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Thinking Global about Social Enterprise? – new resource pack

logo--hi-res…. then you might be interested in the new Social Enterprise Resource Pack developed by the British Council,  Social Enterprise Academy (SEA) and Real Ideas Organisation (RIO) helping teachers to deliver activities and lessons on social enterprise.

Written in clear English and aimed at students aged 7-14, the resource pack is suitable for any educator – no previous experience of social enterprise is needed – and is designed to help achieve key teaching objectives, promote valuable skills and enrich the quality of education in schools.   It also offers advice on how to use the content in an international school partnership and how to find a partner school.

The pack contains six principal lesson plans as well as suggestions for activities in the classroom and community. The activities spur students to think about social problems in their localities and further afield and the role that businesses and social enterprises can play in addressing them. As the lessons progress, students working in groups develop a business plan for their own social enterprise and the most promising of these plans is turned into a real social enterprise.

One example highlighted in the pack is the partnership between Bishopbriggs Academy in East Dunbartonshire and the Karma Project in India whose privately funded school provides free education for 70 children who would not otherwise receive it.


For more information please visit:  https://schoolsonline.britishcouncil.org/classroom-resources/list/social-enterprise

For more enterprising ideas, resources and case studies go to Scotland’s Enterprising Schools

Wigtown Scots Tour

Wigtown Primary School is taking part in a very exciting Scots Language project. As part of the Wigtown Book Festival, Mrs Steele’s Rhinos (Primary 6/7 class) are devising and recording an audio tour of their town in Scots. Vistiors to the festival will be able to borrow iPods with the tour to gain a unique insight into the braw wee toun.

The weans have been working hard already on the project, which was the brainchild of Yvonne Caddell, Wigtown Book Festival’s Young People’s Portfolio Manager. I had the very great pleasure of doing an introductory session on Scots as Scots Language Co-ordinator. In the afternoon we gathered knowledge which the learners already had, using Scots for the whole day. We were ably assisted by Yvonne, class teacher Mrs Steele and Scots Language Ambassador for the school, Robert McQuistan. We also benefitted from the local knowledge of Stewart Anderson, another Ambassador who is waiting for a partner school.

The project continues with the ongoing support of this excellent team, with local experts on history (Donna Brewster) and wildlife (Ann Todd) also having input with the weans, hopefully answering many of the questions they have about their town. Kenny Barr will suport the recording of the final tour.

It is wonderful to see such enthusiasm from everyone involved. The Gallowa Scots is super braw tae! Good luck Rhinos! Haud gaun!Wigtown Rhinos

10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina

hurricane katrina3This week marks the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

It also marks the week that New Orleans launch their resilience road map which they hope will help them tackle climate and social challenges, like poverty, racial inequality and crime.  They are keen for the public’s awareness of environmental issues to be improved so their road map stresses the importance of implementing projects that will help urban areas live with stormwater – not keep it out.

This project is a joint effort between the city and Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities initiative.

As a practitioner you could use this information to compare and contrast New Orleans with Glasgow which is also part of the 100 Resilient Cities initiative.  Both cities have suffered from flooding, what are the similarities and differences?

This could also be used as a context for looking more closely at the climate change issue.

Education Scotland’s Ready for Emergencies and Weather and Climate Change websites could help with this further through their teaching and learning resources.

Cairngorms Nature Young Presenter Competition

RSPB - Give Nature a HomeThe massive Cairngorms National Park covers an area as big as the island of Mallorca and is home to some of our rarest and most impressive wildlife.

In fact a quarter of all the rare bird, animal and plant species in the UK live here. Wildcats, red squirrels, capercaillies, crossbills, water voles and golden eagles all make their home in this landscape of mountains, rivers and pine forest.

Displaying male capercaillie

Have you ever fancied being a nature presenter, going on location to be filmed talking about amazing wildlife? Well here’s your chance!

Cairngorms Nature is looking for a Young Nature Presenter for 2016, someone with a passion for nature who can inspire other young people to get involved with caring about nature too.

The prize

The winner and their family will spend 5 nights at a fabulous private steading in Glen Feshie, in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park, courtesy of Speyside Wildlife, who have been running all-inclusive wildlife watching holidays in this special place for 25 years.

The winner will spend one of the days with none other than BBC nature presenter Iolo Williams, picking up tips and making a short film about Cairngorms Nature!

The other three days will be jam packed, going out and about with one of Speyside Wildlife’s expert guides, looking for rare and elusive species like pine marten.

The prize includes full board accommodation for four people at Speyside Wildlife’s converted steading in Glen Feshie from Saturday 13 February to Thursday 18 February 2016, and the company of one of Speyside Wildlife’s guides to take you out exploring the area in the comfort of an 8-seater minibus.

How to enter

All we need is a short film of you as a nature presenter. It can be anything, from a ladybird on a window box to a deer in the wild – the important thing is that you are enthusiastic and know your stuff!

As part of the film you must also include the statement, “I would love to present Cairngorms Nature because…” then tell us the answer on camera.

The judges will be looking for people who are passionate and can inspire others. The film must be no more than 90 seconds long and you must be 10-16 years old to enter.

  1. Please ask an adult to read the ‘rules, terms and conditions’ before entering.
  2. Upload your video to YouTube, an adult can help you do this.
  3. Ask an adult to fill in the details in the form at the bottom of this page, this will include giving us the web address for your video from YouTube.
  4. Make sure to check the box stating you have read the rules, terms and conditions before submitting your video.

The closing date is 31 October 2015 – Good luck!

Get more info at:



Weather warnings and lesson resources!

Go to http://www.educationscotland.gov.uk/readyforemergencies/index.asp for topical, relevant learning! Has anyone seen the weather warnings and flood warnings that have been issued?

Why does it always rain on me (100 x 100)

Education Scotland’s go-to website for lesson ideas on severe weather and flooding.

Go to http://www.educationscotland.gov.uk/weatherandclimatechange/climatechange/index.asp for ideas on taking climate change issues further with your class.



It’s an early bee count!

It’s an early bee count!great-british-bee-count-logo-waitrose

Find out about bees and why they are important. Encourage them into your school grounds and local environment and learn about the role they play in local ecosystems.

Different bees fly at different times. This year the Great British Bee Count will be looking at bees that appear earlier in the year.

So on Friday 1st May get ready to download the new bee spotting app and let them know what bees you see. The Great British Bee Count will run for the whole month of May.

educators_313Here are some ideas of things you can do with your class to get ready and encourage those bees into your school grounds!




Scottish Learning Festival 2015 – Social Studies

SLF_2015logoThe Scottish Learning Festival is Scotland’s largest annual professional learning event, offering education practitioners a great opportunity to increase their knowledge, discover new work, and improve their practice. Delegates can take part in a range of Conference sessions (Keynotes, seminars, discussions and more) and meet Exhibitors from organisations with products and services which benefit learners.

Scottish Learning Festival 2015 will take place at the SECC in Glasgow on Wednesday 23rd and Thursday 24th September 2015.

The theme of this year’s event is “Raising attainment and achievement for all”, with a focus on maximising educational outcomes through local partnerships and collaboration; self-evaluation; and work-related learning.

Education Scotland is inviting organisations to submit proposals for seminars that will become part of this year’s programme. Full details of the themes and the online submission form are available on the SLF website. The closing date for submitting proposals is Friday 27th February 2015.

In the Social Studies team we are keen that the final programme includes great examples of effective and stimulating practice from schools, including creative projects and fresh approaches to learning. We are interested in all the subject areas within Social Studies, and in any sector. If you would like to showcase some of the work that your school or class is undertaking, or an activity that supports the professional development of teachers, please do consider submitting a seminar proposal.

Holocaust Memorial Day – Learning Blog

HMD 2015Education Scotland will be supporting an online learning conversation exploring how Art can be used to depict and understand the Holocaust.

The artist Gordon Cockburn, who is the proprietor of Cockburn Galleries in Maybole, South Ayrshire, has agreed to share his work with learners to support Holocaust Memorial Day activities and events.

Learners can use a Glow based collaborative space to support each others learning around this topic. Curriculum materials will also be provided.

The site also features:

• Survivor stories;
• Collection of video and audio content;
• Learning tasks/intentions to engage learners in their study of this topic.

Interested in finding out more? Then come and visit the site at:

http://tinyurl.com/ma2qzss (Glow login details required)

BBC Learning Survey and Social Studies Resources

A wee reminder about all the fabulous learning resources to support Curriculum for Excellence on the BBC.
BBC Scotland Learning are currently developing new CfE materials but are also looking at how they improve communicating with teachers about these resources. the BBC have put together a very short, multiple-choice survey that attempts to find out how they could be better at keeping teachers informed.
Please share with your friends, neighbours and colleagues who teach. There’s also a box for further comments where any thoughts, gripes, requests or ideas are welcomed.

When you have completed the survey check out the revamped Bitesize site that has resources to support National 4, National 5 and Highers. BBC Bitesize

The fabulous new iWonder site, designed to ‘feed your curiosity’ has some brilliant thought provoking materials. Have a look at the various resources supporting History and the BBC’s Democracy Day.

The home of BBC Learning Scotland is here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/scotland/learning/

Save The Date: Social Studies and Digital Technologies Day

Social Studies and Digital Technologies Day
organised by Education Scotland

Date: 21st March 2015

Time: 9:30 – 3:00

Venue: Stirling Management Centre, Stirling

Places: 40 – open to all primary and secondary practitioners

This is an excellent CLPL opportunity to refresh and learn new approaches to integrating ICT and Technologies through Social Studies.
There will be three exciting keynote speakers in the morning, followed by an afternoon session with a choice of three interactive workshops.
A complete programme for the day and the opportunity to book a place will be published in early February.