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Advocating for the rights of children – and using their voices to make change

...also reviewing our social media presence to make sure we’re reaching younger audiences, and threading pupil voices through all the advice and information on the Enquire website. Our recent development of the Reach website utilised what we...


Listen, learn and act: New magazine calls for "young voices" to shape the children's sector

...the liberties and freedoms that we have now are because other people chose to be brave.” Further reading within the issue: An interview with Kinny Gardner, Artistic Director of Krazy Kat Theatre, a professional children’s theatre company...


Imagining 'elsewhere': art therapy helping set children free from the anxiety of chronic illness

...It offered an opportunity to reach more children, young people and families in need, whilst spreading awareness of the prevalence of chronic conditions in the young and highlighting our work on a national scale. The Teapot Trust Elsewhere...


Amplifying seldom heard voices: the importance of direct services for children and young people

...did ”on the front line” as it were… but how wrong I was. Perhaps many of you reading this are not aware of the services that we provide or have the same thoughts that I once had when looking at the organisation from an...


The aim is the same: people are at the heart of our communications strategy

...now produce podcasts; editing copy on physical sheets of paper using painstakingly memorised proofreading marks has segued into tracking text changes in Word. The ways in which we work might be different but, so far at least, the skills and the...


And so the work begins - teachers reflect on the first week of term

...in approximately four seconds because I said I would be really proud if they tried one. · While reading a story to my class, I felt some little hands stroking my toes and nail polish. Little faces look up in awe and state, “I love pink.” All...


Mirrors and windows - why representing LGBT people, their lives and histories is vital within teaching and learning

...or two dads who has not yet seen their own family represented in the picture books their class is reading. There were so many opportunities for representation in ordinary learning at school that were denied to my generation. LGBT Inclusive...


"Care experienced young people need love, relationships and community. They deserve to belong"

...he values and gains most from.” I am, of course biased, but I would highly recommend reading this report to hear from young people themselves the impact that participation in these projects has had on them, and the positive impact of...

belonging care care experience home home and belonging homelessness housing Participation rights

“It’s important to remember these are not just numbers – these are real people”

...suggested that the majority of people their age would click ‘agree’ to pop-up notices without reading the details on what the data is stored for and the purpose it can be used for. Among their recommendations, the young people suggested ways...


Measurement and mission statement: what our new values mean to us

...we were founded 29 years ago. But over the past decade we’ve been more assertive about them, threading them through internal work and public-facing activities. In interviews recruiting for new staff, we ask candidates to talk about their...

board brave changing our world collaboration collaborative kind members open and fair Participation partnership values

Sound and vision

...whose movement and co-ordination is restricted, and Figurenotes notation – a simple system for reading music based on matching colour and shape – for those with learning difficulties including autistic young people and those with dyslexia,...


Ensuring no child is too hungry to learn

...of primary three pupils in Scotland) with a free, nutritious 'magic' breakfast boosted their reading, writing and maths by an average of two months’ progress per year, compared to pupils in schools with no such breakfast provision. Our...


Our reaction to the Programme for Government: family wellbeing fund welcomed but disappointment at lack of progress on child payment level

...the least to contribute to climate change (but will be the first affected) and we look forward to reading the details of the increase to the Climate Justice Fund. “We note that there is no mention of air quality in the government’s plans,...

childcare Children's rights environment equality family support programme for government Wellbeing

Have Kitbag, will travel

...themselves.  Use of Kitbag in school settings, in family support, youth and social work is spreading in Scotland (click here to learn more) and to other parts of the UK. Teachers and pupil support staff notice how it helps children be...


"We want a space where conversation and reflection is actively encouraged"

...difficult for myself and other young people with learning disabilities is when it comes to reading information and text. Large amounts of information and text are tricky and make me feel uncomfortable within museums. The presentation of the...


25 and Up: For post-COVID renewal we need to be radical, and that includes with the arts

...that the ‘Lost Lending Library’ from Punchdrunk helped children engage with stories, books and reading; developed speaking skills; and inspired increased involvement from parents. Helping children understand and fulfil their rights Children...


"STEM isn't just a set of subjects for the classroom – it shapes many aspects of our lives"

...forces that keep our feet on the ground, the medicines that help us, and the screen that you’re reading this article on! At a time when we face such big global challenges, such as those outlined in the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), I...


Insight: Rising to the challenge of delivering the digital edition of our magazine

...its challenges. However, we feel strongly that the magazine is a unique offering and essential reading for the sector, especially in the current climate. Connection, support, a platform for discussion and a reminder that we are all part of a...


25 Calls response: Finding hope during a crisis

...also keeping in touch through Facebook and suggesting daily tasks that families can do together, reading daily bedtime stories with familiar faces from the team, facilitating online play sessions where families can join in and interact, including...


Insight: We haven’t lost any of the skills or the knowledge we had before

...in the desk drawers along with my good pen and those resources from that event I always planned on reading. We might need to do some research and review our plans but we will get through this by coming together as a team and a sector, building on...


Preparing for Coronavirus COVID-19. Updated 17/3/20

...the infection.  We are ensuring this advice is shared with our staff, and would urge anyone reading this message to also consult this guidance. In the longer term it is likely that the virus could have an effect on staff absences at Children...


25 Calls response: Children living in poverty deserve better from a system that is failing them. But we all have a role to play in helping them navigate their journey to adulthood

...and targeted wellbeing and employability support, we know just how resilient young people are. reading the call from the young people supported by PEEK and the GK Experience, I was struck by how the young people felt about media reporting and...


Universal or targeted? Supporting free period products is about values as much as availability

...Magazine Children in Scotland Magazine is our flagship publication, providing essential reading for the sector Click to learn...


25 Calls response: We need a revolution when it comes to improving online safety

...up the Scottish EYNA group. Who knows? With a bit of luck one of those people in charge might be reading this right now… Taking a non-judgmental approach to supporting young people's internet use will be vital, says ENYA member Beccie  We can...


Why books and reading deserve to be celebrated

... Magazine / Comment: Why books and reading deserve to be celebrated Posted 3 March 2022, by Jennifer Drummond Education literacy reading World Book Day As children across the country celebrate...

Education literacy reading World Book Day

CHANGE: Further reading - project reports and research papers

... Further reading - project reports and research papers The CHANGE project has engaged with a number of local families and community partners since the project began in 2016. The project team gathered and presented this information alongside...


Insight – Issue 5

...Bairns’ Hoose model, which recovery, support and justice come together under one roof. Further reading within this issue: An interview with Kinny Gardner, Artistic Director of Krazy Kat Theatre, a professional children’s theatre company...


Insight - Issue 2

Children in Scotland's Early Years Conference 2023 Hub

...Book Trust Scottish Book Trust is a national charity that has been bringing the benefits of reading and writing to everyone in Scotland since 1998. Our early years programme, Bookbug, supports families to read, sing, and play with their...


Nominations open for Bookbug Hero Award 2024

...Alice Hinds Children Early years Learning libraries practitioners reading young people The Scottish Book Trust has launched the fifth annual Bookbug Hero Award, and is now calling on people to nominate...

Children Early years Learning libraries practitioners reading young people

Pens at the ready

...Read, Write, Count bag Posted 17 Jan, 2023 by Jennifer Drummond art environment literacy reading Pupils in Primary 1-Primary 3 are invited to submit a design for the new Read, Write, Count bags as part of an exciting art competition run...

art environment literacy reading

Children in Scotland events: Inclusive language guidance for trainers

...of any people included in your examples.    Examples of inclusive terminology and further reading ‘Autistic people’ is preferred to 'people with autism'. This is informed by language research undertaken by the National Autistic...


Supporting working mothers

...tough. It could give women the chance to keep their careers at the level they were at by spreading state-backed spend as they needed to. There was a firm shake of the head. "This policy is nothing to do with working women. It's about...

early learning and childcare Early years working parents

Online Hub - Annual Conference 2022

...in Scotland's Annual Conference 2022 and our Online Hub, where you will find selected further reading, resources and learning opportunities. The Recite Me tool is available for accessibility. Click the icon on the bottom right of your...


Scottish-led study identifies dyslexia gene

...a definition was not reached until the 1960s. Now, dyslexia is typically given as a diagnosis if reading and spelling abilities are poor and much lower than a person’s other academic skills or cognitive abilities. According to Dyslexia...

additional support for learning ASL ASN dyslexia Education Health literacy

Creative expressions of care

...of Scotland will stream a free package of theatre work for three weeks, including a filmed script reading and panel discussion that explores the care system. To mark National Care Leavers' Week in the UK and Care Experienced Week in Scotland,...

Arts care care experience young carers

Our members

Readers encouraged to ‘Keep the heid and read’

...Health Week Posted 10 May 2022, by Nina Joynson literacy Mental Health reading Wellbeing Readers of all ages and abilities are being encouraged to pledge six minutes of reading for wellbeing during Mental...

literacy Mental Health reading Wellbeing

Thousands of books donated to families in Scotland

...6 April 2022, by Nina Joynson Early years Education Families reading More than 2,500 books have been donated to families supported by Home-Start Scotland to encourage engagement with reading from a...

Early years Education Families reading

Member directory: full

...innovative planning system | peopleandplaces.scot Scottish Book Trust Supporting access to books, reading and writing | scottishbooktrust.com Scottish Centre for Children with Motor Impairments Learning, therapy and care for children affected by...


Member directory: N-S

...innovative planning system | peopleandplaces.scot Scottish Book Trust Supporting access to books, reading and writing | scottishbooktrust.com Scottish Centre for Children with Motor Impairments Learning, therapy and care for children affected by...


New project to tackle racism in schools

...filters out any racist language and undertones and alienation that the Muslim students feel after reading that in the curriculum.” The Scottish Government has awarded Show Racism the Red Card £43,000 to support the Captains project as part of...

anti-racism Education racism

Changing our World: Member profiles

...I care about Climate change and gender equality Fun fact My favourite hobby is reading and drawing manga! Liam Local authority West Lothian Issues I care about Climate change, COVID-19 and children's rights Fun...


Anxiety named Children's Word of the Year
Mental Health Wellbeing

Coercive control in teen relationships is focus of exhibition
art children and young people gender based violence

The value of childminding must be recognised

...in including childminders in the delivery of funded ELC makes stark, challenging and uncomfortable reading. We do not underestimate the scale and complexity of implementing the expansion of ELC; nor do we underestimate the unprecedented nature of...

childcare childminding Early years ELC out of school care

Tackling mental health stigma
health and wellbeing Mental Health

Annie Watson

...support service for autistic adults.  Outside of work Annie enjoys spending time by the seaside, reading and crafts. She is passionate about equality and human rights, with a particular interest in LGBTQ+...

watson

Parisa Shirazi

...her spare time, she is learning Farsi to communicate with her Iranian family, she enjoys reading and spends a disproportionate amount of time petting...

shirazi

Review of Additional Support for Learning

...people, including children and young people, about their thoughts and experiences.  If you are reading this, maybe you spoke to Angela or shared your ideas with her by writing them down with someone and emailing them to her. Angela has written...



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Advocating for the rights of children – and using their voices to make change

...also reviewing our social media presence to make sure we’re reaching younger audiences, and threading pupil voices through all the advice and information on the Enquire website. Our recent development of the Reach website utilised what we...


Listen, learn and act: New magazine calls for "young voices" to shape the children's sector

...the liberties and freedoms that we have now are because other people chose to be brave.” Further reading within the issue: An interview with Kinny Gardner, Artistic Director of Krazy Kat Theatre, a professional children’s theatre company...


Imagining 'elsewhere': art therapy helping set children free from the anxiety of chronic illness

...It offered an opportunity to reach more children, young people and families in need, whilst spreading awareness of the prevalence of chronic conditions in the young and highlighting our work on a national scale. The Teapot Trust Elsewhere...


Amplifying seldom heard voices: the importance of direct services for children and young people

...did ”on the front line” as it were… but how wrong I was. Perhaps many of you reading this are not aware of the services that we provide or have the same thoughts that I once had when looking at the organisation from an...


The aim is the same: people are at the heart of our communications strategy

...now produce podcasts; editing copy on physical sheets of paper using painstakingly memorised proofreading marks has segued into tracking text changes in Word. The ways in which we work might be different but, so far at least, the skills and the...


And so the work begins - teachers reflect on the first week of term

...in approximately four seconds because I said I would be really proud if they tried one. · While reading a story to my class, I felt some little hands stroking my toes and nail polish. Little faces look up in awe and state, “I love pink.” All...


Mirrors and windows - why representing LGBT people, their lives and histories is vital within teaching and learning

...or two dads who has not yet seen their own family represented in the picture books their class is reading. There were so many opportunities for representation in ordinary learning at school that were denied to my generation. LGBT Inclusive...


"Care experienced young people need love, relationships and community. They deserve to belong"

...he values and gains most from.” I am, of course biased, but I would highly recommend reading this report to hear from young people themselves the impact that participation in these projects has had on them, and the positive impact of...

belonging care care experience home home and belonging homelessness housing Participation rights

“It’s important to remember these are not just numbers – these are real people”

...suggested that the majority of people their age would click ‘agree’ to pop-up notices without reading the details on what the data is stored for and the purpose it can be used for. Among their recommendations, the young people suggested ways...


Measurement and mission statement: what our new values mean to us

...we were founded 29 years ago. But over the past decade we’ve been more assertive about them, threading them through internal work and public-facing activities. In interviews recruiting for new staff, we ask candidates to talk about their...

board brave changing our world collaboration collaborative kind members open and fair Participation partnership values

Sound and vision

...whose movement and co-ordination is restricted, and Figurenotes notation – a simple system for reading music based on matching colour and shape – for those with learning difficulties including autistic young people and those with dyslexia,...


Ensuring no child is too hungry to learn

...of primary three pupils in Scotland) with a free, nutritious 'magic' breakfast boosted their reading, writing and maths by an average of two months’ progress per year, compared to pupils in schools with no such breakfast provision. Our...


Our reaction to the Programme for Government: family wellbeing fund welcomed but disappointment at lack of progress on child payment level

...the least to contribute to climate change (but will be the first affected) and we look forward to reading the details of the increase to the Climate Justice Fund. “We note that there is no mention of air quality in the government’s plans,...

childcare Children's rights environment equality family support programme for government Wellbeing

Have Kitbag, will travel

...themselves.  Use of Kitbag in school settings, in family support, youth and social work is spreading in Scotland (click here to learn more) and to other parts of the UK. Teachers and pupil support staff notice how it helps children be...


"We want a space where conversation and reflection is actively encouraged"

...difficult for myself and other young people with learning disabilities is when it comes to reading information and text. Large amounts of information and text are tricky and make me feel uncomfortable within museums. The presentation of the...


25 and Up: For post-COVID renewal we need to be radical, and that includes with the arts

...that the ‘Lost Lending Library’ from Punchdrunk helped children engage with stories, books and reading; developed speaking skills; and inspired increased involvement from parents. Helping children understand and fulfil their rights Children...


"STEM isn't just a set of subjects for the classroom – it shapes many aspects of our lives"

...forces that keep our feet on the ground, the medicines that help us, and the screen that you’re reading this article on! At a time when we face such big global challenges, such as those outlined in the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), I...


Insight: Rising to the challenge of delivering the digital edition of our magazine

...its challenges. However, we feel strongly that the magazine is a unique offering and essential reading for the sector, especially in the current climate. Connection, support, a platform for discussion and a reminder that we are all part of a...


25 Calls response: Finding hope during a crisis

...also keeping in touch through Facebook and suggesting daily tasks that families can do together, reading daily bedtime stories with familiar faces from the team, facilitating online play sessions where families can join in and interact, including...


Insight: We haven’t lost any of the skills or the knowledge we had before

...in the desk drawers along with my good pen and those resources from that event I always planned on reading. We might need to do some research and review our plans but we will get through this by coming together as a team and a sector, building on...


Preparing for Coronavirus COVID-19. Updated 17/3/20

...the infection.  We are ensuring this advice is shared with our staff, and would urge anyone reading this message to also consult this guidance. In the longer term it is likely that the virus could have an effect on staff absences at Children...


25 Calls response: Children living in poverty deserve better from a system that is failing them. But we all have a role to play in helping them navigate their journey to adulthood

...and targeted wellbeing and employability support, we know just how resilient young people are. reading the call from the young people supported by PEEK and the GK Experience, I was struck by how the young people felt about media reporting and...


Universal or targeted? Supporting free period products is about values as much as availability

...Magazine Children in Scotland Magazine is our flagship publication, providing essential reading for the sector Click to learn...


25 Calls response: We need a revolution when it comes to improving online safety

...up the Scottish EYNA group. Who knows? With a bit of luck one of those people in charge might be reading this right now… Taking a non-judgmental approach to supporting young people's internet use will be vital, says ENYA member Beccie  We can...



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Annie Watson

...support service for autistic adults.  Outside of work Annie enjoys spending time by the seaside, reading and crafts. She is passionate about equality and human rights, with a particular interest in LGBTQ+...

watson

Parisa Shirazi

...her spare time, she is learning Farsi to communicate with her Iranian family, she enjoys reading and spends a disproportionate amount of time petting...

shirazi


CHANGE: Further reading - project reports and research papers

... Further reading - project reports and research papers The CHANGE project has engaged with a number of local families and community partners since the project began in 2016. The project team gathered and presented this information alongside...


Children in Scotland's Early Years Conference 2023 Hub

...Book Trust Scottish Book Trust is a national charity that has been bringing the benefits of reading and writing to everyone in Scotland since 1998. Our early years programme, Bookbug, supports families to read, sing, and play with their...


Children in Scotland events: Inclusive language guidance for trainers

...of any people included in your examples.    Examples of inclusive terminology and further reading ‘Autistic people’ is preferred to 'people with autism'. This is informed by language research undertaken by the National Autistic...


Online Hub - Annual Conference 2022

...in Scotland's Annual Conference 2022 and our Online Hub, where you will find selected further reading, resources and learning opportunities. The Recite Me tool is available for accessibility. Click the icon on the bottom right of your...


Our members

Changing our World: Member profiles

...I care about Climate change and gender equality Fun fact My favourite hobby is reading and drawing manga! Liam Local authority West Lothian Issues I care about Climate change, COVID-19 and children's rights Fun...


Review of Additional Support for Learning

...people, including children and young people, about their thoughts and experiences.  If you are reading this, maybe you spoke to Angela or shared your ideas with her by writing them down with someone and emailing them to her. Angela has written...



No results found.


No results found.


Why books and reading deserve to be celebrated
post

... Magazine / Comment: Why books and reading deserve to be celebrated Posted 3 March 2022, by Jennifer Drummond Education literacy reading World Book Day As children across the country celebrate...

Education literacy reading World Book Day

Insight – Issue 5
post

...Bairns’ Hoose model, which recovery, support and justice come together under one roof. Further reading within this issue: An interview with Kinny Gardner, Artistic Director of Krazy Kat Theatre, a professional children’s theatre company...


Insight - Issue 2
post
Nominations open for Bookbug Hero Award 2024
post

...Alice Hinds Children Early years Learning libraries practitioners reading young people The Scottish Book Trust has launched the fifth annual Bookbug Hero Award, and is now calling on people to nominate...

Children Early years Learning libraries practitioners reading young people

Pens at the ready
post

...Read, Write, Count bag Posted 17 Jan, 2023 by Jennifer Drummond art environment literacy reading Pupils in Primary 1-Primary 3 are invited to submit a design for the new Read, Write, Count bags as part of an exciting art competition run...

art environment literacy reading

Supporting working mothers
post

...tough. It could give women the chance to keep their careers at the level they were at by spreading state-backed spend as they needed to. There was a firm shake of the head. "This policy is nothing to do with working women. It's about...

early learning and childcare Early years working parents

Scottish-led study identifies dyslexia gene
post

...a definition was not reached until the 1960s. Now, dyslexia is typically given as a diagnosis if reading and spelling abilities are poor and much lower than a person’s other academic skills or cognitive abilities. According to Dyslexia...

additional support for learning ASL ASN dyslexia Education Health literacy

Creative expressions of care
post

...of Scotland will stream a free package of theatre work for three weeks, including a filmed script reading and panel discussion that explores the care system. To mark National Care Leavers' Week in the UK and Care Experienced Week in Scotland,...

Arts care care experience young carers

Readers encouraged to ‘Keep the heid and read’
post

...Health Week Posted 10 May 2022, by Nina Joynson literacy Mental Health reading Wellbeing Readers of all ages and abilities are being encouraged to pledge six minutes of reading for wellbeing during Mental...

literacy Mental Health reading Wellbeing

Thousands of books donated to families in Scotland
post

...6 April 2022, by Nina Joynson Early years Education Families reading More than 2,500 books have been donated to families supported by Home-Start Scotland to encourage engagement with reading from a...

Early years Education Families reading

Member directory: full
post

...innovative planning system | peopleandplaces.scot Scottish Book Trust Supporting access to books, reading and writing | scottishbooktrust.com Scottish Centre for Children with Motor Impairments Learning, therapy and care for children affected by...


Member directory: N-S
post

...innovative planning system | peopleandplaces.scot Scottish Book Trust Supporting access to books, reading and writing | scottishbooktrust.com Scottish Centre for Children with Motor Impairments Learning, therapy and care for children affected by...


New project to tackle racism in schools
post

...filters out any racist language and undertones and alienation that the Muslim students feel after reading that in the curriculum.” The Scottish Government has awarded Show Racism the Red Card £43,000 to support the Captains project as part of...

anti-racism Education racism

Anxiety named Children's Word of the Year
postMental Health Wellbeing

Coercive control in teen relationships is focus of exhibition
postart children and young people gender based violence

The value of childminding must be recognised
post

...in including childminders in the delivery of funded ELC makes stark, challenging and uncomfortable reading. We do not underestimate the scale and complexity of implementing the expansion of ELC; nor do we underestimate the unprecedented nature of...

childcare childminding Early years ELC out of school care

Tackling mental health stigma
posthealth and wellbeing Mental Health