Subjects in Brief

1st April 2011 at 01:00

Bullying be gone


l Good anti-bullying work at Forfar's Strathmore Primary has been highlighted by national service Respectme. The school's parent council and parent forum played crucial roles by attending training designed to support teachers' and pupils' work. "With support, the children can come together to talk about what has gone wrong," says headteacher Dawn Archibald.

Man's talk


A male Scottish voice will complement "Heather", the female computer voice licensed for schools in 2008. Heather has made exams and other aspects of education more accessible to pupils with visual impairments, dyslexia, learning difficulties, and English as a second language. The male voice should be available soon from the website of Edinburgh University unit CALL Scotland.

Fighting racism


The winners of a Show Racism the Red Card competition, sponsored by the SQA, are Morgan McCulloch from Strathallan Primary in Kirkcaldy, and Lara Clyde from Tynecastle High, Edinburgh. Pupils submitted artwork, posters, poems, short films, multi-media displays and animations.

It's good to talk


A new website helps pupils to build knowledge of the Scots language through games, puzzles, stories and poems. Scuilwab, produced by Scottish Language Dictionaries, provides materials for teachers and parents to support children from nursery age to 18 and beyond. www.scuilwab.

Read on


East Ayrshire's Spring Read Festival has allowed S1-4s to meet a host of well-known authors. The festival, organised by school librarians and Live Literature Scotland, attracted Catherine Forde, Keith Gray, Gillian Philip and Barry Hutchison.

Executive education director Graham Short said: "It is important for young people to experience the enjoyment which can come from reading a good book, and to gain skill in writing."

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