Oban Cluster twilight 2018

Thursday 1st February sees the first of our annual literacy and numeracy cluster twilights. We’re kicking things off in Oban this year with a range of workshops for practitioners to choose from, including presentations from the Royal Society of Chemistry, Read Write Inbc and the First Minister’s Reading Challenge as well as homegrown workshops on the current literacy and numeracy P1 pilots, talking Maths in ELC and a discussion on closing the gap, facilitated by the educational psychology team. A full list of workshops can be found here: List of workshops

The event will run from 1615 (coffee at 1600) to 1830 and will be held at the Oban pirmay campus.

If you’re coming it’d be good if you could confirm attendance by following this link: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/OLI2018

Book Week Scotland – what’s on in Argyll and Bute

The week beginning Monday 27th November is Book Week Scotland and there’s lots happening across Argyll and Bute. Attached is a poster with some of the main events across the region, including Chris Brookmyre at the Corran Halls on Thursday 30th. Or why not try the free non-stop hip hop workshop featuring Loki, on Saturday 2nd December? There’s also a whole host of virtual events that you can get involved with. Tweet what you’re doing using #BookWeekScot and #Argylland ButeLiteracy. Enjoy!

Argyll and Bute Events – Book Week Scotland 2017

Book Week Scotland 17 Virtual Festival Schedule



Scottish Book Trust competitions for teenagers 2018

Love being creative? The Scottish Book Trust has 2 exciting competitions for teenagers,  with a submission date of February 2018 so there’s lots of time for you to put together an entry. The first is their graphic novel competition where you need to create a comic strip adaptation of one of the books the Book Trust have shortlisted for their teenage book prize. Or you could enter their Book Trailer competition where you’re asked to create a book trailer for one of their shortlisted titles which will be shown on their website. Both competitions have a closing date of 5pm on Thursday 8th February – there’s even time for you to enter both! Further details can be found at: http://www.scottishbooktrust.com/learning/teachers-librarians/the-scottish-teenage-book-prize/2018-competitions  

No pens day – 4th October

The Communication Trust have published a range of resources to support their ‘no pens day’ across early years, primary, secondary and FE. Essentially, it’s a day where no writing takes place – all lessons focus on speaking and listening in an attempt to focus attention and resources on these key skills. While there’s a nominal date for this – the 4th October – a no pens day could be held at any time of year, several times if you wanted. Check out the supporting resource here: no pens day supporting resources

Amazon Young Storyteller

Amazon have teamed up with the National Literacy Trust to create Young Storyteller, a not-for-profit initiative with the aim of giving every student in the UK the opportunity to be a published author. You can get resources to help your pupils write creatively and then compile the stories into a collection which can be published as a paperback and e-book using Kindle. Your school gets royalties for every copy sold. Sounds like a great idea! https://www.amazon.co.uk/b?node=11967864031

First Minister’s Reading Challenge

You can now register your school for this year’s Reading Challenge. The Challenge has been expanded so P1-P3 can now join in as well. Even if you took part last year you still need to register online: https://readingchallenge.scot/?utm_source=Scottish+Book+Trust+eUpdates&utm_campaign=bbdf86db50-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_08_31&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_4566345a8c-bbdf86db50-81333753 You’ll also find new resources to support the challenge.


Good writing wanted!

The SQA are looking for examples of candidate writing from session 2016-17 to feature in their publication, Write Times 2.

Write Times 2 is an anthology of the best examples of writing in SQA assessments and is a follow-up to Write Times, which was published in 2007. It will be available in early 2018 as an e-book which can be downloaded for free.

They are inviting  you to submit examples of internally assessed candidate writing from National 3, National 4 and Higher National (HN) courses that demonstrate excellence and reflect the wide range of forms that writing can take, including: poetry, drama, prose, fiction and prose non-fiction (reporting, reflection and discussion). The examples will be chosen for their creativity, sensitivity of expression, depth of thought and perception, and their imaginative and skilful use of language.

To submit examples of your candidates’ writing for consideration, please e-mail them to writetimes@sqa.org.uk by Friday 15 September. Examples of candidate writing for National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher will be selected from portfolio submissions from the 2017 diet.