National Applications in Glow

National Applications are applications or services that Education Scotland have considered to be of great value and benefit to Scotland’s learning and teaching community.  

How can I access a National Application

It may be that you already have access to some, or all of the National Applications.  To check, look in your Launch Pad on RM Unify to see if the tile(s) are there.  If they’re not, it may be that they are available to you in the App Library in RM Unify.  If you still can’t find the application you’re looking for, please contact your Glow Key Contact or Help Desk to request the National Application to be installed.

The tables below provide information about the current National Applications available in Glow:

National Apps for All Users

The Books for All Scotland Database is a database of accessible books for students with additional support needs.

Books for All provides books in accessible formats for pupils in Scotland who have difficulty with ordinary printed text, including those with dyslexia, who have a physical disability or who are blind or partially sighted.

Learn about other languages and cultures

Languages on Screen is a modern language teaching resource that enables schools across Scotland to access quality short films in French, German, Spanish, Italian – and soon Gaelic. Glow users have free access to all the films and associated questions and activities, and can also download films and extended resources for use in the classroom. Languages on Screen is also a great resource to help Primary teachers fulfil their obligations under the 1+2 languages policy.

Key features

  • Online access to quality sort films from around the world
  • Films available with and without subtitles
  • Each film is accompanied by suggestions for activities that you can do before, during or after watching
  • All resources for the classroom have been developed by teachers and film education specialists
  • Teachers and pupils in Scotland can download high quality versions by logging in using their Glow password

For more information, visit https://languagesonscreen.org.uk/about/what-can-i-do

One of Scotland’s most successful teaching and learning initiatives.

SCHOLAR provides online educational resources and a virtual college support network to over 80,000 students in Scottish secondary schools and around the world. The strength of SCHOLAR has been the underpinning ethos of partnership with all sectors of Scottish education and the willingness to innovate and anticipate the needs of the learners.

Our web materials are designed to permeate to all aspects of teaching, learning and assessment. The successful and effective teacher will bring to bear all the techniques at their disposal including educational technology to equip students with 21st century skills so vital for the well-being of Scotland’s economy.’

Discover film from the past

Scotland on Screen is free resource that contains hundreds of films from the National Library of Scotland Moving Image Archive to watch, discuss and use as inspiration for your own projects.

Key features

  • Online access to hundreds of archive films from around Scotland, from the 1890s to the 1980s
  • Each film clip is accompanied by suggestions for activities that you can do before, during or after watching
  • All resources and information for the classroom have been developed by teachers and film education specialists.
  • Anyone can stream the films, while teachers and pupils in Scotland can download high quality versions by logging in using their Glow password
  • Facilitates an almost limitless range of creative learning activities and projects.

For more information, visit https://scotlandonscreen.org.uk/about/what-can-i-do

Learn how to ‘read’ a film

Screening Shorts is a rich resource, developed by Creative Scotland and Education Scotland, that makes the short films in the well-known and widely used BFI Story Shorts collection available for free download in Scottish schools.

Featuring around 50 high-quality films for students of all ages, it will help support teachers’ development of film education, ‘audio-visual literacy’ and traditional literacy by providing questions, activities to accompany every film as well as in-depth screen tutorials on film language and extended lesson examples.

Key features

  • Features around 50 high-quality films for students of all ages
  • Each film is accompanied by extensive educational activities and lesson plans to support the development of film education and ‘audio-visual literacy’ by providing questions and activities to accompany every film as well as in-depth screen tutorials on film language and extended lesson examples.
  • Teachers and pupils in Scotland can download high quality versions when logged in using their Glow password

For more information, visit https://screeningshorts.org.uk/about/what-can-i-do

Teacher Focussed National Apps

Insight is a benchmarking tool designed to help bring about improvements for learners in the senior phase (S4 to S6). The system is updated twice annually, around September for attainment results, and February for school leavers’ data.

It is particularly valuable to inform improvement planning, particularly following the February release, when key data for schools are updated. It provides schools with information about where a school is having the most success for pupils in the senior phase and also where improvements can be made.

An online learning resource which supports professional learning in leadership for teachers at all stages of their careers.

Key features

  • Free to use for GTCS registered teachers and leaders of early learning
  • Generate a PDF summary of your completed learning to upload to your professional learning system (for example MyPL or CPD Manager)
  • Optimised to use on different devices
  • Provides a learning experience personalised to your needs
  • Saves your progress to allow you to return at a later date.
The Scottish National Standardised Assessment (SNSA) application is used for the administration, delivery and reporting of online assessments. This application is available to staff and learners within all Scottish Local Authorities and provides authorised access from Glow directly into SNSA.

School children in P1, P4, P7 and S3 will complete online standardised assessments in literacy and numeracy. The assessments help to identify children’s progress, providing diagnostic information to support teachers’ professional judgement.

Children and young people do not have to revise or prepare for these assessments. The assessments are as inclusive as possible to accommodate the needs of children and young people who require additional support. There is no pass or fail.

Assessment is a central part of everyday learning and teaching for every child and young person. The Scottish National Standardised Assessments have been introduced as part of the National Improvement Framework for Scottish Education to provide teachers with objective, comparable information about progress, which will help improve outcomes for all children and young people.

These assessments have been specifically designed to reflect the way we deliver education in Scotland and are aligned with Curriculum for Excellence. Ongoing and periodic assessments are, and will continue to be, the main basis of teachers’ professional judgement. Teachers continue to draw on all of the assessment information available to them when considering children’s progress and planning next steps in learning.