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1 Aberdeen Improvement Conference 28 September 2007 INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION Tim Simons Head of the International Team Schools Directorate, Scottish Government

2 SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES Government has adopted 5 strategic objectives –Wealthier and Fairer –Greener –Safer and Stronger –Healthier, and –Smarter

3 THE SMARTER OBJECTIVE 6 key principles to guide what we do in the Smarter domain:- –Early start best –An International Perspective –Aspirational –Egalitarian –Community and –Child Learner Focus

4 THE INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVE PRINCIPLE Focus should be on Scotland and Scotlands place in the world – challenging our ambitions against the achievement of other countries and aiming to have a confident sense of self. Learning in schools should promote an understanding of Scotland, our culture, heritage and history, environment, and our place in the world.

5 WHAT DOES THIS MEAN? in this globalised society in which we live it is essential to ensure that our young people have an international education to help them gain a knowledge and understanding of the world and Scotland's place in it. vision is for an outward looking nation with a strong sense of its place in the world.

6 KEY COMMITMENTS Curriculum should emphasise the place of modern languages, science and technology and provide a modern, enterprising, Scottish world view. Encouraging every pupil to learn about the institutions and governance of their country – and of the European Union.

7 WHAT ARE WE DOING TO PROMOTE AN INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVE? Trying to simplify the institutional and policy landscape. Changing the thinking – embedding an international outlook - not an add-on. Partnership working.

8 SIMPLIFYING THE LANDSCAPE Too many players; too much duplication and overlap. Coherent concise advice / information and simple messages. Making linkages between different cross- cutting areas – esp. International Ed, Sustainable Development and Citizenship.

9 CHANGING THE THINKING - 1 Matter of attitude – easy when you know how. Lots of fantastic examples - from CfE provides ideal platform for international education; draft outcomes will provide many hooks for teachers to use. CfE reinforces interdisciplinary working - e.g. illustrating sustainable development - as part of the curriculum.

10 CHANGING THE THINKING - 2 International education provides challenge and enjoyment, depth & relevance. It also improves pupils motivation, interest and arguably, attainment. Must prepare our young people for life in a globalised world. Otherwise they will be disadvantaged.

11 PARTNERSHIP WORKING Many bodies involved –Learning and Teaching Scotland, British Council, DfID – on International Education. –as well as HMIe, ADES, Teachers Unions, SCILT, amongst others. Working with these bodies to deliver vision and ensure consistency and clarity of message and outcomes.


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