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Out to Play CPD Sessions – October 2019

“I hadn’t realised the power of imagination within outdoor learning”

Eco Drama is delivering 3 Out to Play CPD sessions for primary school teachers and education practitioners at venues in Glasgow and Paisley this October on the following dates/times:

  1. Monday 21st October, 3.30-5.30pm – Jordanhill School, Glasgow
  2. Tuesday 22nd October, 3.30-5.30pm – Kibble Education Centre, Paisley
  3. Thursday 24th October, 10-12noon – Glenburn Resource Centre, Paisley

The session will introduce the Out to Play project, supporting primary school teachers and education practitioners to engage further with outdoor learning and make imaginative use of school playgrounds using drama and storytelling. This 2 hour practical session costs £45 pp which includes a hard copy of Eco Drama’s latest resource ‘Let’s Go…Out to Play!‘.

There are a limited number of places left on each of the dates. To find out more information and book a place, please email

“Best CPD event I have been to in ages.” Catriona Brown, Battlefield Primary

“Fantastic workshop. Ben is inspirational.” Jane Johnston-Smith, Eaglesham Primary

Eco Drama – Schools Tour 2017


Magic Van on Islay Original

Spring/Summer 2017 Tour

Welcome to our Spring/Summer 2017 Scotland Tour bringing The Worm – An Underground Adventure and Recycling Heroes to primary schools across Scotland. Each workshop and production links directly with the Curriculum for Excellence whilst also supporting your pupils to explore Eco Schools topics through exciting theatre productions and interactive workshops. For more information, click on the pictures below or get in touch with:

Julie Aitken, Schools Coordinator, at!

Recycling Heroes

Worm illustration RGB for web



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


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.

2016 Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design – events

2016 is the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design (YIAD). Events forming part of a year-long programme will use our stunning architecture, thriving creative industries and spirit of invention to show visitors that Scotland stands shoulder to shoulder with the very best in the world when it comes to cutting edge, contemporary design and technological knowhow.

As part of this VisitScotland have launched the new Spirit of Scotland campaign. It focusses on seven traits that best describe the people and landscapes of Scotland: warmth, humour, guts, spark, soul, determination and fun.


With 28 funded events and an increasing array of partner events, the programme for the Year is fuller and more exciting than ever.


Details about all events are available on the VisitScotland website.


Upcoming events include:


Association of Media Education Conference 2016 – How Good is our Creativity?

The Association for Media Education in Scotland conference takes place at Forth Valley College Stirling Campus on Saturday 4 June 2016. The theme is ‘How good is our Creativity?’ and the keynote speaker is Clive Gillman Director, Creative Industries at Creative Scotland. There is also a choice of 15 production and analysis workshops for primary, secondary and further education teachers. As well the focus on creativity there are 3 sessions on media representations of the refugee crisis. Full details at the AMES website

Further details are on the Conference page and full details, fees and registration forms are in the conference flyer.

The Astro Science Challenge – a free space science adventure for 7-11 year olds

An epic adventure for primary school children about the science of going into space, running in conjunction with Tim Peake aka Britain’s Next Astronaut going into space aboard the International Space Station.

Click here to find out more and register your school’s interest in being involved in this free, high profile project:

The adventure will consist of six ‘episodes’, each with a new science-based challenge for the students to complete. All participants who successfully complete each challenge in the adventure are rewarded with an online digital badge endorsed by one of our partners.

Each episode will be created in partnership with some of the UK’s most brilliant space science organisations, including the UK Space Agency, The Met Office, The Science Museum, The Royal Observatory, Young Rewired State and NASA Mission X.

It will run over the second half of the autumn term, October-December 2015.


Thanks to funding from Arts Council England, Garfield Weston, The Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Foyle Foundation The Astro Science Challenge is free for primary schools and children aged 7-11 throughout the UK.

My Journey to 2025 – S1 to S6 competition to imagine the world in a decade

A competition for young people to consider your world in a decade – and what you might be doing in it. The aim is to consider your journey – whatever ‘pathway’ you might follow – and how education, training and your wider experience will help you in realising this ambition.

We are asking you to be creative – allowing for written essays, blogs, You Tube-style videos, music, drama or visual art submissions. This collection of voices will provide a powerful insight into how you and other young people are viewing your experience within the changed educational landscape.

We want to know:


  • Where do you see yourself in 2025?
  • How will you be contributing to a successful Scotland? Or do you see yourself further afield?
  • How do you see your learner journey, training and wider experiences getting you there?
  • How could education or opportunities best support you in realising such ambition?
  • How might the choices you make now affect your future?


When it comes to submissions there are no specific rules, you can be as imaginative as you want:

  • A blog/vlog
  • You Tube videos
  • Piece of writing
  • Art work (Just photo your piece(s) of work to share electronically)
  • You can work alone or in a team

To name but a few, all ideas are welcome!


There will be two categories:

  • S1 to S3
  • S4 to S6


Deadline for submissions is 1 July 2015.


We have provided a poster for you to use and more information can be found on our website at If you require anything further please contact