A week in secondary
The delivery of Stem subjects in schools has received a £1.5 million funding injection. The new investment in science, technology, engineering and maths was announced by the Scottish government last week. It will be used in secondary to provide CPD for science and technology teachers and to improve classroom resources. School science budgets have been branded “dire”, “derisory” and “pathetic” in the past by teachers, academics and scientists working in Stem industries.
An exhibition showcasing S1 pupils’ ideas for improving life at secondary school was launched this week as the culmination of a four-month project. Schools Design Challenge is part of V&A Museum of Design Dundee’s pre-opening programme, which has been running since 2014. More than 1,000 S1 pupils in Dundee and Angus took part. Suggestions for improving young people’s enjoyment of school included everything from an outdoor birdwatching shelter to a “worry app” to let pupils share their anxieties.
Pupils following modern-studies courses are being asked what advice they would give to the new justice secretary after the Scottish elections in May. The Scottish Justice Matters journal has launched a competition aimed at Advanced Higher pupils, asking them to imagine they were writing to the new minister, giving them advice on what to prioritise. The competition closes on 22 April. For more information, and details of how to enter, visit bit.ly/ModernStudiesPrize
The role of youth workers in closing the attainment gap at secondary school has been recognised at a national awards ceremony. Colin Lemmon, based at Aberdeen’s Northfield Academy, and Elaine Baxter, of Greenwood Academy in Irvine, were joint winners of the supporting Curriculum for Excellence and attainment category at last week’s National Youth Worker of the Year Awards. The overall winner at the ceremony in Glasgow was Natasha Kerr, an Ayrshire College student and sports coach.