Category Archives: Senior Phase


Education Scotland has developed the St Andrew’s Day Challenge to encourage schools to take part in a variety of learning opportunities about Scotland by using the country’s national day on 30 November as a background for learning. Scots flag

The St Andrew’s Day Challenge, which was created by Education Scotland’s Scots Languages Co-ordinators, provides schools with a number of different activities to capitalise on learners’ curiosity about their country, to deepen their learning about Scottish culture and history in subjects such as Expressive Arts, Literacy and Social Studies.

The Scots Language Coordinators have produced a list of seven activities, which are available on the St Andrew’s Day page on the Education Scotland website, for meaningful learning about Scotland. The activities can be incorporated into lessons throughout the month in the run up to the national day on 30 November.

The St Andrew’s Day Challenge includes:
1. Enter a competition to write a biography of Alexander Fleming in Scots;
2. Find out what schools and local place-names in the surrounding community and area Scots or Gaelic names means in English; Teachers are encouraged to learn Gaelic with their pupils, with a host of information on Gaelic language and culture within the new 1+2 languages resources, Go Gaelic!
3. Choose a Scottish song, sign and record the performance by individuals or the whole class;
4. Learn Scottish poetry and recite it in front of an audience;
5. Choose a Scottish picture book and read it to a group of young learners;
6. Ask learners to write a paragraph about themselves in Scots;
7. Ask learners to create their own Oor Wullie comic strip

In addition to the St Andrew’s Day Challenge, Education Scotland is also sponsoring a debate for young people at Scottish Parliament. The St Andrew’s Day Debate sees school pupils teamed with university debaters to take part in a series of debates about various topics throughout the day. The debaters will progress through heats over the course of the day, with the two winning teams facing off in a final at the main chamber of the Parliament that evening.

Alan Armstrong, Education Scotland’s Strategic Director for School Years, said: “What better way to celebrate our country’s national day on 30th November than by encouraging learners to engage and explore Scotland’s rich variety of culture, traditions and history through the St Andrew’s Day Challenge.

“The Challenge provides a range of fun, exciting activities that will deepen and enhance learners’ knowledge of Scotland by using St Andrew’s Day as a rich context for learning that can be used across a host of different curriculum areas including literacy, social studies and expressive arts.”

Further information about the St Andrew’s Day Challenge can be found on the St Andrew’s Day web-page with helpful resources and information also available on the Scots Language Blether on Glow.

NNM Hub – Module 7 Session 2 – Mathematics Senior Phase

Small - Module 7 Session 2Join the Numeracy and Mathematics Team on Tuesday 17th November at 4pm to find out more about Mathematics in the Senior Phase.

In the second session in this series the Numeracy and Mathematics team at Education Scotland will be discussing Mathematics in the Senior Phase and answering your questions.

Register now to take part in the live event – NNM Hub – Module 7 Session 2 – Mathematics Senior Phase

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

Professional learning workshops from OPAL, SEPA and Ricardo Energy

Free professional learning workshops available for practitioners at Hillpark Secondary School, Glasgow on 25th November 4 – 6pm.

Come along and learn about air pollution, how to use data about air quality in your classes and finding indicator species such as lichen in your local area!

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A new competition, Dare to Dream, has been launched by Education Scotland in association with the Artist Development Academy (ADA), to unearth talented song writers and performers from schools across Scotland to write, produce and perform their own song in aid of Children in Need.dare to dream

The two part competition, which is open to both primary and secondary school pupils, gives secondary school pupils the opportunity to write their own original song, while primary schools pupils will be able to enter a competition for the best song performance. Those entering will receive free specialist song writing and performance tutorials as well as career advice through Q&A sessions from music industry professionals James McKay and Martin Walker from ADA.

Once all entries have been received they will be whittled down to 10 songs that will be published on the Dare to Dream blog. The songs will then be open to a public vote, with voting closing on 17th January 2016 and the winner announced the following day. The winner will then work with ADA to discuss production and develop two or three different versions of their winning song by 18th March 2016.

Primary school pupils will also be able to get in on the action to enter a competition to find the best performers. The competition opens on 22nd April with all entries submitted by 10th June. The top 10 performances will then be published online and open to a public vote, with voting closing on 19th June and the winner announced on 20th June.

The winning song writers and performers will collaborate to record and release a single and music video to raise money for Children in Need 2016. The winners will take part in live national performances as well as perform at next year’s Scottish Learning Festival in September.

Ron Cowie, Senior Education Officer at Education Scotland said: “The ‘Dare to Dream’ competition is an unique chance for young people in Scotland to showcase their creative talent. This competition provides fantastic opportunities for budding song writers to develop their song writing skills. Through the Glow TV programmes, they will be inspired by song writing experts from the music industry.

“By taking part in ‘Dare to Dream’, young people will be able to use their imagination and creativity to compose their own song for Children in Need. At the same time, they will find out about the wealth of opportunity in the music business. This is a great way to harness young people’s enthusiasm and love of music to support Children in Need.”

James McKay and Martin Walker from ADA, said: “We’re really excited to be working with Education Scotland to create and develop the next Children in Need single with the help of the talented pupils in schools across Scotland. The competition is a great way for children and young people to express their musical and creative talents whether they are writers or performers. At the same time they can take advantage of our industry knowledge and expertise while supporting such a worthy charity. I mean, how cool would it be to say you’ve had a number one charity single while you were still in school!”

Pupils taking part in the competition have also been asked to create learning logs to document their learning throughout the competition. James and Martin will be commenting on the learning logs to help advise pupils on their progress. Information on setting up a learning log is available on the Glow site in Office 365, which will require Glow login details to access.

Competition details:

• Entrants can consist of individuals, groups or whole classes.
• Song writing tutorials for secondary school pupils will be available each Thursday at 10am from 12th Nov until 11th Dec 2015.
• Performance tutorials for primary school pupils will be available each Thursday at 10am from 22nd April until 27th May 2016.
• Schools can sign up to and register to take part in the tutorials via Glow TV

How good is our school? – Increasing creativity

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How good is our school? provides a suite of quality indicators that support staff in all sectors to scrutinise their work and evaluate what is working well for learners and what could be better. It is a key aspect of the Scottish approach to school improvement and supports self-evaluation and reflection by practitioners at all levels.


The 4th edition was launched at this year’s Scottish Learning Festival and features a new quality indicator – Increasing creativity and employability - that will help schools across Scotland to embed progression in skills for learning, life and work in young people’s learning.. To support this, Education Scotland’s Creativity Team have developed two new infographics that can help you quickly understand What are creativity skills?, and identify the national and local support to Unlock your creativity. The infographics can be printed and shared freely.


Join the Creativity Professional Learning Community on Glow or visit the Education Scotland website for more information.

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DYW – All you need to know….!

Small - DYW IntroThis monthly ‎series provides a professional learning opportunity for anyone interested in finding out more about developments emerging from the Developing the Young Workforce programme. Topics will include: Career education 3-18, work placements, school/employer partnerships, links to CfE, vocational pathways, senior phase developments etc.

These sessions are interactive in nature and give all involved the opportunity to ask questions, reflect on current practice and engage in professional dialogue with colleagues on key issues around this agenda.

In this first session on Thursday 5th November at 4pm you will get an exclusive introduction to the DYW team which will provide you with an overview of the wider Developing the Young Workforce agenda. We will also introduce the newly released ‎guidance on School/Employer Partnerships, Career Education (3-18) and Work Placements Standards. There will also be time to ask specific questions, exchange information or raise any burning issues.

Sign up and join us live in Glow TV – DYW – All you need to know….!

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

NB The next session in this new series will take place on Thursday 3rd December – more details to follow.

Religious Education in Roman Catholic Schools

Small - This is our faithJoin us on Monday 2nd November at 4pm and talk through the latest development in Religious Education in Roman Catholic Schools (RERC). Find out about the latest developments in This is Our Faith and This is Our Faith in the Senior Phase.

Catch up on the latest on the Caritas Awards and the Pope Francis Faith Awards. Find out about Education Scotland and the Scottish Catholic Education Service’s latest work on RERC – contribute, ask questions and engage with staff from Education Scotland and SCES.

Sign up and register now in Glow TV – Religious Education in Roman Catholic Schools

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

Labyrinths, Bubbles and Bells: PE, OL and RME/RERC

Small-  LabrythsJoin us on Thursday 29th October at 3.45pm to find out about an outdoor learning approach to RME/RERC that is completely interdisciplinary in the learning experience it provides in Nesting Primary in Shetland.

There they combine RME/RERC, PE and Maths to deliver an experience that is inclusive and acceptable to people of all faiths and none. Our labyrinth work is a metaphor for journey, pilgrimage which encourages mindfulness and activity beyond core PE. But most of all it is fun! You can introduce a labyrinth to your own learning community at little or no cost just chalk, bubbles and a quick raid of the music cupboard.

Before the event you may wish to view a short video about it –

Sign up and register now in Glow TV – Labyrinths, Bubbles and Bells: PE, OL and RME/RERC

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

Air Quality professional learning session: 25th November

Sources-of-air-pollution_310314Twilight session for Glasgow secondary teachers, and P7 working towards transition, looking at new approaches to teaching Air Quality. Three short workshops will cover different ways of getting pupils involved in real science research, learning about pollution and Air Quality in a way that is meaningful for pupils and produces useful scientific data along the way. The event will cover a diverse range of topics from Outdoor Learning, to data analysis and a wealth of available resources to use with your pupils. Come along and find out how you and your pupils can get involved in Air Quality research at your school.


Lichen bio-indicator of air quality: Find out how to identify some of the lichen bio-indicators of air quality to get a measure of air pollution in your local environment. This survey is one of the Open Air Laboratories citizen science surveys that enable pupils to carry out real science research in their local environment. OPAL Community Scientist Joanne Dempster

Scotland’s Environment Web: Exploring existing air quality data to investigate air quality near you. Education Scotland Citizen Science Development Officer Stuart McGrath.

Clear the Air: An educational resource for secondary school pupils to learn about air pollution and how it is measured in their area by finding out about the Clear the Air Citizen Science project.Ricardo Energy and Environment: Ricardo Energy and Environment, Susannah Telfer and Jennifer Simpson.

Places are limited so please register here.

CoderDojo Scotland Community Evening

coder dojoJoin CoderDojo, Tuesday, 17 November 2015 from 19:00 to 21:00, Glasgow Science Centre, for an evening of sharing and inspiration with digital experts from coding clubs across Scotland. Find out what’s going on in the clubs, and get top tips and advice from volunteers and industry leaders.

This event is open to all CoderDojo volunteers, or anyone with an interest in digital making in Scotland.

There will be inspirational and educational talks, food and drink, and the chance to talk and network with digital experts.

To book your place please click here