We are developing a range of Data Education Resources to support teachers offering data learning in their classroom. Our resource library is being added to all the time. We aim to provide a wide range of content from short settling activities through to comprehensive units of learning that encourage learners to develop a more in-depth understanding. We offer resources that do not use technology as well as those that do. You can filter for resources that use devices in the Topics & Themes section.  You can also search by things like the type of activity, related Scottish curricular area, current issues and more.

All resources are free to edit to allow each teacher to tailor it to their class or setting. We have sought to provide both the original file (such as Word or Powerpoint) as well as a pdf. Resources developed by the Data Education for Schools team are predominately structured around the PPDAC Problem Solving Framework.

In addition to our own resources we plan to highlight the best of those available elsewhere. The increasing importance of data education is being felt worldwide and we are proud to be developing relationships with a diverse group of data educators and organisations who are also developing learning ideas. We are also keen to meet and work with teachers in Scotland. If you have an idea for a lesson or activity or have tried something in your classroom and would like to submit your resource to us then we’d be delighted to chat! Contact us on dataschools@ed.ac.uk

  • Curriculum Level
  • Topics and Themes
  • PPDAC Framework

Curriculum Level:

Curriculum Level as defined the the Curriculum For Excellence.

Topics and Themes:

Topics and Themes are used to categorise the context for learning. These typically relate to the Curriculum Organisers within CfE but also include themes such as home learning or family learning.

PPDAC Framework:

The PPDAC Framework is the pedagogocal approach used to deliver Data Education. You can read more about each stage within the website.

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Data Sweets

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