Schools are being urged to "think European" as the Government seeks to promote the UK's six-month presidency of the European Union, which began on January 1. A "presidency pack" will be issued to help more schools incorporate the European dimension.
The pack is endorsed by Donald Dewar, the Scottish Secretary, whose covering letter to headteachers strikes a determinedly Europhile tone. A better understanding of Europe among young people will broaden their horizons, Mr Dewar says, helped by studies abroad, work in Europe and cultural exchanges.
Awareness about Europe would also allow pupils to "realise their full potential for jobs and employability and for a deeper cultural enrichment".
The pack is intended to be used in all schools at all levels. It has case studies to support Europe-related activities in primary and secondary schools, advice on how to run school events on Europe, information about funding opportunities and competitions such as Ambassador for a Day.