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October 1st, 2013

Film-making and Europe

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 : Categories creativity, europe, ICT, international, languages, social studies, technologies

The Scottish European Educational Trust has launched the second year of its ‘Our Europe’ film competition for secondary students in Scottish schools.

The European Parliament, the European Commission and the EU have a great deal of influence on the lives of people living within the member states of the Union, but awareness of this is often limited or inaccurate. In this competition, teams of 4 students from S3 to S6 are asked to create a storyboard and produce a short podcast giving their suggestions for the content of a short film to raise awareness of the impact of the European Parliament on the lives of young people. Entries for this first stage must be received at SEET by 10th December.

Judges will pick six high-performing teams, who will then be invited to a media workshop run by project partners Radio Lingua. Each short-listed team will be awarded an iPad and given support to create their films. This is the ‘European Year of Citizens 2013′ and the students must consider how to describe what it means to be a young European citizen. One part of each film must be in a European language which is not the mother tongue of any team member. Each member of the top winning team will receive an iPad mini.

This is a great opportunity for our students to learn new skills and language, and to demonstrate their creativity in interpreting the competition brief and communicating a powerful message.

The Our Europe competition website has all the details.


June 21st, 2013

young citizens of Europe

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 : Categories creativity, europe, ICT, international, languages, social studies, technologies

Over the last few months, the Scottish European Educational Trust (SEET) has run a film competition for students at secondary schools. The ‘Our Europe’ competition invited teams of students to create a short film to raise awareness of the positive impact of the European Parliament on the lives of young people in the European Union. The competition website gives details and will host the winning entry soon.

This offered young people an opportunity to increase their knowledge and understanding of Europe and its institutions, develop their ICT skills, utlise their skills with modern languages and demonstrate their creative thinking. SEET worked with partner Radio Lingua to develop the concept for the competition and support the young people in their creative work. The project was supported by the European Parliament and Scottish Government.

Last week the two finalist teams, from Douglas Academy and Bearsden Academy, presented their videos to a judging panel in Brussels as part of a study visit to the city. Bearsden Academy were the overall winners; congratulations to all the schools and teams that took part.

The winning students are pictured below, with staff from SEET and the judges.



May 16th, 2013

Euroquiz 2013

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The Euroquiz competition for Scottish primary schools has just completed its annual cycle. Congratulations to the team from Cradlehall Primary school in Inverness, the 2013 winners. A Highland Council news story reports on their success. Well done to all the teams that took part in the finals, and to all the schools that participated in the contest in the earlier stages.

Euroquiz is a competition which encourages the development of knowledge about Europe and the European Union among young people in primary education across Scotland. After winning the heat in their own local authority area, the top teams go forward to compete in the national finals, which this year took place in the Scottish Parliament debating chamber. The whole final event was broadcast on the Parliament’s TV channel, so that pupils back in their home schools could watch their team-mates in action, and the video is available for viewing.

Euroquiz is developed and managed each year by the Scottish European Educational Trust, and this year the competition is sponsored through funding from the European Parliament.

Note: Image © Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body – 2013. Licensed under the Open Scottish Parliament Licence v1.0.


May 9th, 2013

Refugee week

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 : Categories citizenship, expressive arts, international, languages, religious and moral education, social studies

Refugee Week Scotland 2013 will be staged between 17th and 23rd June, and this year’s festival will celebrate the contributions that refugees and asylum-seekers have made in their Scottish communities and the welcome that they have received. There is a fascinating mix of heritages and cultures among people who have made new homes in Scotland, adding to the diversity and richness of everyday life in our communities. This annual celebration provides a focus for exploring and demonstrating that richness, and there will be events in many parts of the country. Details are available in the programme downloadable from the RWS webpages.

It is also an opportunity for educators. Many schools will run special activities during the week, bringing in members of the local community who came to Scotland as refugees to explain their situation and present aspects of their cultural, linguistic and religious background. Teachers will facilitate discussion and investigation of topics such as migration, citizenship and identity with students. Issues such as prejudice and discrimination, and the media coverage around subjects such as immigration, are discussed frequently. There are high-quality education materials and teacher resources, often produced by charities such as the British Red Cross, which assist teachers in planning activities on a Refugee theme.



April 10th, 2013

Campaign against Hate Speech online

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 : Categories citizenship, europe, ICT, international, languages, religious and moral education, social studies

In recent years the continuing development of the Internet, especially in the areas of mobile access and Social media applications, has enabled positive examples of free speech and ‘people’s voice’ but also many examples of Hate Speech. This form of Human Rights abuse “covers all forms of expression which spread, incite, promote or justify racial hatred, xenophobia, antisemitism or other forms of hatred based on intolerance” (Council of Europe definition). One current example might be Romaphobia and the abuse of Roma people.

Now the Council of Europe has launched an online portal for its ‘No Hate Speech movement’, as part of its programme of work with young people in support of democratic citizenship and Human Rights. This European youth campaign aims to combat racism and discrimination  “by equipping young people and youth organisations with the competences necessary to recognise and react against such human rights violations”. The project is achieving this through training cohorts of young activists, raising awareness, lobbying policy-makers, etc. The campaign website includes presentation slides for local use as a stimulus for discussion and participation, accompanied by use of social media and YouTube channels to disseminate material and encourage action.

Teachers and others working with young people may find this campaign useful for students and young people learning about cyber-bullying and behaviour online, and also for citizenship issues such as equality and diversity. Adult learners could equally explore these issues from a community concern perspective.



April 5th, 2013

Regional events – presentations now available for download

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 : Categories biodiversity, citizenship, community, CPD, curriculum areas, early years, expressive arts, games and sport, health and wellbeing, homecoming, international, languages, leadership, learner voice, mathematics, outdoor learning, primary schools, religious and moral education, renewables and climate change, sciences, scottish culture, secondary schools, sharing practice, social studies, sustainable development, technologies, waste

Thank you to all those who took part in Education Scotland’s regional event programme exploring children’s rights, global citizenship and outdoor learning. We hope this proved to be a valuable and worthwhile professional learning opportunity.

The majority of the presentations, handouts and videos from all three regional events (Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness) have now been uploaded to Glow for practitioners to access. These are available from the Developing Global Citizenship Glow Group at:

Remember too that on-going support, advice and networking opportunities are available anytime through our professional learning communities on Glow: (global citizenship), (outdoor learning), (rights, support and wellbeing).

We hope these resources and communities are useful and provide further inspiration, ideas to support your work. Thanks once again to all those who participated (and supported the event) for your commitment and enthusiasm to these important areas of learning.


April 4th, 2013

Captain Scott’s letter to future generations

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It is 100 years since Captain Scott of the Antarctic wrote his last letter to his wife from near the South Pole. In his letter he famously wrote, “Make the boy interested in Natural History if you can.”

His letter was such an inspiration is led to his son Peter (Sir Peter Scott) founding the WWT (Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust) and the WWF (World Wildlife Federation). These organisations were instrumental in establishing the modern conservation movement and provided a legacy for people everywhere to learn about and care for the natural environment.

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of Captain Scott’s letter the WWT ran a competition in 2012 inviting members of the public to write a similar letter to an influential person of their choice which would have a similar profound affect on the future of our natural world. The competition was won by Brent Richards and his letter was transported to the Antarctic and posted to the children of the United Kingdom.

Read Captain Scott’s letter here:

Read the winning letter written by Brent Richards to the children of the United Kingdom:

February 7th, 2013

Scottish Learning Festival 2013 – could your school be involved?

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 : Categories citizenship, CPD, curriculum areas, early years, expressive arts, health and wellbeing, international, languages, leadership, mathematics, primary schools, religious and moral education, sciences, secondary schools, sharing practice, social studies, sustainable development, technologies

The Scottish Learning Festival 2013 will take place on Wednesday 25th and Thursday 26th September in the SECC, Glasgow.  The theme for SLF 2013 is Raising the bar in Scotland – transforming lives through learning.

The Global Citizenship Team would love to showcase some of the excellent work taking place in Scottish schools on the theme of children’s rights, global citizenship, pupil voice, sustainability and outdoor learning. If your school has ideas and interesting practice to share then we’d like to encourage you to propose a seminar.

SLF 2013 will support practitioners explore a wide range of practical approaches, resources and research aimed at improving achievement and attainment for all our learners in Scotland.

The Call for Participation is now open and full details of the theme along with the online submission form are available on the SLF website.

If you would like to submit a proposal for consideration please do so before Friday 8th March.

The 2013 conference programme and registration will be launched in May and will feature the sessions that have been submitted and selected for inclusion.

If you would like any further information or talk through a potential proposal then please contact the Team at

January 30th, 2013

Year of the Snake – more for Chinese New Year

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 : Categories china, expressive arts, international, languages, social studies

The Year of the Snake will begin on February 10th 2013. Many schools are well into their Chinese New Year activities, often utilising resources made available by organisations which seek greater engagement with China.

The British Council’s ‘Snakes and Dragons’ pack for primaries, the subject of an earlier blog post, is proving popular. Teachers who want a copy of the actual pack, with its DVD resource, should contact the British Council office in London.

Now an associated competition has been launched, with the aim of promoting school work that explores Chinese culture and language. It simply requires details of activities that have already taken place or are planned for next week.

Education Scotland webpages include many links to resources for studying China, such as video Classroom Clips from the BBC.

Now, links to key organisations which promote closer links with China and learning about its rich culture and languages. Each of these has an interest in celebrations for the Year of the Snake:

Scotland China Education Network

The Confucius Institute for Scotland’s Schools , based at Strathclyde University (which replaced the Confucius Institute managed by Learning and Teaching Scotland).

Scotland-China Association



January 29th, 2013

Regional events – rights, citizenship and outdoor learning

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 : Categories citizenship, commonwealth, curriculum areas, early years, expressive arts, games and sport, health and wellbeing, homecoming, international, languages, leadership, mathematics, primary schools, religious and moral education, sciences, scottish culture, secondary schools, sharing practice, social studies, sustainable development, technologies

Who should attend:  School leaders, local authority staff and those with a whole school responsibility for global citizenship, sustainability, children’s rights and outdoor learning

Sectors: Early Years, ASN, primary and secondary schools


  • Edinburgh (Wed 13th March)
  • Glasgow (Wed 20th March)
  • Inverness  (Mon 18th March)


Education Scotland will host three regional events in March 2013 to explore the implications of the Learning for Sustainability report and Children and Young People’s Bill

The Bill, which will be considered by the Scottish Parliament in 2013, will seek to enshrine the United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child in Scottish legislation, thus placing statutory duties on all public sector bodies including local authorities and schools.  These events will also help schools consider how to move forward strategically in a range of related areas including children’s rights, pupil voice and participation, global citizenship, sustainability, outdoor learning and Games Legacy activities.

These events will showcase interesting practice from around the country and include input from school inspectors about the changes taking place within the policy landscape and how this might impact on schools. The events will also highlight the many inspiring moments of learning taking place in 2013/14, such as the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and Year of Natural Scotland, which provide exciting opportunities for schools to develop coherent whole school approaches.

Places will be limited and offered to local authorities on a pro-rata basis but if you’re interested in attending then please note the above dates for your diary.

These events will be free to attend. Please direct further enquiries to

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