Professional Learning

Welcome to our June newsletter. This is our last newsletter for this academic year and what a year this has been! In the past few months we all had to adapt to a new way of living and working and we deserve to give ourselves a pat on the back for managing as best we could in those difficult times.

We will continue to work on our educational programmes over the summer to offer you new events and courses in the next academic year. Have a look below at what we are currently offering.

We look forward to seeing you again, online to start with and face-to-face when it is safe to do so.

Have a great summer!

Professional Learning Webinars

In May and June we have run a series of very successful webinars which were all sold out. If you didn’t get the opportunity to attend, you can visit our website and watch the recorded versions of each webinar.

The themes were:

  • Leadership in a Time of Change
  • Self-Evaluation for Self-Improvement: More Important than Ever?
  • The Primary Curriculum: Getting the Right Experiences for a Changing World
  • Getting the Most from Blended Learning: Continuity and coherence in challenging times

We will run another webinar before the start of term on Thursday 6 August: Blended learning: hitting the ground running! Tickets have already sold out but you will also be able to view the recording after the event.

Look out for our new series of webinars for 2020-21. Dates and topics will be confirmed in July.

Watch recorded sessions

Bespoke programmes

If your school or local authority is interested in organising some bespoke online training on any of the themes mentioned above or any other topic relevant to your work, please contact the Professional Learning Team. We would be delighted to discuss training options with you.

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Froebel and Childhood Practice

This course is of interest to professionals working in early years and wanting to learn about the Froebelian approach. Participants are given an opportunity to advance their skills in supporting young children’s development.

We are offering online sessions in line with the government guidance on social distancing and will resume to face-to-face sessions once it is safe to do so.

You can now register for our next term starting in October 2020.


Returning to Teaching

This 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.

Booking is now open for the next term starting on 11th September 2020.


CALL Scotland (Communication, Access, Literacy and Learning) Webinars

CALL Scotland helps children and young people across Scotland to overcome disability and barriers to learning created by their environment, and to fulfil their potential.

They offer a number of services and resources including a wide number of live and recorded webinars to support teachers.

Their upcoming webinar is:

  • Wed 24 June 4.00 – 4.30pm – iPad apps to support learning and communication for those with autism


Making Connections through Learning for Sustainability online course

Aligned with Scotland’s education priorities and the UN Sustainable Development Goals, this fully 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 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 course will start on 11 September 2020.


Free Resources for Teachers and Parents

To find creative ways to keep busy and entertained during the summer, you could visit our online resources for parents and teachers. You will find some educational material from Edinburgh University on various topics such as Interdisciplinary Learning, EAL support, Learning for Sustainability or the Scientist Next Door project.

You can also get some tips and advice for both adults and children on keeping physically and mentally healthy.

Visit our website

Children in Scotland ASN Webinars

Children in Scotland are offering five free webinars aimed at parents and carers of children with additional support needs.

  • Tue 7 July – 10.30am-12.00pm – Discussing coronavirus and lockdown with children/teens with ASN
  • Mon 20 July – 3.00-4.30pm – Supporting children/teens with ASN to manage health anxieties
  • Thu 23 July – 10.30am-12.00pm – Understanding children’s rights and additional support requirements
  • Tue 28 July – 10.30am-12.00pm – Creating positive home routines for children/teens with ASN
  • Fri 31 July – 3.00-4.30pm – Supporting children/teens with ASN with their transition back to schooling


Lunch time online sessions

Some of Moray House staff and PhD students have arranged a series of lunch time talks to give students a break from study and replace some of the cultural experiences they may feel they are missing out on during this period of social distancing. These talks will take place over the next 3 weeks, on Tuesdays to Fridays 1.00 – 2.00pm and will have a different theme each week.

Why not join us and hear talks about multilingualism, study tips or the Chinese culture?


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