Professional Learning

Professional Learning

The leaves are changing colour and the days are getting shorter. Before we start cosying up for the cold winter nights, let’s look at some professional development opportunities!

Join us for our next In Conversation with Carrie Lindsay and hear Carrie talk about a range of topics, including Early Years development on 2 November or enrol in our Principal Teacher course to further your leadership skills.

This is also your last chance to learn more about Learning for Sustainability with a final fully funded course.

Have a look at our offers below.

In Conversation with Carrie Lindsay

Join us for what we hope will be a really interesting and illuminating conversation with Carrie Lindsay, Executive Director Education and Children’s Services in Fife Council. Carrie is also the current President of the Association of Directors of Education in Scotland (ADES).

development of Regional Improvement Collaboratives (RICs). Amongst other areas of work, Carrie is involved in collaboration for improvement in various forms.

Come along and hear from a senior leader who puts children at the forefront of her leadership.

Date: Tuesday 2 November 2021

Time: 4.00 – 5.00pm

Location: online

Cost: FREE

Further information and book a place

Principal Teacher: leadership of learning

This course 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 of Curriculum for Excellence. The focus will be on learning, teaching and assessment and raising young people’s achievement and attainment.

The course will be delivered online over 2 half days.

  • Dates: Friday 5 and Wednesday 10 November 2021
  • Time: 9.00am – 12.30pm
  • Location: online
  • Cost: £139.00

Booking deadline: Friday 29 October 2021


Book for this course and the follow up course (Fri 25 Feb & Wed 2 Mar 2022) at the same time and pay £225 for both courses*. For information on the follow up course visit:

Principal Teacher: Leadership of Learning – implementing change and improvement

Please note that both courses must be booked at the same time. Concession will not be applied if the courses are booked separately on different dates.

Learn more and book a space

Making Connections through Learning for Equity and Sustainability online course

Learning for Sustainability is an entitlement for learners and an underpinning theme in the GTCS Professional Standards. In the run-up to the COP26 Climate Conference in Glasgow , join this fully funded facilitated online CLPL which 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 learners 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 by the University of Edinburgh and Learning for Sustainability Scotland as part of the Connecting Classrooms through Global Learning programme, lasts 6 weeks and involves participation in online discussions and activities in five course modules.

Find out more and book your FREE  place on Eventbrite.

Visit our website to find out more details about the course

The course starts on 29 October 2021

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Assistive technology workshops and webinars

CALL Scotland (Communication, Access, Literacy and Learning) is running another series of 90-minute online learning workshops on assistive technology, as well as starting a new series of 20-minute webinars, which will run until December 2021.

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. CALL Scotland is affiliated to Moray House School of Education and Sport.

For more information, visit our website.

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Supporting teachers to embrace linguistic diversity

Analysing teachers’ understanding of supporting pupils with English as an Additional Language (EAL), researchers have promoted linguistic diversity in various educational contexts.

Scottish pupils are linguistically diverse, but Scotland’s teacher workforce demographic remains overwhelmingly monolingual. The number of languages spoken in Scotland in 2010 was 136 and this rose to 154 languages in 2019. The number of pupils whose main home language is not English also increased from 28,610 in 2010 to 61,818 in 2019. Dr Yvonne Foley’s research with CERES has worked to support teachers to meet the needs of increasingly linguistically diverse pupil cohorts.

CERES is the Centre for Education for Racial Equality in Scotland

Find out more about the research


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