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Last Chance…Lockdown Unlocked! Covid Poetry and Prose Digital Book

As you may already know, Jenny Wilson (HC Literacy Development Officer) has collated examples of Poetry and Prose based on reflections on Covid-19 and lockdown to create a digital book titled ‘Lockdown Unlocked’. This digital book contains poems and prose from pupils, parents and staff of Highland Council.

Although schools have now returned, pupil/parent/staff poetry and prose is still welcome and will be added to the book. Pupils (and teachers!) may have reflected on their feelings following the end of lockdown and the return to school.

If you have pieces of written texts of any genre, which you wish to share, please send them to: jenny.wilson@highland.gov.uk by the end of September and these will be included in the book.

If you would like to view the book and/or share this with your class (which also includes music and illustrations), please drop Jenny an email and she will send the code to access the book via Book Creator.  Children and adult who have submitted can then do a voice over, if they wish.

Please edit the work before submitting it.

Pupil Support Assistant Literacy Training Info and Dates – Highland Council PSAs Only

This training is aimed at PSAs. The sessions will explore different areas of literacy and how you can best support pupils within these areas.

The sessions will be delivered via Google Meet. A link to the training will be sent out to you closer to the time along with the training PowerPoint.

Please sign up via the CPD website and more information will be sent out to you ahead of time.

Secondary School – Teaching the Literacy of Your Subject Training – Highland Council Teachers Only

Google Meet Link: meet.google.com/czr-xqsg-xip

This training is for Secondary Teachers of all subject areas.  It looks at how we can teach the literacy of our subject so that young people can become independent learners and are able to better show what they know.

We will reflect on the EEF Recommendations and look at practical ways in which we can put literacy into the heart of our learning and teaching.

Each content session will be followed by a network session for feedback, discussion and peer support.

Please sign up via the CPD website and the PowerPoint will be sent out to you ahead of time.

Developing Literacy Training – First and Second Level – Highland Council Staff Only

Through Google Meet: meet.google.com/czr-xqsg-xip

Developing Literacy trainings track reflections on evidenced research and developmentally appropriate learning in all areas of literacy within First and Second Level.

This training is aimed at classroom teachers, ASN teachers and PSAs.  Each content session with explore a different area of literacy and there will be a task identified for those who wish to look at ways of developing their pedagogical knowledge.  Each session will be followed up by a second session where practitioners feedback their experiences, obstacles, solutions and triumphs.

Please sign up via the CPD website and the PowerPoint will sent out to you ahead of time.

Literacy Leader Training Year 2 20/21 – Information and Dates – Highland Council Teachers Only

Each training will be accessed through the Google Meet code: meet.google.com/czr-xqsg-xip

This series of training is for practitioners who have already completed the Literacy Leaders Year One Training.  It is possible to do the two years at the same time.

Each content session is followed by a brief network session where practitioners feedback their experiences, obstacles, solutions and triumphs.

Please sign up via the CPD website and the PowerPoint will be sent to you ahead of time.

Literacy Leader Training Year 1 20/21 – Information and Dates – Highland Council Teachers Only

Each training will be accessed through the Google Meet code: meet.google.com/czr-xqsg-xip

This series of training sessions are for Primary and Secondary Teachers, in all subject areas, who wish to learn more about evidence based research and pedagogy in order to refine their own practice and act as a catalyst for change in their schools and support other practitioners. Each content session is followed by a brief network session where practitioners feedback their experiences, obstacles, solutions and triumphs.

Please sign up via the CPD website and you will be sent the PowerPoint ahead of time.

Application for Free Professional Storyteller Visit – Scottish International Storytelling Festival

The Scottish International Storytelling Festival’s Community and Family Programme (Mon 12 Oct – Mon 30 Nov) is offering schools and community groups free storytelling sessions delivered by a professional teller.   

Perfectly positioned within Scotland’s ‘Year of Coasts and Waters 2020’, the SISF Community and Family Programme invites you to join The Big Scottish Story Ripple and to make use of financial support in order to do so. 

The Big Scottish Story Ripple  

Register to hold a storytelling event led by a professional storyteller from Scotland’s Storytelling Directory any time between 12 Oct – 30 Nov and the SISF will cover the cost of the storyteller’s fees for a 1 hr session.  

In return, successful applicants must offer a good deed back to their local community on or before St Andrew’s Day – continuing the ripple of kindness. 

  • Events can be held digitally or in small live local gathering that adheres to Covid-19 guidelines suggested at the time of the event.  
  • An applicant can make a maximum of two registrations per organisation 
  • Registrations close 5 October 2020 

Please note: SISF aim to offer financial support to all those that apply. However, if there is an over subscription, SISF will offer support on a first come, first served basis, so please get your application in as soon as possible. 

Community groups, libraries and organisations can apply here: https://bit.ly/TBSSRC 

Schools can apply here: https://bit.ly/TBSSR 

CPL Opportunity – Play Pedagogy in P1

Education Scotland in their Transitions 2020 guidance, and in Realising the Ambition, call for an increased use of play pedagogies in P1 both because it is effective in itself and because it will help ease the transition back to school for young children.  The Scottish Government Coronavirus (COVID-19) Reopening Schools Guide sets out how play can be used in class while maintaining public health requirements.

A number of schools in Highland have been using play pedagogies successfully in P1 and composite classes for several years.  Some of these teachers have been gathering resources and “how to” guides to help other schools get started, based on what they have found to work.  During this session they will share those resources and lead discussions on implementation and problem solving, including issues around social distancing and working with families.

There will be follow up throughout the school session with regular monthly opportunities to network and build a community of practice as we all learn to implement play pedagogies and adapt to changing circumstances.

The session is primarily for Head Teachers and those teaching or working with P1 children.  Those already experienced in using play approaches in Early Level are also very welcome to share ideas and solutions.

Session is on Friday 26th June 10-11am, and repeated on Monday 29th June 10-11am, access via the Digital Calendar or meet.google.com/qcj-gemp-xjs

This session is only available to Highland Council staff.

Any questions in advance welcome to James McTaggart, Annika Jansson or May Beaton.

Literacy Frameworks – June 2020

In collaboration with PTs, HTs and Development Officers, key skills have been identified that the majority of children should be able to achieve by the end of each year group in Literacy. The skills have been mapped against Es and Os and National Benchmarks. This document will support teachers to identify quickly gaps in learning and next steps as pupils return to school.

Gaelic Medium Teachers will need to be aware and recognise that it is important that children and young people maintain, as best they can, their fluency in Gaelic by thinking, listening and talking in Gaelic every day. Key skills for talking and listening in Gaelic have been mapped against Experiences and Outcomes and National Benchmarks. 

Please click link below for Literacy Frameworks

https://highlandliteracy.files.wordpress.com/2020/06/literacy-frameworks-gme-and-em-june-2020-2.zip

Education Scotland English in the Senior Phase Webinar

ES Senior Phase English Webinar

Join this practioner webinar to share and discuss approaches, as we progress from learning at home into a more blended model for Session 2020/21.

What are the key considerations for Senior Phase English and what supports do you need?

Free

Tue, 9 Jun 15:30

ES Senior Phase Sciences Webinar

  

Free

Wed, 10 Jun 14:00

ES Senior Phase Social Subjects Webinar