Feb 052016

SAC LogoApplications have opened for the £1.5 million Innovation Fund to help schools close the attainment gap.

Schools can choose whether to apply quickly for funds to run projects that are ready to start in March 2016, or to consider bids for the 2016/17 financial year. The Fund is open to all publicly funded primary, secondary and special schools in Scotland which are not already benefitting from the Attainment Scotland Fund.

SAC Innovation Fund

Funds of £3,000-£10,000 (per school) are available for projects that will help children and young people experiencing socio economic disadvantage. Applications are encouraged from partnerships of schools working collaboratively or individual schools.

Under the twin track application scheme, schools can apply:

  • Fast track: by 21 February 2016 for projects that will start in March. Notification will be given between 1 and 4 March.
  • Standard track: by 31 March 2016 for projects that will start in the year from April 2016. Notification will be given by the end of April.

Proposals should have a particular focus on literacy, numeracy or health and wellbeing. They can be new ideas, or a project with a specific focus, building on what has had the greatest impact within a school, cluster or group of schools. This may include projects involving parental / family engagement and career long professional development or those that help develop and realise aspirations for children and young people.

The guidance and application form are available:

Information is also on the #SAC Scottish Attainment Challenge Glow site (login required), where practitioners can seek advice and collaborate on applications.

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Feb 012016
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LEGO® is more than a toy. It makes architects, sculptors and storytellers of us all.

This spring, renowned brick artist, Warren Elsmore and his team display some of their most beautiful and intricate mini-buildings and models in our Grand Gallery. To add to the set, they will also be on-site, building a special three metre model of our very own museum.

But don’t let them have all the fun. Join us for some hands-on LEGO® brick activities from February till April. Get creative in the Builders’ Yard, help us make a special sculpture of one of our most-loved museum objects, or build your own masterpiece.

Follow our #BUILDIT updates on social media.

  • Join us for our free LEGO® brick activities from January to April.
  • Look out for more BUILD IT! activities at the museum during Edinburgh International Science Festival (26 Mar to 10 Apr 2016).


For information about events at the National Museum of Scotland click here.

For information about events at the National Museum of Flight click here.

For information about events at the National Museum of Rural Life click here.

For information about events at the National War Museum click here.

Feb 012016

Eco Schools

Does your school work with a community group? Community groups across Scotland are being invited to apply for a share of over £10 million Scottish Government funding for action against climate change.

The hugely successful Climate Challenge Fund has supported 756 community-led schemes since 2008, including energy efficiency, sustainable travel and local food growing projects.

Climate Change Minister Aileen McLeod has confirmed the fund will continue for another year, after it was allocated £10.3 million in the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2016-17. The CCF has supported projects involving energy efficiency improvements to community owned buildings, energy efficiency advice, lower carbon travel options, community growing initiatives and schemes to tackle waste.   Applications for grants of up to £150,000 per project are invited now: Community-led organisations currently in receipt of a CCF grant must have submitted a completed application by 19th February 2016.

All other community-led organisations must have submitted an Expression of Interest by 5th February 2016 and a completed application by 19th February 2016.

More on the application process, deadlines and ideas for projects at www.climatechallengefund.org

Alternatively, you may wish to look open the following hyperlinks for further information:

How to submit an application or expression of interest

View currently funded projects using an online map

Need inspiration? Read up some case studies

View CCF resources, training and events to support community projects.

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Feb 012016

education scotland logoEducation Scotland has refreshed and updated support for literacy across learning in secondary schools.

The new resource offers practical advice and suggested learning and teaching approaches which can be used by practitioners from all subject areas.

The resource can be accessed here http://tinyurl.com/jjdv37p

Jan 282016

Teaching is one of the most challenging, yet rewarding, careers you can choose.

In September, the Scottish Government launched a campaign to encourage more teachers to enter the profession. The recruitment campaign will focus on attracting teachers to STEM subjects – Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths – in particular to teach Physics, Maths and Computing. The ‘Inspiring Teachers’ campaign will feature figureheads from Scottish business, industry, media and science, sharing their memories of the teachers who inspired them and helped them get where they are today.

The #inspiringteachers campaign seeks to attract more high-quality, passionate teachers into the profession, particularly in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths where there is a demand.

Watch some films about #inspiringteachers at

·         Katie https://youtu.be/2ituLmzA9tY

·         Tiam https://youtu.be/r2AwVuI02oY

·         Leith Panel https://youtu.be/ENIX0ewyQTA  

·         Gillespie Panel https://youtu.be/XybLNDPlzus

More information on the #inspiringteachers campaign and teaching in Scotland can be found here.




Jan 252016

RSPB LogoMore than half a million people from across the UK are set to take part in the Big Garden Birdwatch by counting the birds in their gardens over the weekend of 30th-31st January. They’ll also make a record of the other wildlife they see throughout the year, providing a vital snapshot of UK nature.

Request a FREE pack or simply register your details to save time on the weekend and get £5 off your next purchase in our shop.

Your class can also take part in the Big School’s Birdwatch at any time until the 12th February. All you have to do is count birds for 1 hour with your class and record what you observe. Register here to take part and don’t worry if you’re not a bird expert. The RSPB will send you a free bird identification resource.

Jan 142016

SLF 2016

The call for seminars for the Scottish Learning Festival (SLF) 2016 is now open. The festival will host around 100 seminars over the 2 days and you are invited to submit proposals that are aligned to the conference themes.

SLF 2016: Promoting excellence and equity for all through:

  • school leadership and school improvement
  • assessing children’s progress and parental engagement
  • teacher professionalism

If you have a STEM-themed seminar you wish to share with a wider audience follow this link for further details.

Jan 112016

Our Environment Competition LogoIf you’re of primary or secondary school age and live in Scotland, we want to hear your ideas on how you would improve your local environment.

Present your ideas in any format, and submit it as an individual school class or group, and you win £1,000 if you’re the overall winner.

The closing date for entries for this year’s competition is 22 April 2016.

To find out further information about entry criteria and to gain inspiration from previous winning entries, click on the following link https://ourenvironment.scot/

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Jan 082016

Citizen ScienceWant to discover a new quasar in deep space, count elephants in the Serengeti National Park from the comfort of your classroom or monitor invasive species in your local park? If so, then you will be joining forces with millions of people around the world who are discovering a passion for science through citizen science activities.

The new Education Scotland Citizen Science Curriculum for Excellence Guide is available to download from here.

Download it now to find out more about the many great local and national events you and your school community can be involved with. The guide also provides information about mobile apps that are available to help you bring science to life in your school and connect science learning to real-life issues in your community.

Dec 172015

Rocket Science LogoOf the many and various items that British ESA astronaut Tim Peake has taken aboard the International Space Station, you may not have considered 2kg of rocket seeds being among them. The seeds are staying with Tim for 6 months and packs will be allocated to registered schools on their return to Earth.

Schools can register interest in packs which will contain some of these space rocket seeds and a comparative set of seeds that have stayed on Earth. It will give pupils the chance to be space biologists and investigate how space effects the growth of plants.


Along with the seeds, schools and other educational organisations will be able to use a comprehensive suite of teaching and learning resources that are being developed by the RHS Campaign for School Gardening and Science and Plants for schools. Resources for both primary and secondary schools will be available, and will include suggestions on scientific investigations and experiments inspired by the project and even details on how to design and build a table top Mars greenhouse.

Follow the link below to find out more about getting involved! 



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