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Yearly Archive2019

Upcoming CLPL from AOK Learning

AOK Learning Limited has announced several dates for upcoming Continuing Lifelong Professional Learning (CLPL) opportunities.

The sessions shown in the image below are for colleagues who teach National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher Modern Studies. A CLPL opportunity in late October will also focus on Higher Politics.

Anyone interested in the input sessions can book by contacting AOK Learning Limited or accessing their website via aoklearning.co.uk.

Please note that the MSA does not organise this event, or profit from its promotion or sales. We are, however, happy to share the detail of appropriate training and resources to support colleagues.

Has your school or college signed up for UK Parliament Week?

UK Parliament Week (2-8 November 2019) is a yearly festival which aims to inspire the next generation of voters, highlighting how young people can participate today and have their say. Thousands of schools took part in UK Parliament Week last year, with 98% saying it helped them reach their curriculum aims.

Schools, museums, libraries, faith communities and youth organisations from the Highlands and Islands to South Scotland have already signed up to take part in the 2019 celebrations. Join the conversation by ordering your free kit (while stocks last), jam-packed with fun resources for all ages and abilities and require no preparation.

Your free kit includes:

  • Lesson ideas which link to the Curriculum for Excellence, including quizzes, fun facts and art activities
  • A ballot box so groups of young people can hold their own election, or vote on a debate
  • Posters, bunting, pin badges, wristbands and a selfie placard for your lively UK Parliament Week celebrations

Order your free UK Parliament Week kit now.

There are many more exciting and free ways you can get your school or college involved with UK Parliament throughout the year, including school trips, outreach visits to your school, teaching resources and CPD opportunities.

Find out more by clicking here.

New Scottish Parliament education resources launched

The Modern Studies Association (MSA) is proud to announce the launch of a brand new educational resource, which has been developed exclusively for members of the MSA by the Scottish Parliament Education Service.

The Scottish Parliament Challenge is a peer led resource, using guided research, presentation skills and peer to peer learning – it has been designed with flexibility in mind – your resources, your technology, your class time.

As part of the new resource, learners are encouraged to learn more about the background to the Scottish Parliament, elections to Holyrood, the process of passing a Bill, the work of MSPs, and how people can become politically engaged with the Parliament.

Full Teacher notes and Benchmarks spanning across Level’s 3 and 4 are available alongside the new digital resources, while printed materials can be requested directly from the Scottish Parliament Education Service.

Please see www.parliament.scot/msaresource for your downloadable resources, and more details – including information on how to provide feedback on the resources.

Bookings for Conference 2019 are now open

The Modern Studies Association (MSA) Annual Conference is the highlight of the MSA’s calendar. This year’s Annual Conference will be held in the Scottish Parliament on Saturday 2 November 2019.

The event will start at 10am (with registration open from 9am) and run until 3.15pm, with a variety of topic-specific keynote addresses and hands on workshops that aim to provide Modern Studies Teachers with a great CLPL experience.

As part of this year’s event, we are delighted to announce that Conference will be held in the chamber of the Scottish Parliament, with keynote speakers focussing on the 20th anniversary of devolved governance in Scotland. Thereafter, each attendee will attend two seminars (you will choose these during booking), with one being the opportunity to tour the building and speak to colleagues in the Parliament’s Education and Outreach team. The day’s programme will also include lunch and an opportunity to meet stallholders, who will no doubt offer a range of different teaching materials and offer the opportuntiy to form professional connections that will enhance professional understanding, as well as learning and teaching in our classrooms.

If your establishment or local authority will be paying for your ticket and they wish to pay via invoice, then this is possible. Just click the green ‘Tickets’ button at the top of the page, select your desired ticket type and quantity, before hitting ‘Checkout’. When the page loads, scroll down to the ‘Payment’ section and choose ‘Pay by invoice’ from the drop-down menu next to ‘Payment method’. When you have completed the booking process, an invoice should be attached to your booking confirmation e-mail, though this might arrive in your Spam or Junk folder(s).