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Scottish Youth Parliament guest blogger: “we want Scotland’s young people to be happy and successful learners”.

SYP Education Committee Jan 2016 blogIn this guest blog by MSYP Aqeel Ahmed, he shares about some research that the Scottish Youth Parliament are doing to find out about innovative ways that schools are supporting children and young people to make sure they are ‘happy and successful learners’.
The Scottish Youth Parliament’s Education and Lifelong Learning Committee have developed surveys, and we plan to conduct focus groups to gather the Continue reading

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Back to school… Got January Blues?

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So it’s back to school this week… Easy to get the January Blues after the Christmas holidays and what with all this grey rainy weather. If you’re feeling really down about school, or anxious about exams coming up, remember you’re not alone. You can contact Enquire to get advice about support that might help. And if you want to share your emotions with a counsellor, childline are always ace people to talk to either Continue reading

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Rights Respecting Stars – campaigning for children’s rights!

SP blogIn this blog pupils from Stockbridge Primary look at why children’s rights are important to them.
What are children’s rights?
“Rights” are things every child should have or be able to do. All children have the same rights. These rights are listed in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.  These cover lots of different parts of children’s lives so include things like the rights to be looked after, to Continue reading

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Inclusive Education: Take Action!

hearing 3In October, 70 young people from all over Europe got together in Luxembourg to talk about how schools in their countries make sure all children are included in school life. The event was organised by the European Agency for Special Needs and Inclusive Education. (You can watch a video of the event here.)
Derrick Hughes, from Cumnock Academy, and Mark Stewart, from Our Lady’s High School in Cumbernauld, travelled to Luxembourg to Continue reading

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Celebrating Accessible Books for Book Week Scotland

Book Week Scotland
Happy Book Week my friends. What a fab chance to celebrate all the books you love and take part in events near you – murder mystery, dragon tales, clowns, puppets, songs, foodie talks…Loads going on if you want fun ideas for your weekend :)
If you find it hard to read books, you are not alone. You might find it easier to read books in Continue reading

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Calum Walker talks dyslexia

Callum talks dyslexia thumbnailAs it’s Dyslexia Awareness Week this week, we thought we’d ask Calum Walker to share his experience of having dyslexia. Calum, who is 10 years old and attends Carron Primary School in Falkirk, has been helping other children with dyslexia by using Youtube to share some of his top tips for reading and writing.
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Bringing rights alive! Calderside Academy Barriers to Learning report

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Two fourth year students from Calderside Academy have produced a really interesting report called Barriers to Learning which hopes to raise awareness of the difficulties some pupils face learning in class. The report came about after Robbie Clark and Adam Spence took part in a Children’s Parliament project called “Leaders of Learning” which inspired them so much they decided to introduce a project in their school to consider barriers to learning.
Robbie and Adam hope the report will inspire teachers to think more Continue reading

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When Mr Dog Bites by Brian Conaghan

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Enquire was excited to meet author Brian Conaghan recently to talk about his fantastic book When Mr Dog Bites. The book features an utterly brilliant main character Dylan Mint who is not only coping with the ups, downs and mishaps of being a teenager… but also of having Tourette’s Syndrome.

The book details Dylan’s battle to deal with the tricky stuff – the swearing, the tics and the howling dog that seems to escape whenever he is stressed. To top it off Dylan discovers, after overhearing a conversation between his doctor and his mother, that he only has a short time to live. Continue reading

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New artwork for our collection!

Secondary girl MAR croppedWe hHeadphone boy FEB 2ave been lucky enough to work with a young artist Maja who has developed some great new artwork for us to use in our guides and on our website.
We love the new drawings and would like to say a big thanks to Maja for all her hard work.  Thanks also to Arthritis Care in Scotland who have supported Continue reading

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Meet Cameron Stewart, a brilliant young artist

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Cat, Enquire’s Development Officer, had the exciting job in June of judging the Tesco Bank Art Competition for Schools. Over 7,000 pictures were sent in from schools across Scotland.
Cat was asked to judge the Special Education Category. She was very pleased to be invited  to attend the prize-giving and meet some of the winners including Cameron Stewart, who attended Donaldson’s School last year, and who won first prize with his amazing picture of an oil-rig. The theme for his category was Wind and Cat Continue reading

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