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Surrealism CPD from The National Galleries via Glow Meet

Surreal Encounters at The National Galleries

Using the Another World: Dali, Magritte, Miro & The Surrealists exhibition; we will address how radical this movement was and how it continues to influence artists today. We will actively encourage lively and interesting discussion with teachers and their pupils and will be expecting some surreal outcomes…….

During the event you will be able to work along with the artists.

Sign up and join us on Thursday 9th June at 11am at

Midlothian Pupils Exhibit art work at National Mining Museum Scotland

Secondary Schools’ Art Exhibition – 14-19 June

The Midlothian annual Schools’ Art Exhibition will take place at the Power House, National Mining Museum Scotland from Tuesday 14 to Sunday 19 June. Entrance is free and everybody is welcome. The exhibition will be open from 10 am to 5 pm each day, including Sunday. This year’s exhibition will showcase the artistic talents of students from Midlothian’s seven secondary schools. The exhibition will feature a wide range of art, including painting, sculpture and design.

Daily What News photo competition

The Daily What have launched a search for a young photojournalist as their final end-of-year competition.  During the summer holidays The Daily What News website will publish a slideshow of the best 10 pictures taken by their readers. If you know any pupils who like taking pictures, either with a camera or even on their phone, please encourage them to enter.

Entries close at 5 pm on Wednesday 5 June 2011. The winners will be published in the week beginning 20 June 2011.

Playing with Fire: Creative Approaches to Outdoor Learning

Wednesday 22 June 2011, Ayr College

Target audience: All college staff who are interested in outdoor learning as part of the college curriculum.

Aim: The overall aim of this event is to highlight the ways that Outdoor Learning can be used to make learning challenging, relevant and fun.

There is also a similar event on Wednesday 24 August at The Engine Shed, Edinburgh –

AMES Conference Saturday 14 May 2011, University of Abertay, Dundee

The 2011 AMES Conference, Breaking Barriers: Multimodal and Media Literacy in the Curriculum for Excellence will take place at Abertay University in Dundee on Saturday 14 May 2011, 10 am to 5 pm

It will address the issues raised in the AMES position paper <>  published in Feb 2011.

The keynote speaker is Professor David Buckingham of the University of London’s Institute of Education. David is the leading researcher in media education pedagogy and has published widely on the topic. There will also be a range of Curriculum for Excellence related workshops for primary, secondary or adult/further education educators. There are five strands: film, television, video games, digital production and media/multimodal literacy. Delegates can choose 3 from 15 workshops. 9 are suited to primary, 15 to secondary and 14 to further education/adult education.

10th Birthday Filmmaking Competition – 14 year olds upwards

To celebrate First Light’s 10th birthday this year, we are running a filmmaking competition asking budding young filmmakers what ‘10’ means to them.

Your film could be about a decade (the 80’s?), the 10 pairs of shoes you have, 10 oclock- your favourite hour of the day?, 10 Downing Street, what you did with the 10 pound note you found on the floor, your love of 10pin bowling….! It’s entirely up to you; we just want entries to be creative!
The competition is open to 14-24 year olds and the films submitted should have a maximum running time of no more than 2 minutes. The 3 best films entered into the competition will be put on our website for a public vote, from which the winner will be decided.
This is a great opportunity to have your film seen by the filmmaking community and friends of First Light! To apply, download the form here<> Deadline is 20th May!

CLD – Ideas Academy – now live!

‘If you have an idea and don’t do something about it, then it’s not an idea.’

CLD Standards Council are pleased to announce that the new Ideas Academy section of our website <> is now live – but what is the Ideas Academy?

Developing dialogue, debate and conversation that encourages us to lead, think and act beyond boundaries. Creative, provocative, inspiring and motivating. Ideas that aspire to this. Contributions will be considered in terms of the validity of the argument, rather than assessing them according to the power positions of those who promote them.

Tartan competition for Commonwealth Games 2014 – advance notice

An exciting new national competition for all schools in Scotland opens on 9 May.

You can take part and design a new tartan for the Commonwealth Games 2014. The submissions will incorporate as many as all six of the colours found on the Glasgow 2014 logo and the winning design will become the official tartan of the Commonwealth Games 2014.

Designing the tartan however, is only the beginning. The competition will focus not only on the design but also on global citizenship.
The competition hopes to provide opportunities for wider learning on sustainability, citizenship and international education themes.  The focus could come from the values of the Games –‘humanity, equality and destiny’, international school links or the culture and heritage of Commonwealth countries. Submissions will be made through engaging with innovative tartan generator software.
The competition goes live on 9 May with a closing date of 17 June. If you would like to express an interest in taking part in this competition, please contact Neil Fogg <>  (