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April 3rd, 2014

Game On Scotland diversity and equality event

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 Promoting diversity and equality

 A professional learning opportunity

 When? 09.00-15.00, 7th May 2014
Where? Hampden National Stadium, Glasgow

 Who should attend?
Teachers and senior managers in all schools, Equality co-ordinators, and staff with a whole school responsibility for Games Legacy, including cluster initiatives, community learning and wider curriculum remits related to the Games (e.g. health and wellbeing). In addition it is relevant for those with a wider global citizenship remit and a particular interest in diversity and equality, tackling sectarianism and human rights issues.

About the event:
With Scotland’s biggest ever cultural and multi-sport event due to start in July, we would like to invite practitioners to join us and find out more about pertinent issues related to the Commonwealth Games. Reflecting on the three core values of the Commonwealth Games Federation, humanity, equality and destiny, the conference will provide delegates with speakers and workshops focused on values education in a global context as well as the inclusion of all.

The event will showcase initiatives from schools and third sector organisations across the board and highlight programmes available to teachers to ensure that, together, we deliver a lasting legacy for learning. The addresses will be delivered a number of inspirational speakers covering a wider range of topics from para-sport, tackling sectarianism, inequality and discrimination through the common goals of the Commonwealth and rights based education.

A variety of engaging workshops delivered by practitioners and organisations experienced in Games Legacy work will provide practical, hands-on exemplification on the impact of using the Games as a context for learning. Workshop sessions will include:
• exemplification from primary, secondary schools and special schools
• inspirational address by people directly engaged with equality and diversity education
• Third sector and international initiatives
• cluster and local authority initiatives.

To register for a place at this free event, sign up online, or email Diane Carson:

The Game On Scotland website gives more details of all the CG2014 education activity.


May 7th, 2013

Game On Challenge – put your goals for the Games on the map

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 : Categories citizenship, Commonwealth Games, Game On Scotland, games and sport

Is your school or organisation planning to mark the Commonwealth Games with a specific initiative? A fun run or sports day perhaps? Getting involved in the Queen’s Baton Relay? A whole school initiative? Or is your local authority running a Mini Games programme?

No matter how big or small your Games related initiatives are we invite you to share them through the Game On Challenge and add to the excitement now building towards Glasgow 2014, the biggest multi-sporting event ever hosted in Scotland.

Benefits of taking the Game On Challenge

  • Your school/organisation will be showcased on the Game On Challenge interactive map alongside other entries from across the UK and beyond. This will provide others with ideas and inspiration for learning through the Games.
  • Every school and organisation that takes part will receive an official ‘Game On Scotland’ certificate.
  • Education establishments may also be eligible for a Game On Scotland plaque in recognition of imaginative ways they have used the Games as a context for learning.
  • All entries will be in with a chance to win exclusive Glasgow 2014 prizes.
  • Scottish schools who sign up by the 24 May will be entered into a free prize draw to receive a visit from Clyde, the official mascot for the Games.

How do we share our challenge?

Simply visit the Take the challenge page and complete the form.

May 3rd, 2013

Game On Scotland education programme

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 : Categories commonwealth, curriculum areas, expressive arts, games and sport, health and wellbeing, international, social studies

Game On Scotland, the official education programme for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, launched this week with the first of many fresh activities for the months ahead. The programme is a partnership to ensure that learners benefit from the connections made possible by Glasgow hosting the Games, with partners including CG2014 organisers, Education Scotland, Glasgow City Council, and Scottish Government.

Organisers, funders, Ministers, school pupils and teachers gathered at Kelvingrove Art Gallery to kick-off an art competition which asks pupils to create posters to decorate the rooms in the new Athletes’ Village. The competition will engage the creative skills and imagination of young people, and generate wonderful artwork and designs for the visiting sportsmen and sportswomen to enjoy. Schools should register on the website to take part. News pieces from Glasgow City Council and the CG2014 Legacy team cover this initiative, and the ‘Evening Times’ article ‘Top tips as pupils bid for Games art honour’ gave it local newspaper attention.

The brand-new Game On Scotland education website provides essential information about the CG2014 Games and the nations and territories of the Commonwealth. It offers teachers a variety of resources and suggestions for actitivities to engage young learners through the curriculum. A Calendar assists teachers to plan work to link in with key developments. Its image and video library will grow as the start of the Games in July 2014 gets closer, and there will be further competitions and challenges to get young people involved. Schools can register and see their own goals included on the site’s interactive map.

School visits by official mascot ‘Clyde’ are already very popular, and the first closing date in the Mascot visit competition is very soon. Grab the opportunity to be among the lucky schools!





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.


March 3rd, 2013

ARKive – Team Wild

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 : Categories africa, biodiversity, games and sport, sciences, sustainable development

Team WILD is a fun and unique way for students to discover the importance of a career in conservation and science – by turning scientists into superheroes!

“From jungle to savanna, rainforest to coral reef, the Team WILD game will test students on their speed, skill and coordination. As they play, students will discover a diverse range of field tasks a conservation scientist or ecologist must do in order to protect the world’s species and habitats – from surveying coral reefs in Chagos to evacuating non-infected mountain chickens from Montserrat where populations are being decimated by the deadly chytrid fungus.”

The game is supported by curriculum-linked topic pages on amphibian conservation, coral reef conservation, predator-prey relationships in the African savannah and reforestation in the Atlantic forest to support the learning element of the game and to inform young people and provide educators with supporting information and related education resources.

There are also two new education resources modules on species discovery which focus on amphibian discovery and classification, please see Species Discovery for 7-11 year olds and Species Discovery for 11-14 year olds.

February 27th, 2013

Neil Fachie, Olympic gold medalist, talks to TES about the support and enthusiasm of his teachers

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In his interview with the TES Neil Fachie speaks fondly about the enthusiasm and support of his teachers who instilled a sense of curiosity and love of sport in him.

He also talks about his experience at the Paralympics in London, when he won Gold and broke the world record, something he finds hard to put into words.  He says:  “It was insane. In the velodrome it was like a rock concert – … it was like being a rock star for a couple of weeks”.

To find out more about Neil’s school days at Greenbrae Primary and Oldmachar Academy, Aberdeen, read the full TES article

February 15th, 2013

Regional events – children’s rights, global citizenship and outdoor learning

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 : Categories citizenship, community, CPD, curriculum areas, early years, games and sport, homecoming, international, leadership, learner voice, outdoor learning, primary schools, secondary schools, sharing practice, sustainable development

Download event flyer and programme

Education Scotland is hosting a series of important regional events in March 2013 to enable schools to explore the implications of two major policy developments – the Children and Young People Bill and the Learning for Sustainability report.

The Children and Young People Bill, which will be considered by the Scottish Parliament in 2013, sets out a range of proposals for children’s services and will seek to embed the United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) across the public sector. This will support the Getting it Right for Every Child approach and also the exciting work taking place in Scottish schools to engage learners in rights-based education and pupil voice activities.

The Learning for Sustainability report, published in December 2012, sets out a strategic agenda for change for Scottish schools. The report recommends the adoption of a coherent whole school approach to ensure that learning for sustainability, global citizenship and outdoor learning are experienced in a transformative way by every learner in every school across Scotland. The report also includes a number of recommendations relating to career-long professional learning, leadership development and the new GTC Scotland Professional Standards. The Scottish Government will respond to this report in March this year.

In addition, participants will also learn of the many exciting events taking place in 2013/14 to support these aspects of learning including:  the Year of Natural Scotland; Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games; the Scottish independence referendum; Homecoming Year; Ryder Cup; David Livingstone’s bicentenary; John Muir’s centenary and the centenary of the start of the First World War.

Through a mixture of workshops, exhibitions and spotlight sessions, delegates will have the opportunity to gain practical ideas and insight from early years, ASN, primary and secondary schools with interesting practice to share. Key national organisations will also be on hand to offer support, resources and advice.

Target audience: The main target audience are 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 (including partnership providers), ASN, primary and secondary schools.


  • 9:30am – 3:30pm, Wed 13th March – Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh
  • 9:30am – 3:30pm, Mon 18th March – Drumossie Hotel, Inverness
  • 9:30am – 3:30pm, Wed 20th March ­– Hampden Stadium, Glasgow.


How to book: Places are still available at the Inverness event on Mon 18th March. Please email Willie Bhari:  or Tel: 0141 282 5208 to book. A waiting list is still available for the events in Glasgow and Edinburgh. Cost of attending event: Free.


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

January 15th, 2013

Glasgow 2014 Volunteers – apply now!

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 The application process to volunteer for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games has now officially opened, and you could be amongst the first to apply! Keen to take your chance to be involved with the UK’s next big sporting event? Get started now.

If you want to know more about just how special an experience volunteering is and learn about the types of roles that are available, just visit our site. There you can watch our  ‘In a nutshell’   video and find all the information you might need.

So put your hand up and let Glasgow 2014 know that you want to be part of what’s sure to be an unforgettable experience! Imagine being able to say you helped deliver this amazing sporting event. And who knows? You might even get to rub shoulders with a world-class athlete or two.

You’ll have up until midnight on 28 February to apply. All applications will be treated equally, so it doesn’t matter if you’re first out the blocks or the last person over the line – as long as you submit your application in full before the closing date you’ll be in with a chance of making your mark on Scotland’s biggest ever celebration of sport – the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games!

Apply Now

August 30th, 2012

SLF 2012 and Global Citizenship education

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 : Categories africa, CPD, curriculum areas, games and sport, international, learner voice, sharing practice, sustainable development

Its now only a few weeks until the start of Scottish Learning Festival 2012, and Education Scotland staff are rushing to have everything ready for the thousands of visitors and teachers expected to join us in Glasgow at the SECC.

Within the programme of seminars, discussions and professional development activities there is a good range of sessions focused on global citizenship themes, including: Games legacy, pupil voice, anti-sectarian education, micro-financing, homophobia, African links, and outdoor learning. Many sessions are practitioner-led, as a means of sharing effective practice, such as the Kingussie primary school seminar on global citizenship on the Wednesday afternoon.

In addition, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation is running a round-table discussion about the ‘circular economy’, fresh thinking about economic development and a more sustainable future. Ellen will outline the vision of her charitable Foundation, namely, to inspire a generation to grasp the opportunities offered by an industrial economy that mimics natural systems by designing-out waste.

Join us live in a Glow Meet from the SLF this year and be one of the first people in Scotland to welcome the Glasgow 2014 Mascot, fresh from his launch that morning! You will have a unique opportunity to meet the Mascot, see the Schools Premiere of his animated short film and engage with his prominent friends (watch this space!) in a Q&A session. The Glow Meet will take place in the Lomond Auditorium and online on Thursday 20th at 1.45pm – 2.15pm.

Our own Global Citizenship team, in partnership with colleagues from Outdoor Learning and other friends, will host a Developing Global Citizens village area within the exhibition side of the show. One of its highlights will be a ‘flooding model’ simulation developed by SEPA and Heriot Watt University, which enables visitors to see the positive impact that planning and preparatory measures can have on the flood effects of heavy rainfall. We will also be showcasing our new ‘Ready for Emergencies‘ online resource, which aims to help young people and communities to become more resilient and able to deal with natural emergencies.



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This blog contains ideas, resources and information to support global citizenship activities in schools - including international, sustainable development and citizenship education and also games legacy.