Category: Early Years

25 May 4-5pm Digital Wellbeing Award for Scotland

The Digital Wellbeing Award, aims to provide young people with the skills and confidence required to to navigate the digital world.

Join the Digital Schools Award for Scotland team, a DSAS validator and a school to share their experiences of the framework and achieving the award.

Digital wellbeing is the impact of using digital technology on children and young people’s social and emotional wellbeing.

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09 March 4-5pm Digital Schools Award & European SELFIE Award

Participants will learn how to use the European SELFIE self-evaluation tool and Digital Schools Awards to develop a clear digital strategy that increases best practice and provides a road map for school improvement. The workshop will bring in experiences, ideas and inspiration from schools in Scotland. The session will also introduce how the Digital Schools Awards can support schools to shape whole-school policies that build positive and sustainable approaches to digital wellbeing.


08 Feb, 10 – 10:45am Safer Internet Day, Live Read-Along with Digiduck author

Digiduck is brought to you by UK Safer Internet Centre and Childnet.

Digiduck and the Magic Castle focuses on playing games online. Other themes within the book include peer pressure, password sharing, and in-app purchasing. You can download your free version of the book along with resources for educators here.

There’s a new game that everyone’s playing, and Digiduck wants to join in! With the help of his friends, he explores the magic castle, and they whizz through the levels after a lucky find makes it easier. Digiduck is in for a shock however, when he discovers that the spell ingredients are not the only things hidden in the game…The aim of this story is to help start conversations between children and adults about many aspects of online gaming, such as:

– the types of games that young children enjoy playing online and why- how to tell if real money can be spent- the social elements of gaming with others (e.g., keeping personal information safe)- what to do if someone is pressuring you to do something that you are unsure about

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08 February 1600 – 1700, How can Computing At School (CAS) Network Support Scotland?

Are you an Early Years, Primary or Secondary practitioner in Scotland and looking for a UK wide network to support and inspire you with innovative digital and computing science ideas?  Education Scotland has collaborated with Computing at School (CAS) to bring you this information session on how the CAS network can support you.  During the session you will hear about growing your personal learning network, working groups, resources, events and lots more to develop your practice.  There will also be Q&A during the session.

There will also be two prize draws of books.

How to Teach Computer Science – Parable, Practice and Pedagogy by Alan Harrison.  Alan will also pop in to the session to talk more about his book

The Digital Adventures of Ava and Chip – Smart City by Beverly Clarke.


Book your place here after you have registered with CAS

23rd Nov 4pm, Digital resources for learning and teaching – Copyright Licence Agency

All Scottish schools already hold a CLA Education Licence.  The licence saves teachers from the worry and expense that can be involved in using copyrighted works, by giving them permission to copy up to 5% from books and magazines.  

 What’s more the Licence now comes with the Education Platform as standard, at no extra cost, so copying is even quicker, simpler and greener.

The Education Platform helps teachers:

-unlock digital versions of books their school owns, and to access the books remotely

-make copies for lessons in just a couple of clicks

-generate links to copies, that can be saved on the intranet, emailed or shared via Google Classroom and Microsoft Teams

-store copies digitally, ready for re-activation next year.

All teachers in Scottish schools are eligible to register for the Platform for free, and can start benefiting from time and cost savings.

Register for the –CLA Education Platform webinar

For more information about CLA and what the licence means for teachers, head to

How the CLA Education Licence supports educators: 

The Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA) isn’t, believe it or not, the copyright police.

We can see people’s eyes widen we mention who we are, and a vague panic cross over their faces.

They think it’s a bust.

The truth is very different.

CLA was developed to give people access to copyright publications.  Copyright law means that unless an exceptional circumstance applies, you need to seek permission from the rightsholder in order to re-use or copy that material.

That can be a daunting task, especially as an educator, to take the time and possibly money that might be involved in getting that permission.

By contrast, the Education Licence from CLA gives you blanket permission to copy extracts from works opted in.  So, you have peace of mind that you won’t infringe copyright, and you can get quick and easy access to the materials you want to share in your teaching.

What’s more, all state-funded schools in Scotland already hold the Education Licence by virtue of a central agreement with the Scottish Government and Councils.  Therefore, you’re protected and can copy within the Licence terms.

Once CLA’s operating costs are deducted, our licence fees are distributed back to the rightsholders – authors, publishers and visual artists – who created the work you’re copying from.  This means that they can carry on making the resources we rely on.  As a licensed teacher, thanks for playing your part in the copyright eco-system.

As if that wasn’t good enough, CLA has also developed a free tool for licensed institutions – the Education Platform.  It makes copying quicker, simpler and greener, by providing you the means to make digital copies from books your school owns.  It’s easy to sign up, start unlocking content, and creating links to copies for your students.

Why not join us on Tuesday 23rd at 4pm to find out more.  Register here (and if you can’t make the live session, register anyway and we’ll be sure to send you the recording).


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26 Jan 2022, 4-5pm This is Primary Computing Science – 3 part course

Education Scotland have partnered with BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT to deliver this 3 part certified course to develop your knowledge of teaching computing science across the primary curriculum using Barefoot resources. This course is suitable for those already teaching or planning to teach computing science and will help fill potential gaps in knowledge. This is a repeat of the course in term 1 and 2 which was sold out.

Book your place here!

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16/01/22 4pm Computational Thinking – Critical thinking and problem solving across the curriculum

Computational Thinking, critical thinking and problem-solving top the World Economic list of skills that employers believe will grow in prominence in the next five years. This first session will explore why it’s important for your students to learn computing science and you’ll learn about key computational thinking skills as you give some of Barefoot’s “unplugged” activities a try – proving you don’t need expensive kit to teach computing. You’ll take away a range of lesson ideas you can try immediately with your learners.

16/02/22 4pm Code along with Scratch

Take your computing science knowledge to the next level with this interactive code along session. Get to grips with Scratch programming and the concepts of sequence, repetition and selection through a series of Scratch programming challenges. This workshop will build on the previous session as we explore how computational thinking skills are applied when programming.

23/03/22 4pm Pedagogy and Computing Science

Learn more about key pedagogical approaches to programming, including PRIMM (Predict, Run, Investigate, Modify and Make), Use-Modify-Create, Semantic Waves and Parson’s Problems. We’ll explore each approach through hands-on activities and examples, illustrating how these research-backed teaching and learning methods can be applied in your curriculum.

Using QR codes and ‘Thinglink’ for homework and resources – Early Years

Williamsburgh Primary School Using QR codes and ‘ThingLink’ for homework and resources, to encourage children to lead their learning, develop digital literacy skills, and overcome written communication barriers Aileen Mackey Early Learning and Childcare Officer  Twitter @mackey_aileen


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Using QR codes creatively within Williamsburgh Primary School

The following link showcases how QR codes have been creatively used within our school in order to enhance children’s engagement in learning and play, improve digital literacy across the curriculum, overcome written communication and interpretation barriers, provide opportunities for vertical learning through interactive displays, and deliver a sustainable and efficient method for staff training, to enhance our service provision. Evaluation and feedback on the success of these strategies is also included within this blog post. 

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Using QR codes, videos and drone footage to enhance viewer engagement and experience of Nursery- P1 transition 2021, Aileen Mackey

At Williamsburgh Primary School we have used QR codes, videos and drone footage to enhance viewer engagement and experience of Nursery – P1 transition. By doing so we have  maintained our pedagogical approach, tailored our service delivery to the needs, interests and queries of children and families, encouraged children’s independence and digital literacy by accessing this information, and related theory from ‘Realising the Ambition: Being me’ (Education Scotland, 2020) to our practice. Examples of practice are featured within this post.

View the presentation here

27th May, 4pm Digital Schools Award – ELC & Primary

Join us to discover how the digital schools award framework can support your setting to lead digital learning, teaching and assessment. Hear from a DSAS validator and leaders from an ELC and Primary setting share how the framework helped transform and embed digital across the curriculum.

Digital Schools Awards is a national awards scheme to promote, recognise and encourage a whole school approach to the use of digital technology in schools.

The Digital Schools Award Scotland is a 3-step programme to help schools assess progress and recognise excellence in the use of digital technology at nursery, primary, special education and secondary level while providing practical support and encouragement.

A staff Glow account will be required to access the Microsoft Team where the session will take place.

Please sign up here