Closing the gap in listening and talking webinar

Monday 6th December 1600 – 1700, led by Education Scotland

Its purpose is to raise awareness of the connection between Listening and Talking and current national priorities, share some practical approaches and stimulate dialogue about learning, teaching and assessment of listening and talking.

This webinar is suitable for all teachers in primary and secondary sectors including NQTS

To book, please go to


500 words competition

BBC Radio 2’s 500 words competition is back!

To launch it, there will be a live lesson screened at 11am on Thursday 7th February, where Charlie Higson and Frank Cottrell-Boyce will share tips, answer questions & create their own story. For more info and to find the link go to

The free resource pack with posters, writing tips and activities can be found at

You can order short story writing notebooks for kids for £1 with the offer code ‘500 words’ at checkout from



Writing opportunities for pupils!

Following the meeting of the literacy forum yesterday I thought I’d share with you a couple of useful websites that were suggested to support children’s writing through competitions.

The Scottish Book Trust have an ongoing 50 word fiction competition, where they provide a monthly prompt on a different topic – it’s then up to pupils to decide where to take it. There are categories for all-age Gaelic writers, young writers 5-11, young writers 12-18 and adult writers with prizes in each category. The current topic is fireworks with a deadline of Tuesday 29th January. For more details visit:


Young Writers is a website which gives links to a wide range of competitions for primary and secondary pupils. There are also book reviews, activities and games as well as supportive lesson plans. This site can be accessed at:



Book Week Scotland is here! 19th – 25th November 2018

The Scottish Book Trust have lots of ideas to support Scottish Book Week – why not have a reading lunch on Thursday or vote for your favourite rebellious book? Remember that P1,2 & 3s get free books this week and there are lots of resources to support the gifting of these and to engage parents in partnership for learning. For more details visit the Scottish Book Trust site at