Applying Psychology to Learning

The University of the Highlands and Islands’ “Applying Psychology to Learning” module is an ideal CPD opportunity for any primary, secondary or further education teachers with an interest in pupils with additional support needs. “Applying Psychology to Learning” is a stand-alone module developed in conjunction with the educational psychology team of the Highlands Council. It is delivered online with full tutor support and will run from January-June 2019. I would appreciate it if the following flyer detailing the module could be distributed to relevant education managers and teaching staff who may be interested.

For more information, please contact the programme leader Dr. Gareth Davies (, Tel: 01851 770247).

Applying Psychology to Learning

Nurturing Creativity for Wellbeing

Nurtureuk’s annual national conference taking place in just two weeks on 15 November 2018 at the Glynhill Hotel near Glasgow.

The theme for this year’s conference is ‘Nurturing Creativity for Wellbeing’. We are looking forward to a day of sharing best practice from the country’s most nurturing schools, delivering on a wide range of topics, as well as nurtureuk trainer delivered workshops. We are also delighted to be joined by Reece Hayes (Young Ambassador, Princes Trust Scotland) who will be talking about his journey with mental health issues and multiple arrests to today training to become a youth worker.

Please see link below for further information and to book:

We would be very grateful if you could share this conference with any interested departments and schools your networks and we would be delighted to welcome you to the Glynhill on 15 November.


East Lothian and Midlothian White Ribbon Campaign Engaging men to stand up to violence against women and girls


The East and Midlothian Public Protection Office (EMPPO) are very pleased to be working with the White Ribbon Scotland campaign, which involves men in tackling violence against women and girls, in our local 16 Days of Action Against Gender-Based Violence, 25 November to 10 December, 2018.

EMPPO are hosting our own White Ribbon event:  Engaging men to stand up to violence against women and girls, on 28 November, 5.30-8.30pm, in the Brunton Hall, Musselburgh.  

This event is for men/young men from all walks of life and women who have access to a male audience who would like to understand the issues and get the skills to stand up to violence against women and girls. The event will also give you the opportunity to sign the white ribbon pledge ‘I pledge never to commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women in all its forms’, to become a local champion and get support on public speaking.

This part of our local primary prevention campaign to deliver the Scottish Government/CoSLA Equally Safe strategy to prevent and eradicate violence against women and girls.

Would you or someone you know like to get involved – could be a colleague, volunteer, 5th/6th year or college/university student, employee …?

Then please sign up for this event at and help us spread the word through your organisation/service and personal contacts. 

For more information please contact Neil Whettam, EMPPO Learning and Development Co-ordinator at East Lothian and Midlothian Public Protection Office at the email above.


SMART Planning Workshop – Places Available

SMART Planning Workshop

30th November 2018 from 9.30am – 1.00pm in Esk Room 1

Brunton Hall, Ladywell Way, Musselburgh, EH21 6AF


This workshop aims to help improve planning across all agencies across Children’s Services. It will include exercises, resources and principles that underpin effective planning for children and their families. This is your opportunity to partake and learn practical skills to take back into practice.

The target audience for this workshop is Health Visitors, Midwifes, School Nurses, Teachers, Designated Members of Staff, Head Teachers, Social Workers, Police and Third Sector who are involved in creating Children’s Plans.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand principles underpinning effective planning
  • Improve knowledge of tools that can assist in making plans SMART
  • Test your skills in SMART plans
  • Improve your confidence and creative thinking when planning with children and their families.
    Book Your Place:
    Education Staff can book their place online using the link below.


Professional Learning available from Moray house school of education

We have a wide range of events after the half-term. We will be hosting Introduction to Scratch Programming: Coding for Art and Maths on 27 Oct as part of our new series of workshops on developing children’s computational thinking skills, the Football: More than a Game free massive open online course starting on 4 Nov, and several Leadership of Learning courses in November. If you missed our thought-provoking event on confidence and resilience with Carol Craig, you can see the video of the keynote now.


Further details are available on the Moray House School of Education website

NHS Autism Awareness Module now available on learnPro

An NHS Autism Awareness module is now available on learn pro for both council employees and the wider community. Please see the link below that will take you to the relevant sites. It is under the heading ‘essentials’.

The link to the Council site (for employees) is

The link to the Community site (for volunteers etc.) is

The aim of the module is to ensure that staff have a basic                           understanding of the challenges experienced by people with autism and to provide practical suggestions for supporting people with           autism. The term patient is used a lot in the training as the module was developed for a health setting but the training is still very          relevant.

Honour Based Violence Awareness and Response

Honour Based Violence Awareness and Response
3rd December 2018 from 1.00pm – 4.45pm Esk Rooms 1 & 2
6th December 2018 from 9.15am – 1.00pm Esk Room 1
Venue – Brunton Hall, Ladywell Way, Musselburgh, EH21 6AF


This training has been designed to provide an insight into the causes, types and signs of Honour Based Violence (HBV).  It explores                  coercive control, Forced Marriage and Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and includes guidance and protocols for responding to the risk or signs of these practices taking place.

The session will include presentations, group work activities, case studies and discussions.

This course is aimed at staff within Education, Housing, Health,           Police Scotland, Social Services, and the Third Sector, as well as           anyone in other services interested in developing their cultural           understanding of these cultural practices and improving their knowledge of safeguarding and legal duties in their specific area of work.

 Learning Outcomes

  • Understand what we mean by the term Honour Based Violence
  • Recognise and how to respond to Honour Based Violence
  • Know the difference between an arranged vs a forced marriage and the underlying motivations for forced marriage
  • Have an awareness of the indicators of Forced Marriage and           Female Genital Mutilation
  • Have an awareness of the health implications of Honour Based Violence

The session is facilitated by Mitra Rostami
Project Worker for Bright Choices

For further information please contact  on 0131 653 5150 or email