Sep 042015


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:



Sep 032015

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.

Aug 262015

asdWelcome to our e-bulletin for sciences, technologies, engineering and maths (STEM). Please forward to those who may be interested.

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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.

Aug 262015

ComPound Interest

Fat is an important nutrient in our diets, but there’s a lot of talk of different types of fats, and whether these types are beneficial or harmful to our health. These different fat classifications have their roots in chemistry – and chemistry can also help explain their effects. This graphic takes a look at the different classifications, their sources, and briefly about how they act in our body.

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Food and drink offers an engaging and practical context for learning within Curriculum for Excellence and provides opportunities for interdisciplinary learning and for rich and meaningful partnerships between schools, the food and drink organisations and other partners such as academia and research organisations. This event aims to further explore these links and demonstrate to practitioners how to use food and drink as a context for delivering a range of subjects.

Recommended for: primary and secondary practitioners with responsibilities for sciences, technologies, food & health and business studies planning for learning and transition experiences from second level to senior phase.

For more information click Food Chain CLPL – Craibstone 17th September 2015 JULY 2015-1

Aug 192015



Twig and Tigtag have been procured by Education Scotland for a further 12 months through to July 2016.

These award-winning online resources will continue to be available to all local authority practitioners and learners for this time through the Scotland Launchpad and the App Library on Glow.

See our simple guide to find out how to add the Twig, Tigtag and Reach Out CPD tiles to your own Launchpad in Glow.




Aug 182015

Blogging Bootcamp ImageDue to the huge success of the Blogging Boot camp that ran during last session in Glow Blogs it has been decided to run a new and improved Boot camp 2.0 which will be starting week beginning 31st August.

If you or any of your colleagues would like to learn more about blogging or you would like to run a blogging project with a class then learn from the master, John Johnston, and sign up now. Or please forward to this to any colleagues who you feel would be interested.

The Boot camp will be a virtual one run from the Boot camp Blog. For 5 weeks we will post technical tips, discussion topics and blogging.

You can watch the Glow Meets live or use the watch again feature and watch them at a time more suitable for you. Staff will be on hand to give advice and answer any blogging questions that you may have.

Below are just a few of the posts that should give you a flavour of the variety of activities that went on across the last project:

Why Blog? | GPS Sensational Sevens!
We love to blog! | A Day in the Life of a Primary Pupil
Grant Strain | Room 14 P6 Dunrobin
My Genius Hour Project » All Saints Primary 5/6
#DigiLearnScotWeek | Mrs Campbell Moorfoot Primary

Join in yourself, give it a go and sign up now!

Aug 182015

IMG_6200There are still 10 places up for grabs at the Millport Geography Fieldwork weekend.

DATE: Friday 4th September (evening) to Sunday 6th September

Complete the Survey Monkey form to book a place. Attendance will be confirmed by email:

Funded by Education Scotland, this FREE residential course is held at the Field Studies Council site on Millport. 

View a full programme of the weekend here:

This is an excellent oportunity for secondary geography teachers who wish to develop their skills and confidence keadng fieldwork activities.

IMG_6194Field Studies Council Scotland delivers Environmental, Biology, Adventurous Activity and Geography courses for over 5000 students a year. This course builds on this expertise and aims to introduce participants to a range of different fieldwork activities which can be used with secondary school students. Attendees will consider how to structure ‘traditional’ observational fieldwork, geographical investigations and sensory fieldwork aiming to engage students more effectively with the places they are studying and interacting with. The course will also explore how to incorporate the effectiev use of formative assessment and technology into fieldwork.

year-of-fieldwork-logo-gradient_187x398September 2015 to August 2016 is the Year of Fieldwork.

The principal purposes of the Year of Fieldwork is to:

  • Highlight examples of good practice and the support that we, and others, provide to support schools to enhance the fieldwork that they provide.
  • Encourage more schools to undertake geographical fieldwork at all phase of the curriculum, and examination classes.
  • Raise awareness of the value of fieldwork to geographical education and the benefits that it provides to young people.
  • Promote the benefits of fieldwork as a valuable and transferable skill across a range of subject areas.
Aug 112015


Junior Academy is a virtual program for exceptional students interested in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Successful applicants gain access to an exciting community of student peers from across the globe, as well as mentoring from leading STEM practitioners. Each year, Junior Academy students compete in global challenges to solve real-world problems with the chance to win cash prizes and an all expenses paid trip to New York City for a two-day summit. The Junior Academy aims to network thousands of the world’s most promising young STEM talent and provide them the support they need to stay engaged and eager to excel. The program is open to students ages 13–19 from around the world.

This free program is sponsored by the PepsiCo Foundation, ARM, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, and others. We are currently recruiting students for the program which begins this autumn; applications are due on August 31, 2015.


Education Scotland have helped fourteen girls from Scotland to take part in the Global STEM Alliance’s 1000 Girls, 1000 Futures project also organised by the New York Academy of Sciences.

1000 Girls, 1000 Futures, is a $2 million commitment to target and accelerate the STEM workforce of tomorrow by developing one of the world’s most valuable resources – its women. The goal is to empower the next generation of female professionals in science, technology, engineering, and maths (STEM).

FINAL 1000 Girls 1000 Futures leaflet_Feb 2015

1000 Girls, 1000 Futures is a transformational program with an emphasis on mentoring, designed to engage and inspire female high-school students to study STEM subjects and pursue related careers, and is part of the Global STEM Alliance of the New York Academy of Sciences. For these young women, mentorship provides STEM role models. Successful mentoring relationships lead to career and personal satisfaction, accelerated advancement, and higher salaries.


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Higher Physics Professional Learning Videos

Education Scotland in partnership with the Scottish Universities Physics Alliance and SSERC has developed a series of nine professional learning videos focused on new content in Higher Physics.

Featuring some of Scotland’s most talented physicists, they have been designed to provide high quality, accessible professional learning. The videos cover Special relativity, The big bang, Gravitational waves, Collider physics, The standard model, Hubble’s law and nuclear fusion along with two providing guidance on experiments for the Higher Physics assignment.

These videos are available from Education Scotland’s NQ Higher Sciences website.

Included in the resource, kindly shared by SSERC, are the videos of two recent SSERC meets on Hubble’s law and Collider Physics.

Education Scotland would like to thank all of the contributors who gave so freely off their time.

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