20th UK Chess Challenge


The UK Chess Challenge the largest chess tournament in the world!

The UK Chess Challenge is now in its 20th year and has brought chess to hundreds of thousands of children throughout the UK.  It ranks as one of the cheapest activities available to schools.  For a little over £1 a pupil, plus the allocation of less than one hour a week of a teacher’s time, chess can be introduced into each school and the most successful children can then go on to match their skills with the best players in their boroughs and nationally.  The aim of the UK Chess Challenge has always been to promote maximum involvement, with complete beginners starting in their schools, and maximum quality, with international stars emerging from the later stages of the competition.

See the attached flyer for more information on how to book your place….20th UK Chess Challenge



Primary Outdoor Learning Days 2012/13 …last few places available…





The Primary Outdoor Learning days so far have been well subscribed. These additional days on top of outdoor school provision already provided by the service are designed to encourage schools to get pupils involved in outdoor learning. So far a very successful year ;

  • 440 pupils have attended the Paddlesport Sessions and  taken part in Paddlepoower Start Awards
  • 125 Pupils attending the Climbing/Indoor Climbing sessions
  • 700 Pupils attending Orienteering sessions around East Lothian

These free sessions, staffed by ELC Outdoor Learning Service Teachers build pupils skills in these activities as well as the generic skills and benefits from engaging in experiential and outdoor learning . The sessions also benefit pupils and schools by providing further opportunities to enhance delivery of the core capacities of the Curriculum for Excellence through Outdoor Learning.

There are only a few spaces left for the Orienteering sessions and Indoor Climbing – get in touch to book a session & you can check availability here.

wstephen@eastlothian.gov.uk  0131 653 5217.

S6 Outdoor Learning Challenge Friday 7.12.12

The final Outdoor Learning Challenge of this season is on Friday the 7th December 2012. So far this year, teams from Knox Academy have been successful in bringing home the trophies for all the events. Congratulations to Knox and to all school teams for their amazing efforts so far . The S6 challenge will be your school’s opportunity to prevent a Knox 2012 Grand Slam!

A mixture of problem solving, navigation and outdoor adventure this years event is at Yellowcraig at 1000-1500 on the 7th December. Get your S6 teams entered for this crucial event now. Email wstephen@eastlothian.gov.uk to enter or call the  Outdoor Learning Service  0131 653 5217

For info on all challenges and the amazing Outdoor Learning opportunities to enhance learning and the CfE visit the Outdoor Learning Service webpage.