Professional Learning Newsletter – September 2020

Principal Teacher: Leadership of Learning

This online course, led by Dr Val Corry, is designed for individuals in both primary and secondary sectors to give 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 with the current focus of raising young people’s attainment and achievement.

The course is split into 2 morning sessions:
• Friday 6th November
• Wednesday 11th November

Course fee for both sessions: £139

You can find further information and book a place by clicking here.


Introduction to Effective Timetabling

This is an intensive 3-day online course led by Grant Whytock, former headteacher of Buckhaven High School. This course is aimed at staff involved in the construction of a secondary school timetable for the first time or in need of an overview of the basics of the theory and practice of timetabling, particularly with a focus on Curriculum for Excellence. The course will be made up of live sessions, group discussions, practical exercises, independent study and a final personalised Q&A session.

We are offering 3 sessions, in November, December 2020 and January 2021:

• Wednesday 4 November – Friday 6 November, 2020
• Wednesday 2 December – Friday 4 December, 2020
• Wednesday 20 January – Friday 22 January, 2021

The cost for each 3-day session is: £550

You can find further information and book a place by clicking 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 15 January – 3 April 2020

The course fee is £450

Deadline for booking and payment is Friday 18 December.

You can find further information and book a place by clicking here.


Making Connections through Learning for 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 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 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 30 October 2020.

Find out more and register here.


David Raffe Memorial Lecture – What happened to excellence?

Please join us for the Annual Memorial Lecture in honour of Professor David Raffe, given by the Rt Hon Lord Jack McConnell.

Lord Jack McConnell will give the 3rd annual memorial lecture in honour of the late David Raffe, Professor of Sociology of Education and Director of the Centre for Educational Sociology at the University of Edinburgh. David’s work was underpinned by a concern with issues of inequality in education and how policy change and educational reforms might impact on inequalities. This theme is reflected in this third memorial lecture to be given by Lord McConnell, 20 years after he became Minister for Education in 2000.

This free online event will take place on 19 November 2020, 5.30 – 7.00pm.

Register here.

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