Global citizenship and sustainability – visit award-winning schools

Following the tremendous success of earlier open day events, the Developing Global Citizens Team at Education Scotland are providing opportunities for school leaders and practitioners to visit three more schools to see first-hand how they have developed inspiring whole school approaches to global citizenship and sustainable development education. These include:

 Hamilton Grammar School, South Lanarkshire

Theme:  An integrated approach to global citizenship

  • Four Eco-Schools green flag awards; pupil voice; making the most of international links; promoting active and outdoor learning.

 Garrowhill Primary School, Glasgow

Theme: Sustainable development education

  • Winner, Scottish Education Awards (2011) – Sustainable School Category; pupil voice; outdoor learning and school grounds; embedding sustainability within the curriculum; Eco-Schools green flag.

 Whitelees Primary School, North Lanarkshire

Theme: Sustainable development education

  • Recently achieved five ‘excellent’ grades in their school inspection; Finalist, Scottish Education Awards (2011) – Sustainable School Category; Winner, Best Green School (2009); Four Eco-Schools green flag awards.

 How to book

To book, please email: or Tel. 0141 282 5172. Places are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment. These are free CPD events.

 View the full programme of school open day events at

 What others have said about the study visits:

‘The best CPD I have ever had.’

‘This was an inspirational CPD event and I found it all very useful and enjoyable – fantastic.’

‘My mind is going into overdrive – I plan to take everything you have given and use it!

The Early Years team would love to hear from you!

Now that all Early Years establishments have the new issue of Education Scotland’s Early Years Matters we would love to hear your views on the literacy questions which were discussed at the Saturday conference in May. These are:

* Thinking about your own work and experience, what do you think is the best way to develop children’s literacy skills?
* What do you believe that parents of young children can do to support their literacy development?

Please visit our discussion forum on our Early Years Glow site and share your thoughts and ideas. We look forward to hearing from you.

Link to discussion forum:

Click the link on our Glow site to see Early Years Matters online:

Asset based approaches for health improvement: redressing the balance

Asset based approaches for health improvement: redressing the balance
Glasgow Centre for Population Health (GCPH) have produced a useful briefing on asset-based approaches to health improvement – an approach which emphasises and builds on the strengths of communities rather than focusing on the negative aspects.   It concludes that asset based approaches offer “exciting potential and could help professionals think differently about how they approach the goal of improving the health of individuals, communities and populations.”

Download the briefing by clicking here

PGDip in Community Learning and Development at Aberdeen

PGDip in Community Learning and Development at Aberdeen
The University of Aberdeen is currently recruiting for its Postgradaute Diploma in Community Learning and Development, which will start in January 2012.  The programme available through blended learning attracts students from all over Scotland.  It is a part time workplace based route to the professional qualifiaction and is approved by the CLD Standards Council.  It has a reputation for its strong practice focus and is offered in partnership with local CLD managers.  Participants will be working or volunteering and will have a relevant degree or equivalent.  For further information contat Aileen Ackland, Programme Director on 0122 274875 or at  For application forms 01224 274629

Health, Work and Wellbeing Management Support Project – Evaluation

CHEX in partnership with the Craighead Institute (lead agency) and the Church of Scotland Parish Development Fund provided mentoring support to 21 small to medium size community and voluntary organisations, several of which were community-led health organisations. The Project was funded by the Department of Work and Pensions Challenge Fund for Health, Work and Wellbeing. Mentoring sessions offered high quality support to managers over a period of 9 months. The Project also provided two action learning sessions to bring the participating mangers together to share experiences and lessons. Analysis and impact of the Project can found in the final evaluation

Flexible Learning: supporting transitions for young people with additional support needs


Every year the project supports 50 young people from S4 and S5 and in mainstream schools by identifying their needs and providing each with an individual package of support. More HERE

Coalyard transition project: providing stepping stones to employment for young people with learning disabilities


The project offers support and skills development to young people who are making the transition into employment, training or further education. More HERE

Skills Scotland Young People’s events

  • Edinburgh Tuesday 8th November 2011, Corn Exchange
  • Glasgow Wednesday 16th and Thursday 17th November 2011, SECC
  • Aberdeen on Tuesday 22nd November 2011, AECC

Skills Scotland is hosting events to help young people with career decisions. Students will be able to learn about future career and job choices through expert information and advice. The events are open to anyone aged 14-19, whatever their ambitions or abilities. More HERE

Youth Scotland’s Girls on the Move project will be featured today (Monday 31st October) in a special news report on BBC Reporting Scotland.

The BBC news report will focus on the Jogging Buddies’ Mums on the Run project in Paisley, a project that was established with the help of Girls on the Move funding in 2006. 

This project was set up to allow new young mums to take up jogging in a safe and supportive environment. Crucially, it was also an opportunity for young mums to socialise with others in similar situations, without having to pay for childcare.

The Mums on the Run project was so successful that it is now being rolled out as a national programme by jogScotland, along with a comprehensive resource pack for volunteer leaders.

 The BBC Reporting Scotland news report, which was filmed in Barshaw Park, Paisley will feature some of the young women from the original group, many of whom have continued to participate in jogging and have even taken on leadership roles in their community.

 Susan McDonald, group leader of the Mums on the Run project said:

 “The Mums on the Run project was set up to provide a much-needed activity for young mums in our area. It was amazing to see the young women’s confidence and physical activity levels soar as the project went on. Now it’s on the news, hopefully more and more women from across Scotland will get involved!”

 Youth Scotland Chief Executive Carol Downie said:

 “We are delighted that BBC Reporting Scotland has chosen to focus on this particular project, which received Girls on the Move funding. The Mums on the Run project was established in Ferguslie Park in Paisley, considered to be an area of Scotland particularly in need of support. It is a perfect example of our aim to encourage more young women from harder to reach groups to engage with physical activity. The project’s success demonstrates just how far a small amount of targeted funding can go.”

Children in Scotland – Parents as partners: a good practice seminar

In light of the development of a National Parenting Strategy in
Scotland, this one-day seminar will allow policy makers,
practitioners and experts from across the workforce to come
together, share ideas and knowledge and discuss new
strategies for tackling the issues encountered when supporting
all parents, carers and families in Scotland.

Presentation to practitioners and SMT from West Lothian Council

DO MCMC 16+ LC did a presentation to practitioners and SMT from West Lothian Council on Friday 28th October at Inveralmond Community School. DO participated in round table discussions re need for flexibility in the Senior Phase if we are to get 16+ Learning Choices right. It was heart-warming to see so many vocational programmes operating in many of the schools (mainstream and SEN) to develop skills for learning, life and work in our young people. I thoroughly enjoyed the session and I look forward to a follow up on December 9th at Deans Community School. Great to see such fantastic and innovative work being done – well done West Lothian!!