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Access To Education Fund – funding for creative learning and teaching

Evidence tells us that there is a significant gap in educational attainment between the most and least deprived children and the majority of this variation can be found within rather than between schools.

The Access to Education Fund aims to reduce the barriers to learning experienced by pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds. It is important that learning is about the ability to learn, not the ability to pay, and pupils should not have to miss out on educational experiences for financial reasons.

Two of the fund’s key aims could be directly impacted upon by partnership working with creative partners available on the Creativity Portal.

  • Enhancing a school’s capacity to provide trips, outdoor learning or other activities which will boost learning and are an integral part of the school curriculum;
  • Enhancing a school’s capacity to develop or deliver innovative learning experiences which will raise educational attainment, promote attendance and encourage positive engagement.

You can find out more from the Education Scotland website here:,0,0,0,0

Free Cinema trips for pupils of all ages – Into Film Festival

The Into Film Festival is a free and annual educational film festival which aims to help educators bring learning to life for 5 –19 year olds by inspiring them to watch, make and understand films in new and creative ways. Taking place from the 4 -21 November in over 500 venues across the UK the festival offers young people a free trip to the cinema and a diverse range of film screenings that are supported by curriculum focused educational resources.

What will schools and young people enjoy for free?

  • Free Screening – UK-wide cinema screening programme.
  • Educational resources – free activities that support learning and the curriculum.
  • Accessible events – over 150 films and 500 venues to choose from.
  • Meet film industry experts – free speaker Q&As, special events and masterclasses.
  • Filmmaking workshops – learn tips from the best in the business.
  • Exclusives – free access to special events, film previews and premieres.

Register your interest for the Festival now and we will let you know when bookings open up at the beginning of September.

Glasgow Film – teachers wanted to develop resources

We are currently recruiting for teachers interested in film to help us develop learning resources to go with our screenings and events. There will be a fee as well as a chance for career development. We are particularly looking for secondary teachers with expertise in either history or filmmaking. However, we may have other opportunities arising soon, so please feel free to contact me if you have an interest in getting involved. Get in touch by email or phone via my details below.

Helen Wright

Programme Coordinator: Children and Young People, Glasgow Film Theatre

07735 273 245

Schools e-newsletter – Glasgow Film Learning

Dear teachers,

As the summer holidays approach, you might like to let your pupils know about some fantastic opportunities we have coming up to get involved with Glasgow Film Theatre, enhance employability skills, and develop interests in the media industries.

Applications are now open for 15-17 year olds from Glasgow City Council Secondary Schools to join our Youth Team. From September, the Team will start meeting once a week to put together the programme for the 2015 Glasgow Youth Film Festival. They will learn about film programming, organising events, and marketing, as well as developing lots of soft skills, such as group work, public speaking, writing, and more. Funding is available to help with travel costs if required.

Glasgow Youth Film Festival has also started new monthly nights for older children who are interested in learning more about media. In July, we have a Masterclass with the Creative Director of one of Glasgow’s fastest-growing TV production companies, Raise the Roof. We’ll be joined in August by BAFTA-winning documentary filmmaker Michael McAvoy, who will share his knowledge and answer questions. Young people aged 15-21 can get discounted tickets for these events by signing up to GFT’s Youth Card.

For younger children, our Take 2 and Access Take 2 programme of FREE films for Glasgow Kidz and Young Scots Card holders plus accompanying adults continues every Saturday morning at GFT.

We hope you will pass these opportunities on to your pupils. Our schools programme for the new term, including free screenings and events for Glasgow schools, will also be online very soon.

Happy holidays!


Programme Coordinator: Children and Young People, Glasgow Film Theatre

0141 352 8613

GYFF Presents:

TV Masterclass with Sarah Walmsley

Thursday 10 July, 6.15pm – 7.45pm
Glasgow Film Theatre

A co-founder and Creative Director of Glasgow-based TV company Raise the Roof Productions, Sarah Walmsley has a wealth of industry experience. Her current credits include Building Dream Homes on BBC 2 and Phil Spencer: Secret Down Under for Channel 4. A former Head of Features at IWC Media, Sarah has also worked on shows such as Location, Location, Location and Time Team. Raise the Roof is dedicated to developing talent in Scotland and is billed as one of the UK’s fastest rising production companies – come along and hear the secrets behind its success.

This event is £2 for all GFT Youth Loyalty Card holders. The Card is free to sign up to for ages 15-21.

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GYFF Presents:

Documentary Masterclass with Michael McAvoy

Thursday 14 August, 6.15pm – 7.45pm

Glasgow Film Theatre

Michael McAvoy is head of documentaries at STV and has acted as Executive Producer on titles such as Walking the Amazon, Tobin – Portrait of a Serial Killer, and In Search of Sherlock Holmes. He most recently won a Scottish BAFTA for Best Documentary with a gripping retelling of the 1988 Piper Alpha rig catastrophe, Fire in the Night. Michael will discuss his work, show clips from his extensive back catalogue, and give tips on working in the TV industry in Scotland.

This event is £2 for all GFT Youth Loyalty Card holders. The Card is free to sign up to for ages 15-21.

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FREE family films:

Take 2 and Access Take 2

Take 2: Every Saturday 11.30am

Access Take 2: Every first Saturday of the month 12.30pm

Glasgow Film Theatre

Glasgow Young Scot or Kidz Card holders get in FREE to these shows when tickets are collected at the box office on the day. All other tickets cost £5.00. Each child’s ticket admits one adult free of charge. Children under the age of 8 must be accompanied. Take 2 screenings start promptly at 11.30am.

Due to overwhelming demand for Take 2 events GFT regrets that free tickets can only be issued on the day of the screening. This is to ensure that all tickets are used and people are not turned away unnecessarily. Tickets cannot be reserved in advance.

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Educational resources:

The Scottish Screen Archive

The Scottish Screen Archive would like to hear from teachers and staff in local authorities who are interested in learning and teaching using Scotland’s screen heritage.

We are especially keen to hear from teachers who feel they could benefit from CPD in this area, or who are currently using our educational resource, Scotland on Screen.

Whether you have worked with us in the past or you’ve only just heard about us, please get in

touch by sending a brief email to

I’m looking forward to hearing from you!

Emily Munro

Learning & Outreach Officer

Scottish Screen Archive, National Library of Scotland

Assessing Creativity conversation from College Development Network

Monday 01 September 2014 (1045-1330)

Lochrin Belle

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Creativity is high on the agenda for governments globally. It is certainly a focus in education, across the curriculum, not only in the expressive arts. In this climate of uncertainty creativity is an essential 21st century skill.

Ken Robinson argues that creativity is as important as literacy and should be given the same status. Instead of educating people out of creativity we should be teaching students how to be creative. He believes we should be giving credit for originality and giving students some way of reflecting on whether those new ideas are more effective than existing ones. Do you agree? Or not? Or partially?

Why not come aboard the barge on the Union Canal and join in the conversation as we enjoy a short cruise.

Teacher’s Resources – Commonwealth Games and Film

The Commonwealth through Film is part of the Game On Scotland official education programme for the 2014 Commonwealth Games being held in Glasgow. The resource enables teachers and students to actively explore, through carefully selected films, the culture and identity of Commonwealth countries in the run-up to the games.  For more info you can go here:

Film Resource – identity and political representation – perfect for examining the independence referendum

Identity and Voice: Citizenship through Film is a new resource which engages pupils with themes of identity and political representation in advance of the independence referendum.  It seeks to prompt consideration of what Scottish identity might mean to different people, how it might be constructed and expressed, as well as how it is represented and seen by others. For more information please go here:

GENERATION gets underway

GENERATION, a major, nation-wide exhibition project showcasing some of the best and most significant art to have emerged from Scotland in the last 25 years is now underway. Over 60 venues throughout Scotland will take part  bringing together an exciting programme of work by over 100 artists from this month through to November, with the majority of exhibitions taking place over the summer of 2014, as part of the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme. One of the central aims of the project is to engage with a new generation and bring to life the possibilities that contemporary visual art presents to young people. Look out contemporary art workshops and CPD opportunities in your area!

GENERATION exhibitions now underway include Toby Paterson at Fife Contemporary Art and Craft @ Kirkcaldy Galleries (27th April – 22nd June), Corin Sworn at Inverleith House (12th April – 29th June), GENERATION  – SXSW 2014 featuring work by Christine Borland, Graham Fagen and Dalziel + Scullion (The Dick Institute, East Ayrshire (3rd May – 16th August) and ARTIST ROOMS: Douglas Gordon at Caithness Horizons (9th May – 11th October).Find further details at

GENERATION is produced through a core partnership between National Galleries of Scotland, Glasgow Life and Creative Scotland. GENERATION is part of the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme. The series of exhibitions is being produced with the support of VisitScotland and EventScotland, British Council Scotland, Museums Galleries Scotland, the BBC, Education Scotland, Children in Scotland and Young Scot.

Recognising Achievement, Profiling and Reporting – new resource

This new resource aims to bring together the range of material to support practitioners in developing their understanding of Recognising Achievement, Profiling and Reporting in the context of Curriculum for Excellence with specific reference to capturing skills development.

It includes: presentations on key messages in Recognising Achievement, Profiling and Reporting; a range of support materials; recent NAR exemplars; links to pertinent guidance materials from Education Scotland; direct links to Glow ‘Watch Again’ videos of related Glow Meets; support and findings from research.

Skills Conversation Day 3 – Education Scotland

The third Skills Conversation Day will take place at Eden Court Theatre, Inverness on Thursday 5 June 2014. Education Scotland are delighted to host the event with our education partners Highland Council and Skills Development Scotland.

The event will provide an opportunity for stakeholders to continue the conversations started at Loch Leven Community Campus in September and December 2013. The focus was on exploring the issues around developing a common language and understanding of skills and local approaches to engagement with employers, including contrasting rural and urban opportunities for work experience.