The Scotland China Education Network, "SCEN", was founded in January 2006 to bring together individuals, national agencies and associations keen to promote teaching and learning Chinese language and culture in Scottish schools. In the same year its establishment was welcomed by the Scottish Government in Scotland's Strategy for Stronger Engagement with China, and its Convener was a member of the Scottish Government's China Forward Planning Group. SCEN supported all the national agencies in their plans to introduce Chinese into the curriculum, brought practitioners together to share expertise and good practice through network meetings, and gave a platform for pupils of primary and secondary schools to present their learning at SCEN Pupil Conferences. It continues this work as the foundations for the teaching of Chinese and China in the curriculum have been established.
Please click here to access SCEN documentation.The SCEN network has over 350 members, represents a wide range of individuals, groups and agencies, spread over Scotland, engaged in promoting links with China and keen to support the China initiative in Scottish schools.
SCEN was established as a voluntary association with its own Governing Body and Governing Document in September 2007. Its Convener until September 2018 was Dr Judith McClure CBE, a member of the Scottish Schools Advisory Group on China, established in September 2010, and was appointed Ambassador for the Teaching of Chinese in Scottish Schools at the Confucius Institute for Scotland at the University of Edinburgh. Simon Macaulay was appointed to succeed her, together with Morag Anderson as Vice-Chair. Together they aim to implement the suggestions from the 2017 Review of SCEN - Ten Years On and The Future.
Lord Wilson of Tillyorn has been President of SCEN since the Network was set up in 2006. Lord Wilson, diplomat and sinologist, was the penultimate Governor General of Hong Kong. He served as Lord High Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland and was President of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. He is currently an active member of the House of Lords. He has spoken at many SCEN events and has supported in particular the development of the SCEN Ambassador programme.
SCEN Vice President
Nigel Fong has been vice president of SCEN since 2018. Nigel is Director of Swiss Sure, based in Hong Kong and is a major philanthropist. In recent years Nigel has led the Hong Kong Scotland Education Connection (HKSEC) which enables pupils in schools in Scotland to spend time with pupils in schools in Hong Kong - and Hong Kong pupils to spend time in Scotland, many with local families. Nigel is also working to introduce Cantonese Opera to Scotland. Nigel and HKSEC pupils have participated at every SCEN Youth Summit in recent years.
Scotland China Education Network (SCEN) is registered as a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) and it’s Trustees have overall responsibility for the organisation and have been selected for their key skills.
Simon is the previous Vice-Chair of SCEN and is a qualified teacher of French and Modern Studies.
Simon previously worked for the Educational Institute of Scotland and more recently chaired the Scottish Government’s 1 + 2 Language Group. Simon is currently learning Mandarin.
Qualified as a Certified Accountant with Arthur Young.
Spent 13 years with leading investment managers Baillie Gifford as Company Secretary for their overseas clients operation, and joint CEO of their pooled fund operation.
Previously a founding trustee for Mindroom and currently a trustee for Theatrum Mundi and Health in Mind.
Qualified as a Chartered Accountant with and is now Senior Partner of Chiene & Tait.
Jeremy has extensive experience in the Charity Sector and is a member of the Charity Finance Group.
Qualified as a teacher of French and Spanish which led to him, ultimately, becoming Headteacher of Leith Academy for 19 years.
Jack has been involved in the development of Mandarin at school, authority and national levels with Leith Academy becoming the hub for the City of Edinburgh’s Confucius Classroom in 2012.
Jack is currently a Senior Education Officer for the City of Edinburgh Council.
Taught English initially at Lasswade High, subsequently becoming a Principal Teacher of Guidance.
Rosemary was Depute Head there for 25 years.