National offer of Nat 5 & Higher Gaelic (Learners) courses
e-Sgoil are now offering all senior phase pupils across Scotland the opportunity to study Gaelic (Learners) at both Nat 5 & Higher level during session 2020/21. Starting in June 2020, this offer will provide pupils with 5 periods of, real-time, interactive lessons per week and will be run at no cost to schools or pupils.
Pupils will access lessons through VScene and will benefit from having additional tutorial periods built in to support them with their learning. The class will be composed of pupils across the country and, in addition to Gaelic, will develop digital literacy and online collaborative skills.
This exciting opportunity to offer certificates course in Gaelic to all is funded by the Scottish Government.
Pupils wishing to apply should first speak to their Guidance teacher and then complete the online application form available here.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is e-Sgoil?
- e-Sgoil is a national online teaching service which works to improve the offer of subjects and experiences available to pupils in schools across Scotland by providing real-time, interactive inputs.
Why are these courses being offered?
- Whilst each school has its own unique SQA course offer, we at e-Sgoil are aware that many schools across Scotland are currently unable to offer Gaelic. We know that there are many pupils in our schools who would be keen to study Scotland’s indigenous language and culture. e-Sgoil is looking to give all pupils the same access to Gaelic courses - irrespective of their geographic location.
What will it cost?
- Both courses are fully funded by the Scottish Government. This means that there will be no cost to pupils or schools.
How will the teaching be delivered?
- Real-time, interactive lessons will be delivered using the browser-based platform VScene. Each course will be timetabled for 5 lessons per week.
Who can join these classes?
- Any S4 – S6 pupil in a Scottish school can join a class.
What courses are available?
- e-Sgoil is offering two separate Gaelic courses in 2020/21; Higher Gaelic (Learners) and National 5 Gaelic (Learners)
What do pupils need to do to apply?
- To apply for a place on the course pupils should first discuss the option with their Guidance Teacher and, if proceeding, complete the online form.
Do pupils need to have studied Gaelic in the past?
- For National 5 Gaelic, there is no requirement for any previous knowledge of Gaelic. The Higher course requires a pass at National 5 level.
Where do pupils attend classes?
- Pupils will join the class using a PC/Device from within their own schools. Classwork will be assigned and completed within Glow.
What are the benefits of learning in this way?
- As well as achieving a qualification, this method of delivery allows pupils to improve their digital skills and become familiar with learning collaboratively. These are skills which are very much in demand in the modern workplace.
How will assessments be carried out?
- All assessments will be carried out in accordance with SQA’s Virtual Delivery of NQ Guidelines. This means that assessments will be under standard exam conditions with supervision provided by the host school.
When are classes taught?
- Both classes will be timetabled for 5 periods per week. The 50-minute periods will fall within the school day and be spread across the week at set times (detailed below).
What if these times clash with existing timetables?
- Clashes are inevitable as we will not be able to find times which suit everybody. Gaelic lessons will be recorded, allowing pupils who miss out on the ‘live’ lesson to catch up later in the day. The alternative option is that pupils attending Gaelic will be expected to catch up on work they’ve missed in their other subjects in their own time. Pupils in senior school with a capacity in their timetable will likely find that they have more flexibility than those with no free periods.
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An online application form is available here.
PROPOSED PERIOD TIMES
Nat 5 Gaelic
- Tuesday Double Period 2pm - 3.40pm
- Wednesday Double Period 10.45am - 12.25pm
- Friday Single Period 11.35am – 12.25pm
- Monday Single Period 8.50am – 9.40am
- Wednesday Double Period 2pm - 3.40pm
- Thursday Double Period 2pm - 3.40pm
In addition to the times above, there will be scheduled tutorial periods made available to support students with their work.