RME and RERC Provision in Schools

The Scottish Government has recently published new guidance on delivery of RME within all schools in Scotland. This guidance highlights the continuing statutory nature of RME and that it should be a core subject from 3-18 including delivery in S5 and S6. It also talks about the need for specialist subject teachers and how RME can contribute to IDL but should not be delivered entirely through IDL.

RME RERC Provision Letter

Sustainability and Leadership – Community Regio Project at Bucksburn Academy

Pupils from Bucksburn Academy engaged in a number of environmental project driven by senior students in liaison with a number of local agencies and organisations such as National Heritage Scotland and Aker Solutions.  This inspirational initiative, part of a Comenius Regio Project linking with schools as far afield as Italy on the topic of sustainability, provided pupils with valuable experiences in improving their local environment  by cultivation their school grounds, building bird and bat boxes and preparing access to a local woodland area.  The involvement in this project gained students significant leadership skills as well John Muir awards. For an analysis of the project by pupils please see the attached PowerPoint presentation and the collated comments of the student survey.

ASH Scotland Survey

 

Scoping the training needs of those working with young people to deliver effective tobacco awareness training

ASH Scotland aim to significantly reduce the rate of smoking by young people as part of their five year strategy. The their youth development work, ASH Scotland want to equip those working with young people with resources and skills to effectively incorporate tobacco awareness-raising into practice and contribute to smoking prevention.

ASH Scotland are now in the process of conducting a Training Needs Analysis to explore: TO what extent there is a need for training for those working directly with young people to help them incorporate effective tobacco awareness-raising into practice.

The survey will take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete. You participation will help to scope specific needs of those working with young people and build recommendations to inform future developments.

The closing date for responses for this survey is Friday 22 July 2011.

Scottish Green Awards 2011

The Scottish Green Awards, created by Scottish Business Insider in association with Scottish Power, take place on Thursday 29 September 2011 at the Glasgow Science Centre.

The Scottish Green Awards will celebrate the achievements and initiatives of both corporate organisations and individuals who work to reduce carbon emissions.

The 2011 Award Categories are:

  • Best Green SME;
  • Best Green Large Company;
  • Best Green Community Initiative;
  • Best Green Campaigner/Activist;
  • Best Young Person Campaigner/Activist;
  • Best Green School;
  • Best Green Public Service or Public Sector Provision;
  • Best Green PR Campaign;
  • Outstanding Contribution to the Scottish Environment.

The deadline for applications is Friday 29 July 2011.

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Food for Thought Community Cafe

I recently was invited to the Food for Thought Community Cafe at St. Nicholas Primary School in Broxburn, West Lothian.

Food for Thought is a Fair-Trade community café run by the pupils of St. Nicholas Primary School. At Food for Thought you can share a tea or coffee and some delicious home baking over a chat while learning more about Fair-Trade and how it helps countries in the developing world. You can also buy Fair-Trade goods and find out more about the pupil’s learning in school. From time to time they may provide entertainment or run workshops for you to get involved in. At Food For Thought their aim is to provide a happy atmosphere and a strong sense of community.

Food for Thought was dreamt up by the pupils while they were working on a block of learning about Global Citizenship. It is a Social Enterprise venture and profits will support their sister school in Ghana and local community groups supported by the St. Vincent de Paul.

You can find out more information about their project and the cafe by clicking here to visit their blog. You can also follow them on Twitter @fftcc.

To view their leaflet click here. FFTCC Leaflet

If you are interested in finding out more about this project, the teacher and pupils involved are presenting at the Scottish Learning Festival this year. Click here to sign up to their seminar.

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