Education Scotland Newsletter Nov 2017

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 November 2017

News for Parents and Carers

Welcome to the Parents and Carers e-bulletin.  This has some of the latest news, events and information on educational developments that may affect you or your child.  The Parents and Carers e-bulletin also has details of new resources and activities to help you support your child’s learning.

Own your future by learning new skills online

MyClyde is the exciting new home of online learning from Glasgow Clyde College. The world class e-learning courses put you in control of your learning. Learn at your own pace, wherever and whenever you want.

One of the courses on offer is the Counting on a Greener Scotland (COGS). The original course was funded by Education Scotland. This has been used by many people to learn about weather, climate change and energy and to improve their numeracy skills.  Find out more here.

STEM careers activity pack for parents

This pack has been designed by Future Morph (web-based initiative) to help parents and children to learn together through fun science, technology, engineering and mathematics activities. The activity pack can be found here.  Further information about STEM is available here.

Digital Books

Glasgow Caledonian University is working with children and young people from 3-18 across various communities in Glasgow, London and New York to produce Digital Books in the ‘Molly and Cally’ adventure series.  Find out more here.

Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP)

The MVP programme takes place in secondary schools around Scotland. Senior pupils are trained to deliver the programme to younger pupils in their school. The workshops they run challenge pupils to think about violence and bullying and what they can safely do to challenge this. This helps to build positive relationships and a safe environment in the school and the community. Find out more here.

Live streaming – responding to the risks

Live streaming is the broadcasting of real-time, live video to an audience over the internet. Parents can find out more information on the risks of live streaming and how to report a concern here.

Cost of the School Day Parent Council toolkit

National Parent Forum for Scotland (NPFS) and Child Poverty Action Group in Scotland (CPAG) are delighted to launch a national Cost of the School Day toolkit resource for Parent Councils across Scotland. The toolkit is designed to help Parent Councils review and audit current practices in their schools and consider the impact of costs on families.  Further information can be found on the NPFS or CPAG websites.  You can also get in touch for hard copies.

P1-3 activity bags

Over the next few months, families with children in P1-3 will get a free activity bag. This includes a Bookbug bag for P1 and a Read, Write, Count bag for P2-3. These activity bags will help you to read, write and count together with your child.  Find out more information on how to use the bag on the Read Write Count website.

Early Learning and Childcare recruitment

Thousands of new jobs will be created in the Early Learning and Childcare sector during the next few years. This can be a very worthwhile and rewarding career. The Career Changers section of the website has lots of useful information for anyone considering working in this sector.

Further information on the Scottish Government’s plans to expand early learning and childcare can be found here.

Scotland’s National Centre for Languages (SCILT) news

Family Languages event –  save the date     

SCILT is delighted to be hosting a Family Languages event for young people and their families on Saturday 17 March 2018 at the University of Strathclyde.  Families will have the opportunity to take part in a wide range of intergenerational activities to celebrate and promote languages and cultural diversity. There will be something to suit every member of the family, including bilingual puppet shows, Chinese calligraphy, language taster sessions and much more. More details to follow, but in the meantime, save the date.


Languages Beyond School

As the UCAS application process gets underway, encourage your child to check out the ‘Beyond School’ section of the SCILT website if they are thinking of continuing their language studies. This section contains useful information to help senior pupils decide on the different language courses and options available at college, university or as part of a gap year. There are also links to courses available in Scotland and across the UK.


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