May 052015

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Scottish Book Trust is pleased to announce that the books chosen for the 2015/16 Bookbug bags, to be distributed free to every baby, toddler, 3 year old and P1 child in Scotland between Spring 2015 and Spring 2016, are as follows:

Bookbug Baby Bag
• Baby’s Very First Black and White Book: Babies by Stella Baggott (Usborne)
• Peekaboo Jungle by Emily Bolam (Campbell Books)
• Mouse is Small by Mary Murphy (Walker Books Ltd)

Bookbug Toddler Bag
• Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell (Puffin)
• Splosh by David Melling (Hodder Children’s Books)
• Feeling Great Just Like Me! by Jess Stockham (Child’s Play)

Bookbug Pirate Bag
• Ten Little Pirates by Mike Brownlow and Simon Rickerty Orchard (Hachette Children’s Books)
• Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers (HarperCollins Children’s Books)
• Never Bite a Tiger on the Nose by Lynne Rickards and Eilidh Muldoon (Scottish Book Trust)

Catriona Wallace, Head of Early Years at Scottish Book Trust said:
“We are very excited to announce the new titles for this year’s Bookbug bags. Our expert panel has carefully selected books by fantastic authors and illustrators and we hope that mums, dads and carers will enjoy sharing these stories with their children. Bookbug bags are a fun way to introduce your babies and toddlers to stories, songs and rhymes, and boost their language and listening skills.”

The Bookbug Primary 1 Family Bag for 2015/16 will include free copies of the three shortlisted books from the Bookbug category of the Scottish Children’s Book Awards 2016, which will be announced on 2 September 2015. These bags will be distributed to Primary 1 children during Book Week Scotland (23 November – 29 November 2015).

Bookbug is Scotland’s national book gifting programme, encouraging parents and children to share books together from birth. We gift books to every baby, toddler, 3 and 5-year-old in Scotland in four free Bookbug bags:

– Baby bag (gifted by a health visitor to every baby
– Toddler bag (gifted by a health visitor to every toddler
– Pirate bag (gifted at nursery to every 3-year-old)
– Primary 1 Family bag (gifted at school to every P1 pupil)
– Dolly Parton Imagination Library (free books delivered monthly to every Looked After Child aged 0-5 in Scotland)

May 052015

Book Worm

A new picture book highlighting the importance of healthy eating for children was launched today (5 May) at Methil Community Education Centre, marking the completion of a two year writer in residency project run by Scottish Book Trust and Home-Start Levenmouth Family Group.

Never Bite a Tiger on the Nose was written by author Lynne Rickards and was developed in workshops with 11 parents from the Levenmouth Family Group to raise awareness about the importance of healthy eating for children in their early years. 60,000 copies of the finished book have been published by Scottish Book Trust to include in the 2015 Bookbug Pirate pack which will be given to every 3-year-old in Scotland this year.

Lynne facilitated weekly creative writing classes with the group that explored foods and healthy eating, with support from NHS Health Scotland. The resulting book, featuring the fantastic illustrations of Eilidh Muldoon, is a fun-filled tale written in rollicking rhyme that encourages children to try eating tasty, healthy foods including carrots and bananas.

Paula Martin, a parent who participated in the classes said:
“The experience of working with Lynne was great and we all gained new skills and felt that we were a part of a great opportunity. I know we will all treasure our experience of the project “

To celebrate the launch of Never Bite a Tiger on the Nose Lynne will be reading from the book at Methil Community Education Centre this afternoon. An exhibition of Eilidh Muldoon’s illustrations will also be unveiled at the Centre, which will tour libraries in Fife throughout the rest of the year in partnership with Fife Cultural Trust.

Commenting on the project Lynne Rickards said:
“I was thrilled to be chosen as an Early Years Writer-in-Residence for Scottish Book Trust and had a brilliant time working with a great group of mums to produce our healthy eating story. Scottish Book Trust’s Early Years Team and the lovely people at Home-Start Levenmouth provided excellent support throughout the project, and I’m very proud of the finished book which is beautifully illustrated by Eilidh Muldoon.”

Kay Mcleary, Senior Coordinator at Home-Start Leven mouth added:
“The parents involved in the project were delighted to have an opportunity to work with Lynne and contribute their ideas about what kind of book they would enjoy reading to their children to emphasise the importance of healthy eating in a fun and engaging way”.An exhibition of Eilidh

Muldoon’s illustrations from Never Bite a Tiger on the Nose, annotated with selected text from the book, will be on display at the following libraries:

• Methil Library, 5 – 15 May
• Leven Library, 18 – 29 May
• Kennoway Library, 1 – 12 June
• St Andrews Library, 15 – 26 June
• Burntisland Library, 29 June – 24 July
• Cowdenbeath Library, 27 July – 14 August
• Tayport Library, 17 August – 28

• Cupar Library, 31 August – 11 September
• Rothes Halls, 14 September – 25 September
• Kirkcaldy Galleries, 28 September – 9 October
• Benarty Library, 12 October – 23 October
• Jennie Lee Library, 26 October – 6 November
• Dalgety Bay Library, 9 November – 20 November
• Duloch Library, 23 November – 4 December
• Kincardine, 7 December – 18 December

May 012015

Are you working with children and young people, including early years, but not in an educational establishment setting? Do you provide educational materials, support or training to young people and would like a broader platform on which to deliver this? Glow might be just the thing that you are looking for!

Would any of the following be of interest to you?

• Create an online space for your organisation.
• Set up a live newsfeed that would allow you to interact with learners,teachers and educators at any time
• Use OneDrive to create and store up to 1TB of data in the cloud with the ability to view on all your devices
• Advertise events that your organisation is involved in
• Replace your newsletter and stay in touch with teachers and learners about what is going on in in your organisation
• Deliver one to one or one to many presentations to learners who are unable to travel to your location
• Connect live and interactively with teachers and pupils from a location of your choice
• Deliver Professional Learning to teachers in a convenient and efficient way

These features and many more could be available to you in Glow!
Find out more about the various opportunities available to you in Glow in our Glow For Partners of Scottish Education document.

For further information, in the first instance, please contact

Apr 292015

Global Treasure Apps

Calling teachers around the world! Download Global Treasure Apps for FREE for your students!

Global Treasure Apps are fun, interactive and informative apps, shining a new light on the world around us. The app won an International Serious Play Award in LA in 2014 for “outstanding visitor engagement with a measurable learning opportunity”, making Global Treasure Apps leaders in the field of Game Based Learning on Location. 

Global Treasure Apps are launching an exciting education initiative.

Global Treasure Apps are now offering their award-wining platform free to schools across the world to enable students to create their own location-based trails in a local visitor attraction of their choice.

Creating a location-based interactive trail for Global Treasure Apps is the perfect interdisciplinary learning project, covering IT, Geography, History and Culture.

The project also encourages Global Citizenship as the app is available in 20 languages and the students’ classwork will be showcased on a global platform, for others to use.

All the trails are FREE to download

For more info on how to download the app-creation platform for free, please contact:

Frances O’Neill, Managing Director: Global Treasure Apps

m: +44 (0)7765427429

Apr 242015

The strategy provides an updated and informed context for the provision of publicly funded ESOL in Scotland.  It places ESOL in the broad context of learning in Scotland and sets out the strategic direction for ESOL for the next five years.

The aims of the strategy are to build on successes to date and to continue to improve the quality, co-ordination and delivery of ESOL provision for all residents in Scotland for whom English is not a first language.

In helping to progress the direction of this refreshed strategy, Education Scotland will work with learners, key partners and providers to draw up an implementation plan to work towards achieving the outcomes of the strategy.  In doing so, Education Scotland will seek commitment from learners, key partners and providers to support and progress actions within the implementation plan.

The strategy is available online now.

Apr 222015


Exhibiting the work of: Carleton Primary; Coaltown of Balgonie Primary; Markinch Primary; Milton of Balgonie Primary; Pitteuchar West Primary; Star Primary; Thornton Primary and Warout Primary

The Kingdom Shopping Centre, Glenrothes recently hosted a school event run by St Andrew’s University. Exhibitions of local primary school pupils’ work was on display and the pupils involved were there to discuss the projects that they had been working on, to the public.

Each school has been learning about a different local or global project throughout the current school year. Examples include Mary’s Meals, Children’s Rights, Conflict in Syria, Local Conflict, Socio-economic study of African countries and the tragic loss of Malyasian Airlines Flight served as a prompt for pupils to create their own Carribean Island. The pupils had all been working hard to either run their own Enterprise activities or create Artwork, Stories, Crafts, Music, Drama and Technology to raise money and awareness for their project and associated charities.

The schools all set up stalls and were approached by members of the local community to share what they had learned. All of the pupils were extremely confident in talking to the public and they all showed a great enthusiasm for their topic. They were clearly proud of the work that they had produced and were interested to see what each other had done. Overall, it was a fantastic event and is held annually. Well done to all of the pupils involved!






Apr 202015


“Pride: Uplifting British comedy about an unlikely moment in recent history.”

Into Film, invite you to attend a special screening event, exploring political issues within film.


This event, follow up Q&A, and activity encourages young people to think about:

  • how film can be used as a platform for discussing political themes and young people’s rights
  • how individuals can make their voices heard today
  • how young people can collaborate and participate in decision making
  • what issues are important to young people and how they could address these issues

Pride, a powerful true-life tale, was chosen to help young people to explore the different ways ordinary people can bring about political change. Set in the summer of 1984 a group of gay and lesbian activists decide to raise money to support the families of the striking miners. But there is a problem. The Union seems embarrassed to receive their support.

After the screening there will be a question and answer session with Jonathan Blake, an activist featured in the film. This will give the young people a unique opportunity to speak to someone who helped shape LGBT rights and laws.

From this event and from the following Q&A we would like young people to reflect on how far LGBT rights have changed since 1984 and what they care about in their own community. Is there anything they feel passionate about changing in society? How can they participate and make their voices heard?

We would ask that all young people come with at least one prepared question relating to either the film or political processes within the UK.

Please see below Education Scotland’s Political Literacy page for further information on how to develop political literacy within class:

For a look at what’s ahead and to encourage discussion, here is the Pride trailer:

Please note that Pride is a 15 certificate.

If you have any questions about this event please contact or





Mar 262015

LfS CoverEducation Scotland has published the second paper in its Opening Up Great Learning series. This paper examines what great learning for sustainability (LfS) looks like.

It demonstrates how meeting national LfS recommendations can enable schools, early learning and childcare settings to achieve great outcomes.

The paper also provides a range of Career-long Professional Learning activities to support whole school dialogue and strategic development of LfS.

Click here for further information and support on learning for sustainability.

Mar 262015

Following the publication of its 3-18 Curriculum Impact Report for Sciences in September 2012, Education Scotland organised a series of conversation days where priorities for action to secure improvements in science education nationally were identified.

Key aspects for development emerged which included:

  • support with the initial planning for learning and teaching in the sciences
  • guidance in and exemplification for assessment in the sciences
  • support for the delivery of topical science

To address each aspect the sciences team hosted three Glow Meets, each complimented by a series of professional learning twilight sessions delivered throughout Scotland.

Each Meet and twilight event has been very successful and to continue supporting practitioners we have uploaded the Glow Meets and power point presentations onto the Primary and Early years Glow 365 site.

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Mar 232015

The second Young Person’s Conversation Day on 10th March 2015, organised by the Skills Team (3-18) in Education Scotland attracted almost 180 young people from schools, colleges and universities across Aberdeen City, Angus, Dundee and Paisley and another 30 colleagues from Scottish Government, Local Authority, SDS, Parent organisations, Third Sector and Industry/Employers.

Everyone gathered together in Montrose Town Hall to discuss key issues from the Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce (DYW) agenda and how we can work more closely together on them.

The event was opened by Joan Mackay, Assistant Director, Education Scotland and Project Lead on DYW who set out the national and policy context for the work and then young people engaged in discussions at their tables around Work Experience and Profiling.

The first part of the morning was led by Andrew Millar, Development Officer, Education Scotland and provided the opportunity to analyse and feedback upon a version of the new draft standard for Work Experience. Initial reactions were very positive and the evaluations gathered in will help to develop the standard further. There were suggested improvements to the standard and also innovative contributions as to how they themselves could be involved in the delivery of professional learning around DYW for school staff. Colleagues involved in these conversations were impressed at how confident, insightful, and articulate the young people were in taking to the microphone and delivering their comments publicly.

‘This is the most inspiring event I have attended and it shows that we should involve young people more in our work’ was a comment from a local authority employee.

Young Enterprise Scotland led group activities around skills for work and there was an opportunity to engage in employer/ third sector discussions at pop-up stalls. Investors in Youth have collated responses to their table top activity ‘what makes a good employer?’ and parents from NPFS shared their ‘skills in a nutshell’ series with the young people. Key speakers were the civil engineering MA of 2014 and a student from Dundee and Angus College who hopes to be a doctor having left school at 15 and worked in construction for 6 years. Both Sean and Jaye captivated the audience with their personal triumphs promoting the ideal that there are many learning pathways that can lead an individual to success and fulfilment.

Work from the day will be followed up in schools and by colleagues who attended. The young people who were interviewed in the afternoon appeared suitably pleased that they were involved in work around a national agenda and that their views were being listened to seriously.

‘We are important, I am important and we get ignored. It’s all about exams and university but it shouldn’t be. We want to know what’s out there and school should be more about this’ a Dundee S4 explained to her table.

The whole event was filmed by Education Scotland and clips will be used for further events.