Category Archives: Developing the Young Workforce

Creativity Posters for every school in Scotland

Colourful posters, de-bunking creativity myths and exploring creativity skills for learners and staff, are currently being delivered to every school in Scotland as part of Education Scotland’s work on the national Creative Learning Plan.

The posters support learners, teachers and leaders in sharing a common understanding of creativity skills, and their place across all subjects and areas of school life.

You can find downloadable versions of posters and more on the National Improvement Hub:

To learn more about creative teaching and learning you can speak to your local creative learning contacts or email Stephen Bullock, Development Officer for Creativity

Free CPD at Royal Conservatoire of Scotland: Theatre Production Careers Day

Theatre Production Careers Information Day at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Monday 8 May

Sign up now for a free CPD event at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, tailored especially for Art and Design teachers and Technology teachers who work with pupils interested in a theatre production career.

The day will run from 10am–3.30pm and include a tour of the campus, theatre spaces and production facilities, as well as sessions on career opportunities, and the various theatre production pathways and programmes RCS offers.

There will also be guidance on how teachers can support pupils through their production application and interview processes.

Register now for your free place or, if you have any questions, please contact us at 




Theatre Production Careers Information Day


Monday 8 May, 10am–3.30pm

Free to attend

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland 100 Renfrew St Glasgow G2 3DB


Sign up now



Third Annual Social Enterprise in Schools Awards – Highlands and Islands

Social Enterprise Academy want to hear from enterprising primary and secondary schools from across the Highlands and Islands who are interested in applying for our national award. If your pupils run a business with a social purpose and would be able to write up a business plan then please email us. Our market place and awards ceremony will take place on 9 June in Inverness. Find out more

Digital Arts CLPL – FREE workshop – music, performance and technologies from Imaginate

Interested in digital arts and working with young people? Look no further. We have two great opportunities for you. Livescore Digital Workshop – 10 Sept (Platform) Lead by the livescore creative team: Greg Sinclair, Neil McGuire, Jassy Earl and Kyle McAslan. There are still places for this free workshop exploring some of the techniques that have been developed and used with young people throughout the livescore project, including:

  • developing performances using instruction scores
  • interacting with various digital technologies in performance
  • creating short performance films

Deadline: Monday 5 September More information here.   As the Crow Flies – 22 Oct (Platform) and 26 Oct (Traverse) Our Livescore project will culminate with a performance of As The Crow Flies. Created by Greg Sinclair and the Livescore creative team with children from Scotland and Belgium, this performance celebrates human connections and differences between individual people in diverse locations and features live music and digital technologies.

The show is suitable for 12+ From point to point, as the crow flies.There’s a man alone on stage in front of you. He’s here to do the performance. But there are also some children on a Scottish island, and some teenagers from Belgium; they want to be a part of the show too. And they have their own ideas about what is going to happen. Booking information: Platform – 22 Oct at 2pm Traverse – 26 Oct at 7.30pm As The Crow Flies is supported by Time to Shine, Scotland’s Youth Arts Strategy which is administered by Creative Scotland.

#DareToDream: Invitation to All Schools

We  invite all schools to be a part of our storytelling festival local campaign this year, #DaretoDream. The campaign is an outreach initiative running from September to November, book-ending and running alongside our Scottish International Storytelling Festival (a ten day festival running from Friday 21st—Monday 31st October).

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.

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.

“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!”

The principles of creative learning, active 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.

Download our Storytelling and creative learning booklet here

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.

We will run a #DareToDream social media campaign during the main Scottish International Storytelling Festival. 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 27th 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 hashtags. Our aim is to make visible Scotland’s collective imagination for all to see!

#DareToDream   #CuirBrighRiBruadar   #DaurTaeDream


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.

Register your school here

Download our #DareToDream Schools Toolkit here

We have also worked in partnership with  heritage organisations, mental health organisations, artists and storytellers to create simple resources for you to use. All additional learning resources will be available on our website before the end of August.

Please contact Mairi if you have any questions.

Y Dance Newsletter – free dance courses and opportunities for learners

YDance is coming to Orkney to deliver a FREE week-long dance course at Kirkwall Grammar School for 12 to 18 year olds.

Auditions for the 2016/2017 National Youth Dance Company of Scotland will take place on Saturday 10 September and applications will open on Monday 25 July.

Applications are now open for the annual YDance Routes Connections weekend.  This three day event welcomes youth dance groups from across Scotland to come together to expand their dance knowledge and skills. 

New integrated youth dance company Horizons has been working with a YDance choreographer since March 2016.  The Company is part of the overarching European Let’s Dance project YDance is delivering with partners from Netherlands, Germany and Spain and has been creating a new dance piece based on the theme of migration.

View the full details and more news in the latest Y-Dance newsletter here:


College Development Network Emporium: Inspiring Ideas. Developing the Workforce

Emporium-Ezine-Banner-1The CDN Emporium 2016: Inspiring Ideas will take place 01 to 17 June, offering a fortnight of thought-provoking and practical workshops, seminars and activities at our offices in Scotland and in colleges across Scotland.

This year the CDN Emporium will explore ‘Developing the Workforce’ as a theme, focusing firmly on the current needs and challenges facing colleges.

View the full programme and book online here


College Development Network Emporium: Inspiring Ideas Developing the Workforce

The CDN Emporium 2016: Inspiring Ideas will take place from the 1 to 17 June, offering a fortnight of thought-provoking and practical workshops, seminars and activities at our offices in Scotland and in colleges across Scotland.

This year the CDN Emporium will explore ‘Developing the Workforce’ as a theme, focusing firmly on the current needs and challenges facing colleges. The Emporium creates opportunities to:

  • share inspiring practices and success stories from Colleges, Employers and Students
  • lead and discuss inspiring ideas that shape a transforming workforce development agenda.

Find out more information here.

School Comedy Writing Competition – BBC

Some of the UK’s top comedy talent, including comedian Charlie Higson, Kerry Howard, Marcus Brigstocke and David Walliams, are calling on secondary school students to become classroom jokers for a new comedy writing competition.

The competition was launched on April 19, by the BBC in partnership with the National Literacy Trust.


The Comedy Classroom competition will give 13-15-year-olds across the UK the chance to have their work made and broadcast by the BBC this autumn. The winners will also have a chance to visit the BBC to see it filmed and receive a Comedy Classroom trophy, a signed certificate and a visit from a BBC Comedy comedian to their school.

SDTN Conference – New ways of creating work and the skills required for the 21st Century Creative Industries

sdtn conferenceConference 2016 Registration Information

New ways of creating work and the skills required for the 21st Century Creative Industries

The Scottish Drama Training Network is a unique organisation committed to developing practice-based drama training in Scotland and our annual Conference is for anyone working in drama training, creative skills development and the Theatre, Film and Television Industries.   You are invited to join us to discuss and debate innovation and creativity in:

  • approaches to training
  • developing and supporting artistic practice
  • pathways to a career in the Creative Industries.
With presentations on sector leading innovative practice, a Keynote speech by the acclaimed Theatre Maker Cora Bissett, and the opportunity to meet with colleagues and peers, this event will be a highlight of the SDTN calendar.


The Conference will take place at the Edinburgh International Festival centre, The Hub, followed by a networking reception at the Lyceum Theatre.

Cora Bissett Keynote Speaker SDTN Conference 2016
There are two ticket options: Conference Package: £45 + £3.25 booking fee)

  • Entrance to the Conference including refreshments and lunch at the Hub.
  • Entrance to the SDTN Networking Reception at the Lyceum Theatre

Conference and Theatre Package: (£60 + £3.99 booking fee)

  • Entrance to the Conference including refreshments and lunch at the Hub.
  • Entrance to the SDTN Networking Reception at the Lyceum Theatre
  • A ticket for The Iliad on the evening of the Conference followed by a post-show discussion with Director, Mark Thomson.  Tickets are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.  For more information about The Iliad please click here.

Schedule for the day: 12noon – 5pm: Conference at the EIF Hub 5.15pm – 6.30pm: Networking Reception at the Lyceum Theatre 7.30pm: The Iliad, Lyceum Theatre Company followed by post-show discussion with Director, Mark Thomson  Further Conference details to follow, but to be sure of a place register now! It won’t be the same without you!   Lucy Vaughan Director, Scottish Drama Training Network


Register Here