Nominations now open: AbilityNet Tech4Good Awards 2017

Nominations are now open for the AbilityNet Tech4Good Awards 2017.

The theme of the awards is: “Celebrating the people using tech to make the world a better place”.

There are eight Awards to enter this year, including the new Comic Relief Tech4Good for Africa Award:

• AbilityNet Accessibility Award
• BT Young Pioneer Award
• BT Connected Society Award
• Comic Relief Tech4Good for Africa Award
• Community Impact Award
• Digital Health Award
• Digital Skills Award
• Tech Volunteer of the Year Award
You can find out more about each Award and enter now on the Tech4Good Awards website, and follow them on Twitter at

Junior Award Scheme for Schools (JASS)


The Junior Award Scheme for Schools (JASS) was set up by Friends of the Award (FOTA) in partnership with the City of Edinburgh Council.  JASS is a personal achievement award, initially designed for pupils in P6 to S2 to support the transition from primary school to senior school.

JASS is designed to fit with the objectives of the Curriculum for Excellence and has four sections – Get Active, Stay Active, Me and My World, My Interests and Adventure.  The aim of JASS is to encourage children to develop new skills and interests, recognise their achievements and build their self confidence and self-esteem.  The award is flexible and can be tailored to the interests and abilities of individuals.

The take up of JASS in Edinburgh schools has been excellent and we are now in a position to deliver JASS outwith Edinburgh.  The latest newsletter has been attached for your information JASS Newsletter winter pdf  and you can also access further information, including case studies, on their website at




Batonbearer animation


Community Batonbearers – Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games – Queen’s Baton Relay

 And we’re off!  The online community batonbearer programme was launched on 10 October and will remain open for nominations until 17:00 on 22 November. Members of the public have the opportunity to nominate a deserving individual from their local community to become a batonbearer.

Community nominations can be made by accessing the online form at

 To support you in the promotion of the campaign we have produced a short digital animation film to showcase this unique opportunity is available via the following link:

 It is also on YouTube at

Young Writer of the Year – 2013



Young Writer of the Year 2013

Open to all schools and pupils living in East Lothian and Midlothian


Competition subject

Let your imagination run wild – entries will be accepted on any topic

 Two categories of entry

  • P4- P7
  • S1 – S4

 Why participate

  • Fits with Curriculum for Excellence
  • Good evidence for HMIe inspections
  • Encourages creativity

Please see below the rules for entering the competition.


Rules1 – Young Writer of the Year2013

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There are two sets of prizes – one for East Lothian and one for Midlothian consisting of:

Best poetry                 

Best prose      


All the winners will receive a £10 book token plus a family day pass to the Scottish Seabird Centre  in North Berwick          

 The overall Young Writer of the Year winner P4- P7 will receive an iPod Shuffle plus a family day pass to the Scottish Seabird Centre in North Berwick       

 The overall Young Writer of the Year winner S1- S4 will receive an iPod Shuffle plus a family day pass to the Scottish Seabird Centre in North Berwick.   

 Award Ceremony

Winners of the competition will have prizes presented at Tranent Library on Monday 23 September at 4.30pm.


 Closing date for entries

Friday 14 June 2013


The World Education Games 2013


The World Education Games are taking place on the 5-7th March 2013 and we anticipate over 5.5 million pupils participating from around the globe and this year .  Pupils will even be attempting to become triple World Record Breakers too!  Enter World Education Games 2013!

 It is open to both primary & secondary schools and, as you may know, East Lothian pupils have competed extremely well in the past. 

 The Games incorporate, World Literacy Day, World Maths Day and World Science Day so there is something for everyone.

Climate Week


Climate Week

Britain’s Biggest Climate Change Campaign

4 to 10 March 2013


Do you have an event or activity planned for Climate Week 2013? Register now at By registering your event, you can help build a social movement for change, encourage others in your area to run their own event, and profile the fantastic work that you are doing. All registered events appear on our online map, so this is your chance to shine 

Backed by the Prime Minister, Paul McCartney, the NAHT and the Met office to name a few, Climate Week is a supercharged national campaign to inspire a new wave of action on climate change. It culminates in thousands of events and activities, planned by organisations from every sector of society. During the last Climate Week, over 3,000 events were attended by half a million people across the UK for the second successive year. 

 No event planned yet? You can register now for the Climate Week Challenge, Britain’s biggest environmental competition. The Challenge is open to all ages, can be done on any day during Climate Week and it is completely free to take part. Over 130,000 people participated in 2012 in a challenge to come up with an idea to green a local space and make it more environmentally friendly. The entries were judged by a celebrity panel and the winners went on to take part in workshops organized by industry and business leaders.


Whatever you do, don’t forget to tell us about it! You can help to build a movement for change by sharing your Climate Week activities at 

To find out more about Climate Week go to, email or telephone on 020 3397 2601.

The Caledonian Family Of Awards

The Caledonian Family of Awards provide an opportunity for young people and adults with special support needs, to participate in an educational programme which will help them reach their full potential while increasing their self-esteem and independence.  Increasing their self – esteem and community involvement increases their ability to become active integrated members of society and is recognised with a national achievement award.

The achievement awards from the Caledonian Family of Awards are tailor made packages which support education professionals to fulfil the requirements of The Curriculum for Excellence. Each of the Awards promotes independence skills, citizenship, equality of achievement while encouraging creativity and ambition.

The Junior and Standard Awards are open to all young people, aged between 7 – 19 years, within additional support needs schools and young people with increased support needs in mainstream schools.

The Team at the Caledonian Award are looking forward to welcoming back those of you who had young people involved in previous years and would be delighted to welcome groups who are new to the Caledonian Family of Awards.

The award office is open between 9.30am and 12.30pm. Please do not hesitate to contact us at

Bearsden Public Hall, 69 Drymen Rd, Bearsden, G61 3QT

Tel – 0141 931 5678

Fax – 0141 956 9562

Email –

Registration forms and more information is available on-line at




With over £1.3 million remaining in the CashBack for Communities Youth Work Fund budget, now is the time to be working up an application for youth work events and activities for young people aged 10 – 19 years. A CashBack award can fund youth work programmes until 31st May 2012, so this might be an ideal way of funding your winter and Easter youth work programmes up to a maximum period of 26 weeks. The maximum award is £30k.

Check out the Fund criteria on the YouthLink Scotland website at where you can download an application form, notes of guidance and frequently asked questions.

If you need assistance with the application form please call any member of the CashBack Team at YouthLink Scotland on 0131 313 2488.

Marianne McCron wins George D Gray Dissertation Award

St Mary’s Primary teacher Marianne McCron has won the George D Gray Award for the best undergraduate dissertation in teacher education in Scotland.

Her topic was an investigation into ways in which boys and girls interact in the classroom and the impact of gender on social relations, pupil motivation and performance.

More information at

Photo is at (All rights reserved by GTCS, so we can’t use it here!)

Inspiring Volunteering Awards East Lothian 2011

Volunteers can be nominated for the categories of:

  • Volunteer of the Year
  • Young Volunteer of the Year
  • Volunteer Team/Group of the Year
  • Tenant Volunteer of the Year
  • Tenants Group of the Year
  • Outstanding contribution to Tenants Participation
  • Volunteer Adult Tutor/Group Worker of the Year
  • Volunteer Youth Worker of the Year
  • Community Activist of the Year

More information:

East Lothian Inspiring Volunteering Awards Application 2011

inspiring vol awards poster

East Lothian Inspiring Volunteering Awards Application 2011