23rd October 2009 at 01:00

New teacher - how can I introduce ACfE?

Posted by louisadoug

I have recently trained in England and am starting a new job in Scotland. This is my first class and I wondered if anyone had any good ideas that worked well in their classroom.

Posted by morrisseyritual

That is the pound;1 million question. Giant folders have been released, with glossy posters, senior management teams have presented elaborate PowerPoints - with graphs and everything! Yet you will be hard pushed to find anyone with the same answer as to what ACfE is or how one might implement it.

Posted by insomniac231

ACfE is about - I think - different approaches to learning. I'm setting the children real-life tasks to learn and develop their skills, ie how to develop and promote a Fairtrade tuck shop. It's hard to plan for, but you have to be creative and have a skeleton of lessons that cross-cut curricular areas before you ask the pupils what they should learn to complete the task. However, they are usually keen to suggest the skills they need to learn. We are undertaking activities such as researching Fairtrade, costing and buying products, learning about stock-takes and cash sheets, performing an assembly to promote the tuck shop and teach the other children about Fairtrade (also product pla cement and promotion). Lots of maths, language, expressive arts etc. Hope this helps.

Posted by morrisseyritual

ACfE is about involvement, with teacher as expert and facilitator rather than dictator, offsetting discipline problems as well as enabling the weans to discover things for themselves. For good or ill, it will provide the basis for co-operative teaching at a real level and is good news for teachers. Why not push an English and PE class together? Why not catering and religious studies?

Posted by leapingtim

Cut your losses and move back to England. It's a load of old cobblers!

Posted by Equado

Or join the Eco-Schools team in your school - lots of fun experiences! There's a new ACfE planning resource ( We call them "Outcome Maps". Basically, we asked experienced teachers to scan all the outcomes docs for outcomes relevant to the nine Eco-Schools topics and put them on a single page. There are some teaching points and some indications of "interdisciplinary learning". Maps are available at all five levels and can be downloaded (free) from the website above. Have fun!, then forums and Curriculum for Excellence.

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