Category Archives: Scots

A National Strategy for School Libraries in Scotland


Vibrant Libraries, Thriving Schools: ‘A National Strategy for School Libraries in Scotland, 2018-2023’, was published in September. The strategy highlights ways that staff in libraries and schools may collaborate on continuous improvement and professional development. This strategy will be of interest to those in English and Gaelic Medium Education.,5Y3K5,5GL2BW,NAIEG,1


Scots language creative writing competition – winners announced

To celebrate the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology, Education Scotland organised a Scots language creative writing competition inviting pupils to write a poem or short story in Scots.

We received a great selection of entries from across Scotland and we’re delighted to announce the winners:

  • Tris Davidson – Comely Park Primary School, Falkirk
  • Eliot Wearden – Biggar High School, South Lanarkshire
  • Mackenzie Reilly – Airdrie Academy, North Lanarkshire
  • Sarah Green – Keith Grammar School, Moray

The winning entries were all chosen for their excellent use of Scots vocabulary as well as demonstrating the skills and commitment required to write in Scots. They also showed creativity through the range of subject matters, from space fiction to the Loch Ness Monster and the adventures of Pickles the cat.

Having received such a high standard of entries, four runners-up have also been selected for their creativity and dedication to writing in Scots. The runners-up are:

  • Euan Hendry – Comely Park Primary School, Falkirk
  • Eilidh McAllan – Biggar High School, South Lanarkshire
  • Eilidh Currie, Eilidh McDermid and Rachel Thom – Airdrie Academy, North Lanarkshire
  • Lewis Rodgers and Kirsty Duncan – Keith Grammar School, Moray

The winner and runners-up will receive a great selection of Scots language books for their schools.

A special commendation for creativity and imagination has also been awarded to Eva Kerr from Airdrie Academy. Eva not only wrote a poem about the Kelpies but she also created a great animation

Thank you to everyone who took part in the competition. For more information about Scots language visit the Scots Blether on Glow.


Calling all learners, young and old! Help create the langest Scots sang EVER!

Listen to the classic Scots children’s song, The World Must Be Coming To An End, and write a new verse with your class or friends.

It’s short, it’s sweet and it’ll take you 5 minutes!

More details on the Langest Sang blog (links below)!

We’re talking about on Glow Yammer, so login below with your Glow email address if you dinna see the blether richt awa!

Language Show Live 2017

Venue: SECC, Glasgow

10-11 March 2017

For more information, please visit:

The Language Show Live invites you to Scotland’s largest dedicated event for languages. The Show gives teachers and professionals an opportunity to attend professional learning seminars, enjoy taster sessions in a range of languages and peruse learning and teaching resources.

Please visit the website for more information and to book your free ticket:

St Andrew’s Celebrations Sing-along

small-st-andrews-singalongGlow TV is excited to be celebrating St Andrew’s Day with a series of events starting with this singalong session with Maeve MacKinnon.

Maeve will be singing a great Scots song called Bear in the Woods, by the Singing Kettle and a Gaelic song entitled Orra Bhonna Bhonnagan. The words for both songs will be available on screen for everyone to join in in their classrooms!

Join us on Friday 25th November at 11am. Sign up and join us live in Glow TV – St Andrew’s Celebrations Sing-along.

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.

St Andrews Celebrations – Scots Storytelling in Shetlandic

small-scots-storytellingJoin us on Tuesday 29th November at 2pm as part of our St Andrew’s Day celebrations for an opportunity to hear Edinburgh’s Makar read from two translated books.

Christine De Luca currently holds the post of Edinburgh’s Makar (poet laureate). She grew up in Walls, Shetland, but has long been resident in Edinburgh. She writes in both English and Shetlandic, her native tongue. She has published six collections of poetry and one novel, and has been the recipient of many awards and prizes for her work. She is one of the founders of Hansel Co-operative Press which was established to promote literary and artistic work in Shetland and Orkney. In 2008 She has translated Roald Dahl’s novel George’s Marvellous Medicine into Shetlandic as Dodie’s Phenomenal Pheesic.

Join us live in Glow TV to her Christina reading ‘The Gruffalo’s Bairn’ and ‘Da Trow’.
Sign up and register to take part live – St Andrew’s Celebrations – Scots Storytelling.

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.

Scots Sing-along with Jeana Leslie

small-jeana-leslieJoin Jeana Leslie on Friday 28th October at 10am for this interactive event to learn two songs from around Scotland. You will be able to sing -along with Jeana (words will be on the screen) and ask her questions.

We’re all looking forward to singing with you!

Sign up and join us live – Scots Sing-along with Jeana Leslie

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.

Scottish Youth Poetry Slam

small-poetry-slamJoin us live from The Beacon in Inverclyde on Thursday 27th October at 1pm for the final of the Scottish Youth Poetry Slam 2016.

A Poetry Slam is an event in which 12 or more poets perform their work and are judged by a panel and audience reaction through heats. Over the past 2 months there have been regional Scottish Youth Poetry Slams where young people, selected by their peers, worked together in a workshop to compete in a Regional Slam. Winners of the Regional Slams went forward to compete in the Scottish Youth Poetry Slam.

The Slam final is an exciting, live event that is hosted with a guest band and three judges who score the performed poems. Scoring is based on audience reaction, the participant’s performance and the poem’s content. Judges will be selected from our partner organisations.

Join us at the live final to watch The Slam and find out who the final winners will be.

Sign up and join us live – Scottish Youth Poetry Slam

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.

Scots in Shawlands

By Adam Black


“We at Shawlands decided that it would be nice for our Primary Two classes to learn a little about Scots language. On discussing this with the children they seemed very upbeat and interested. We decided to start off our learning process by teaching some classic Scottish songs (Skyscraper Wean/Cannae Shove yer Grannie Aff a Bus etc) and by reading ‘The Gruffalo’ in Scots. This worked well and the children were hooked!

We decided to create Scots language dictionaries where the children copy down a Scots word and write what they think it means before writing down the true translation. This created lots of hilarity in the class.

We then thought it would be good to seek a talk form a professional. The children love receiving visitors and when I contacted the Education Scotland Scots language team they were prompt and pleasant in their reply. We very quickly set up a date for Bruce Eunson to come in and speak to the children. Bruce had a lovely manner with the children and they were captivated from start to finish. They really enjoyed his use of Scots and the game he played with the red balls was one they adored (I also liked it and will steal it for my own literacy work!).

Bruce also introduced us to the NLS Oor Wullie Scots website. This is a fantastic resource which we wouldn’t have found ourselves. It has interesting activities which are easy to use. It has also captured the children’s imagination as several children have come into school with Oor Wullie annuals.

Overall we are delighted that we chose to look at Scots. The children are really benefiting from learning a little about their cultural history and are enjoying throwing the occasional Scots word into lessons. They loved meeting Bruce and practising with Oor Wullie. A enjoyable experience for all and one we will use with our classes for years to come!”


Dinnae be a fairdiegowk, give the Into Film newsletter a wee read.

Well hello there!

Are you sitting comfortably? Then I’ll begin.

Do you know what a fairdiegowk is? Or a craiture? 

Fairdiegowk is now my new favourite Scots word. Sorry Bahookie, you’ve been skelped by a superior word.

My love for this new word is thanks to the amazing Gruffalo’s Child event that was held on 9th March at Dundee Contemporary Arts. This event, created and presented In partnership with Education Scotland, saw nearly 200 young people immersed in the world that is The Gruffalo in Scots.

First off the children watched the original version of the film and although it is written in English, it was great to hear the dulcet Scottish tones of Robbie Cultrane as the Gruffalo and the incredible soft Scottish lilt of Shirley Henderson as the Gruffalo’s child. (In quite a departure from her Happy Valley role!)

After watching the film the young people were treated to not one, but TWO readings from Matthew Fitt. The children really loved these readings, the first in Scots and the second in Dundonian. The Dundonian version had  been written by Matthew and had never before been heard by an audience. It was a real world first. The children thought it was “affy braw” to hear about the dietary likes of the “muckle mad moose”, which includes Gruffalo cake and Gruffalo bridies from Greggs.

After the readings the Children went through some of the differences in Language with Education Scotland and were then able to use this knowledge of Scots Language and use it to write a review of the film.

It was a brilliant day, enjoyed by adults and children alike.

Well that was our week, we have other things happening as well, but none as “teckle” as this.

Well not this week.

Next week, however, is another matter entirely.

I hope you have enjoyed this week’s story from Into Film in Scotland.

Please keep reading if you would like to know how to use film as part of National Careers Week and to hear more about the new film Hail, Caesar!

Best wishes,


Jo Spence is part of the Education Team at Into Film Scotland

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