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Meet Our Authors with Philip Pullman

A message from the Scottish Book Trust:

Meet Our Authors is a free online events programme which allows you to watch your favourite authors from the comfort of your own classroom. So far we have had events with Michael Rosen, Michael Morpurgo, Julia Donaldson and Charlie Higson. Don’t worry if you have missed them, they are available to watch again on the Scottish Book Trust website.

I am writing to let you know that the audience age group for the online Meet Our Authors event with Philip Pullman on the 9th December at 11am has been changed to P4 to S2 pupils.

Philip will be speaking about and reading from his tales – Clockwork, The Firework Makers Daughter, I was a Rat and The Scarecrow and his Servant – which have just recently been republished in one volume. These stories are suitable for 8+ and have fantastic fairytale elements to them. He will also be talking about his books that have been made into movies and we will be showing clips from The Golden Compass. The event will be chaired by Katie Waldegrave, executive director of First Story, and be filmed in London.

Register to watch the event here:
We really appreciate if you would register to give us an idea how many people have watched the event.

There is still time to put your questions to Philip. Remember, we get thousands of questions so to make sure yours will be asked, think of something unusual to ask Philip.
Send them in an email to heather.collins@scottishbooktrust.com or ask them on the BBC website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/scotland/learning/authorslive/.

Watch Again:
If you are not able to watch the event live, don’t worry, you will be able to watch it again. It will be available on the Scottish Book Trust website from Tuesday 14th December 2010. You can also watch all four previous Meet Our Author events on our website: http://www.scottishbooktrust.com/meet-our-authors/childrens-authors-live

Our up-coming Meet Our Authors programme will feature previous Children’s Laureate Jacqueline Wilson on the 27th January 2011 and Artemis Fowl creator Eoin Colfer on World Book Day. You can register for both events already.

We really hope you will make use of this fantastic, free opportunity to watch bestselling and award-winning author Philip Pullman live.

Secondary School Visits: English@PLHS

I met with Jan Ainslie, PT English at Preston Lodge High School, yesterday afternoon to discuss Curriculum for Excellence in her faculty. We spent a lot of time discussing the shift in emphasis that CfE presents in English in terms of how the skills are developed and the broader definition of literacy. She also shared their plans to develop their systems of assessing progress against the Experiences & Outcomes.

Knowledge of Language

Knowledge of Language

With the expectation that all staff have a responsibility for literacy development, are you looking for some support for your own understanding of language? LTS have launched a new ‘Knowledge of Language’ site for this very purpose:

Curriculum for Excellence has made explicit the expectation that all staff have a responsibility to contribute to the literacy development of learners. However, not all education professionals are fully confident in their own understanding of how language works. The Knowledge of Language modules provide staff with a way of accessing further information about some of the common features of our language.

Click here to visit the site.

Catherine Forde Glow Meet

Between now and March award-winning teen fiction writer Catherine Forde will have a new writing task for pupils on the first Monday of every month, and teacher’s notes on the task. Watch Cathy’s brilliant video podcasts where she explains each task with your pupils in class, and print off the accompanying written notes. There are already 3 tasks on the Scottish Book Trust site – check them out at:

Cathy will be available to answer all your questions about creative writing online on 3rd Feb (time to be confirmed) via Glow Meet.

Do you know about the Development & Progression documents?

Lots of teachers seem to be discussing the lack of guidance in the Curriculum for Excellence folder regarding development and progression. Are you aware that there are a number of documents available on this for Mathematics, Literacy & English and the Sciences? Unfortunately, these did not make it into the big folder, but they are available on the LTS website. You can download each of them directly below:


Literacy & English


You can also access these, and many other documents, through our documents page.