“Let it go” – thanks to Disney’s Frozen, it’s one of the most insidious musical earworms ever to burrow into our collective subconscious.
But it might also be the motto that unites many winners at this year’s Scottish Education Awards, held in Glasgow yesterday.
In schools small and large, in big cities and outposts alike, success came where teachers placed trust in others’ ability to drive education.
At St Winning’s Primary in North Ayrshire – pictured picking up the the Numeracy Across Learning Award – children led workshops for headteachers, showing how they got to grips with numbers. Similarly, P7s at Caskieberran Primary in Glenrothes, Fife, organised a careers fair for schools in their area, helping to land an Enterprise and Employability Across Learning Award.
In the Orbiston area of Bellshill, the neutral YMCA helped tackle sectarianism by bringing together pre-school children and their families from different denominational backgrounds – a North Lanarkshire community project that won the Transforming Lives Through Partnerships category.
Similar issues were tackled by Joe Herd, manager of social justice and community at St Luke’s High in Barrhead, East Renfrewshire. He was named Educational Supporter of the Year after using Cashback for Communities funding – money recovered from criminals – to run anti-sectarian projects with Barrhead High.
Tapping into the often underused skills of pupils’ families helped Blackford Primary, Perth and Kinross, take the Parents as Partners in Learning Award. Parent Karen Yearsley has run a forest school there for six years, as well organising a fiddle programme, football coaching and a sensory garden.
Her nomination form said she “inspired and motivated staff to enhance their own teaching skills”.