More Tutors For Island Schools - Tuilleadh Oidichean Son Sgoiltean Eileanach
27th September 2021
Project to support economic recovery.
Freelance creative artists and musicians who have lost work due to the COVID-19 pandemic and Brexit will tutor primary school children across Scotland's island communities.
Up to 50 tutors will work with primary schools to lead cultural workshops on Scotland's indigenous languages and dialects, music, drama, dance and visual art.
Through a shadowing scheme, tutors will work with and support the development of assistant tutors to deliver the workshops as part of the primary school curriculum.
Gaelic arts body Fèisean nan Gàidheal will deliver the programme in Na h-Eileanan Siar, Orkney, Shetland, Argyll and Bute, Highland and North Ayrshire. The University of the Highlands and Islands will offer support to the tutors, leading to accreditation for their work.
Minister for Higher and Further Education, Youth Employment and Training Jamie Hepburn, said:"Many freelancers have experienced considerable financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On top of this, we know many touring musicians will also face challenges due to the UK's exit from the EU for some time to come.
"This new programme will offer valuable re-training and employment opportunities for creative freelancers to work across all of our 93 inhabited Scottish islands.
"Not only will school children get to learn more of the rich cultural diversity across our island communities, this project will also help promote Gaelic, Shetlandic and Scots languages and local dialects distinctive to islands such as Orkney.
Arthur Cormack, Fèisean nan Gàidheal's CEO, said:"Fèisean nan Gàidheal is grateful for support from the Scottish Government in delivering this new programme which will help freelance creative practitioners recover from the economic effects of the pandemic.
"Training will be an important part of the programme with the aim of increasing the resilience of freelancers and better equipping them to work in school settings in the future.
“All primary schools across our islands have been presented with an exciting opportunity to enable local artists to work with one year group, delving into local culture integral to our island communities."
Pròiseact a' cur taic ri ath-shlànachadh eaconamaiceach.
Bidh luchd-ealain is luchd-ciùil saor-lannsa a chaill obair ri linn COVID-19 neo Brexit ag oideachadh chloinne bhun-sgoile air feadh choimhearsnachdan eileanach na h-Alba.
Obraichidh suas gu 50 oidiche le bun-sgoiltean gus leantainn bùithtean-obrach cultarail mu chànain is dualchainntean tùsanach na h-Alba, ceòl, dràma, dannsa is ealain-lèirsinneach.
Bheir oidichean taic do leasachadh iar-oidichean le bhith ag obair gu dlùth leotha gus an urrainn iad fhèin bùithtean-obrach a’ lìbhrigeadh mar phàirt den churraicealam bhun-sgoile.
Lìbhrighidh a’ bhuidheann ealain Fèisean nan Gàidheal am prògram anns na h-Eileanan Siar, Arcaibh, Sealtainn, Earra-Ghàidheal is Bòd, a’ Ghaidhealtachd agus Siorrachd Àir a Tuath. Bheir Oilthigh na Gàidhealtachd is nan Eilean taic do dh’oidichean is gheibh iad barantachadh son an cuid-obrach.
Thuirt am Ministear airson Foghlam Àrd-ìre agus Leantainneach, Trusadh is Trèanadh Òigridh, Jamie Hepburn:
“Tha an t-uamhas shaor-lannsairean air fior dhuilgheadasan ionmhasail fhulaing ri linn staing COVID-19. A thuilleadh air an seo, tha fios gum bi mòran dhùbhlain aig luchd-ciùil cuairteachaidh son ùine fhathast air sgàth na Rìoghachd Aonaichte a bhith a’ fàgail an EU.
“Bheir am prògram ùr seo cothroman ath-thrèanaidh is trusaidh luachmhor do shaor-lannsairean cruthachail gus obrachadh air feadh na 93 eileanan Albannach anns a bheil sluagh.
“Chan e a-mhàin gum faigh clann-sgoile cothrom barrachd ionnsachadh mu bheartas chultarail ar eileanan, brosnaichidh am pròiseact seo cuideachd Gàidhlig, Sealtainnis agus Albais is dualchainntean sònraichte eileanan leithid Arcaibh.
Thuirt ceannard Fèisean nan Gàidheal, Art MacCarmaig:
“Tha Fèisean nan Gàidheal taingeil do thaic Riaghaltas na h-Alba ann a bhith a’ lìbhrigeadh a’ phrògraim ùire seo a chuidicheas saor-lannsairean cruthachail tilleadh bho bhuaidh eaconamaiceach na stainge.
“Bidh trèanadh na phàirt chudromach den phrògram le amas saor-lannsairean buileach a dhìon is an ullachadh a bhith ag obair ann an suideachaidhean sgoile san àm ri teachd.
“Tha deagh chothrom aig a h-uile bun-sgoil anns na h-eileanan againn comas a thoirt do luchd-ealain ionadail obrachadh le aon bhuidheann bhliadhna, a’ dol an sàs ann an cultar ionadail deatamach ri ar coimhearsnachdan eileanach."
Comprehensive list of primary schools on Scottish islands that will be invited to engage in the Treòir | Voar | Virr programme. A National Transition Training Fund programme to aid recovery in education and support re-training and employment opportunities for creative freelancers through arts-based cultural workshops in primary schools that support delivery of our National Islands Plan commitments.
TREÒIR - VOAR - VIRR_Gaelic and English Medium Primary Schools and Departments on Islands
CnES (21) - 38 equivalent
Sgoil a' Bhac/ Back
Sgoil an Rubha/Point
Sgoil an Taobh Siar/SaTS
Sgoil nan Loch/Lochs
BS Steòrnabhagh/Stornoway PS
Sgoil an t-Òib/Leverburgh
Sir E Scott/ Sir E Scott
Sgoil Uibhist a Tuath/ Sgoil Uibhist a Tuath
Sgoile Bhaile a Mhanaich/ Balivanich PS
BS Dhalabroig /Daliburgh
Sgoil an Iochdair/ Iochdar PS
Sgoil Bhàgh a' Chaisteil/Castlebay PS
Text in bold denotes = GME, classes need to be provided separately
113 schools offered opportunity
136 year groups equivalent when GME considered – and some larger town schools will have more than 1 class per year group
A' Ghàidhealtachd (17) – 22 equiv or 20 if Small Isles combine | Highland
Skye & Raasay
BS An Àth-Leathann, Broadford
BS Ghàidhlig Phort Rìgh
BS Shlèite, Sleat
BS Chille Mhoire/Kilmuir
Dùn Bheagain/Dunvegan PS
Muck (5 pupils)
Eigg (6 pupils)
Rum (5 pupils)
Earra-Ghàideal is Bòid (22), 23 equivalent | Argyll & Bute
Keills PS, Port Askaig
BS Bhogha Mhòr /Bowmore PS
Port Charlotte PS
Port Ellen PS
BS Bhuneasain /Bunessan PS
BS an t-Sàilein /Salen PS (temporary residence)
Tobermory High (3-18)
Easdale & Seil
North Bute PS, Port Banatyne
Rothesay PS (Joint Campus)
St Andrew’s PS, Rothesay
Small Isles PS
An Arcaibh (17) | Orkney
Dounby Community School, Dounby
Evie Community School, Evie
Firth Primary School, Finstown
Glaitness Primary School, Kirkwall*
Orphir Community School, Orphir
Papdale Primary School, Kirkwall
St Andrew’s Primary School, Toab
Stenness Community School, Stenness
Stromness Primary School, Stromness
North Walls Community School, Lyness
Hope Primary School, St Margaret's Hope
Papa Westray Community School, Orkney
North Ronaldsay Primary School
Shapinsay Primary School, Orkney
Sanday Community School
Stronsay Junior High School
Westray Junior High School
Rousay Primary School, Rousay
Sealtainn (28) | Shetland
Bell's Brae Primary School, Lerwick
Cunningsburgh Primary School, Cunningsburgh
Dunrossness Primary School, Dunrossness
Happyhansel Primary School, Walls
Lunnasting Primary School, Vidlin
Mossbank Primary School, Mossbank
Nesting Primary School, Skellister
Ollaberry Primary School, Ollaberry
Sandness Primary School, Sandness
Scalloway Primary School, Scalloway
Skeld Primary School, Skeld
Sound Primary School, Sound
Tingwall Primary School, Tingwall
Urafirth Primary School, Heylor
Whiteness Primary School, Whiteness
North Roe Primary School, North Roe
Aith Junior High School
Sandwick Junior High School
Brae High School
Burravoe Primary School, Yell
Cullivoe Primary School, Cullivoe
Mid Yell Junior High School
Baltasound Junior High School, Baltasound
Fetlar Primary School, Fetlar
Burra (connected to Mainland)
Hamnavoe Primary School, Hamnavoe
Fair Isle Primary School, Fair Isle
Whalsay Primary School, Whalsay
Foula Primary School, Foula
Àir a Tuath (8) | North Ayrshire
Brodick PS, Isle of Arran
Corrie PS, Isle of Arran
Kilmory PS, Isle of Arran
Lamlash PS, Isle of Arran
Pirnmill PS, Brodick, Isle of Arran
Shiskine PS, Brodick, Isle of Arran
Whiting Bay PS, Brodick, Isle of Arran
Cumbrae PS, Isle of Cumbrae