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  • David Gilmour 5:58 pm on September 10, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    Animation15 Competition Launches on Monday 15 September 2014! 

    logoCalling all school & college students aged 7-19 ! Make a 1-minute animated film on your computer, enter our competition, and you could win great prizes! (read the rules & FAQ).

    The competition launch date is Monday 15 September 2014.

    The deadline for submitting entries will be midnight on Friday 10 March 2015.

    Animation14 web site is here.

  • Jennifer Sked 8:51 am on September 8, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment
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    Smoke Free Homes 


    NHS Lothian, in collaboration with youthwork charity Fast Forward, would like to offer all primary schools in Edinburgh, East Lothian or Midlothian a completely free workshop for their pupils on second hand smoke, tobacco and health.

     NHS Lothian and Fast Forward have developed a highly successful ‘Smoke Free Homes’ project which gives primary schools the opportunity to address second hand smoke in line with many of the Curriculum for Excellence’s E’s and O’s. The project also supports accreditation towards the Rights Respecting Schools Award. Over 60 primary schools have so far completed the project. Participation and workshops are free and the project can be tailored to the needs of individual primary schools. In addition, many schools have received positive media interest as a result of the project.

     We also offer:

    •             information about how the project links to CfE E’s and Os

    •             trained staff delivering a workshop on second hand smoke to pupils

    •             links to further information about second hand smoke for teachers to use

    •             publicity materials for parents

    •             a framed certificate for your school

    •             opportunities to attend training and networking events on tobacco issues


    NHS Lothian and Fast Forward would be delighted to work with your school during the 2014/15 session. If you are interested in taking part or would like more information, please contact Chris Read at Fast Forward 0131 554 4300



  • Jennifer Sked 12:23 pm on September 4, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    Creative Conversation

    The first of the 2013/14 Creative Conversations will be on Monday 8th September at 4 for 4.30 till 5.30 with wine and canapes afterwards (venue to follow with confirmation of attendance). Our first Creative Catalyst this session is Hywel Roberts.

    This Creative Conversation is titled Fly Me to the Moon and through conversation with Hywel, it will be a chance to realise that the sky is not the limit and that anything is possible. He was recently described as ‘a world leader in enthusiasm’.

    Hywel Roberts, is also described as the king of ‘Imagineering’ and  is one of the most entertaining and practical speakers you are ever likely to hear, His bookOops! Getting Children to Learn Accidentally’really captures that. It is amusing, dynamic and full of helpful ideas, strategies and tools. He has worked with a number of schools and local authorities to improve performance and is widely respected for his achievements. All of his success is based on creative and imaginative approaches and a real belief that while learners should be successful, they should also love learning.

    You can get a full biography at, but the main thing you need to know

    There will certainly be laughter. There may be singing. It is absolutely guaranteed that there will be animated conversation and lots of learning.

    To find out more clikc here…………..Creative Conversation Invitation – Hywel Roberts

  • David Gilmour 12:12 pm on August 25, 2014 Permalink
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    East Lothian Numeracy Academy 


    A new Numeracy Academy website has been developed to support staff using SEAL (Stages of Early Arithmetical Learning) to teach numeracy.

    The website contains videos and materials, including flipcharts, to support the approach.

    The link for the site is:

  • Jennifer Sked 2:24 pm on August 21, 2014 Permalink  

    Newhailes NTS Detectives Nature Club 



    Newhailes Ranger Service would like to invite children aged from 7 to 12 to join the Detectives Nature Club.  If you would like to be budding detective then click on this link and find out more about all the exciting things you could be getting up to….NTS_Detectives_2014

    glassuntitledFor more information on any aspect of the Newhailes NTS Detectives, contact:

    Lothian Area Ranger, National Trust for Scotland, Newhailes, Musselburgh, East Lothian, EH21 6RY. Tel: 0844 493 2124, 07748 766 794. Email:



  • Jennifer Sked 9:13 am on August 21, 2014 Permalink
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    Greenpower Education Trust Event 

    greenpower-picThe Greenpower Education Trust’s objective is to advance education in the subjects of sustainable engineering and technology to young people.

    Their mission is…….

    • To change current views about engineering, presenting it as a fascinating, relevant and dynamic career choice for any young person.
    • To demonstrate the importance of engineering, and associated STEM subjects, to solve the problems faced by societies today particularly in the areas of sustainability.
    • To link education, industry and community through inspirational engineering projects.
    • To promote social inclusion through engaging with vulnerable and economically disadvantaged young people.

    Hence Greenpower Education Trust created a number of practical, educational engineering challenges which fulfil our mission and encompass all of our values.

    Inspiration Motivation Passion Dedication Fun

    Greenpower are hosing an event at East Fortune on 31 August - to find out more about this and even more about Greenpower please click on the web link

    Image by Greenpower.




  • David Gilmour 3:58 pm on July 7, 2014 Permalink
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    SCRAN: Photo 14 National School Student Competition 


    What’s this aboot?

    Scran is heading to its 20th year. Periodically, it has run a national photography competition. They thought that, as this is a momentous year for Scotland, it would be a stoatin’ idea to run another National School Student Photography Competition.

    Full details are here.

    Good luck!

  • Jennifer Sked 2:48 pm on July 2, 2014 Permalink
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    Tour de France Resources for your Primary School 


    Headstart Languages are providing free Tour de France resources to all UK primary school.

    The resources are completely free and follow our main character Camembear, a French speaking teddy bear at the Tour de France and give children the opportunity to learn about French culture and language as they follow the route with him. They are power-point based and include many learning games, activities, songs and downloadable resources that give children a headstart in learning French. The resources are aimed at EYFS and KS1 but will also be enjoyed by children in KS2. Please find attached a PDF file outlining the resources.

    With languages becoming statutory on the primary curriculum this year and with the arrival of the Tour de France in Yorkshire – this provides an ideal opportunity to kick start learning French in school from a young age.  The learning programme has been endorsed by Welcome to Yorkshire who are keen for young children to be learning French from an early age.

    To register your school for these resources please click on the CLICK HERE on page 2 which will take you to a form to register your details.

    Alternatively you can register your school by completing the online registration form on the Grand Départ page of our website : . Once you have registered your details you will be sent a “taster” game testing your colours with Camembear at the Tour de France. The complete TdF resource pack will then be sent to your school .

    We would really appreciate it if you are able to share the link to these fabulous Tour de France resources with your schools.

    For more information about our Learning French with Camembear programme, please visit our website at

    Looking forward to hearing from you


  • David Gilmour 4:39 pm on June 25, 2014 Permalink
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    National Trust for Scotland Learning Survey 

    nts-logoThe National Trust for Scotland is looking to build its formal learning programme and has commissioned a research project that explores the motivations of teachers and administrators planning a visit to a historic site.

    They would like to understand how the NTS can proactively connect with schools, encourage them to use their resources and what support (if any) is needed to help schools access their sites).

    You can use the link below to participate in this research.

  • cpdshare 12:32 pm on June 25, 2014 Permalink  

    Scottish Sensory Centre (SSC) – Introduction to Visual Impairment and Autism in children and young people 

    An introduction to visual impairment and autism in children and young people: Tuesday, 7th October 2014

    The course will provide another unique opportunity to learn about the nature of autism; the research concerning the co-occurrence of visual impairment and autism; and developmental setback in visually impaired infants.

    This course would be of interest to practitioners working with children and young people who are blind or partially sighted, including teachers, teaching assistants, care workers, habilitation/mobility officers, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, speech and language therapists, and educational psychologists.

    This course should also be valuable to those working with adults who have both visual impairment and autism. There will be a demonstration of the guidance for practitioners developed by the Visual Impairment and Autism Project and discussion of the areas covered: underlying principles, learning, the environment, communication, sensory needs, wellbeing, mobility and independence, and music. There will also be an opportunity to discuss the children and young people course participants work with. Quotes from last year’s course: “…After reflection and referring to website I anticipate today’s input will enhance my performance in field of visual impairment (and autism). Have deeper appreciation of behaviour issues and reasons behind.” “Completely change the way I work with visually impaired/autistic 8 year old boy in mainstream. Pages of ideas to put into action.” “Tips on how to adapt environment. How to change language for autistic children/people.” “More understanding on how to take into account difficulties individuals will be personally experiencing when learning tasks in mobility and independent living skills.” Application forms are available from the website:


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