Category Archives: Broad General Education

Expressive Arts at the Scottish Learning Festival 2015

The Scottish Learning Festival (SLF) is the key education event in Scotland welcoming thousands of education professionals.  SLF 2015 takes place on Wednesday 23rd and Thursday 24th September in the SECC, Glasgow.

There are two Expressive Arts seminars to book this year:

‘The one-stop-shop for national partnerships and collaboration’

Wednesday 24th September at 4.30pm

Partnerships are about joined-up working and pooling resources to maximise impact. The Expressive Arts National Network Centre (EANNC) provides a one-stop-shop for practitioners and expressive arts networks at local and national level to engage in debate and share resources and opportunities.

‘Project Parkour’

Thursday 24th September at 9.30am.

Project Parkour took place in Saint Joseph’s Academy, Kilmarnock from January to March 2015. The project re-engaged 30 teenage boys in Parkour, a physical activity designed to benefit their mental and physical wellbeing, whilst increasing confidence and developing transferable skills. The project culminated in a sensational dance-related performance and documentary. A similar performance will follow the seminar at SLF – not to be missed!

You can also visit the Education Scotland stand for more information on the Expressive Arts National Working Groups, and how to get involved on Glow.


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Turner Prize 2015: Education Programme

One of Europe’s most important and prestigious contemporary visual art awards comes to Scotland for the first time. This year the Turner Prize will be hosted by Tramway, in the south side of Glasgow, and the exhibition will be free and open to the public from October 2015 – 17 January 2016.

The exhibition will be accompanied by an exciting programme for schools, educational groups and teachers, as part of a wider public programme to inspire, challenge and support audiences to deepen their understanding of contemporary

visual art. A variety of workshops, tours and CPD sessions are available to book now.

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5 must-see apps for primary #outdoorlearning

Check out these apps and websites to support your outdoor learning journey!

imageUK Ladybird survey: get counting and finding out about different types of ladybirds. What do your findings tell you about the biodiversity of your school grounds/local area?


iRecord butterfly app: find out about butterflies in your area and why they are important. Record your findings on the app or website and become a citizen scientist!



imageOPAL Tree health: Use the information and photographs in this guide to help you identify pests and diseases on Oak, Ash and Horse Chestnut trees and six of the Most Unwanted.


Air Quality in Scotland: find out about air quality in your area

And why not compare it with your own findings using the OPAL air quality lichen survey?


Found a plant or animal and not sure what it is? Post a picture to the iSpot community and find out! Great for thinking about identification and classification.


Found another app or site that is useful for science and outdoor learning? Why not let us know?

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