May 042012

Simple Acts is about inspiring individuals to use small, everyday actions to change perceptions of refugees and Glow TV is getting involved once again to highlight this just before Scottish Refugee Week.

Simple Acts consists of 20 actions that can be done by anyone and that encourage us to learn and do more with refugees. With every person who joins in on the idea and does a small thing with and for refugees, we get a little closer to removing barriers between communities and to creating the kind of world we all want to live in.

We believe that if everyone does at least one of these simple actions, we could make a big change to the way refugees are perceived in Scotland. Simple Acts are both fun and educational, contributing to the Scottish Government’s Curriculum for Excellence.

Over the next few weeks we will be joining the Scottish Refugee Council every Wednesday at 11am in Glow TV to find out more about:

  • the Spirit Project on 9th May with an update on the 30th May
  • learn about a refugee’s experience on 16th May
  • cooking a dish from another country on 23rd May
  • There are also supporting materials in the Simple Acts Glow Group which will also be of use.

    Also if you are fundraising at school you can get the most out of your Simple Acts by raising funds for vulnerable new arrivals at Scottish Refugee Council. There are many ways you could help – you could charge for quiz entry or even for others to taste your cooking! You can find out more about fundraising on the Scottish Refugee Council website.

    Find out more about what is on offer in Glow TV and sign up and join us – just look for the Simple Acts logo!

    Apr 192012

    Monday 23rd April 2pm – 2:45pm

    An opportunity to engage with and question leaders from across religious faiths in Scotland on the theme of ‘How is religion and spirituality relevant today?’.

    The leaders taking part include:

    •The Most Rev. Mario Conti (Archbishop of Glasgow)
    •Mr Allan Forsyth (Chair of the Baha’i Council of Scotland)
    •Reverend John Chalmers, (Clerk of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland)
    •The Most Reverend David Chillingworth (Bishop of St Andrews, Dunkeld & Dunblane and Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church)
    •Imam Habib of Glasgow Central Mosque
    •Rabbi Rubin, Jewish Community of Scotland
    •Mrs Ravinder Kaur Nijjar (Sikh Community)
    •Acharyaji Mishra (Priest of the Glasgow Hindu Mandir)
    •Shobha Nagpal (President of the Glasgow Hindu Women’s Group)
    •The Venerable Lama Yeshe Losal (Kagyu Samye Ling and Head Lama of Tibetan Buddhists in Scotland)
    •The Venerable K Sri Rewatha (Chief Monk of the Sri Lankan Buddhist Community, Scottish Buddhist Vihara)
    •Sr Isabel Smyth (Convener of the Scottish Inter Faith Council)
    •Dr Maureen Sier (Director of the Scottish Inter Faith Council)
    •Iain Stewart, Inter Faith Worker, Church of Scotland

    Click here to sign up for this Glow TV Event. (Glow log in required)

    Apr 052012

    Education Scotland has launched a national challenge for learners to design a double-sided billboard to be seen by people entering and leaving Scotland.

    The challenge is aimed at those working within second, third and fourth curriculum levels.

    The challenge can be incorporated into planning for a number of curriculum areas including art and design, social studies, religious and moral education, technologies and sciences, and the themes of sustainability and global citizenship.

    To find out more about the challenge click here.

    Mar 262012

    Education Scotland is today launching an exciting new design challenge. Aimed at 2nd to 4th curriculum levels, the challenge can be incorporated into planning for a number of curriculum areas including art and design, social studies, religious and moral education, technologies and sciences, and the themes of sustainability and global citizenship.

    Learners are invited to create a design for a 2-sided billboard to signal the entrance and exit to Scotland. The work should offer different perspectives for people who are arriving and people who are leaving. Themes might reflect why people need to leave their native countries or why they would want to come and live in Scotland today.

    Support materials and further instructions for this challenge can be found on the Marks on the Landscape website. Entries should be submitted by 21 June 2012.
    A number of the learners’ designs will be displayed on the Education Scotland website.

    For further details please contact:
    Pat Campbell

    Mar 232012

    School open day – using international education to develop a whole school approach to global citizenship

    Venue: Bo’ness Academy, Falkirk

    9:30am – 3.00pm

    Thursday 17th May 2012

    Note: this event was due to place at an earlier date in the year but has now been rescheduled for the date above.

    Theme:  International Education

    This CPD event offers practitioners and school leaders an exciting opportunity to visit Bo’ness Academy and attend Falkirk Council’s Global Citizenship Showcase Event.

    Bo’ness Academy is an inspiring example of a school that has used international education as a vehicle to engage the whole school in global citizenship activities. Through the Comenius Programme and other well established links the school has developed a rich international programme connecting it to countries across the world including: The Gambia, The Netherlands, China, France, Germany and The Czech Republic.

    A focus of the event will be to identify and share the practical lessons and ideas that have helped the school move forward on its journey including: 

    • Making global citizenship a key priority in the school and a focus for the implementation of Curriculum for Excellence
    • Using international links to explore important issues in a global context and to create engaging, meaningful and challenging learning experiences
    • Developing strong international partnerships which can be sustained and which have made an impact on every learner.

    Participants will have the opportunity to meet and talk with the Head Teacher, International Coordinator, staff and learners and also tour the classrooms and school. Time will also be set aside for participants to reflect and share their own experiences.

    Download Programme for Bo’ness Academy Open Day 17May12

    How to book

    To book, please contact Megan Farr, Policy Officer, Falkirk Council. Email: or Tel. 01324 506671.

    Places for the open day section of the event are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment. This is a free event!

    Mar 072012

    The Scottish Council of Jewish Communities website provides a wealth of information that can be used to support the teaching of Judaism in schools. The Resources section of the website has many useful documents including “Scotland Jews”. Their quarterly magazine “Four Corners” contains many useful articles and sources from people around the country that well help bring alive the message of what it means to be Jewish in Scotland today.

    Many of the articles on the consultations pages will show you how Judaism in Scotland has reacted to many current moral and ethical issues that the Scottish Parliament has been discussing.

    Please visit the website and browse this useful and engaging website full or articles and resources.

    Mar 062012

    Join us on GlowTV on Thursday 8 March @ 1.45 pm

    “That’s women’s work!” “You’ll need a man to do that job!”

    To mark International Women’s Day, join us in challenging the stereotypes and assumptions that young people may have when considering subject choices and subsequent career paths by participating in a Glow TV event aimed at P6-P7 pupils. Sign up here

    Feb 292012

    The CfE and Glow News update provides you with information about Curriculum for Excellence and support for practitioners, along with all the latest developments within Glow. Read it here.

    To sign up for this newsletter, please click here.

    Feb 242012

    The Church of Scotland has published a series of leaflets about current moral and ethical issues. These leaflets link to the teachings of the church and the position that the Church takes on these issues. There are also reflective questions to help in your thinking about these issues.

    These leaflets would be an ideal source of information for those teaching Senior pupils and in particular for NQ courses looking at moral issues.

    Climate Change leaflet (1)

    Synthetic Biology leaflet

    Poverty leaflet

    Stem Cells leaflet

    Nuclear Weapons leaflet

    Mental Health leaflet

    Internet leaflet

    Human Cloning Ethical Issues leaflet

    Fair Trade Leaflet

    End of Life Issues leaflet

    Cloned Embryo Research leaflet

    Feb 242012

    A new resource has been developed to support practitioners in planning for effective learning, teaching and assessment in RME. This resource takes you through the process of unpacking the Es and Os to gathering evidence. There are tasks for staff to undertake and help develop your thinking. There is also an interactive powerpoint presentation and templates for you to use. The resource can be found by clicking here.

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