- Cumnock Academy in East Ayrshire has taken delivery of 26 steel pans - for music. After the pupils took part in the first Scottish Steel Pan Festival in Nairn, the council asked musician Toussaint Clarke to handcraft pans for the school. The pupils have now had their first workshops with Garnock Academy's music teacher, Allison Finnigan.
- The Scottish Book Trust is holding its third Young Writers' Conference at the Mitchell Library in Glasgow on 1 December. Young people interested in creative writing can meet established writers and take part in workshops. The keynote speaker is Annabel Pitcher, author of My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece. bit.lyTPcz0y
Just a minute
- A Very Short Film competition, run by Oxford University Press's Very Short Introduction (VSI) series and The Guardian, is offering a year's university tuition fees of #163;9,000 as the prize. Students and final-year pupils have until 31 December to submit a one-minute film on any subject they feel passionate about.
Take a leap
- Education Scotland, with sportscotland, is hosting free events for early years practitioners, primary teachers, primary specialist PE teachers and secondary PE teachers in December and January. The events will explore pedagogy that facilitates learning and some of the perceived barriers to meeting the government's commitment to at least two hours a week of high-quality PE in primary and S1-4.
Ride and park
- Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park has launched a new pilot scheme to help schools and outreach groups to experience the great outdoors in the park by offering educational travel grants. These would cover up to 75 per cent of transport costs to and from schools, or from a group's meeting place to the park, and the costs of accessing Inchcailloch island.