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East Lothian ‘Making Maths Matter’ Conference

making Maths Matter Logo‘Making Maths Matter’ is the East Lothian Numeracy and Mathematics Conference aimed at improving achievement in Numeracy and Mathematics and narrowing the attainment gap. The conference is being held at the Marine Hotel in North Berwick on Friday 13th March 2015.

Key speakers are Professor Louise Hayward from Glasgow University who will discuss ‘Narrowing the attainment gap’ and Carol Copstick from Education Scotland who will provide and overview of progress and achievement in Numeracy and Mathematics across Scotland. A variety of workshops will be led by practitioners, children and partners.

Videos of the event will be posted in due course. A full programme of the day can be downloaded: Making Maths Matter_Programme

Twitter: #makingmathsmatter


“Keeping Myself Safe” – Training for P6/P7 Teachers and Newly Appointed Head Teachers

The “Keeping Myself Safe” training scheduled for 31st January 2014 has been moved to Friday 7th March, 9.30-3.30 in the Brunton Hall, Musselburgh.   This training is for P6/P7 Teachers who will be using the resource, and will also be particularly useful for newly appointed Head Teachers.

Course content includes the KMS resource, child protection and digital safety.

Full course details can be found here and bookings should be e-mailed to the Staff Development Team,

National Records of Scotland Schools Programme 2012-13

NRS Schools Programme 2012-13: Spaces available, January – March 2013

If you would like to book a free workshop in the National Records of Scotland (NRS) or join us for a Glow Meet, don’t delay. We have some dates available in our Schools Programme from January – March 2013. Visit our education website for details at

 New Online Resources

We are currently developing a new online resources section on our website to provide teachers and learners of all ages with access to unique primary sources from the National Records of Scotland to support Curriculum forExcellence and National Qualifications.

 We have uploaded three small units on our pilot site:

The Suffragettes / Letters and Diaries /The Great War in Scotland

 Please visit these resources and provide us with feedback on the content and layout of these new materials and your ability to access them. Your responses are important in helping us prepare for a full launch in Spring 2013. Details of when and how to provide your evaluation are available at

Story Lab

Story Lab is this year’s Tesco bank Summer Reading Challenge. It celebrates the power of stories and the imagination.

Aimed at children aged 4-11 years, the Summer Reading Challenge can help primary schools avoid the “summer holiday dip” in pupils’ reading motivation and attainment, widen pupils’ reading range and repertoire and boost their desire to read at home, as shown by research carried out by the UK Literacy Association (UKLA).

Please see the downloadable Staffroom Poster explaining the challenge.

Help to promote the Summer Reading Challenge in school by linking with your local library.

For more information visit

Or contact your local library.

Win prizes: Writing Competition for Children.

If you are under 16 and interested in writing you are invited to enter the annual Young Writer of the Year competition  run by   Tyne & Esk Writers,’ in partnership with East and Midlothian Library Services.  Your story or poem can be about any subject and you could win a great prize. The competition is being sponsored by the Scottish Seabird Centre and the winners in each section will receive a family day pass to the Centre as well as a £10 book token. The overall winners in both the primary and secondary section will also receive an iPod shuffle. 

There are two groups of entry for children and young people who live or go to school in East Lothian and Midlothian: P4 – P7 and S1-S4 and two sets of prizes, one for East Lothian and one for Midlothian in best poetry and best prose. The main judge of the competition is Tom Murray, the Creative Writing Fellow for Tyne and Esk Writers’. 

 Entry forms will be available in schools and libraries in East Lothian and Midlothian by the 27th April.

We really look forward to receiving your competition entries.