Scotland Learns

Wishing you a relaxing festive break

We know it’s been another challenging year and the dedication, passion and commitment shown by educators has been nothing short of inspirational.

All of us at Education Scotland would like to wish you a well-deserved, relaxing festive break and we hope that you take the opportunity to switch off and really enjoy quality time with friends and family. 

We look forward to welcoming you back in the new year with Education Scotland news, guidance and resources to support you in your everyday work. Our next edition of Scotland Learns will issue on Thursday 13 January, so we’ll see you in the new year! 

Peer 2 Peer coaching now available

As part of the Scottish Government’s commitment to COVID-19 recovery in education, we now have funding to roll out peer coaching to participants on almost all professional learning programmes. By signing up, you will be matched with a peer who will support you to think about what you want to achieve in 2022. Watch our introductory video for more information.

The Daily Mile – physical activity resource

This resource aims to improve children and young people’s physical activity by encouraging them to be active for 15 minutes a minimum of three times a week at their early years centre or primary.

Virtual Reality in a Scottish context

This briefing, relevant for practitioners who want to consider how their classroom practice might be improved by aspects of virtual reality, explores approaches to the use of virtual reality in a classroom context.

National e-Learning Offer

New from NeLO:

  • e-Sgoil, Education Scotland and Founders4Schools are working in partnership to deliver DYW Live Winter Pathways week which will run from 13-17 December. During the week there will be four 30 minute sessions each day where learners will hear from speakers from a wide range of industries who will discuss their career journeys, opportunities within their sector and share any insights, lessons, and tips they have to motivate and inspire pupils to make informed decisions about their future.
  • Last Friday’s edition of Scotland’s Assembly for primary schools celebrated international day of people with disabilities and UK Disability History Month. You can view this and any of the previous Scotland’s Assemblies on e-Sgoil’s website.
  • Check out our sketchnotes exploring how the National e-Learning Offer can be used to support learners studying National 5 DramaNational 5 Maths and Higher Physics.

Tayside family learning and parental engagement resource

This resource, relevant for practitioners working with and supporting families, is a collection of Sways collated following four Creative Conversations supported by staff across the Tayside Regional Improvement Collaborative and external partners.

Glow Blogs housekeeping

Glow Blogs is one of the most popular services in Glow with over 500 new blogs created each month. To help with this we’re carrying out a housekeeping exercise – on 14 December we will start to archive older Glow Blogs that haven’t been used for a number of years – commencing 24 January, we will permanently delete these from the system to free up space and help improve overall performance. Visit Glow Connect to find out more.

Children’s Rights in Youth Work resource

This professional learning resource for CLD practitioners aims to raise knowledge and awareness of United Nations Conventions of the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). It has been adapted to be delivered online in several formats: an introductory session, a full workshop and a Train the Trainer session.


Middle Leader sessions – catch up on demand

Complete the Annual STEM Professional Learning Practitioner Survey

Help shape the future of STEM professional learning by completing our 10 minute online survey by 20 December 2021. The information you provide will help us improve the access that practitioners in relevant sectors, and in various geographical locations, have to high-quality professional learning.

Upcoming professional learning opportunities

  • Scottish Chamber Orchestra – an experiential online training session focused on Stan and Mabel, a fabulous musical adventure based on the much-loved children’s book, taking place on 13 January.
  • The Cycle of Wellbeing webinar, taking place on 12 January, will provide an overview of the resources within the Cycle of Wellbeing on the National Improvement Hub. This session will be repeated on 26 January. You can sign up to these sessions from 13 December. 
  • Primary STEM Series – five interactive sessions exploring pedagogy and STEM beginning 27 January until 22 March.

‘Your National Qualifications 2021-22’ – learner booklet

This booklet, which will arrive in your centre soon, tells learners what they need to know about completing coursework, how to prepare for exams, and what will happen if exams are cancelled in 2022. Please ensure your S4, S5 and S6 pupils receive a copy. The booklet is currently available to download from SQA’s website. Other translations can be produced by contacting SQA directly.

Generations Working Together – Excellence Awards 2022

These awards provide an opportunity for individuals and groups to celebrate their learning and success in building relationships between younger and older generations. Apply by 31 January.

Getting it right for every child (GIRFEC) public consultation

This is an opportunity to provide feedback on the draft statutory guidance for Assessment of Wellbeing under Part 18 of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014, which will be revised so that the final, published guidance is informed by consultation responses. Share your views by 4 February.

Equality and Equity toolkit from Connect

This toolkit has been created to help schools and early years communities work together to understand and address equality. Sessions to introduce the toolkit are being held in January, February and May and are open for registration.

Higher History – new resources

New resources for teaching the Higher History module USA 1918-1968 are now available through Podcasting the Past, a collaborative project of the University of Glasgow and Scottish teachers of history.

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