PRE-SUMMIT PROGRAMME 

Wednesday 29 March 2017

The Pre-Summit activities below are open for registration now.  To book your place, please log into your booking using your email address and confirmation number (which can be found on your confirmation email).  If you have any issues please contact us enquiries@istp2017.uk 

All delegates

Time

Title

Location

 09.30 Coaches depart from reception Sheraton Grand Hotel

10.30 – 12.00

School Visit 1

The Gaelic medium primary school

Headteacher: Anne McPhail

Bun-sgoil Taobh na Pairce is Edinburgh’s Gaelic language primary school. Here we deliver the curriculum in Gaelic to families living across and close to the city of Edinburgh. Ours is a diverse community, with more than 20 cultures and languages represented across the school. Since opening in August 2013, our numbers have grown steadily and we currently have over 300 learners in Primary, and over 80 in our nursery class. Most of our children come to us with little or no Gaelic, and so there is an additional layer of learning in each lesson that we deliver, as we work towards our vision of 'a Gaelic learning environment of the highest quality that enables all our children to explore the world and flourish within it'.

This session, our priorities include raising attainment in reading, teaching resilience skills to all learners  and supporting our lowest achieving pupils with their Gaelic language skills. A warm welcome awaits if you would like to visit us.

Bun-sgoil Taobh na Pairce

10.30 – 12.00

School Visit 2

Craigroyston High School

Headteacher: Stephen Ross

Craigroyston Community High School is situated in North West Edinburgh in an area of high deprivation. It has around 500 pupils with around 75% coming from families living in tough economic conditions. 40% of the pupils are eligible for Free School Meals. 1 in 4 pupils has a recognised Additional Support Need. Unemployment is high and generational in the local community. A small, but influential, minority of young people drift into crime.

At Craigroyston CHS the School Vision is that every young person, without exception, receives excellent quality learning and teaching in a safe, welcoming, nurturing, happy and inclusive environment – so they are able and encouraged to achieve their potential. The school will ensure every young person leaves Craigroyston at the end of S6 with a portfolio of qualifications, skills, experiences and a knowledge of the job market so that they can enter a sustained, positive destination of further/higher education, apprenticeship or employment.

 The school’s response to this local context:

  • All young people are strongly encouraged to stay on until the end of S6
  • S4/5/6 treated as a 3-year path to employment with S4 not an exit point
  • Exclusion rarely used
  • Curriculum designed to meet the needs of all
  • Innovative, aspirational Senior Phase curriculum offering vocational courses as well as traditional subject provision: parity of esteem
  • Flexible approaches that treat pupils as individuals
  • Employment an overarching theme of curriculum
  • High attaining pupils supported and challenged to prepare for University

 This approach is producing evidence of significant improvement over the past three years, including greatly increased percentages of young people staying on at school and achieving higher numbers and levels of qualifications, exclusions reduced greatly, and 93% of pupils moving into ‘positive destinations’ when they leave school.

School Inspection report (2015)

Craigroyston Community High School

10.30 – 12.00

School Visit 3

Ross High School

Headteacher: Paul Reynolds

Ross High School is a co-educational, non-denominational school situated in Tranent, East Lothian approximately 12 miles from the centre of Edinburgh.  The school currently has just over 1000 pupils from a range of socioeconomic backgrounds, and is growing in size. 

Ross High school has many strengths however our motto ‘Ad Meliora'  (Towards Better) states clearly our willingness to improve.  Inclusion in all aspects of learning is at the heart of all we do. Ross High School has been designated as the local provision for pupils of secondary age who have Severe and Complex Support Needs.

Over the last 4 years the school has worked with the Principal Educational Psychologist to ensure restorative and nurturing approaches are used throughout the school.  This has led to a 70% reduction in exclusion rates as well as improved outcomes for those at risk of exclusion from mainstream education.  General behaviour throughout the school has also improved as a result.

The school places great importance on its ‘positive destination’ statistics and has embraced the introduction of the Developing Scotland's Young Workforce (DYW) initiative.  Over the last 3 years the school has significantly increased the number of external partners, including Universities, Colleges and employers.  These partnerships have led to more than 20% of senior pupils undertaking some of their learning away from the school, providing appropriate pathways for all young people.  One exciting initiative currently on-going is the development of an age 3-20 skills progression pathway being created in conjunction with associated primary schools and Edinburgh College.  Although in its infancy the project will soon launch with a STEM focussed transition event involving 230 Primary 7 pupils learning in Edinburgh College.

School Inspection report (2011)

Ross High School

13.30 – 15.00

School Visit 4

Lawfield Primary School

Headteacher: Zena Richardson

Lawfield Primary School is a non-denominational school and nursery situated in Mayfield, Dalkeith.  We currently have just over 300 primary pupils plus 120 in the nursery. A large percentage of our children come from families in areas of high deprivation.   

Our school aims to:

  • provide a broad and balanced curriculum for all pupils which ensures continuity and progression.
  • enable every pupil to achieve his/her best.
  • provide motivating and challenging learning and teaching experiences for every pupil.
  • nurture and care for every pupil, supporting and challenging appropriately.
  • promote positive relationships between school and home, school and wider community, based on mutual trust, respect, tolerance and shared responsibility.
  • work together as a successful team, planning, motivating and leading effectively in all aspects of school life thus ensuring continuous improvement and achievement for all.

We have staff expertise in Curriculum Development, Global Citizenship work, Forest Schools and outdoor learning. We offer 3 Nurture Class environments for those of our children who find the mainstream classroom environment challenging. We work closely with the local partners through the Lawfield Community Project, including Children First, Home Link Support and Midlothian Sure Start. We pay particular attention to developing partnerships with fathers and Male Carers to provide additional opportunities for building their involvement in the children’s educational journeys.

School Inspection report (2009)

Lawfield Primary School

16.00 – 17.45

Presentation – Delivering Equality & Improved Outcomes for All – Our Approach

Aims of session

This session will showcase two examples of the work that the host countries are doing to address educational disadvantage, deliver equality and improve outcomes for all.

The session will also provide an opportunity for audience members to ask questions and share reflections from their own experiences of addressing these issues within their own education systems.

Session overview

  • Welcome and introduction – Sinead O’Sullivan, Department for Education (5 mins)
  • Presentation 1 – Opportunity Areas, Alison Wilson, Department for Education
  • Presentation 2 – Attainment challenge – Donna Bell, Scottish Government
  • Q&A and discussion – to be chaired by Sinead O’Sullivan and Clare Hicks (60 mins)

The Stirling Suite, Sheraton Grand Hotel

18.00 – 19.30

Global EIS and GTCS Teach Meet (all delegates welcome)

The Educational Institute of Scotland and the General Teaching Council for Scotland are co-hosting a Teach-meet style event in conjunction with the ISTP. The meeting is open to all attendees at the summit and it will be attended also by a number of Scottish teachers. The format is that speakers from across the globe will be given a short 10 minute- slot to present on a key issue from their own education systems, with delegates  having an opportunity to ask questions in response. The format is intended to be more relaxed that the formal sessions and to be practitioner driven. Already confirmed as contributors are speakers from Singapore, Netherlands, Scotland, Educational International, and the USA, with more invited.

Lammermuir, Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC)

20.00 – late

Networking opportunity

The Atrium, Sheraton Grand Hotel

EI Affiliated Members Programme

Time

Title

Location

14.00 – 17.00

EI Pre-Summit Briefing meeting

Lammermuir, EICC

18.00 – 19.30

EIS and GTCS Global Teach Meet

The Educational Institute of Scotland and the  General Teaching Council for Scotland are co-hosting a Teach-meet style event in conjunction with the ISTP. The meeting is open to all attendees at the summit and it will be attended also by a number of Scottish teachers. The format is that speakers from across the globe will be given a short 10 minute- slot to present on a key issue from their own education systems, with delegates  having an opportunity to ask questions in response. The format is intended to be more relaxed that the formal sessions and to be practitioner driven. Already confirmed as contributors are speakers from Singapore, Netherlands, Scotland, Educational International, and the USA, with more invited.

Lammermuir, EICC

20.00 – 22.00

Reception for all EI affiliates attending the ISTP 2017. The reception is hosted by BIGTU

The Edinburgh Suite, Sheraton Grand Hotel

22.00 – late

Networking opportunity with other ISTP delegates

The Atrium, Sheraton Grand Hotel

Pre-summit Ministers Only

Time

Title

Location

19.00 – 20.30

Ministerial pre-summit welcome reception (Ministers only).  Coaches depart 18.30 from reception at Sheraton Grand Hotel.

The Laich Hall, Edinburgh Castle

 

VIEW SUMMIT PROGRAMME

Our Partners

Deparment for Education
Scottish Government
OECD
Education International