Course 5: A Closer Look at using SNSA in an ASN & EAL Context

Thursday 26 March 2020  1630 – 17.30 Webinar

This is for Primary and Secondary staff involved in administering SNSAs with learners who have additional support needs and/or for whom English is an additional language. It is recommended that staff have attended Course 1 or Course 2.

To sign up for this webinar please email

David Raffe Memorial Lecture 2020: What Happened to Excellence

Thursday 30 April

Lord Jack McConnell, former First Minister of Scotland, will give the 3rd annual memorial lecture in honour of the late David Raffe, Professor of Sociology of Education and Director of the Centre for Educational Sociology at the University of Edinburgh. David’s work was underpinned by a concern with issues of inequality in education and how policy change and educational reforms might impact on inequalities. This theme is reflected in the memorial lecture to be given by Lord McConnell, 20 years after he became Minister for Education.


FREE places available- book here

Coding and Cake – Unplugged

Explore the Data around Us – Friday 27 or Saturday 28 March or 1 April

This interactive workshop is designed for individuals in both primary and secondary sectors to learn about the emerging field of Data Science and discover practical activities to teach learners about data gathering and presenting information. The fees for this event are subsidised by Data Driven Innovation (DDI) at the University of Edinburgh, and each paying adult can bring one or two children free of charge!


Places available- book here for the session at Moray House or find out more about the 2 other sessions available

The British Association for Early Childhood Education

Annual National Conference 2020: Play! Play! Play!

Hosted by the Aberdeen branch, 15-16 May 2020


Update: Minister for Children & Young People to open the conference

We are delighted to announce that Maree Todd, MSP will open proceedings on Saturday 16 May


Join us for a warm welcome in Aberdeen, including opportunities on the Friday to visit local settings, and an evening of food, music and inspiration from the ever popular Real David Cameron.  Saturday’s programme includes four inspiring keynote speakers and plenty of opportunities to network.

Our 2020 conference is focused on the importance of play in the early years.  Our programme of speakers will focus on outdoor play, risky play, how we value children’s learning through play not just in nursery but into P1 and P2, as well as looking the importance of attachment and relationships for the play of children under 3

Keynote speakers

Claire Warden – Outdoor play and nature

Does the natural world have a central place in the design and use of outdoor areas or is it too much effort?

This speech will consider how we view playing in, learning about, thinking for and being with the natural world inside and outside. Join Dr Warden as she explores the complex relationship we have with the concept of outdoor play.

Tim Gill – Risk Aversion Disorder: Is a cure within reach?

Early years educators in the UK and beyond are harnessing the learning power of active, exploratory outdoor play in nature. But they still face big barriers, chief amongst them the fear of things going wrong (and of getting blamed or sued as a result). The good news is that this barrier can be overcome through taking a risk-benefit approach. But what is risk benefit assessment? How can it help win over the doubters, the anxious parents, the regulators, the media, the politicians and the lawyers? Tim will share news of an emerging global consensus that might just put adult anxieties to rest for good.

Kym Scott – The Power of Play

In her speech Kym will explore the thorny issue of ensuring children are challenged in their play. She will highlight the myths that exist in this area and share her views around the conditions that enable truly challenging play to take place.

Delegates will have opportunities to:

  • Explore the key elements that need to be in place in order to develop engaged young learners who seek to challenge themselves.
  • Focus in more closely on the particular role of the environment with regards to ensuring children are truly challenged in their self chosen play & exploration.
  • Be inspired with visual images that show how easily & cheaply challenging experiences can be provided for young children

Jools Page – the role of attachment and relationships in supporting play for under 3s

Details to follow.

Further details and how to book

Full details of the programme and how to book are on our website (see link below).


Members: £120.00 (Saturday only) or £160 (Friday and Saturday)
Non-members: £140 (Saturday only) or £180 (Friday and Saturday)

**Get 20% off 3 or more bookings by using discount code EEABERDEEN3 when prompted to add a coupon code.**

More information on the programme and how to book

The British Association for Early Education


The City of Edinburgh and the Lothians Branch

Evening Event

Tuesday 31st March 2020


Digital Learning in the Early Years


Stewart Brown and Eilidh McKay

Digital Learning Officers with the 

South East Improvement Collaborative (SEIC)

Venue:  Windygoul Primary School

Brotherstone’s Way, Tranent, East Lothian, EH33 2QF

18.30:  Nursery Visit and Refreshments

19.15 – 20.15:  Presentation

Members: Free    Students: £2    Non-members: £7

There is no need to book for this event, however, East Lothian Practitioners should email Mary Preston at to take advantage of East Lothian’s Group C Membership

 For further details, including advance notification of future local events and booking for the

Annual National Conference 2020: ‘PLAY! PLAY! PLAY!’ to be hosted by the Aberdeen Branch

Speakers: Claire Warden, Tim Gill, Kym Scott & Jools Page

Dates: Friday 15th & Saturday 16th May 2020


Venues for the Saturday: Aberdeen University and Doubletree by Hilton, Beach Boulevard, Aberdeen

Please visit the branch webpage at

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A Cross Circular Arts Workshop POSTPONED


This event is now postponed.

Friday 29th May 2020

A FREE East Lothian Council Arts Service Youth Music Initiative funded workshop.

 2 – 4.30pm  Rehearsal Room, Brunton Theatre

 An enjoyable and creative afternoon with Fergus McNicol and Ron Fairweather, the inimitable Macastory duo who have delighted audiences of all ages, and weaved their magic across schools and festivals in Scotland and beyond.

A chance for teachers, specialists, and arts practitioners to gain fresh inspiration and approaches to cross curricular arts.  This workshop offers the chance to try it out, learn some hot tips and techniques on weaving aural storytelling with music, song and art. Featuring the art of Kamishibai, along with plenty resources and ideas, this will be a practical hands on experience. Wear comfortable clothing.

Limited places.


Supporting Your School’s RRSA Journey

This 2 part workshop will take place on Tuesday 10th March and Tuesday 17th March 2020 from 1615 – 1815 at Scotdec Training Room, 3 Alva Street, Edinburgh.

If your primary school is either interested in or currently working towards the Unicef Rights Respecting Schools Award (RRSA), this two-part workshop will explore how you can take a rights-based approach in your setting and contribute to your school’s RRSA ambitions. Edinburgh and East Lothian RRSA co-ordinator Joanne Doddie, Principal Teacher at Fox Covert Primary School which currently holds Silver accreditation, will be on hand to share a range of practical approaches and activities you can undertake to foster and grow a rights-aware school ethos.

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