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Parents’ Nutshell Guide on Creativity, Enterprise and Employability

The latest National Parent Forum of Scotland nutshell guide is now available on the NPFS website:

Its focus is Creativity, Enterprise and Employability so we hope you will find this guide particularly useful in your work.  It is has been produced by the NPFS in partnership with Skills Development Scotland with input from a range of other partners, including NCLN representatives and  Young Enterprise Scotland.


It recognises the significant and increasing link between future employability and well developed  creativity skills in young people. In their 2016 report ‘The Future of Jobs’, the World Economic Forum highlighted anticipated changes in employability skills and suggested that by 2020 over one third of the skills considered important in today’s workforce will have changed. Notably, creativity will have become one of the top three skills needed to deal with the avalanche of new products, new technologies and new ways of working. . As you may know, the focus on creativity and employability is also reflected in Quality Indicator 3.3 in the latest (2016) version of the school self-evaluation and improvement guide How Good is our School?

CBBC Online Show-LOOKING FOR PRESENTERS – aged 12-14

If you’re aged between 12 – 14 years and love creating your own content and following the latest challenges, or just know you have the right personality to present an online show, we want to hear from you!

APPLY NOW via or contact the for an application form.

For further information, please contact (Jessica/Lucy), or call 02037614616, or visit

The deadline is Friday 02 June 2017 at 12:00.


Creativity Banners now available in all local authorities

Your local Creative Learning Network now have high quality pull up banners available to loan that offer deep learning opportunities for creativity across learning, creativity and employability and creativity for attainment. You will find all of the infographics used on the banners on the National Improvement Hub:

The set of 5 pull-up banners offer an informative and dramatic display for any creativity themed event or project you may be planning. They can be used as discussion materials for CLPL, to stimulate activities with learners, and as easy to digest resources for classrooms and staffrooms. As well as relating directly to Quality Indicator 3.3 in How Good Is Our School 4 they offer a key component in any work around skills for life, learning and work and Developing the Young Workforce.

To borrow the banners you can find your local authority’s creative learning contacts on the Creativity Portal: or email Stephen Bullock, Development Officer for Creativity

Design the front cover of the Fringe programme!

To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the Schools Poster Competition is changing. This year, we want Scotland’s children and young people to the design of the front cover of the Fringe programme.

With three weeks to go to submit designs, it’s time to get busy. To find out more about the competition and download our new teaching resources, visit the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Schools Poster competition webpage

If you haven’t entered yet…

    • Complete the online entry form.
    • Digital entries can be uploaded by the online entry form.
    • Download our label template to mark the pupil’s details on the back of each entry.
  • Send artwork and designs by post or in person by 17:00 on Friday 03 March 2017.



Enter the competition ➤

If you have any questions about this year’s competition and how to take part, email us on or call us on +44 (0)131 226 0036.

Show Racism the Red Card – creative competition

The Show Racism the Red Card creative competition is now open. This year the theme for the competition is ‘Scotland for All’.






It could be:

·            Artwork

·            Poetry

·            Short Story

·            Creative writing

·            Music

·            Dance/Drama performance

·            Research project

·            Multimedia presentation


In fact it could be anything that is creative, inspirational and stimulated by an anti-racism or anti-sectarianism message.

The competition is an opportunity for young people to make a stand against racism. 2016 has been an exciting year for Show Racism the Red Card marking the 20th anniversary of the charity in the UK. After many years working to combat racism they are looking for young people to come up with an entry for their competition that celebrates a Scotland for All. Please see the website for more details.,4KNKU,KX1ATA,GZ2IH,1


Into Film Festival – FREE places for schools available now!

The Into Film Festival – the world’s largest free film and education event for schools and 5 – 19 year olds across the UK – is back for another year! Book your FREE places now.
Taking place from 9 – 25 November 2016, the Into Film Festival will support teachers in delivering the curriculum, across subject areas, in a dynamic and engaging way. It offers all young people wider life experiences and the chance to immerse themselves in the magic of cinema.


Attendees have access to nearly 3,000 free, curricula-linked events, including:


  • A screening programme of 150+ film choices
  • Previews, premieres and films chosen specifically for schools
  • Talks from film industry experts and other relevant organisations
  • And so much more!Free resources
  • Education resources that support the delivery of the curriculum are available to download for free, ensuring your experience at the Festival is not only fun but provides learning outcomes too.


Make a booking

With over 550 venues signed up there’s guaranteed to be inspiring events on your doorstep! Visit the Festival website now to see what is happening near your school.


Bookings are now open with places available on a first come, first served basis. Book your FREE places now to avoid disappointment.

August and September 2016 with GFT – including FREE screenings

This year the TAKE 1 ACTION Film Festival Screenings of SHORTS FOR PRIMARIES and SONITA for Secondaries will be hosted by our wonderful partners at PLATFORM. Take a look below for more details and to make a booking.  Bookings are still made via the GFT Website, just select the film that you want to see and visit our School Booking Page to make your booking, as normal.

We also have some fantastic out-of-school-time learning offers for your children and young people.


Do You Know a Child Who Loves to Draw?

National Numeracy is partnering with Maths on Toast to launch their first summer holiday drawing competition. Children aged 13 and under are invited to design a number superhero. Entrants need to think about what qualities you need to be good at maths and how someone who is confident with numbers would think and act.

It’s open until Friday 16 September and all the information is available here. There are some great prizes up for grabs including Number Rumbler a brain-fizzing, fun game for families, and other maths goodies.

Dare to Dream

For the Attention of Headteachers, Faculty Heads and All Teachers:

We are aware that creativity is high on the agenda and is part of many School Improvement Plans for the upcoming academic year. For the first time creativity is embedded in HGIOS 4 quality indicators. We hope that this initiative is an easy way to progress creative learning in your school community with maximum impact, at the same time creating a positive and inclusive experience for pupils.

Invitation to All Schools:

We invite all schools in Scotland to be a part of our  Dare to Dream  campaign 2016.  The campaign  is an outreach initiative from this year’s  Scottish International Storytelling Festival and will run from September to November.

“Discover the stories of the past and dream the stories of the future. What are the stories of your local place? What stories would you tell to the world today, from the future of your dreams? Everything created must first be imagined: explore the possible and Dare to Dream!”

By taking part, your school will be contributing to a Scotland-wide initiative inviting and creating space for children to imagine their personal and collective futures, which in turn will build confidence to begin to make these aspirations and ambitions a reality.

The principles of creative learningactive learning and inclusion are embedded in this project. Through dreaming, the liberating power of the imagination is open to everyone – neither language nor disability are barriers to participation. The campaign is relevant to the entire school and to every subject area. Activities will also help meet outcomes in both Literacy and Health and Wellbeing.

In an ever-changing world, we believe that it is vital that children are educated about their role and the value they have in shaping a vibrant and sustainable future. By setting learning in the context of your local school and focusing on issues relevant to your pupils, our #DareToDream campaign provides a great opportunity for you to encourage children to think about their right to participate, empowering and enabling them to become active citizens, both locally and globally. We provide the context for learning and suggest tasks and activities, but there is no limit on where this engaging topic could be taken in the classroom.

How to Take Part:

We have made it as simple as possible for teachers to take part, with the options for engaging in more depth should the individual teacher so wish. In a secondary school context, we have suggested a simple activity that could take place in registration class.

Our info for teachers can be found on our website under the tab ‘For Teachers.’ This includes a schools’ toolkit and information about how to book a storyteller if you wish.

We have also worked in partnership with  heritage organisationsmental health organisationsartists and storytellers  to create simple resources for you to use. All additional learning resources will be available on our website when we launch our campaign to the public, the week beginning *Monday 22nd Aug.* Resources will also be available on GLOW.

If you are interested, please register your name, contact, school and postcode by clicking the link below. We will send you an update with links to all resources and materials.

Register your school here

Showcase your school online:

We will run a #DareToDream social media campaign for the duration of the main International Festival, from the 21st – 31st November. During this period we will make visible all contributions via our online platform. This is an opportunity to showcase your own school’s contribution with the wider community should you so wish in the form of a blog, video, photographs or otherwise.

As part of our social media campaign, we will have a special #DareToDream Day on Thursday 28th October. On this day, we will encourage every creative citizen in Scotland to share a dream for the future on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the campaign hashtag. Our aim is to make visible Scotland’s collective imagination for all to see!