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Young people who are unemployed or about to leave school could benefit from more than 150 new modern apprenticeship opportunities being made available by Falkirk Council from this week (Monday 27 April 2015).

Vacancies are available in a wide variety of occupational areas including housing; health & social care; business administration; early years’ childcare and in a variety of trades including plumbing, electrical, plastering and slating as well as a number of civil engineering and related opportunities.

To qualify, applicants must be aged under 20 (before 31 July 2015), be resident in the Falkirk Council area and be currently unemployed or a school leaver by summer 2015.

The apprenticeship will last between 12 months and four years and applicants will receive a nationally recognised training as well as quality on the job work experience. They will also receive a wage which will vary depending on the occupational area and level of apprenticeship.

Pamela Smith, Falkirk Council’s Employment and Training Manager said: “Our existing modern apprenticeship programme has successfully helped thousands of young people who had few or no qualifications get into full time and permanent jobs. We have also provided opportunities at a higher level for young people who have opted to earn while they learn instead of undertaking full time higher education.

"We’re looking for enthusiastic young people who are looking for a career in a wide range of areas and who will receive a wage throughout their time on the programme and a nationally recognised qualification following successful completion of their training."

Applicants can find out more here or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phoning 01324 504400.

Online registrations must be received by Friday 15 May 2015 to…/jobs-c…/find-a-job/interest.aspx

CEM Test – What are CEM Tests?

The S2 Curriculum-based assessments offer a comprehensive pupil profiling system that measures pupil progress through assessment in Reading, Science, and Maths. The assessments are administered via the computer during an assessment window usually in April/May each year. The assessments themselves are adaptive which means that pupils are presented with items suited to their ability and hence makes for a more efficient and pleasant experience.


The Assessments

1. The Reading Assessment

There are four parts to the reading section. Each part requires pupils to answer multiple-choice questions and is individually timed. Once a part has been completed students should proceed to the next stage of the assessment. Students will be shown examples of how to answer.

Please note: Pupils are NOT allowed to take notes during the reading assessment.


Part 1: Passage Comprehension

The student is presented with scrollable text under which a question is displayed. Once the student answers a question and clicks on the ‘Next’ button, a new question about the same passage will appear. There are four passages and a time limit of 18 minutes.


Part 2: Text Comprehension

The student must choose the most appropriate words to complete the missing gaps in the paragraph displayed. Students will be shown two paragraphs of text with 5 minutes to attempt each paragraph.

Please note that the pupil can only advance to the next section if they have attempted everyoption presented to them (or they have run out of time).


Part 3: Speed Reading

The pupil is presented with a short passage for a limited time, after which the pupil must answer a series of multiple-choice questions. Pupils will see 5 texts in total. Having chosen an option, the pupil must click on the ‘Next’ button to continue to the following question or passage.


Part 4: Analysing and Evaluating Information

The pupil is informed that they will be presented with a ‘mock up’ webpage. Firstly, an example question on the topic of ‘food’ is displayed. The actual question does not appear until the pupil has reviewed all of the text. On successfully answering the question they move onto a webpage on the topic of ‘sleep’. They have 5 minutes in which to answer 13 questions. The pupil will only view the first question of this section when they have viewed all the text.


2. The Science Assessment

The assessment is broken up into three sub-assessments: Living Things, Earth and Space, and Energy and Forces. Each sub-section is 12 minutes long, and pupils can pause between them. They will be shown examples at the start of the assessments.

After these sub-sections, pupils will see a questionnaire on attitudes to science, which has no time limit (except for your school period length), but here they can go back and alter any responses. There are no right or wrong answers.


3. The Maths Assessment

Pupils are allowed to take notes and do rough working on paper, pupils are not allowed to use a calculator(except the one provided onscreen when appropriate).

The pupil will be presented with a mixture of multiple choice and free entry questions, which will take approximately 45 minutes to complete.


Key Elements

  • ·         School and students’ test performance are compared to a nationally representative sample
  • ·         Assessment data from the tests provides school and pupil data to inform teaching and learning
  • ·         Predictive data includes future potential performance, to inform target setting and subsequent monitoring




Please contact Mrs H Cameron (Depute Rector) should you wish to discuss the S2 CEM assessments in more detail

Free Online E-safety Parent/Carer Workshops presented by Respect Me for parents and carers in the Falkirk Council area on 25th and 26th March 2015

Scotland’s national service “Respect Me” are offering free practical sessions this week for parents and carers in the Falkirk Council area about social media, looking at how to set and manage profiles and privacy settings to help ensure that children and young people are safe online. There will be two session from which to choose, one on Wednesday 25 March and one on Thursday 26 March. Both will be in room 12 of Camelon Education Centre from 5.30pm to 7.30pm.

These sessions will be hosted by Brian Donnelly, the Director of Respect Me. Sessions will include looking at settings for Facebook and YouTube. A free place at one of these free hands-on sessions can be booked just by sending an email to the Central E-Safety Partnership at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Further information about the sessions can be found at the Respect Me website:

Microsoft has recently made changes to its policy, meaning that all pupils  can now benefit from free licences for Microsoft Office for their home computers and devices. This offer is at no additional cost to the Council.

Details of the scheme can be found in the attachment.

....Forth Valley College and Stirling University are offering exciting new degrees


Forth Valley College and the University of Stirling have joined forces to offer new undergraduate honours degree programmes, over four years, on their respective campuses in Central Scotland. The degree courses are:




Our Degree Programmes are supported by key industry partners including, Historic Scotland, Visit Scotland and Diageo.

Please see for more inforation

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