Creative Scotland is funding a stand at the…

Creative Scotland is funding a stand at the Scottish Learning Festival 2011 that will promote the impact that engagement with the arts in educational environments. Please see details of a call for contributors below. We are looking for a cross disciplinary group of artists to carry out a creativity lab for visitors over the course of the 2 days of the festival, 21st and 22nd September, transforming the Arts Inspiring Learning space as they go. We would actively encourage joint applications from groups of cross disciplinary artists who are interested in collaborating for this opportunity. More details and fees are outlined below.

If you have any queries please feel free to get in touch as detailed below.

Call out for artists of all disciplines to set up and run a ‘creativity lab’ for visitors to the Scottish Learning Festival at SECC on 21 and 22 September 2011.
The overall theme of the festival is Digital.

Artists are invited to submit ideas to engage SLF visitors (i.e Teachers, Local Authority Education Staff, Primary and Secondary pupils etc) in participating in a creative process(es). The resulting artworks will contribute to the overall transformation of the stall at SLF.

Key elements:

• Participatory approaches

• Give teachers practical tools and ideas to take back to the classroom

• Highlight how working with creative professionals can support interdisciplinary learning in the classroom

• Cross art form approach, incorporating elements of film, video, dance, theatre, visual arts etc.

• Artists have good understanding and recent experience of working within schools

• Explores a variety of ways to engage (live, virtually, through GLOW etc)

Artists will be selected to participate by the artform networks group organising this stall, using the key elements above as criterion.

Please highlight any suggestions you have in engaging people which may require additional support (BSL Interpreter, Captioning, Support Workers etc)

All resulting work must be made available for use by Creative Scotland and LTS for broadcast, GLOW Meets and video and any other recording media.

The total fee offered is £5000 which includes all planning, travel costs and materials etc. Set up on Tues 20 September and break down on Thurs 22 September.

Please submit by Monday 20 June to Dawn Hartley, SDT, Dundee Rep, Tay Square, Dundee, DD1 1PB ensuring you include your name, contact phone and email.

Developing Global Citizens May 2011 Welcome to the…

Developing Global Citizens May 2011

Welcome to the latest news bulletin from Learning and Teaching Scotland’s Developing Global Citizens team.

Open day study visits to Bellahouston Academy, 6 June 2011 and Lawthorn Primary School, 15 June 2011
Find out about the London 2012 torch relay and how to nominate someone as a torch bearer.

Join the London 2012 Get Set Network and claim your free tickets for the Olympics.

Take part in an exciting competition to design the official Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014 tartan.
Make the most of World Environment Day on 5th June 2011. Find out how

Learn more about the controversy surrounding climate change from the new content available online

New climate change and weather resources available online

Working in the forestry and energy sector Glow Meets are now available to view in Glow

Research in England shows strong parental support for global citizenship education

For more information visit

The Princess Royal Trust for Carers the UK’s…

The Princess Royal Trust for Carers (the UK’s biggest provider of support services to unpaid carers and young carers) will be launching new resources in the very near future to help primary school teachers identify and support young carers, a project funded and supported by the Scottish Government. One resource is an online toolkit, and another is the introduction of two cartoon figures who are young carers, Eryc and Trayc.

We are very keen that all primary schools in Scotland are aware of these resources, and we would like to make them available on the GLOW website, as well as on our own national young carers’ website,

Three primary schools have already taken part in a competition to determine the initial design of the cartoon characters. We will be doing local press releases in these areas to celebrate the winners, and to raise general awareness of the issues faced by young carers.

We propose to send a letter to every primary school to inform them of the campaign and probable timescales.

School open day – Lawthorn Primary School North…

School open day – Lawthorn Primary School, North Ayrshire

Main focus: Sustainable Development Education.

Wednesday, 15 June 2011, 9.30 am – 2.45 pm

The highly successful programme of Developing Global Citizens study visits to schools around the country continues with Lawthorn Primary School, winner of the Best Sustainable School Award 2010.

Participants will have the opportunity to find out for themselves how the school’s systematic approach to global citizenship education acts as a key driver for enriched learning across the whole curriculum and discover how this has transformed the attitudes of pupils and the wider community.

The visit will allow practitioners to find out about:

• implementing a highly effective carbon reduction scheme using the LTS online ‘global footprint calculator’ administered by pupils
• utilising green spaces surrounding the school as ‘outdoor classrooms’
• building strong partnerships with parents and a wide range of local community groups and businesses.
• planting trees and growing food in the school allotment
• the impact of active and vibrant pupil- led ‘eco’ steering groups which drive many initiatives and campaigns. This includes sustainable school travel, waste minimisation and support for wider sustainability education programmes

For more information see: Lawthorn Primary School open day programme
Or visit our LTS Sustainable Development Education Glow group.

How to book
Places for this event are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.
To book, please email: or if you have any queries please phone 0141 282 5172.
This event is free of charge.

Please see the information below which has been…

Please see the information below which has been provided by Alastair Seaman, GfL Programme Manager

We’re running a training course in Edinburgh in Sept on using school grounds for learning – and would like to let schools in E Lothian know about it. I wondered if you would be willing to pass the details on to any schools or teachers that might be interested.

The course will:

. Explore the reasons for taking learning and teaching outdoors – how it can benefit both pupils and teachers.
. Try out simple, cost effective, tried and tested lesson ideas to bring all areas of the curriculum to life – not just the usual suspects!
. Look at how other schools have taken lessons outdoors – across topics and age groups.
. Share ideas and good practice and allow you to start to prepare a lesson to take back to your own school – looking at planning and evaluating learning outdoors.

The day will be a mixture of sharing through discussion, practical hands on activities and a chance to relate the content to participant’s own schools Full details and a booking form are here:

If you have any questions then feel free to give me a call.

Alastair Seaman
GfL programme manager

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Please have a look at the information Jacqueline…

Please have a look at the information Jacqueline Leslie has provided

Dear Colleague

You will shortly receive a free Fairtrade Toolkit which supports schools to attain Fairtrade Status. I would encourage to give the contents serious consideration when thinking about school development work next session, it could be taken on as a whole school priority or taken forward by an individual member of staff who is looking for a opportunity to demonstrate/develop leadership skills. The pack contains advice and support on a range of activities which will support pupil entitlements associated with CFE.

There is a second initiative- the SFTF schools mailing list. They send out news and information and share ideas with anyone who signs up for the schools mailing list. If any school wishes to be added they should contact

There is also a lot of information on the schools section of the sftf website:

Could those school who working towards Fairtrade status identify themselves to me, I know that 2 have already achieved it?

If you require further support , Jacqueline Leslie’s contact details are below
Jacqueline Leslie
Projects Officer
Economic Development
East Lothian Council
John Muir House
EH41 3HA
 01620 827829

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SpeyGrian Educational Trust ‘Wild Connections’ Island of Tanera…

SpeyGrian Educational Trust
‘Wild Connections’
Island of Tanera Mor
23rd – 30th July

Optional ‘Nature Journalling’ workshops with
facilitators: Jan Kilpatrick (artist) & Christian McEwen(writer)

£350 (includes full board in twin-bedded rooms, tuition fees & ferry)
NB: Opportunities for walking, kayaking, fishing & sailing are also usually available

Do you know of anyone who might be interested in the attached informal course? Participants last year included teachers, artists, writers, ecologists and environmental educators. It was described as ‘wonderfully deorganised’.. which we took as a compliment! It would be a fantastic opportunity for anyone but particularly those involved in delivering Forest Schools and/or outdoor learning. I know budgets are tight but some people who have signed up this year have arranged for the LA to pay half the cost.

For further information see
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Enterprising Citizenship 2012 is the UN Year of…

Enterprising Citizenship

2012 is the UN Year of the Co-op and we are warming up with Co-operative
Fortnight this year

These short videos will be useful aids to stimulating pupils thought
processes and discussion around their responsibilities as citizens and the
reason for pursuing enterprise.

Yours to Share

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