CPD filming with Keir Bloomer and Gary Kildare

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Posted by upbeat | Posted in Collaboration, Creativity, Curriculum for Excellence, Featured, HMIE, International Education, Learning & Teaching, New Learning | Posted on October 7, 2010

Gary Kildare and Kate Raeside in Gary's office

Gary Kildare and Kate Raeside in Gary's office

Keir prepares to ask Gary a few questions

Keir prepares to ask Gary a few questions

It’s a wet and windy October day for driving up from Dumfries to Edinburgh to meet Keir Bloomer for lunch and a chat before our appointment later in the afternoon with Gary Kildare. In the past few weeks we’ve made a start to the production of some short films to assist Dumfries & Galloway school staff in implementing ‘Curriculum for Excellence’.

Keir arranged for us to meet Gary Kildare (IBM Vice President, Human Resources, Europe, Americas, Asia Pacific) to capture on film Gary’s thoughts on the skills and attributes young people need to live, work and be successful in the 21st Century. Gary’s contribution to this CPD video for teachers is much appreciated and very significant, given his role as a leading figure in the global business world. We’ve already filmed Keir’s introduction to this ‘Skills’ video and will also include excerpts featuring school pupils demonstrating ‘higher order’ skills, such as problem solving and critical thinking.
It’s been a busy day, and this evening I fly to Birmingham for the ABRSM Course Leader and Mentor training weekend. Fortunately I managed to get a good sleep on the short flight down south!

New HMIE Inspection Procedures – Training for Senior School Managers

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Posted by upbeat | Posted in HMIE | Posted on November 19, 2008

An early start and off to Castle Douglas to meet Headteachers and other senior staff to look at the new HMIE Inspection Process. The Douglas Arms Hotel had the heating on (which was good), and the group considered the new procedures for secondary schools. Staff from Castle Douglas, Dalry and St Joseph’s looked at the key features of the new inspections and heard from Frank Davis about Annan Academy’s recent inspection under the new arrangements.

We looked at an overview of the new inspection process considering

  • the presentation to be given by the headteacher
  • self-evaluation and its impact on learners
  • the 5 core Quality Indicators 1.1, 2.1, 5.1, 5.3, 5.9
  • opportunities for professional dialogue
  • less documentation
  • Community Learning & Development (CLD)

We also looked at the new HMIE documents ‘Improving our Curriculum Through Self-Evaluation’ and ‘Improving Outcomes for Learners Through Self-Evaluation’ (both published September 2008). The group undertook a short task in school groups considering questions such as ‘To what extent does our vision for the school give direction to self-evaluation?’ and then listing sources of evidence and how this evidence might be collected. Staff involved in today’s training session felt that the new documentation was very helpful as a tool to assist in the management of the self-evaluation process.

 
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