CLPL Programme 2017/2018

The Programme of Career Long Professional Learning Opportunities was launched on Friday 16th June 2017.  All members of school staff will have received the link via e-mail.

The update can be viewed here.  Please take a moment to have a look at the update as you start to plan your professional learning for the coming session.

Over the summer break the Training and Development Team will continue to update the CLPL pages of eduBuzz and any additional learning opportunities will be advertised in August.

Scottish Guidance Association Annual Conference 2017

Scottish Guidance Association is holding its annual conference on:

Saturday 28th October 2017 at 9:30am to 3:30pm

Location: Carnegie Conference Centre, Dunfermline

The event is open to everyone involved in the education of pupils.

Cost is £90 (£80 for SGA members.)

Planned speakers to include:

  • Hannah Keates, GIRFEC Policy Team Leader, Scottish Government
  • Gillian MacLean – Alcohol & Drugs Action
  • Jen Kemp, Live-N-Learn – Judging and Labelling Others

More details on the conference can be found in the following flyer:

SGA Conference Flyer 2017

Booking required: Please book via the SGA Website or via the attached Booking Form . SGA Conference Booking Form 2017

Harmful Practices – Honour Based Violence Training

To coincide with the launch of the Edinburgh & Lothian FGM Procedures the EMPPO is offering an additional session on Harmful Practices covering FGM. Honour Based Violence and Forced Marriage.

  • 28th June 2017
  • Lasswade Centre, Lasswade
  • 9.30am – 4.00pm

If you wish to attend please email

Course content

Forced Marriage, Female Genital Mutilation and So called “Honour Based Violence” are often referred to as Harmful Practices.

Taking a case study approach this day long workshop presents these practices as a form of gender based violence and clarifies the role of culture, tradition, faith and migration in the lives of those who experience and are at risk of them.

Facilitated by Shakti Women’s Aid.

 Learning Outcomes

    • Understand the gendered cultural context of Forced Marriage, Female Genital Mutilation and its links to honour-based violence and domestic abuse
    • Explain the difference between arranged and forced marriage
    • Understand how the Forced Marriage and FGM legislation in Scotland can be used
    • List at least 3 indicators of a child/adult at risk of Forced Marriage and FGM
    • Identify a range of supports available and where to seek advice.


Supercytes – the immune cell Standoff

Thursday 22nd June 2017


Queens Medical Research Institute, Edinburgh

“Supercytes – the immune cell standoff” is a new resource for schools, to be launched for academic year 2017/2018.

This event is free to Secondary school science and Primary 6/7 teachers working in Edinburgh & Lothians schools, but limited to one teacher per school. Refreshments provided and £10 Travel allowance available on attendance.

More details  of the course and how to book can be found here or contact to register.

Please also see attached mrc_supercytes_poster

Autism & ADHD: What has diet got to do with it?

Good nutrition is vital to the health and wellbeing of children, and those with Autism Spectrum Disorder or ADHD in particular.

Course tutor David Rex, Specialist Dietitian will address why children with ASD are more likely to be highly selective eaters, the impact and how we can support parents of children with ASD & ASD related conditions (ADHD) to effect dietary change.

Many children and young people with ASD and ADHD have feeding difficulties and this course is a great opportunity to learn more about:

  • Why children with ASD more likely to be highly selective eaters?
  • What impact does selective eating have?
  • How can we best support families to effect dietary change among selective eaters

With so much information online, how can we support parents of children with ASD, ADHD and related conditions to make safe and practical decisions on nutritional interventions?

Who Should Attend? This course should be relevant to: education professionals, social workers and support workers, healthcare professionals, caterers, parents/carers and others who provide support for people with Autism & ADHD

Book online or call 0141 638 4098.

For more information see attached leaflet

Froebel Conference- ‘Gifts for our future 9’ 2017

Research, Training and Professional Development

‘This system of training which I call an educational whole, that educates by developing’ (Froebel, 1899)

7th October 2017

9am to 3pm, John MacIntyre Centre, The University of Edinburgh, Pollock Halls, Edinburgh, EH16 5AY


Jane Dyke, Founder of Yellow Dot Nurseries- ‘Leading the Process of Change: Froebel and Yellow Dot’.

Dr Lynn J McNair OBE, Head of Cowgate Under Fives Centre, Edinburgh and Teaching Fellow at The University of Edinburgh-‘Rules, rules, rules and we’re not allowed to skip’. Exploratory study: Listening to children’s voices about the transition to Primary One.


‘Players and Storytellers’ development projects undertaken by members of the Edinburgh Froebel Network Masterclass, funded by the Froebel Trust.

Cost : £65

Please see  Froebel Conference 2017 leaflet for more information and details on how to book or see website

Professional Learning – “The Grand Tenement”

Circulated on behalf of Russell Clegg, Learning Officer, Patrick Geddes Centre at Riddle’s Court

Grand Tenement CPD opportunity

The Patrick Geddes Centre is offering a FREE Professional Learning session on ‘The Grand Tenement’ – a hands on, creative activity for schools to support learning about Old Edinburgh.

This session offers a facilitated and fully resourced opportunity for teachers to work through the activity themselves. Whilst date and time are tbc, we anticipate to take place on:

Friday 2nd June, 1.30-3.30 p.m.

The Glasite Meeting House, 33 Barony Street, Edinburgh, EH3 6NX

 The Patrick Geddes Centre Primary Learning Programme will also offer other facilitated workshops that support Creative Learning, not shown on this flyer, including:

•             The King’s Banquet – Feasting in the time of James VI

•             Meet the Neighbours – Riddle’s Court in the 1870s

•             Arts and Crafts inspired – printmaking workshops

All these sessions will include a tour of the fully restored Riddle’s Court – Edinburgh’s original Grand Tenement!

 These facilitated sessions will run from September 2017 at the Patrick Geddes Centre, 322 Lawnmarket, EH1 2PG. Please contact  for costs and booking details or phone: 0131 220 1232

The Big Street Survey – CLPL Available from Sustrans Scotland

Sustrans Scotland have produced a resource called The Big Street Survey where P6-7 pupils go out and survey the streets around their schools and come up with a five point class manifesto for the things they would like to see improved.

Lesson plans, pupil booklets and more info on The Big Street Survey can be found on the Sustrans website. 

Sustrans Scotland can provide Career Long Professional Learning (CLPL) sessions for Primary Teachers in East Lothian on The Big Street Survey.

Sustrans Contact:  Cecilia Oram, Smarter Choices Co-ordinator – Education and Young People, Sustrans Scotland  0131 346 9777 or e-mail