Community Engagement: Co-constructing knowledge with communities

Registration is now open for the University of Edinburgh’s new online Professional Learning course in Community Engagement.

Government and non-government organisations (NCOs) across the globe are seeking new ways to engage communities in on-going dialogue concerning service policy, provision and development.

This new online course in Community Engagement from the University of Edinburgh will help you understand these developments and build effective strategies for engagement!

This course will be delivered over the course of ten weeks from March to May 2017.

The cost of this course is £700.

Who is this course for?

This course will be of interest to you if:

  • You have responsibility for community engagement
  • You want to build a community network
  • You want to design services to make sure they are relevant
  • You need to gather views from people who use your services
  • You need to show you have consulted

This course aims to:

  • Understand what is meant by community engagement
  • Uncover what lies behind this policy trend
  • Reveal the importance of engaging communities on their terms
  • Consider ways of researching the priorities of communities
  • Explore the importance of open forms of communication
  • Examine ways of offering expertise in non-authorised terms
  • Help practitioners and their organisations develop strategies and policies for community engagement

For more information on this course and to book a place click here.

SSERC (Scottish, Schools, Education, Research, Centre) Learning Opportunities

SSERC offer a national programme of professional development to support science and technology education.

Their professional development courses range from twilight events, day-courses through to residential meetings lasting up to 5 days in total (these latter courses are generally delivered over 2 parts).  A number of our courses are delivered through e-learning systems and use Glow-meet technology.  Their curriculum coverage spans both primary and secondary sectors and events are on offer for teachers, trainee teachers and technicians.  The SSERC portfolio is varied and includes:

  • Courses for Probationers and newly qualified teachers
  • Subject specific courses for teachers in primary and secondary sectors
  • A range of transition courses to promote enhanced interaction between primary and secondary practitioners
  • The annual Scottish Universities Science School
  • Health and Safety courses for teachers and technicians
  • Design and manufacturing courses for technology teachers
  • Courses targeted at science and technology support staff (many of these courses are levelled and credit-rated by SQA within the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework
  • Leadership courses for Curriculum Leaders and Heads of Faculty
  • The annual SSERC Science and Technology Conference

Full details of the SSERC programme can be found here.

Supporting Learners with Dyslexia using technology

Thursday, 23rd March 2017, 9:30am – 12:30pm

Godfrey Thomson Hall, Thomsons Land, University of Edinburgh, Holyrood Road, Edinburgh EH8 8AQ


In this half day seminar the CALL Scotland team will be sharing our knowledge and expertise of a wide range of hardware, software and apps that can support dyslexic learners to meet their learning objectives.

The use of assistive technology can help raise attainment for students with additional support needs. There are a wide variety of computers, tablets and devices on the market and all have excellent assistive features that can provide valuable support to dyslexic students who have difficulties reading, writing, spelling or with organisation. There is so much to learn on this subject and even the smallest change to incorporate one element of assistive technology can revolutionise the way a dyslexic learner accesses the curriculum and can dramatically boost their self-esteem.

For more information and to register for this event please see website.


CELCIS Education Conference – Laying the foundations: Improving literacy among looked after children

Tuesday 21st February 2017

Celtic Park, Glasgow


Who for: if you’re involved in the education of looked after children, this is for you.  Also, school staff with responsibility for looked after children, such as Designated Managers, and CELCIS Education Forum members should attend.

CELCIS Education Conference is your change to get up-to-speed with all the latest research on what works to engage children in reading and share what you know.

  • Hear from leading academics Professor Sue Ellis (University of Strathclyde) and Dr Nikki Luke (Oxford University)
  • Learn about the latest updates in our education work
  • Take part in workshops hosted by Storytime, Scottish Book Trust, Castlehead High School, Paired Reading Scheme, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, City of Edinburgh Council, and Winning Scotland.

For more information and to book click here.

Level 1 Child Protection Training

Child Protection Level 1 awareness & Response training provides council staff / voluntary organisations and the third sector across East and Midlothian with a basic awareness about Child Protection issues and how to respond to Child Protection concerns.

The objectives for the training are:

  • To understand the different types of Child Protection concerns, types of abuse and what to be aware of;
  • To have improved knowledge of current child protection policies and procedures;
  • To understand your role in the Child Protection process;
  • To know what to do if you are worried about a child or young person.

Face to face training:

  • A 3-hour ‘face to face’ training delivered by a qualified Social Worker;
  • This should be completed if you have direct contact with children;
  • This training should be refreshed every two years via the e-learning module.

Dates are now available for Level 1 Child Protection Training.  Details are below.

All Bookings for Level 1 Child Protection Training should be made to Frances Chapman – Children’s Wellbeing

Date Time Venue
7th February 1-4pm Training Room 1, Musselburgh East Community Centre
10th March 1-4pm Saltire Rooms 1 & 2, John Muir House, Haddington
26th April 1-4pm Training Room 1, Musselburgh East Community Centre, Musselburgh
2nd June 9.30am -12.30pm Saltire Rooms 1 & 2, John Muir House, Haddington
31st  August 1-4pm Garleton Rooms A & B, Penston House, Macmerry
29th September 9.30am -12.30pm Esk Rooms 1 & 2, Brunton Hall, Musselburgh
31st October 1-4pm Main Hall, Pennypit, Prestonpans
23rd  November 9.30am -12.30pm Esk Rooms 1 & 2, Brunton Hall, Musselburgh

Raising Attainment using Transformational Change Tools

7th February 2017

Moray House School of Education


Who for: Head Teachers and Depute Head Teachers, Principal Teachers and Teachers. This will also be of interest to education authority staff (including QIOs).

This one day course provides a hands-on opportunity to develop planning and success criteria for raising attainment, including addressing inequity, through the use of transformational change tools.

Val Corry, who was a successful secondary Head Teacher, will lead the course.  Val has used the tools very successfully in her own school with teachers, parents, young people and members of the wider learning community and is supporting other schools through the use of these tools.

For more information and to book click here.

Timetabling Curriculum For Excellence

1st March 2017

Moray House School of Education


Who for: This one day intermediate timetabling course is for those that have completed the Effective Timetabling course or those with some knowledge of timetabling

In building a curriculum where all young people experience the Curriculum for Excellence Principles, the skills of the school timetable play a key role in the process.

Curriculum models can be quite innovative and at times quite a challenge for the team putting together the timetable.  The course will provide some thoughts, ideas and techniques that could support a school wishing to develop their curriculum model to better meet the needs of learners.

For more information and to book click here.

Effective Timetabling

25th to 27th January 2017

Kings Manor Hotel, Edinburgh

£599 for residential bookings and £467 for non-residential bookings

Who for: Headteachers, Senior School Managers, Principal Teachers, Business Managers and staff with a keen interest in learning how to timetable

An intensive 3-day secondary school timetabling course for those involved in the construction of the school timetable for the first time or in need of a refresher, particularly with a focus on curriculum for excellence.

For more information and to book click here.

Professional Learning from Scotdec: Political Literacy

Political Literacy- 3 part professional learning session.

1st February, 8th February and 28th April 2017

4:15pm to 6:00pm

Education rooms, Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh

For: This course is for all teachers.

We live in an increasingly controversial and complex world. How can we support our young people to make sense of it and actively participate in building a more just and sustainable future? We will consider how we can encourage young people to develop the skills for political literacy and active global citizenship and explore what we really mean by participation. This course is being offered in partnership with the Scottish Parliament Education Service and will make use of the resources developed by Education Scotland.

To book contact SCOTDEC on: or 0131 226 1499

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