Oct 132015

The Glasgow Music Festival provides opportunities for pupils of all ages, to perform poetry, drama, plays and debate at the annual event which runs from March 13 to 15 2016 at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.

Schools are invited to enter pupils from the ages of five to 18, to give speeches and perform poetry, drama and prose in front of an audience and receive constructive feedback from an adjudicator.

Highlights include:

* Opportunities for debating clubs to participate in prepared Speaking categories (12-13, 14-15, 16-18), team debating and extempore speaking where young people are given ten minutes preparation time to come up with a speech on a topic chosen by the adjudicator.

* Perform a favourite Burns poem or other poem. The poem could be from coursework or it could challenge pupils to find a poem that appeals to them, prepare an introduction and then perform.

* The creative performance and monologue categories ties in with the National 5s and Higher qualification. Pupils can work together on a performance which could include singing, speech, drama, miming and movement. The independent adjudicator can offer feedback which can be constructive for pupils and teachers alike.

* Primary school classes or choirs could try something different with the Group Verse categories, which give children a good introduction to rhythm and rhyme. It is a fun way for a group to work together and use actions and props to bring the poetry to life.

Please contact gillian.provan@hotmail.co.uk for more information.

The syllabus is now available http://glasgowmusicfestival.org/

Closing date for entries November 5th 2015.

Oct 132015

edinburgh napier cyber academyThis year’s IET Christmas lectures are focusing on the Internet of Everything and will run in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee and Inverness. The dates are:

  • Inverness. 1 Dec 2015. Book here.
  • Dundee. 4 Dec 2015 (Gardyne Theatre). Book here.
  • Glasgow. 8 Dec 2015 (iMax Theatre, Glasgow Science Centre). Book here.
  • Edinburgh. 11 Dec 2015 (Craiglockhart Campus). Book here.

The lectures are open to everyone, and teachers can book tickets in blocks for their classes. You are guaranteed to see a presentation with flying objects, Internet-enable lighting, listening TVs, talking dolls, interactive kettles, spy glasses, and many more things …


This presentation will showcase the vast range of systems and devices which can connect to the Internet. It aims to totally immerse the audience in the possibility of the Cyber World and how it is changing our lives. Along with this, it will outline a range of emerging technologies which will bring benefits to many areas of our lives including health care and education. With these great benefits, though, there are also threats, and some of these will be presented through a range of practical demonstrations. Overall the key aim of the presentation is to present this new age in a fun and informative way, and engage the audience into understanding the opportunities of the Cyber Age [poster][postcard].

Sep 222015


Ideas and inspiration supporting science and technology for all Local Authorities

No. 252 – Autumn 2015

Including articles on

Free fritzing! – Fritzing is a free to download Germanybased open sourced software (latest version is 0.9.2b and was released in April 2015) available from their website http://fritzing.org

Livewire & Control Studio 2 – Free electrical circuit simulation software for your Technology Education department from SSERC

for more details see attached flyer


Sep 212015

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

Sep 202015

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!

sample 1

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.

sample 2


Sep 172015

Always dreamed of being a fossil hunter? Now’s your chance – and you don’t have to leave home.

A citizen science project called FossilFinder is asking volunteers to look through high-resolution photos of the Turkana basin in Kenya taken from drones and kites, with the hope that they will spot newly exposed fossils before they erode away.


The team at Zooniverse ask you to help them document what is seen on surface images, including fossil fragments and other artifacts, to assist them in reconstructing past landscapes and environments. More eyes, more information, more discoveries.

Sep 112015

NIFThe First Minister on 1 September 2015 launched a draft National Improvement Framework for Scottish Education. The Framework will bring together, in a more consistent way, the key information that is needed to support improvement for children. It builds on the strong foundations of Curriculum for Excellence and aims to ensure that parents, teachers, schools, and local authorities, as well as nationally, we have the access to the right type of information that tells them about the progress of children.

The Framework sets out 6 areas where activity and support is planned:

• School improvement
• School leadership
• Teacher professionalism
• Assessment of children’s progress
• Parental involvement
• Performance information.

Join us at one of our regional events for teachers, parents and local authorities to hear more about the six areas that will be included in the Framework. You will have the opportunity to discuss and exchange views on what this means for you and for children. This is an opportunity to share your thoughts on the draft Framework as we work together to develop it further.

The eight regional events will take place at locations across Scotland with the first event taking place on 29 September 2015 at the University of Edinbugh. The other events are planned for Glasgow, Inverness and Aberdeen.

Please click here to register your place at one of the events.

Sep 092015

ARTiculation final takes place on the 17th of February 2016 at University of Stirling

This is a public speaking competition for S6 students in Scotland. It has been running in England since 2006 and is nationally recognised by leading arts professionals, teachers, universities and examining boards for supporting students’ artistic and academic development.

This free competition invites students to give a 10 minute presentation on a work of art, artefact or architecture to a judging panel and an invited audience at the University of Stirling.  First, second and third prize winners will each receive book prizes sponsored by Laurence King Publishers and one year’s free membership to the Art Fund to include a National Art Pass.

ARTiculation supports the national Arts Award initiative for both Silver and Gold (gaining up to 35 UCAS points), the Duke of Edinburgh Award, UCAS personal statements, and in England has been noted by the A-level moderators as adding accreditation to the practical and written work. It also develops skills individual thinking, observation, research, language, public speaking and presentation skills.

Schools are invited to host an internal school heat prior to selecting their Finals candidate. Support material for this will be sent on request.

ARTiculation Teachers Information Evening: 22 September, University of Stirling, 4.30pm – 6.00pm

Ross Thomson from Boroughmuir High School will introduce ARTiculation from a teacher’s perspective and Jodie Williamson, winner of ARTiculation Scotland 2014, will give a short extract from her presentation. This will be a great opportunity to ask questions and find out more about taking part.  This event will take place at the Pathfood Building at the University of Stirling, Stirling, FK8 4LA at 4.30pm-6.00pm.

All information on ARTiculation can be found on The Roche Court Educational Trust website or contact Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Museum for more information www.argylls.co.uk


Sep 072015

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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.

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: www.nms.ac.uk/schoolbooking

You can also contact us on schools@nms.ac.uk

Get Energised is made possible by the generous support of the ScottishPower Foundation. Find out more online: www.nms.ac.uk/getenergised



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