Scotland’s BIG Nature Festival 2015

Scotland’s BIG nature festival is back 23-24 May, Levenhall Links, Musselburgh! There’s loads to keep wildlife lovers and families entertained all weekend. This  award-winning festival has gone from strength to strength – boasting a packed programme covering everything from specialist wildlife talks, walks and demos,  loads of children’s activities like storytelling, puppet shows, bug bioblitz, pond dipping, willow weaving and loads more ways to give your intrepid wildlife explorers a really wild day out!   

This year RSPB has teamed up with East Lothian Council and have a fantastic new venue, renown for its open spaces and wildlife, overlooking the Firth of Forth and part of the John Muir Way. Over 100 exhibitors offer something for everybody, from the latest wildlife technology, fantastic science, art, books, and much more.   

Visitors can enjoy great locally sourced artisan food and drink, and a farmers market in association with Scotland Year of Food and Drink, and live entertainment. For more information or to buy tickets please visit  (adults £12 Children £2 under 5’s free).

For more information about the festival click here…….RSPB Families leaflet_HR

TeachMeet #DigiLearnScot: Preston Lodge, 4th March



This TeachMeet is in Preston Lodge High School, Park View, Prestonpans, EH32 9QJ and is part of the National Digital Learning Community’s Digital Learning Week. The programme looks like this:

6pm Arrival & Networking
6.20pm Welcome & Introduction
6.30pm Micro & Nano Presentations I
7.05pm Learning Conversations
7.25pm Micro & Nano Presentations II
7.55pm Closing Remarks
8pm Close

You can sign up for clicking on the link below and entering your details in the document. You have four options when signing up…although one of these options is to attend and join in, we really need some folk to sign up to be presenters or to lead learning conversations – otherwise it won’t be much of a TeachMeet! As this is part of the Digital Learning Week, we’re really wanting presentations and conversations which focus on digital learning…with a real emphasis on the *learning*. In other words, not just what digital tools are you using, but why are you using them and what impact are they having on learning in your context. PowerPoint is strongly discouraged in all types of presentations. Presenters will be chosen at random on the night.

So, your options are…

  • You can sign up to attend and be prepared to deliver a 7-minute micro presentation.
  • You can sign up to attend and be prepared to deliver a 2-minute nano presentation.
  • You can sign up to attend and lead a learning conversation…you’ll be asked to suggest a discussion question when signing up, please make this related to digital learning. You can ask a question that you’re grappling with yourself, if you are other people will be too. And yes, you can sign up to lead a learning conversation as well as signing up to present you keen bean you.
  • You can sign up to attend…but you’ll still be expected to join right in and share your thoughts and ideas.

If this sounds like this is right up your street then click the link below and get yourself signed up…


South East Eating Disorders Conference – “Working with Families”

South East Eating Disorders – Scotland Conference:

“Working with Families”

 Date: Wednesday 25th February, 2015

Time: 10 am – 4 pm

Venue: Norton Park Conference Centre, 57 Albion Road, Edinburgh, EH7 5QY

The attached flyer contains informtion about a conference on 25th February.  “Working with Families” is is open to everyone including people with lived experience of an eating disorder, their families and/or carers, professionals, volunteers, educators and students.

Places can be reserved by telephoning the NHS Lothian Team on 0131 465 5507


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Holocaust Memorial Day 2015

This is a link to the downloadable, cross-curricular teaching resources produced by the Holocaust Educational Trust:

Here is a link to the Scottish Ambassadors’ facebook page (you have to ‘like’ it to follow!):, A virtual learning community where we will be posting events to attend in Scotland, teaching activities and videos, information about the Trust’s 70 voices app with Holocaust Survivor testimonies, information about relevant films and TV programmes on this week as well as our #DontHateCreate facebook campaign:

‘#DontHateCreate is a campaign in Scotland inspired by the cultural legacy of the artists, poets and musicians imprisoned at the Terezin camp in the Holocaust. They showed how hope and human creativity can overcome adversity. Create something related to the Holocaust (eg. Art/song/poem/short-story/photography/graphic-strip/candle/etc.) OR share something already out there which you like. Post it with #DontHateCreate, copy+paste this description and tag 5 friends to raise awareness for Holocaust Memorial Day. Forfeit is to tag 10 friends. Get creative!’

Lastly, this is a 12m video I created back in 2009 with another Ambassador for the Trust, after visiting Auschwitz. It is already shown in some East Renfrewshire and East Dunbartonshire schools, you are welcome to show in your school if you like:

CLPL Opportunity for Primary Staff – CFE016 Fischy Online – 6th February 2015

Fischy Music has been funded by the Scottish Government to build an online platform that will enable Primary Schools across Scotland to have access to musical resources in classrooms for Health and Wellbeing work.

A briefing session has been scheduled for Friday 6th February 2015, 1.30-3.30, Saltire Rooms, John Muir House, Haddington

Staff attending can expect to find out more about this online resource, which is linked to the Curriculum for Excellence by outcomes and topic and it is easy to search for songs by theme or keywords.

Teachers can use songs:

  • In different locations in the School via computers, tablets and smartboards
  • Via different means: lyrics, video, teaching ideas, symbol movies
  • For different purposes: discussions, classroom activities and more

Add the fun factor to important Health and Wellbeing topics

Catchy, accessible songs which have been thoroughly tested for effectiveness

Empower teachers to tackle difficult issues

Songs reach pupils in a different way from regular classroom activities and using a ‘third party’ for inspiration helps engagement

Build coping strategies

Wide range of topics covered, including managing emotions, bullying, loss, friendship and transition. Help pupils see they aren’t alone in what they are dealing with

Curricular outcomes and lesson planning

Search by Curriculum for Excellence experiences and outcomes as well as other themes and topic areas – accessible at work and home

Support a range of learning styles and inclusion

Resources accompanied by British Sign Language, specifically created for Additional

Support Needs and different styles of learning

Gain confidence in teaching new songs

Our videos and notes make it easy to pick up new songs – and the signs and actions!

Practise in class – benefit in assemblies

Help assemblies flow, when pupils already know the words and actions; sheet music and guitar chords all included

Like to find out more? Book a place at this briefing by e-mailing the Training & Development Team ( quoting reference CFE016

Please see this attached flyer for more information – Fischy Online flyer-LR

Working with Fathers: Promoting the Positive Involvement of Fathers in Vulnerable Families

Working with Fathers: Promoting the Positive Involvement of Fathers in Vulnerable Families

Tuesday 27 January 2015, 2.00-4.00pm (refreshments provided), Seminar Room 3, Chrystal Macmillan Building, University of Edinburgh, 15a George Square, Edinburgh

This seminar will introduce a report looking at the positive involvement of fathers in vulnerable families and the role played by frontline staff. The report is informed by interviews and focus groups undertaken with fathers and a survey of practitioners from a number of agencies working with families.

Neil Gentleman, Development Manager, Circle, will present with contributions from fathers involved in the study. There will then be a panel discussion chaired by Gary Claption, Senior Lecturer, Edinburgh University.

To reserve a place at this event please e-mail Closing date for applications is Friday 16th January 2015


Teacher’s Ancient Egypt Consultation – Saturday 31st January

256px-Egypt.Giza.Sphinx.02National Museums Scotland are currently developing a new gallery about Ancient Egypt and we’re looking to hear from teachers about what they’d like to see in it.

Teacher’s Ancient Egypt Consultation

  • Saturday 31st January
  • 10.15am-2.30pm
  • National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh

As part of this event, teachers will meet our Curator and hear about the artefacts and stories that will be featured in the new gallery. They’ll also have a personalised tour by the Curator and have the chance to handle museum objects. Teachers will be asked to bring along some examples of how they study the topic in class and to give their opinion on current plans for the gallery. Teachers will also take part in a number of discussions and ideas sessions throughout the day.

In return for attending, we’ll provide each teacher with resources to take back to class, refreshments and lunch. There are a limited numbers of spaces available on this event. To sign up or for more information, please contact Sarah Cowie, Learning Officer (Schools) on

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