Monthly Archives: September 2016

Resilience Week 7th – 11th November⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

How resilient are you and your family?  What aboutready-for-winter-westie your class? Your colleagues? Are you ready for snow, ice, wind, flooding, rain?  Don’t worry, there are simple steps you can take, some have been listed below.  If you do any of them tweet using #ReadyScotland and encourage others to be resilient too!  For learning journeys and other resources to help deliver lessons in this area you can also visit

Snow – keep a blanket, food and water in your car

Ice – identify the stop valve and know how to turn off water

Wind – secure loose objects like garden furniture, trampolines or anything that could get blown around

Flooding – move important documents and valuables to a higher place

Rain – avoid walking or driving through flood water

Visit the for more advice on being resilient this winter

Contact if you or your school are being resilient or for more information

New release: Work Placements Standard for Colleges⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

work-placements-guidance_collegesThis newly developed standard provides direction and exemplification across a range of sectors in order to build on and enhance work-based learning experiences for college students in Scotland.  Realising the new standard will support the development of learners’  employability skills and subsequently improve the career prospects of all students studying in colleges across Scotland.

The new document complements the Work Placements Standard for Schools released  in September 2015 and articulates well with its key messages, allowing practitioners in secondary schools to align work placements for diverse learner pathways in the senior phase.

You can access and download the new standard here:  work-placements-standard_colleges



SLF 2016: DYW and skills featured highly!⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

slf-2016The SLF is over for another year and what a great 2 days it was! More than 4500 delegates enjoyed a wide variety of professional learning opportunities on offer from the 110 conference sessions and more than 175 exhibitors.  All the keynote sessions were recorded and are available to watch on our YouTube channel.

With 18 directly related seminars, two discussion sessions and explicit references in the keynote address by the Depute First Minister, Mr Swinney, DYW was again high on the agenda at this year’s  festival.  Some of the content will be available via our interesting practice exemplars (see eg. Caskieberran Primary School) .

Planning for SLF 2017 is already underway so make sure you save the dates in your diary, Wednesday 20 and Thursday 21 September 2017! If you have any feedback on this year’s event send us an email.

Field of Enquiry 2000m2⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

Whitmuir Farm invite you to join their field-of-enquiry-picField of Enquiry team to explore the food system through the 2000m2 lens. That is, when you divide all the arable land on our planet by the people, we each have 2000m2.

Over 10 Saturdays, topic by topic, they will examine the current state of affairs, make sense of the pressures on our sytem and as enquirer, we will frame questions we should ask scientists, farmers and politicians to answer if we are to do things differently.

The dates for the FREE sessions are as follows;

Saturday 8th October, 22nd October, 5th November, 19th November, 3rd December, 14th January, 28th January, 11th February, 25th February, 11th March

There is no obligation to attend all sessions.

Details of each of the sessions and how to sign up can be found here.


Beautiful Books!⤴

from @ Thoughts and Reflections of a Trainee Teacher

I love a good story! Whether it’s in a book, a TV show, a movie or even a friend telling me about their weekend – stories are what keep me interested. How boring life would be if we just told each other the straight facts. Over the last couple of weeks, our lectures and workshops […]

Sky Academy: Developing skills of young people across Scotland⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

sky_academy_logoSky Academy Skills Studios in Livingston is providing an young people with a unique interactive learning experience to enhance skills for learning, life and work in the brand new facilities at the Livingston Campus.

This free half day session gives young people between the ages of 8-18 the opportunity to use cutting edge technology to make their very own TV report based on a subject area of your choice.

During the hands-on studio experience, students use their creativity and teamwork skills to write, produce and direct their own short news bulletin.

Teachers can register at

Sky Academy Skills Studios is part of Sky Academy, a set of initiatives that use the power of TV, creativity and sport to support one million young people in building practical skills and experience by 2020.

Take a look online ( to find out more about Sky Academy Skills Studios and book now on or call us on 01506 325 999.

Download the Sky Academy Flyer here:  skills-studios-livingston-flyer

Business Language Champions: Developing skills for the world of work⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

Many schools across Scotland have developed relationships with business to highlight the relevancy of language skills in relation to the world of work .

The following case studies have been developed as part of the ‘Business Language Champions’ initiative  in collaboration with SCILT to suit both employers and schools.

  • Abbotsford House and Burgh Primary School (July abbotsford2016) – This partnership between a primary school and a local tourist attraction demonstrated to pupils the relevance of language skills in their local community, as well as providing an opportunity for learning across the curriculum.
  • Balmoral Hotel and Broughton High School (July 2016) – S3 learners worked with staff at the Balmoral Hotel to develop an internal information leaflet to support staff working with Chinese guests.
  • Harvey Nichols and Trinity High School (June 2016) – A visit to Harvey Nichols to meet with staff who use languages as part of their job convinced S3 pupils of the relevance of language skills in the workplace. Learners created phrase books in different languages to support the use of language in the department store.
  • Walkers Shortbread and Elgin Academy (June 2016) – S2 learners created ‘cue cards’ for Walkers International Sales Team to use on visits to China, introducing language and cultural information. Pupils also delivered a presentation on their cue cards to sales staff at Walkers Shortbread.
  • Outplay Entertainment and Woodmill High School (May 2016) – S3 pupils developed an advertising strategy to promote one of Outplay Entertainment’s games in either French of German, and learnt about the importance of languages in the gaming industry.
  • Johnstons of Elgin and Elgin Academy (May 2016) – This case study exemplifies Interdisciplinary Learning in S2 at Elgin Academy, in particular the effective combination of Chinese and business links as part of a skills based project in the broad general education
  • Jurys Inn and Lourdes Seconday School (May 2016) – S3 pupils learned about the value of languages in the hospitality industry.
  • Navy and Brechin High School (March 2015) – A visit from the Royal Navy and language workshops culminated in an interdisciplinary project in which S3 learners had to use their language skills in humanitarian crisis scenarios.
  • The Scottish Football Association and Kilwinning Academy (October 2014) – A great project for S3 learners which showed that languages are necessary in all walks of life.
  • Holland & Sherry and Priorsford Primary School (October 2014) – The whole school was involved in this project which raised learners’ awareness of what Holland & Sherry does in their local town while building learners’ language skills.
  • Loch Duart and Montrose Academy (June 2014) – An exciting programme for S3 learners with visits and workshops culminating in an interdisciplinary project which raised the bar for the pupils who benefited from seeing first-hand how languages and business work together.
  • Michelin and Grove Academy (February 2014) – This project gives the young people in S3 a real and engaging context for their learning of French.

1000 Girls – 1000 Futures!⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

1000-futuresThe New York Academy of Sciences is inviting girls aged 13 – 19 years to participate in an exciting initiative called the 1000 Girls, 1000 Futures programme with the Global STEM Alliance! Fourteen Scottish girls participated in the pilot programme last year with two girls being invited to represent Scotland at the concluding event in New York. Visit this blog to see how one girl benefitted:

Girls participating in the program are matched with a specially-selected STEM mentor and given access to a virtual platform hosting immersive content that will help them develop their 21st century skills – leadership, communication, and critical thinking. In addition, mentees can also take advantage of the college and university readiness module, live online engagements and webinars with inspirational guest speakers, a global, female community, and relevant, important discussions surrounding different STEM topics.

If you know of any girls interested in STEM who would be willing to commit to the programme then please encourage them to apply via the following link:

Please note that the deadline for applications is Friday 7th October.

If you are interested in finding out more about how you can promote gender in STEM then please see Education Scotland’s research briefing at: