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Conference: Gaelic (Learners) in a 1+2 Approach to languages/GLPS

Author: Robert Dalzell, North Lanarkshire Council

Over 50 teachers and 30 local authority representatives took part in the GLPS Conference on 3 March at Stirling Court Hotel. Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, John Swinney, addressed the conference and restated the Scottish Government’s support for Gaelic education in all of its forms.

Maryse Payen-Roy from Glasgow City Council opened the conference with a look at practical approaches to Gaelic teaching in the classroom. Donald Morrison, Chief Executive of Stòrlann, provided an overview of the ‘Go! Gaelic’ resource and Maeve MacKinnon presented an update from Education Scotland on the resources available to support Gaelic in the primary setting.

The rest of the day was devoted to four workshops: 

  • Go!Gaelic – resource overview (Stòrlann) 
  • Go!Gaelic – module delivery (Yvonne Forrest and Jackie Mullen) 
  • nursery and early years support (Mary Morrison, Bòrd na Gàidhlig) 
  • practitioners’ experience (Rachel Neilly, Gartcosh Primary and Helen McNight, Knightswood Primary) 

Both oral and written feedback were very encouraging with almost all participants agreeing that their expectations of the day had been fully met.

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