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Education News Winter 2018/19

7th December 2018

ASLS Videos


The Association of Scottish Literary Studies have posted videos from their recent conference on YouTube.


The videos include:

Scots Drama: an overview – Ian Brown

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde – Ian Campbell

William McIlvanney’s Detective Fiction: Laidlaw – David Goldie

Teaching Muriel Spark – Cheryl Simpson and Andrew Young

Four Songs of Sir Walter Scott discussed and performed by The Sorries


Banff Academy Scots

Banff Academy and Elphinstone Institute (part of the University of Aberdeen) have been working in partnership to study the effect of learning Scots. Banff Academy’s Jamie Fairbairn has taught the Scots Language Award there for a number of years, and PHD student Claire Needler is researching the pupils’ contemporary use of Scots. You can find out more about the project here, or more about the SQA Scots language Award here.


Learning materials success

The Scots Language Centre’s new learning materials, at, have been successfully launched with over 1500 visitors, including 600 learners who have completed over 900 activities.

The learning activities are continually being updated and enhanced, and the team behind the materials are keen to respond to any feedback and suggestions for improvement. Please email any feedback to


Education Scotland Teaching resources

Education Scotland's National Improvement Hub has teaching resources designed to tie in with University of Glasgow's Scots thesaurus. The activities focus on Scots weather words, and include reading and writing activities.