Sep 302015

At this year’s Scottish Learning Festival Dr Alasdair Allan, Minister for Learning, Science, and Scotland’s Languages, MSP launched a consultation on the development of a Digital Learning and Teaching Strategy for Scotland.

Digital technology has rich potential to support education in Scotland’s schools in a wide variety of ways. I that our children and young people are equipped with the essential digital skills they will need to flourish in the 21st century. A strategy will help to make sure that digital technology is embedded in learning and teaching across the curriculum.

You can access the consultation document and find details on how to respond on the Scottish Government – Consultation Hub. The consultation period ends on 17 Dec 2015.  

Sep 152015

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Talk helps children to use scientific language effectively and develop their understanding of scientific ideas. Right across the curriculum, talk engages children, motivates them to use their speaking and listening skills and helps them learn how to respect and respond to each other. It reinforces the idea that mistakes can be opportunities for learning, leading children to find their own answers to problems. In science especially, exploratory talk helps children develop their enquiry and reasoning skills.


The Royal Society of Chemistry, in collaboration with Millgate House Education, have created a series of 5 videos all about ‘Talk for Science’. These videos highlight some of the different methods of supporting talk in science lessons. They cover:Children talking 1

Using sensory stimulus

Using stories

Using puppets

Using concept cartoons

Summary of talk for science


Through these videos we hope to inspire and support primary teachers in doing talk in their science lessons.



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Sep 142015

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  • Add the new SSERC tile to your Launchpad in Glow
  • Register for the sciences cross-authority writing group events 2015-16
  • STEM at the Scottish Learning Festival –  enjoy our STEM programme
  • Food chain professional learning event – Thurs 17th Sept
  • Professional learning videos for vibrations and waves now live
  • Get learning section of Scotland’s Environment website now live – see data about climate change, water, rivers and more
  • Want your primary school learners to talk about science? Try these videos from RSC




Numeracy and mathematics


Did you know…….?

Scottish science festivals set to share £239k of funding


Professional learning

Creating a smarter Scotland – A draft National Improvement Framework for Scottish Education


Video Inspiration

Have you got Rugby World Cup fever yet? Watch the science behind the rugby tackle


We’ve got loads more news to share! See our STEM blog for the latest updates.

Aug 262015

asdWelcome to our e-bulletin for sciences, technologies, engineering and maths (STEM). Please forward to those who may be interested.

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• Award-winning online resources available until June 2016 – add Twig, Tigtag and Reach Out CPD tiles to your Launchpad in Glow
• Higher Physics professional learning videos now online
• Statistics for school biology experiments and Advanced Higher projects – SSERC guide
• 13 – 19 year olds can win a trip to New York City through the Junior Academy STEM competition
• Enter the 2016 Our Environment competition run by SEPA
• Get Learning section of Scotland’s Environment website launches soon – data about climate change, water, rivers and more
• Register your school to receive BBC Microbit pocket-sized computers for coding
• The National Technologies Network Glow community will keep you up to date
• New engineering science materials on the Glow NQ site
• CPD for Engineering Science – Advanced Higher writers day on the 17 September 2015
• Dunoon Primary beats 300 UK schools to win Kodu Kup
• Open University research project on use of mobile technologies – get involved!

Numeracy and mathematics
• BBC News report on supermarket pricing
• Mathematical Association conference for teachers of secondary mathematics
• The National Numeracy Progression Framework has progression pathways for all numeracy organisers
• Register for Progression Module to be delivered via the National Numeracy and Mathematics Hub from 25 August
• STEM precision farming event for secondary STEM teachers – Perthshire, 7 November

Did you know…….?
The Developing Young Workforce programme will be transforming the way that STEM is delivered in Scottish schools.

Professional learning
Reviewing the requirement for high level STEM skills – UKCES report

Video Inspiration
Make a 3D Hologram projector using a mobile phone app and CD case.

We’ve got loads more news to share! See our STEM blog for the latest updates.

Education Scotland Updates
Education Scotland Email Updates Now Available
Education Scotland offer a number of free email updates and news alerts to keep you informed of the latest developments and events in Scottish education.

We’re delighted to offer you a range of publications with a focus on specific areas, sectors and topics. These all include the latest news and key information along with links to new resources and support materials all in one place and relevant to your area of work.

You can sign up to as many email updates as you like, they are free and delivered straight to your inbox. Visit the Education Scotland website for the full list of publications available and sign up today.

Scottish Learning Festival 2015
SLF is the biggest education event in Scotland, bringing together thousands of educational professionals from across Scotland and beyond. Taking place on Wednesday 23 and Thursday 24 September, the theme of this year’s event focuses on raising achievement and attainment for all.

SLF is free for everyone to attend and gives you access to inspirational keynotes, over 100 professional development seminars, lively debate at the professional discussion sessions, Scotland’s largest education exhibition and opportunities for professional networking with peers and colleagues from across Scotland.

Book now to guarantee your place at SLF. Visit the SLF website to browse the full conference programme and book your place today.

Aug 262015

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Careers in Food & Drink Teach Meet Tuesday 8th September 4pm – 7pm

National Library of Scotland

Aimed at upper primary / secondary teachers with a focus on food education and science.

Network and hear from organisations including Scottish Food & Drink Federation, College Development Network, Queen Margaret University, Scottish Qualifications Authority, Education Scotland and industry partners regarding careers in food and drink in Scotland. There will also be an opportunity at the end to visit the Lifting the Lid exhibition currently on at the venue.

Aug 262015

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Fat is an important nutrient in our diets, but there’s a lot of talk of different types of fats, and whether these types are beneficial or harmful to our health. These different fat classifications have their roots in chemistry – and chemistry can also help explain their effects. This graphic takes a look at the different classifications, their sources, and briefly about how they act in our body.


Aug 242015







Food and drink offers an engaging and practical context for learning within Curriculum for Excellence and provides opportunities for interdisciplinary learning and for rich and meaningful partnerships between schools, the food and drink organisations and other partners such as academia and research organisations. This event aims to further explore these links and demonstrate to practitioners how to use food and drink as a context for delivering a range of subjects.

Recommended for: primary and secondary practitioners with responsibilities for sciences, technologies, food & health and business studies planning for learning and transition experiences from second level to senior phase.

For more information click Food Chain CLPL – Craibstone 17th September 2015 JULY 2015-1

Aug 122015


SSERC recently announced the publication of ‘Advanced Higher Project Investigations’ by Jim Stafford.  Jim has teamed up with Professor Graeme Ruxton at the University of St Andrews to produce a new publication ‘Statistics for School Biology Experiments and Advanced Higher Projects’.  Copies of this new resource can be downloaded from the Biology Resources section of the SSERC website (  As was the case for ‘Advanced Higher Biology Investigations’, a printed copy of this resource will be sent to all schools and colleges in the near future.

Aug 102015


Twig and Tigtag Announcement

We are pleased to announce that Twig and Tigtag have been procured, through competitive tender, by Education Scotland for a further 12 months through to July 2016.  As a result, these award-winning online resources will continue to be available to all local authority schools through Glow for use by educators and learners across Scotland.

New resources, Twig assignments and Tigtag Junior, will also be added in late autumn to the existing package available. An accompanying resource, Reach-Out CPD – a professional learning resource from Twig World to support primary science – has also been recently made available to Glow users.

The cost of this new one year contract with Twig World Ltd is £430,000 (including VAT) and this is being funded through the Digital Learning and Teaching programme this year. This represents a significant investment in science and mathematics education which is a key priority within the current Programme for Government. In the longer term, it is likely that resources such as these will be procured via a local authority collaborative contract.  What this means is that local authorities will be able to purchase digital resources of their choice and opt in to contracts accordingly.  See the Education Scotland briefing for more information.

Learners and practitioners (including those in early learning and childcare, additional support needs, primary and secondary school settings) are encouraged to make use of these resources which can be found on the App Library of Glow.

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Twig is an award-winning online teaching resource providing thousands of tailor-made, short films to help bring lessons to life.  Content has been created by teachers and academics to support delivery of Curriculum for Excellence covering sciences, social studies and mathematics for learners aged 11-16.  Twig Experiments offers over 300 short films covering 81 key experiments.

Tigtag is aimed at learners aged 7-11 years and provides online resources to support the teaching of primary science. It contains science in action videos, ready-made lesson plans, hundreds of images and diagrams, practical activities and fun facts. From the end of September, Glow users will also have access to Tigtag Junior which is an accompanying online science resource for learners aged 4-7 years.

Reach-Out CPD offers professional learning videos and resources for teachers delivering primary science and other aspects of Curriculum for Excellence.

Jul 012015


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A crowd funding web site recently raised more than two million US dollars to fund solar roadways. These roads, claim the developers, will remain snow-free, and, at the click of a switch, can be transformed into car parks or even sports pitches. In this activity students consider whether solar roadways are worth funding. They critique claims using reasoning and evidence, and apply what they know about generating electricity in solar cells, to make a decision.

Curriculum links include energy transfers, renewable energy sources, wave motion: waves transferring energy

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