News RSS FeedCopyright (c) 2020 Activeditionen<![CDATA[National award for secondary teachers using creativity in maths and computer science launches]]>The hunt is on for secondary maths and computer science teachers using inventive ways to give young people the chance to get creative and solve problems.

Nesta, the UK innovation foundation, is launching Classroom Changemakers, a new award programme to unearth, celebrate and share great teaching ideas. 15 winners will be awarded £5,000 each towards furthering their subjects at their schools.

The World Economic Forum previously identified complex problem solving and creativity as two of the top three essential skills for work in 2020. The Scottish Government has prioritised creative learning and problem solving as important skills for the future workforce and STEM as core components of its Curriculum for Excellence.

This Nesta award aims to celebrate the teachers that are helping students to meet the demand that there will be for these skills in the future workplace, and to ensure that young people from all backgrounds are prepared. Teachers and teaching assistants will be recognised for finding exciting ways of giving students the chance to use a broader range of skills.

Applications for the award are open from today (20 January) on the Nesta website until 24 February 2020. Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed in March, with the winners being announced at an awards ceremony in April.

Applicants are encouraged to show how they have tested their ideas in the classroom, its impact on young people, and what inspired them to develop it. There will be a particular interest in initiatives that link maths or computer science to real-world problems or inspire a diverse range of students to engage with these subjects.

Adam Lang, Head of Nesta in Scotland, said: “Teachers across Scotland are doing an amazing job of inspiring our young people to engage with learning and we want to champion those taking innovative and creative approaches.

“Young people today need to be prepared for a society and a world of work that is changing rapidly. Being able to think creatively and solve problems are essential skills that will help our young people to succeed now and in the future.

“In an increasingly tech-driven society, maths, science and computing will be ever-more important, as will the ability to adapt and apply these disciplines creatively to the challenges we will face in the future. Recognising the vital role that today’s teachers play in this is what this award is all about.”

Nesta held a roundtable in Edinburgh in November 2019 with experts and practitioners (including a representative from GTCS) to discuss technology's role in preparing young people for the workforce of tomorrow.

Nesta has a history of scaling innovations that aim to improve young people’s skills; for example through the Future Ready Fund programme and Maths Mission. Nesta has also supported initiatives focused on computer science, encouraging young people to learn coding.

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<![CDATA[Registration of EU teachers after Brexit]]>

14 January 2020

GTC Scotland has been closely monitoring the potential impact of Brexit on our registration processes and putting measures in place to ensure we are fully prepared for whatever happens next.

As an EU Member State the UK currently has access to the Internal Market Information (IMI) database which allows us to access information about EU citizens applying for registration to teach in Scotland.

If the UK leaves the European Union on 31 January 2020 without a deal, it is likely that we will lose access to the IMI database.

We have, however, well established, rigorous processes in place to register individuals who apply for registration from outside the EU, and these rest-of-world processes can be put in place immediately for EU applicants, should we lose access to the IMI database. 

While the IMI database is a useful information-sharing platform, losing access to it will not prevent GTCS undertaking rigorous checks on overseas applicants. GTCS has for decades registered teachers from non-EU countries where no IMI database exists.

If you qualified to teach in an EU Member State you can still apply to teach in Scotland after Brexit, but the process and assessment criteria could be different.

Find out more about the process and criteria to register to teach in Scotland

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<![CDATA[GTC Scotland takes responsibility for college lecturers’ Professional Standards]]>10 December 2019

The General Teaching Council for Scotland has been given responsibility for Professional Standards for Lecturers in Scotland’s Colleges by the Scottish Government.

The modernised set of Professional Standards, developed in partnership with GTC Scotland, were launched by College Development Network (CDN) in November 2018, on behalf of Scottish Government.

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The Standards firmly embed the importance of digital approaches in learning, teaching and assessment and for the first time, include the professional values of a lecturer in Scotland’s colleges.

The transfer of the Professional Standards is the latest stage in the programme to register college lecturers with GTC Scotland, which arose from the National Joint Negotiating Committee settlement agreement of 2017.

Further Education Minister Richard Lochhead said: “Our ambition is to provide Scotland’s colleges with an adaptive, engaged and professionalised workforce, with a focus on developing good practice, co-ordination and partnership working across the whole education system. The transfer of ownership of Professional Standards for Lecturers in Scotland’s Colleges to the General Teaching Council for Scotland supports these aims.”

Ken Muir, Chief Executive and Registrar of GTC Scotland and Chair of the College Lecturer Registration Working Group, said: “The transfer of the Professional Standards to GTC Scotland is another important step in acknowledging the professionalism of lecturers and their ongoing commitment to professional learning. We look forward to working with partners across the college sector to offer lecturers a suite of services to support their ongoing professional development.’

Further information

GTC Scotland plans to review the Professional Standards for Lecturers in Scotland’s Colleges in early 2020 as part of the College Lecturer Registration Working Group (CLRWG).

CLRWG including representatives from GTCS, EIS FELA, Colleges Scotland, Scottish Government and universities offering the Teaching Qualification in Further Education (TQFE) has been working on the development of a bespoke registration model for college lecturers since early 2019. Two key sub-groups have been set up to help develop pathways to registration for lecturers.

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<![CDATA[Anti-racism Creative Competition launches for 2020]]>

Show Racism the Red Card Scotland has launched its Creative Competition for 2020.

Each year the charity holds the Creative Competition which sees young people, from Primary 1 to FE, coming up with creative ways to promote messages of anti-racism.

The theme of this year's competition is 'Euro 2020', but young people are encouraged to be as creative as they like.

Scotland is a vibrant country with a past made up of people from all over the world. We want to get the message out to the rest of Europe that we are a country that celebrates diversity and values individuals no matter their background. Influences from all over the world have created the Scotland we live in today.

The categories are:

  • Additional Support for Learning
  • P1 - P2
  • P3 - P5
  • P6 - P7
  • S1 - S3
  • S4 - S6
  • FE/College

Young people can work as individuals and in groups. Entries can be anything from paintings and poetry, to dance, film or t-shirt design.

Information about the 2019 competition and the winners, can be found of the Show Racism the Red Card website.

Further information

Entries close on 31 January 2020. More information about the competition and entry forms can be found in the competition PDF.

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<![CDATA[Professional Learning opportunities by The Wood Foundation launch for 2020]]>The Wood Foundation has announced the launch of their Global Learning Partnerships (GLP) 2020 programme and the introduction of the RAiSE programme to Clackmannanshire and North Lanarkshire.


James Packham Rwanda 4The Wood Foundation’s GLP initiative, which involves a month-long summer placement in rural and city regions in Rwanda or Uganda upskilling educators in the country, enhances participants’ innovation, leadership and creativity skills. It has provided a career-defining and life-changing opportunity to more than 100 Scotland-based education practitioners and is inviting applications for its next cohort.

The programme is accredited by the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS), as well as being endorsed by Education Scotland. It is an 18-month programme which, alongside the placement, includes training and debrief weekends, support towards accreditation in Global Education within Learning for Sustainability and access to a collaborative professional network.

GLP is majority-funded by The Wood Foundation. The month in Rwanda and Uganda is delivered in partnership with local education charities which support the development of teacher trainers who cascade learning throughout the two countries.

Laura Hepburn travelled to East Africa in summer 2019. She said:
“I don’t think I could have ever visualised how much of an impact the week placement has had on me.  In what is realistically a very short space of time, my attitude and mindset has gone through a subtle change and I feel empowered as a practitioner.”

BF2A9296The Wood Foundation has also launched their RAiSE (Raising Aspirations in Science Education) programme in Clackmannanshire Council and North Lanarkshire Council, who have appointed Primary Science Development Officers (PSDOs) to develop and deliver professional learning, create STEM networks and organise community events for the authorities’ 18 primary schools.

The programme empowers teachers with the confidence and skills to deliver inspiring and motivating STEM lessons.

RAiSE is a programme of The Wood Foundation, Education Scotland, Scottish Government and participating local authorities.

An external report into the success of the pilot element of the programme earlier this year found that three quarters of teachers were more confident in their science teaching following involvement with the programme. The same figure stated that pupils’ STEM career aspirations had also increased.

Find out more

You can find out more about Global Learning Partnerships and RAiSE on The Wood Foundation website

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