Albyn School enhances state-independent school partnerships in Aberdeen with inaugural Computing and Chemistry events

Albyn School has taken steps to strengthen collaboration between state and independent schools in the region.

The school organised a Computing event with the aim of re-energising the networking opportunities for Computing teachers between schools in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.

Taking place on Monday (22 January), the inaugural event particularly sought to provide support for Computer Science teachers who are working in small or single-person departments.

We were pleased to host teachers from local state schools including Aberdeen Grammar School, Bridge of Don Academy, Dyce Academy, Harlaw Academy, Banchory Academy, Cults Academy, Portlethen Academy, independent school Robert Gordon’s College as well as the University of Aberdeen.

Ian Simpson, Albyn School’s Head of Computing, said: “During the meeting we discussed the National 5 and Higher assignments for this year and worked in teams on different aspects of the tasks to generate working solutions and identify areas where there might be queries or misunderstandings.

“The plan is to continue to meet regularly across the school sessions at different venues to maximise the reach of the networking group.”

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Albyn School consistently engages in knowledge and resource sharing initiatives with other schools in the region. In the previous year, we opened our science labs to 24 teachers from Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire to host our ‘Call Me a Chemist’ event, with the aim of inspiring local primary school teachers who are not specialist science teachers.

Albyn School’s Head of Chemistry, Catherine Imlah, who organised the event, said: “I wanted to help support science education in all schools and help teachers gain inspiration and confidence by offering a personalised experience and time to practise the experiments themselves.”

Each teacher was provided with a resource pack containing worksheets for pupils. Additionally, they received a teacher information sheet providing detailed instructions for various experiments, along with additional suggestions to expand the activities. The pack also included links to supplementary resources, as well as information on science outcomes and benchmarks.

Following overwhelming demand, Albyn School will host another series of ‘Call Me a Chemist’ events, with the next session taking place in February 2024.

Headmaster, Stefan Horsman, said: “Albyn School’s commitment to fostering collaboration between state and independent schools in Aberdeen is part of our educational mission. These events for Computing and Chemistry exemplify our dedication to creating a supportive ecosystem where educators can share expertise, resources, and inspiration. We believe that by working together, we can enhance the quality of education for all pupils in the region.”

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