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 care and communicate, to explore and discover, to sense and to move, often all at once.

For all Early Years staff (age 2 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.

Course details (22 hours over 3 months, Cockenzie Primary School)

  • Three days of hands-on training with two experienced Forest School/ Kindergarten leaders Fri 3rd Nov, Fri 1st Dec, Fri 15th Dec
  • One half-day observation of demonstration woodland Nature Play & Nurture session at Cockenzie Primary school nursery on (9th, 16th, 23rd or 30 Nov 2017, from 9 am to 12 pm)

Early-booking price of £200 per person for those who book before end of September 2017; £250 per person after the end of September.

To book complete the attached Application form 2017, attach cheque to ‘East Lothian Council’ or provide invoice details and return to: Support from the Start, Rm 2.5, John Muir House, Haddington, East Lothian, EH41 3HA or

Creating a Writing School – October 2017

Creating a Writing School – October 2017

City of Edinburgh Learning and Development Team have arranged for James Clements to deliver a full day’s training course, “Creating a Writing School” in October 2017. James delivered this course in session 2016/2017 as an OUP Expert Event and the feedback was extremely positive.

When:       5th October or 6th October 2017, 9.00am-3.30pm, Business Centre of Edinburgh City Chambers in the High Street, Edinburgh


  • How we can build a culture of writing in our schools
  • How to create a rich and motivating curriculum for writing
  • How to structure writing lessons across the primary phase so every child achieves well


  • Effective, practical strategies for teaching writing

Further information-

James works as an independent English adviser, supporting schools and local authorities across the country to develop the teaching of reading, writing and drama. He is the creative director of Shakespeare and, a not-for-profit organisation that supports the teaching of English in primary schools.

Prior to this, James worked as a senior leader at an outstanding inner city primary school. He was a local authority Lead Teacher, leading training and supporting teaching and learning across a network of schools. James was consulted on the 2014 National Curriculum for English and is part of the DfE’s English Expert Subject Group.


A charge of £35 per person, to be paid after the event.

Further information and to book a place:

Contact the City of Edinburgh Learning and Development Team to book a place:

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

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

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

Awareness Training: Gypsy Travellers in Scotland

Awareness Training: Gypsy Travellers in Scotland

An interactive workshop from Mhairi Craig (Shelter Scotland) Patsy Bruce (Teacher Midlothian Council) and Keith Millar (Site Manager), exploring the lives of Gypsy/Travellers in 2017. Busting misconceptions and challenging stereotypes, Mhairi, Patsy and Keith use anecdotes, evidence and experience working with the Gypsy/Traveller community to share and inform on a highly discriminated against group.

This course is a must for anyone interested in equality, discrimination and how it impacts on people in 2017.

For more information on when courses are run please contact

Mindstretchers 2017/18 Training Brochure

Mindstretchers have now issued their 2017/18  programme of courses and would like to take this opportunity to share their Training Brochure

This includes training courses on:

  • Building the Ambition
  • How good is our Early Years and Childcare
  • My world Outdoors

Mindstretchers also have a range of courses to help you address the attainment challenge in both Early Years and Primary settings.  Mindstretchers courses can be tailored to suit your needs and availability.

To discuss training further, please contact Mindstrecthers by emailing or by phoning 01764 650030.