Six teachers from schools across South Ayrshire have returned to their classes following an education and training summit in the United States ahead of the introduction of a new global pilot scheme in their schools.
Teachers Katrena McDonald and Sarah Proctor from Ayr Academy, Grant Crawford and Danielle Hawkins from the town’s Kyle Academy and Joanne Jeffers and Claire Thompson from Marr College in Troon all took part in the three-day training conference at the University of Michigan in Detroit over the summer break in advance of introducing the Big History Project into their classrooms.
Aimed at pupils in S2 and S3, the Big History Project weaves evidence and insights from many scientific and historical disciplines across 13.7 billion years into a single, accessible origin story. One that explores who we are, how we got here, how we are connected to everything around us, and where we may be heading.
The 12-month pilot, which is funded through former Microsoft founder Bill Gates’ Catalyst Three, will see the three Ayrshire schools work with schools in Australia and the United States testing the online curriculum, promoting multi-disciplinary learning across subjects.The six Scottish teachers were the only group from the UK involved in the training programme following a competitive application process, organised by SQA, involving seven local authorities from across Scotland.