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To the wire

Technology

- Two S3 teams from Kilmarnock Academy have competed in the national finals of technology competitions at London's Excel Centre. Team Zeus picked up the prize for best team identity and was placed fifth overall in the UK schools' F1 Bloodhound Challenge, for the second year running.

Survey says ...

Cross-curricular

- The VA at Dundee is inviting primary and secondary teachers from across Scotland to take part in a survey that will help them shape the education programme for the organisation. Its aim is to offer a programme that will encourage interdisciplinary practice and learning, covering a wide range of Curriculum for Excellence areas. www.snapsurveys.com

Grammar guide

Modern languages

- After more than two decades of running residential French courses for final-year students, Caroline Tracey has written her own guide to mastering French grammar called Essential French Grammar: For the sixth form and beyond. "Many teachers try to get around this problem by writing their own grammar notes. Often they give their students the notes and leave it at that, because they feel they don't have the time to cover sometimes basic grammar. This is where my book picks up," she said.

Award winners

PSE

- Five pupils from Castlehead High in Renfrewshire - Gemma Muir, Megan Heslop, Jordan Dagistani, Sulayman Tabassam and Cara Henney - have won the 2013 We-CTV Awards. Their film, Keep Your Colour, was the overall winner of the national project, which is a key part of the Scottish government's No Knives, Better Lives initiative.

The right idea

Citizenship

- Amnesty International UK has released a new cross-curricular teaching pack to help secondary teachers bring human rights issues to life in the classroom. The new free resource, called Everyone Everywhere, contains eight lesson plans and offers flexible ways to teach about human rights. www.amnesty.org.ukeducation.

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