Category Archives: Additional Support for Learning

Creative Use of Tablets in Schools – free European online course

The European Schoolnet Academy is happy to announce that its Spring courses of 2015 are now open for enrollment. Join us on two exciting MOOCs this April, designed by teachers for teachers.


The first course to launch on the 13th April is the Creative use of Tablets in Schools course. Join us on this exciting learning journey that aims to guide teachers in their use of tablets and inspires them to use tablets to foster innovative teaching and learning. In 4 modules it gives a general introduction to the use of tablets in schools and discusses how tablets can support new learning approaches such as content creation, collaborative learning, personalized learning and flipped classroom. You can enroll on the course here: If you use social media, please also join the course Facebook group and help us spread news about the course via Twitter using the course hashtag #tabletscourse.


Fresh Opportunities from YDance

Applications open for YDance Routes Connections Weekend, audition for the National Youth Dance Company of Scotland, Inclusive Dance Training Opportunity, back to school and the 2014 Scottish Learning Festival.
#YDanceRoutes Connections is back for 2014 and applications open this Monday (18 August). We’re heading to Edinburgh College again for 2 and a bit days of fantastic dance workshops – Fri 24 to Sun 26 October 2014.

As usual we’re doing things on a first come first served basis so make sure that you get your form in quickly. We’re also asking for a £10 non-refundable deposit per person this year, to cover the cost of food for the weekend, which you also need to give us with your application.

Feel free to get in touch or give us a call on 0141 552 7712 if you have any questions.

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For the very first time we’re opening up auditions for the National Youth Dance Company of Scotland to any young dancer aged 16 to 21.

This is a unique opportunity to be part of a flagship company who represent Scotland at key events and festivals, locally, nationally and internationally.

If you’re aged 16 to 21, have an interest and passion for dance and are free to rehearse one weekend a month then this could be for you.


The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Saturday 30 August, 10am to 1pm

Sign up or give us a call on 0141 552 7712.

Dance Artists and Professionals have the chance to take part in this free inclusive working session led by the fantastic Caroline Bowditch – 10am to 1pm on 26 August at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Funded by the Glasgow 2014 Access Fund this is an excellent opportunity to explore inclusive practice, what it means to you as a practitioner and how it can enhance your work.

To sign up for this free session get in touch or call 0141 552 7712.

As the summer holidays come to an end and the new term kicks off remember we’re here to help. Whether you need a workshop programme for early years, want to introduce a new SQA qualification or are looking for some CPD training please get in touch – we’re always happy to chat through what you need and how we can work with you.

If you’d like a face-to-face chat then make sure you pop by our stall during the Scottish Learning Festival – we’ll be there both days!

Find our more about our education work


If you’re aged 14 to 18 and interested in being part of Glasgow Youth Dance Company then sign up for the audition on 23 August – find out more.

ASN – Support through Educationally Based Theatre, 1 November 3.45 pm

Glow Meet this Thursday.

Engross Theatre is a registered charity that brings the principles of the Curriculum for Excellence to children with additional support needs, through educationally based theatre. This Glow TV event will give you the opportunity to find out more about this theatre company and hear from a teacher who has worked with them

ASN – Support through Educationally Based Theatre Glow Meet

1 November, 3.45 pm

Engross Theatre is a registered charity that brings the principles of the Curriculum for Excellence to children with additional support needs, through educationally based theatre. This Glow TV event will give you the opportunity to find out more about this theatre company and hear from a teacher who has worked with them

For full details of these and other events, please log in to Glow and view the current schedule:

(Glow log-in and password required).

Autism-friendly screenings at Glasgow Film Theatre

Autism-Friendly Screenings

Access Take 2: September – December 2012

Dear friends of GFT,

We’ve just announced our next programme of Access Take 2 films, our monthly autism-friendly screenings.

Forthcoming films include:

Each film and the cinema environment are suitable for children with autism spectrum disorders and/or sensory hypersensitivity.  Our selection of films have no subtitles, are played with the volume reduced and the house lights on low, while children are free to make noise and move around. Children, family members and adults with other disabilities are welcome to attend the screenings too.

All of our autism-friendly screenings take place in GFT’s Cinema 2 on the first Saturday of each month at 12.30pm.

Glasgow Young Scot or Kidz Card holders and an accompanying adult get in FREE to these shows.

We also have an exclusive autism-friendly screening of The Lorax for ASL schools this November as part of National Schools Film Week 2012. Click here for more details on how to reserve free places.

Glasgow Film: GFT and Glasgow Film Festival / 12 Rose Street, Glasgow, G3 6RB / Box office: 0141 332 6535

National Galleries of Scotland art competition for schools

In 2012 the National Galleries of Scotland (NGS) art competition for schools celebrates its ninth year and the NGS has welcomed a new title partner. The Tesco Bank Art Competition for Schools hopes to inspire children across the country with the National Galleries of Scotland’s superb collection of artworks.

Over 30,000 children from all over Scotland have participated since 2004. An exhibition of the winning works from 2011 is on show at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary from 20 January – 24 May 2012 so why not go along and check out the talent on display?

This year’s winning works will be proudly displayed at the newly refurbished Scottish National Portrait Gallery.

There are six categories to choose from: Nursery; Lower and Upper Primary; Secondary and Special Education Schools. With clear links to Curriculum for Excellence and fabulous prizes to be won make sure not to miss the closing date of 4 May 2012.

Full details on .

Creativity in the Classroom – a call out to share what works

Consider yourself creative?

The Creativity Portal is looking for examples of simple, short creative exercises that teachers and youth workers like yourself have used in the classroom and youth group settings.

It could be:

  • A creative chemistry experiment
  • The school’s fastest paper aeroplane contest
  • The imaginative alphabet
  • A 30 second dramatic warm-up

We would love to hear what’s worked for you. Get a mention on the national Creativity Portal and an invitation to future creative CPD. A wee bit of text is all it takes.

Add to the Creativity Archive here within Glow.

Or email

Pupils interview Cabinet Secretary on their own radio show

Supporting learners sharing practice. Improving communication skills – Duncanrig radio case study

Pupils from Duncanrig Secondary School and the associated Communication Support Base (CSB) which caters for pupils with autism spectrum disorders, have been taking the radio airwaves by storm with their very own radio project. The pupils have been performing their own radio shows on community radio. The project was set up to support inclusion in a realistic and fun setting way, as well as enhancing communication skills. Pupils showcased their work at the recent Scottish Learning Festival and also took the opportunity to interview Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, Michael Russell, on the day.

Deaf Youth Theatre

Creative Scotland reports that Eastenders actor, John Partridge, made a surprise visit north of the border last week to see some of the work being done by Solar Bear Theatre Company with their Deaf Youth Theatre (DYT). DYT offers young people aged 12-21 from across Scotland access to weekly drama workshops. The workshops are attended by young people of varying hearing abilities.

Co-Create Project Films

Five minute films on each of the Co-Create projects are now available via the Creativity Portal. Find out how Glow Meet was used to deliver Higher Dance CPD; how primary pupils from Shetland and East Renfrewshire helped create a virtual theatre critic; and how Perth pupils aged 4 to 18 years created a digital art bank for Glow. Visit the Co-Create blog and view films within each of the ten project pages