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  • Jennifer Sked 9:56 am on January 29, 2015 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment
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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:

  • Jennifer Sked 10:12 am on January 22, 2015 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment
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    Music Lesson Information 


    Lamp House Music

    just got bigger & better!

    Fun, friendly & affordable music lessons

    for children & adults.

    NEW FOR 2015:

    - Adult Guitar Group(beginners)

    - Sunday String Group(children & adults)

    - Music Technology

    (GarageBand, Logic, Pro Tools)


    - Children’s Guitar Groups

    - Children’s Ukulele Groups

    - Bandjam


    For more information please click here…LampHouseMusic

  • David Gilmour 5:50 pm on January 21, 2015 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment
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    ‘What’s On’ at the National Library | February 2015 

    ????? Welcome to ‘What’s On’ – the exhibitions and events programme at the National Library of Scotland.

    The February 2015 edition is out now: you can access it here.


  • cpdshare 11:52 am on January 15, 2015 Permalink
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    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

  • cpdshare 2:02 pm on January 14, 2015 Permalink  

    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


  • David Gilmour 1:07 pm on January 13, 2015 Permalink
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    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

    Image By Most likely Hamish2k, the first uploader (Most likely Hamish2k, the first uploader) [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons


  • Martyn Pegg 2:09 pm on January 12, 2015 Permalink
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    Staff CLPL and Pupil Winter skills weekends 2015 

    winter skills

    We’ve scheduled two Winter Skills weekends for 2015, both staying at self-catering accommodation in Badaguish in the Cairngorms.  Both weekends leave from the Outdoor Learning Service base , meeting on the Friday at 2pm, returning on the Sunday evening.  All technical and outdoor equipment, transport and catering provided.

    Staff CLPL Winter Skills  - Fri 27th Feb – Sun 1st Mar 2015 – £95 ELC (£150 external)

    This course is aimed at providing ELC teachers and community leaders with the skills and experiences required to journey in the Scottish mountains in winter. If you’re working with groups, or working towards a walking or navigation award this course will help you gain experience and challenge you to operate in an environment beyond the scope of your current award.

    For teachers this course can contribute towards your GTC Professional Update , specifically your Professional Action to help ‘understand and develop the most appropriate contexts and environments for learning including outdoor learning, and be able to apply appropriate pedagogies for these environments.’

    To book yourself on a Staff CLPL course please download a booking form from here and return to

    Pupil Winter Skills – Fri 27th Mar – Sun 29th Mar 2015 – £95

    This will give pupils the chance to experience the Scottish hills in winter; providing them with a range of skills and experiences including use of ice-axe and crampons, assessing snow conditions and planning and journeying in Winter.  The course if aimed at 6th year pupils, specifically those who want to be challenged and learn the fundamentals needed to safely enjoy the Scottish mountains in winter.

    To book your pupils on this course, or if you would like to join the course and help with the pupils from your school please contact

    Bring on the snow!

  • Jennifer Sked 5:11 pm on January 7, 2015 Permalink
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    Celtic Connections Free School Concerts 


    Free concerts for schools and home educators

    Since 1998, The Celtic Connections Education Programme has brought the best Scottish and international traditional musicians to the School Concerts Series at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, and this year is no exception.

    During January we will be presenting 5 school concerts, featuring artists from Canada, Spain, New Zealand and Scotland.

    As well as the headline bands, some of the concerts will feature a mix of special guests and young local performers.

    All concerts start at 1100 and end by 1220, with the exception of the concerts for nursery – P3, which will end by 1210.

    An application is included with this information. The preferred method of applying would be to fill in the form as a word document, then e-mail it as an attachment to

    Please do not send enquiries to this address, as there will be a delay in getting back to you.

    If you have any enquiries regarding the concert programme, please e-mail

    Information for the Celtic Connections Festival can be found on

    Please click on this link to see more information about each concert:- 2015 School Concert Information

    BOOKING FORM: – 2015 Education Programme school concert booking form


  • Andy Duff 11:14 am on January 7, 2015 Permalink  

    Outdoor Learning Service – Oat Route Challenge 2015 

    Up for a challenge? Gold DofE Expeditions too easy? Then this is for you!

    The Outdoor Learning Service are looking for enthusiastic and motivated 5th and 6th year students to join an expedition team to climb all nine of Scotland’s 4000 feet Munros in a single unsupported journey. These are; Ben Nevis, Carn Mor Dearg, Aonach Mor and Beag in Lochaber , then Braeriach, Cairn Toul, Angel’s Peak, Ben Macdui and Cairn Gorm in the Cairngorms 100km east.

    The expedition will start from Fort William and finish a week later in Aviemore. In that week we will attempt to climb all nine; camping and staying in bothies as we walk from west to east. Dates are leaving East Lothian on Tuesday 9th June, returning Monday 15th, or Tuesday 16th June.

    No prior experience necessary – though you must be committed to be able to walk in the mountains for up to 10 hours / 20 kms a day. There will be an opportunity to meet and discuss with the leaders and take part in a team building/training/selection event in the Spring. As a member of the team you will be expected be take on responsibilities such as route planning, logistics, provisions, equipment.

    Numbers will be limited, so in the first instance please send an expression of interest to Andy Duff at Detailed costs are TBC, but will be in the region of £100-£120 per person – plus train/bus ticket to the start and back from the finish. This will cover all staff cost, expedition equipment and provisions for the week.

    And why the Oat Route? It’s Scotland’s version of the classic Alpine Haute Route crossing of course!

    Click here to learn more about the Outdoor Learning Service get up to.

  • Jennifer Sked 11:53 am on November 18, 2014 Permalink
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    20th UK Chess Challenge 


    The UK Chess Challenge the largest chess tournament in the world!

    The UK Chess Challenge is now in its 20th year and has brought chess to hundreds of thousands of children throughout the UK.  It ranks as one of the cheapest activities available to schools.  For a little over £1 a pupil, plus the allocation of less than one hour a week of a teacher’s time, chess can be introduced into each school and the most successful children can then go on to match their skills with the best players in their boroughs and nationally.  The aim of the UK Chess Challenge has always been to promote maximum involvement, with complete beginners starting in their schools, and maximum quality, with international stars emerging from the later stages of the competition.

    See the attached flyer for more information on how to book your place….20th UK Chess Challenge



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