Articles tagged with: teaching

Open Day at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland is holding an open day on Sunday 20 September for the Transitions 20/40 programme. The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s ground-breaking Transitions 20/40 Programme plays a vital role in supporting people from key postcode areas to explore their potential in the performing and production arts by being part of RCS classes […]

Teacher shortages summit announced

Six councils in the north east and north of Scotland have today (Wednesday 26 August) united to tackle teacher shortages in their schools. (Read the story on BBC News) This has concerned SPTC and our members for some time. We wrote to the former Cabinet Secretary on the topic in 2014 (download the letter here) as […]

Parents Connect at Scottish Learning Festival 2015

This year SPTC will again be part of our Parents Connect stand at the Scottish Learning Festival along with NPFS, the Scottish Government and Education Scotland, plus some guest organisations The festival takes place at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre in Glasgow on 23 and 24 September. It’s totally free to register and you can see the […]

SQA release statement on 2015 exam results

Today (4 August) the Scottish Qualifications Agency (SQA) announced the results for National Courses and Awards 2015. Results certificates are being sent to 142,862 candidates across Scotland. The candidates have been rewarded for completing coursework, exams and unit assessments throughout the academic year 2014-15 in a wide range of qualifications and subjects. Dr Janet Brown, SQA’s chief […]

Media Issues for August

School meals Do children go hungry in the school holidays? (BBC News, 03/08/2015) Benefit cuts mean this summer holiday has been even more hungry than usual (Guardian, 05/08/2015) PARENTS and carers of city pupils have ruled out any move to close or cut the number of breakfast clubs in schools. (Herald Scotland, 26/08/2015) Exam results […]

Media issues for July

Named Person MINISTERS are under pressure to rethink controversial plans to appoint a state-appointed guardian to look after the welfare of every child in Scotland after dozens of groups raised concerns. (Herald Scotland, 01/07/2015) POLICE have warned of a “lack of clarity” over flagship government plans for every Scottish child to have a state-appointed guardian. […]

Media issues for April

Higher Education Several colleges did not handle cuts in the number of senior staff during a major reform programme as well as they could have, according to the public spending watchdog (BBC News, 02/04/2015) Budget watchdog says Scotland’s further education colleges managed their finances and organisation well through the process of merging into bigger public […]

Scotland China Education Network (SCEN) Ambassador’s Conference – September 2014

September 2014 On 29 September the Scotland China Education Network (SCEN) held its Ambassador’s Conference at the Playfair Library, Edinburgh. SCEN was founded in 2006 with the aim of bringing together organisations and individuals with an interest in promoting the teaching and learning of Chinese language and culture. The theme of the conference was ‘Chinese: […]

Media issues for October 2014

Higher Education Undergraduates and employers reap benefits, says Alastair Sim. (Scotsman, 02/10/2014) A GROUNDBREAKING initiative to teach Advanced Highers to pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds at a university hub rather than school has been backed by the Education Secretary. (Herald Scotland, 02/10/2014) EDINBURGH is the highest at 36th in the world, followed by Glasgow at 94, […]

19 Meaningful questions you should ask your child’s teacher

Edutopia published this article in August all about questions that parents can ask their child’s teacher in order to better clarify what’s happening in the classroom. We applaud any effort to close the gap between parent and classroom however we feel that some of the questions were worded from the perspective of an educational professional rather […]

Exam Results and next steps – information for parents

Exam results Your child will receive their Scottish Qualifications Certificate by mail on Tuesday 5 August 2014. If they have registered with MySQA they will also receive their results by email or text on the same day. If your child doesn’t understand their certificate or if they think something is missing or wrong, they should […]

Does additional support mean one-to-one support in class?

Major new survey highlights heavy teacher workload and stress

The Educational Institute of Scotland, Scotland’s largest union of teachers, have released the results of their survey on teacher well being and workload. Almost 7000 teachers took part in the survey which aimed to determine levels of teacher satisfaction within the profession. It asked questions on these specific areas: – background details for teachers/lecturers – […]

Scottish Government announce £1 million funding for second language learning in schools

The Scottish Government have just announced a £1 million investment in language teaching for schools in Scotland. This will take language funding in Scotland in 2014/2015 to a total of £5 million. These funds will be given to local authorities and will be used to support schools, teachers and pupils in their learning of languages. […]

Teachers given chance to take masters in education

The Educational Institute Scotland (EIS) in partnership with City & Guilds have secured funding from the Scottish government that will allow up to 200 teachers to undertake the Masters in Education Program. The online Masters Level Learning Programme Unit 1 (SCQF Level 11) primarily focuses on Additional Support Needs (ASN). Through critical reading and professional […]

Media Issues for March 2014

Early Learning and Child Care The age children start school should be lowered to four to help create a “level playing field” for all youngsters, a think tank has suggested. (The Courier, 02/03/2014) Private school child care probed. (The Courier, 10/03/2014) A nursery run by the City of Edinburgh Council has achieved a clean sweep […]

Media issues for January 2014

Teachers The Scottish Government has made over £1 million available to help teachers in their first teaching jobs. (Scottish Government website, 06/01/14) TEACHERS have called for changes to the law to ensure nursery school children are taught by qualified teachers. (Herald Scotland, 30/01/2014) Young people According to a study published by the Prince’s Trust, three […]

SPTC position on issue of Scottish Referendum in Schools, May 2013

The Scottish Parliament has confirmed that in the 2014 Scottish independence referendum, young people aged 16 and 17 will have the opportunity to vote (ie two years earlier than in local and national government elections). Since many 16 and 17 year-olds are at school, SPTC has considered the question of how (and indeed if) the […]

Government announces new focus on Attainment, March 2013

Cabinet Secretary for Education, Mike Russell, has announced plans to set up a system of  ‘partner’ schools to drive up standards. Here’s a link to the press release issued on 28 March. SPTC’s view is that Mike Russell’s assessment of the situation in our schools is clear and accurate. He is also right when he […]

By Diverse Means: Report from the Commission on School Reform, March 2013

Parents urged by Commission to be more discerning of schools The Commission on School Reform has published its report, By Diverse Means. Launching the report on 4 March, chairman Keir Bloomer urged parents to be more discerning and demanding of their child’s school and not to settle for good enough. The Commission was set up […]