Scotland Learns – Latest Newsletter

Welcome to Scotland Learns. We’ve revised this fortnightly e-bulletin to provide you with an easy to access, single source to news from Education Scotland. You can hear more about this from our Chief Executive, Gayle Gorman. Just click on the thumbnail to watch the video or follow this link.

National e-Learning Offer

Visit the National e-Learning Offer webpage for information on the range of live, recorded and supported resources available.

e-Sgoil continues to offer support during this period of remote learning, including:

• Dug’s Discovery Den and Primary Learning Spaces with a renewed focus for P4-7.
• For S1-3, e-Sgoil are working with West OS and partners to deliver a cross curricular learning programme, ‘Sustainable Scotland’ from March.
• For Senior Phase, a Learning Space will be in place in March and an Easter study support programme will run from 6-16 April.

West OS
West OS is now available in all 32 Local Authorities across Scotland. With over a thousand recorded video lessons across the curriculum, West OS aims to ensure that all children and young people are able to access high quality learning experiences regardless of circumstances. Find out more in these webinars.

Supported resources
As part of the National e-Learning Offer, the supported resources blog is available with links to content created by educators, for educators. Over 16,000 supported resources across 16 subjects are now available. Visit the blog to find out more.

Professional learning and leadership

Public Health Big Blether series
We are working in partnership with COSLA, Trade Unions and Professional Associations to offer school support staff and practitioners an opportunity to hear from leading public health professionals, including Professor Jason Leitch CBE, National Clinical Director of the Scottish Government. Sign up here for the first of three sessions on Friday 26 February. Further sessions will take place Tuesday 2 March and Friday 5 March.

Leadership award for teachers in the Gaelic sector
This free online bespoke leadership programme, endorsed by Education Scotland, assists teachers and educational professionals in gaining confidence in being effective, progressive and self-aware leaders. Further details are available here.

Languages Leadership Programme 2021
The award winning Languages Leadership Programme (LLP) is open to post-probationer teachers working in primary, secondary or special education settings and is aligned to the GTCS Professional Standards. Registration opens Friday 26 February.

Teacher Leadership and Headship programmes – recruitment open
Recruitment for the Teacher Leadership Programme (TLP), Towards Headship, Into Headship and In Headship is now open. To find out more about all of these programmes, and to apply, visit the Education Scotland website.

Curriculum Support

Where to find support for curricular areas
We have published a number of documents, pointing the way to support for specific curricular areas. These can be found here.

Delivering modern languages NQs remotely
We hosted a webinar on 17 February with guidance and support for delivering National Qualifications for modern languages online. A recording of the webinar along with links to resources and practitioner presentations can be accessed from the ES ML teams site, code: 2h9owe9.

Computing Science webinars
If you’re embedding Computing Science across the nursery and primary curriculum, there are two webinars on offer over the coming weeks – Create, Design and Build with Barefoot Programming Workshop, 4 March and Creativity and Curiosity in the Early Level computing science curriculum, 16 March.

Digital learning and teaching

Updates from DigiLearnScot
• You can book to attend live webinars offered to practitioners and if you’ve missed any previous webinars you can access our YouTube Watch Again channel.

• We have refreshed our YouTube channel and grouped playlists on the home page.

• New on the blog – Digital Quality Assurance of National Qualifications – using PLC Teams and OneNote.

• Our brand new blog page has all the info, slides, videos and links that you could need to develop your practice to support learners’ needs.

Supporting Learners

Scotland Learns – resource bank of learning activities
In May 2020 we launched a resource bank of straightforward, open-ended learning activities in Scotland Learns, which are planned to be engaging, and develop children’s and young people’s independence in learning. Whilst we are not producing further learning activities, all activities published previously continue to be available to support the planning for children’s and young people’s remote learning. This supplement provides links to these activities.

Supporting the quality and delivery of remote learning – phase 3
HM Inspectors have now published six national overviews of practice reports, to support the quality and delivery of remote learning. This Friday we will publish the first report in phase three, which focuses in more depth on areas identified through the earlier phases, working with a sample of local authorities each week. Reports and examples of what is working well for children and families can be found here.

Signposting Equity
The latest edition of Signposting Equity is now available. This latest edition includes current equity insights, a podcast with Senior Regional Advisor Paul Fleming, considering social justice leadership and the latest think pieces and blogs.

Place and collective impact – think piece
In this ‘think piece’ from Policy Scotland, Professor Chris Chapman considers a range of issues around inequality and disadvantage, discussing the merits of a place-based approach with a focus on collective impact approaches.


Are you trauma informed?
Using nurture and trauma informed approaches to support children and young people is vital as children and young people return to school buildings. This new page on the National Improvement Hub provides a one stop shop to support the resilience and wellbeing of children and young people.

Survey on Trauma Informed Practice as part of the National Trauma Training Programme
This short anonymous survey will help us to learn more about current levels of understanding of psychological trauma across the workforce, and to what extent trauma informed practice is currently embedded and where additional support may be required in future. The closing date is Friday 5 March.

News and Resources

National Teaching Awards
Scottish schools can enter the 2021 National Teaching Awards. There are 14 award categories to enter and we know there’s loads of great work happening across Scotland, so be sure to get your nominations in before 12 March. Find out how to apply on the awards website.

Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) Week
SCQF Week is taking place from 15-19 March and is dedicated to recognising the skills and experience of all learners and individuals in Scotland. Discover the range of activities on the website. You can also join in on twitter using the hashtag #RecognisingSkills #RecogniseMySkills.

Gaelic Medium Resources
• Fèisean nan Gàidheal (FnG) are offering a free training day on Saturday 6 March to inspire tutors working with Fèisean nan Gàidheal (FnG) in Fèisean, school or community settings. Book your place here.
• New wellbeing resources are now available including a Gaelic version of the resilience alphabet.
• A range of Gaelic materials is available from Dynamic Earth.

Remote learning examples and materials
Materials for supporting remote learning have been collated by the Educational Institute of Scotland and School Leaders Scotland. There are timetable examples for primary practitioners and a range of support materials from Forfar Academy collated in a wakelet for secondary practitioners.

RSNO National Schools Concert Programme 2021
This free programme is for primary school pupils in P3-P5 and provides access to a suite of learning resources and an animated digital concert. Sign up here.

Scottish Gambling Education Hub
Scottish Gambling Education Hub provide free online training sessions to practitioners in Scotland who work with young people. The current training calendar can be found here.

GSuite Apps

Date: 15/3/2021

Time: 16:00-17:00

Platform: Google Meet

Designed for: Primary and Secondary Teachers

Outcomes: Develop further knowledge of GSuite Apps and ways in which they can be used to support learners and teachers.

Outline of the session:  We will explore strategies for engaging and supporting students, parents/guardians and teacher colleagues using a variety of GSuite apps in greater depth.

Tutor Details: Kirsty Dunn – Class Teacher and Google Trainer

To book a place click the link below:

GSuite Apps

Advanced Google Classroom

Date: 8/3/2021

Time: 16:00-17:00

Platform: Google Meet

Designed for: Primary and Secondary Teachers

Outcomes: Develop further knowledge of Google Classroom and ways in which it can be used to support learners and teachers.

Outline of the session:  We will explore Google Classroom in greater depth and ways in which it can be used to engage and support learners, manage teacher workflow and allow for formative and summative feedback.

Tutor Details: Kirsty Dunn – Class Teacher and Google Trainer

To book a place click the link below:

Advanced Google Classroom

Hybrid Learning with GSuite

Date: 1/3/2021

Time: 16:00-17:00

Platform: Google Meet

Designed for: Primary and Secondary Teachers

Outcomes: Knowledge and understanding of ways in which GSuite tools can be used to support and enhance a combination of face to face and remote learning and teaching.

Outline of the session:  A practical session where we will explore strategies for engaging and supporting students, parents/guardians and teacher colleagues in both face to face and remote teaching environments.  We will use a variety of tools such as Slides, Docs, Sites and Jamboard.

Tutor Details: Kirsty Dunn – Class Teacher and Google Trainer

To book a place click the link:

Hybrid Learning with GSuite

Early Education – Edinburgh & the Lothians Branch – Evening Zoom Event – Froebel Student Projects – 24th March 2021

City of Edinburgh and the Lothians Branch
Evening Zoom Event
Wednesday 24th March 2021
Froebel Student Projects

7.00pm Presentations on Zoom – Click this flyer for more details.

Members: Free Non-members: £5

Bookings must be made in advance of this event to allow time for individual Zoom links to be issued to participants.

East Lothian Practitioners should email Mary Preston at to take advantage of East Lothian Council’s Group Membership.

– This entitles up to 25 people to attend each event free of charge
– Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis with a maximum of
two places per setting

Please state:
Name, Job Title, Place of Work and give a Zoom enabled email address to enable
Mary to submit a group booking.

To note:
East Lothian Local Authority employees can only access Zoom using Council IT equipment if they request permission in writing from their Head Teacher or Head of Service. They should then forward the email authorisation to the IT Service Desk giving at least
24 hours’ notice prior to the event.

Please visit the branch section of the national webpage for details of future events

Professional Learning Newsletter – February 2021

We are delighted to announce our brand new webinar Quality Improvement in a Changing Landscape.  Following on from our latest sold out webinars on remote learning we are now focusing on the evaluation process. We hope you can join us for another thought provoking event!

We still have some places available for a variety of other courses and events which you can find below. You might be particularly interested in our Inclusive Digital Technology course if you work with ASN pupils.

Webinar – Quality Improvement in a Changing Landscape
Wednesday 3 March 2021
3.30 – 5.30pm

This new webinar will address the whole issue of evaluating learning (remote, blended and in-school) in what are very challenging circumstances. We will look to establish a set of common principles for evaluation and offer examples of the types of tools and techniques which may be of assistance to the hard-pressed professional.

This session is designed for anyone with an interest in, or responsibility for, ensuring quality experiences for children in any of the aforementioned categories of learning. This is likely to interest the following groups:

• Colleagues with an interest in strategy and improvement
• Senior leaders
• Anyone with responsibility for planning and taking forward aspects of the school/centre improvement plan: learning and teaching, curriculum, closing the gap or raising attainment

Cost: £25

Book Here

Principal teacher: leadership of learning

Due to popular demand we have added an additional course.
This online course, led by Dr Val Corry, is designed to give individuals in both primary and secondary sectors an understanding of the key concepts and strategies for leading and managing the processes of learning, teaching and assessment within a department/faculty.

The focus will be on the role of the middle leader in building professional capacity to drive forward the improvement agenda and bring about change within the context for Curriculum for Excellence, and raising young people’s attainment and achievement.

The course is split into 2 morning sessions, 9.00am – 12.30pm:

• Friday 26 February 2021
• Wednesday 3 March 2021

Course fee for both sessions: £139

Booking deadline: 14 February

Book Here

Inclusive Digital Technology

This 10-week online course will be of interest to anyone keen to promote excellence in education for pupils with additional support needs. Participants will learn about assistive technologies and resources to support pupils with additional support needs via a mix of teaching and learning, workshops, discussion boards and self-study.

Course dates: 6 March – 7 May 2021
Course fee: £700

Booking deadline: Thursday 25 February

Book Here

Returning to Teaching

This 10-week online course is aimed at fully qualified teachers who have been away from teaching for some time or qualified abroad and would like to get back into teaching.
Participants will get up to date with Scottish education’s policies and national priorities as well as develop their knowledge of the Curriculum for Excellence, social justice and equality and inclusion.

Our next course will run 26 March – 12 June 2021

The course fee is £450

Booking deadline: Friday 12 March

Book Here

Decolonising the Curriculum – Visiting Speaker Series

Moray House School of Education and Sport is offering a series of talks from visiting speakers on the subject of decolonising the curriculum.

This series is sponsored by The Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain; University of Edinburgh’s Moray House School of Education and Sport, Race Equality Subgroup; and The Centre for Education on Racial Equality in Scotland.

The series will run from January – June 2021

Register Here

Making Connections through Learning for Equity and Sustainability online course

Aligned with Scotland’s education priorities and the UN Sustainable Development Goals, this fully funded online professional learning will support you to think about, plan for, and implement Learning for Sustainability in your own practice and in your teaching context.

You will make connections at individual, institutional, national and global levels, inspiring you and your students to develop the confidence, skills, knowledge, values and attitudes we all need to thrive and create positive change in our increasingly interconnected world.

The fully funded course, offered as part of the Connecting Classrooms through Global Learning programme, lasts 10 weeks and involves participation in online discussions and activities in five course modules, which will be released fortnightly.

The course starts on 5th March 2021

Register Here

E-SGOIL – Lockdown Live

Lockdown Live is a programme of live learning sessions, devised in response to the announcement by the Scottish Government on 4th January that school buildings will be closed to most pupils until at least the end of February.

In line with #RemoteLearning @eSgoil are hosting ‘Lockdown Live’ A wide range of live lessons for all learners from P1-S6. Check out the flyer below for all the details and how to get involved!

Training for West OS for ELC Teaching Staff

Training for West OS for ELC Teaching Staff on 24th February at 3.30pm

Accessed via Glow, West OS is a user friendly and secure platform which learners can also access independently to support their own learning and revision across the curriculum.

This online library of recorded learning episodes created by Scottish teachers can provide varied learning experiences for children and young people. These recorded lessons can be prescribed by teachers to complement the learning experiences planned for remote learning and in this way help to reduce staff workload.

Although parents cannot directly access West OS within Glow themselves, you may wish to raise awareness of this resource to encourage parents to interact with it at home to support their child’s learning.

ClickView are providing sessions to cover;

1. What is West OS & Why is ClickView involved
2. How to access West OS
3. How to find content on West OS & ClickView?
4. How to share content on West OS & ClickView?
The session will take around 30-45 minutes.

The link below will take you to the Eventbrite session:

These sessions will be recorded and posted on the SEIC website for those who cannot attend the live events. South East Improvement Collaborative – Working together, empowering all, improving outcomes. (

Supporting Young People with Loss in School

Child Bereavement UK and St Columba’s Hospice Care are offering virtual sessions on supporting students affected by emotional issues they may have experienced as a result of COVID-19.

These free online sessions are a pilot and are offering 2 twilight sessions that will each be 90 minutes long.   One for High school staff and one for Primary School staff. 

There are 20 spaces available for each session and places will be allocated on a first come basis and we will operate a waiting list.  If the number of people wishing to attend exceeds the numbers available, we will run further sessions.

Supporting Children and Young People with Loss and Change

 What the sessions will cover:

  •  Conversations with children about loss, change and grief
  •  Working with Emotions
  •  Support Systems
  •  Looking after yourself
  •  Resources and Signposting

These sessions will allow for conversation around all of these themes and we will have a suggestion of activities/resources schools can tap into, but also allow ideas to come from within the group. 


  • Primary School Session – Tuesday 2nd March 3.30-5.00pm
  • High School Session – Thursday 4th March 3.30-5.00pm

If you would like to attend one of the sessions please register by contacting;


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