Meet Robert the Bruce

Abbot House Heritage Centre, Dunfermline Presbytery, and Historic Scotland are pleased to offer a collaborative programme exploring three themes of the life of King Robert Bruce (1274-1329) for local primary students.

On Tuesday 25th March, the date of Robert Bruce’s inauguration as King of Scotland in 1306, representatives from a dozen P4/5 classes will travel back in time to the 14th century, where they will explore three central concepts—dignity, peace, and humility—through problem-solving, music, and crafts, based on the life of one of Scotland’s most famous kings.

And YOU can join us live via Glow and have an opportunity to meet the King himself and to help him solve a tricky problem! Sign up and join us on Tuesday 25th March at 10.15am in Glow TV or Watch Again if you can’t join us live.

Bucksburn Academy Conversation Day 4

Delegates attending our fourth conversation day at Bucksburn Academy identified three key themes for improving science education.

Discussions focussed on:

 Priorities for sciences education

Identifying partnerships that work

 What does great learning in the sciences look like?

Education Scotland is keen to hear your views regarding the third theme, addressing what great learning in the sciences looks like.

What does great learning in the sciences look like?

Science education is important for every child and not just for those who may be headed toward a scientific or technical career.

Great learning in the sciences encourages young people to make sense of the world around them, to be scientifically literate. It develops skills enabling them to analyse, evaluate, think critically, justify conclusions and be creative and innovative; skills required to thrive and succeed in an increasingly globalised and technological society.

Delegates identified factors contributing to great learning in the sciences:

  • relevant and purposeful (real life) teaching through engaging activities, which occur in and out of the classroom environment
  • learning environment has motivated and enthusiastic teachers and pupils
  • lessons have variety, depth, challenge and are interactive, delivered by inspirational teachers with a passion and enthusiasm for the subject and who convey a love of learning
  • consistent and firm discipline
  • learners are taught the skills they need through a variety of methodologies e.g. active, visual, audio and concepts are revisited in  different ways
  • progression is evident                                 
  • subjects are interlinked and connected
  • great learning is different in different schools and classes, and good teachers are still learning.

The final part of this discussion addressed the question, how do we get it right for every child and young person?  Delegates’ suggestions included:

  • good communication between primary and secondary
  • establish where the “starting point” for every child is and identify children who need to extend their knowledge
  • ensure learners feel safe enough to ask for help/guidance
  • quality provision must be evident all the time
  • teaching should be delivered in different order/style depending on the needs of the learner.

Ask the Expert – The Romans

Glow is delighted to continue with its fantastic series of live broadcasts from the National Museum of Scotland which lets pupils explore their collections and meet our experts face to face. You can ask questions, come up with answers and explore their object handling collections on screen!

On 24th March 2014 at 1.30pm you can Ask the Expert all about the Romans. This is a great opportunity to meet one of our expert curators at National Museum Scotland, Dr Fraser Hunter who will explore our Roman object handling collection and he is keen to hear from pupils with questions about life in Scotland in roman times.

Sign up and join us in Glow TV or Watch Again if you are unable to join us live.

BMT Partnership Work in Action

Better Movers and Thinkers is an innovative, exciting and challenging movement and learning programme for Physical Education, that focuses directly on enhancing the links between movement and thinking, and how these critical elements scaffold the development of physical performance and learning across the curriculum.

That was the starter for Mossend. They worked up a programme with the North Lanarkshire cluster champion. The school uses all the higher order skills in the classroom programme so in every way they are best placed to deliver a successful Better Movers and Thinkers programme.

The children have simply taken off and blossomed with this approach.They decided to take it a stage further and introduced the parents into the equation. This approach has been highly engaging for staff, parents and pupils. It makes a difference!

Here is an opportunity for your children to watch a BMT sessions and to try it themselves and the ask the children who are participating how it feels too!

Join us live in Glow TV on Wednesday 19th March at 1.30pm. Sign up and join us or Watch Again if you can’t join us live.

Game on Scotland – Health and Wellbeing

The value of peer mentoring in developing health & wellbeing for your pupils – gaining inspiration from Lead 2014

Lead 2014 recognises the potential of young people to contribute to the development of future generations through engaging teams from secondary schools in a peer mentoring approach to the organisation and delivery of Commonwealth Games themed festivals in their school cluster.

This Glow meet on will highlight the successes of the Lead 2014 programme, analyse the value of the experiences for young people in relation to health & wellbeing and will explore the scope within schools to organise peer mentoring programmes with physical education, physical activity and sport as a central focus.

Join members of the Health & Wellbeing team and the Lead 2014 delivery team on Tuesday 18th March at 4pm and be inspired by this informative and thought provoking look at a highly successful programme.

Sign up and join us or Watch Again if you miss the live event!

Creativity Portal – has it made an impact?

The Creativity Portal is now 3 years old and we would love to hear from anyone who has used it – has it challenged your idea of creativity? Have you found it useful? Did it lead you to any inspiring resources, research or contacts?

If you have ever visited the Creativity Portal please take the time to answer a 5-minute questionnaire that will allow us to build a picture of what impact the Creativity Portal has made and give direction to its development in the future. Your responses will be invaluable in taking Education Scotland’s support of creative teaching and creative learning forward.

To access the questionnaire click the link below:

Your responses will form a vital piece of evidence for an independent evaluation of the Creativity Portal, led by Consilium Research and Consultancy, which will be published on the Creativity Portal in April/May.

If you have yet to use the Creativity Portal go to