The Lost Things – production for P5-7, at The Brunton this February

Tortoise in a Nutshell - The Lost Things
Tortoise in a Nutshell – The Lost Things

Tortoise in a Nutshell, the award winning Edinburgh based visual theatre company, presents The Lost Things, an exciting production for children in P5 to P7 this February. Tackling themes of loss, friendship and loneliness, this is an immersive experience that transports them to another world. An accompanying education pack is available.

It’s a world of lost things: car keys, wedding rings, dads, and a mysterious girl who is building an amazing machine.

Performed in a unique dome structure, The Lost Things is about losing things and finding things you didn’t even know you were looking for. This is a dark fairytale set in a fantastical world, where nothing is quite as it seems.

Created by this award winning company with writer Oliver Emanuel, this was originally commissioned by Imaginate and supported through the Scottish Government’s Edinburgh Expo Fund.

The Lost Things is on Wednesday 24 February at 11am and 1.30pm. Schools tickets are £5.25 for East Lothian Council Schools, with one free ticket for teachers per 10 pupils booked.

To book, call the Box Office on 0131 665 2240 or email

“Fast Forward” event held in conjunction with Canon UK – 19th October 2015

Please find attached an invitation to attend Knox’s “Fast Forward” event held at Knox Academy in conjunction with Canon UK (19th October 2015).

Staff and pupils from Knox, alongside our colleagues at Canon have put together a morning that showcases our partnership working, and the opportunities that we can provide for young people.  There will be the chance to hear a bit more about what we do; hear the pupils pitch ideas for school improvement; see some of the technology that Canon has on offer; and get some insight into what companies, like Canon, are looking for as employers, and some advice on how we can help young people become more employable.

For further details on this event please contact Knox Academy.

Fast Forward Invite


Save the Date – Preston Lodge Learning Festival Saturday 24th October 2015

Preston Lodge will be hosting its second Learning Festival, here at the school, on Saturday 24th October 2015, and our friends and supporters are most welcome to come along and spend some or all of the day with us. If you follow the link you can see the programme, and it may be you just want to come along for lunch, or for part of the day.

 It was a great event last year and it’s a really positive opportunity for teachers and non-teachers alike to talk about leading edge ways in which we can support, inspire, challenge and engage our students.

Learning Festival 2015 Flyer


EducationHUB – Pilot gtcs project

THe GTCS are piloting a project called EducationHUB.

EducationHUB provides a platform for teachers to read, review and share practitioner enquiry and teacher-led research projects. EducationHUB currently has 300 users and hosts a variety of articles related to different aspects of learning and teaching. It aims to build a community of teachers who are willing to share their work and/or engage in online professional dialogue with other teachers across Scotland.

There has been some amazing work taking place in local authorities throughout Scotland related to career-long professional learning and practitioner enquiry, such as probationer projects, teachers working towards post-graduate qualifications and school-based projects. EducationHUB provides an excellent opportunity for these teachers to showcase their work and to contribute to the professional learning of others.

GTCS are appealing to professional learning and practitioner enquiry co-ordinators in local authorities to publicise EducationHUB and in particular to encourage individual teachers who have produced particularly high quality practitioner enquiries or teacher-led research to share their work with others.

EducationHUB can be accessed through the Research Portal of MyGTCS or alternatively can be accessed at:

If you require any additional information or advice regarding the educationHUB project please contact Colin Dorman, Projecto Co-ordinator:


Twitter: @edhubScotland



Teaching Scotland’s Future Local Legacy Event – 5th September 2015

The University of Edinburgh Teacher Education Partnership would like to warmly invite you to the Teaching Scotland’s Future Local Legacy Event.

The conference will look at the influence of Teaching Scotland’s Future (TSF) on teaching and highlight the work of the Teacher Education Partnership. It is an opportunity to hear Graham Donaldson, author of TSF, speak.

The event is free for all practitioners across our partner authorities (City of Edinburgh, East Lothian, Fife, Midlothian, Scottish Borders and West Lothian). Booking is essential. For more information and the online booking form please visit our webpages:

Please find attached a flyer for the event.

TSF Legacy Event

The University of Edinburgh Teacher Eduction Partnership Moray House School of Education Holyrood Road Edinburgh EH8 8AQ

0131 651 6313

CLPL for Teachers – “Teaching in Nature”: September 2015

logo_in_header_gflTeaching in Nature is training course for teachers, aimed at developing professional practice in outdoor learning.

Using these places, rich in learning possibilities, we also socially and emotionally engage our learners with the places and topics. In recent years we have come to understand that connection with ‘place’ needs to come before we learn about the bigger social and environmental issues we face as society.

It is a long term programme that supports you to plan, implement and evaluate a challenging and fun outdoor learning experience for your pupils. Teaching in Nature is a collaborative process, sharing good practice and learning with your colleagues from other schools. It will also challenge you to develop an interdisciplinary approach to outdoor learning with colleagues.

Full course information can be found on the CLPL pages of eduBuzz, where you will also find an application form.  This should be completed and returned to Matt Robinson at Grounds for Learning.  Closing date for applications is 4th September 2015, with the course commencing on 11th September.

Costs for this course will be met by the Training and Developemnt Team, however there will be a cover cost implication for successful candidates.  Further information can be obtained from the Training & Development Team –




Leuchie is an independent charity which provides high quality respite breaks with 24-hour expert nursing care for people and their families living with long-term physical conditions. The only place of its kind in Scotland, Leuchie is a small organisation with a big vision: To be the UK’s foremost centre of excellence in transforming lives through focusing on every aspect of guest-centred care encompassing physical, social and emotional needs. Please have a look at our website to get a feel for what a unique organisation we are!

Leuchie is striving to move from a nursing / medical focus towards 5-star holidays where each member of the team delivers high-quality customer service in a professional manner, with the wellbeing of every guest held at the centre of all activity and engagement.

Within Leuchie there exist exciting opportunities for enthusiastic Registered Nurses.

As Leuchie develops and moves forward, we require RNs with a high level of motivation and commitment who understand that excellent customer service is integral to their nursing skills.

You will possess the clinical and organisational skills to manage a complex nursing environment and be able to work as part of a multidisciplinary team where every member is focused on.

You will be forward thinking with excellent communication skills and want to positively contribute to the Leuchie experience and its importance to the health and wellbeing of our guests.

Staff Nurse Vacancies:

Full Time, 70 h per fortnight   £22,458 – £26,608

Part Time, 56h per fortnight  £17,967 – £21,286 (pro rata)

Part Time, 28h per fortnight  £8,983 – £10,643 (pro rata)

Band 5 Equivalent

For further information about the roles and an application pack please contact Leuchie House on 01620 892864 or email

Leuchie is an equal opportunities employer. These posts are subject to a Protection of Vulnerable Groups register check. Leuchie is a charity registered in Scotland no. SC042249, Company no. SC392721.

See Hear” Sensory Impairment Strategy: East/Midlothian Event

Following the launch of the Scottish Government’s “See Hear” sensory impairment strategy, we are planning an event to look at local implementation specific to the issues for children and young people, their families and carers.

This will be a joint East and Midlothian event, held at Musselburgh Racecourse on Wednesday 9th September.

Bring your personal experience and ideas to share with us.
Help us improve services to meet the needs of children and young people in East and Midlothian who live with hearing or sight loss.
Assistance with transport can be arranged/Communication support will be provided/ Guide and Hearing dogs welcome.
There will be two sessions:- 2-4pm and 4.30-6.30pm. Refreshments will be served 4-5pm.

The NCDS Listening Bus will also be on site and group sessions can be booked in advance.

Personal invites will be sent out nearer the time with all the details and information on how to book a place, but in the meantime please keep your diary free.

Download invitation: Event Save The Date Sept 15

Digital Learning and Teaching Stakeholder Events

An invitation has been received from the Digital Learning and Teaching team with Education Scotland for staff to take part in a series of events during June and July about teaching and learning with technology. How does technology currently support, enhance and improve learning for Scotland’s young people? What’s working? What’s not? Where is the evidence to support digital learning and teaching?

The attached invitation gives information about the events and how to book a place.


Further details can be obtained from the Digital Learning and Teaching Programme Office,