Category Archives: Creativity

Funding for enterprise education announced by First Minister

The First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, announced a £300 000  funding for entrepreneurial learning and enterprise education at the opening of the RBS entrepreneurial hub at the bank’s Gogarburn headquarters.

The money for Scotland’s Enterprising Schools will go towardsScot Enterprising Schools helping teachers unleash the entrepreneurial and creative skills shown by pupils by setting up a team to work with schools and local authorities to provide resources and lesson plans.

The programme aligns  closely to Developing the Young Workforce which offers huge potential for children and young people to access entrepreneurial and enterprise opportunities as part of their learning. It supports the aims of the Scotland CAN DO Strategy to inspire and motivate our next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs. Education Scotland are working closely with Young Enterprise Scotland and the Scotland’s Enterprising Schools team to align activities across the range of DYW developments.   This includes, for example, taking account of guidance and standards published in September 2015 on school/employer partnerships, work placements and careers education from ages 3 to 18 and the key aims of equality in DYW by encouraging diversity in the workplace and ensuring career choices are not stereotyped by gender.

Links will also be made with private partners to work with pupils to further enhance promising ideas. More than 80 schools are already benefitting from the initiative which is part of Scotland CAN DO, which is the framework used by the Scottish Government to move towards becoming a world leading and entrepreneurial and innovative nation.

The First Minister said:

“Scotland’s young people are this nation’s future, and we must do all we can to give them the chance to thrive and be the best they can be.

“Our schools, colleges and universities are key players in nurturing our young people and making them aware of their possibilities, be that as a mechanic, a scientist, a sports star or successful business men and women.

“This £300,000 will give our children the belief that they CAN DO and that enterprise can be a valid and viable choice for all. The ‘Scotland’s Enterprising Schools’ platform will help them to learn and build on this and open up their entrepreneurial potential.

“2016 is the Year of Design, Architecture and Innovation, and promoting innovation is an incredibly powerful way of creating a sustainably prosperous society and helping Scotland achieve its full economic potential through growth and job creation.”

Background

Facilitated by Education Scotland and delivered through Young Enterprise Scotland; the ‘Scotland’s Enterprising Schools’ team will engage with schools, local authorities and partners to share examples of good work and best practice across the country.

Sing Across Fife

Small- Sing Across FifeFife are leading the way with an innovative project combining song and technology entitled “ Sing Across Fife”. Using Glow TV over 12, 000 young voices from schools across Fife will sing “ Believe”, Fife Youth Music Initiative’s Song of the Year.

Join us on Tuesday 16th February at 1.30pm to hear the song and join in too – you don’t have to be a school in Fife – everyone is welcome!

Sign up and take part live in Glow TV – Sing Across Fife.

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.

Thinking Global about Social Enterprise? – new resource pack

logo--hi-res…. then you might be interested in the new Social Enterprise Resource Pack developed by the British Council,  Social Enterprise Academy (SEA) and Real Ideas Organisation (RIO) helping teachers to deliver activities and lessons on social enterprise.

Written in clear English and aimed at students aged 7-14, the resource pack is suitable for any educator – no previous experience of social enterprise is needed – and is designed to help achieve key teaching objectives, promote valuable skills and enrich the quality of education in schools.   It also offers advice on how to use the content in an international school partnership and how to find a partner school.

The pack contains six principal lesson plans as well as suggestions for activities in the classroom and community. The activities spur students to think about social problems in their localities and further afield and the role that businesses and social enterprises can play in addressing them. As the lessons progress, students working in groups develop a business plan for their own social enterprise and the most promising of these plans is turned into a real social enterprise.

One example highlighted in the pack is the partnership between Bishopbriggs Academy in East Dunbartonshire and the Karma Project in India whose privately funded school provides free education for 70 children who would not otherwise receive it.

 

For more information please visit:  https://schoolsonline.britishcouncil.org/classroom-resources/list/social-enterprise

For more enterprising ideas, resources and case studies go to Scotland’s Enterprising Schools

EXCHANGE Event: BE SEEN – BE HEARD – BE INSPIRED

Exchange event  Date: Friday 4 & Saturday 5 March 2016

Venue: Platform, Glasgow

REGISTER YOUR INTEREST AS A PERFORMER OR DELEGATE: www.mfy.org.uk/coreseason/mfyexchange

Hosted by BBC Radio Scotland presenter Vic Galloway EXCHANGE is the unmissable event for anyone passionate about music – whether you’re a young person, work with young people or the parent of a rising star. 

  • Be heard by industry experts Live music stages and feedback from professional musicians
  • Connect with inspirational speakers Learn new skills and explore music industry career opportunities
  • Get ahead in your music career Get advice and put your questions to music industry experts

EXCHANGE provides a unique festival feel combining live performances with insights into all aspects of the music business from stagecraft to marketing and bloggers to music publishing!

Gaelic to Jazz, Indie to folk and from as far afield as Orkney to South Lanarkshire last year’s Exchange saw 33 acts performing all styles of music to 350+ people.

DON’T MISS THIS UNIQUE EVENT.

REGISTER YOUR INTEREST AS A PERFORMER OR DELEGATE: www.mfy.org.uk/coreseason/mfyexchange

Further info:

David McDonald

Email: david.mcdonald@creativeconsultant.org.uk

Mobile: 07715 976 707

Youth scotland

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NVA Hinterland

Photo by James Johnson
Photo by James Johnson

Over the past eight years NVA has been leading ambitious proposals to reclaim the future of the world-renowned, Grade A Listed St Peter’s Seminary complex and its surrounding Victorian-designed landscape near Helensburgh, Argyll and Bute. The primary aim is to establish a place for communities from across Scotland and further afield to engage with high quality public art, heritage and performance by creating a new and exciting cultural resource that aims to be open to the public and be fully operational in 2018.  The heritage site, landscape and the future public programme of heritage, learning and cultural activities offer a variety of opportunities for schools in the coming years.

The new resource will offer great potential for a wide variety of formal and informal learning for a variety of age groups. The wealth of thematic areas presents opportunities for study in a range of subjects, including social history, the natural environment, architecture and construction.

In March 2016, Hinterland (St Peter’s Seminary and its surrounding Kilmahew estate) will launch Scotland’s Festival of Architecture, presenting a key highlight to the Scottish Government’s Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design.  From 18 – 27 March, Hinterland will reveal the full glory of the towering concrete ruin, combining moving light installations and projection with a haunting choral soundscape. Tickets on sale now at www.hinterland.org

Countdown to Christmas

holly-161189_960_720 ‘Tis the season to be jolly  holly-161189_960_720

Let’s have a jolly time trying to solve the puzzles on the nrich Advent Calendars

Primary Advent Calendar 2015 

Twenty-four activities, one for each day in the run-up to Christmas. This year, the tasks have been chosen to encourage mathematical creativity.

Secondary Advent Calendar 2015

Explore a task from nrich Wild Maths site on each day in the run up to Christmas.Ho3

 

Scottish Youth Film Festival

Scottish Youth FestivalHe Named Me Malala has been picked as the opening film of the first ever Scottish Youth Film Festival. The programme, which is released today, also features popular local comic book caper Electric Man, as well as a packed programme of short films by young people including animation, live action and documentary.

The festival takes place for the first time on November 20th – 22nd in Armadale, West Lothian, and features short films made by young people from across Scotland as well as workshops, talks, events, special screenings and an Awards Ceremony. Armadale writer Lisa Ballantyne and Sunshine on Leith actor Kevin Guthrie were announced recently as patrons of the festival, and will be in attendance at the opening event.

Guthrie said:

“I’m really delighted to support the Scottish Youth Film Festival. I think it is a wonderful opportunity for a younger generation to be able to present and express themselves with stories. Film in particular allows very specific stories to be told in an artistic and creative way which taps into the emotional depth of young people. I am really looking forward to attending the festival and seeing what stories the young people come up with.”

Festival organisers Scott Mackay and David Barras hope that the festival will bring young Scottish creators together with other industry professionals and are partnering with organisations such as the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, GMAC and Edinburgh International Film Festival, who will be in attendance at the weekend offering help and advice to interested youngsters.

The festival is funded by Big Lottery Fund’s Young Start Fund. A Big Lottery Fund spokesperson said:

“We are delighted to support the Scottish Youth Film Festival with our Young Start funds. Young people across Scotland will have the chance to come together and get involved in a range of creative workshops and activities the festival has to offer. It is great to hear Scottish actor Kevin Guthrie has been announced as a new Patron of the inaugural festival. We wish those involved all the very best for a successful event.”

The festival will take place in Armadale on Nov 20th – 22nd. Tickets to all screenings and workshops are free but limited. Go to syff.scot to book your tickets now.