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 www.jasschools.org.uk




Forest Schools Burns Gathering

Please click on the link below to view your invitation to the East Lothian Forest Schools Cluster Group’s “Burns Gathering” on 21st January 2011. We are hoping to gather as many FS practitioners together as we can so that we may begin to develop East Lothian’s Woodland Network.

I look forward to seeing you there

Tina Misselbrook (aka Tina the Tree Frog)
Chair, East Lothian Council Forest School Cluster Group

Please email your RSVP
By Friday 14th January 2011

Burns Gathering Invite


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 http://www.ltscotland.org.uk/buildingyourcurriculum/policycontext/btc/btc4.asp

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 http://www.ltscotland.org.uk/ 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 kate.frame@btinternet.com

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.

Website: http://www.mathletics.co.uk/fournations/
Phone: 0117 370 1992
Email: customerservice@3plearning.co.uk