Category Archives: National Qualifications

Come and meet the experts and find out about air pollution!

Free professional learning workshops available for practitioners at Hillpark Secondary School, Glasgow on 25th November 4 – 6pm.

Come along and learn about air pollution, how to use data about air quality in your classes and finding indicator species such as lichen in your local area!

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Professional learning workshops from OPAL, SEPA and Ricardo Energy

Free professional learning workshops available for practitioners at Hillpark Secondary School, Glasgow on 25th November 4 – 6pm.

Come along and learn about air pollution, how to use data about air quality in your classes and finding indicator species such as lichen in your local area!

Sign up using our simple survey here:


Numeracy and Mathematics Resources

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The National Numeracy and Mathematics Hub is a virtual learning environment for all practitioners. The Hub provides an innovative approach to career-long professional learning for all practitioners in all sectors. It is an interactive, virtual learning environment which offers practitioners:

  • Professional learning in different aspects of numeracy with a focus on progression, numeracy and mathematics skills, numeracy across learning, assessment and moderation and teaching.
  • Career-long professional learning opportunities of various types such as broadcasts, professional reading and action research.
  • An easy to use environment where you can share and work with colleagues from across Scotland as well as those from your own school or authority​.

Education Scotland website:

Provides practitioners with excellent resources and guidance to help develop learning and teaching in Numeracy and Mathematics including;

 National Numeracy Progression Frameworkprogression – This resource has been created to deepen practitioners’ knowledge and understanding of progression within the experiences and outcomes for numeracy and mathematics. It included progression pathways with key milestones and building blocks for each of the numeracy organisers. Mathematics pathways coming soon, along with previous knowledge and understanding and exemplification.

Professional Learning Resources – These professional learning resources provide guidance and advice to help inform learning and teaching practices in line with the main objectives of the Scottish Survey of Literacy and Numeracy (SSLN). There are PLR’s for;

There is also information on Assessing progress and achievement available which includes professional learning activities and key documents on significant aspects of learning and making good assessment decisions.

Other key links and websites to support the development of Numeracy and Mathematics;

The Journey to Excellence: Examples of innovative and interesting practice. Search ‘mathematics’ or ‘numeracy’ in to the search facility.

TWIG Film list for National 4 and National 5 Qualifications

TWIG Films from website

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STEM e-bulletin

(Up to date news, information, resources and professional learning)

STEM Central in MOTION blog

(more up to date news on STEM)

STEM Central website

(high quality resources, teaching ideas, videos etc to develop learning experiences relating to sciences, technologies, engineering and mathematics

Main Contact for Numeracy and Mathematics Team at Education Scotland:

Lorna Harvey, Acting Senior Education Officer

Optima Building, 58 Robertson Street


G2 8DU

Tel: 0141 282 5119   



Air Quality professional learning session: 25th November

Sources-of-air-pollution_310314Twilight session for Glasgow secondary teachers, and P7 working towards transition, looking at new approaches to teaching Air Quality. Three short workshops will cover different ways of getting pupils involved in real science research, learning about pollution and Air Quality in a way that is meaningful for pupils and produces useful scientific data along the way. The event will cover a diverse range of topics from Outdoor Learning, to data analysis and a wealth of available resources to use with your pupils. Come along and find out how you and your pupils can get involved in Air Quality research at your school.


Lichen bio-indicator of air quality: Find out how to identify some of the lichen bio-indicators of air quality to get a measure of air pollution in your local environment. This survey is one of the Open Air Laboratories citizen science surveys that enable pupils to carry out real science research in their local environment. OPAL Community Scientist Joanne Dempster

Scotland’s Environment Web: Exploring existing air quality data to investigate air quality near you. Education Scotland Citizen Science Development Officer Stuart McGrath.

Clear the Air: An educational resource for secondary school pupils to learn about air pollution and how it is measured in their area by finding out about the Clear the Air Citizen Science project.Ricardo Energy and Environment: Ricardo Energy and Environment, Susannah Telfer and Jennifer Simpson.

Places are limited so please register here.

STEM at the Scottish Learning Festival

The Scottish Learning Festival (SLF) is the key education event in Scotland welcoming thousands of educational professionals.

SLF 2015 takes place on Wednesday 23 and Thursday 24 September in the SECC, Glasgow.

Below are a list of seminars focusing on science and STEM that may be of interest.

The Education Scotland teams will be on hand at the main stand to discuss STEM and answer any of your questions on Wednesday at 3:00 – 3:30pm and Thursday at 1:30 – 2:00pm.


Wednesday 23 September – 09.30

Highland Primary Science Framework

Peter Finlayson, Highland Council




Wednesday 23 September – 12.30

Delivering the CfE Science Es & Os through Practical Investigations

Philip McGhee, North Lanarkshire Council




Wednesday 23 September – 13.45

Increasing achievement in science education: Learning lessons from Finland and Estonia

Neil McIntyre, Webster’s High School




Wednesday 23 September – 16.15

Learning for Sustainability: National Progress, Local Success

Ian Menzies, Education Scotland




Thursday 24 September – 10.45

STEM in the Early Years

Jennifer Allan, Pine Trees Nursery



Developing the Young Workforce: preparation for employment in

STEM and engineering sectors

Ian Beach, Education Scotland




Thursday 24 September – 13.15

Air Quality Learning and Teaching Package

Ben Jackson, Scottish Environment Protection Agency





Thursday 24 September – 12.00

Get outside and Get Learning!

Want to get outside and start finding out about the environment around you? These brand new professional learning videos from Scotland’s Environment are a great place to start. With information for practitioners and learners, they provide a step-by-step guide on how to measure soil pH, look for invertebrates in your local pond, sample small mammal populations and more!

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They are all part of an exciting new resource available from Scotland’s Environment website: Get Learning. The home of environmental data and information about Scotland for learning and teaching.

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SSERC now as GLOW tile

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Education Scotland is delighted to announce a new and quick way to access SSERC’s resources for Science and Technology. The new SSERC tile is now on the GLOW launch pad. Add it to your launch pad for a fast and easy route to SSERC’s website.

Get Energised


National Museums Scotland

FREE Secondary Schools Renewable Energy Programme

Get Energised Challenge Days

Level: National Qualifications 4-5 Physics

Pupil numbers: Pupils work in teams of four, competing against teams from other schools. Maximum 20 pupils (five teams) from each school at each Challenge Day.

Dates available: _SYP5656

National Museum of Rural Life (East Kilbride)

Wed 28, Thu 29 & Fri 30 Oct 2015

National Museum of Scotland (Edinburgh)

Mon 9 & Tue 10 Nov 2015

Inspire your pupils to discover more about the renewable energy industry. Pupils will conduct experiments, meet industry experts and work cooperatively to solve problems. The day includes solar, wind, hydro and marine power challenges and each Challenge Day concludes with a keynote speaker from the industry. One team at each Challenge Day will win a prize for themselves and their school.

Science Investigation Days

Level: S1–2 pupils Pupil numbers: National Museum of Scotland 50 pupils; National Museum of Rural Life 40 pupils

Dates available:

National Museum of Rural Life (East Kilbride)

Fri 23 & Mon 26 Oct 2015, Mon 21 & Tue 22 Mar 2016, Thu 14 & Fri 15 Apr 2016

National Museum of Scotland (Edinburgh)

Wed 11 Nov 2015, Mon 1 & Tue 2 Feb 2016, Mon 9 & Tue 10 May 2016


Pupils will discover more about renewable energy in Scotland through a series of hands-on, group-work activities. The day will provide an introduction to the range of renewable energies in Scotland, followed by the chance for pupils to build their own hydro turbine, and engineer a wave technology model.


To book, complete our online booking enquiry form:

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Get Energised is made possible by the generous support of the ScottishPower Foundation. Find out more online:



Looking for data, maps, resources about Scotland’s environment?…it’s all here!

Get Learning new logoLooking for great information, data and resources relating to Scotland’s environment to use in your classroom?

Then look no further than the new Get Learning section on Scotland’s Environment website. With maps, data, resources and useful links – all of which have been carefully matched with Curriculum for Excellence levels and National Qualifications – it’s a great source of up-to-date environment-related information for teachers and learners.

This new resource has been developed in partnership with Education Scotland to direct teachers to the information and data they need to bring learning about Scotland’s environment to life. The content is organised within easy-to-understand topics for learners of all ages, from early level through to senior phase. The new Get Learning section is just the latest exciting addition to the £4 million website developed by SEPA, SNH and other national partner organisations.

In addition to maps, data and resources, other features include:

  • Instagram posts using #GetLearningScot to allow young people to engage with their local environment, share ideas and ask questions
  • Mobile apps to encourage young people to get involved with their environment, collect their own data and become citizen scientists
  • Directory of citizen science projects and surveys to encourage learners to collect data about their own environment and take steps to conserve and improve it.

Don’t just take our word for it – take a look for yourself and Get Learning.

Sciences, Technology and Mathematics e-bulletin

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• Award-winning online resources available until June 2016 – add Twig, Tigtag and Reach Out CPD tiles to your Launchpad in Glow
• Higher Physics professional learning videos now online
• Statistics for school biology experiments and Advanced Higher projects – SSERC guide
• 13 – 19 year olds can win a trip to New York City through the Junior Academy STEM competition
• Enter the 2016 Our Environment competition run by SEPA
• Get Learning section of Scotland’s Environment website launches soon – data about climate change, water, rivers and more
• Register your school to receive BBC Microbit pocket-sized computers for coding
• The National Technologies Network Glow community will keep you up to date
• New engineering science materials on the Glow NQ site
• CPD for Engineering Science – Advanced Higher writers day on the 17 September 2015
• Dunoon Primary beats 300 UK schools to win Kodu Kup
• Open University research project on use of mobile technologies – get involved!

Numeracy and mathematics
• BBC News report on supermarket pricing
• Mathematical Association conference for teachers of secondary mathematics
• The National Numeracy Progression Framework has progression pathways for all numeracy organisers
• Register for Progression Module to be delivered via the National Numeracy and Mathematics Hub from 25 August
• STEM precision farming event for secondary STEM teachers – Perthshire, 7 November

Did you know…….?
The Developing Young Workforce programme will be transforming the way that STEM is delivered in Scottish schools.

Professional learning
Reviewing the requirement for high level STEM skills – UKCES report

Video Inspiration
Make a 3D Hologram projector using a mobile phone app and CD case.

We’ve got loads more news to share! See our STEM blog for the latest updates.

Education Scotland Updates
Education Scotland Email Updates Now Available
Education Scotland offer a number of free email updates and news alerts to keep you informed of the latest developments and events in Scottish education.

We’re delighted to offer you a range of publications with a focus on specific areas, sectors and topics. These all include the latest news and key information along with links to new resources and support materials all in one place and relevant to your area of work.

You can sign up to as many email updates as you like, they are free and delivered straight to your inbox. Visit the Education Scotland website for the full list of publications available and sign up today.

Scottish Learning Festival 2015
SLF is the biggest education event in Scotland, bringing together thousands of educational professionals from across Scotland and beyond. Taking place on Wednesday 23 and Thursday 24 September, the theme of this year’s event focuses on raising achievement and attainment for all.

SLF is free for everyone to attend and gives you access to inspirational keynotes, over 100 professional development seminars, lively debate at the professional discussion sessions, Scotland’s largest education exhibition and opportunities for professional networking with peers and colleagues from across Scotland.

Book now to guarantee your place at SLF. Visit the SLF website to browse the full conference programme and book your place today.