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Raising Awareness of Child Sexual Exploitation – Interagency Training

Esk Rooms 1+2, Brunton Hall, Musselburgh

ASN036 – 16th March 2017, 1:00pm – 4:00pm

ASN039 – 19th May 2017, 12:30pm – 3:30pm

This course is focused to Principal Guidance Teachers and Depute Head Teachers, as well as social work, health, education, residential practitioners and foster carers who have regular contact or carry out direct work with young people.  The course will raise awareness of how young people become involved in Child Sexual Exploitation, the impact of their experiences and how you can respond to protect and support those affected.

All staff attending this must have previously completed Level 1 Child Protection training.

It is important that you familiarise yourself with East Lothian and Midlothian Interagency Guidance on Child Sexual Exploitation before attending.  This can be accessed at

To note your interest for a particular date – please email the Training & Development team, quoting the appropriate reference.  Places will be allocated by the Public Protection Team.

Tony Talks About Autism

Tony Talks Autism: Full Day Course – Glasgow

Full Day Course: BOTH Morning and Afternoon Session

Date: Monday 15th May 2017

Venue: Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Buchanan Galleries, 2 Sauchiehall Street
Glasgow, G2 2NY

Time: 9.30 – 4.20pm  (registration from 9.00 – 9.30am)

Fee: £198 + £39.60 VAT = £237.60 (includes refreshments and lunch)

Half Day Rates: If you can’t attend the full day, you can choose to attend the morning session or afternoon session only at a discounted cost

Dr Tony Attwood is a Clinical Psychologist with over 35 years’ experience and has worked with over 8000 individuals of all ages with Asperger Syndrome or an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Tony’s book, “The Complete Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome”, has sold over 350,000 copies and has been translated into 26 languages.

Morning session 9:30- 12:30pm

-Cognitive Abilities : A different way of thinking and learning

-Managing feelings: Strategies to Manage Emotions and Behaviour

Afternoon Session 1:35pm – 4:20pm

-Where we are with our understanding of autism ( including diagnosis of ASD)

-ASD and sensory processing difficulties

How to Register and for Further Information:

Online: Tel:  0141 638 4098



Scottish Guidance Association Workshop Day

Saturday 4th March 2017

Carnegie Conference Centre, Dunfermline

The SGA Workshop Day is organised by members of the SGA Committee.  Organised by teachers for teachers, we aim to provide a range of interesting and practical presentations, designed to refresh the hard working guidance and support staff in our schools.

Aims of the Scottish Guidance Association:

  • To support all those who have a professional concern for Guidance in Education
  • To encourage communication within Guidance in Education
  • To disseminate good practice in Guidance / personal support / pastoral care / support for pupils, by provision of a national forum

For more information about the Workshop and to book a place 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.

During the course, participants will:

  • Look at the parameters within which a curriculum is designed and constructed e.g. teacher contracts, structure of the school day, SQA subjects offered, length of teaching units etc
  • Meet with colleagues to share different school curricular arrangement across all age groups of learners and share timetabling experiences delivering different designs.
  • Look at some examples of different approaches to timetabling the senior phase in CfE e.g. single cohorts of pupils from S4 to S6
  • Look at some ways of timetabling choice for pupils in the BGE
  • Consider inter-disciplinary learning and its delivery within a timetable
  • Consider ways of delivering pupil entitlement subjects across all the year groups.

To get more information and to book online click here.

Preparing and Applying for Senior Leadership Positions

17th March 2017

Moray House School of Education


Preparing and Applying for Senior Leadership Positions is an intensely practical one-day course designed to prepare you for the next step in your career, from the application stage through to the interview.

You will develop your skills in:

  • writing powerfully worded applications that will convince the panel of your qualities as a professional and your suitability for the post
  • preparing thoroughly for interview – the key ingredient in settling nerves and building confidence
  • avoiding the common interview pitfalls
  • formulating and articulating answers that are concise, coherent and convincing
  • relating effectively and appropriately to the interview panel

“I can honestly say that this is the best course I have ever attended.  The content and pitch were perfect.  I do feel that I have worked really hard, but found working with others and presenting throughout very beneficial.” – Curricular Leader, 2014/2014 delegate

For more information or to book online click here.

Nature Play & Nurture CPD for Early Years

Regular experiences with nature help children build wellbeing and learning capacities, overcome barriers, and lay the foundations for Learning for Sustainability.  Nature-rich provision supports children (and adults!) to wonder and think, to explore and discover, to sense and move, to care and communicate, often all at once.

Course details:  22 hours of training in total, located at Cockenzie Primary School

  • Three days of hands-on training with two highly experienced Nature Play and Nurture, Forest School/Kindergarten leaders (Fri 19 May, Fri 2nd Jun, Fri 16 Jun, 9am to 3pm)
  • Half-day observation of a woodland Nature Play & Nurture session at Cockenzie Primary School nursery.  (May 31, Jun 7, 14 or 21) – 5 observation places per session

Who for:  All Early Years staff (age two up to early primary) who would like to:

  • Add nature to the experiences they provide;
  • extend and explore nature provision;
  • find new ways to help children build wellbeing and learning capacities;
  • visit nearby woodlands and wild areas;
  • develop nursery and school outdoor areas and/or bring nature indoors

Cost:  £250 per person (£200 early-bird discount for bookings before 15th March 2017)

To book complete the attached Nature Play and Nurture form, attach a cheque to ‘East Lothian Council’ or provide invoice details and return to: Support from the Start, Rm 2.17, John Muir House, Haddington, East Lothian, EH41 3HA or

Raising Attainment using Transformational Change Tools

8th March 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 provide 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.

Reflecting on systems: the complexity of working together with families

When: Wednesday 1st March 2017, 10.00-16.00

Where: The National Mining Museum Scotland

(Lady Victoria Colliery, Newtongrange, Midlothian EH22 4QN)

Part of the work of the Empowering Families Project is working systemically with families, using reflecting teams, and this conference will aim to highlight and promote systemic ways of thinking and working with families.

Please see flyers below for more details.

EFP conference details flyer

EFP conference flyer

Please see registration form for how to book.

EFP Conference Registration form – updated

How to make reasonable adjustments for pupils with a disfigurement to maximise their inclusion in school or nursery and to prevent appearance-related bullying

Friday 24th March 2017, 1.30 – 3.30pm

Venue is still to be confirmed.

This course is designed for:

Will be of interest to and especially relevant to guidance and support for learning staff who co-ordinate the reasonable adjustments across the school and beyond; however, all school staff involved in the education of pupils with a disfigurement or in anticipation of a pupil with a disfigurement attending the school/nursery.

Course outline:

  • How to make provision / reasonable adjustments for pupils with a disfigurement to maximise their inclusion in school, as disfigurements is classed as a disability under the Equality Act, requiring reasonable adjustments for those pupils to access the curriculum.
  • Gives strategies, approaches and resources for Creating an Inclusive Learning Environment for pupils with a disfigurement and Dealing with Appearance-Related Bullying:
  • Introduces strategies which have been shown to greatly reduce the impulse to bully or ostracise people with a visible difference
  • Introduces strategies for reacting to and speaking appropriately to someone with a disfigurement, based on advice from those with a lived experience of disfigurement

Booking: To book a place on this course please email with the course reference, attendees name, designation and contact email.