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 Professional Recognition for Scots teaching
February 2011
The first ever Professional Recognition Awards for Scots Language Teaching were presented to twelve teachers from across Scotland on Tuesday 22nd of February 2011. Itchy Coo Education Director, Matthew Fitt, who had been offering advice over a number of years on the Scots language in education to the General Teaching Council for Scotland, was extremely proud that so many teachers have been recognised in this way. Matthew said 'I hope this signifies the beginning of greater professionalisation of the teaching of Scots in Scottish schools.'  .

Cross Party Education Committee on Scots publishes a National Survey
November 2010
The Cross Party Group on the Scots Language Education Sub-committee administered by Itchy Coo conducted a National Survey of Teacher Attitudes to Scots Language in Curriculum for Excellence. Findings of the Survey including key requirements and recommendations are available from the Sub-committee website.

 Winnie the Pooh in Scots a big hit at National Library of Scotland
March 2010

Winnie the Pooh in Scots book cover is now part of National Library of Scotland Exhibition display.

Visit the NLS Exhibition page




  Precious Ramotswe's Very First Case in Scots
  February 2010

A world exclusive, Sandy McCall Smith’s Precious and the Puggies is his first detective story for younger readers published in Scots aheid o its English version.

Kent tae readers aroond the world as Mma Ramostwe, young Precious must solve her very first case involvin her freend Sepo, a piece and some cheeky puggies and so become a detective.

Translatit intae Scots by James Robertson and wi bonnie illustrations by Iain McIntosh, this book truly is a groond-breakin title, wis published on the 25t o Februar 2010.

Itchy Coo at Inverness Book Festival
October 2009
James Robertson and Karen Sutherland worked with pupils from Moray Firth, Rosehall Primary and Altnaharra Primary Schools on the 5th of October 2009 to produce a colourful frieze based on the popular Katie books. Pictures of flowers, bees, butterflies and worms decorated Eden Court Theatre, one of the Inverness Book Festival venues.

You can have look at more photos here. Read an article by The Press & Journal here.
 James Robertson and Itchy Coo books on STV
September 2009
Itchy Coo books made a star appearance on STV's popular programme 'The Hour'. 
Itchy Coo's James Robertson was interviewed by Vicky Lee and Michelle McManus on Wednesday 23 of September 2009. James talked about our books, the Scots language and its use in schools and everyday life.


You can see photies of James and Donald Smith from the Scottish Storytelling Centre on our Event Photies page.


 Tesco recognises Scots
June 2009
Tesco is the first major retailer to recognise Scots as a language. In its on-line children's bookshop, Tesco lists Scots alongside Russian and Spanish. You can find out which Scots books are available from Tesco on-line here.


 Katie’s Beasties SBT Book of the Month
April 2009

Scottish Book Trust has shown its support yet again for Scots and Itchy Coo by selecting Karen Sutherland’s Katie’s Beasties as their Book of the Month for May 2009. 
SBT choose from the very best of
’s literature for children. Katie and the busy Eemocks, the spottit Reidcoats and the jinky jooky Flee will be featured on the Scottish Book Trust website from May onwards.

 Itchy Coo to Administer Cross Party Education Committee on Scots
March 2009

In a meeting of the Scottish Parliament Cross Party Group on the Scots Language in March 2009, members revived the Group’s Education sub-committee. Itchy Coo agreed to administer the Cross Party Group on Scots (Education in Scots Committee).

The first meeting of CPG Scots language education sub-committee took place in June 2009. For more information visit the group's website.

 Times Review of Winnie the Pooh in Scots
March 2009

James Robertson’s translation of A.A. Milne’s world famous Winnie the Pooh was reviewed in The Times in March 2009.
‘Telling the story in Scots gave it a new dimension. People said: This is funny; we feel this is closer to us than the original,’ James told Mike Wade from The Times.

To read the full review click here.

 Full marks for Itchy Coo in Literature in Learning Report
March 2009
A Glasgow University Report on School Engagement by arts organisations found that Itchy Coo was 'known and used' by 24% of respondents, third only after Edinburgh International Book Festival and Scottish Book Trust out of a total of 21 organisations. Itchy Coo is the smallest and newest of the national Scots Language bodies and it is great to know that our hard work in schools has been recognised in this way.
Dowload full Report here (pdf 1.2 Mb)