A Monifeith teacher has been shortlisted for a prestigious national prize for her work promoting the Scots Language in conjunction with Nil by Mouth.
Claire Yeaman, who teaches at Seaview Primary School has made the final five in the running for the ‘Scots Teacher of the Year’ category at the Scots Language Awards 2023which will be held on Saturday 16th Septemberin Johnstone Town Hall. The category is being sponsored by the national education body theSQA and recognises excellence in the fields of using Scots in the classroom.
The nomination is in recognition of Claire’s work last year on promoting the ‘Neeps & Tatties’project at Seaview. Written entirely In Scots and created by author Carey Morning and illustrator Anna York, ‘Neeps and Tatties’ tells the story of two warring vegetable tribes who are finally encouraged to put the past behind them in the interests of a better future. The book examines issues such as discrimination and prejudice and is supported by a range of resources and activities provided by Nil by Mouth.
Claire saw the project as an opportunity to promote Scots in her school and organised copies of the resource to be made available to every teacher and pupil at Seaview free of charge. In addition, on Burns Night she arranged a special event which saw Angus Children and Learning Convener Cllr Lynn Devine read the story to pupils and persuaded Scots Poet Thomas Clarke to run special Scots workshops for classes.
The Scots Language Awards were established in 2019 to celebrate the importance of Scots within arts, culture, education and day to day life. This year more than 60 nominees have been shortlisted for a range of awards. Winners are chosen by a free public vote and Claire’s colleagues and pupils are all voting for her in the hope she can win the prize for their school. Voting is open until the 10th of September and you can vote for Claire by clicking on this link:
Nil by Mouth Director Dave Scott Said:
‘Working with Claire has been an absolute joy and we are thrilled that she has been shortlisted for this award. Angus has a rich tradition of Scots and is spoken and understood by so many of the children in the area. When we visited we loved the fact that Claire also tied the learning of Scots in with other languages spoken in the school and I hope as many people as possible in her community and beyond take a few moments to cast their vote for such an amazing teacher.’