Free Adult Learning Course

Introduction to Health and Social Care

Human Development and Behaviour is a unit which allows learners to build knowledge and understanding of development and behaviour of individuals using care services.  Learners will explore factors influencing human development and behaviour.  This will inform how a care worker can use psychological concepts to understand behaviours of individuals using care services.

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NBHS PTA Monthly Prize Draw

The winner in the December draw is Carol Fish, who receives a cheque for £40. Congratulations Carol! Thank you to all who already support this valuable fundraiser, which raised £4,000 for the Library Project in 2016 (purchase of new books and furniture). If you’d like to sign up please contact For an annual sub of just £18 your name gets entered into 12 monthly draws, each for £40.

Edinburgh College Open Days

Edinburgh College is hosting a series of Open Days in January 2017.

Edinburgh College is opening the doors of all four of their campuses and inviting pupils from across the region to explore the vast range of options that are offered to support their future choices for August 2017.  Each campus has its own diverse range of facilities offering students opportunities to experience, first hand, industry standards across the Edinburgh College curriculum. The dates are as follows:

Date Campus Times
Tuesday 17 January Milton Road 4:00 – 6:30pm
Thursday 19 January Granton 4:00 – 6:30pm
Tuesday 24 January Midlothian 4:00 – 6:30pm
Thursday 26 January Sighthill 4:00 – 6:30pm

Every campus will have information points for pupils to discuss their areas of interest. However, your decision may be based on what curriculum is specifically offered at individual campuses. Each campus will have:

  • Course information stands (full curriculum portfolio)
  • Student Support, Funding and Guidance teams available to answer any questions
  • Areas for applications to be made
  • Tours of facilities
  • Short presentation on student life at Edinburgh College

The Tour du Mont Blanc – A challenging opportunity for Geography and Modern Language Pupils in Summer 2017?

Passing through France, Italy and Switzerland The Tour du Mont Blanc (TMB) is a 170km trek around the Mont Blanc massif, with a total ascent of over 10,000m – that’s more than climbing Everest! The reward; stunning scenery, the chance to improve your foreign language skills, learn about the Geography of the areas – and meet other trekkers from all over the world while staying in mountain huts and refuges.


The trip is organised by the ELC Outdoor Learning Service and led by our own qualified International Mountain Leaders.  It will take place in the last week of the 2017 Summer Term and the first week of the Summer holidays . The trip is open to any pupils across the current S3 – S6 years in an ELC school who are up for the challenge.

While this is an adventurous and challenging trek  in it’s own right with many benefits in terms of Health & Wellbeing and Personal & Social development, we are also very keen to include Geography and Modern Language outcomes in it’s objectives.

In brief …

  • Curricular focus: Human & Physical Geography and Modern Languages (French and Italian)
  • Open to:  Current S3 – S6 across all ELC schools
  • When: Last week of the Summer Term , first week of the Holidays – 14 nights, 13 days walking.
  • Group size : Min 8 – Max 12
  • Leaders; Andy Duff plus 1
  • Cost:  Dependent on numbers. Cost will be fully inclusive;  food, hut accommodation, flights and insurance.
  • Funding – Pupils will be strongly encouraged to organize fund-raising events and apply for sources of funding
  • DofE: This would qualify as a Gold DofE residential (but not exped)
  • The process  : Expression of interest (Dec) , Parents evening (Jan) ,  selection / training session (Feb), the trip (Jun/Jul)

If you have pupils in your school, especially those who can use this to improve their Geography and Modern Languages,  then please contact Andy Duff at the Outdoor Learning Service ( and he can provide more information. Please could you also let Miss Ritchie know if you are interested in this opportunity.