Professional Learning Newsletter – November 2020

One final webinar before the end of 2020!

We are delighted to offer one final webinar focussing on positive approaches to learning and teaching during challenging times.

We also have several courses coming up with places available. Have a look below and find out what else we have on offer.


Webinar – High Quality Learning and Teaching Meets Covid!

Monday 7 December – 3.30 – 5.30pm

Our last webinar will focus on early years and primary education and the session is aimed at everyone who works in these settings. Our emphasis is on exploring how to facilitate and promote high quality learning experiences for children during the pandemic.

You will get opportunities to hear from three different settings in three different local authority areas (please check our website to find out the three Head Teachers involved).

Our aim is that, by the end of the session, you will feel positive, more confident and better equipped to provide high quality learning experiences for your learners.

Cost per booking: £25

To book, click here.


Introduction to Effective Timetabling

This intensive 3-day online 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 ran a very successful course in November and we hope that you will be able to join us for one of the following sessions:

• 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 visiting our website.


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, 9.00am – 12.30pm:

• Friday 26th February 2021
• Wednesday 3rd March 2021

Course fee for both sessions: £139

To book, click 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 2021

The course fee is £450
Deadline for booking and payment is Friday 18 December.

To book a place, please click here.


Using Read Write Count resources to support a Family Learning Approach

This free webinar presented by experienced family learning practitioner, Barbara Middleton, and Gale Macleod from the University of Edinburgh will give you the opportunity to learn more about the Scottish Book Trust ‘Read, Write, Count’ Primary 3 book gifting bag. You will also gain an understanding of the national standards underpinning a family learning approach to parental engagement with practical ideas for working with families and access to video materials to support this work. You will have the opportunity to discuss ideas with other practitioners.

The webinar is aimed at:
• anyone working with children and their families who receive the Scottish Book Trust resources (particularly those in Primary 3)
• anyone responsible for the distribution and promotion of engagement with the Read, Write, Count Resources

Date and time: Friday 27 November 2020 – 14:30 – 16:00

To book, click here.


CALL Scotland Online Workshops

CALL Scotland are running a series of 90 minute online Professional Learning workshops focusing on the use of assistive technologies to support pupils with additional support needs.

The target audience for the workshops includes any teacher supporting pupils with literacy, sensory, physical and communication challenges.

Each workshop costs £40 and includes receiving a recording of the workshop for personal use, an Open Badge to evidence your participation and a digital CLPL certificate.

For full information on the workshops on offer and to sign up, please go to the Professional Learning page on the CALL Scotland website.


Invitation to ACToolkit Co-design Workshop

Are you an educator who wants to make a change in your school? At the next event from the Agents of Change Toolkit project you can work with game designers to develop a playful activity to help your institution achieve change towards the SDGs.

Find out more.


Support with Higher Education (HE) guidance for teachers and advisers

If you are a teacher or adviser looking for support with Higher Education (HE) guidance, you can find information on the Undergraduate recruitment team homepage.

This includes information on the virtual exhibitions that the team are scheduled to attend, access to our webinar series and the opportunity to sign up to our monthly newsletter. There is also information available on the services that the team can offer to students/parents/teachers regarding the University of Edinburgh and HE in general – for example attending virtual HE evenings (aimed at parents, students or a combination), delivering presentations or something more bespoke.

Finally, there are contact details for the team allowing teachers & advisers to speak to the team about any questions that they want discussed or any requests for virtual activity that they want arranged.


Professional Learning Resources

Did you know we offer a range of online resources for teachers and parents? Visit our website and discover a variety of educational resources to use at home or in classrooms from STEAM, social justice and inclusion to educational leadership and physical activity.


Spotlight on Research Making a Difference

Digitising exams – enhancing accessibility for pupils with additional support needs

Using assistive and communication technology for pupils with additional needs, our partner academics at CALL Scotland improved inclusivity in schools’ national assessments.

Learn more.

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