Category Archives: CfE

Explore Buddhism

Small - Samye LingGlow TV continues looking at world religions and enabling pupils to ask their varied questions about different faiths.

Join us live on Wednesday 27th April at 11am from the Samye Ling, a Tibetan Buddhist Monastery and Centre for World Peace and Health where you will have the opportunity to speak to Choje Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche the Abbot and Retreat Master. You can find out about the Samye Ling Centre which attracts thousands of visitors who come to enjoy the magnificent temple and grounds or to attend one of the many courses on offer and also ask Lama Yeshe all your questions about Buddhism.

Register now to take part live – Explore Buddhism

If you unable to join us for the live event you can always catch up with the recording at another time – Glow TV’s Watch Again.

NNM – Planning for effective assessment

Small - Module 20Join the Numeracy and Mathematics team at Education Scotland for Module 20 of the series entitled Planning for Effective Assessment. This session is aimed at practitioners of pupils aged 3-18.

Register now to take part live on the day – NNM – Planning for effective assessment

If you unable to join us for the live event you can always catch up with the recording at another time – Glow TV’s Watch Again.

Learner Peer Tutoring

Small- Scottish Attainment ChallengeJoin Carol Wood on Friday 22nd April at 1pm as she discusses the current definition for peer tutoring and exploring its effect size on learning with regard to the Scottish Attainment Challenge. Whether working in pairs or in small groups, structured peer-assisted tutoring facilitates clear support in learning and boosts attainment.

Register to take part live – Learner Peer Tutoring

If you unable to join us for the live event you can always catch up with the recording at another time – Glow TV’s Watch Again.

Japan – Learn More!

Small - Japan EventJapan came to P1 students in North Berwick in the form of sushi chefs, taiko drummers, karate teachers and much more. The pupils spent an afternoon learning about all of this plus origami, Japanese writing and taking a virtual tour around Tokyo with Google virtual reality!

Join us on Thursday 21st April at 1.45pm to find out what learners thought of making and trying Japanese food, put your own questions to the pupils, ask anything at all about Japan and get a live response from the Japanese Consul General himself….and finally, join us for a simple karaoke singalong in Japanese.

Register now to take part – Japan – Learn More!

If you unable to join us for the live event you can always catch up with the recording at another time – Glow TV’s Watch Again.

Paul Murdoch Author Assignment to Bali

Paul Murdoch ImageLast year author Paul Murdoch embarked on an exciting trip to the East Bali jungle to work with the East Bali Poverty Project where he visited six newly constructed schools. He’d like you to follow his adventure!

During his time there he wrote a blog about what he did when he was there and what he learnt about the people, the country and the wildlife.

Join Paul as he re-lives his adventure and take a look through his window on another world with the eight video diaries he produced. Through the blog you can answer his challenges and ask him questions, first hand, about his adventure, the plight of the Balinese children and their writing with him! – Paul Murdoch Author Assignment to Bali

Agile Software Development opportunity with Industry


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XP2016 in association with Skills Development Scotland Digital World are offering school students, P5 – P7 and S1 – S3, the exciting opportunity to take part in a free software development workshop at the International Conference on Agile Software Development in Edinburgh 24-27th May.  This is the first time the digital industry has given school students the chance to take part in an industry conference.

Invitation – Software Development Workshop (2)

Coderdojo coding clubs will be delivering the workshop, providing a fantastic opportunity for schools to get hands on with software development and for students to get an exciting taster of what a career in software development might involve.

The event is held in Edinburgh and the organisers will be making contribution to travel costs to help schools from further away take part.   Places are very limited and schools will be drawn from a hat to ensure fairness. Schools MUST REGISTER by Friday 22 April to be part of the draw.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact Ketty Lawrence, Skills Development Scotland –


PWP_2073A Hermitage Park Primary School pupil from Edinburgh, has been named in first place of the John Byrne National Drawing Competition, beating thousands of other entries to take the top spot.

Alba Cooke Ribes (P5) received the award on Friday 18 March from John, who unveiled a special exhibition of competition entries at Paisley Museum and Art Gallery to mark the end of the second year of the competition.

Alba Ribes, Hermitage Park Primary

John revealed Alba as the winner alongside Amy Tucker (P7) from Maxwellton Primary, East Kilbride in second place and Georgia Ruddiman Carmen Neat Lotte Boon Von Ochsee (S3) from Robert Gordon’s College, Aberdeen in third place.

Three runners up were highly commended for their artwork including Kevin Lee (P7), Busby Primary, Clarkston, Rachael Dhanaraj (S3), Harris Academy, Dundee and Sarah McIver (S3), Govan High, Glasgow.

John Byrne, said: “I’m really pleased to announce the winners of this year’s John Byrne National Drawing Competition and I’d like to offer my congratulations to Alba, Amy and Georgia, and all the other entrants who took park.

“The winning artwork was chosen as it initially caught my eye during the judging process then on closer inspection, just blew me away with the young artist’s use of materials, composition and colour, that really helped their entry stand out against the work of other competitors.

“The young people in our country never cease to amaze me with their artistic skills and extraordinary talent, and that has come through in this year’s entries. The standard of work has been fantastic and I hope that the competition has inspired many of the young entrants to continue to enjoy art and draw more.”

Alba said: “I’m feeling very excited and happy.  I love Art and in particular enjoy drawing.  I’m really excited about meeting John Byrne.

“I wouldn’t have been able to do this without my teacher, Miss Watson because she taught us lots of techniques and helped me to improve my work.”

Bill Maxwell, Education Scotland Chief Executive said: “I’m really pleased to offer my congratulations to Alba, Amy and Georgia who have been chosen as the top three winners of this year’s John Byrne National Drawing Competition. It’s been another successful year after receiving thousands of competition entries from talented children and young people in schools across the country.

“The competition is a great opportunity for children and young people to tap into their creativity and unleash their artistic talents and showcase their work in front of one of Scotland’s most talented and renowned artists.”


Alba received the first prize of a limited edition full colour print by John, a £100 voucher for art materials and a £50 book token. Second and third placed winners each received a limited edition print by John, £50 and £30 voucher for art materials, respectively, and a £25 book token. The 30 runners up received certificates specially designed by John himself.

In addition to the fantastic prizes, the winners’ artwork, as well as entries from 30 runners up, are on display at the museum as part of a special exhibition.

The competition aims to raise the profile of drawing and inspire young people from P4 to S3 to get creative. The children and young people were invited to enter artwork of any size and created in any media.

The judging panel, headed by John, consisted of Ron Cowie, Senior Education Officer for Expressive Arts at Education Scotland, Wilma Eaton from Strathclyde University, Lorna Macdonald from Edinburgh City Council, Heather Barclay and Kenny Christie, Development Officers at Education Scotland. The judging took place at Strathclyde University.

The John Byrne National Drawing Competition runners up include:

• James Wheate, S1, St Ninian’s High, East Renfrewshire
• Polly Johnson, P6, Netherlee Primary, East Renfrewshire
• Larisa Morozova, P7, Busby Primary, East Renfrewshire
• Jennifer Addie, P5, Busby Primary, East Renfrewshire
• Corran Ewart, S2, Strathaven Academy, South Lanarkshire
• Andy Muir, S1, Trinity High, South Lanarkshire
• Molly-Ann Cairns, P5/6, Canberra Primary, South Lanarkshire
• Anna McDiarmid, S2, Biggar High, South Lanarkshire
• John Douglas, P5, Tough School, Aberdeenshire
• Ruwayda Rafique, Notre Dame High, Glasgow
• Saira Khalid, S3, Notre Dame High, Glasgow
• Caitlin McIvor, Cedarbank School, West Lothian
• Cameron Hart, Cedarbank School, West Lothian
• Ola Koza, P4, Knightsbridge Primary, West Lothian
• Vicki Fulton, Linlithgow Academy, West Lothian
• Cal Young, Linlithgow Academy, West Lothian
• Douglas Ingles, S1, Inverkeithing High, Fife
• Seonaid Best, Inverkeithing High, Fife
• Michael Crookshanl, S2, Woodmill High, Fife
• Euan Hancock P6, Pitteuchar West Primary, Fife
• Beth Donnachie, S1, Craigmarloch, Inverclyde
• Liza Dixon, P5, Portree Primary, Highland
• Rachel Malcolm, Chryston Primary, North Lanarkshire
• Joseph Ward, St Mary’s School, Scottish Borders
• Evie Jardine, P6, South Morningside Primary, Edinburgh
• Keira Grieve, S3, Tynecastle High, Edinburgh
• Holly Irvine, P6, Aith Junior High, Shetland Islands

Scottish Engineering Special Leaders Award – Sarah Williams

Small - Sarah WilliamsJoin us on Tuesday 22nd March for an opportunity to chat to an engineer who can help you as part of this year’s Scottish Engineering Special Leaders Award.

This week’s engineer is Sarah Williams and she is currently in her final year at the University of Glasgow studying Biomedical Engineering. Her degree has covered many fields such as electronics, mechanical engineering, biology, business management and mathematics, these classes have helped her to establish her strengths and weaknesses.

Her placements have also helped to expand her knowledge and experience within the field. She has had the opportunity to shadow an orthopaedic surgeon at Glasgow’s Royal Infirmary, observe clinical engineers at WestMARC in the Queen Elizabeth hospital, work alongside a rehabilitation service TRAC team at Udston hospital and carry out research at Nuclear Cardiology in Glasgow’s Royal Infirmary.

Her recent six-month research placement involved working within the Nuclear Cardiology department alongside clinicians and looking into the machine learning of SPECT imaging, specifically DaTSCAN imaging which involves acquiring images of the brain to diagnose Parkinson’s disease. Using programming software and mathematical techniques, the images were loaded into the computer which could then detect whether the subject has Parkinson’s disease or not.

This research contributed to a large part of her fifth year at university and her final degree classification. She is now pursuing a career within the NHS as a clinical scientist to carry out further research and improve services for patients within rehabilitation and diagnosis.

You can watch the recorded version now if you missed the live session – Scottish Engineering Special Leaders Award – Sarah Williams

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Food and Health Progression Framework

Small - Food and HealthLooking for guidance & support in how to ‎ensure progression through the levels of Curriculum for Excellence in Food & Health from Early to 4th level?

This Glow TV event will share with you the newly updated Food & Health Progression Framework and give practical advice from practitioners and food education partner organisations as to how you could provide progressive practical cookery experiences in your school setting.

Join us in Glow TV at 4pm on Thursday 17th March. Sign up now to join us live – Food & Health Progression Framework.

If you unable to join us for the live event you can always catch up with the recording at another time – Glow TV’s Watch Again.