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Computing teacher and a PT at Coltness High School.

SCHOLAR Webinar Sessions w/c 21 September 2020

e-Sgoil are offering live webinar sessions that complement SCHOLAR’s e-learning resources

for over a dozen National 5 and Higher courses.

Upcoming online webinars from e-Sgoil:

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During lockdown, working in partnership with SCHOLAR and SCILT, e-Sgoil delivered a programme of live

interactive lessons to in-home learners using video conferencing technology.

e-Sgoil are now offering live webinar sessions that complement SCHOLAR’s e-learning resources for over a dozen

National 5 and Higher courses.

These webinars give learners the opportunity to:

·        participate in an extensive series of live early-evening study support webinar lessons from their own homes.

·        benefit from specialist teacher input during the live, real-time webinar lessons.

·        access subject specific resources in advance of the webinar lessons.

The current live webinar lessons for part of an initial block of eight sessions.

Upcoming online webinars from e-Sgoil:

Day Date Time Subject Level
Monday 14/09/2020 5pm Mathematics National 5
Monday 14/09/2020 6pm Business Management Higher
Monday 14/09/2020 6pm Physics National 5
Monday 14/09/2020 7pm Physics Higher
Monday 14/09/2020 7pm Computing Science Higher
Tuesday 15/09/2020 6pm Spanish Higher
Wednesday 16/09/2020 5pm French Higher
Wednesday 16/09/2020 5pm Gaelic Higher
Wednesday 16/09/2020 6pm Mathematics Higher
Wednesday 16/09/2020 7pm English Higher
Thursday 17/09/2020 6pm Chemistry Higher
Thursday 17/09/2020 7pm English National 5
Thursday 17/09/2020 7pm Mandarin National 5

Please note: For e-Sgoil webinars, advance registration is required. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

For more information on how to take part in upcoming sessions, please visit SCHOLAR’s Online Tutor Sessions.

You can see regular updates via Twitter @SCHOLARuk and Facebook SCHOLARprogramme.

Best wishes,


SCHOLAR Development Team

Engagement in Learning

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Helping your child to engage in their learning

As home learning has now gone into many weeks it might be harder to motivate children to complete schoolwork.  Keeping children engaged with learning in the broader sense might be more relevant.  The following ideas might be of some help.

Make it meaningful – Children respond better if a task is meaningful to them. By creating links to their interests or desires (i.e. what’s in it for them) or areas they have learnt before this can help with their motivation. Some children (and adults) like to see the usefulness of a task so where possible make learning functional and practical. An example of this would be writing instructions for making a model or a game.

Routine and structure – It is important for children to have a level of structure and routines in their lives and this can help them feel more secure. However, there is an opportunity to build a routine that works best for you and your family.  Instead of needing to start when the bell rings, children and young people can work when it suits them best. Try engaging your child in schoolwork at different times of the day to see when they’re most focused.  Within the structure of your day allow children to have some choice of what tasks they complete. Also, it can help for children to set their own goals of how much work they complete by a certain time or day. More information can be found here.

Make learning fun – Remember children are learning all the time at home and outside and not just through formal schoolwork. Games and playing are great ways to encourage children to practise all kinds of skills including counting, problem solving, reading, explaining and social skills. Having fun and being creative keeps children engaged. For example, chalk activities can be used to devise various challenges as well as creating artwork if you have access to an outside area.

Working together – Children often require encouragement to start tasks and once started to then keep going and try to finish the task.  It might help if you are both working alongside each other on separate tasks or once your child has started a task to leave them for five minutes and say I will be back to see how you are doing.  This will depend on the age and stage of your child and the task itself.  Keep praise specific or recognising that your child is putting in a lot of effort.  Try to relay the message that it’s okay to make mistakes as that actually helps us learn. The Education World website provides further suggestion on how to engage your child in their learning.

Break it up – Some children can start one task and stay focused until it’s finished.  Other children work better in working on one task for a chunk of time and then changing to another task.  Often children require quite a few sensory or comfort breaks during a task. This could be a walk round the house or playing with a toy before coming back to a task.

Multi-Sensory – Children learn through lots of different means: visual (pictures, images, videos), verbal (listening to or reading information) and physical movement (hands on, practical experiences, learning by doing).  We know that children master new things best when they are presented to them in all of these different ways.  So try and include a range of different types of activities which make use of some or all of their senses.  Your child can tell you what he knows about a subject while jumping on a trampoline or bouncing a ball. Talking together can really help embed facts as can drawing or making a short video.  Some other ideas are suggested on the Kids Academy and Reading Rockets websites.

Thinking about learning (Metacognition) – It is important that children are encouraged to think about and plan how they might tackle activities or tasks, to think about what they might do to help if they get stuck, to keep track of how well they are getting on and what they did well or found difficult. More ideas can be found here. Adults can support this by asking questions before, during and after tasks are underway. This can be a great way of helping children when they are stuck rather than feeling like you have to jump in and give the answer straight away.

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Advice for Parents – Loss, Change and Bereavement

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Helpful information on helping your child with change and loss

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Edinburgh Napier University

Any new S6 student thinking of applying to Edinburgh Napier University should consider attending these online sessions. They will help with what course to pick and what would be useful to include in a personal statement. If you require any further information please contact Miss Robertson.

Greetings from Edinburgh Napier University!

We are running a series of online presentations for those considering studying an Undergraduate course at Edinburgh Napier University. They will provide professional guidance as to what course to pick which University to choose and what to write in your personal statement. Our Academic staff have also recorded presentations providing Information relating to courses.

The sessions are free to access and details are here:

28 May 2020

16 June 2020 

17 June 2020

18 June 2020

23 June 2020

24 June 2020

25 June 2020

02 July 2020

Edinburgh Napier University Open Days

Edinburgh Napier University Open Days are Saturday 12 September 2020 and Saturday 10 October 2020. Students can register through the link below:

Our Student Recruitment team is still working (remotely) so please feel free to contact us for any assistance and looking ahead wish to arrange a visit or attend and a careers fair.Stay safe!
Best wishes,

UK Student Recruitment team

Advice for Parents

The advice for parents page has now been updated and contains.

North Lanarkshire Council have produced advice for parents.

Educational Psychology: Advice and support regarding children and young people (COVID-19)

Just to remind you that the Educational Psychology helpline is up and running 

Who is it for?

School staff/other professionals, parents/carers and young people

What will it provide?

Advice/phone consultation support to help manage the stresses that can felt by children and young people at this difficult time.

How to get in contact:

Phone: 01236 812 380. 10am – 3pm Monday to Friday (Please leave a message and we will return your call)

SCHOLAR Online Tutor Sessions w/c 11th May 2020

SCHOLAR’s upcoming Online Tutor Sessions are:

Day Date Time Subject Level
Monday 11/05/2020 6pm Computing Higher
Tuesday 12/05/2020 6pm Chemistry Advanced Higher
Thursday 14/05/2020 6pm Human Biology Higher

For more information on how to take part in upcoming sessions, please visit SCHOLAR’s Online Tutor Sessions.
Please note that worksheets will be available and should be attempted before some sessions.

You can see regular updates via Twitter @SCHOLARuk and Facebook SCHOLARprogramme.

Best wishes,

SCHOLAR Development Team