“Keeping Myself Safe” – Training for P6/P7 Teachers and Newly Appointed Head Teachers

The “Keeping Myself Safe” training scheduled for 31st January 2014 has been moved to Friday 7th March, 9.30-3.30 in the Brunton Hall, Musselburgh.   This training is for P6/P7 Teachers who will be using the resource, and will also be particularly useful for newly appointed Head Teachers.

Course content includes the KMS resource, child protection and digital safety.

Full course details can be found here and bookings should be e-mailed to the Staff Development Team, staffdevelopment.ecs@eastlothian.gov.uk

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TYNE & ESK WRITERS: The Young Writer of the Year 2013

Open to all schools and pupils living in East Lothian and Midlothian

 How many of your students will enter this competition which encourages young people to write creatively?

 Competition subject

Let your imagination run wild – entries will be accepted on any topic

 Two categories of entry

  • P4- P7
  • S1 – S4


There are two sets of prizes – one for East Lothian and one for Midlothian consisting of:

Best poetry
Best prose      

All the winners will receive a £10 book token plus a family day pass to the Scottish Seabird Centre in North Berwick.         

Overall Young Writer of the Year winner P4- P7 will receive an iPod Shuffle plus a family day pass to the Scottish Seabird Centre in North Berwick.       

Overall Young Writer of the Year winner S1- S4 will receive an iPod Shuffle plus a family day pass to the Scottish Seabird Centre in North Berwick.      

 Award Ceremony

Winners of the competition will have prizes presented at Tranent Library on Monday 23 September at 4.30pm

Closing date for entries

Friday 14 June 2013

Why participate

  • Fits with Curriculum for Excellence
  • Good evidence for HMIe inspections
  • Encourages creativity

For more information contact aguyon@eastlothian.gov.uk

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National Records of Scotland Schools Programme 2012-13

NRS Schools Programme 2012-13: Spaces available, January – March 2013

If you would like to book a free workshop in the National Records of Scotland (NRS) or join us for a Glow Meet, don’t delay. We have some dates available in our Schools Programme from January – March 2013. Visit our education website for details at http://www.scottisharchivesforschools.org

 New Online Resources

We are currently developing a new online resources section on our website to provide teachers and learners of all ages with access to unique primary sources from the National Records of Scotland to support Curriculum forExcellence and National Qualifications.

 We have uploaded three small units on our pilot site:

The Suffragettes / Letters and Diaries /The Great War in Scotland

 Please visit these resources and provide us with feedback on the content and layout of these new materials and your ability to access them. Your responses are important in helping us prepare for a full launch in Spring 2013. Details of when and how to provide your evaluation are available at http://www.scottisharchivesforschools.org/indexPilotResources.asp

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East Lothian Learning Festival – Learners for the Future

This week sees the opening of the bookings for our very first East Lothian Learning Festival in September!

The theme is “Learners for the Future” which aims to resonate with our teachers not simply when they consider the learning needs of their pupils but in considering their own professional learning needs.

This highly engaging and inspiring event will be held on Friday 7th and Saturday 8th September 2012 and it is open to all education staff in East Lothian. It promises to be the major highlight on  East Lothian’s educational calendar with talks from eminent and inspirational speakers, such as:

  •  Steve Munby, Chief Executive of England’s National College of School Leadership
  •  Richard Gerver, Head Teacher of the Year 2005 and now International Advisor on Education
  • Alistair Smith, Learning Consultant with Football Association and author of High Performers 
  • Norman Drummond, Founder of Columba 1400
  • Dr Myra Young, Founder of PACE Learning and Assessment and Moderation Circles
  • Don Ledingham, our very own Director of Education and Children’s Services.

In addition to our invited speakers, we have a whole host of exciting workshops and demonstrations from educators throughout East Lothian on innovative approaches to learning and teaching, both indoors and outdoors. There will also be opportunities to explore methods and approaches which will support teachers in their quest for the holy grail of true work-life balance!

More information will be made available through posters and leaflets coming to schools following the summer holidays. In the meantime, check out the programme online and book onto what best suits your needs.

You can book on here: https://www.eastlothian.gov.uk/forms/form/183/learners_for_the_future_registration

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Story Lab

Story Lab is this year’s Tesco bank Summer Reading Challenge. It celebrates the power of stories and the imagination.

Aimed at children aged 4-11 years, the Summer Reading Challenge can help primary schools avoid the “summer holiday dip” in pupils’ reading motivation and attainment, widen pupils’ reading range and repertoire and boost their desire to read at home, as shown by research carried out by the UK Literacy Association (UKLA).

Please see the downloadable Staffroom Poster explaining the challenge.

Help to promote the Summer Reading Challenge in school by linking with your local library.

For more information visit http://summerreadingchallenge.org.uk/schools/

Or contact your local library.

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