Category Archives: CFE

SCILT and Gaelic Education

banner Join us on Monday 7th March at 4pm for this live event to find out about the support SCILT can provide to teachers involved in Gaelic Education.
The Glow TV event will be presented by Julie-Anne MacKenzie, Professional Development Officer with SCILT. The session will outline the support SCILT can provide to teachers involved in Gaelic Education. The session will be delivered through the medium of Gaelic with a supporting power point presentation available in English.
Sign up and join us live in Glow TV – SCILT and Gaelic Education
If you unable to join us for the live event you can always catch up with the recording at another time – Glow TV’s Watch Again.

Naidheachdan 03.16

Measgachadh de naidheachdan bho Foghlam Alba.
The Language Show Live is coming to Scotland and will have a special feature on Gaelic and Scots.  This is Europe’s longest running premier language event and has been hosted in London for the past 27 years.  There will be an input from Education Scotland and Fèisean nan Gàidheal on the role of Gaelic in Scotland’s identity and in the curriculum of Scottish education.  Other attractions include:
  • a range of educational seminars
  • language classes
  • live forums 
  • cultural performances.
There also will be over 100 exhibitors related to the promotion of languages and resources including some specific to Gaelic such as Sabhal Mòr Ostaig and Bòrd na Gàidhlig.  
Please support the feature on Gaelic and Scots which is taking place from 10.30am in the main hall on 11 March.  Please follow this link to register to attend.

Ceitidh Computer Voice

Ceitidh is the world’s first Scottish Gaelic computer and is available here.  The Gaelic voice can be used to: read Gaelic web sites, ebooks, textbooks, SQA exam papers and other curriculum resources; check writing, emails, and social media posts.  The voice will be particularly helpful for Gaelic speakers with dyslexia, reading difficulties and visual impairment, but it should also be useful for anyone learning or working in Gaelic.

​Languages and Curriculum for Excellence Entitlements

For most children in Scotland, the learning of an additional language usually begins in primary school and in some cases earlier. With the implementation of the Scottish Government’s Language Learning in Scotland: a 1+2 approach means schools are already teaching an additional language from primary 1 and are working towards the introduction of a second language from primary 5.


Click here to listen to children talking about their experiences of learning a language.

Launch of The National Improvement Framework for Education

The National Improvement Framework for education was launched in January and it sets out measures for school improvement, school leadership, supporting teachers and engaging parents.  Find out more information here andhere.

Scottish Attainment Fund

The £100m Attainment Scotland Fund is a funding initiative over 4 years (2015–19) targeted on supporting pupils in local authorities and schools with the highest concentrations of primary-aged pupils living in areas of deprivation. Find out more here.

Naidheachdan bho Foghlam Alba 01.16

Briefings on Gaelic EducationBasic CMYK

The latest Briefing is available at:



logo--hi-resLeadership Award: Gaelic Education
Social Enterprise Academy and Education Scotland are working in partnership to deliver an Institute of Leadership and Management Award for teachers of Gaelic Education.  The next Leadership Award for Gaelic Educationwill commence on 26 and 27 February 2016.  It will be based at Columba 1400 premises on the Isle of Skye.  If you wish to enrol for this award or require more information, please contact kate@socialenterprise.academyEducation Scotland and Social Enterprise Academy acknowledge financial assistance from Bòrd na Gàidhlig towards the costs of running this award.

Duaisean Foghlam na h-Alba 2016

Duaisean Foghlam na h-Alba 2016 – Duais Foghlam GàidhligSEA2016




Fiosrachadh bho Foghlam Alba

New resources for National Qualifications, GME: Geography, Science and Social Studies


Naidheachdan bho Foghlam Alba 09/15

E-bulletin for Gaelic Education Fios mun Ghàidhlig


Welcome to our e-bulletin for Gaelic Education.  This e-bulletin includes information on Gaelic Medium Education (GME); Gaelic Learner Education (GLE) and the promotion of Learning about Gaelic Language and Culture as part of Scotland’s identity.


Gaelic Education Seminar at the Scottish Learning Festival

A current priority in the National Gaelic Language Plan is to build the capacity for leadership in Gaelic Medium Education (GME). Education Scotland invites you to a seminar at the Scottish Learning Festival to learn of developments in this area.  The session will include:


Fred Wildridge, Headteacher of the Year, Scottish Education Awards 2014 gave back to education in the last year by engaging with schools to help them improve.  Fred will reflect on his experiences, particularly those in GME, and offer advice on building capacity for leadership.

Social Enterprise Academy (SEA) and Education Scotland worked in partnership to deliver a leadership award for teachers through the medium of Gaelic. David Bryan, SEA will describe how the course builds leaders of learning.


Gillian Hamilton, Chief Executive of the Scottish College of Educational Leadership (SCEL) will set the context for the promotion of leadership within Scottish education.  Gillian will recognise the success of the teachers who took part in the award.


Please register for this session on the SLF website.


Book now to guarantee your place at SLF. Visit the SLF website to browse the full conference programme and book your place today.

​Education Scotland at An t-Alltan

Education Scotland appreciates the opportunity to present two seminars at An t-Alltan on 30 September and 1 October 2015.  These seminars will focus on
numeracy and mathematics in the broad general education 3-15 an update on all aspects of Gaelic Education.
For more information and to register, please visitStorlann’s website

​Advice on Gaelic Education

We have published powerpoint presentations summarising key messages from Education Scotland’s Advice on Gaelic Education. These may be used for professional learning, self-evaluation and professional discussion.  Materials from our conference to promote the key messages from the Advice on Gaelic Education will be available soon.

​Support for the Advanced Higher


Please visit Glow for resources to support Gaelic (Learners) and Gàidhlig.  Gaelic (Learners) and Gàidhlig Advanced Higher Route Maps are available to assist teachers and other staff in planning Advanced Higher Gaelic (Learners) and Gàidhlig.  These ’route maps’ are a sequential list of the key guidelines, advice and support for the Advanced Higher. They include important information about assessment, learning and teaching.  More information.

​Review of resources for National Qualifications

Education Scotland is currently seeking feedback on the materials that were produced to support national qualifications.  Practitioners of Gaelic Education are invited to give their views on resources to assist Education Scotland in identifying priority materials for update and enhancement. Please send comments to

​Gaelic Education: A summary of our key resources

Available soon on our website will be a summary of some of our key resources for Gaelic Education.

​A 1+2 Approach to Language Learning

For detailed advice on the role of Gaelic Medium and Learner Education in a 1+2 Approach, please visit our website.

For advice on the second additional language (L3) to be introduced by P5 by the latest, please visit: Language learning in Scotland: A 1+2 approach – Further guidance on L3 within the 1+2 policy.

For professional learning on a 1+2 Approach, please view Glow TV.  A powerpoint presentation  is also available.

For resources, please visit the Stòrlann website or contact

​Social Enterprise Academy

Social Enterprise Academy is offering a 4-day Leadership Award for teachers in Gaelic Medium Education.  The award is offered as two short residentials at Coul House near Inverness.  The first of the two modules is in early November.  For more information, please contact Kate. Details are also available on Social Enterprise Academy’s website

Nominations for the 2015 Scottish Gaelic Awards are now open. The awards recognise all aspects of Gaelic education, language, culture and heritage. Education Scotland is delighted to sponsor the Innovation in Education and Learner Awards. Please visit theScottish Gaelic Awards website for more information.  Nominations must be submitted by Friday 25 September 2015.

​Bombadil Publishing

Located in the Highlands, publishes ebooks and printed books written by young people  for young people. They are now offering subscriptions to enable schools to produce an ebook through the medium of Gaelic and/or English. For more information, please visit the website:Bombadil Publishing

For queries, including pricing, please contact Marianne.

Applications are invited from practitioners in early learning and childcare centres, and primary and secondary schools for the post graduate certificate Streap. This distance-learning course forms part of master-level learning.  It has a particular focus on terminology, skills and knowledge connected to teaching in Gaelic Medium Education.  For more information, please This course is fully funded by the Scottish Government.

​Read, Write Count – Leugh, Sgrìobh, Cunntais

Read, Write, Count is a new literacy and numeracy campaign aimed at children in P1-P3 as well as their parents and carers.  It was launched by the Cabinet Secretary on 17 August 2015.  The aims of the campaign include generating enthusiasm about reading, writing and counting.  Read, Write, Count will provide books and other activities to support literacy and numeracy. This will include:

• bespoke packs for those in P1-P3 who are learning through the medium of Gaelic
• training to support the development of Bookbug sessions through Gaelic.
For more information, please have a look at the web portal
The Education (Scotland) Bill is still progressing through the Scottish Parliament.  It includes important provisions for Gaelic.  The Education and Culture Committee of the Parliament will publish its report on the Bill soon.  It will be interesting to have the Committee’s views and any recommendations that they may wish to offer.

​Cuilean Craicte

Cuilean Craicte publishes chapter books for independent readers (aged 7-12 approx) through a crowd-funding model.  This is backed by GME parent subscribers. The aim of the project is to promote independent reading for pleasure, increase vocabulary and encourage childrens’ use of Gaelic beyond the classroom.

Small numbers of the first six books published are still available to buy.  The cost is £50. Authors include Frank Cottrell-Boyce, Terry Deary and Tony Bradman.  For more information, please

The second series of six books is currently available for the period July-Dec 2015. The subscription is £50, with books and activity sheets sent to subscribers monthly.  The authors included in the second series are Michael Morpurgo, Catherine MacPhail, Kaye Umansky and Chris Bradford.  For more information, please visit thewebsite and subscribe here.

​Ceòlas Uibhist Ltd

Ceòlas Uibhist Ltd has successfully organised a series of professional learning courses.  These include new community courses articulating to the Gaelic Immersion for Teachers (GIfT) course at the University of Strathclyde.  For more information, please contact Liam

E-stòras: Comhairle nan Eilean Siar


E-stòras: Comhairle nan Eilean Siar have the following new resources:

Naidheachdan Annasach – a new version of the Nicolson Institute’s workbook to accompany the book, “Naidheachdan Annasach”.  This is suitable for those in the broad general education at the secondary stages.

Mac an t-Srònaich  – a new version of the Nicolson Institute’s workbook to accompany the book, Mac an t-Srònaich.  This is suitable for those in the broad general education at the secondary stages.

Crofting Connections  (fon cheann Ceanglaichean Croitearachd) – a link to worksheets and accompanying teachers’ notes produced by Crofting Connections and Stòrlann.  This is suitable for older children at the primary stages.

A’ cleachdadh Bi/Bith/Bidh – interactive resource for the introduction and revision of this aspect of grammar.

Side nan Seachd Sian – An interactive resource for various levels.  It is accompanied by a useful glossary of Gaelic weather terms.
Other resources include:

Na Mìosan

Mar a sgrìobhas tu cinn latha

Coming soon from E-stòras:

Na Cloinne Bige.  This is a free downloadable app which features 20 songs for those in the early and first levels of the broad general education.  This app will be launched at the Oban Royal National Mod in October.

Cur/Chur & Cuir/Chuir
This is an interactive resource for the introduction and revision of the use of cur/chur & cuir/chuir.

​Bòrd na Gàidhlig will be holding their annual conference for newly qualified teachers of Gaelic Medium Education 3-18 on Wednesday 17th of November in The Albany Centre, Glasgow.

​The programme will include presentations and workshops on developing Gaelic language skills, the role of partnerships with the community in the curriculum, bilingualism, the use of Glow and additional support needs. For this, Bòrd na Gàidhlig acknowledges contributions from Education Scotland, Scottish Qualifications Authority and Bilingualism Matters. For more information or to register for the conference, please contact or download a registration form here.

For more information on Education Scotland Foghlam Alba, please visit our website and/or contact

If you wish to use our e-bulletins to inform practitioners of Gaelic Education of useful information, please contact us at Our next bulletin will be published on 27 November 2015.

Comann nam Pàrant

Comann nam Pàrant latest newsletter now available

The latest version of the newsletter from Comann nam Pàrant, the association for parents of those in Gaelic Medium Education, is now available.

Fiosrachadh bho Foghlam Alba

A new Inspection Advice Note 2015-16 was published on our website in June. It can be found at the link below, along with a covering letter sent to Directors of Education and the CfE Management Board.
The Advice Note provides local authorities, schools and early learning and childcare (ELCC) settings with information on how inspections, carried out from August 2015 onwards, will take account of national expectations of progress in implementing Curriculum for Excellence (CfE).
The main updates to national expectations relate to: raising attainment for all; DYW; and tackling bureaucracy, and are indicated by italics throughout the Inspection Advice Note.  For provisions with Gaelic Education, we are expecting them to be engaging with the Advice on Gaelic Education which we published in February.
An Appendix to the Inspection Advice Note also provides information on new quality improvement frameworks and new approaches to inspection due to be published and tried out in the course of 2015-16.
Basic CMYK

Naidheachdan bho Foghlam Alba 06/15

Advanced Higher Route maps for Gàidhlig and Gaelic (Learners)
These papers are to assist teachers and other staff in planning Advanced Higher Gaelic (Learners) and Gàidhlig.  The ’route maps’ are a sequential list of the key guidelines, advice and support for the Advanced Higher. They include important information about assessment, learning and teaching.  More information.
‘How good is our third sector organisation?’ (HGIOTSO) is a self-evaluation resource created to support the third sector to evaluate their performance and to identify priorities for action. The resource can be used by anyone in the third sector: volunteer, worker or other stakeholder. It is designed to support third sector organisations of all sizes, from small to large, local to national. It can also be used in cross-sector partnerships.
Mother Tongue Other Tongue competition going nationwide in 2015-16!
Mother Tongue Other Tongue (MTOT) is an exciting multilingual poetry project which celebrates linguistic and cultural diversity through creative writing, and showcases the many languages which are spoken and learned by young people in school and at home. After a very successful pilot of the competition in the Glasgow area last year, SCILT are excited to announce the roll-out of MTOT across the country from August 2015. 2015/16 will build on the success of last year’s initiative and see the competition go nationwide allowing all pupils from P1 – S6 to participate in collaboration with our partner universities.
More information
Micro-listening tasks you may not be using often enough in your lessons
A series of tips to enhance listening skills with beginner learners. More information
How to exploit the full learning potential of a target language song in the classroom
A nine-step framework for the exploitation of a song for language learning.
More information

Foghlam Alba: Gaelic e-bulletin / Fios mun Ghàidhlig