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Sketching out a new career

​From Portmoak Primary School to scrutiny – that’s the career path of Education Scotland’s newest member of staff, Louise Gordon. Louise joins Education Scotland after eight years at Portmoak Primary School in Perth and Kinross, where she had a particular interest in outdoor and digital learning.

She said: 'Portmoak is a great wee school and a happy place to work and learn. As well as super children and families, I was lucky to have a fantastic staff team and the Portmoak area is a close knit rural community that supports and values the school.

'Our work on outdoor learning and digital learning were key drivers in my work at Portmoak and I am proud of the high standards of learning and behaviour, the positive nurturing ethos in the school and the range of wider opportunities our children have on offer.'

Louise’s role at Education Scotland will see her lead on our new approaches to sharing highly-effective practice, such as the development of the use of sketchnotes to share successes in the system identified through inspection. For this, Louise will be pulling on her skills honed in Perth and Kinross.

She said: 'Since Portmoak’s excellent inspection in 2017, I have been able to support improvements in the system through sharing highly effective practice with other schools and management teams. Our school has hosted a number of visitors nationally and locally, and I have worked with our local authority team to lead workshops and training at Perth and Kinross Council and supported Headteacher Induction within the Tayside Collaborative.

'Nationally I have been involved in the Education Scotland sketchnote pilot earlier this session and sketchnotes are the current focus of my work within the scrutiny team.'

Louise will be visiting schools and working with colleagues from across Scotland as her role is national. She can be reached via email or on Twitter at @LouiseG2210 for those wanting to hear more about sketchnotes.

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