How to use this self-evaluation resource approach to improve practice
This approach includes videos of keynote speeches delivered by Jane Renton and Joan Esson of Education Scotland; Bruce Robertson of Bòrd na Gàidhlig and Bernard Chisholm and Angus MacLennan of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar. Education Scotland's Advice on Gaelic Education could usefully be used with the following Quality Indicators in planning for improvement:
- 1.1 Self-evaluation for self-improvement
- 1.2 Leadership of learning
- 1.3 Leadership of change
- 2.2 Curriculum
- 2.3 Learning, teaching and assessment
- 2.4 Personalised support
- 2.5 Family learning
- 2.6 Transitions
- 2.7 Partnerships
- 3.2 Raising attainment and achievement/Securing children’s progress
- 3.3 Increasing creativity and employability/Developing creativity and skills for life and learning
The recordings can be listened to individually, by groups of practitioners, or as part of a whole-school professional learning opportunity.
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Presentation by Joan Esson
“Partnership and collaboration are significant features of a highly-effective school and a high-performing learning system” How good is our school?
Joan Esson’s presentation highlights the findings of inspections for Gaelic Education, both strengths and drivers of improvement. It also advises on improving the curriculum 3-18. This presentation may be used by all sectors.
The presentation themes support planning for improvement by:
- Examining strengths from inspection evidence
- Increasing the focus on Gaelic in the leadership of self-evaluation by using Education Scotland's Advice on Gaelic Education
- Articulating professional learning to the bespoke elements of Gaelic Medium Education
- Raising attainment and fluency through effective approaches to immersion
- Focusing on free-flow play, interactions and immersion in early learning and childcare centres and across the early level
- Increasing collaboration and continuity in the secondary curriculum.
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Presentation by Angus MacLennan
Angus MacLennan’s presentation shares practice in how the Nicolson Institute, Stornoway, Lewis improved their secondary curriculum for both Gaelic Learner and Medium Education. This presentation describes how:
- the rationale of the curriculum embeds Gaelic
- learner pathways promote progression from the broad general education to the senior phase
- the four contexts of the curriculum are used to raise attainment and fluency of young people learning Gaelic and through Gaelic
- young people’s skills for learning, life and work are developed, particularly by working with partners.
PDF file: Improving Secondary Practice Gaelic Learner and Medium Education - Angus MacLennan (English version) (1.3 MB)
PDF file: Improving Secondary Practice Gaelic Learner and Medium Education - Angus MacLennan (Gaelic version) (1.3 MB)
Presentation by Bernard Chisholm
Bernard Chisholm’s presentation highlights how Comhairle nan Eilean Siar are setting up an e-sgoil to increase the use of digital technology in the delivery of the curriculum. Funding has been secured from Bòrd na Gàidhlig to design and develop an online learning environment that will provide high-quality learning through Gaelic to which all Gaelic Medium secondaries in Scotland can link. E-sgoil aims to deliver subjects through Gaelic as well as other contexts of the curriculum. Practitioners will be able to share lessons and materials no matter where they are in Scotland.
PDF file: Delivering a GM Curriculum Using Digital Technology - Bernard Chisholm
Video: Presentations from Conference on Gaelic Education
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Discussions to impact on strategic planning
Delegates participated in discussions to identify how the next national Gaelic Language Plan can support education.