Category Archives: Literacy and Gàidhlig

Gaelic Education Award at the Scottish Education Award

Have you made a nomination yet for the Gaelic Education Award? There is still time to apply.

The award is open to all 3-18 provisions doing Gaelic (Learners), Gaelic Medium as well as those that may be doing some learning of Gaelic and about Gaelic as part of the curriculum in English medium education.

Here are some questions which may encourage you to make a nomination:

  • Do children and young people enjoy learning Gaelic due to the approaches you are using?
  • Do you have a project which has included children and young people learning about Gaelic language and culture or learning some Gaelic?
  • Do you have a successful club, trip or an event which is helping children and young people to develop their fluency?
  • Does a group, organisation or business support the learning of Gaelic within your curriculum?
  • Have you changed the curriculum model with the result that there is an increase in the numbers learning Gaelic?
  • Are you using the Advice on Gaelic Education to improve the quality of provision?
  • Is there a sense of pride, value and identity with Gaelic within your provision?
  • Is there effective practice within a cluster group in implementing the 1+2 policy for language learning?
  • Do you have any effective examples of supporting families with Gaelic Education?

Please make a nomination to the Gaelic Education Award by 12 pm, 15 February. For more information, please visit:


Newsletter: Gaelic Medium Education

Comann nam Pàrant, the national organisation that advises and supports parents/carers of those in Gaelic Medium Education (GME), has recently published a newsletter

The newsletter includes information on

  • Education (Scotland) Bill
  • Children and young people’s achievements in Gaelic Medium Education
  • Useful information to help parents/carers support their child’s learning.

Please continue to read


Comhairle Nan Leabhraichean

Small- Gaelic Book CouncilJoin Rosemary Ward, Director of Comhairle Nan Leabhraichean, and Maeve MacKinnon, Senior Education Officer for Gaelic to hear about the work of Comhairle Nan Leabhraichean and the support they can offer teachers and pupils in Gaelic Education.

This session will focus on the development of Gaelic writing and (stimulating) promote an interest in reading Gaelic books. This session will last approximately 45 minutes and be delivered through the medium of Gaelic.

Sign up and join us live on Thursday 28th January at 3.45pm – Comhairle Nan Leabhraichean

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.

Professional Learning for Gaelic Education: Thursday 28th January at 3.45pm

Comhairle Nan Leabhraichean

Please join Rosemary Ward, Director of Comhairle Nan Leabhraichean, and Maeve MacKinnon, Senior Education Officer for Gaelic to hear about the work of Comhairle Nan Leabhraichean and the support they can offer teachers, children and young people in Gaelic Education. This session will focus on the development of Gaelic writing and promote an interest in reading Gaelic books.   The session will be delivered through the medium of Gaelic and be of 45 minutes duration.

To register to take part in this event, please click on the link below


Leadership Award: Gaelic Education

Social Enterprise Academy and Education Scotland are working in partnership to deliver an Institute of Leadership and Management Award for teachers of Gaelic Education. The next Leadership Award for Gaelic Education will commence on 26 and 27 February 2016.  It will be based at Columba 1400 premises on the Isle of Skye. If you wish to enrol for this award or require more information, please contact Education Scotland and Social Enterprise Academy acknowledge financial assistance from Bòrd na Gàidhlig towards the costs of running this award.


Scottish Education Awards 2016: Gaelic Education Award

Nominations are now being invited for the Gaelic Education Award. This award recognises the successes of all aspects of Gaelic Education. The Scottish Education Awards also include 16 other categories, for example literacy, numeracy, sustainability, 1+2 languages and partnerships which may be of interest to schools with Gaelic Learner and Medium provisions. For more information, please visit the Scottish Education Awards website. Nominations must be submitted by midday on Monday 15 February 2016.

Briefing on Gaelic Education

Our latest Briefing on Gaelic Education is available at:

We would appreciate your assistance in advising practitioners of the availability of this latest edition.

If you wish to use our e-bulletins and briefings to inform practitioners of Gaelic Education of useful information, please contact us at   Our next bulletin will be published on 26 February 2016.

Comhairle nan leabhraichean: PRESS RELEASE

     Monty the Dalmatian is about to meet a whole host of new Gaelic speaking friends in a new publication Montaidh an Cù Glic! Broadcaster, Michael Hill has translated Gayle Clarke’s hugely popular story into Gaelic and now young Gaelic speakers can enjoy the antics of this loveable dalmatian.

Montaidh an Cù Glic has been beautifully illustrated by Martin Teviotdale and will be launched at 10.00 on Friday 18 December in Hillhead Library, Glasgow. At this, Michael will host a reading session for young speakers of Gaelic and their parents.

Gayle Clarke, the author and publisher (Wee MacKay Publishing) of the Monty tales said: “As a grandmother of eight, I am acutely aware of how important it is to encourage young children to want to read independently for pleasure. I hope that young Gaels, parents and learners of the language enjoy reading about the antics of Monty and his friends.”

For more information, please visit:

For further information or to arrange an interview, please contact Michael Hill on 07821426061

Voice Assisted Technology for Gaelic

The world’s first Scottish Gaelic Computer Voice is now available from CALL Scotland’s Scottish Voice web site. The new Gaelic computer voice is licensed for the whole of the Scottish public sector, so it can be used by students in schools, colleges and universities, NHS patients, and employees in the public sector.

Ceitidh is available from our Scottish voice website alongside “Heather” and “Stuart”, the two Scottish computer voices.

The Gaelic voice works on Windows and Macintosh computers and can be used to:

  • read Gaelic web sites, ebooks, textbooks, SQA exam papers and other curriculum resources;
  • check writing, emails, and social media posts – listening to what you have typed can help improve your spelling and grammar.

The voice will be particularly helpful for speakers of Gaelic with dyslexia, reading difficulties and visual impairment, but it should also be useful for anyone learning or working in Gaelic.

The development of the voice was funded by the Scottish Government, Scottish Funding Council, SQA and Bòrd na Gàidhlig. The voice has been created by CereProc, the world leading speech Synthesis Company in Edinburgh, working with Michael Bauer of Akerbeltz.




Developing skills in writing using digital technologies

Bombadil Publishing is giving children and young people in Gaelic Learner and Medium Education an opportunity to publish a piece of writing they have composed as part of an e-book.  This is a good opportunity for children and young people to develop skills in writing, digital technologies and publishing. For more information, please contact or