Education at Celtic Connections 2017

Derby College praised in Ofsted annual report

More than 11, 000 children from across Scotland will take part in Celtic Connections 2017 Education Programme. Free morning concerts for schools by leading

Scottish and international musicians, and workshops in schools led by Celtic artists, will give pupils invaluable opportunities to learn about, take part in and enjoy traditional music. The annual Celtic Connections Education

Programme has reached more than 200,000 children across the country since it began in 1998. Its work is supported directly by membership

fees from the festival’s Celtic Rover patron’s scheme – which gives discounted rates on bookings and exclusive experiences during Celtic Connections 2017. Taking place during Celtic Connections 2017,

five free morning concerts for schools in the Main Auditorium of Glasgow Royal Concert Hall by bands including Nashville-based Americana stars Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys, Brazilian flute virtuoso Carlos Malta, Scots Trad Awards winner Siobhan Miller and Canadian Trio Vishtèn will be enjoyed by up to 9,000 children. Nursery Teacher Margaret MacRobert brought

a party from South Park Primary School in East Kilbride to a schools concert at Celtic Connections 2016. She said: “The concert was wonderful and it was a fabulous experience for the children. Our little ones were dancing in the aisles from the beginning of the show. Both acts had a great stage presence and rapport with the audience.”

Derby College has been singled out for praise by Ofsted chief inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw in his annual report (2015/2016). The College’s work with employers to design and deliver the curriculum, as well as its work

with high needs learners, were both deemed as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted following their inspection visit to the College’s campuses in Derby and Erewash in March (2016). The Ofsted annual report, published in early December, includes a page-long case study

highlighting the College’s successes in bridging the gap between education and employment. The report is drawn from the findings of 25,000 Ofsted inspections of schools, colleges and

providers of early years and further education and skills over the past year. Derby College was one of 311 colleges inspected during the year and was one of just 57

colleges classed as ‘Good’. The case study outlines Derby College’s success in forming partnerships with employers to

create employment and skills and employer academies. Derby College Chief Executive Mandie Stravino commented: “Our work with employers was

particularly singled out for praise by Ofsted and we are delighted that our work has been highlighted as the main case study in Sir Michael Wilshaw’s annual report. “This work is vital to address potential skills shortages, increase their competitive edge and

achieve growth and job creation.”

Character education and strong resilient learners - top of the agenda again

Character education - important for building strong, resilient learners - is once again top of the agenda thanks to Inspiring Learning, winner of Best Residential Experience in this year’s School Travel Awards, who have announced plans to expand its network of award-winning Kingswood outdoor learning centres, designed to help develop these important life skills. The move, made possible through significant new investment from Bridgepoint Development Capital (BDC), a London-based investor in small and medium sized growth companies, will put half of UK schools within a one-hour drive of the company’s popular facilities. Set in areas of outstanding natural beauty and sites of special

scientific interest, the centres offer exhilarating adventure activities in safe and secure environments. A trusted provider of co-curricular and out of

classroom learning to schools from the UK and overseas, Kingswood delivers residential learning experiences that focus on team building, problem solving and fun, helping young people to challenge themselves and bond with their peers and teachers, so that they are more engaged in the classroom and go on to achieve more at school and beyond. Commenting on the Kingswood expansion,

John Bentley, CEO, Inspiring Learning, said, “We are always looking for new ways to develop and


innovate and are supported by an advisory group including experts from other educational institutions and industry bodies. Our purpose is to enhance the lives of young people through experiences that inspire.” December 2016

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