Castlebrae Community High School wins “Employability & Creativity Across Learning Award” at Scottish Education Awards 2018

Castlebrae Community High School has won the “Employability & Creativity Across Learning Award” at the Scottish Education Awards 2018, in recognition of a three- year partnership with the Edinburgh International Festival and the City of Edinburgh Council.

The Scottish Education Awards celebrates successes and recognises

achievements taking place within Scottish education. The award specifically recognised the residency partnership’s commitment to creating meaningful, personal and lasting experiences for Castlebrae pupils in ways which supported personal and professional skills development. Running between 2015 – 2018, the partnership set out to increase

pupils social and communicative skills, through a series of workshops, one-on-one mentoring sessions and work experience programmes. These highlighted the varied professional skillsets required in the delivery of events such as the International Festival and included a specially developed Festivals & Events Management module which contributed towards pupils National 5 qualification in ‘Creative Industries’. Alongside professional development opportunities, the pupils created

the film ‘From Castlebrae with Love’, worked with dancers from Boy Blue Entertainment whose show Project R.E.B.E.L was staged at the school during the 2018 Festival, and created dishes with catering partners Appetite Direct. The partnership was delivered by the staff at Castlebrae Community

High School led by Head Teacher Norma Prentice, in tandem with the International Festival team. Head Teacher at Castlebrae High School Norma Prentice said:

“Throughout the residency and International Festival involvement with Castlebrae over the last three years, we have felt the true meaning of partnership working. The vision of both the Festival team and staff at Castlebrae was to ensure the best for our pupils. We are delighted that the partnership has been recognised by Education Scotland”.

Teacher rewarded for commitment to engineering

The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) has presented a special commendation to a local school teacher, who has worked tirelessly to encourage school children to consider a career in engineering. Daniel McDonagh, from St

Ambrose Barlow RC High School in Swinton, received a special ICE 200 medal, the first to be awarded to a non-engineer, in recognition of his work developing an educational programme to inspire pupils to think about civil engineering. Daniel, subject leader for

Design, Engineer, Construct! and STEM (Science Technology, Engineering and Maths) coordinator, first approached the ICE Manchester Branch five years ago to start a STEM outreach programme, using his school as the base. Following some hands-on bridge building sessions, he recognised the

potential to expand the scheme. Working closely with the ICE, he now runs a summer school programme

that extends to four days, seeing some 200 pupils engage with activities such as the ICE Bridge to Schools kit and tetrahedron building. The teacher has also gone on to help develop a primary school education

pack, alongside other primary school teachers, which has been successfully used in six local schools establishing civil engineering alongside the existing curriculum. Chair of ICE North West Alan Williams said: When we heard about Daniel’s

drive and passion for promoting civil engineering to his students we were truly amazed. It’s especially important given the predicted engineering shortages. We’re thrilled to be able to present him with this very special award as a gesture of our appreciation for all his efforts.” On receiving his ICE 200 medal Daniel said: "It all started relatively small

but with the support of ICE Manchester and other teachers it has grown considerably. All the kids get an invaluable chance to experience civil engineering and have fun at the same time. What could be better than that?”

New report shows overwhelming support from educators and experts for statutory PSHE

A new report published on 5th June by a coalition of organisations including school leaders’ union NAHT, the National Education Union (NEU), NSPCC, Sex Education Forum, and PSHE Association, has shown overwhelming support for making personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education a compulsory subject for all pupils in all schools. The Statutory PSHE Education: meaningful

change supported by busy teachers & school leaders report outlines how making PSHE statutory would have a meaningful impact on children and young people’s lives, in return for only a modest impact on workload and timetabling. Sarah Hannafin, senior policy advisor for NAHT,

said: “Almost everyone involved with the care, protection and education of children believes that

PSHE is the best way to help prepare young people for the challenges they will encounter in their adult lives and the current challenges they face beyond the school gates. With ever- increasing expectations and responsibilities on schools, statutory PSHE would ensure some curriculum time is protected to enable children and young people to learn about key issues including physical and mental wellbeing, online safety, healthy relationships and preparation for the workplace.” More than 90% of school leaders surveyed by

NAHT support compulsory PSHE and 91% of National Education Union members want regular space on the curriculum for the subject. It has been further called for by more than 90 per cent of young people, parents and experts alike. The Children’s Commissioner, the National Police

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Chiefs Council Lead for Child Sexual Abuse, the Bank of England’s Chief Economist, the Chief Medical Officer, Public Health England, teaching unions, four Commons Select Committees, two Royal societies and six Royal medical colleges all support mandatory PSHE.

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