SCQF School Ambassador Innovation Competition

The SCQF School Ambassador initiative is a means of promoting understanding of the SCQF and its wider benefits to school staff, learners and parents/carers. We believe that knowledge of the SCQF can empower pupils to make more informed choices for their learning journey.

We are always interested in hearing about the innovative ways that Ambassador schools use the SCQF, so would like to invite you to enter our competition – with great prizes to be had!

The Competition Categories

Tell us how you have promoted the principles and benefits of the SCQF:
1.    to pupils at different stages in the school, and/or;
2.    to parents/carers, and/or;
3.    through your website/social media channels.

The Criteria

Judges will consider the following overall criteria:

Innovation – Why is your approach innovative?
The competition hopes to discover new ideas of how to promote SCQF to different school audiences and in different ways – so be sure to tell us why your approach is a good one.

Impact – What benefit will the approach have on your school?
Judges will be looking for entries that cover the measurable benefits to pupils, the school and parents/carers, so please provide clear evidence where possible. For example, the learning benefits for pupils involved, such as a better understanding of possible learning pathways when making option decisions; improved personal statements (in UCAS forms or for Foundation/Modern apprenticeship applications) which show pupils using the SCQF Level Descriptors to describe their skills and qualifications; strengthening relationships with parents/carers through the use of SCQF materials while improving their understanding; improved school/college links using the SCQF to illustrate a number of alternative vocational routes into employment or Higher Education; better use of social media – hits on your website, more followers and likes on Twitter and/or Facebook when SCQF related stories/examples/photos/events are involved.

Collaboration – How was the approach devised and who was involved in the process?
Judges are looking for entries where there has been a genuine consultative process across the school community to develop the approach and further promote the benefits of the SCQF. Please provide compelling evidence that teachers, pupils and other members of the school community (for example, governors, parents/carers and/or support staff) worked together on the initiative.

Sustainability – How will your approach be managed, delivered and sustained?
Judges want to see evidence that schools have thought about the longer-term plans for their approach. For example – the transferability of the approach to different age groups or other schools in the community which link in to yours and the sustainability of the approach beyond the first year.

Key Dates & Guidelines

Please confirm to Brian Keegan at the SCQF Partnership in the first instance if you wish to take part in the competition. Entries should be submitted by email to Brian by Thurs 30th November 2017.

A panel of three judges will meet during December and will announce the shortlist for the award on Fri 12th January 2018.

The competition is only open to current Ambassador schools.

The school can submit an entry which covers one, two or all of the three competition categories.

Prizes & Prize-giving

•    1st prize – £250
•    2nd prize – £150
•    3rd prize – £100

We are hosting a prestigious international conference on Thurs 22nd February 2018 at the Radisson Blu in Glasgow and it is our intention to announce the winners of the competition and award prizes at the event. We have invited the Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, John Swinney, to present the prizes.

We would also like the prize winning schools to take part in a workshop at the conference showcasing their innovative approaches to promoting the SCQF.

If you have any questions on the competition, please contact Brian.

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