Curriculum for Excellence / Numeracy

Saturday 14 March 2015


Edinburgh Training and Conference Venue

16 St Mary’s St, Edinburgh, EH1 1SU


Tom Renwick (Maths on Track)

mentally fluent = good at numeracy = better at maths

At this talk, which is suitable for both primary and secondary colleagues, Tom will share great ideas for enhancing numeracy performance.

To find out more about this event please clic here…….. Curriculum for Excellence – Numeracy with Tom Renwick

TeachMeet #DigiLearnScot: Preston Lodge, 4th March

PLteachmeetdigiThis TeachMeet is in Preston Lodge High School, Park View, Prestonpans, EH32 9QJ and is part of the National Digital Learning Community’s Digital Learning Week. The programme looks like this:

6pm Arrival & Networking
6.20pm Welcome & Introduction
6.30pm Micro & Nano Presentations I
7.05pm Learning Conversations
7.25pm Micro & Nano Presentations II
7.55pm Closing Remarks
8pm Close

You can sign up for clicking on the link below and entering your details in the document. You have four options when signing up…although one of these options is to attend and join in, we really need some folk to sign up to be presenters or to lead learning conversations – otherwise it won’t be much of a TeachMeet! As this is part of the Digital Learning Week, we’re really wanting presentations and conversations which focus on digital learning…with a real emphasis on the *learning*. In other words, not just what digital tools are you using, but why are you using them and what impact are they having on learning in your context. PowerPoint is strongly discouraged in all types of presentations. Presenters will be chosen at random on the night.

So, your options are…

  • You can sign up to attend and be prepared to deliver a 7-minute micro presentation.
  • You can sign up to attend and be prepared to deliver a 2-minute nano presentation.
  • You can sign up to attend and lead a learning conversation…you’ll be asked to suggest a discussion question when signing up, please make this related to digital learning. You can ask a question that you’re grappling with yourself, if you are other people will be too. And yes, you can sign up to lead a learning conversation as well as signing up to present you keen bean you.
  • You can sign up to attend…but you’ll still be expected to join right in and share your thoughts and ideas.

If this sounds like this is right up your street then click the link below and get yourself signed up…


South East Eating Disorders Conference – “Working with Families”

South East Eating Disorders – Scotland Conference:

“Working with Families”

 Date: Wednesday 25th February, 2015

Time: 10 am – 4 pm

Venue: Norton Park Conference Centre, 57 Albion Road, Edinburgh, EH7 5QY

The attached flyer contains informtion about a conference on 25th February.  “Working with Families” is is open to everyone including people with lived experience of an eating disorder, their families and/or carers, professionals, volunteers, educators and students.

Places can be reserved by telephoning the NHS Lothian Team on 0131 465 5507


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Royal Botanic Gardens of Edinburgh Photography Competition 2015

Organised by the Friends of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

imagesCAHBDHA4Are delighted to announce that the Photography Competition has returned for 2015. Over the last few years we have received an astounding variety of images that have portrayed the wonderful views to be seen in the Gardens, the many different plants that contribute to the overall beauty of those views and the insects that exist, largely unseen, in remarkable worlds of their own, right under our eyes. Once again we’re calling on you to take your cameras and seek out the most striking images you can find to help us capture the beauty of our treasured Gardens. This year we’ve also added a new category to showcase the wide variety of flora that can be found throughout Scotland; Scotland’s Flora.

The competition will open on Sunday 1 February and will run until Tuesday 30 September 2014.

The entry form can be opened using the link below. You will need a programme that can open PDF files which are widely available to download for free.

For further information:-

All funds raised will be used to support the Garden’s world class research and conservation work.



Holocaust Memorial Day 2015

This is a link to the downloadable, cross-curricular teaching resources produced by the Holocaust Educational Trust:

Here is a link to the Scottish Ambassadors’ facebook page (you have to ‘like’ it to follow!):, A virtual learning community where we will be posting events to attend in Scotland, teaching activities and videos, information about the Trust’s 70 voices app with Holocaust Survivor testimonies, information about relevant films and TV programmes on this week as well as our #DontHateCreate facebook campaign:

‘#DontHateCreate is a campaign in Scotland inspired by the cultural legacy of the artists, poets and musicians imprisoned at the Terezin camp in the Holocaust. They showed how hope and human creativity can overcome adversity. Create something related to the Holocaust (eg. Art/song/poem/short-story/photography/graphic-strip/candle/etc.) OR share something already out there which you like. Post it with #DontHateCreate, copy+paste this description and tag 5 friends to raise awareness for Holocaust Memorial Day. Forfeit is to tag 10 friends. Get creative!’

Lastly, this is a 12m video I created back in 2009 with another Ambassador for the Trust, after visiting Auschwitz. It is already shown in some East Renfrewshire and East Dunbartonshire schools, you are welcome to show in your school if you like:

CLPL Opportunity for Primary Staff – CFE016 Fischy Online – 6th February 2015

Fischy Music has been funded by the Scottish Government to build an online platform that will enable Primary Schools across Scotland to have access to musical resources in classrooms for Health and Wellbeing work.

A briefing session has been scheduled for Friday 6th February 2015, 1.30-3.30, Saltire Rooms, John Muir House, Haddington

Staff attending can expect to find out more about this online resource, which is linked to the Curriculum for Excellence by outcomes and topic and it is easy to search for songs by theme or keywords.

Teachers can use songs:

  • In different locations in the School via computers, tablets and smartboards
  • Via different means: lyrics, video, teaching ideas, symbol movies
  • For different purposes: discussions, classroom activities and more

Add the fun factor to important Health and Wellbeing topics

Catchy, accessible songs which have been thoroughly tested for effectiveness

Empower teachers to tackle difficult issues

Songs reach pupils in a different way from regular classroom activities and using a ‘third party’ for inspiration helps engagement

Build coping strategies

Wide range of topics covered, including managing emotions, bullying, loss, friendship and transition. Help pupils see they aren’t alone in what they are dealing with

Curricular outcomes and lesson planning

Search by Curriculum for Excellence experiences and outcomes as well as other themes and topic areas – accessible at work and home

Support a range of learning styles and inclusion

Resources accompanied by British Sign Language, specifically created for Additional

Support Needs and different styles of learning

Gain confidence in teaching new songs

Our videos and notes make it easy to pick up new songs – and the signs and actions!

Practise in class – benefit in assemblies

Help assemblies flow, when pupils already know the words and actions; sheet music and guitar chords all included

Like to find out more? Book a place at this briefing by e-mailing the Training & Development Team ( quoting reference CFE016

Please see this attached flyer for more information – Fischy Online flyer-LR