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Higher Education in the USA – “taster” opportunity

The Sutton Trust U.S. Program is now open for applications for Summer 2017.

This program provides high-achieving, state school students with a taste of life at a top American university. Focusing on social mobility, the Sutton Trust U.S. Program is aimed at students from low or middle income families who would be the first in their family to go to university. The initiative is centred on a one-week summer school at a leading American university, with introductory events and application support in the UK before and after. Previous host campuses have included Harvard, Yale, and MIT.

The Sutton Trust is looking for S5 students who earned six or more As or Bs in their S4 qualifications, or close to this. If you know a student who fits the criteria for this program, please encourage them to visit the Sutton Trust’s website at http://us.suttontrust.com/ and apply!
The deadline for student applications is Sunday, January 22, 2017. Please get your students to check the requirements on the Sutton Trust website closely to confirm they are eligible to apply.

This exchange program can be life-changing, with many Scottish students going on to study at U.S. universities over the past few years.

‘French Connections’ – student grant to develop a global mindset

BritishCouncilCharles de Gaulle Trust funding is specifically for students aged 17 to 19, the visits give students the chance to prove to future educators and employers that they are globally-minded, committed and dedicated young people. During their visits students will be able to work on research or projects that contribute to their learning and future development. They will also strengthen the bond between their school or college and  French colleagues, contributing to a successful long-term partnership. Grants of up to £5000 per institution are available to facilitate reciprocal visits to France and the UK.  The next application deadline is 17 May 2016.

More information on the Charles de Gaulle Programme can be found here,


Midvision 2015

Poland 4It was unforgettable evening in Dalkeith as Midlothian hosted a glittering international event – the Grand Final of Midvision 2015.

Midvision is a competition for Midlothian primary schools which combines learning a modern language with technology, music, dance and creative design. The main focus of Midvision is modern languages and the project supports implementation of the Government’s policy on language learning –1 Plus 2 approach – which requires children to learn two languages in addition to their mother tongue. With a strong focus on developing language skills and digital literacy, MidVision also promotes skills for life and work.

Each of the 24 classes taking part in the project researched a different country from around the world finding out about its history, culture, geographical features, important events, famous people, and other features that makes that country unique. They also learned some key words and phrases. Then children produced a documentary film about their country which involved writing screenplays, filming, editing and directing.

Finally, each team composed a song to be performed in the language of their chosen country and they visited a professional recording studio where they worked with a sound engineer to record their song.

Twelve of the 12 songs were showcased at the Grand Final, which featured ‘Eurovision style’ performances from teams representing Brazil, South Africa, India, Egypt, Japan, China, Spain, Germany, Poland and the Netherlands. An audience of nearly 500 lucky ticket holders were also able to see some of the documentaries and learning journals produced by pupils as part of the project.

After an epic on stage battle, the team from Poland emerged as the winner of Midvision 2015.

For more information about Midvision contact Alan Wait, Schools Group Manager – Alan.Wait@Midlothian.gov.uk

You can view the whole event which was broadcast on Glow TV – Midvision Part 1 , Midvision Part 2