2018 Mental Health and Wellbeing in Scotland’s Schools conference

The 2018 Mental Health and Wellbeing in Scotland’s Schools conference: Sharing ideas, experiences and good practice
Wednesday 07 November 2018, COSLA Conference Centre, Central Edinburgh


There are examples of excellent mental health support being provided in schools across Scotland – from helping pupils to build resilience and manage their own stress and anxiety; to reducing stigma and encouraging pupil-led peer support.

Collectively, there may already be a range of effective practices that schools and wider integrated children’s services can adapt to the needs and demands of the young people they work with, but if we don’t share what’s working well with others, how will we know?

What works? What could be improved upon? And what are the impediments to getting it right? With keynote interactive sessions led by Audit Scotland and SAMH, this year’s annual conference will encourage participants to:

  • share their ideas and experiences of providing mental health and wellbeing support to young people
  • identify effective models of service delivery
  • highlight existing examples of good practice – within schools and between schools and wider integrated children’s services.

Speakers confirmed so far:

BILLY WATSON, Chief Executive, SAMH

DHARSHI SANTHAKUMARAN, Audit Manager, Audit Scotland; Lead for the forthcoming performance audit on children and young people’s mental health

ANNE CONNOR, Head of S6, George Heriot’s School

DAVID CAMERON, Educational Consultant (Conference Chair)

 More details – including the outline agenda for the day, rates to attend and background information on our speakers – can be found on the event webpage…


Register early…

Both our 2016 and 2017 ‘Mental Health and Wellbeing in Schools’ conferences sold-out with weeks to spare, attracting a total of 290 delegates from across the education, health, care, social work and third sectors. With over half the places already reserved for this year’s event, It is advised you register to attend as early as possible to guarantee your place(s).


Learning for a Better Future: A global citizen approach

Learning for a better future – A Global Citizenship approach

Looking for something inspiring for the new school year? Passionate about building a fairer, more sustainable future through rights based learning?

This free GTCS accredited course in Global Citizenship takes place over the academic year and is designed with an emphasis on participatory methodologies, sharing best practice and professional reflection.

Key components of the programme include guided professional reading, national training workshops, local mentoring, enquiry-based teaching, facilitated reflection sessions and a learning log.

Places are limited to 20 and application deadline is 31 August 2018

For further information please visit http://www.oneworldcentre.org.uk

Or contact sally@oneworldcentre.org.uk

LBF flier (web) 2018 version

Protecting Children & Young People with Disabilities (awareness raising)

21st August 2018 from 9.30am – 12.30pm in Esk Room 1
Venue – Brunton Hall, Ladywell Way, Musselburgh

This course aims to highlight the vulnerability of disabled children and support practitioners when there are concerns about neglect or harm. Disability awareness and effective communication go hand in hand with ensuring these children and young people are safe
Please note that this training is designed to raise awareness of the issues surrounding the protection of children with disabilities and will not meet your needs if you already have significant experience in this area.
Applicants must have previously completed Level 1 Child Protection Awareness & Response training.
Learning Outcomes
 Describe the specific vulnerabilities of disabled children
 Discuss the evidence from research
 Identify barriers to disclosure and detection
 Apply ways to minimise vulnerability
 Use skills in engaging with children and young people

Places are limited on this course, to reserve your place please contact staffdevelopment.ecs@eastlothian.gov.uk

CLPL Programme 2018-2019

The CLPL Programme has now been e-mailed to all School Offices and should be forwarded to staff shortly.  The CLPL update can be found here

Session 2018/2019 sees a move to online booking for the majority of Career Long Professional Learning Opportunities.

Booking Live can be used to book your place at an event and view/manage your bookings. Booking Live is already being successfully used by other Service Areas within East Lothian Council (including Active Schools and the Summer Activities 2018 Programmes).

Although the Training and Development pages of eduBuzz will still be used for information and updates on learning opportunities, all Education learning events will now move to the Booking Live site.

The bookings homepage for Education Training and Development Opportunities is: https://eastlothian.bookinglive.com/home/staff-development

Please note that unless specified in the course information, e-mail bookings will no longer be accepted.

Learning for a better future: a Global Citizenship approach

Learning for a better future – a global citizenship approach

Looking for something inspiring for the new school year? Passionate about building a fairer, more sustainable future through rights based learning?

Join like minded colleagues on our free GTCS accredited course in Global Citizenship delivered in partnership with Scotland’s Global Learning Centres.  The course takes place over the academic year and is designed with an emphasis on participatory methodologies, sharing best practice and professional reflection.

Key components of the programme include guided professional reading, national training workshops, local mentoring, enquiry-based teaching, facilitated reflection sessions and a learning log.

For further information please visit www.oneworldcentre.org.uk or contact charlotte@scotdec.org.uk 

Deadline for applications is 31 August 2018.

Annual Public Lecture: Professor Bruce Kidd


Professor Bruce Kidd

PresideVice-President, University of Toronto & Principal, University of Toronto Scarborough

Fresh winds for equity in sport

You are warmly invited to attend the Annual Lecture of Moray House School of Education.

Date: Tuesday 5 June 2018 from 17:00 to 20:00 (BST)

Venue: Lecture – LG34, Paterson’s Land Holyrood Road Edinburgh, EH8 8AQ United Kingdom

A drinks reception will follow the lecture in Paterson’s Land and will conclude by 20:00

Booking is essential via the following link: https://goo.gl/1eUhDi


Bruce Kidd – MHSE Annual Lecture.A4docx

Fully Funded Master’s Level Study at the University of Stirling

Fully Funded Master’s Level Study at the University of Stirling: Promoting Equity – Recruiting Now

Promoting equity and acknowledging difference have long been significant educational aims but are currently at the forefront of the Scottish Government’s education policy agenda. Perhaps now more than ever, educators in Scotland need to develop critical understanding of what equity in education actually means, how it can be promoted and for what purposes.

The University of Stirling is delighted to offer 10 fully funded* places on a two-year part-time Postgraduate Diploma exploring equity in education, its theory, principles and practices. Our work with students on this diploma will be part of a new research project linked to the Scottish Government’s Attainment Challenge – you could be part of what shapes education thinking around current challenges facing contemporary education in Scotland.

The Promoting Equity pathway is designed to equip teachers with critical thinking and practices that foster innovative pedagogy and provide an opportunity to undertake professional enquiry in a relevant area.

This pathway is relevant for all teachers (across subjects and sectors) but will be of particular interest to teachers of RME/RMPS, and/or who work with pupils facing significant socio-economic contexts.

The Postgraduate Diploma comprises the following taught modules:

Year 1 Engaging Critically with Professional Practices

Promoting Equity: Theory, Principles and Critique

Year 2 Examining Professional Practices: Work-based Learning

Promoting Equity: In Educationa lPpractice

The modules are delivered face-to-face and online. Face-to-face seminars take place on Saturdays, 9.00am -3.30pm at the University of Stirling campus.

As this new Postgraduate Diploma constitutes a formal Promoting Equity pathway in the MSc in Professional Education and Leadership programme you will have an opportunity to undertake a full Masters programme through successful completion of year three of the MSc Professional Education and Leadership programme.

For further information and an application form contact: Dr John I’Anson (ji1@stir.ac.uk) 01786-467632

We are recruiting now for Autumn semester 2018 (Induction in June 2018 – date tbc). Applicants must be currently employed in a permanent post with access to a suitable educational workplace setting. Prior to submitting your application, please discuss your intentions with your Headteacher.

Closing date for applications: 8th June 2018.

* Note: it is a funding condition that participating students consent to being part of the overarching research project.

Girls and autism: learning available from children in scotland

Girls and autism: with Sarah Hendrickx

Tuesday, 22 May 2018 in Glasgow

About the event
Girls are still less likely to be diagnosed with autism than boys. Research shows that this can be due to a number of reasons, such as girls being more able to interact socially through delayed imitation. As a result, they are often not referred for diagnosis and miss out on suitable support. 

This seminar is led by Sarah Hendrickx, an expert in autism spectrum conditions who also happens to have Asperger syndrome. 

Key learning:
• Current research into girls on the spectrum – how autism presents differently in girls
• Diagnosis and how to apply the criteria
• Key problems girls face, including anxiety, teen years and co-morbidity
• Strategies to support girls on the spectrum and their families. 

About the trainer
Sarah Hendrickx has been a keynote autism speaker at national autism conferences in the UK and overseas and specialises in speaking on all aspects of autism and Asperger syndrome including relationships, women, gender differences, employment and alcohol.

Sarah was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome at the age of 43 – after she had written several books on the subject. 

“As always, Sarah was an excellent speaker – informative, candid and informal. I always enjoy and feel inspired by listening and learning from her.”Girls and autism delegate, October 2017

How to book a place
By calling 0131 313 8828
By emailing events@childreninscotland.org.uk 

Cost to attend
From £89 for Children in Scotland members; from £109 for non-members. 

The University of Edinburgh Inaugural Lecture

The University of Edinburgh College of Arts, Humanities and Social Science

Professor Judy Robertson, Professor of Digital Learning at Moray House School of Education will deliver her Inaugural Lecture on ‘Data education for all’.

Further information can be found on the attached flyer:

Professor Judy Roberson

This lecture is free and open to the public

Booking is essential via Eventbrite: http://uoe.me/judy-robertson

NHS Lothian 14th Annual Child Protection Conference

NHS Lothian 14th Annual Child Protection Conference

Date: 8th June 2018

Theme: Assessment and Risk of Decision-making in Complex Cases

Speakers include:

  • Dr Danya Glaser
  • Professor Alison Kemp

Who Should Attend?

This is a multi-agency event, which will be of interest to practitioners from: Children’s and Adult Services (Health), general practitioners, and students of health related subjects; Education; Social Work; Police; Voluntary Sector Services and Scottish Children’s Reporters Administration.

Conference Registration

To book online please visit https://book.shsc.scot/childprotection or for further information please contact Victoria Wyness on

Telephone: 0131 275 7925 or Email: NSS.shscevents@nhs.net

The final programme will be circulated with the booking confirmation