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  • Jennifer Sked 9:31 am on April 17, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment
    Tags: schools; education;   

    SCRAN – Innovative Good Practice! 


    Education Scotland, one of Scran’s funders, would like to highlight innovative good practice and look at how Scran is used in schools. As East Lothian Council are frequent users of the Scran website, we wanted to enquire about how you are using Scran?

    For example, we have case study underway with a school in E.Renfrewshire who use Scran resources in conjunction with the soft ware “Comic Life” and the University of Aberdeen, School of Education embed a Scran activity into their programme of study too. If you were in a position to provide further information and some exemplars of the Scran related outcomes, we would be delighted to hear about it.

    Please contact:

    Jackie Sangster

    Scran Education Officer




  • Jennifer Sked 2:00 pm on April 3, 2014 Permalink
    Tags: schools; Commonwealth Games;   

    Project Ability – ‘Celebrate’ Commonwealth Visual Arts Opportunity 


    Project Ability is one of Scotland’s leading visual arts organisations, supporting people of all ages with disabilities and mental health issues to explore their creative potential.

    As part of our celebrations for Glasgow’s 2014 Commonwealth Games, we are offering ten Scottish schools the opportunity to work with our experienced visual artists to help create a large scale fabric banner, which will be displayed in Glasgow City Centre later this year.

    Exploring ‘Flowers of the Commonwealth’ pupils will have the opportunity to create a fantastic flower patch through a one day, school based workshop. Our online resource pack will enable children and young people from across Scotland and the Commonwealth to explore Commonwealth culture through the investigation of national flowers, and contribute their own flower patch to our final banner.

    Workshops will take place in school from April-June 2014. There is no cost involved for participation in this programme and all specialist tuition and materials are included. We are looking to work with ASN schools from across the country as well as specialist support units and children and young people with additional support needs who are supported in mainstream education.

    Workshops will be allocated on a first come first served basis, we predict there will be a high demand and interested schools who are not within the first ten to respond will be placed on a waiting list.

    To register your schools interest in this programme please email with the name of your school and a named contact for this project.

    Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions or need additional information at this stage. Further information on Project Ability can be found on our website –

    Project Ability’s ‘Flowers of the Commonwealth’ is funded by the National Lottery through the Celebrate programme.


  • David Gilmour 4:12 pm on April 2, 2014 Permalink
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    logoSTEM and industry awareness are a key aspect for secondary school students.

    The Engineering Development Trust are the biggest deliverer of STEM (science, technology, engineering, maths) activities for schools in Scotland. 8 innovative STEM programmes are available for S1 to S6 and are delivered via 11 regional HUBs. EDT are already working in partnership with several Authorities.

    Attached is the full programme of activities which run from a class industry visit ( Open Industry), a ten week (Go4SET) and six months ( EES), teams stem challenges, to a fully paid, one years, pre university work placement (The Year in Industry)

    • All stem programmes are accredited through CREST (creativity in science and technology) Bronze, Silver, Gold. or the CMI.
    • All programmes are industry linked with local company participation, for early industry / school contact.
    • Every team’s teacher gains CPD, as well as visiting local industry with teams, and gaining industry awareness.
    • There is no fee to any school, team or individual student, who participates in an EDT stem activity.
    • EDT Stem activities have been created with the Curriculum for Excellence in mind.
  • Martyn Pegg 12:58 pm on April 2, 2014 Permalink
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    Local Orienteering Events 

    East Lothian Orienteers are putting on a local orienteering event at North Berwick Lodge Grounds.

    This small, friendly event will be an ideal introduction for all interested in orienteering; young people that have previously engaged in orienteering through school and Outdoor Learning training events; all staff that have recently undertaken (or are about to) Teaching Orienteering 1 through Outdoor Learning; in fact anyone of any age with an interest in a fantastic competitive sport.

    It will be a great event for those with no previous experience of the wonderful sport of Orienteering. Further local events are on the poster below.

    ESOA Spring flyer

    Look forward to seeing you there.

  • Jennifer Sked 1:04 pm on March 18, 2014 Permalink
    Tags: Schools; art; education   

    ‘Best in Show’ - 

    CPD workshop for Primary and Secondary teachers with an interest in Art & Design.

    A half-day workshop on canine-inspired multi-disciplinary drawing for primary and secondary teachers with an interest in Art and Design.  No drawing skills necessary.

    All techniques can be transferred into a multitude of themes suitable for classroom teaching. Examples of classroom ideas suitable for primary and secondary will be exhibited.


    Participants will;

    > learn easy hands-on techniques that can be developed back in the classroom;

    > experience drawing from life;

    > take away further ideas for developing Art themes with young people of all ages

    Please click on the link for more information: bestinshowCPD-MAY2014 flyer




  • Jennifer Sked 12:58 pm on March 18, 2014 Permalink
    Tags: schools; music   

    Free Easter Music Schools 

    Please find attached the poster for the  Easter Music School (plus the summer school) programme.

    This school is funded by Creative Scotland so is completely free, travel expenses are also included.

    Please see the attached flyer for more information: freemusicschools_poster_GREEN

  • Jennifer Sked 11:56 am on March 7, 2014 Permalink
    Tags: community; schools; education;,   

    Dunbar Molecule Hunt 2014 


    Dunbar SciFest 2014 and the Dunbar Traders Association are delighted to announce that the 2014 Dunbar Molecule Hunt has begun. 17 mystery molecules are now on display within 17 Dunbar businesses. Pupils will have brought their own copy of the Dunbar Molecule Hunt 2014 leaflet home last week in their school bags.  

    We hope that you can find time within the next 4 weeks to visit each participating business, find their model and work out which molecule it is. Rise to the Molecular Challenge – find what molecules are made off. 

    Please hand in your completed entry form by 5pm Saturday 22 March to Dunbar PS and Belhaven Smokehouse OR on Saturday 22 at Dunbar SciFest. The winning entries will be drawn at 4.30pm on Sunday 23 March at Dunbar SciFest. 

    The 3 winners will receive:

    •          A MolyMod Kit, donated by Philip Spring of MolyMod and
    •          A Dunbar Traders Association Hamper, containing goodies from the 17 participating businesses. Each hamper will contain a mix of goodies, such as a bike computer; ‘breathable shoes’; a swim fin; a water clock, or T-shirts.

     Get going, get hunting…. get molecular! 

    Good luck for the Dunbar SciFest Voluntary Organising Team and the Dunbar Traders Association 

    Dunbar Saturday Science Club Co-ordinator



  • The Brunton, Musselburgh 3:11 pm on March 3, 2014 Permalink  

    Auditions for Brunton Youth Theatre 

    Young people aged 12 – 15 years, with an interest in and enthusiasm for acting are invited to register for youth theatre auditions for Brunton Youth Theatre Stages 2 & 3 classes held in Musselburgh.

    Brunton Youth Theatre Auditions Tuesday 11 March at The Brunton Musselburgh.

    Young people aged 12 – 15 years, with an interest in and enthusiasm for acting are invited to register for youth theatre auditions for Brunton Youth Theatre Stages 2 & 3 classes held in Musselburgh.

    Tuesday 11 March 2014, 6pm – 8pm, Rehearsal Room at the Brunton Hall

    This is a chance to join a performance focused group, developing a range of theatrical skills and techniques. In addition, this group has the opportunity to perform onstage at The Brunton.

    The audition takes the form of a workshop session with a series of different scenes and activities to take part in. No preparation is required, just a willingness to participate.

    The BYT Stage 2/3 group is held every Wednesday evening during term time from 6pm until 8pm at The Brunton.

    Those wishing to attend the audition should telephone 0131 665 9900 or email to register.

  • David Gilmour 1:11 pm on March 3, 2014 Permalink

    Competition: Scotland’s Environment Website Youth Discussion 


    Scotland’s Environment Website Youth Discussion Competition
    Open to young people aged 5 -18 yrs.
    Open to individuals and groups e.g. youth groups & school classes.

    Prizes: £1000 to the overall best school or group entry and £100 to the overall best individual entry. Other prizes include a backstage tour of The Hydro in Glasgow; 6 pairs of tickets to the Irn Bru Carnival 2014 and electric car driving at Knockhill. A full list of prizes can be found on our website.

    We want young people to tell us what needs to change in their local community that will make a difference to the environment and what role they can play in making it happen?

    Teachers & schools – this will make a useful addition towards the delivery of the Curriculum for Excellence and is adaptable to fit into many curricular subjects. It may also contribute towards Eco-Schools accreditation.

    Young people – this will attract points for Young Scot Rewards and can contribute to achieving Duke of Edinburgh Awards.
    For further information visit:

    See earlier post here.

    Download flyer: 1000 prize youth comp  (PDF)



  • Jennifer Sked 3:30 pm on February 27, 2014 Permalink
    Tags: Commonwealth Games; food, ,   

    International School Meals Day March 6 2014 

    Flag of Rwanda



    Due to the commonwealth games coming to Glasgow, this year’s International School Meals Day on 6th March is being organised through ASSIST, which is the  association to promote and improve service delivery to public sector organisations throughout Scotland and is focusing on secondary countries within the commonwealth.  Our supervisors in school kitchens have opted for Rawanda as East Lothian’s choice. All 32 local authorities have been asked to participate.

    Please see the attached flyer together with a sample menu for further information:-

    PDF international school meals day flyer 2014 (small)


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