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UK Key Skills 14th iEARN International Conference, Cairo, Egypt 25 July 2007. Dr Cheryl Morgan, Mary Gowers, Alison Sussex, Christine Robertson. Vision. The world has changed and we need to change what and how we educate our children. Education Goals 1931. Good Attendance

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Uk key skills 14th iearn international conference cairo egypt 25 july 2007

UK Key Skills 14th iEARN International Conference, Cairo, Egypt 25 July 2007

Dr Cheryl Morgan, Mary Gowers, Alison Sussex, Christine Robertson


Vision

Vision

The world has changed and we need to change what and how we educate our children


Education goals 1931

Education Goals 1931

  • Good Attendance

  • Remember facts

  • Read

  • Write

  • Maths

Raglan Village School 1931


Education goals 2006

Education Goals 2006

  • Good Attendance

  • Remember facts

  • Read

  • Write

  • Maths

  • WHAT ELSE?

Raglan Village School 2006


The problem the solution

The problem - The solution

  • Concern with current education

    • Too narrow

    • Focused solely on exams (content)

    • Too much teacher talking - not enough student doing!

  • Goals for 21st Century education

    • Learn ‘in’ the world not just ‘about’ the world

    • Use new learning tools and techniques

    • Develop Independent flexible learners


What is different in uk today

What is different in UK today?

  • We have developed a valid, measurable and reliable system to accredit skills as well as knowledge for students aged 14-19 years

  • This system is known as Key Skills

    • Design began in 1985

    • Pilot began in 1995

    • Key Skills Qualifications introduced across UK 2000

  • Recognised by Universities for admittance to higher education, increasing recognised by employers now part of the NEW Welsh Baccalaureate qualification


21st century key skills

21st Century Key Skills

  • Communication

  • Working with others

  • Problem Solving

  • Improving own Learning and Performance

  • Application of Number

  • Information Communications Technology


A key skills journey

A Key Skills Journey

  • A student does not necessarily know a skill exists unless it is explicitly named

  • A student does not necessarily learn a skill unless it is taught

  • A student does not necessarily acquire a skill unless they can practise it

  • A student does not necessarily transfer a skill unless they are given other opportunities where the skill is explicitly named


Key skills framework

Key Skills Framework

  • Students are taught become independent in:

    • Planning

    • Doing - evidence the process of doing

    • Reviewing - present and evaluate results

      GOAL: to become a flexible, independent learner


Key skills levels

Key Skills Levels

  • BASIC

    • develop basic skills and apply them in routine situations

  • INTERMEDIATE

    • take some responsibility for applying skills to straightforward tasks

  • ADVANCED

    • demonstrate explicit reasoning ability and personal responsibility in making decisions about how to tackle complex tasks


Strategy

Strategy

If you don’t know where you are going

Anywhere will do


An iearn journey

An iEARN Journey

  • A student does not necessarily know a skill exists unless it is explicitly named

  • A student does not necessarily learn a skill unless it is taught

  • A student does not necessarily acquire a skill unless they can practice it

  • A student does not necessarily transfer a skill unless they are given other opportunities where the skill is explicitly named


Key skills mapping

Key Skills Mapping

The mapping shows where there are opportunities to develop and assess Key Skills. The level of key skills evidenced will depend on:

The degree to which students are led/guided by the teacher

The sophistication and complexity of the tasks and topics tackled.

The sophistication and complexity of individual student’s responses to the tasks set

The nature of the materials produced as a result of the project


Mapping oneworld one environment

Mapping OneWorld - One environment

  • Footprinting

    • Communication: Group Discussion, Research from internet, handbooks etc, Producing a document to show their results and explain what it means

    • Application of Number: Collecting data from people, the internet, handbooks etc, Calculating values to enter into www.myfootprint.org. Presenting findings about the size of their footprint

    • ICT: Collecting data from the internet, handbooks, Using www.myfootprint.org to find their own footprint, Emailing their result to the focum. Preparing a document to show their results


Mapping oneworld one environment1

Mapping OneWorld - One environment

  • Possible projects

    • Communication: Group Discussion. Talk or presentation, research, report/web presentation

    • Application of Number: Collecting data from people, the internet, handbooks etc. Calculations, Presentation of results

    • ICT: Collecting data from the internet, handbooks. Preparation of report, presentation etc. Final product, use of email in sending final product to One World


Mapping oneworld one environment2

Mapping OneWorld - One environment

  • Possible projects - Using key skills for planning

    • WWO: Identifying what they are going to do, how, by when etc.

    • PS: Decide what problem they are going to try to solve and then individually suggesting strategies for solving it. Clearing identifying how they will know that the problem is solved

    • IOLP: Identifying clear learning targets. Identifying current strengths and weaknesses. Set a learning plan


Mapping oneworld one environment3

Mapping OneWorld - One environment

  • Possible projects - Using key skills for doing

    • WWO: Working together according to the agreed plan and checking regularly that they are on target

    • PS: Planning how to implement their suggestion and following the plan

    • IOLP: Following the learning plan engaging in a range of learning activities, using support when needed


Mapping oneworld one environment4

Mapping OneWorld - One environment

  • Possible projects - Using key skills for reviewing

    • WWO: Reviewing the project and reflecting on their own contribution and how they could use this experience in the future (this could be through a project log)

    • PS: Reviewing the project and how they achieved a solution. Considering how they could improve their problem solving strategies in future

    • IOLP: Identifying what was learned and how. Identifying how th new skill will be applied in a different context

    • Evidence:

      • IOLP: individual learning plan and log.

      • WWO/PS: Project log


Implementation

Implementation

Just DO IT!!!


Iearn uk projects

iEARN UK projects

  • One world - One environment

  • Teddy Bear Project

  • Natural disasters project

  • Learning Circles:

    • Water, water, everywhere?

    • Sports - Is it fair?

    • Eco-schools

  • Linking communities: Hay - Timbuktu


Coleg gwent experience

Coleg Gwent experience

  • Key Skills are required for Welsh Baccalaureate

  • iEARN projects are ideal vehicles for achieving the Key Skills requirements

  • Key Skills improve learning, independence, confidence


Summary

Summary

  • Key Skills

    • Flexible transferable skills are the tools for success

    • Don’t miss opportunities for developing skills

  • iEARN

    • Great way to develop and apply key skills

    • Good way to get recognition for learning in iEARN


Further information

Further information

  • Welsh Bac - www.wbq.org.uk

  • International Baccalureate - http://www.ibo.org/diploma/

  • Key Skills Support Programme Cymru - www.dysg.org.uk

  • Welsh Bac Resources project: http://www.dysg.org.uk/component/option,com_docman/task,doc_details/Itemid,43/gid,1745/lang,en/

  • iEARN UK - www.iearnuk.org/

    • Email: [email protected]

  • Key Skills trainer (Comms, AoN, ICT)- http://www.keyskills4u.com/

  • BBC Wales: Raise Your game! http://www.bbc.co.uk/wales/raiseyourgame/

  • BBC Skillswise - http://www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise

  • BBC Wider Key Skills - http://www.bbc.co.uk/keyskills/widerks/


For information

For Information:

Mary Gowers,

Country Coordinator,

iEARN UK

Cae’r Wyn

Graigfechan

Ruthin

LL15 2HB

[email protected]

Registered Charity No. 1109069


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