This post was imported from exc-el.org.uk using the Internet Archive. The exc-el project (Promoting Excellent Teaching & Supporting Children and their Families in East Lothian) was my first real digital home back in 2005. It later expanded to become the popular Edubuzz Learning Platform.
You can still read about the project here: https://web.archive.org/web/20061013025124/https://www.exc-el.org.uk/content/index.php/main/weblogs/ollie_bray_s_weblog. It really was all quite exciting back in the day.
Parents and Citizenship Education
Finally managed to up-load sample Geography policy files to the exc-el web site. I hope that they will prove to be a useful resource for Geography departments within the authority. Finalised agenda for Friday’s subject support group meeting.
Completed tracking and target setting with my S4 standard grade class. I have been very impressed with the PPMS system used by the school, particularly as it will allow me to write electronic student reports from home.
Used my free periods to start working on a PowerPoint presentation on land use and conflict in glaciated up-land areas.
17.30h – Met with Dr Ian Findley in Edinburgh. Ian is an established member of the Aberdeen School Board association who has recently been co-opted onto the Aberdeen Curriculum Support Group for Citizenship. Ian was given my contact details by another member of Aberdeen Education Authority who had been present at one of LTS Citizenship Co-ordinator seminars in Aberdeen last April. He was keen to quiz me on how parents could be more involved in delivering Citizenship Education within schools.
I was able to up-date Ian on a number of new national initiatives including the YoungScot Smart Citizenship programme and we discussed a number of different ideas on how parents could be involved in the delivery of Citizenship Education. Ian seemed particularly interested in my ideas surrounding the development of parent / community training events and a parent skills audit. He then showed me an outline of a course that he was proposing to run within Aberdeen LEA. The course looks like it has some great potential and I shall be following his progress with great interest.
Worked on S4 desertification presentation.