Education Scotland Project to support new Higher

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Last term I was asked by Education Scotland to form a Short-life Working Group to examine how we could provide practical support for the new higher course. Some advice has been produced by ES (and more is following) however several practitioners – and local authorities – have suggested that a ‘crowd-sourcing’ approach led by ES would be a good way to deliver further materials and advice in the short space of time left until many of us are implementing the new course.

In taking this idea forward an audit of the new Higher content was carried out, identifying priority areas of the new course where there is likely to be a defect in skills and/or materials. (You can see the list here: http://1drv.ms/1m6HKhM). Education Scotland has contacted local authorities already and distributed the list, asking them to submit any materials being developed in their areas.

Now, this is where you come in!

I’d like you to consider your own development plans and offer up any materials and resources you think would be useful to others delivering the new course. There’s a spreadsheet now online that I will update frequently to show the ‘pledges’ we’ve already got, so you can see what’s in the pipeline. You can view it here: http://1drv.ms/1fNt4jY.

If you are able to offer something, please get in touch (email below) so that I can update the spreadsheet. Work submitted can be as big or small as development time allows; if many people get involved and even share a single lesson’s worth of materials we would still manage to cover much of the course!

Please get in touch if you’d like more information or guidance. I’d really love the whole profession to pull together at this point, support each other in delivering the new higher and make it a success. I’ll ensure that materials submitted are not only on the ES Glow Page (http://bit.ly/1hNbnoN), but also on CompEdNet to ensure they are as accessible as possible.

Another action that has been recommended by the Short-life Working Group is to hold an event at the end of May focussing on the new Higher course. Invites to this event are currently going out to Local Authorities who are being asked to send key practitioners to this event. If any places are unfilled these will be offered on CompEdNet on a ‘first-come-first-served’ basis!

Mark Tennant
highercs@mjtennant.co.uk