SPTC Results

Many thanks to all Parents Voice members who took part in the last survey on bullying and your experience as parents: the report is now available on the website.

Here are the key findings:
- 75% of respondents feel quite or very satisfied with the way an issue of bullying behaviour was handled.
- Parents see themselves as the most likely person their child will go to if they are experiencing bullying (91%)
- 80% of out-of-school bullying defined as online.
- Parents will go to the headteacher first (79%) if their child is on the receiving end of bullying
- Some schools are refusing to take up issue of bullying behaviour on school busses or where behaviour spills out of school.
- Some Parent Councils are being denied their rightful role in addressing anti-bullying policy and practice.


Education Scotland

1) Learning Experiences Catalogue now launched


Education Scotland is delighted to announce the launch of the Learning Experiences Catalogue which aims to develop a sustainable programme of relevant, engaging and challenging learning experiences for children and young people aged 3–15 within a broad general education.

Learning experiences have been designed to support children and young people to learn to create, collect, code, animate, bake, garden, build, tell stories all set within contexts and many of them are interdisciplinary.

The catalogue provides learners with a brief description of each learning experience which they can read or can be read to them by clicking the audio file beside the LearnCat icon. Graphics have been designed to support learners in understanding where the learning will take place, which curriculum areas they will learn within and who they will learn with. Educators are provided with more information about each learning experience and planning guidance.

Each academic term a new collection of learning experiences will be launched. The autumn collection of learning experiences will be live from September 2013.

Explore the Learning Experiences Catalogue today.


2) Scottish Learning Festival 2013 http://www.educationscotland.gov.uk/slf/

Registration is now open for the Scottish Learning Festival (SLF), which takes place on Wednesday 25 and Thursday 26 September in the SECC, Glasgow.

This year’s theme is ‘Raising the bar in Scotland – transforming lives through learning’. The Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning will give the opening address to SLF.

The full programme of keynotes and seminars, along with details of the range of additional activities are available on the SLF website.


3) Glow TV events coming up this week:

Daily What Newsround, 14 June, 11.00, http://bit.ly/11sm6bQ

Join us for another exciting mix of news and current events with missing words and quizzes! We’ll be taking a look at some of our favourite stories and having a selection of quizzes. Lots of fun! Hosted by Melissa and Andrea from the Daily What team.

Assessment Community – E – Portfolios, 17 June 3.45 pm http://bit.ly/15jbel5, 18 June 8.20 am http://bit.ly/18CnEsj

Join the Education Scotland Assessment Team for a series of Glow Meets taking place in the Assessment Community.
This twilight session looks at E- portfolios and will be presented by Jamie from the team

Assessment Community – Effective Learning Intentions and Success Criteria 18 June 3.45 pm http://bit.ly/10egEz2

Join the Education Scotland Assessment Team for a series of Glow Meets taking place in the Assessment Community.
This twilight session looks at Effective Learning Intentions and Success Criteria and will be presented by Jem and Charlotte from the team.

Scottish Book Trust Professional Learning 18 June 4.00 pm http://bit.ly/12lJYoR

Are you interested in increasing the impact of author events and creative literacy in your classroom? Scottish Book Trust, Scotland’s leading agency for the promotion of reading and writing in Scotland, is running a special Professional Development event which primary practitioners may be interested in.

Scottish Children’s Book Awards – Bookbug 3-7 years, 18 June 10.45 am http://bit.ly/197ywfp

Be the first schools to find who has been shortlisted for the 2013 Scottish Children’s Book Awards in the 3-7 Bookbug Readers Category, and get to hear extracts from their nominated books.

Scottish Children’s Book Awards- Bookbug 12-16 years, 18 June 11.30 am http://bit.ly/152HbM0

Be the first schools to find who has been shortlisted for the 2013 Scottish Children’s Book Awards in the 12-16 Bookbug Readers Category, and get to hear extracts from their nominated books.

Scottish Children’s Book Awards – Younger Reader 8-11 years, 18 June 1.30 pm http://bit.ly/10hnKmB

Be the first schools to find who has been shortlisted for the 2013 Scottish Children’s Book Awards in the 8-11 Younger Readers Category, and get to hear extracts from their nominated books.

Ask an Astronaut with the Scottish Space School 2013, 19 June 10.00 am http://bit.ly/17kXNEW


Join us in Glow TV for the fourth year of ‘Ask an Astronaut’ in collaboration with the Scottish Space School. Take part in this exclusive opportunity to talk to two star guests Rick Hieb and Amber Gell.  Rick Heib is a former NASA astronaut and a veteran of three space shuttle missions. He has logged over 750 hours in space, including over 17 hours of EVA (space walk). He was a mission specialist on STS-39 and STS-49, and was a payload commander on STS-65. He is currently the Vice-President of Lockheed Martin and part of what they do, with other partners, is combining their talents to launch a bold new era of space exploration.

For full details of these and other events, please log in to Glow and view the current schedule:


(Glow log-in and password required).


Also on Glow – the M-Factor


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The M-Factor is an interdisciplinary project aimed at Midlothian pupils in the upper stages of primary school (P6 and P7).  This project uses the context of the pop music industry to combine a range of curricular areas that enable pupils to develop knowledge and skills.

The M-Factor challenges pupils to write and record a pop song and create an associated pop video.

Pupils, teachers and parents throughout Scotland can get involved by voting for their favourites and a daily top 10 chart will be produced.


education experience and associated SQA qualifications. A number of pupils from Barra and Uist have completed the scholarship and gone on to the BSc Nursing course at Stirling University.


The Scottish Government

1) Educational benefit central to rural school decisions http://www.scotland.gov.uk/News/Releases/2013/06/rural-schools13062013

Educational benefit must remain a key consideration of the school closure decision making process, Education Secretary Michael Russell said.The Scottish Government’s formal response to the Commission on the Delivery of Rural Education report has been made in the Scottish Parliament, with the vast majority of the report’s recommendations accepted.

2) Scottish Government Response to the Commission on the Delivery of Rural Education


In July 2011, the Scottish Government and COSLA announced the establishment of the Commission on the Delivery of Rural Education. The Commission was chaired by Sheriff David Sutherland and was given a remit to review the Schools (Consultation)(Scotland) Act 2010 (2010 Act) and its application and make recommendations on best practice on the delivery of education in rural areas. It was also asked to look at innovation and the link between rural education and rural regeneration.  The Commission published its report on 19 April 2013 and the Scottish Government’s response to its 38 recommendations is set out in this publication.


Engage for Education

Rigside Primary Pupils Unveil New Playground http://engageforeducation.org/news/rigside-primary-pupils-unveil-new-playground/

The pupils of Rigside Primary School in South Lanarkshire will show off their newly designed playground to Children’s Minister Aileen Campbell at the official reopening on Friday June 14.

Working with education organisation Grounds for Learning, Rigside Primary School has replaced asphalt and grass with landscape changes, dens, a sandpit, beams and small posts to balance on and even an outdoor pizza oven.



Aberdeenshire Council

Go wild for the Summer Reading Challenge 2013 http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/news/release.asp?newsID=3136

The Summer Reading Challenge ‘Go Wild With Books’ launches this week at Glen Tanar Estate, Aboyne. The event is organised by library staff within Aberdeenshire Council’s Education, Learning and Leisure Service and around 9,000 school pupils take part each year.


Clackmannanshire Council

Redwell Primary Badge and Colours Unveiled http://www.clacksweb.org.uk/council/press/?release=3596

The new school badge and the colour of the school uniform – navy blue – has been unveiled for Redwell Primary.  Pupils and teachers from both Claremont Primary and St John’s Primary Schools attended the uniform showcase event recently at Alloa Town Hall along with specially invited guests representing Clackmannanshire Council and the local community.


South Lanarkshire Council

700 kids of steel enjoy triathlon http://www.southlanarkshire.gov.uk/press/article/802/700_kids_of_steel_enjoy_triathlon

Hundreds of pupils from across South Lanarkshire have enjoyed a taste of sport through the Tata Kids of Steel triathlon.  More than 700 pupils from schools across the area headed to Carluke Leisure Centre for a hands-on experience of the fast-paced sport which will be part of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.



Young Scot 4L


National youth information and citizenship agency Young Scot is to develop a new national programme focused on digital literacy and young people. The programme will be part of the Young Scot Digital Academy, and is called Young Scot 4L– recognising that digital skills should be the fourth literacy for young people, after reading, writing and numeracy.


Refugee Week 17-23 June


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. Many schools will be holding special activities during the week.

For more information, please visit the Refugee Week website.


Child Safety Week 24-30 June


The Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT) is calling on all professionals working with children and families to ‘Be a Safety Hero’ this Child Safety Week. Professionals working with children can download free Child Safety Week resources. The resources provide practical and fun ways of using the safety hero theme to engage with children and families about accident prevention.