Council committed to curriculum for excellence

Attendees at the fourth South Ayrshire Learning Festival at Belmont Academy in Ayr.
Attendees at the fourth South Ayrshire Learning Festival at Belmont Academy in Ayr.

South Ayrshire Council has hosted another successful Curriculum for Excellence Learning Festival at Belmont Academy, celebrating success in the classroom and promoting best practice in education.

The event forms part of the Council’s ongoing commitment to implementing Curriculum for Excellence and is a now established as a key element of the professional development programme for employees involved in education.

Councillor Margaret Toner, Portfolio Holder for Lifelong Learning commented: “We are committed to driving the Curriculum for Excellence forwards and the Learning Festival helps us give our teachers, nursery nurses and support staff access to the latest tools and ideas to do this successfully. We’ve been enjoying our best ever academic results this year and we’re also delivering superb results in vocational areas – such as the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, where we are the leading Scottish local authority area in delivering this.”

This year, over 750 teachers, pupil support assistants, nursery nurses and additional support needs staff from across the early years, primary and special educational needs sector took part, benefiting from the widest range of workshops the event has offered, each looking creatively at new teaching ideas and best practice to help young learners succeed.

48 workshops were on offer this year and these included topics which explored ways to include pupils with autism in lessons, DeBono’s Thinking Hats, creative approaches to science and primary school French.

Other popular workshop choices included: E-portfolios, Inspiration and Expression through the Arts, Animation, Igniting the Writing and how to get pupils to do their homework!

Each workshop was hosted by a practitioner keen to share their knowledge and first-hand experience of delivering excellence in the classroom.

Councillor Toner concluded: “Our world is a rapidly changing place and our high educational standards need to keep pace with our pupils’ needs, allowing us to deliver an individually tailored programme of education at every stage of each pupil’s educational journey. The Festival gives teachers unrivalled opportunities to develop as learning leaders, as the Curriculum for Excellence rolls out in schools, motivating and inspiring the next generation of citizens, ready to learn, live and work – and make their own mark and contribution to the world of tomorrow. I was very pleased to take part in one of the music workshops, which clearly demonstrated how important music is to the students.

“The Festival has been a great success again in 2012 and I’m already looking forward to the event next year!”