School Competition


How to Talk About Migrations? A competition for primary and secondary Scottish schools

This competition is funded by the Royal Society of Edinburgh, as part of the project How to Talk About Migrations? Current Academic Research in Migration Studies and its Relevance for School Curriculum in Scotland and Further Afield

We invite pupils and teachers to participate in this exciting competition that explores how we teach and learn about migration — creatively and with empathy. We live in a world that sees many people on the move, and our pupils may have been part of these experiences themselves. In schools, migration may make the topic of creative projects and classroom activities, as a unique opportunity for pupils to learn from each other and about each other.

Through this competition, we want to bring forward the best and most creative ideas on teaching and learning about migrations in Scottish schools. We would like to hear about your teaching activities/practices and/or activities that may enable conversations about migration in schools.

The competition aims to acknowledge and make visible the cultural and linguistic diversity of Scottish primary and secondary schools.  The purpose of this competition is to explore how to raise awareness and learn about migrations, and move conversations beyond narrow and often negative stereotypes. We advocate and understand migration as a multifaceted and omnipresent fact of life, and hope that the submissions for this competition will reflect this vision.


£100.00 worth book tokens


  • Launch: Tuesday, 16 November 2021 (The United Nations International Day for Tolerance)
  • Closing date for submission of entries: Friday, 18 February 2022
  • Shortlisted nominees will be notified by Wednesday, 23 February 2022
  • Celebration/showcasing event: Saturday, 26 February 2022 

Submission guidelines

Teachers or teams of teachers and pupils are invited to submit their best materials that showcase how migration is taught in their respective schools. Projects could be in English or in other languages to reflect the spirit of the school and of the competition.

Two types of submissions will be accepted:

  • Lesson plans or project outlines;
  • Pupils’ work which may include using family stories, photographs and memorable objects; inventing other countries or imagining being someone else. Drawings and illustrations, performances, video recordings or a picture/slides with recorded voice-overs. Poems, essays, and writings in general. Where more than one material is submitted, we encourage the submission of a one-page description of the project and the materials submitted.
  • We welcome projects already implemented in the part or in the planning stage and to be delivered in the near future

Further guidelines:

  • The competition is open to all primary and secondary schools and will be judged in four age categories P1-P4, P5-P7, S1-S3, S4-S6
  • All submissions will be showcased on the project website. A possibility of in-person award ceremony will be explored as well (Covid19-related restrictions pending).
  • The selected finalists in each age category will be invited to join us for the award ceremony, which will coincide with our international workshop (Saturday, 26 February 2022)
  • All contestants will receive a certificate acknowledging their participation. The winning schools (1 award for each category) will receive a book token worth £100.00.

Please note: All submissions that include student work should be accompanied by a signed media privacy notice and a consent form (digital signatures are allowed). You will be able to download both the privacy notice and the consent form from our project website here shortly:

How to submit your entries:

Please email your submission along with your entry and consent forms to:

Please make sure that all files (your submission, entry form and consent form) contain the following in the file name: school name, pupil or team name, and age category (e.g., HyndlandSecondarySmithS2).

We are looking forward to receiving your submissions!

With best wishes,

How to Talk About Migrations Team:
Mirna Solic
Elwira Grossman
Lavinia Hirsu
Dobrochna Futro