June Inset Day STEM Training

download (1)Thurso Newton Room

Monday, 3rd June 10am – 12.30pm 

This session will explore the Subsea in a STEM context.  We will explore Marine Biology, Subsea vessels, Divers and Diving, and Remote Operating Vehicles.  Participants will also get a free resource kit to take back to their schools.  This session  has been designed to be suitable for first and second level.



Lochaber Newton Room

Monday, 3rd June 10am – 12.30pm 

Energy 4 Me is a resource designed by the Society of Petroleum Engineers.  It explores the story of  our modern day use of fossil fuels from their formation, to how we explore and extract the substance.  The lessons are fun and easy to use in a classroom STEM context.  The session covers many of the Planet Earth and Materials and Topical Science CfE links – it is especially relevant in light of the Extinction Rebellions current campaign and the war on plastics.

Apply for either of these courses on the CPD website.

Renewables Twilight Sessions


Mars-announces-green-energy-partnership.jpgWe are currently busy organising Renewable  Training sessions across the Highlands.  These sessions aim to take an IDL overview of the topic.  Participants will make a wind turbine, and have access to resources which will inspire an investigative approach to Renewable Energy and the pros and cons of different types.

We have confirmed the following dates:

14th May – Brora Primary, 4pm

15th May – Inverness STEM Hub at UHI, 4pm

22nd May – Ullapool, MacPhail Centre, 4pm

28th May – Portree Primary, 4pm

3rd June – Lochaber Newton Room, Caol, Fort William, 1pm

3rd June – Thurso Newton Room, 1pm

Apply via the CPD website and we hope to see you there!



Dippy on Tour – on youtube!

Your class can be (virtually) transported to the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum to meet Dippy the Dinosaur!



Dippy the dinosaur will broadcast live from Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum on Wednesday 27th March, 9:30 – 10:30.  Join us at https://bit.ly/2Tx7eAi

Your class will see and hear about Dippy, as well as having the opportunity to ask questions about dinosaurs, fossils and endangered species!

Palaeontologist Neil Clark, geologist Ann Ainsworth and natural historian Richard Sutcliffe will be on hand to answer your questions.

They will be taking questions in the live chat! Remember to include your school name and class and we’ll give you a shout out if we answer your question! See you there.

Any questions  to clare.gray@glasgowlife.org.uk


Meet Jessie and Friends


Think U Know are delighted to announce the launch of Jessie & Friends, our new online safety education resource for 4-7 year olds.

Based on a series of three fun, age-appropriate animations, Jessie & Friends follows Jessie, Mo and Tia as they view, share and game their way towards a safer future online.  More information can be found here

Food for Thought Education Fund

The Food for Thought Education Fund gives financial support to develop Food and Health as a context for learning. The fund aims to improve practitioner confidence in pStiring pansroviding progressive, high quality, skills based learning experiences which help to embed food education into the ethos of the establishment. It also provides an opportunity to plan and implement learning experiences which build sustainability and capacity for future development.

​Now in its seventh year, the Fund allows Local Authority Schools and Early Learning and Childcare​ settings to apply for grants of up to £2000 to develop projects that support the aims of the Fund. (Note – ASN establishments in the independent sector are also eligible to apply). Establishments may apply individually or as part of a cluster of schools from their education authority.​

Applications close at 2pm on Tuesday, 30th April.  For more information click here.

Royal Highland Education Trust Competition


pedal power bikeThe Royal Highland Education Trust are working in partnership with PeachyKeen to run a STEM school competition to design a machine linked to food production that is powered through pedalling.  The winning design will be built and launched at the Highland Show – which is an amazing opportunity. 

This is a competition for individuals and could be done as part of a STEAM session in school or at home.

Click this link for more information

The winning entry wins tickets to the Royal Highland Show for them and their family.

Good Food Nation – Youth Consultation

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Keep Scotland Beautiful need your views!

What a good food nation looks like for Scotland might be different to different people. But, we all need to eat so it affects us all. What we eat has an impact on many aspects of our lives, including our own health, our environment and our economy. And these are the issues which the Scottish Government is considering to help Scotland become a good food nation.

The Scottish Government is asking for views on their Good Food Nation public consultation. The consultation is all about what legislation (laws) we should have to achieve this. And, if you are a young person living in Scotland, or a teacher working with young people at school, college or university, they want to hear from you!

They think it’s really important that young people have their voice represented in this important consultation. Reply by 11pm on Tuesday 26 March 2019.

5 Dates for Literacy and Nature Twilight Training with John Muir Trust

We offering 5 twilight training sessions to introduce resources developed by the John Muir Trust that go along with your free copy of The Lost Words.

To coincide with The Lost Words being placed in every School in Scotland, the John Muir Trust is providing free training sessions on Literacy and Nature. The training will include; discussion exploring ‘literacy’ in its broadest sense; hands-on experience of different writing activities and balance with art/science approaches; and references and signposting to literacy & nature resources. In particular, we shall be using Eva John’s Explorer’s Guide to The Lost Words to make our own ‘spells’ and art work inspired by nature, and enjoy time outside in nature.

This training will be suitable for; Early Years Practitioners, Primary Teachers, Pupil Support Assistants, and Additional Support Needs Staff.   We will also be joined by Rangers, STEM Ambassadors, and supporters of outdoor education to enable you to build partnership to enhance opportunities for your school.

Please join us on of the5 Dates and Venues in the Highlands:

  • Inverness- Abriachan Forest Classroom, IV3 8LB
    • Thursday 21st of March, 4-6pm
  • Fort William- An Drochit, Glen Nevis, PH33 6PH
    • Monday, 25th of March, 4-6pm
  • Isle of Skye- Broadford Primary, IV49 9AG
    • Tuesday, 26th of March, 4-6pm
  • Strathspey- Abernethy Primary, PH25 3EG
    • Tuesday, 26th of March, 4-6pm
  • Caithness- Noss Primary, KW1 4DT
    • Thursday, 28th of March, 4-6pm


The initial training date at Abriachan Forest will be led by Rebecca Logsdon, John Muir Award Scotland Education Manager, and following sessions will be led by Primary Science Development Officers, Emily Brown and Kathryn Thomas.

Please join use for one or more of the dates to meet like-minded individuals and network with education practitioners to discuss how we can to build relationships to support outdoor education and STEM in schools.