Corporate Learning Opportunities

Managing Difficult Conversations (half day workshop)

6 May, Garleton Room, Penston House

This event has been designed in partnership with HR and is aimed at managers who want to be able to better handle potentially difficult conversations about performance and behaviour. You will leave with a plan for a difficult conversation you need to have with a team member.

The objectives for the event are:

  • Describe the rationale for having a difficult conversation
  • Know what to do to prepare for a difficult conversation
  • Be able to plan a difficult conversation using CEDAR
  • More confidence in knowing how to tackle emotional reactions

Recruitment and Selection (one day workshop)

  • 21 March, Garleton Room, Penston House
  • 26 April, Garleton Room, Penston House
  • 20 June, Garleton Room, Penston House

The main purpose of this course is to help you develop the practical skills and confidence to conduct effective interviews using Behavioural Interviewing.

If you are going to be or have taken part in selection interview panels for the recruitment of staff, this course will be really valuable for you.

You will have the opportunity to practise questioning skills and take part in a short interview.  Prior to attending you must complete two e-learning modules available on learnPro under Essentials called “ELC: Recruitment and Selection.”

Pre-retirement (one day workshop)

  • 3 April, Saltire Rooms 1&2, John Muir House
  • 25 October, Adam Room, John Muir House

This course is suitable for anyone considering leaving employment on normal, early or ill health retirement, or taking flexible retirement. It aims to encourage a positive and realistic approach to a healthy and financially secure retirement.

Course objectives – to raise awareness of:

  • The changes in your lifestyle and options available
  • Practical “doable” action to protect your health in retirement
  • What your financial requirements will be in retirement
  • How to make sure your money lasts as long as you do
  • How to ensure your assets are passed to your intended beneficiaries
  • What long term care and inheritance tax mean to you
  • The opportunity to request Independent Financial Advice

How to apply: Please book on learnPro:

Instructions on booking if you have not done this before:

SCOTDEC Professional Learning for Teachers – Political Literacy – 3 Part Course

Offered by Scotdec and the Scottish Parliament Education Service, with input from Christian Aid Education Adviser. We also hope to have contributions from teachers who participated in this course previously and have put some of the learning into practice.

This course is a unique opportunity to consider ideas and resources to support young people to become politically literate, critical thinkers.

Each session will have an input from the Scottish Parliament Education Service including a tour and admission to a debate, practical tips and resources to introduce your pupils to the nuts and bolts of the democratic process in Scotland. The course will also explore what we mean by political literacy and why it is relevant in Scottish education. It will use Global Citizenship approaches to address controversial issues and will include a focus on participation and pupil voice.

Date: 2 May, 16 May and 30 May 2018

Time: 16.15 – 18.00

Venue: Education Centre, Scottish Parliament,  The Royal Mile, Edinburgh, EH99 1SP


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SCOTDEC Professional Learning for Teachers – Plastic Waste and the Ocean: Exploring SDG 14 

Blue Planet has stirred public consciousness about plastic waste in the ocean.

In a one-off Learning for Sustainability CLPL for all teachers, Scotdec have partnered with Dynamic Earth to explore how we as educators can engage and motivate young people to see the urgency and importance of this issue.

We will suggest some useful classroom resources and try out activities.  Together we will think about the role young people in Scotland can play in taking action, sharing innovative solutions that other young people around the world are championing.

Date: 19 April 2018

Time: 16.30 – 18.30

Venue: Dynamic Earth,  Holyrood Road, Edinburgh, EH8 8AS


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NHS Lothian Health Promotion Service – New calendar of training 2018-2019

NHS Lothian have released details of their new calendar of training courses (April 2018-March 2019) for NHS Lothian Health Promotion Service Capacity Building Programme.  The attached file contains course information.

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The courses are free of charge and are available to anyone working or living in Lothian.

For more information please go to our website you can view information on each of the courses and book places.

For any other enquiries please contact NHS Lothian on 0131-537-9399


Understanding and Responding to Children and Young People affected by Domestic Abuse

The Public Protection Team have arranged  the following training:

Understanding and Responding to Children and Young People affected by Domestic Abuse

22nd March 2018 from 9.30am – 4.30pm in Esk Room 1 & 2

Venue – Brunton Hall, Ladywell Way, Musselburgh, EH21 6AF


This training is aimed at workers who are currently working directly or indirectly with children and young people experiencing domestic abuse or those who have an interest in working in this field in the future.

This training builds on the learning gained in Level 1 domestic abuse sessions. It will focus on the impact of domestic abuse on children, including its relevance to child development and child protection. It will provide the opportunity for skills-building exercises for supporting children and young people experiencing domestic abuse.

Applicants must have previously completed Understanding and Responding to Domestic Abuse (Level 1) training.

Learning Outcomes

  • Domestic abuse as a child protection issue
  • The extent to which children are exploited by perpetrators of domestic abuse
  • The impact of domestic abuse on child & adolescent development
  • The elements of safe practice and sensitive services to support children and young people experiencing domestic abuse

To book a place please email your details to

Applicants must have previously completed Understanding & Responding to Domestic Abuse – Level 1  training before attending this event

SCEL TLP Online Information Session

SCEL have arranged an online information session for the Teacher Leadership Programme to allow any potential applicants to ask any questions they may have and get some more information about the programme in general.

SCEL are holding an online information session about the Teacher Leadership Programme on the 27 February 2018 at 7.30pm to 8.30pm. The online information session will provide you with an opportunity to find out more about SCEL’s Teacher Leadership Programme. This will be particularly useful for teachers who are considering applying to the next cohort of the programme. If you would like to register to join this information session, please click here (or paste this link into your browser and complete the online registration form.

The online session will be delivered via Glow Meet and a Glow login will be required in order to take part. If you need help accessing your Glow account please use the contact details on this webpage:

If you have any questions about the online session or any queries relating to the programme that you would like answered prior to the information session, please contact Fearghal Kelly at

SCOTDEC Professional Learning for Teachers – Global Citizenship and Film

How can films from across the globe enrich learning in the classroom? How do we respond to other people’s stories?

As part of International Women’s Day and Fairtrade Fortnight SCOTDEC are delivering a special one-part CLPL suitable for all teachers.  There will be a short film followed by discussion on learning in the classroom around women and girl’s rights.  The session will be joined by two coffee growers from Mzuzu Coffee, a Fairtrade cooperative in Malawi.  This CLPL is delivered in partnership with the Scottish Fairtrade Forum.

Date: 8 March 2018

Time: 16.30-18.00 (please arrive by 16.15 for a cup of Fairtrade tea / coffee)

Venue: Filmhouse, 88 Lothian Road, Edinburgh, EH3 9BZ


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Engaging with Disengaged Children & Young People Conference



How can we best engage effectively with the toughest & struggling students, at risk kids, “drop outs”  in education settings and into employment and keep them there?

Hear key experts and inspiring speakers who have been tasked with increasing your understanding in this area and providing you with practical information, ideas and strategies for reaching the hardest to reach children and young people.

Download e-leaflet here or visit for further information.




Moray House – Parental Engagement Event 16 March


Registration is now open for the Moray House interactive event discussing Parental Engagement on Friday, 16 March.

Janet Goodall is joining us from the University of Bath. Janet has been an active university teacher and researcher, working on a wide range of issues and focusing on Educational Leadership and Management. Her recent work has been on parents’ engagement in their children’s learning, particularly as a means of school improvement.

The event will begin with Janet speaking about her work on parental engagement. This will be a highly participatory event with subsequent discussion groups organised by theme to bring together interested individuals from across sectors to discuss, share, and explore the topic of parental engagement.

How to book a place

More information and the online booking form can be found on the Moray House Professional Learning webpages or via our Twitter account @MorayHouseCLPL.







Risk and Change: the Challenge of Leadership – SELMAS Conference 6/2/18

Risk and Change: The Challenge of Leadership

SELMAS aims to support, encourage and provoke mature conversations in areas of immediate relevance and interest to educational leaders, and the 2018 conference will deliver on this ambition.  Keynote speakers, Lesley Riddoch and Kate Robinson, will test and challenge received wisdom, as will our practitioners who represent all sectors of Scottish education, and as will Louis Moore, who will remind us what it is to be young and enterprising. The day will be chaired by Jay Helbert who has recently taken up post as headteacher in two rural schools after a successful secondment as lead practitioner at SCEL. Keir Bloomer will sum up the day and contribute his observations, which are invariably thought provoking!

The venue is a bonus: the remarkable Merchants’ Hall in central Edinburgh, where ‘Art and Architecture have combined to create a building of grace and distinction’.

The cost is an added bonus: at £80 SELMAS have managed to reduce the cost by £10 from last year, thanks in part to sponsorship once again from the Scottish College for Educational Leadership.

You can book by following this link:

Please note that if, in booking through Eventbrite, you ask to pay by invoice, you should either undertake to pay personally or, if paying through your authority, you must supply a purchase order number for invoicing.

Jay Helbert: Experienced headteacher who has overseen and coordinated a range of leadership programmes including Collaborative Middle Leadership, Towards Headship and Into Headship

Lesley Riddoch: is one of Scotland’s best known authors, commentators and broadcasters. She is best known for broadcasting with programmes on BBC2, Channel 4, Radio 4 and BBC Radio Scotland, for which she has won two Sony speech broadcaster awards.

Kate Robinson: is Head of Strategic Operations of HundrED, a two-year think and do tank taking an extensive look into the future of K-12 education. An official part of Finland’s centenary of independence in 2017, HundrED interviewed 100 global thought leaders, created 100 case studies of innovative education happenings worldwide, and trialled 100 new experiments in schools across Finland.

Louis Moore: is 14 years old and attends Firrhill High School. He is a keen cyclist and is a member of the Edinburgh Road Club. He enjoys being in his school soul band and plays guitar and cornet. He also runs a business called Louis’ Eggs.

Keir Bloomer: is an independent education consultant. As a member of the review group which wrote “A Curriculum for Excellence”, he has been closely involved with curriculum reform and recently chaired the Higher Order Skills Excellence Group. He now undertakes curriculum and professional development work.

Contact for information: Bob Cook,Secretary (SELMAS) or 07823 335350