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The Scottish Learning Festival Raising the bar in Scotland – transforming lives through learning

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Welcome to the Scottish Learning Festival 2013 Over the years we have welcomed tens of thousands of educational professionals to the festival, with many returning year after year to Scotland’s largest educational event. To ensure another stimulating and thought-provoking experience, SLF 2013 includes: l a combination of internationally renowned keynote speakers: Prof. Andy Hargreaves, Dr Avis Glaze and Dr Pasi Sahlberg l 100 practical seminar sessions, including a seminar from the OECD opportunities for dialogue and debate at round table discussions l the ever popular exhibition of resources

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The theme for 2013 is Raising the bar in Scotland – transforming lives through learning. Visitors will have the opportunity to explore a wide range of practical approaches, resources and research aimed at improving achievement and attainment for all our learners in Scotland. In addition to providing continuing professional learning opportunities, one of the most valued opportunities of SLF is the abundant opportunity to network with others. SLF is a rendezvous for educational professionals both nationally and internationally providing a unique platform to engage with a diverse range of experts, colleagues and suppliers. I very much look forward to welcoming you to SLF 2013. Dr Bill Maxwell Chief Executive Education Scotland


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The Scottish Learning Festival Raising the bar in Scotland – transforming lives through learning


he Scottish Learning Festival (SLF) is Scotland’s leading educational event. It aims to inspire and transform learning and teaching to help improve life chances of all young people.

SLF is for everyone in education, whether in schools, community learning, health, social work or the voluntary sector, it has something of interest for everyone who contributes to the learning and development of Scotland’s children and young people. SLF 2013 will support practitioners explore a wide range of practical approaches, resources and research aimed at improving achievement and attainment for all our learners in Scotland. SLF will enable practitioners to develop skills and expertise which will help them ensure they plan and deliver learning experiences which appropriately challenge and engage their learners and which support learners to achieve their potential. SLF is free for everyone to attend and gives you access to: l a programme of inspirational keynote speakers; l a range of professional development seminars where you can engage in activities and learn from practitioners and young people; l lively round table discussions; l the largest education exhibition in Scotland with access to more than 150 exhibitors; l opportunities for discussion and professional networking with peers and colleagues from across Scotland.

Nationally and internationally, SLF is a rendezvous for all those interested in improving education. It is a platform to share information, highlight innovation and showcase best practice. In addition to providing continuing professional learning opportunities, one of the most important opportunities the Scottish Learning Festival provides to participants from across the learning landscape, is the abundant opportunity to network with others.

What’s on in 2013? In addition to the professional development opportunities available in the conference programme, SLF hosts a range of other opportunities where ideas, resources and successful approaches are shared. l Education Showcase area showcasing the innovative and exciting practice from Scotland’s practitioners, young people and Local Authorities. l Local Authority Village where you can find out more about what’s happening across Scotland. l Community Learning and Development Village will showcase the work of the CLD sector and will be home to a number of organisations who will share resources and information to support CLD.



Education Showcase

Located in Hall 3, the exhibition at the Scottish Learning Festival showcases over 150 of the best educational suppliers covering all levels of education. With such a variety of different products and services on display, a visit to the exhibition is a must to view compare and buy the latest products and services available to you.

Located in the exhibition hall the Education Showcase gives you the opportunity to watch and take part in demonstrations showcasing innovative practice from across Scotland’s local authorities.

Come and meet well-established companies supplying some of the most innovative classroom resources such as Lego, Pearson, YPO, RM Education, Community Play, Espresso Education, Leckie and Leckie amongst others. In addition, a whole host of companies new to the show such as Zoolab, Bannockburn Heritage Centre, Onilo, Vivomiles, Tree of Knowledge, Mantralingua and Pling Toys. To date there are over 40 new companies exhibiting this year all with fresh new ideas and products to help you and your establishment. In addition to the wide range of companies exhibiting in the hall come and see: l

Education Scotland – Come and talk to the Education Scotland staff on their stand.


Education Showcase – Listen to a wide variety of presentations from practitioners and young people on new ideas that are making big differences in Scottish education today.


Exhibitor Seminars – A new theatre dedicated to exhibitors presenting the benefits of their products and services and how they can be help you.


Local Authority Village – Come and meet the authorities and see and hear the new ideas that are making a difference in education today.


Community Learning and Development Village – Come and meet over 20 practitioners successfully helping to deliver learning in the community.


Health and Wellbeing – Discover the latest initiatives and plans being delivered to support health and wellbeing in Scotland.


Cultural Village – Find out more about learning resources to help young people develop an understanding of Scotland’s culture.

The exhibition and all these features are absolutely free and do not require pre-booking. Simply come along on the day and discover all the new innovations, ideas, talks and presentations.


Sessions in the Education Showcase are not pre-bookable, simply come along on the day to see what’s happening. The timetable of presentations will be available on the SLF website as details are confirmed. Visit for more information.

Book your place today SLF is free to attend and is relevant to everyone involved in education, whether you are in school, community learning, health, social work or the voluntary sector, SLF has something of interest for you. To book your place browse the conference programme, note the seminars you want to attend and visit the SLF website to register, Due to demand for places and limited capacities pre-booking is essential, book early to guarantee a place at the sessions of your choice. You can book the following each day: Wednesday 25th September – opening keynote address and three other sessions; Thursday 26th September – closing keynote address and two other sessions. Attendance at the keynote sessions must be pre-booked as places are limited and allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Keynote Programme – 25th September – Lomond Auditorium We are delighted to welcome and present a superb line-up of keynote speakers at SLF 2013. On Wednesday the keynote programme will take place in a theatre seated auditorium and will offer delegates the opportunity to listen to some of education’s most inspirational speakers.

Cabinet Secretary Keynote Opening Address Michael Russell MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning Hear the Cabinet Secretary, Michael Russell, deliver the opening keynote address at SLF 2013.

Wednesday – 10.30-12.00

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The Way to Change: How to change Scottish education based on the best practices of high-performing systems around the world Prof Andy Hargreaves, Thomas Moore Brennan Chair in the Lynch School of Education at Boston College Scotland has a distinguished legacy that places a high value on education. It is associated far and wide with high standards and professional autonomy. But the country’s performance on international achievement tests has been questioned, and recent reviews of Scottish education suggest that the number of change ideas is inversely related to the success in implementing them. So what should the future hold for Scottish Education? What can it learn from different kinds of high performers? How can innovation turn into action and change become coherent? How can professional individual autonomy become positive collective autonomy rather than only freedom from interference? What should be the new role for local authorities together as well as alone? Wednesday – 12.30-13.30

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Breaking Barriers, Excellence and Equity for All Dr Avis Glaze, Edu-quest International Inc. and Former Chief Student Achievement Officer of Ontario Dr Glaze will provide a compelling case for the excellence and equity imperative for school systems today. For her, education is the ultimate tool of empowerment and high levels of student outcomes is the true measure of equity. She will discuss an intentional approach to closing achievement gaps that allows educators to deliver on the promise of educating successfully within the context of diversity. Her belief is that ensuring that all students achieve at higher levels must be our shared purpose. Failure should no longer be an option given all that we now know about what it takes to educate all children successfully, regardless of background or personal circumstances.

Wednesday – 13.45-14.45

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What Can I Book? You are able to book the following each day: Wednesday 25th September – Opening Keynote Address and three other sessions Thursday 26th September – Closing Keynote Address and two other sessions Please note attendance at keynote presentations must be pre-booked Places are limited and are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis therefore early booking is recommended 5

Keynote Programme – 26th September – Lomond Auditorium The keynote programme on the Thursday will take the format of two round table discussions and a closing keynote address.

Teaching Scotland’s Future: Changes to Teacher Education in Scotland Introduced and led by Prof Petra Wend, Chair of the National Implementation Board for Teaching Scotland’s Future and Vice-Chancellor of Queen Margaret University “The foundations of successful education lie in the quality of teachers and their leadership. High quality people achieve high quality outcomes for children.” (Graham Donaldson, Teaching Scotland’s Future) Graham Donaldson published a seminal report on teacher education in Scotland, Teaching Scotland’s Future, in January 2011. The report contained 50 recommendations covering all aspects of teacher education from the early phase of a teacher’s career through to examining the types of professional development needed for those in senior leadership positions. The Scottish Government established the NIB in November 2012 to take forward work on implementing proposals outlined in the report from the National Partnership Group and Teaching Scotland’s Future to improve the full spectrum of teacher education. The NIB has an independent Chair, Professor Petra Wend and other members include the Scottish Government, STEC, ADES, Education Scotland, GTCS, COSLA, headteacher associations and teacher. Professor Wend will explain the work that the National Implementation Board is overseeing while providing an opportunity to see how it will impact on your own practice. Thursday – 10.00-11.30

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Launching Our Corporate Plan – Working with our partners to achieve our goals and eliminate inequity in educational outcomes Introduced and led by Dr Bill Maxwell, Chief Executive, Education Scotland and key partners Education Scotland, the national body supporting quality and improvement in Scottish education, is delighted to launch its Corporate Plan 2013-2016 at this year’s SLF. Our Plan sets out our “big ideas” which have been reached through a wide consultation with learners, practitioners, partners and anyone who has an interest in improving education in Scotland. This lively and invigorating round table brings together key partners to discuss our Corporate Plan. One of the key features of our Plan is the partnership goals and the focus on eliminating inequity in educational outcomes. We can only make an impact in this area if we work closely together, perhaps in very different ways to before. How we move from the “big ideas” into the reality of delivering on our key priorities will be the focus of this seminar. This is your chance to participate in this discussion with key education leaders from across Scotland. This session is relevant to all who have a part to play in education in Scotland, including a wide range of practitioners across early years, primary and secondary schools, local authorities, community learning and development, parents and partner agencies such as health, social work and justice. Thursday – 12.00-13.30

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Finnish Lessons: What can Scotland learn from educational change in Finland? Dr Pasi Salhberg, Director General, Centre for International Mobility and Cooperation, Finland In many parts of the world, public schooling is in crisis. Competition, choice, standardized testing, and privatization have become common tactics to improve schools in UK and beyond. This presentation shows that there is an alternative way to transform education systems and boost learning for all students. It is the way of inclusion and equity, teacher professionalism, collaborative practice, and trust-based responsibility. Finland’s education system consistently ranks among the top in the world in learning achievement, equity of outcomes, and system efficiency. This presentation reveals that the transformation of education system in Scotland and other parts of the world is possible if education policies focus more on whole child instead of academic performance, professional development instead of test-based accountability, and pedagogy instead of technology. What is needed is the right blend of ingenuity, time, patience, and determination. Thursday – 14.30-15.30

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Extra Availability on the Day Please be aware that numbers are strictly limited for Keynotes 1 and 4 (K1 and K4). If you are unable to secure a space for either of these sessions, you can still watch them live on the Education Showcase area in the Exhibition Hall While you are limited to seven choices through the pre-booking system, tickets for remaining seminar seats will be available on the day from the Seminar Ticket Desk in Hall 3 6

Wednesday 25 September – 09.30 Key Messages in Assessment George Sinclair, Senior Education Officer, Education Scotland

The Online Addressing Dyslexia Toolkit for managers and local authority representatives

This session will aim to reinforce key assessment messages of Curriculum for Excellence and emphasise their links to the cultural and pedagogical changes contained within CfE. It will tie together different aspects of assessment and relate these to classroom practice and to national support, particularly in quality assurance and moderation.

Ken McAra, HMI, Education Scotland

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This session led by Ken McAra (HMI) and the Addressing Dyslexia Working Group will provide a résumé of what is available on the Toolkit website with opportunities to consider anything further that school managers may feel is necessary or desirable to help them manage literacy difficulties and dyslexia within their establishments and local authorities.

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Languages and Literacy: what’s on the third horizon?

The National Profiling Solution in Glow

Louise Glen, Senior Education Officer, Education Scotland

The National Glow Team

Come and join in a conversation about the future of languages and literacy. Hosting the conversation is Louise Glen, Education Scotland’s new Senior Education Officer for Languages and Literacy. We will look at how the curriculum, learning and teaching are evolving in response to learners’ needs in a changing world.

Embedding processes to enable young people to gather and reflect on their educational experiences, in and out of school, is a cornerstone of Curriculum for Excellence. This session will focus on developments to our national profiling solution as Glow evolves.

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Leading professional learning

Strengthening Learner Voice to Enhance Learner Engagement

Graeme Logan, Assistant Director, Education Scotland

Gill Gracie, Programme Manager, Space Unlimited

Explore dynamic new ways of professional learning for teachers, building on tradition notions of ‘CPD’. The new model of career long learning for teachers aims to raise the bar for all and increase depth, rigour and impact.

It is widely accepted that high levels of learner engagement have a positive impact on individual achievement and attainment. Actively involving pupils in the design and development of their learning experiences supports the Curriculum for Excellence’s principles of ‘relevance, enjoyment, challenge and personalisation’. During the session, via a short film, school leaders, teachers and pupils will share their learning from the programme to date. Kevin McConnachie, a teacher at Cathkin High School, will also offer his first-hand perspective on outcomes for pupils and for teachers, before we open up a dialogue involving all session participants.

The seminar will also include Student Teachers who are leading professional learning from the outset of their careers in exciting and innovative ways.

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Gaelic education 3-18: national advice on Gaelic education to address the barriers

10 reasons why outdoor learning closes the learning gap for children and young people

Joan Esson, HMI, Education Scotland

Julie Wilson, Development Officer – Outdoor Learning, Education Scotland

In previous publications, HMI identified barriers to Gaelic Education that need to be addressed to aspire higher. HMI, in partnership with the Scottish Government, are now producing national advice to assist all those involved in Gaelic Education to achieve an ambitious and sustainable future for the language. This seminar will share key messages from the forthcoming advice.

Outdoor Learning promotes the use of creative, playful and empathetic methodologies in learning and teaching. This session explores how outdoor learning can: • encourage development of inclusive, learner centred practice; • support children’s differing dispositions towards learning; • promote well-being, resilience and adaptivity; • motivate, sustain and empower learners; • inspire intergenerational learning opportunities; • build skills for learning, living and working.

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Wednesday 25 September – 09.30 Hungry Adventures Jacquie McArthur, Early Years Development Officer, North Lanarkshire Council

TARGETING THE LANGUAGE: Using L2 as the normal medium of communication in the MFL classroom Hilary McColl, Consultant

Hungry Adventures is an interactive resource which supports the delivery of the early level experiences and outcomes within curriculum for excellence and is designed for use in the nursery, classroom and at home.

With few opportunities for hearing and using L2 outside the classroom, can we afford not to use L2 in class whenever possible? Yet this presents a formidable challenge for some teachers. This workshop considers implications for classroom practice; not just why we need to develop L2 use but, more importantly, how? Intended for MFL teachers in Primary and lower Secondary. Participants will leave with ideas for developing L2 use and some materials they can use to take the first steps.



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Technologies: what’s on the third horizon?

Expressive Arts: what’s on the third horizon?

Alison Drever, Senior Education Officer, Education Scotland

Ron Cowie, Senior Education Officer, Education Scotland

Come and join in a conversation about the future of technologies. Hosting the conversation is Alison Drever, Education Scotland’s new Senior Education Officer for Technologies. We will look at how the curriculum, learning and teaching are evolving in response to learners’ needs in a changing world. We will look at innovation and its impact on learning and teaching.

Come and join in a conversation about the future of expressive arts. Hosting the conversation is Ron Cowie, Education Scotland’s new Senior Education Officer for Expressive Arts. We will look at how the curriculum, learning and teaching are evolving in response to learners’ needs in a changing world. We will look at innovation and its impact on learning and teaching.



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Opening hours Wednesday 25 September 09:00-17:00 Thursday 26 September 09:00-16:00


Wednesday 25 September – 12.30 Senior Phase Benchmarking Tool Colin Sutherland, Professional Advisor, Scottish Government We will demonstrate a trial edition of the Senior Phase Benchmarking Tool (SPBT) and will discuss: • the ways the SPBT supports Curriculum for Excellence; • the benefits of including a wider range of SCQF credit rated awards; • the measures already in place and the ongoing development of further measures; • the ways the SPBT supports reflection to improve attainment. Participants’ feedback will inform the future development of the SPBT before it goes ‘live’ in August 2014. Alsh 1

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RE-ENGAGING THE DISENGAGED – the impact of Activity Agreement approach on senior phase entitlements to learning Sandra McIntyre, National Development Manager, YouthLink Scotland Activity Agreements support those young people who are unable to make the transition to education, work or training. Based on an individuals needs, a bespoke programme of learning helps move young people further towards the labour market. This session will encourage thinking around: • how key principles may be integrated in school and non-school environments; • the delivery of the senior phase in non-traditional settings; • the value and impact of partnership working. Alsh 2

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Mission Impossible – Science Challenges to Inspire and Motivate

Using Lego Mindstorms to raise the bar in programming

Peter Johnson, Head of Chemistry, Stewart’s Melville College

Dave Browning, Teacher of Computing and Business Education, Hamilton College

Mission Impossible: Science Challenges – Aims to challenge pupils to compete in teams to solve problems using science.

• how much fun pupils can get from being challenged in an imaginative and open-ended way.

Hamilton College has recently started using Lego Mindstorms robots to teach pupils programming and problem solving skills. We currently use them in our S1 course with the bundled NXT-G software that allows pupils to program by dragging in blocks. This negates issues with syntax that often plague programming with younger pupils. We have found pupils quickly become engaged in their learning and enjoy seeing the robot perform the functions they have instructed it to complete. Pupils have to troubleshoot when the robot does not do what they expect, therefore raising the bar in their thinking skills using both groups and individual work at various stages to facilitate learning.

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In this session practitioners will see: • how to incorporate practical problem solving into their CfE and NQ courses; • why open-ended practical work enhances thinking skills, working together and being creative; • how to develop their own “Missions”;

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Changing Lives Through Adult and Family Learning Practice

Developing Young Leaders

Jennifer Nicol, Community Learning Worker, East Renfrewshire Council

John Herd, Depute Head, Auchenharvie Academy

Overcoming the reticence that many adult learners have in talking about their own achievements can be very challenging. Identifying the key impacts of learning can be even more difficult. This session will explore how one adult and family learning service has used a variety of techniques to engage adult learners in discussing change and impact. In this session we will discuss:

Developing Young Leaders Auchenharvie Academy ran its first SQA Leadership Course in 2011 with eight senior pupils successfully achieving the award. An element of the project work in this first course was a project with Irvine Bay, the local regeneration company. To build on this success and strengthen the real life context of the course we formalised the partnership with Irvine Bay and participated in their Regeneration Youth Forum. The project equips pupils with the confidence, skills and tools to generate discussion and participation in regeneration activities in their learning community.

• the barriers that staff have overcame to allow adults to describe impact; • the key roles of guidance and planning of learning intentions; • some of the tools and approaches used to help learners reflect.

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Finding their Voice: Engaging teenagers with poetry and debate through rap and performance

Recognising and Realising Children’s Rights

Peter Kelly, English Teacher, Holy Cross High School

This session will present:

Join English teacher Peter Kelly from Holy Cross High School in Hamilton as he discusses the impact of engaging S2 pupils with poetry and debate through rap battles, as part of Scottish Book Trust’s Authors Live Teacher Ambassador Programme.

• an overview of the national training resource, Recognising and Respecting Children’s Rights;

Lorraine Hunter, Headteacher, Lawmuir Primary School

• experiences of practitioners during the pilot phase; • links with experiences and outcomes within Curriculum for Excellence and GIRFEC; • a framework to assist with planning the implementation of children’s rights.

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Wednesday 25 September – 12.30 Raising the Bar in RME


Joe Walker, Senior Education Officer – RME, Education Scotland

Simon Sharkey, Associate Director, National Theatre of Scotland

This session will be delivered and hosted by Development Officers and will highlight examples from different schools and centres that show how RME is being delivered in new and innovative ways. It will show the impact that RME can have on the lives of learners and how RME can fully allow for the development of the four capacities within learners and transform their lives. This session will be aimed at Secondary Staff.

In 2012/13 National Theatre of Scotland pioneered a new way of engaging hard to reach young males across Fife and Glasgow. ‘Jump’ was an extensive programme featuring parkour, physical theatre and creativity resulting in two bespoke productions that garnered 4 star reviews in a range of press.



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This session demonstrates, through video and Q+A, the methods employed and the opportunities to develop the model in your local authority or school. There may also be a demonstration of the parkour and physical theatre from some of the young men involved.

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Excellent Learning

Bridging the Sectarian Divide through Natural Play

Judith Jardine, Head Teacher, Hightae Primary

Alastair Seaman, Strategic Development Officer, Grounds for Learning

Hightae Primary (School roll 16) serves the village of Hightae, the hamlets of Heck, Smallholm and Greenhall and the surrounding rural area.

This session will outline how a denominational and non denominational primary school are building cross community relationships by developing and using a shared outdoor space for learning and play. Loch and St. Anthony’s Primary Schools have removed sections of the fence that divided them, creating a natural play space that is used by pupils from both schools. We will share practical ideas that will allow any school to develop their outdoor areas and practices to support inclusion and wellbeing.

It scored top marks in all five performance categories in a recent HMIe inspection. The workshop will exemplify: • the high quality curriculum; • articulate, high achieving pupils; • the role of strong leadership and teamwork in ensuring pupil progress.


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Extra availability on the day While you are limited to seven choices through the pre-booking system, tickets for remaining seats are available at the Seminar Ticket Desk in Hall 3


Wednesday 25 September – 13.45 Sharing the Learning with Parents – Active Methodologies

Travel and Lifeskills Education – A journey like no other

Sharon Wallace, Effective Teaching and Learning Teacher, Camelon Education Centre

Naomi Farrimond, Teacher – ASN, Bucksburn Academy

In Falkirk we have devised a successful process for sharing with parents/ carers what and how their children are learning in school. Pupils enthusiastically share their learning with parents/ carers by modelling active methodologies. This process has been developed through collaboration between Curriculum Support Team and Head teachers.

TALE began in 2011 to enhance the learning and independent living skills of children on the Autistic Spectrum and other related social difficulties. The group of 10 pupils and 3 staff have been on a two year journey culminating in a trip to Croatia. This seminar will include: • presentations from practitioners involved in the development of the course; • pupils will share reflections and insight into their experiences; • it will address links to the Scottish Government’s National Priorities.

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Supporting the new National Qualifications

The ‘M’ Factor

Linda Rae, Education Officer, Education Scotland; Jacqui Murray, CfE Liaison Team Leader, SQA

Sarah Burton, Principal Teacher, Riverside Primary School

This seminar will be jointly delivered by SQA and Education Scotland staff. The seminar will consider current developments relating to the new National Qualifications and the support which is available for practitioners.

Glow is currently being used nationally in a variety of different ways enhancing the learning opportunities for young people across Scotland through interdisciplinary learning. This seminar will look to showcase two examples of how innovative and creative practice is enabling young people to engage with Glow to achieve this.

Participants at this seminar will have the opportunity to contribute to the discussion.

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City of Edinburgh Council and Columba 1400 Headteacher Leadership Academy Partnership

Transforming the Senior Phase – planning for all

Lindsey Watt, Seconded Headteacher, City of Edinburgh Council City of Edinburgh Council in partnership with Columba 1400 have developed a new format for inspirational Head Teacher Leadership Academies. The programme allows participants from primary and secondary schools, time and space to develop a growing awareness of self and become agents for transformational change.

This seminar explores the ways in which schools are transforming the curriculum at the Senior Phase and how they are building progressively on the 3-15 BGE. To increase achievement and raise attainment for all, schools and their partners are developing new and innovative curriculum approaches that provide flexible achievement pathways at the Senior Phase.

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Carol McDonald, HMI, Education Scotland

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East Lothian’s ‘Numeracy Academy’ – innovative inter-authority career long professional learning

Transforming lives through outdoor learning

Mhairi Stratton, Depute Head Teacher, Wallyford Primary

Getting pupils engaged in outdoor learning in a creative and focused way is a challenge for all schools which the Queensberry Initiative has met in Dumfries and Galloway.

East Lothian’s ‘Numeracy Academy’ aims to improve standards in numeracy through career long professional learning. This session will provide delegates with an insight into an inter-authority partnership model of career long professional learning.

Pat Kirby, Development Officer, Queensberry Initiative

The particular focus of this seminar will be: • to share practical information about the impact on the learning of children and young people of outdoor learning; • to learn how this can take school cluster cooperation to a new level; • to explore the use of outdoor learning to assist transitions.

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Wednesday 25 September – 13.45 Introducing the Junior Caritas Award Elizabeth Dornan, Head Teacher, St Joseph’s Primary School The background to the development of the Caritas Award in secondary schools will be explained: its purpose and its outcome so far.

Making the difference: challenges and opportunities in early years provision Liz Paterson, Assistant Director, Education Scotland

The main components of the Junior Caritas Award will be explored with participants: its potential for school, home and parish community links.

This seminar will focus on the impact of staff qualifications in early years and their effect on the quality of the provision for young children. The seminar will be meaningful for a range of professionals interested in delivering and maintaining a high quality service.



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“Who do we speak to for World Peace?” Children transforming their own and others lives through Human Rights Education

1+2 One Year On: where are we now and where do we go from here?

Elaine Watts, Human Rights Education Worker

This workshop will look back at 2012-2013 in order to review progress, identify challenges and consider ways in which these can be overcome, with a view to answering the key questions: what have we learned, where are we now and what should we doing in 2013-2014 to ensure that this ambitious initiative to boost language learning in Scotland becomes a reality. The workshop will look at policy in practice i.e. practical examples and guidance for practitioners and senior managers in schools and local authorities.

This workshop demonstrates how rights based education saves lives. See the challenging and life changing journey of children, their communities and their teachers as they developed rights based education across the curriculum. This workshop demonstrates not only the power of a rights based curriculum to empower children and young people to influence their local community and national government, but the absolute necessity of rights based education in everything we do.


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Sarah Breslin, Director, Scotland’s National Centre for Languages


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Local Authority Village Come and meet staff and young people from across Scotland as they share and demonstrate their work


Wednesday 25 September – 15.00 A framework for recognising achievement at very early levels of learning Lindy Furby, Chartered Teacher, St. Crispin’s Special School At very early levels of learning, the steps that children and young people make can be small but are incredibly significant. The framework for recognising achievement at very early levels of learning is based on an extended Bloom’s Taxonomy. This framework can:

Strengthening Partnerships Across Scotland’s Education Sectors – the impact of CfE on universities Eddie Broadley, Senior Education Officer, Education Scotland What are the implications of CfE for learning and teaching in universities? This Higher Education Academy-led impact study, which is supported by both Universities Scotland and Education Scotland, is aimed at developing the CfE within Universities.

• Help teachers understand the ways their pupils may be learning; • Offer a vocabulary for describing learning; • Be used to plan for and recognise learning and achievement through challenge, breadth and application. Alsh 1

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Community-based flexible learning partnerships: the Glasgow East Learning Network

Futures Learning In primary schools

Craig Green, Head of School: Creative Technologies, John Wheatley College

Gordon will share our journey to introduce Futures Learning into Struthers PS after a recent HMIe inspection. He will explore our development of new planning tools, the purchase of new resources and how they were selected and the setting up of the new media room and how it is used. this will focus on games Based Learning, Animation, Filming, using iPads and other technology resources.

This session will outline the way in which John Wheatley College works with a range of local partners to: • Overcome digital exclusion and support flexible learning in neighbourhoods characterised by deprivation; • Establish and maintain lifelong learning relationships for local people aged 12 and over; and

Gordon Wilson, Class Teacher, Struthers Primary

• Support transitions to mainstream further education; via the Glasgow East Learning Network.

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The Dynamic Youth Awards: A framework to support all learners achieve their potential George Cherrie, Senior Awards Development Worker, Youth Scotland In this session we will hear how Youth Scotland’s Dynamic Youth Awards; provide a framework to support all learners (age 10+) to gain SCQF credit rated and levelled Awards for their achievements, allow learners to identify and plan opportunities for personal achievement which are appropriate to their learning needs, have been used successfully by Willowbank School (part of the ASN provision within North Lanarkshire Council) and impact on learners from the Pupils of Willowbank School themselves.

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Developing Early Number Concepts Craig Lowther, Learning and Teaching Officer Mathematics and Numeracy, The Moray Council This workshop will demonstrate how visual tools that use subitising patterns can increase understanding of early number concepts. In the workshop participants will: • explore tens frames and rekenreks; • see how to develop strategies for addition and subtraction; • hear how teachers use these tools and the positive impact they have made on children’s understanding and attainment in Moray; • discuss how parents and carers can play an active role in their child’s learning.

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The promotion of Scottish Texts at National 5 and beyond Lisa Russell, Development Officer, Literacy, Education Scotland

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The Mentors In Violence Prevention Model – Developing health and wellbeing through peer leadership

This seminar will highlight interesting and innovative practice to promote the use of Scottish texts within the National 5 English Qualification.

Graham Goulden, Chief Inspector, Scottish Violence Reduction unit

The aims of the session are:

• Demonstrate a need to discuss the issue of gender violence in a high school;

• provide practitioners with an understanding of Scottish texts; • share learning and teaching approaches; • build confidence within the English teaching profession to try new approaches and use a wider variety of texts.

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• Provide a response to the many dangerous behaviours and attitudes that contribute to bullying and gender based violence; • Identify how violence prevention can be embedded within the Curriculum for Excellence; • Describe how partnership and peer mentoring can ensure sustainability within a school.

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Wednesday 25 September – 15.00 Developing Talking and Listening for learners with English as an Additional Language

3-18 Curriculum Impact Reviews: Creativity 3-18

Maria Walker, Head of Service, English as an Additional Language Service

The session will:

In this session you will discover:

• focus on key messages arising from the curriculum impact review on creativity, undertaken in 2012/13;

• Some practical ideas for developing talking and listening skills with EAL learners; • some ways that EAL learners can use talking and listening to demonstrate their learning;

Sheila Page, HMI, Education Scotland

• invite participants to engage in conversations about the key messages arising from the findings, including working out solutions to how we will address any challenges outlined in the report.

• How talking and listening skills can support development of reading and writing skills.


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Another brick in the wall? – results from the SSLN pupil questionnaires

Social Studies – Where are we now?

Elisabeth Boyling, Statistician, Scottish Government

Jenny Gilruth, Development Officer, Education Scotland

The SSLN Pupil Questionnaire asks pupils from nearly all schools in Scotland for views on their learning activities and experiences. This session examines the key messages from the 2011 and 2012 questionnaires, and will discuss how we can use these to improve learning outcomes. The session will cover:

A consideration of the 3-18 Social Studies report and consolidation of the conversations events held by the Social Studies team throughout 2013. Focus will be allotted to the main areas for development identified. These themes will be highlighted by examples of emerging practice which Inspectors and Development Officers have observed.

• pupil views on: learning activities and their teachers; enjoyment and engagement; school and home interactions; • links with attainment; • learning in the context of literacy and numeracy. Morar

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Game On Scotland – the education programme for Glasgow 2014 and its legacy Klaus Mayer, Development Officer, Education Scotland In July 2014 the Commonwealth Games, one of the biggest sporting events ever hosted in Scotland, will become the focus of attention for many people both at home and abroad. This session outlines the opportunities of the Games as a rich context for learning across the curriculum and the potential inspirations for learners of all ages and abilities, practitioners and school communities alike. The workshop will include a presentation of resources and engagement opportunities linked to Game On Scotland and allow for a wider discussions about its content.


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Wednesday 25 September – 16.15 Glowing in Space: An ICT Approach to Interdisciplinary Learning

Raising the bar through BGE – what does S3 look like?

Sarah Burton, Principal Teacher, Riverside Primary School

Mary Hoey, HMI, Education Scotland

Project Planetarium is a Science and Technologies interdisciplinary context for second level pupils which uses a storyline and collaborative learning approach.

What does your S3 curriculum look like and why? Does it really do what it says on the tin? Are you raising the bar across S1-S3 or is it the same as it always was? This seminar reviews progress to date in developing S1-S3 BGE in Secondary Schools across Scotland.

In this session teachers and pupils will share how: • a challenge based approach to learning developed a variety of skills; • ICT was used to increase pupils’ skills and participation; • Glow enabled the sharing of learning across three classes; • the use of blogs allowed pupils to reflect on and critically evaluate their learning. Alsh 1

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Improving Political Literacy

Glow Meet – Web Conferencing in Education

Jenny Gilruth, Development Officer, Education Scotland

Jen McDougall, Glow Development Officer, Education Scotland

The 3-18 Social Studies curriculum impact report (2012) identified political literacy as a key area for improvement. And the 2014 Referendum on Independence provides one focal point for increased effective learning around democratic citizenship and active participation.

Web conferencing is transforming the way in which people communicate with one another all over the world and Glow Meet provides this tool free within the Glow Portal.

This session will encourage practitioners to reflect on how they are meeting relevant experiences and outcomes, explore the forms that effective practice can take, and describe the partners and resources which support teachers in this activity.

• how Glow Meet can be used as a collaborative tool;

As well as looking at Glow TV and the national events, in this session we will also be looking at: • how partner organisations are using Glow Meet more and more; • how Professional Learning can be delivered through Glow Meet; • how to get yourself involved in these events!

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Glaxo Smith Kline Partnership with Montrose Cluster Schools Alita Spink, Education Support Officer, Angus Council This session will exemplify how the partnership between Glaxo Smith Kline and Montrose cluster schools enhances future prospects for young people of Montrose by: • sharing knowledge and expertise in technical and life skills; • encouraging and developing interest in science and technology; • providing practical workplace advice, experience, mentoring and visits to the site.

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The Edinburgh Guarantee – A Story of Strong Leadership and Successful Partnership Karen Prophet, Senior Education Manager (Quality and Curriculum), City of Edinburgh Council The Edinburgh Guarantee is our vision that all young people in Edinburgh will be guaranteed the opportunity to achieve a positive destination on leaving school. The presentation will describe effective partnerships and strong leadership of the Guarantee at all Levels: • within the Council; • within Key Partners; • within Schools.

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3-18 Curriculum Impact Review: Literacy and English

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Education Scotland’s Building Capacity for Continuous Improvement Strategy

Janie McManus, HMI, Education Scotland Education Scotland will be holding round table discussions in order to provide practitioners with the opportunity to share their views on how well they think learners are developing their literacy and English skills.

Lesley Brown, HMI, Education Scotland This session will explore how Education Scotland will build the capacity of providers and practitioners to continuously improve. Through discussion, we will focus on: • how we use self-evaluation for improvement (looking inwards); • how we learn from others through sharing innovative practice and learning from research (looking outwards); and • how we use creative and innovative approaches to bring about transformative change (looking forwards).

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Wednesday 25 September – 16.15 English Language Class Arts Exhibition Project: East Kilbride Iain Yuill, Community Learning Worker, Community Learning and Home School Partnership Service

Short & Sweet: short films as a route to developing Modern Foreign Languages Sarah Derrick, Head of Education, Dundee Contemporary Arts

By addressing the overall needs of adult learners and incorporating them in class work the learners motivation, progress and confidence improved considerably.

This session will share some examples of short films (and frameworks for exploiting them fully) that can be used in the ML classroom to:

In this session will share our experiences in the following.

• develop higher-order thinking skills – interpretation, analysis, evaluation;

• addressing overall needs of learners; • advantages of partnership work;

• promote active learning – visual literacy, listening, talking, writing;

• encourage collaborative working – pair/groupwork, communication skills;

• influencing future community practice; • improving workers’ knowledge of practical benefits of CfE from an Adult learning perspective.

• apply learning – cultural significance, global differences/similarities.



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Social Studies: what’s on the third horizon?

Maths and Numeracy: what’s on the third horizon?

Lynne Robertson, Senior Education Officer, Education Scotland

Jim Lally, Senior Education Officer, Education Scotland

Come and join in a conversation about the future of social studies. Hosting the conversation is Lynne Robertson, Education Scotland’s new Senior Education Officer for Social Studies. We will look at how the curriculum, learning and teaching are evolving in response to learners’ needs in a changing world. We will look at innovation and its impact on learning and teaching.

Come and join in a conversation about the future of learning and teaching in the area of numeracy and mathematics. Hosting the conversation is Jim Lally, acting Senior Education Officer for this area of the curriculum. In particular the session will focus on: • how the curriculum, learning, teaching and assessment are evolving in response to learners’ needs in a changing world. • innovation and its impact on learning and teaching.


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Thursday 26 September – 09.30 Engaging and Empowering Young Scientists – investigating the past to plan for the future

Making the link – successful schools working in challenging circumstances

Lorna Shipley, Teacher, Middleton Park School

Aileen Hollywood, Development Officer, Education Scotland

This seminar will share one school’s creative approach in delivering IDL with a science focus:

This thought-provoking seminar examines key features of successful educational practice and their complex interplays. It is presented by a small group of Scottish secondary schools that are highly successful, but which clearly achieve this against a backdrop of challenging circumstances. Just how exactly do these schools make the link between challenging circumstances and positive outcomes for their young people? All will be revealed…

• practical ideas for the classroom practitioner; • the benefits of partnership working; • the effective use of apple technology; • the pupils’ learning journey; • embedding this practice into school policy. Experiences will be shared from a Head Teacher, Class Teacher and pupil perspective. Alsh 1

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Raising the bar in mathematics: changing hearts and minds

The Impact of Mobile 1:1 Technology in Transforming Learning

Carol Lyon, Education Support Officer, Angus Council

Anne Munro, Head Teacher, Bellshill Academy

In Angus, we believe that all learners can achieve in mathematics, given access to appropriate learning experiences, delivered by teachers skilled in the use of diagnostic assessment and responsive planning. This workshop will showcase how, through engaging in high quality CPD and professional dialogue, teachers are closing the attainment gap.

Bellshill Academy has been involved in a large-scale pilot of tablet computers on a 1:1 basis. As part of this pilot all pupils in one year group carry an iPad with them every day for use in school and at home. This session will share the school’s iPad journey and highlight: • the rationale for the project; • the technical support developed for the project; • pupil experiences of using the iPad to facilitate their learning; • the impact of 1:1 mobile technology on learning and teaching.

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Community Learning and Development Strategic Guidance – how will it help us to transform lives through learning?

Probationers as Enquiring Professionals

Jackie Halawi, Senior Education Officer, Education Scotland

Collaborative Professional Enquiry encourages practitioners to engage in critical reflection of their own practice. With support from the University of Glasgow, teachers collaborate to develop an enquiring disposition towards teaching methodology.

This seminar will provide information on the content of the Guidance and its implications, with particular reference to delivering Curriculum for Excellence through partnership. It will then provide the opportunity for participants to explore the relevance of the Guidance in their own setting, whether this is school, college or community.

Ruth Wallace, Quality Improvement Officer, South Lanarkshire Council

In this session we will: • provide a brief overview of the Enquiry process; • review and exemplify some of the findings through practitioner presentations; • outline and discuss the potential benefits of this collaborative enquiry.

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Scottish Survey of Literacy and Numeracy: Improving Numeracy Numeracy and Maths Team, Education Scotland Aim of this session is to support raising attainment in numeracy across all stages by providing an opportunity to engage with the advice and guidance provided within the SSLN Numeracy Professional Learning resource as well as highlighting a sample of the support materials available. Further to this there will be an opportunity to engage in professional dialogue and reflection.

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Curriculum Impact Reviews: Health and wellbeing, responsibility of all, 3-18 Lesley Johnstone, HMI, Education Scotland The session will: • focus on key messages arising from the curriculum impact review on the aspects of health and wellbeing that are the responsibility of all, which was undertaken in 2012/13; • invite participants to engage in conversations about the key messages arising from the findings, including working out solutions to how we will address the areas for development and challenges outlined in the report.

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Thursday 26 September – 09.30 Curriculum Impact Reviews: Religious and moral education, 3-18

Early Years Collaborative

Patricia Watson, HMI, Education Scotland

Representatives from Education Scotland and the Scottish Government

The session will:

The Early Years Collaborative is a major Scottish Government initiative which is intended to be delivered over the next three years. The Early Years Collaborative seeks to deliver tangible outcomes and reduce inequalities for Scotland`s children.

• focus on key messages arising from the curriculum impact review on religious and moral education, religious education in Roman Catholic schools and religious observance undertaken in 2012/13; • invite participants to engage in conversations about the key messages arising from the findings, including working out solutions to how we will address the areas for development and challenges outlined in the report.

This seminar will focus on aspects of the collaborative which are being rolled out across authorities. The seminar will be delivered by Education Scotland staff and a representative from Scottish Government.



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Global Citizenship – Bringing It All Together

Using Memory Blogs for Intergenerational Learning

Shona Richardson, Principal Teacher, Juniper Green Primary School

Claire Griffiths, Teacher, Lossiemouth High School

Bringing It All Together will demonstrate how we plan and deliver global citizenship through the 4 contexts of learning at Juniper Green Primary School.

This seminar will share two Innovative Blogs:

In this session, we will discuss our work in Eco, Rights Respecting and Global Schools as well as Outdoor Learning. Along with our learners, we will share: • our whole school approach; • planning under the 4 contexts;

Moray Heritage Memory Project. • young people seeing how learning has transformed the lives and experiences of older people in their own community; • young people engaged in high quality learning experiences utilising a wide range of interdisciplinary skills; • schools working in partnership with their local community;

• the learners’ journey;

• young people embracing the core inter-generational aspects of the project.

• comments, challenges and celebrations. Morar

Keith Primary School Memory Blog;

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Education Showcase In the exhibition, this presentation area features a range of activities for all those attending SLF See the SLF website for more information and the timetable of presentations 18

Thursday 26 September – 10.45 Transforming Lives through Assessment – perspectives from Norway and Scotland

Developing the curriculum in special schools – a broad general education?

Louise Hayward, Professor, University of Glasgow

Ken McAra, HMI, Education Scotland

This session will invite people attending to reflect on their own experiences and evidence from Assessment for Learning in Norway and Scotland – what works in schools and classrooms and why? What role should learners play? What matters in making assessment for learning sustainable and what gets in the way? Finally, the session will identify implications for future curriculum and assessment reform.

Special schools in Scotland face particular challenges as they implement Curriculum for Excellence, taking into account the unique context of each school and the range of children and young people with additional support needs that they make provision for.

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This session focuses on the transformative change process adopted by Woodlands School, Edinburgh, and how this has involved and affected young people, their parents, school staff and the wider community.

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Improving Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)

Glow is changing – see the evolving solution

Dr Heather Reid OBE

Glow Team, Education Scotland

Improving Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education is a key priority within Curriculum for Excellence. It is also vitally important in economic and social terms in helping to create a strong, dynamic Scottish economy which offers learners opportunities to participate in society as scientifically-literate citizens and progress into exciting and fulfilling careers – including those within the STEM sector. This seminar will also illustrate the transformational potential that exists by showcasing the achievements of Perth High Cluster in addressing issues relating to progression, skills and transition within the science curriculum and in building practitioner confidence.

The past year has been an exciting one for Glow with the migration of user content and the introduction of new tools and services. Work continues and this seminar provides the opportunity for delegates to hear about these new tools and services and the roadmap for Glow.

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GTC Scotland Professional Standards – supporting the professional learning of Scottish teachers Gillian Hamilton, Head of Educational Services, General Teaching Council Scotland The revised GTCS Standards will be in use from Aug ’13. The revised suite of standards includes the Standards for Registration, the Standard for Career-Long Professional Learning and the Standards for Leadership and Management. The session will outline key features of the standards and explore their use in supporting professional learning throughout a teacher’s career, including their use as part of the GTCS Professional Update process.

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The National Literacy Action Plan and Libraries Cleo Jones, Manager: Information & Learning Resources, City of Edinburgh Council

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Supporting the new National Qualifications Linda Rae, Education Officer, Education Scotland; Jacqui Murray, CfE Liaison Team Leader, SQA This seminar will be jointly delivered by SQA and Education Scotland staff. The seminar will consider current developments relating to the new National Qualifications and the support which is available for practitioners. Participants at this seminar will have the opportunity to contribute to the discussion.

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Teaching Scotland’s Future Working in partnership – a strengthened model of professional learning through the mentoring process Alison Fox, Programme Director, University of Stirling

The National Literacy Action Plan and Libraries. Cleo Jones (Manager, Information & Learning, Edinburgh), Katrina Brodin (Library Manager, Glasgow) and Yvonne Manning (Principal Librarian, Falkirk). Libraries are a critical partner in the delivery of the NLAP within local authorities. Members of The Scottish Library and Information Council’s advisory group consider ways in which libraries contribute to the raising of literacy standards and provide examples of local authority LAPs.

The session will provide participants with an awareness of the mentoring process as a tool to enhance professional learning. They will be briefed on the partnership pilot and the impact of this on the mentors, mentees and the strong links between universities and local authority. The Education Scotland Mentoring Matters online resource will be promoted and participants will have opportunities to engage in reflection discussions related to this resource.

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Thursday 26 September – 10.45 PE – NQ’s: Advice and Guidance

Raising the bar through continuing engagement

Greg Coburn, PEPAS Development Officer, Education Scotland

Shona Taylor, HMI, Education Scotland

The session will look at how approaches to teaching and learning can be used to support pupils in taking an enquiry-based approach to their learning. These approaches will include, for example, the use of Graphic Organisers, Q charts and KWL charts. The seminar will also consider the need to build from the BGE into NQs rather than having a top-down approach to curriculum delivery.

Continuing engagement in the early years is a new approach by Education Scotland which is actively contributing to centre improvement. In this session we will share: • the rationale for continuing engagement; • the wide range of activities, planned alongside pre-school establishments, which are helping to build the capacity of establishments and practitioners to improve their own performance; • the impact on outcomes for children.


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Food and Health Peer Education Transition Project Frances Duffy, Curricular Leader Health and Wellbeing, Boroughmuir High School


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Primary/Secondary Transition CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning) in Action Sheila Speirs, Head Teacher, Noble Primary School

Boroughmuir High School has developed a programme of learning in health and wellbeing for all learners in S3 and S4. Within this, pupils all take part in a peer education project based round the food and health organiser.

Bellshill Academy Modern Languages department and Noble Primary piloted a CLIL project in session 2012-2013. Our aim was to immerse the pupils in French, while teaching a different curricular area. In this session we will:

The teachers and young people involved will share their experiences of the project and the additional benefits it has brought to both the cluster and high school. They will also highlight value of this type of work in the transition process in terms of progression of learning and the mental, emotional, social and physical wellbeing of the young people.

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• showcase the learning; • share both pupil and staff evaluations; • explain how we plan to make this pilot sustainable.

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SLF Exhibition Make sure you visit the exhibition for: • access to over 150 exhibitors • opportunity to discover and interact with the latest educational technology and resources For more information visit 20

Thursday 26 September – 12.00 Transforming lives: engaging with parents and carers through learning

Successful transitions to and from senior phase

Molly Page, Development Officer, Mental Health and Wellbeing, City of Edinburgh Council

Eddie Broadley, Senior Education Officer, Education Scotland

Since 2007, Growing Confidence has been delivering holistic training and support. The session will showcase the parents’ and carers’ element of Growing Confidence – Raising Children with Confidence (RCWC). The session will:

What makes for successful transitions from the S1-S3 BGE to the Senior Phase and beyond? How will you know? This seminar raises some key issues which secondary schools and their partners should be considering as they further develop their provision for the transitions from broad general education at the S1 to S3 stages to the senior phase and beyond.

• Give feedback on the evaluation of over 800 parents and carers involvement in RCWC in Edinburgh. • Discuss how this course is being rolled out across Scotland via the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) Endorsed Growing Confidence Development Programme. Alsh 1

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Health and Wellbeing: what’s on the third horizon?

Learning experiences through Glow – partnership working

Suzanne Hargreaves, Senior Education Officer, Education Scotland

Anna Rossvoll, Emerging Technologies Development Officer, Education Scotland

Come and join in a conversation about the future of health and wellbeing. Hosting the conversation is Suzanne Hargreaves, Education Scotland’s new Senior Education Officer for Health and Wellbeing. We will look at how the curriculum, learning and teaching are evolving in response to learners’ needs in a changing world.

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Supporting Career-Long Professional Learning: Enhancing Classroom Practice Caroline Bayne, Principal Officer, City of Edinburgh Council

Creative interdisciplinary learning experiences are being successfully led through Glow in partnership with creative colleagues across Scotland. You will be provided with an overview of the planning and implementation of this transferable model of practice and an outline of future creative interdisciplinary learning opportunities.

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The Youth Jobs Fund (YJF) Experience in South Lanarkshire Evelyn McCluskey, Routes To Inclusion Development Officer, South Lanarkshire Council

In this interactive workshop we would like to share an example of one of the City of Edinburgh’s sustained professional learning opportunities which provides an impact on individual learning, practice and outcomes for others. Delegates will be given a brief overview of the programme and an opportunity to engage in professional dialogue about sustained professional learning and enquiry which has a direct impact on the individual’s learning and the outcomes for others.

The Youth Jobs Fund matches unemployed 16/17 year olds with real employment opportunities available with South Lanarkshire employers.

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This session will look at the YJF experience from two key perspectives: • the young person – considering their journey into employment, with the benefit of the YJF subsidy, vocational training and worker support; • the employer – how employers are sourced and supported to specifically match the aspirations of the potential recruits. Seminar Code C 2 H

Numeracy: Planning for transition – a cluster based approach

Global Citizenship: do their attitudes really change?

Paul Smith, PT Maths, Inverclyde Academy

David Miller, Professor of Primary Education, University of Dundee

Target audience: primary/secondary/special/senior managers/QIO. This session provides an opportunity to hear about one possible model for monitoring and tracking pupil performance in numeracy at the transition of primary and secondary. Representatives from the Inverclyde cluster share their journey of planning learning in their cluster, how they focused discussion to agree on planning format, developed a model to assist in appropriate progression and planned a review of the model.

In this session we describe a collaborative venture between teachers and children from 8 primary schools in Fife, researchers from the University of Dundee and a consultant in Global Education. The researchers were interested in whether children’s learning experiences influenced their attitudes towards a range of global issues. In the presentation you will hear about the project work undertaken, a summary of key research findings and views from children and teachers involved in the project.

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Thursday 26 September – 12.00 Moving Image Education: Screening Shorts

Better Movers and Thinkers (BMT)

Joan Parr, Portfolio Manager – Education, Creative Scotland

John French, PEPAS Development Officer, Education Scotland

Teaching film is an important pedagogy in promoting 21st Century literacy skills.

If I teach you to move, I teach you to think.

• promote film education to improve learning in all sectors;

The BMT Programme’s clear intention is to support and enhance the process of learning, by motivating children to engage in that process through purposeful physical activity, and use this activity to support the acquisition of key cognitive skills.

• a beginners’ guide to media education;

BMT is different and built on good practice.

This session will showcase the new additions to the popular Screening Shorts free resource and aims to:

• build confidence in using moving image to promote literacy skills; • showcase effective practice in moving image education.


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Science for all – turning citizens into scientists

Religious and Moral Education: what’s on the third horizon?

Ian Menzies, Senior Education Officer, Education Scotland

Joe Walker, Senior Education Officer, Education Scotland

Citizen Science activities provide learners, families and community groups with an accessible way to gather scientific data in their local environment and share this with the wider scientific community. The possibilities for scientific discovery and engagement of learners from all sectors are endless – from recording biodiversity in school grounds or monitoring soil quality or weather and climate changes using simple surveys. This session will showcase practice from the two year pilot.

Come and join in a conversation about the future of religious and moral education. Hosting the conversation is Joe Walker, Education Scotland’s new Senior Education Officer for Religious and Moral Education. We will look at how the curriculum, learning and teaching are evolving in response to learners’ needs in a changing world.



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Cultural Village Visit the Cultural Village in the exhibition to find out what resources are available from Creative Scotland to enhance your teaching and learning


Thursday 26 September – 13.15 Monitoring and Tracking Progress – The Approach taken by Glasgow City Council

Quality and equity in education: what can we learn from PISA?

Claire Harvey, QIO, Glasgow City Council

Francesa Borgonovi, Analyst, OECD

In this session, we will discuss:

In the workshop Francesca will examine what lessons emerge from the different policies and practices adopted by strong performing education systems and rapid improvers in PISA and how these could be relevant for Scotland’s attempts to promote learning opportunities for all.

• the principles of tracking progress within the broad general education; • the processes in place to monitor progress; • the essential elements of any product used as a management information system. Senior managers from both primary and secondary schools will exemplify their approach to tracking progress within the broad general education.

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Capturing the Learner Voice in Scotland’s colleges

3-18 Curriculum Impact Review: Technologies

Jan Davidson, HMI, Education Scotland

Bill Geddes, HMI, Education Scotland

In this session, we will discuss

Education Scotland will be holding round table discussions in order to provide practitioners with the opportunity to share their views on how well they think learners are developing their skills in technologies.

• how Student Team Members operate as part of a college review team; • the benefits Student Team Members bring to external reviews; • how Student Team Members are regarded by the college sector and its learners, and by Education Scotland. The workshop will consist of a presentation by a Student Team Member. Those attending the workshop will have an opportunity to ask questions and join a discussion about this important area of Education Scotland’s work.

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The Framework for Educational Leadership – All Sectors

Online professional learning communities on Glow

Laura McAllister, DO Leadership and Management, Education Scotland

Con Morris, CPD Adviser, Education Scotland

The framework will be used in the design of leadership development programmes, as well as leadership programme planning by a range of providers.

Before the session, we will ask you to look at a short, online thoughtpiece on Teaching Scotland’s Future.

The session will provide participants with an awareness of the purpose and use of the resource.

• how online communities contribute to professional learning; and

They will be briefed on the model for Professional Growth in Leadership Learning and will have the opportunity to reflect on their own current professional learning activities and opportunities at local and national level.

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SSLN – Its place on a Global stage Mick Wilson, Head of Learning Analysis, Scottish Government The Scottish Survey of Literacy and Numeracy (SSLN) is a national, sample-based survey which Scottish Government uses to monitor performance in literacy and numeracy. This session will explore: • how the SSLN compares with other international surveys in terms of its approach; • what the results tell us about how Scotland is performing internationally;

During this session, we will discuss: • how we can track impact of PL on young people’s lives and learning. After the session, we will follow up on the impact of the seminar. (This session will also be available on Glow Meet.)

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A Nurturing Approach to Strong Emotional and Social Health and Wellbeing Gayle Minnis, Head Teacher, Eastbank Primary School The creation of a shared values system at Eastbank Primary underpins school ethos and expectations. This pro-active approach to emotional and social health and wellbeing develops resilience in all children, inclusive of those most vulnerable. The process involves fostering positive working partnerships with a range of agencies, the wider community and parents and carers.

• how comparisons can help us identify where we are doing well, where we have work to do and how to develop the survey in the future. Dochart 1

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Thursday 26 September – 13.15 Stand Up to Sectarianism

Glenlee’s Approach to Transforming Lives through Learning

Jo MacDonald, Senior Development Worker, Youth Scotland

Angela Heasman, Depute Head Teacher, Glenlee Primary

The Stand Up to Sectarianism project offers resources, training and funding to support learning providers to introduce and develop anti-sectarian activities in their own setting. This interactive workshop will introduce the causes, issues and impact of sectarianism in Scotland and focus on increasing the skills and confidence of learning providers to challenge sectarian behaviour in their groups.

Glenlee support children and families to engage positively with school life and learning at the earliest possible opportunity. A multi-agency approach and transition into nursery are essential. In this session we will discuss: • how we engage parents at nursery and pre-nursery level; • how attachment theory, changing practice, outdoor and active learning create learners who are independent, collaborative and highly motivated; and • how Children with attachment issues are identified and supported.


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Scottish Reform Group Recommendations

Bringing financial education to life in the primary classroom

Keir Bloomer

Claire Reid, Acting Principal Teacher, Cairns Primary School

Scotland’s schools offer high quality with remarkable consistency but they are no longer world-leading. Despite decades of effort, they have made little progress in tackling disadvantage. All too often, they do not transform lives. How can we raise the bar at the same time as ensuring that every child has a chance to get over it?

In this session we will discuss: • the importance of teaching financial education; • the benefits of teaching financial education; • how we teach financial education in Cairns Primary School; and • how the children have responded to our Financial Education programme.


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CLD Village Come and meet over 20 practitioners successfully helping to deliver learning in the community


SLF 2013 Conference Programme  

SLF 2013 Conference Programme

SLF 2013 Conference Programme  

SLF 2013 Conference Programme