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October 04, 2006

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jeannisbet

It's great to hear from you, Göran - you have described our "mission statement" perfectly. We are certainly interested in your project with your lowest-attaining" 10% of students: the UK is the 5th richest economy in the world, but 13% of young people in Scotland are what we describe as "NEET" - NOT entering education, employment and training at the age of 16. This is a shameful figure. We also think that about 20% of our young people do not achieve the educational levels they should - another terrible figure. Educators here are working hard to improve these figures, but we need to work with colleagues in other countries and learn from them. We look forward to working on this with LTI colleagues.

Stuart

Hi Goran

Like Jean, I think we can work together to raise the attainment of our under-performing students, especially in native tongue and maths. It is a priority for both our countries. Can I suggest as a start that we identify one example of good practice in raising attainment in our own country and share details of it with our partners in LTI?
Any other jurisdictions want to join with Sweden and Scotland in this important area for all of us???

Stuart

Jean Nisbet

We are having a conference here in East Ayrshire on the subject of raising attainment in literacy from 20-22 March 2007. We plan to target the group of young people in primary and secondary schools who cannot access the wider curriculum because they never reach a level in reading and writing that will allow them to handle other school subjects. We will have presentations from 3 very well known speakers: Anne Neil (who works in Reading Recovery and also with the 10 Challenges of Reading); Teresa Granger (who works in the area of motivating young people to read and write through drama) and Matthew Fitt (a Scottish poet and novelist who motivates young people by appealing to their imagination and sense of humour). We will have workshops in English, Scots and Gaelic - our 3 native languages.

I would like other jurisdictions which are interested in this topic to apply for a preparatory visit to come to the conference with a view to applying for a joint Comenius project later.

Cheap flights with Ryanair arrive at Glasgow Prestwick - 15 minutes from Kilmarnock - and we can pick people up. The hotel where the conference is to take place costs about £59 per night for bed and breakfast.

I will post information about the speakers and the conference as it develops. Please contact me if you need further information.

Jean Nisbet

Information about Teresa Grainger:
http://education.cant.ac.uk/depts/educational-research/staff/profiles/teresa-grainger.htm

Information about Matthew Fitt:
http://www.spl.org.uk/poets_a-z/fitt.html

Information about Anne Neil:
http://www.ltscotland.org.uk/sett/seminarsandkeynotes/seminars/gaelicdartsproject.asp

Vincent

In Ireland,the Youthreach programme is an integral part of the national programme of second chance education and training.The programme is directed at unemployed young early school-leavers aged 15-20.See www.youthreach.ie

Eibhlin Tinneny

Hi Goran

Many thanks for your posting. I think this is an area of concern in many of our countries and I agree we could learn from eachother.

Regards

Eiblin

Thomas Carlsson

The conference in East Ayrshire seems to be very interesting. Jean will you send an invitation to the conference that also includes a preparatory visit. I think we need that for an application.

brenda montgomery

Hi Stuart,
Your conference looks good - keep us informed about how it goes.
Brenda.

brenda montgomery

Hi Stuart,
Your conference looks good - keep us informed about how it goes.
Brenda.

Stuart

Hi Folks

We have been on holiday this week, hence the slowness of replies. Jean is still enjoying a well-earned rest in the south of France, so we might not hear from her until the end of October. I was in Germany this week working with some students/adults in Saxony. I was working with a colleague of mine from the International Group to improve the spoken English of the students. They now speak with a broad west-of-Scotland accent and use words like aye, wee and lassie!!!

Stuart

jeannisbet

I can send an official invitation to the conference to everyone in the LTI group, but I need you yo send me the name and the office address of the person who should receive the invitation.

While I've been in beautiful France on holiday, my colleague has been developing the programme for the conference and I should be able to post that next week.

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