Bright Sparks: Shining a light on Museums’ Learning

Is your work with schools needing some stimulation? Are you looking to re-invigorate your learning programmes or develop your learning practice? Do you want to know more about the Curriculum for Excellence? Perhaps you’re just interested in exploring new ways of working.

Bright Sparks will be filled with inspiration from industry leaders on topics such as policy, practical methods for dialogue with schools, STEM, how to build a learning programme, innovative models for learning, and work-based learning.

With speakers from the public and private sector including organisations such as Education Scotland, Immersive Minds, Glasgow Life, Developing Youth Workforce (DYW), Young Enterprise Scotland and the Group for Education in Museums (GEM), the symposium will bring together experts from within and outwith the museums sector to share their experiences and their thoughts on the future of formal learning.

Who Is It For?

The event will cater for both practitioner and strategic level, with engaging keynotes for all, and sessions split into three themes to allow attendees to choose the topics most relevant to their needs.

Policy Add-On (PA) sessions cover strategic topics around policy areas guiding the learning and development of children and young people and how museums can contribute. It gives context to Scottish education system and raises awareness of how learning practitioners can use the policies and frameworks to guide their programmes and activities for formal learning.

Practical Learning (PL) sessions will explore practical approaches to developing programmes and activities relevant to formal learning in museums. The objective is to share pedagogical practices, using museums resources in a more creative ways that stimulate children and young people’s curiosity, learning and enjoyment in schools and in museums.

Innovative Practice (IP) sessions will showcase innovative approaches that can be used to deliver formal learning in museums. The aim is to enable practitioners to be aware of alternative models and practices for them to consider when thinking about their programmes.

For more information contact Catherine Cartmell, Skills Development Manager

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Event Details


The Engine Shed

The Engine Shed
Forthside Way, Stirling

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