Supporting Young Carers in Education Settings

6th December 2017, Edinburgh

About this event:

Young carers in Scotland have been reporting on the support they receive in schools at each of the Young Carers Festivals since 2008. The compilation of these responses has revealed that young carers perceive a lack of awareness, understanding and empathy from their teachers regarding their role as a carer, leading them to feel there is no support system available to them within schools. It would appear that much more still needs to be done in schools to support young carers.

This half-day seminar will attempt to raise awareness of the issue among school teachers and staff, and offer practical suggestions as to how we might best support young carers in education settings.

Key learning:

•    The need to identify young carers (a brief outline of policy and legislation)

•    Exploring the issues and how young carers can be supported

•    Examples of models of practice in schools and resources available

•    The impact of providing the right support to young carers at school.

Who should attend:

This event is aimed at school teachers and staff. It is primarily aimed at those working in the upper years of primary and secondary school settings, but given the importance of early identification of young carers, it may also be of interest to those working in the earlier years of primary.

For more information and how to book please see the website

Post Graduate Certificate Supporting Teacher Learning

University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.

Aimed at those involved in the support of teaching professional learning at all stages of a teachers career.

Please see the attached leaflet STL information sheet for more information on the course, the learning and teaching and assessment.

For more information, please contact Professor Kate Wall, University of Strathclyde,0141 444 8067,

2nd Annual Children Under Pressure Conference, 4th October 2017

‘Lets Talk about Children Under pressure- Practical Ways to Support’ 2nd Annual Children Under pressure Conference 2017

Wednesday 4th October 2017, Glasgow Marriot Hotel,

9:45am- 4:25pm ( Registration from 9:00am- 9:45am)

£199 + vat ( includes lunch and refreshments)

Hear key experts, gain knowledge and practical strategies and tips so you can best support children and young people in your care.

Please see the attached leaflet for more information on the conference and how to register your place.



Medica CPD Courses

Lets talk about Children Under Pressure- Practical ways to support

Wednesday 4th October 2017

This conference brings together some of the most experienced, enthusiastic and inspiring practitioners in the field to share with you their knowledge, increase your understanding; and provide practical strategies, tips and ideas on how best to respond and support children and young people in your care who are facing mental health difficulties.

For more information and how to book see the website.

Trauma, Attachment and Behaviour in Education

Tuesday 3rd October 2017

Dr Karen Treisman is returning to provide a new training course covering Trauma, Attachment & Behaviour in Education


  • A greater understanding of attachment and trauma theories and why children and young people might be behaving in the way they are as well as providing practical

“How To” strategies for working with children and parents, to help make the education setting an easier place for children to learn in, more trauma-informed, and enhance academic success

For more information and how to book see the website.

Domestic Abuse: MARAC and Risk Assessment ( RIC) Training

(Please note you will have attended a Understanding & Responding to Domestic Abuse Level 1 before attending this training)

Training Dates

13th September – 9.30am – 1pm

7th December – 1.30pm – 5pm

MARAC – multi-agency risk assessment conferencing – is a process that identifies highest risk victims of domestic abuse. Through multi-agency sharing of information and case discussion, a risk/safety management plan is agreed to assist in reducing the risk to the victim, any children involved and others. You and/or your staff may be asked to provide information to the MARAC or you may have serious concerns about a victim / family known to your service. This training will provide key information about the overall process, the crucial role you play in reducing risks for these families and how to use the risk assessment tool (RIC).

Target Audience:

Staff from the statutory and voluntary sectors, particularly from the following MARAC partner agencies:

  • Police (local officers, managers and response officers)
  • NHS & HSCP (health visiting, midwifery, addictions, GPs, school nurses)
  • Education (school managers, child protection/domestic abuse co-ordinators, family & community support teams and educational psychology)
  • Housing / Local Services Network
  • Social Work (including children & families and criminal justice)
  • Voluntary Sector, eg. Women’s Aid, sexual abuse agencies and BME agencies
  • Court Service providers
  • Fire & Rescue
  • Substance and mental health practitioners

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this session you will be able to:

  • Define domestic abuse and understand this in our area
  • Understand a multi-agency approach to domestic abuse
  • Explain what our MARAC is, the way it works and your role
  • Carry out a domestic abuse risk assessment (RIC)
  • Understand the domestic abuse support services available in our area

Please contact for further info or to book a place

Shakespeare Workshops

Three exciting new drama workshops for teachers – a collaboration between the EIS and Globe Education at Shakespeare’s Globe. Available for booking now. Places are limited.
 Ways into Shakespeare for Specialist Drama Teachers
This workshop will give drama teachers techniques to introduce and enhance their teaching of Shakespeare. This session will link working practically with Shakespeare to several areas of the Curriculum for Excellence, including movement, expression, voice and language in Shakespeare’s plays. It will also provide new strategies and ideas to help students review the work of others.
 “I thought this was excellent – one of the best and most relevant CPD events I have been on. There was a great balance between learning techniques and strategies and applying them in a practical sense. The instructions were clear and contextualised and the tutor was patient, entertaining and completely in control at all times. There is so much I can now take back to the classroom. Feel refreshed about Shakespeare so thank you very much!” – Drama Teacher, Trinity High School, Renfrew
 Date: Thursday 28th September 2017
Time: 4.00 pm until 6.00 pm
Location: Festival Theatre, Edinburgh
Cost: £25
Using Storytelling to Support Literacy for Primary and Special School Teachers
This short session for primary and special school teachers will explore storytelling to support literacy.
For younger children, stories told or heard can help them understand the world in which they live, and allow them to transmit that understanding to others. Talk is a rehearsal for writing, and first-hand situations experienced through drama and role-play approaches provide children with the ideas and language they need for writing. We use Shakespeare’s stories to enhance pupils’ spiritual, moral, social, cultural development and understanding of the world and as a stimulus for developing their language skills.
This workshop will help teachers to develop their skills and confidence to lead practical approaches to literacy in the classroom.
“This session has helped me gain new info, skills and extended my mind, allowing me to link to other topics, subjects and areas of the curriculum which I will be sharing with staff.” – Year 6 Teacher, St. Rose of Lima Primary School
 Date: Friday 29th September 2017
Time: 10.00 am until 12.00 pm
Location: Festival Theatre, Edinburgh
Cost: £25
Ways into Shakespeare for Secondary Teachers of English
This course will give English teachers techniques to engage with Shakespeare through active and creative approaches, using Macbeth as its main focus. It is also designed to provide a range of ideas in how to analyse language, explore characters, themes and the text in performance.
This course is aimed at secondary English teachers, and activities and resources will be transferrable to other texts.
 “As an English teacher my focus is not always practical; although I would definitely be keen to use many of these activities in my classroom. Fantastic ideas!” – English Teacher, Gleniffer High School
 Date: Friday 29th September 2017
Time: 2.00 pm until 4.00 pm
Location: Festival Theatre, Edinburgh
Cost: £25
To book a place on one of these workshops, please contact Lesley Walker at with your name, email and workplace, making clear your chosen workshop and any dietary, access or other requirements.

Working with Survivors of Rape and Sexual Assault

29th November 2017

Eskr room 2, Brunton Hall, Musselburgh

9:30am- 4:30pm

This is a full-day interactive training course for practitioners from a range of services/disciplines which aims to increase understanding of rape and sexual assault and explore effective ways of supporting survivors.

Course objectives:

Consider the legal definitions and broader socio-cultural context of rape and sexual assault, including societal attitudes and overview of legal process

Explore impacts of rape and sexual assault

Look at how to respond to disclosures of rape and sexual assault

Explore effective ways of supporting rape and sexual assault in practice, including role play work, consideration of case studies and sign-posting/referral information.

Consider vicarious trauma and self-care

Learning outcomes:

Increased awareness and understanding of the prevalence and impacts of rape and sexual assault

Be able to respond to disclosures of rape and sexual assault with increased confidence

Increased knowledge of what survivors of rape and sexual assault might need from practitioners in a supportive role

If you wish a place on the training please email Please bring along your own lunch.