Glasgow City Council Education Services is part of Glasgow City Council. Glasgow has a population of about 600,000. Glasgow City Council Education Services is responsible for the education and well being of 65,500 pupils, 25,000 in Primary Schools. 35% of pupils in Glasgow Primary Schools are
registered for free school meals and therefore considered to live in poverty. 18% of Primary School pupils have English as an additional language. School attainment levels in the city’s schools have been rising steadily over the last ten years, although Glasgow pupils on average still have lower
attainment levels than pupils in other local authorities.
Glasgow City Council, International Education Office has been in existence for 30 years. Currently it comprises of Lead Officer, Learning for Sustainability; International Education Officer and three Leaders of International Learning, who are seconded teachers for a fixed number of school support days per year.
Our policy is to embed international learning contexts within the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence which is an innovative education system which puts learners’ experiences and outcomes at the heart of teaching and learning. We are also developing and implementing the national framework for change and transformation within education as devised by Education Scotland: ‘Transforming Learning’. We are at the forefront of leading International Education as a context for learning across the UK.
Our work in the International Education Office of Glasgow City Council is very much about partnership working with the other key stakeholders within the field, namely Education Scotland, British Council Scotland and the Lord Provost’s International Office. This provides us with the framework to take forward our international engagement with schools in a holistic and systemic way which is congruent with the Educational priorities of the Local and National Government. We are fortunate to have the support and leadership of our Director of Education who has been a key figure in her support and validation of international teaching and learning contexts within the curriculum. We are also very much involved with the Inclusion Support services for our children, including our Psychological Services team who support learners, and their access to Education, with additional support needs. We are currently working with the City of Athens in an innovative trauma intervention model to support young people with a migrant and refugee background to integrate effectively within the host country education system and improve the pastoral support for young people in education suffering trauma as a result of their conflict and war experiences.