Kid’s Holiday Coaching



5 – 12 year olds welcome

Session 10am – 3pm

Expert SFA coaching & fun for all

Tuesday 5th June

£15 per child

Call 0131 669 2266 or email: to get booked in.

Daybreak – Broadcast Live from Edinburgh Castle 28 May 2012

Gethin Jones from ITV1’s flagship breakfast programme, Daybreak, is coming to broadcast live from Edinburgh Castle (Crown Square) on Monday 28th May 2012 to commemorate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, and they want SCHOOLS to join them for a fun packed morning.

They’ll be putting up the bunting to celebrate her Majesty’s reign and will have special guests, music and Scottish dancing!

This will be Gethin’s exciting first stop on his “Jubilee Jamboree” Royal tour of Great Britain, so come out and do Scotland proud! Feel free to dress up in any jubilee attire, wave your flags, do celebratory messages/posters for the Queen and enjoy a royal themed knees up on TV!

Come rain or shine, Daybreak will be at the Castle. There will be stewards at the Castle drawbridge at the Esplanade to direct you to the celebration.  You must arrive at between 6.20am – 6.30am to join in the fun!

 If your school is interested, please contact:

Jessica Nevin – Junior Researcher – Broadcast

Tel: 02078277073 Mob: 07725 948 548<


Edinburgh International Book Festival

This year’s Book Festival will run from 11 to 27 August. Details of the programme will be announced on Thurs 21 June. We welcome over 800 authors in over 750 events each year including novelists, poets, scientists, philosophers, sportsmen, illustrators, graphic artists, historians, musicians, biographers, environmentalists, economists, Nobel and Booker prize-winners and many more besides, bringing readers and writers together for entertainment, discussion and pure inspiration.

For more information browes events and buy tickets 


World Book Day

If you haven’t signed up for the NLN on the 8th of March yet, please contact Margaret as soon as possible. The key note speaker will be the author Nicola Morgan and there will be a choice of workshops and time to share ideas.

World Book Day 

As you may also be aware, it is World Book Day on the 1st of March. The Scottish Book Trust are putting on one of their wonderful Authors Live events. Please pass this onto any relevant colleagues and primary/S1 practitioners. Thanks.

Teachers and librarians of P1-P7 – register your class now to watch our free online event with Francesca Simon (author of the Horrid Henry series) for World Book Day 2012! The event will take place at 11 a.m. on Thursday 1st March. We also have a comprehensive teaching resource pack to accompany the event. Finally, don’t forget your pupils can enter a competition to win Horrid Henry goodies right up until 9th March!

Here are the links!

• Register to watch our free online event with Francesca Simon –
• Teaching resources to accompany the event and support the teaching of Horrid Henry books –
• A teaser video for the event –
• Facebook competition –

The Prince’s Foundation for Children & the Arts

I am writing to you from The Prince’s Foundation for Children & the Arts to let you know about Face Britain, the UK’s largest mass collaborative art project which offers everyone aged 4-16 years the opportunity to engage in the art of self-portraiture.  Hopefully many of the schools in your area will already be taking part, but our aim is to get every child aged 4-16 involved in the project and we need your help.

Children & the Arts is a registered charity that champions the power of the arts to transform lives. Face Britain is not only the UK’s largest mass collaborative art project, but is also Guinness World Records attempt for “The most artists working on the same art installation”. The purpose is to provide a unique snapshot of how the nation’s young people see themselves by creating a self-portrait that can be uploaded onto the Face Britain online gallery brought to life by PhotoBox. Portraits at all levels of skill and in any medium are acceptable, including drawing, textiles, 3D, painting, graphics and photography.

Face Britain has been designed with schools in mind, and the website features ideas for introducing Face Britain across a range of subjects including History, Citizenship, Art & Design and ICT amongst others.  The website also contains links to online teaching resources provided by OCR, the National Portrait Gallery in London and the National Archives. 

All self portraits will be celebrated in a number of exciting ways including screenings on BBC Big Screens in 21 cities around the UK which will become the official Olympic Live Sites this summer and on digital advertising screens in hundreds of train stations and shopping centres courtesy of JCDecaux. In addition the portraits will be used to create a unique montage image to celebrate HM The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. This image will be projected onto Buckingham Palace in April 2012 along with individual self portraits by young people from across the UK.

We think that Face Britain is an exciting project and hope you do too.  So far over 700 UK schools have signed up for the project and have uploaded almost 9000 portraits already. More are added to the gallery every day! The project is completely free of charge and is not a competition; it is open to every child aged 4-16. We hope you will support The Prince’s Foundation for Children & the Arts’ aim to involve every child by promoting Face Britain to your local schools and encouraging them to take part.

For further information, details on how schools can register to take part and to view the online gallery, please see (designed with the young people involved in mind) and

Training for Trainers

Training for Trainers

Friday 14th October 2011, 10am-4pm

 Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43-45 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1SR

 Storyteller CPD | Skills

What does it take to be an effective trainer?  How can you get the best out of yourself – and those you’re training?  Join Jamie Jauncey and Ruth Kirkpatrick to look at best practice approaches, your own training style and practical tools to help you deliver engaging and meaningful storytelling training. This day-long course is relevant to experienced storytellers who want to develop their abilities as a training facilitator, and anyone else who wants a fresh approach to delivering training events.

£40/£34 Network members   To Book : 0131 556 9579


  • Look at planning a session
  • Consider personal training style and aims
  •  Explore different audiences and learning styles
  •  Consider structure and content of a session
  •  Consider how to engage with a group
  •  Try out some story-related exercises
  •  Hear others’ ideas and consider some challenges

Programme  – The morning will be lead by Ruth Kirkpatrick who will address the specifics of storytelling training, from the practical to the cognitive. You will have a chance to plan a workshop to fit a scenario. In the afternoon Jamie Jauncey will lead the session to look more generally at how ‘story’ can be a valuable tool in training, and explore various ways in which it can help us connect with ourselves and others.

 The whole day will be experiential and fun.

 Please note there will be a break for lunch, but food is not provided. The Storytelling Café is open, or you’re welcome to bring a packed lunch. There will be tea and coffee breaks during the day.


Announcing the ThinkQuest
and Oracle Academy Scottish Information Seminars 2011/12 

  •  Refresh, update or introduce yourself to ThinkQuest, 21st Century Learning Skills and the Curriculum for Excellence
  • Hear success stories and examples from Scottish Schools, Colleges and Universities

FREE to attend 1/2 day information events held across Scotland 

Following on from a really successful Seminar Programme in 2010, which was attended by representatives from primary schools, high schools, colleges, universities, government agencies and local councils from across Scotland, we are delighted to launch the ThinkQuest and Oracle Academy Information Seminar Programme 2011/12. The Seminars will take place on the following dates:

Wednesday 9 November 2011, 9.30am-12.30pm – Dundee, Discovery Point
Thursday 10 November 2011, 9.30am-12.30pm – Glasgow, Teacher Building
Thursday 2 February 2012, 9.30am-12.30pm – Glasgow, Teacher Building

ThinkQuest is a secure online shared learning environment provided by the Oracle Education Foundation. It provides students with a safe platform to develop vital technological skills while supporting Curriculum for Excellence. Equally as important, ThinkQuest provides teachers with extensive professional development opportunities from instructor-led to online tutorials giving you all the information and assistance you need with your classroom curriculum. The Seminars will cover all aspects of ThinkQuest from your personal development to classroom integration all in a succinct half-day format.    

The free seminars give you the perfect opportunity to find out how ThinkQuest can be effectively used in the classroom with the chance to hear first hand from fellow teachers and Oracle Education Foundation staff. The soon to be launched, ThinkQuest International Competition 2012 will also be covered, to view the Competition launch video please click here.

To register your place at one of the free information seminars please click here.

If you have any questions on the information seminars please email or call 0141 357 2235.

A schools poster competition has been launched by…

A schools poster competition has been launched by the Carbon Monoxide and Gas Safety Society, sponsored by Scotland Gas Networks.

In the UK, around 300 people are injured and over 40 people die as the result of CO poisoning.

We are calling on all pupils aged 10 to 11 to help us raise the profile of the dangers of Carbon Monoxide (CO) poisoning through designing an eye-catching poster.

There will be 3 winning entries picked from all over the UK, and some brilliant Scottish entries are needed to get the important safety message across.

Prizes include £300 for each winning pupil and £500 for each winning school, along with the chance to win a visit to the Houses of Parliament.

And there is plenty of time to get your thinking caps on as the competition closes on 31 July 2012.

 Download flyer: FLYER

Why not find out more at:



Angel Wings Teaching Pack – Mental Health

Angel Wings is work of fiction based on the experiences of a selected group of people with experience of mental ill health.

After discussion we commissioned Anne Donovan to write imaginatively about a child’s experience of having a mother or father who experiences mental ill health.

Anne was asked to write it in a way that would speak to children and young adults assuring them that they were not alone and that the experience is relatively common.

So, Anne met with the people we invited to take part, asking them to talk openly and honestly about their experience – which they did. She then took all the experiences, mulled them over and turned them into Angel Wings, and as she says, the story would not exist without the generosity of the people who took part. We then asked Tess Wood to add illustrations which have added a special dimension.

We are now keen that the book is put to positive use in supporting children and young people to explore issues of mental ill health. The book is suitable to be used within a formal educational settings – further teaching materials linked to the Curriculum for Excellence can be found on the resources page. We are also continuing to explore other uses of the book in collaboration with carers and mental health organisations. We will keep you updated on new developments on this site and welcome your ideas for its further use.

Please feel free to download the book from the Resources Page and use it!