CPD for Teachers

Literacy courses

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Closing the Attainment Gap: CfE Higher English

Audience

This, entirely practical, full - day course is aimed at Secondary English teachers, including Probationers, who would like to consider ways of challenging pupils to produce excellent results at Higher level.

The cost of the full day course will be £150 per person, including lunch and coffee.  The course will be held in the St Andrew's Building, 11 Eldon Street, Glasgow G3 6NH

Content

  • Portfolio. Standards and issues.
  • Close reading. What worked? Developing skills in: summarising, using your own words, connotative meaning; question-response alignment
  • Critical essays. Strengths and weaknesses and how to avoid the latter
  • Scottish texts. Strengths and weaknesses and how to avoid the latter
  • The implications of set text refreshment.

This course will be led by Willie McGuire, Senior Lecturer, Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Programme Leader for the MEd(Prof Prac) and Course Co-ordinator for PGS English within the School of Education. Willie has been a leading figure in national developments in English for over two decades as a National Qualifications Development Specialist, Examiner, and Setter for the SQA. He is also a former Local Authority Quality Improvement Officer, Staff Tutor, and Principal Teacher. He has won several teaching excellence awards and was recently awarded the Vidya Ratan award from India for research excellence.

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Closing the Attainment Gap: National 5 English

Audience

This, entirely practical, full - day course is aimed at Secondary English teachers, including Probationers, who would like to consider ways of challenging pupils to produce excellent results at Higher level.

The cost of the full day course will be £150 per person, including lunch and coffee.  The course will be held in the St Andrew's Building, 11 Eldon Street, Glasgow G3 6NH

Content

  • Portfolio. Standards and issues.
  • Close reading. What worked? Developing skills in: summarising, using your own words, connotative meaning; question-response alignment
  • Critical essays. Strengths and weaknesses and how to avoid the latter
  • Scottish texts. Strengths and weaknesses and how to avoid the latter
  • The implications of set text refreshment.

This course will be led by Willie McGuire, Senior Lecturer, Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Programme Leader for the MEd(Prof Prac) and Course Co-ordinator for PGS English within the School of Education. Willie has been a leading figure in national developments in English for over two decades as a National Qualifications Development Specialist, Examiner, and Setter for the SQA. He is also a former Local Authority Quality Improvement Officer, Staff Tutor, and Principal Teacher. He has won several teaching excellence awards and was recently awarded the Vidya Ratan award from India for research excellence.

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Closing the Attainment Gap: Primary → Secondary and Secondary → Primary

Audience

This, entirely practical, full - day course is aimed at Primary teachers and Secondary English teachers, including Probationers, who would like to consider ways of challenging pupils to improve attainment. 

Participants are invited to email Willie with one or two examples of how they have seen the issue of raising attainment being tackled successfully: William.mcguire@glasgow.ac.uk

The cost of the full day course will be £150 per person, including lunch and coffee.  The course will be held in the St Andrew's Building, 11 Eldon Street, Glasgow G3 6NH

Content

  • Developing broadly transactional and discursive writing skills
  • Targeting close reading. What skills do we need to develop throughout primary and secondary? E.g. summarising, using your own words, connotative meaning; question-response alignment
  • Developing critical essay writing skills throughout primary and secondary. How do we do that?
  • What’s the prevalence of Scottish texts in primary? How do we teach them?
  • How is textual analysis taught explicitly across primary and secondary?
  • Pace of learning
  • Challenge versus support

This course will be led by Willie McGuire, Senior Lecturer, Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Programme Leader for the MEd(Prof Prac) and Course Co-ordinator for PGS English within the School of Education. Willie has been a leading figure in national developments in English for over two decades as a National Qualifications Development Specialist, Examiner, and Setter for the SQA. He is also a former Local Authority Quality Improvement Officer, Staff Tutor, and Principal Teacher. He has won several teaching excellence awards and was recently awarded the Vidya Ratan award from India for research excellence.

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Closing the Attainment Gap: Primary  Secondary and Support with Scottish National Standardised Assessments

Audience

This, entirely practical, full - day course is aimed at Primary teachers and/or Secondary English teachers, including Probationers, who would like to explore creative ways of teaching key skills assessed under the SNSA at levels 2 and 3.

The cost of the full day course will be £150 per person, including lunch and coffee.  The course will be held in the St Andrew's Building, 11 Eldon Street, Glasgow G3 6NH

Content

  • Textual interrogation
  • Summary writing
  • Developing textual understanding
  • Tenses
  • Grammar (made easy!)
  • Punctuation

This course will be led by Willie McGuire, Senior Lecturer, Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Programme Leader for the MEd (Prof Prac) and Course Co-ordinator for PGS English within the School of Education. Willie has been a leading figure in national developments in English for over two decades as a National Qualifications Development Specialist, Examiner, and Setter for the SQA. He is also a former Local Authority Quality Improvement Officer, Staff Tutor, and Principal Teacher. He has won several teaching excellence awards and was recently awarded the Vidya Ratan award from India for research excellence.

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Comments from participants on previous courses

  • "Excellent."
  • "Really enjoyable."
  • "At last, someone who speaks out language."
  • "Practical and very worthwhile."
  • "Set a really nice tone for the course. Thank you for this."

How to apply

CPD for Teachers

Religious Education courses

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Setting Out on the Road

This is a course which leads to the award of the Catholic Teacher's Certificate (CTC) enabling the recipient to teach Religious Education in the Catholic school, if eligible to do so.  

It is taught by the St Andrew's Foundation for Catholic Teacher Education, University of Glasgow. Setting Out on the Road is for qualified teachers who have not yet obtained their CTC.

Applicants can choose from two locations in which to study: Glasgow (University of Glasgow) or Edinburgh (Gillis Centre).

How to apply

To apply for the Setting Out On The Road (Catholic Teacher's Certificate):

Before you can apply for this course, you must currently be qualified to teach in a primary or secondary school and have a GTCS registration number.

To undertake the course you will become a student of the University of Glasgow.

Please download the Applicant statement form and upload with your online application.

Priest's reference

Please ask your parish priest (or another priest who knows you) to complete the Priest’s Reference form. It is important to note that there is a section to be completed by the applicant. 

The applicant statement (Part A) must be uploaded with your application.

The Priest’s Reference (Part B) can be uploaded with the application or follow at a later date via email or post:

Fees

The course will cost £310.00 payable on registration. 

In addition, you will also be asked to purchase two books at a cost of £10 and £15. 

Information on registration will be sent via email early August.  (NB support may be available from schools or Councils – please contact them directly)

Dates

Glasgow (University of Glasgow Campus)

  • Thursday 1 September, Friday 2 September, Friday 7 October 2022

Edinburgh (Gillis Centre 100 Strathearn Road, EH9 1BB)

  • Monday 12 September, Tuesday 13 September, Friday 18 November 2022

Comments from previous students

Setting Out on the Road allowed me to gain new skills & knowledge and become more in tune with my own faith. I feel more confident teaching religious education and sharing my knowledge with my pupils.

The number and variety of tasks spread across the year and with two months between each submission meant that the course was challenging but still manageable for someone in full time employment.

This course allowed for a renewing of my Faith. I honestly felt uplifted when completing my task responses and these allowed me to grow again spiritually. I wish I had completed this course earlier. I have really loved it. Thank you to everyone involved in the delivery. The feedback to each task by my tutor was really helpful and motivated me for my next submission!

I enjoyed the face to face teaching of the course. I found the tutors knowledgeable, interesting and kind. The course has set me off on a fantastic journey for teaching the Catholic faith in my school.

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Additional Teaching Qualification in Religious Education - for Catholic Schools

Course 1: Liturgy, Sacraments, Christology & Revelation

Short Description

This course will critically explore Catholic theological understanding of Liturgy, Sacraments, Christology and Revelation. This course is a blend of face-to-face and online teaching.

The course begins in January 2022 and ends in June (Semester 2).

Face-to-face and zoom teaching dates:

  • Saturday 22 January 2022 (face to face at the University 10-5pm)
  • Tuesday 15 February 2022 from 5-7pm via zoom
  • Tuesday 8 March 2022 from 5-7pm via zoom
  • Tuesday 29 March 2022 from 5-7pm via zoom
  • Tuesday 19 April 2022 from 5-7pm via zoom
  • Tuesday 3 May 2022 from 5-7pm via zoom
  • Saturday 14 May 2022 (face to face at the University 10-5pm) 
Aims of the course
  • To provide students with a depth of knowledge and understanding of these key religious topics enabling them to teach Religious Education with confidence and expertise.
  • To stimulate academic inquiry and to encourage students to engage critically with theological, religious, philosophical and ethical concepts and ideas. 
Learning Outcomes

The course provides opportunities for students to develop and to demonstrate knowledge and understanding, skills and other attributes as described below. By the end of this course, students will be able to: 

Knowledge & Understanding

  • demonstrate a comprehensive and critical understanding of the breadth of theological debate on revelation with a focus on the person of Jesus.
  • demonstrate a critical understanding of the theological underpinnings of Liturgy.
  • demonstrate a critical understanding of the theological underpinnings of Sacraments in their liturgical context. 
  • exemplify the application of theological knowledge, as appropriate, in the context of classroom Religious Education.

Skills

  • use their knowledge, critical understanding and theological literacy to enable effective communication of key theological concepts.
  • demonstrate a critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights, much of which is at - or informed by - the forefront of their academic discipline as it relates to Religious Education in the Catholic school.
  • communicate their conclusions clearly to specialist and non-specialist audiences.
  • act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional or equivalent level. 
  • demonstrate the exercise of initiative and personal responsibility.
Summative Assessment

The course will be summatively assessed, by a written 4000 word equivalent, portfolio in which participants demonstrate their knowledge, understanding, skills and practical application of the themes of the course. 

*Submission date: 1st June 2022

Course 2: Ecclesiology, Ethics & Morality, Abrahamic Religions

Short Description

This course will critically explore theological understandings of Ecclesiology, Ethics & Morality and the Abrahamic Religions. This course is a blend of face-to-face and online teaching.

The course begins in August 2022 and ends in December (Semester 1).

Face-to-Face teaching dates:

  • Saturday 20 August (Face to face at the University 10-5pm)
  • Tuesday 13 September from 5-7pm via zoom
  • Tuesday 4 October from 5-7pm via zoom
  • Tuesday 25 October from 5-7pm via zoom
  • Tuesday 15 November from 5-7pm via zoom
  • Saturday 3 December (Face to face at the University 10-5pm)
Aims
  • To provide students with a depth of knowledge and understanding of these key religious topics, enabling them to teach Religious Education with confidence and expertise. 
  • To stimulate academic inquiry and to encourage students to engage critically with theological, religious, philosophical and ethical concepts and ideas. 
Learning Outcomes

The course provides opportunities for students to develop and to demonstrate knowledge and understanding, skills and other attributes as described below. By the end of this course students will be able to:

Knowledge & Understanding

  • identify and critique some historical and contemporary understandings of ecclesiology.
  • reflect critically on a range of positions from within the Church's teaching on ethical and moral education.
  • identify key aspects of the inter-relationship between the Abrahamic Religions (Islam, Judaism and Christianity), their world views, ethical norms and attitudes.

Skills

  • use their knowledge, critical understanding and theological literacy to enable effective communication of key theological concepts.
  • demonstrate a critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights, much of which is at, or informed by, the forefront of their academic discipline as it relates to Religious Education in the Catholic school.
  • communicate their conclusions clearly to specialist and non-specialist audiences 
  • act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional or equivalent level
  • demonstrate the exercise of initiative and personal responsibility
Assessment

The course will be summatively assessed by a written 4000word equivalent portfolio in which participants demonstrate their knowledge, understanding, skills and practical application of the themes of the programme.

*Submission date: Jan 2023 date TBC

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