East Lothian Forest School Pilot

Over the past few months, we have been developing a pilot project in conjunction with East Lothian Healthy Living service and Saltoun Primary School.  The idea is to set up a forest school area near the school where the young people can be given lessons in a real life context.

Forest School is a concept developed from ideas about working with children and young people in the outdoors. The participants are encouraged and inspired to grow in confidence, independence and self-esteem, through the mastery of small achievable tasks.  Hands-on activities with natural materials develop practical and intellectual skills, which can all be linked to the curriculum.

This type of learning is very much geared towards enteprise in that it gives young people the opportunity to use concepts they may already have learned in the classroom in a real setting.

More information will be posted as the pilot progresses.

Enterprise Awards 2007

The winners of this year’s enterprise awards were announced on Friday 22 June.  As previously mentioned, the criteria for this year was more rigorous and the selection of the finalist was very difficult due to the wealth of good practice shown.  This will be shared across the authority in due course.

The winners were:

Enterprising Teaching and Learning

Gold – St Gabriel’s RC Primary School, Prestonpans

Silver – Cockenzie Primary School, Cockenzie and Port Seton

Bronze – Kings Meadow Primary School, Haddington

Enterprise Activity

Gold – Musselburgh Grammar School, Musselburgh

Silver – Law Primary School, North Berwick

Bronze – Tranent Primary School, Tranent

In addition to the school awards, a number of local businesses were invited to the event.  They were nominated by our schools for the contribution they made to the curriculum.  The awards themselves were given out by children from the school who nominated them.  This added a more personal touch to the ceremony.  A list of the businesses nominated is attached below.