Including All Children in the Royal Mail Scottish Children’s Book Awards

The Royal Mail Awards for Scottish Children‟s Books is an innovative nationwide reading project in which children and young people from every corner of Scotland read and vote for their favourite Scottish children’s books of the year. Last year:
. over 31,000 children were involved and an amazing 15,014 votes were cast;
. over 400 schools and libraries in every corner of Scotland, from Aberdeen to Dumfries; Shetland to Arran, took part;
. the 2009 awards ceremony brought 650 young judges from across Scotland together to see their peers act out the winning books.

More information on the Awards including how to register and vote is on the Scottish Book Trust web site at

The shortlisted books for 2010 are:

Bookbug Readers 0-7 years
 What the Ladybird Heard by Julia Donaldson
 Love from Louisa by Simon Puttock and Jo Kiddie
 Stormy Weather by Debi Gliori

Younger Readers 8-11 years
 Invisible Fiends: Mr Mumbles by Barry Hutchison
 The Secret of the Black Moon Moth by John Fardell
 The Dragon Whisperer by Lucinda Hare

Older Readers 12-16 years
 Crossing the Line by Gillian Philip
 The Witching Hour by Elizabeth Laird
 Grass by Cathy MacPhail

But what about disabled children who can’t read the books?

CALL Scotland has again worked with the Scottish Book Trust and the authors and publishers to create accessible digital versions of the nine shortlisted books. The idea is that children and young people with physical, visual and reading or dyslexic difficulties, who can‟t read the paper books, can read the digital books instead and take part in the awards.

The accessible digital versions of the shortlisted books are available free of charge from CALL Scotland. You can request books by going to CALL‟s Books for All web site at


Taking an Enterprise perspective outline your idea for a Curriculum for Excellence informed resource about an aspect of Traveller life (it could be Gypsy/Traveller, Showtraveller, New Traveller or Roma – depending on your area of interest in Traveller cultures/identities).
Your aim is to produce a starter pack of information (any format) + plans that link materials to Curriculum for Excellence – experiences and outcomes – and possible further activities.

Important to develop content – and link to Curriculum for Excellence. Background reading to help you prepare your resources in line with – Building Curriculum 4

See particularly pages 10 – 20, which give relevant reflective questions and examples of experiences and outcomes.

Your resource will be:
• about Travelling cultures but useable for any learner including Traveller learners. You can choose to focus from across the age range (3-18).

• age/appropriate e.g. indicate age and level and include suggestions for differentiation (thus enabling learners with interrupted learning needs).

We suggest using verdana font/size 12 for your text – you might like to look at website to see how they use text. However, when the materials are developed the fine-tuning of its presentation will be done according to LTScotland’s formatting protocols.

Suggested payment scale – 1 days work £100; 2 days work £200 – choosing will be flexible, but a maximum of £400 will be paid for anyone resource. Payment will be organised through LTS.

• Recycling – focus on cars, scrap etc. (Gypsy/Traveller)

• Trading – focus on past e.g. hawking – markets/car boot sales – present – Internet eBay future? (Gypsy/Traveller)

• Jobs Travellers do – focus on e.g. whelking, (Gypsy/Traveller) – focus on setting up a show (Showtravellers)

• Running a Home – focus on budgeting on the move etc. etc.

Please submit your resource proposal using the enclosed/attached proforma:
• by 19th of November – (for working up later)
• indicating suitability for learners at a point across the age range (3-18).

Proposals will be chosen in consultation with TENET members so idea will need to be submitted electronically.
We plan to bring the chosen proposals (number will depend on costs to be awarded per resource) to the TENET meeting (3rd December) where we are expecting the HMI to deliver a CPD on Curriculum for Excellence.
DtS- STEP Proforma

Learning in the Outdoor Environment

What: Learning in the Outdoor Environment
When: Monday 29 November 2010

Speakers: Sheena Johnstone
Memorial Lecture

Claire Warden

Venue : The City Chambers, High St. EH1 1YJ
Time: 6.45pm The speaker will begin at 7.30pm

Booking is essential

Members please e mail

Non members please send details and £7 (students £1)
Kate Frame, 14 West Catherine Place,
Edinburgh, EH12 5HZ.

NB Places are allocated on a first come basis

Scottish Book Trust Young Writers Conference

Are you between the age of 14 and 17?
Would you like to find out about the realities of life as a writer?
The Young Writers Conference will include advice from
professional writers and industry insiders, as well asa
performance and creative writing workshops from
Jason Donald, Ella Hickson and Ryan Van Winkle.

For further details and how to apply visit

The Four Nations Maths Challenge

Inspired by the Six Nations rugby, schools and students in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales are invited to participate in the exciting, online, Four Nations Maths Challenge. Who will be the Top Student, Class and School in each country?

Registration open soon.

Phone: 0117 370 1992