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February 17th, 2014

School boy promotes Red Cross resilience campaign through interactive Lego animation

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 : Categories citizenship, community, creativity, early years, health and wellbeing, ICT, learner voice, outdoor learning, primary schools, sciences, secondary schools, social studies, sustainable development, technologies

A 14 year old school boy has produced Lego animations to promote the British Red Cross’ resilience campaign. Using a basic webcam and laptop, the interactive film was crafted in his tiny bedroom-cum studio, bringing together an interest in amateur film-making and a life-long enthusiasm for Lego.

The ‘Disaster Island’ film has now gone live on the British Red Cross website with the aim of helping the organisation to demonstrate the importance of resilience – the ability to withstand and recover from disasters at home and abroad.

To see the animation go to:

For further teaching and learning ideas and free resources go to Education Scotland’s ‘Ready for Emergencies’ Website:

February 5th, 2014

Europe update, February 2014

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 : Categories CPD, europe, ICT, modern languages, professional learning, social studies, technologies

Schools in Scotland have many opportunities to bring ‘Europe’ into the classroom. Curricular and cross-curricular work, projects, competitions, school partnerships, exchanges and study visits are just some of the ways in which teachers address some aspect of life in the European Union and other European nations.

For example: the Scottish European Educational Trust has just announced the winners of its ‘Our Europe’ film competition 2013-14 for secondary schools. Congratulations to Lenzie Academy, East Dunbartonshire, and to the other students taking part. The young people worked hard to create short films which highlighted what being an EU citizen means to them and demonstrated their knowledge of European languages. All the finalist school films will be made available for viewing on the ‘Our Europe’ competition website soon.

For teachers and Headteachers who are thinking about adding an extra European dimension to their curricular work, the European Parliament office in the UK is running Professional Development sessions around the country to offer new resources, update subject knowledge, and a chance to talk to one of the Members of the European Parliament (MEPs). With the European Parliament elections to be held in May 2014, and the subject of membership of the European Union frequently discussed in the media, these updating opportunities will be very useful. The Scottish teacher event is in Glasgow city centre on Friday 28th February, and participants can choose from a choice of sessions during the day. Details and online booking are available through the EP website.



October 16th, 2013

NOW LIVE! Ready for Winter Launch Week Activities 2013/2014

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As promised, the activities to promote the Scottish Government’s ‘Ready for Winter’ 2013/2014 launch next week are NOW AVAILABLE to access.

Key messages for this year include: ‘Thinking Ahead’ and ‘Taking an Hour’ to prepare for severe winter weather in the community, at home, on the move and in the workplace. With the clocks moving back one hour on the 27th of October, let’s use this extra time pro-actively! Education Scotland are therefore working in partnership with the Scottish Government to ensure that Scottish schools are as ready as possible for winter.

Throughout next week (Monday 21st – Friday 25th October 2013), Education Scotland and the Scottish Government are asking teachers to run health and wellbeing sessions ranging from simple class lessons to larger projects. Everything you need to complete the free downloadable activities can now be found on the ‘Ready for Emergencies’ site:

Show how ready you are!! Don’t forget to leave feedback on the activities you try throughout the week in the ‘contact us’ section of the ‘Ready for Emergencies’ website:





October 1st, 2013

Film-making and Europe

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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.



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.



January 25th, 2013

Global development goals – seeking the views of young people

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 : Categories africa, citizenship, health and wellbeing, ICT, international, learner voice, religious and moral education, social studies, sustainable development

The current United Nations Millennium Development Goals, which underpin international efforts to reduce global poverty and support development in many poor nations, will come to an end in 2015. There has been great progress, and there will be more in the intervening years, but it is already clear that in some of the 8 themed areas the targets will not be met. The international community is now considering the next set of Development Goals which will follow the MDGs. A High Level Panel on the Post 2015 Development Agenda is leading this work, and Prime Minister David Cameron is one of the co-chairs of this Panel.

The Department for International Development has challenged Secondary schools acros the UK to engage pupils in the discussion about what the next set of goals should be. Its ‘Shape the Future’ competition, launched this week with the support of the Scottish Government, targets pupils from the first three years of secondary school. Each team of up to five students will discuss the issues and formulate ideas for the next goals. The team will then create a short presentation of their proposals in multimedia form. The deadline for this first stage is 28th March.

Five schools will be shortlisted for the second stage, and given mentor and workshop support to refine their proposals and prepare a final presentation. These school teams will gather in London to make their final pitches to an Expert Panel. The winning team will work with Oxfam on a special project over the subsequent months.

The challenge represents a great opportunity to get young people engaged with development issues that will change the world they will live in.

A dedicated resource pack for schools, to assist with taking part in the Shape the Future challenge, will soon be available to download from the Global Dimensions website. There are also many links to global citizenship resources and organisations from our own Education Scotland website.

An information sheet for teachers at Scottish schools is available for download and distribution.

Shape the Future schools competition – info sheet for schools (Scotland)


November 28th, 2012

Our Europe – competition for Scottish secondary students

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A new film-making competition for Scottish high school students aims to promote knowledge about the European Parliament and European Union and develop the ICT skills of young people.

The ‘Our Europe’ competition, created by the Scottish European Educational Trust and funded by the European Parliament

The competition invites schools “to offer students the chance to work on an engaging interdisciplinary project, combining Modern Languages with Modern Studies and Media/ICT”. Each team will consist of two S3 and two S6 pupils, and in the first round they will work together to produce “a storyboard and an audio or video pitch describing what makes you a European and how the European Parliament affects you”. The best teams from the first round will then get the opportunity to make their film, working with media professionals from Radio Lingua. The final round participants will pitch their film to experts in Brussels.

Full details are on the competition website and on Facebook.


September 26th, 2012

Europe and Languages

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Buna ziua, bonjour and guten tag.

Today is European Day of Languages 2012, and schools and organisations across the European Union will be running special activities to celebrate the excitement and value of foreign languages. Here in Scotland, SCILT is running a competition for schools to recognise their achievements in organising EDL activities which demonstrate four criteria: creativity and innovation; pupil voice and responsibility; interdisciplinary learning; and partnership working or parental involvement.

Education Scotland has launched ‘Passeport pour la Francophonie‘, a new resource for primary school practitioners which offers an introduction to the French-speaking world and resources for learners. It has a particular focus on France, Gabon, Egypt, Madagascar and Polynesia.

The European Commission has published a report on foreign language learning which indicates that children start their learning at an increasingly early age in European nations.

Scottish Government recently announced increased support for the teaching of modern languages in Scottish schools.

September 25th, 2012

New-look Schools Global Footprint calculator – NOW live!

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 : Categories curriculum areas, ICT, mathematics, renewables and climate change, sciences, sustainable development, technologies, waste

Education Scotland’s new-look Schools Global Footprint Calculator is now live and can be viewed at:

This key online resource has had a significant refresh with many  improvements made to the calculator to make it even easier to use.

The school estate is responsible for an estimated 50% of greenhouse gas emissions from local authorities. The online calculator allows learners to measure the ecological and greenhouse gas footprint of their school in relation to six topic areas: food, water, energy, buildings, transport and waste. Learners are also encouraged to develop innovative approaches to reducing their impact on the environment and promoting sustainable lifestyles in the wider community – from tackling the school run to growing and eating their own produce to reduce food miles.

In addition to providing an exciting real life context for delivering the experiences and outcomes, the resource greatly supports Eco-Schools activities and provides learners with skills for learning, life and work as Scotland move towards a low-carbon future.

View the Schools Global Footprint resource or find out more about Education Scotland’s sustainable development education resources.

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