How to use this learning and assessment resouce to improve practice
This resource is designed to provide inspiration and example to children and young people who are learning about a variety of themes through famous and noteworthy contributors to Scottish life and society, many of whom have had an international influence.
- Can I use this material to contextualise and make links to a topic for my learners?
These noteworthy Scots come from all over the country and can help children and young people to see how those from their own society or background have succeeded in their lives.
- Is my teaching about Scotland exciting and contemporary?
These materials with up-to-date video clips and interesting interviews have a great variety of applications. For example watch Sir Tom Farmer talking about how he developed his career to become one of the most successful businessmen in Scotland.
- Can I provide personalisation and choice for my learners?
Regardless of the interest of the learner there is a Great Scot for them to research and these materials make an excellent starting point for a project about how Scots have influenced their country and further afield.
- Can I make good cross curricular links with my teaching about Scotland?
These materials make clear links across different subject areas within each of the lives of people featured. As well as Social Studies there are strong links to Science, Sport, Business, Literature, Art and many others.
- Are you using inspirational Scots to engage your learners?
- Are you using inspirational Scots to help learners think about potential careers?
- Are you using inspirational Scots to broaden your teaching of enterprise, science, etc.
Sir Thomas 'Tom' Farmer is a famous Scottish entrepreneur who founded the Kwik-Fit chain of garages. He went on to be come a successful businessman and philanthropist, supporting charity's such as Mary's Meals.
Paul Stewart Lawrie OBE is a professional golfer, who won the Open Championship, has played in two Ryder Cups and has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
Magnus Macfarlane Barrow
Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow is the founder and CEO of Mary's Meals, a registered charity, that sets up school feeding projects in some of the world's poorest communities, where hunger and poverty prevent children from gaining an education.
Robert The Bruce
Robert the Bruce was King of Scots from 1306 to 1329 who was a leading figure in the Wars of Independence against England.
Robert Louis Stevenson
Robert Louis Stevenson was a Scottish novelist, poet, essayist, and travel writer.
Theresa Breslin is an award winning Scottish author who specialises in young adult fiction.
Jane Haining was a Scottish missionary for the Church of Scotland in Budapest who was recognized in Israel as Righteous Among the Nations for having risked her life to help Jews during the Holocaust.