Argyll and Bute Council news round up - 26th October 2018

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Focus on: Pupils have their say on teaching at Dunoon Grammar

Dunoon Grammar School has launched an initiative to encourage young people to make their voice heard and get involved in making important decisions about their learning experiences.

The ‘Wee How Good is Our School’ (Wee HGIOS) initiative has been launched as part of Education Scotland’s HGIOS 4 - a framework designed to support self-evaluation in schools.

Dunoon Grammar piloted the project last year with 14 teachers from five departments and a group of 15 pupils. Pupils were invited to tell teachers what they thought about their teaching methods, what they felt could be improved for pupils and ways in which teachers could change the structure of their lessons to benefit students.

At the end of the pilot, staff completed a questionnaire on how they had found the experience, with the results showing that they found the experience extremely beneficial and enlightening to get feedback on their lessons through the eyes of their pupils. Due to the success of the pilot, the school is now rolling out the project across all subjects, with training being provided to all pupils through Personal and Social Education (PSE).

Argyll and Bute Council’s Policy Lead for Education, Councillor Yvonne McNeilly said: “This is a wonderful project to get young people actively involved in their learning and provide feedback to teachers on where improvements can be made.

“It enables our teachers and pupils to work together and evaluate the methods that are used, what works and what doesn’t.

“By involving young people in their own learning, it encourages them to develop a level of awareness and take ownership of their learning. This is a great initiative.”

Read the full story on the Council website. 

Did you know?

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News

New plan to support deaf and deafblind people in Argyll and Bute: A new plan to promote the use and raise awareness of British Sign Language (BSL) in Argyll and Bute has been approved by the council’s Policy and Resources Committee.

Council officer shortlisted for prestigious housing awards: An Empty Homes Officer from Argyll and Bute Council has been short-listed for two prestigious awards for her work in trying to combat the problem of empty homes.

Dunoon and Campbeltown projects win big at Heritage Angel Awards: Two heritage projects from Argyll and Bute are toasting success as the winners of the Scottish Heritage Angel Awards 2018 were revealed.

Essential services are under threat. Enough is enough - says COSLA: COSLA, the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities, has called for a fair funding settlement for local government.

Fostering campaign: The Council launched its fostering campaign this week to to encourage more people to consider becoming foster carers. Read all about Moyra and Peter’s experience as foster carers here.

Work with us

Happy Friday. We know lots of people will be heading to Argyll for a weekend break, but it’s a great place to live and work as well as visit. If you’re tempted by the fresh air, gorgeous scenery and welcoming communities, why not have a look at some of the jobs available just now. We are looking for teachers in a range of subjects, a planning officer, graduate civil engineer, youth work assistants and housing advice assistant, to mention just a few. Why not have a look on My Job Scotland 

Consultations

Campbeltown Flood Protection Scheme: We are looking for your feedback and comments on proposal for the Campbeltown Flood Protection Scheme and Surface Water Management Plan.

Budget Consultation 2018: We would like to hear from you about your priorities for the year ahead as we identify how best to use our reduced funding allocation to invest in the longer term future of Argyll and Bute, and the services that are most vital now.

Review of polling places and districts: Are you happy with the venue you go to to vote in elections? Please let us know.

Next edition

We will issue our next news round-up on Friday 2 November 2018.