Bespoke Support- the beginnings!

Bespoke Support- the beginnings!

i Sep 29th No Comments by

In August we offered to provide “Bespoke Support” for schools and Parent Councils wanting help to better engage with the ethnic minority families in their school. The closing date for applications was 14 September and we had a really hard time choosing the six schools and Parent Councils we would be able to work with. After a lot of discussion and cups of coffee we managed to choose six schools- all with distinct needs, diverse populations and a real desire to reach out to all parents. The people we’ll be working with are:

Corpus Christi Primary School and Parent Council (Glasgow)

Dalry Primary Parent Council (Edinburgh)

Hillpark Secondary Parent Council (Glasgow)

St Francis Xavier Primary School and Parent Council (Falkirk)

St Mary’s Primary Parent Council (Edinburgh)

St Mungo’s Primary Parent Council (Alloa)

We’ll be sharing our journey with each of the schools here and are really excited about learning about what’s happening in each school and how we can best support them- keep an eye on this blog to find out more


Celebrating language diversity at the Scottish Learning Festival

i Sep 24th No Comments by


A huge thanks to everyone who came along to our seminar at the Scottish Learning Festival yesterday. It was great to have the opportunity to share the learning from the Scotland, People and Language Forum we held in February with new people and highlight some of the issues that were raised in the Forum. One of the points that people had raised was the importance of having resources and that these resources were being used- if bilingual books aren’t being borrowed a library won’t reorder them. In our briefing papers we have identified some great resources around language learning- including information about supporting bilingual learners, an introduction to the 1+2 Approach and sites that selling dual language books.

In preparing for this seminar we asked people to share their good practice in celebrating language diversity and got some fabulous ideas back including the work of James Gilespies primary school in Edinburgh where  “The Gruffalo” was read in 14 languages! We would really like to hear more about what you are doing to celebrate the languages in your schools and communities- please share your ideas

Your can read the full report from the Scotland People and Language Forum here or click here to see our presentation

You can read the briefing papers we created for the seminar

Scotland People and Language 1+2

Scotland People and Language Language diversity