Discover more about Creative Learning
Creativity plays a vital role in the development of learners – enabling young people to stamp their own identities on learning. Education is central to everything Creative Links does. It brings teachers and creative organisations together to inspire exciting learning experiences, which ignite children’s imaginations and develop their creativity.
“To be creative you actually have to do something. It involves putting your imagination to work to make something new, to come up with new solutions to problems, even to think of new problems or questions. You can think of creativity as applied imagination” Sir Ken Robinson
To see some of our past projects, see our newsletters or contact
Creative Links Officer
Tel: 01595 744013
Creative Links Newsletter
From April 2010 – April 2013 Shetland Dialect will be actively promoted in schools by Bruce Eunson. Bruce took up the post of Dialect Co-ordinator as part of the Dialect Development for Young People Project that received LEADER funding in January 2010. The project was match-funded by Shetland Islands Council, Shetland Amenity Trust, Shetland ForWirds and Shetland Arts.
The aim of the project was to build on and expand the work done by Frances Tait during her Graduate Placement. With strong support from the Shetland ForWirds Education Group two dialect Resource Boxes went out to all Shetland Primary schools and Nurseries.
Ditty Box for Nursery/P1 material
Gaer Box for P2-4 material
By 2013 work will be completed on dialect resources for Primary 5, 6, 7 classes and Secondary 1, 2, 3.
Dialect material is also available on GLOW. To see Christine de Luca reading from her translation into Shetland of Roald Dahl’s “George’s Marvellous Medicine” log into GLOW and search “Christine de Luca”.
Shetland dialect is an important element of Shetland’s culture, history and identity. It has been promoted intermittently by various individuals and organisations over the years. A comprehensive list of all school-based material is accessible below.
The Dialect Co-ordinator is available for teachers, to either visit schools or work in the classroom, or to prepare work for teachers to use at the leisure.
For more information contact
Tel: 01595 744 062
Find out more about dialect resources in schools - List Of Dialect Resources in Schools
This is a new opportunity for young people in all parts of Shetland to really get involved in arts activities. It was launched by Creative Scotland as Scotland's first National Youth Arts Strategy and includes funding to create Youth Arts Hubs. Shetland Arts is working with Shetland Islands Council's Creative Links and Youth Services to make this happen in Shetland and secure the funding for innovative models of youth arts provision across a range of art forms. Young people will be at the heart of Time to Shine from the start.
As part of this process a brief questionnaire has been put together which will inform the project’s development. If you are a young person aged between 0-25, or work with children and young people, are a parent or carer, work for an organisation which works with young people or have an interest in youth arts, please take a little time to complete the questionnaire below.
Questionnaire - www.surveymonkey.com/s/TimeToShineShetland
Youth Music Initiative
The Youth Music Initiative is funded through the Scottish Arts Council by the Scottish Executive.
"Access is the backbone of the YMI. It aims to put the young person at the forefront of our thoughts when planning, organising and delivering music activities, regardless of ability, whilst also providing opportunities and encouragement for those showing the potential to excel."
We are now entering Year 7 of this Initiative and have submitted a bid for £83,628.00 of funding to support music activities for school students in Shetland. One of the main aims is to ensure that all P6 children have some instrumental tuition but the funding can also support other activities:
Some of the projects planned for this year are:
- Dialect Singing classes
- A Dialect Nursery Rhyme resource for Early Years
- Community musicians working in Schools
- Music Technology Support for Primary Schools
- Music Festival and Workshops
- Support for visiting musicians to work in schools
- Additional Music Instructor time for children with ASN
- Support for Drumjamm
- African Drumming in Schools
- Guitar Tuition in Schools
Instrumental Instruction has been delivered in Shetland schools since the 1960s. Children's Services aims to provide as wide an opportunity for its pupils to access music instruction as possible. The authority currently employs 13 people to deliver instrumental Instruction in its schools. We provide instruction in 20 different instruments: Accordion, Brass, Cello, Clarinet, Euphonium, Cornet, Double Bass, Drums, Fiddle, Flute, Horn, Keyboard, Oboe, Piano, Recorder, Saxophone, Trombone, Trumpet, Tuba and Violin.
Guitar is available in some schools for P5-7 pupils through the Youth Music Initiative. For more information please contact Noelle Henderson on 01595 744013 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Instrumental Instruction Waiting List 2017/18
Applications are invited for children who will be in Primary 5 or above from August 2017 who wish to receive tuition. Please note that space for some instruments is very limited and that tuition therefore cannot be guaranteed. This is based on a first come, first served basis.
The charge for Instrumental Instruction for the school year 2016/17, is set at £190.00 per instrument, per year and the charge for group instruction is set at £140.00 per instrument, per year. Where a child has never received instrumental instruction before, they will be entitled to the term in which they commence instruction free. There will be no charge for pupils who have an entitlement to free school meals and / or clothing grant (see criteria below), or if a pupil is in Secondary 4 or above and completing their SQA National Qualification in Music.
Current criteria for Free School Meals and Clothing Grant:
- Income Support
- Income-based Job Seeker's Allowance
- Employment & Support Allowance (Income Related)
- Universal Credit
- Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- Child Tax Credit only with income less than £16,105 (not Working Tax Credit)
- Both Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit, with income less than £6,420
- Working Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit with an income greater than £6,420 but less than £16,105
Parents have the option to pay instruction fees in yearly or monthly instalments. Pupils will receive a minimum of 30 lessons per session from August to July, each lasting 25 minutes. Where a pupil does not receive their minimum lessons as a result of staff absence, school closure or a school activity, an appropriate proportion of fees will be refunded at the end of the academic year.
Download Terms and Conditions (PDF 97Kb)
If you require any further information about Instrumental Instruction please don’t hesitate to contact Children's Services on 01595 743848.
Please use the link below to place your child on our waiting list for lessons or contact: email@example.com / 01595 743848.
- Waiting List Form (Available from May 2017)
- Registration Form - New Start
Pupils from Happyhansel Primary School performing “Orpheus and Eurydice” at Shetland County Drama Festival held in the Garrison Theatre in 2011
Izzy Swanson, Education Support Officer (Drama) offers a whole spectrum of help for schools. I can help you create drama around your classroom topic, use drama to teach a variety of subjects, or even just to have fun.
For more information contact:
Education Support Officer (Drama)
Tel: 01595 744017
For Information on Creative Links please contact:
Creative Links Officer
Tel: 01595 744013
Fax: 01595 744010
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Children’s Service (Schools)