Essential Skills of a Manager

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					Sandy Riddell (Project Manager)

      Essential Skills Workshop
Essential Skills

 What are Essential Skills?
 Identified in the Skills Strategy (Sept 07):
   – Personal and Learning Skills
   – Literacy and Numeracy
   – the five Core Skills
   – Employability Skills (incl „soft‟ skills)
   – Vocational Skills
Essential Skills

 Scot Gov still to finalise definition of Essential
  Skills, other things could be added, e.g.
   – Citizenship; sustainability; attitudes/behaviours
 Still to decide how achievement will be
  recognised – Profiling?
 We do know that Essential Skills will be an
  important part of Gov thinking and strategy
 Likely that SQA/centres will be expected to
  highlight Essential Skills in qualifications and in
Essential Skills

 Current approaches to Essential and Core Skills:
  – Core Skills Profile in SQC (embedding)
  – Core Skills signposting in Units and GAs
  – Employability and Learning Skills integral to Skills for
    Work Courses
  – New Courses and Units in Personal Development
    (replacing PSE)
  – Project Units (some contributing to Core Skills
Essential Skills

 In this workshop we want to explore how
  Essential Skills might be covered in Group
  Awards, we will consider:
   – An example of how the Core Skills can be
     delivered across the curriculum in a school
   – The use of new technology to help gather and
     store evidence and to help deliver these skills
   – New ideas and suggestions through group
Essential Skills

 Some issues to consider as you listen to the
   – Potential overload (trying to cover to much)
   – How might e-enabled approaches help
   – How do we record progress in Essential Skills
   – Which Essential Skills to focus on
   – How to involve candidates in Essential Skills
     (taking ownership)
Mhairi McAlpine (Project Manager)

  E-Enabling Skills for Work
  Introducing Deskspace for Skills for Work
Skills for Work Qualifications Suite

 Pre-vocational qualification

 Aimed at 14-18 year olds

 Primarily delivered through school/college partnerships

 Available at SCQF levels 3-6 (Access 3 to Higher)

 Includes element of “employability skills”.
Introducing Deskspace
 In 2007/08, a small pilot project was undertaken under the larger Skills for
  Work Development programme exploring the possibilities of e-enabling
  Skills for Work courses, including the provision of an e-portfolio -

 Feedback from this pilot was very positive and following a successful bid for
  ESF funding we are expanding the project to offer all centres the
  opportunity to manage their Skills for Work provision through an e-portfolio
  for the academic year 08/09
 Deskspace and employability
 The Deskspace e-portfolio system compliments the Skills for Work
  qualification by allowing candidates to record their learning in a pre-
  formatted manner

 Candidates can record notes of meetings; conduct SWOT analyses; record
  their aims and objectives and steps needed to allow them to achieve their
  goals. There are also checklist available for self, peer and tutor recording of
  candidates achievements.

 The structure nature of the recording within Deskspace, allows candidates to
  see where there is room for improvement and identify concrete tasks for
  them to complete – enhancing the employability skills that are embedded
  with in Skills for Work
Deskspace Features Summary
 Very intuitive to use

 Embedded checklists based on NABs

 Reflection is built into the features

 Additional features such as SWOT analysis and recoding of goals

 Ability to publish material direct to others, to a central gateway for marking
  or as a webfolio

 Ability to export portfolio at the end of the course and import into other
  Core Skills and A Curriculum for

An Action Research Project undertaken
by St Margaret‟s Academy supported
the SQA and the Scottish Government
              Project Aims
• To develop the four capacities of a
  Curriculum for Excellence through learning
  activities matched to the specific skills set
  of the new Core Skills Framework
• Core Skills delivered explicitly in
  meaningful learning contexts in various
  activities across the curriculum
• Provide opportunities for achievement in
  cross cutting themes
      The St Margaret‟s Project
• Increase opportunities for pupils to achieve through a
  more flexible curriculum which demonstrates the seven
  principles of curriculum design:
   – Challenge and enjoyment,
   – Breadth
   – Depth
• In practical terms acquire the skills necessary for life
  and work through a variety of contexts
   – Progression
   – Personalisation
   – Choice
   – Coherence and relevance
     The St Margaret‟s Project
• CfE assists by promoting cross curricular
  delivery initiatives.

• Design the curriculum in S1-3 to achieve
  accreditation in core skills for S3 pupils

• The intention is to provide a smooth and
  well paced progression for every child.

• The “third curriculum level” is the focus of
  this project
    The St Margaret‟s Project
• Shape curriculum design
• IT cross curricular
• Creative Arts as Core
• Electives in Social Subjects, Expressive
  Arts and Technologies
• Requirement for cross cutting themes
• Additional time for communication and
    The St Margaret‟s Project

• Focus on learning – not assessment
• Accreditation at Levels 2-5 but majority at
  Level 4
• Pupils „resulted‟ at end of S3
• Evidence gathered across S1-S3
    The St Margaret‟s Project
• Merge reporting on Core Skills
  achievement with recording and reporting
  of achievement
• Developing electronic assessment capture
  linked to current reporting
• Core Skills Framework as a „catalyst‟ to
  enrich the learning experience to develop
  the capacities

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