TZ, Aberdeen Balance, Coordination and Movement - Early Years Training 28 April 2014 16:00 - 18:00 Balgownie One, Conference Way e1 Timetabling/Curriculum Planning for Secondary schools 29 April 2014 09:30 - 16:00 Frederick Street Centre, Frederick Street Involving Parents and Family in Voice Activities (Early Years Training) 29 April 2014 16:00 - 18:00 Balgownie One Conference Way Makaton Taster 29 April 2014 16:00 - 17:45 Airyhall Clinic Springfield Road

ACC Connecting The Curriculum - Issue 4  

ACC Connecting The Curriculum - Issue 4