Academy9’s Early Birds, inspiring the next David Attenborough?  

Academy9’s Early Birds, inspiring the next David Attenborough?  

As part of the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch, which takes place at the end of January each year, the Academy9 team headed to primary schools in Newtonmore, Kingussie, Pitlochry and Aberfeldy to work with P3s on the topic of the great wildlife on their doorsteps.  In the Early Birds session, pupils learned about the range of birds in the Highlands through three interactive tasks. Ecologists, Joanna & Amy introduced the

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Looking to integrate sustainability into your curriculum? Check out our live competition!

Looking to integrate sustainability into your curriculum? Check out our live competition!

Transport Scotland’s Academy9 initiative would like to invite your school to take part in Sustainable Solutions: Roads of the Future Challenge 2024. The challenge will be for pupils to design their own sustainable road using as many of the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as possible.   Who is it for? P6, P7, S1, S2 and S3 pupils, either in class or in after-school clubs  When?  8th January to 22nd

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Keep Your Class Safer this Winter with our Academy9 Winter Roads Resources

Keep Your Class Safer this Winter with our Academy9 Winter Roads Resources

In the UK our weather never fails to be changeable and our current cold snap is no exception. To link the current weather in with your lesson planning, we wanted to share our new Winter Roads resources. Developed in line with Second and Third level Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) outcomes, we have created a series of short lessons within the context of winter road conditions. With clear learning intentions, success

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Grantown Grammar Pupils Design Sustainable Towns for World Town Planning Day 2023

Grantown Grammar Pupils Design Sustainable Towns for World Town Planning Day 2023

This month the Academy9 Team worked with S1 pupils at Grantown Grammar School for a STEM challenge like no other – designing a sustainable town as part of our annual Town Planning event! Pupils worked in small groups over two weeks, to plan and design a sustainable town that they presented to a team of Academy9 judges. All aspects of the town had to be considered, such as: transport links;

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Feel Ready to Take Your Next Steps

Feel Ready to Take Your Next Steps

Do you feel excited for life after secondary education, or do you find it a little overwhelming? The transition from school to further or higher education or employment is a key milestone in everyone’s journey through life, marked by celebrations such as school proms and leavers breakfasts. As exciting as this big life change can be it also comes with a large serving of ‘the unknown’, which often leaves us

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Primary 5s Experience Gateway Excitement at Grantown Grammar School

Primary 5s Experience Gateway Excitement at Grantown Grammar School

The Academy9 programme aims to bridge the gap between industry and education by bringing real life professionals into schools to deliver age and stage appropriate learning activities. This month we had the pleasure of delivering our Gateway event which saw Primary 5 pupils from associated primaries come to Grantown Grammar School to take part in some A9 Dualling-related challenges. Grantown Grammar’s S3 volunteers mentored pupils from Abernethy, Carrbridge, Daviot, Deshar,

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Academy9 Awarded CIEEM “Best Practice – Knowledge Sharing” 2023 Award

Academy9 Awarded CIEEM “Best Practice – Knowledge Sharing” 2023 Award

We are delighted to announce that our Academy9 programme has been awarded the “Best Practice – Knowledge Sharing” award at  the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) Awards 2023. CIEEM is the leading professional body that represents and supports ecologists and environmental managers across the UK, Ireland and overseas. Protecting the Natural Environment The natural environment is at the heart of any major highways project like the A9

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Academy9 brings Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) to Life: Geology, Ecology and Engineering

Academy9 brings Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) to Life: Geology, Ecology and Engineering

Are you a Primary level Educator looking for Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) ideas? With so many careers in STEM there are undoubtably some that are lesser known, especially to Primary School pupils. The Academy9 project aims to bridge the gap between industry and education by bringing real life professionals into schools to deliver age and stage appropriate learning activities. We had the pleasure of delivering our Roadshow event to

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How Confident are your Learners when it comes to Careers in STEM?

How Confident are your Learners when it comes to Careers in STEM?

STEM is an acronym that we are no stranger to in the context of Education and Developing the Young Work Force (DYW) these days, but are we exposing young people enough to the wide variety of careers in STEM? It is an umbrella term that covers so many different employment sectors and career opportunities, that, as adults, even we can stumble upon job roles within STEM that we were unaware

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Grantown Grammar S1 Geography Pupils put their Future Thinking to the Test

Grantown Grammar S1 Geography Pupils put their Future Thinking to the Test

This month the Academy9 Team worked with S1 pupils at Grantown Grammar school for a design challenge like no other – designing a whole town as part of our Town Planning event! Pupils worked in small groups over two weeks, to plan and design a sustainable town that they presented to a team of Academy9 judges. The towns were planned within the ArcGIS software and all aspects of a town

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