Category Archives: Sciences

More funding for young farmers: £20 000 to promote careers in farming

young-farmersAdditional funding to raise interest in careers in farming among Scotland’s young people has been announced by the Rural Economy Secretary.

During a statement to Parliament, Mr Ewing announced that Scottish Association of Young Farmers (SAYF) has been awarded £20,000 to create a peer support network in rural communities to support Scotland’s young farmers. The funding will be used to:

  • Complement existing careers advice for young people so that more choose subjects and courses at school and beyond that lead to careers in farming and food production
  • Add value to existing activities which explain routes into working in farming and food production
  • Provide mentoring and buddying for young people taking on or starting a farm

This funding is in addition to the nearly £10.5 million we have already committed to existing formal initiatives with organisations, such as the Royal Highland Educational Trust, LANTRA and Scotland’s Rural College to encourage more of our young people to see farming and food production as a rewarding career choice.

Mr Ewing said:

“Supporting and encouraging the next generation of farmers is a key priority to help build growth in our rural economy and create thriving communities. In my many conversations with people involved in farming and food production across Scotland, a recurrent theme is the need to encourage children and young people to recognise that a career in farming and food production is a good choice to make.

“I am therefore pleased to announce today additional funding of £20,000 to Scottish Association of Young Farmers to support them to create a peer support network so that young people can provide the sort of informal support directly to other young people that we know can make a positive difference.

“With the average age of our farmers now at 58, it is vital that we continue to explore all possible ways to encourage and support more of our young people to choose a career in farming and food production, to ensure that we can continue to drive forward Scotland’s rural economy.” 

Sarah Allison, Chair, SAYFC said:

“SAYFC welcome this investment from the Scottish government in the future members of Scottish agriculture. It is testimony to the hard work of Sayfc staff and members who have worked hard to promote Sayfc as an organisation who can lead the way for young people starting out on the agricultural pathway and we look forward to working with Scottish government on implementing this project.”


Glow TV at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

EIBF.JPEG ImageGlow TV will once again be at the Edinburgh International Book Festival and you can join us too!
We will be broadcasting two events this year and you can sign up now to take part:

The Horrible Science Show – Monday 22nd August at 1.30pm
Join us for this exciting session to learn some mind-blowing facts about chaotic chemistry, bloody biology, and frightful physics as the Horrible Science books are brought to life!! With Nick Arnold’s scary stories and explosive experiments and Tony De Saulles’ crazy cartoons (volunteers may be required…!). Expect a lot of laughs, a feast of foul facts and some seriously squishy science. Register to take part now – The Horrible Science Show

In Those We Trust – Wednesday 26th August 12.15pm
Join authors Keren David and Alex Wheatle for a discussion about diversity and keeping it real in Young Adult fiction. Alex’s latest novel Crongton Knights is about a boy growing up on a tough south London estate, while Keren’s Cuckoo is about a child star who has fallen on hard times and becomes homeless. Find out what inspired these two hard-hitting, but ultimately moving, novels. Register to take part now – <a href="http://“>In Those We Trust

If you unable to join us for the live events you can always catch up with the recording at another time – Glow TV’s Watch Again.

Also check out the Edinburgh International Book Festival Learning Blog for lots of information, ideas and resources.

Webinar on semiconductors (Higher physics)

SSERC ImageJoin Chris Hooley of St Andrews on Tuesday 6th September at 4pm for a live webinar on semiconductors. Chris will explain semiconductors using band theory and will discuss p-n junctions, solar cells and LEDs. The content will follow the semiconductors section of the CfE higher syllabus.

There will be plenty of time for questions and participants are encouraged to ask questions during the talk. This webinar is particularly suitable for teachers who are new to band theory, or those less familiar with the new CfE higher physics syllabus.

To join, please email

This webinar is being delivered as part of a partnership between SSERC and Education Scotland.

‘Closing the gap’ between education and employment, by Anthony Mann

Edu and Skills blogThis latest blog from Anthony Mann focuses on the European dimension of the link between education and employability.  It identifies employer engagement in education as a key issues in tackling the skills gap.

Government priority objectives across European countries include:

  • Tackling skills shortage/skills mismatch
  • Improving youth skills relevant to dynamic labour market demand
  • Harnessing community resources to improve attainment
  • Putting coherent pathways in place for young people moving through educational and training provision
  • Addressing inequalities in outcomes, promoting social mobility and challenging gender stereotyping.

For more information on this include OECD reports see visit the Education & Skills Today blog.

Also relevant in this context is Mann’s report key_issues_in_employer_engagement_in_education_anthony_mann‘ which specifically relates to the Scottish context. .

‘Making Education your Business’ – a five step guide to school/employer partnerships

MEYB CBIThis new guide developed by teachers and businesses together with the Royal Society in response to its call for closer collaboration between education, industry and academia.  It aims to provide support school or college-employer partnerships mainly through the lens of STEM.  The guide sets out 5 simple steps for companies planning to engage with education or extend their educational partnerships along side a number of case studies that highlight key features of a successful, mutually beneficial educational scheme.

You can access the ‘Making education your business’ guide here.


National Education Officer – Improving Primary Science


Job title:  National Education Officer, Improving Primary Science Education

Post details:       This post is offered on a fixed-term contract for a period of thirty three months. Following a review the post may be extended up to a total of eight years.

Employed by:     The Wood Foundation.

Location:             The post-holder will be based in one of Education   Scotland offices.

Salary scale:       Circa £46,424 to £54,458 – negotiable depending on experience.

Deadline for applications:       5pm on Wednesday 29th June 2016. Interviews to be held:               Week beginning Monday 1st August 2016.

In partnership with Education Scotland and Scottish Government, The Wood Foundation is looking to recruit a National Education Officer to lead improvements in primary science education in Scottish schools. The ambition of this programme is to ensure all learners experience highly-engaging and motivating learning experiences in the sciences that enable them to contribute effectively to society as scientifically literate citizens. The programme will also seek to equip learners with skills for learning, life and work to enable them to access a wide range of stimulating and rewarding careers including those within science and STEM sectors.

The successful candidate will be responsible for the successful delivery of 33-month pilot programme involving up to ten local authorities. Following a period of review the programme may be extended to a total of up to eight years so as to benefit all local authorities in Scotland. The post-holder will be based in an Education Scotland office and line managed by the responsible Education Scotland Senior Education Officer.

A key responsibility will be to provide strategic support to a network of Primary Science Development Officers based in local authorities. The post-holder will also work closely with other partner organisations including Scottish Government, Scottish Schools Education Research Centre (SSERC), the Association of Directors of Education in Scotland (ADES) and local authorities to achieve the aims of the programme and ensure it aligns to national priorities and policies. This includes alignment to the emerging national strategy for STEM, the Developing Young Workforce programme, National Improvement Framework, Scottish Attainment Challenge, Digital Learning and Teaching Strategy and promoting gender balance in STEM.

Partnership working will require frequent visits to SSERC’s offices in Dunfermline and to participating local authorities across Scotland.

This post will be well suited to those with experience of leading and managing improvements in science at Principal Teacher, Faculty Head or Depute Head Teacher level.

For further information about this role please contact Ailsa McRae at The Wood Foundation on Email: or Tel: 01224 619831.


Save the Children Resilience Project



Save the Children are looking for two schools to take part in a resilience project that aims to strengthen children’s understanding of emergencies and the actions they can take to prepare themselves, their families and their communities.  Click here for more information on the project .  It is aimed at children aged 9 – 11 and participating schools will be given a £1000 budget.

You can also contact Graham Clark, Programmes Manager for more information.


Community Resilience and CfE flyer

CaptureOur climate is changing and communities across Scotland are becoming increasingly affected by extreme weather events and flooding which can block roads, destroy homes and lead to loss of power for thousands of people.

Ensure the children and young people in your class know  what to do if there is severe weather, utility failure, flooding or pandemics by reading this hot off the press Community Resilience and Curriculum for Excellence flyer!

Community resilience is about communities and individuals using their collective resources and skills to help themselves prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies.

Discover ways to link learning to Scotland’s change in climate and how to embed community resilience within learning across different curriculum areas.

If you are already doing work in this area or are interested in finding out more, contact

Scottish local authorities, schools and partner organisations can request multiple hard copies of this guide for distribution to school clusters and networks.  Remember to include a postal address and state how many copies you wish to receive.

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Community resilience networking event May 2016


Friday 13th, unlucky for some but not for us last month, when resilience professionals and education colleagues met to discuss how they could work together, to ensure our children and young people would be best prepared for the challenges they may face in the 21st Century as a result of a change in Scotland’s climate.  To find out what was discussed, click here Conference Report May 2016.  To have your say in future work we do, come along to our next networking event, to be held in Glasgow on Monday 31st October.  Email for more information or if you would like to showcase work your school, class or organisation are doing in this area.  We look forward to hearing from you!