Local organiser: Louise Glen, Education Scotland
ECML experts: Chantal Muller, Belgium; Katja Schnitzer, Germany
Participants: 45; teachers, teacher educators, school administrators, policymakers, parents
That the ECML experts were willing and able to adapt the type of workshop and inputs they led at the events in Scotland made a huge difference in terms of encouraging teachers to attend, as we currently have a national shortage of teachers and difficulty in finding supply teachers. In order that as many teachers as possible could attend, the experts tailored their inputs into two x 1 day events, the second day a repeat of the first.
Despite the challenge of truncating a two-day workshop, the team put together a highly effective, engaging and impressive event which received 100% positive feedback from the participants.
As an observer of each day’s proceedings, I saw how engaged the teachers were throughout each day; they appreciated the opportunity to share practice , as well as learn about methodologies to enhance their own pedagogy. There is possibly a gap in provision in Scotland of relevant, up-to-date training for teachers who are tasked with integrating learners with limited or no English into their classrooms, as well as training which equips teachers with approaches on how to ensure that migrant children’s home language(s) are recognised and respected. This ECML workshop has helped to open up a debate on how we provide support for our school-age ‘New Scots’.
The ECML experts were knowledgeable, approachable and highly professional - they thoroughly deserve the very positive feedback they have received from the Scottish participants!
Louise Glen, local organiser, 12 July 2018
ECML project website: Supporting multilingual classrooms – EU-ECML cooperation agreement 2017-2018 "Innovative methodologies and assessment in language learning"