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Professional Learning from SCOTDEC: Global goals, local classrooms: SDG 14 Life Below Water 

Blue Planet has stirred public consciousness about plastic waste. How can we respond and take action on this issue? Together we will think about the role young people in Scotland can play in taking action, sharing innovative solutions that other young people around the world are championing.

This Learning for Sustainability CLPL for all teachers is being delivered by Scotdec and Dynamic Earth to explore how we as educators can engage and motivate young people to see the urgency and importance of this issue.

East Lothian

Date: 27 September 2018

Venue: Sea Bird Centre, North Berwick

Please note: part of this workshop will be on the beach.  Bring appropriate clothing!

Time: 16.15-18.15

Register: With 



Date: Thursday 1 November 2018

Venue: Camelon Education Centre, Abercrombie Street, Falkirk, FK1 4HA
Time: 16.15 – 18.15

Register: Through Falkirk CLPL calendar or with 



Date: 7 March 2019

Venue: Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh

Time: 16.15-18.15

Register: With  


Free AppsEvents Bootcamp/Summit for Google for Education – Robert Gordon’s College Aberdeen

AppsEvents Aberdeen Summit feat. Google for Education

Date:         September 21 – 22, 2018 (Fri & Sat)
Venue:     Robert Gordon’s College

This includes certification for Level 1 and Level 2 PLUS an Admin Day and Support Staff Session.

I’m delighted to confirm I am able to support Scottish Local Authority staff to attend this training for free. I have limited places though, so can offer this on a first come first served basis. This is a great opportunity and a one time offer.

Please do let me know asap if you would like to take up this offer. I just need the names of those planning to attend and can supply a coupon to sign up with.

Head on over to to secure your registration

LJ Aberdeen Bootcamp Summit

Bookbug Primary 1 Family Bags

This November, the Bookbug Primary 1 Family Bag will be given to every Primary 1 child in Scotland in celebration of Book Week             Scotland, Monday 19 November – Sunday 25 November 2018.  The P1 Bag contains the 3 shortlisted books for the Bookbug Picture Book Prize and other resources.

The Bookbug Primary 1 Bag is an excellent tool to promote stronger links between home and school learning – and a great way to            engage children and their families with the joy of reading.  It is a free universal resource gifted to all P1 children across Scotland.                  Introducing the books in the classroom can increase excitement and engagement with reading at this early stage. It also provides an        excellent opportunity to invite parents in to share their child’s             enthusiasm and encourage them to use their child’s P1 bag at home.

 Upcoming training in Edinburgh

Date:      Thursday, 27 September 2018
Time:      4pm – 5:30pm
Venue:   Conference Hall, City of Edinburgh Methodist Church,
25 Nicolson Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9BX

Bookbug Primary 1 Family Bag CLPL Edinburgh September 2018

To book a place, click on the following link or copy and paste it into your browser:

Please contact or call 0131 541 2342 if you need further information or have any problems signing up.

NHS Autism Awareness Module now available on learnPro

An NHS Autism Awareness module is now available on learn pro for both council employees and the wider community. Please see the link below that will take you to the relevant sites. It is under the heading ‘essentials’.

The link to the Council site (for employees) is

The link to the Community site (for volunteers etc.) is

The aim of the module is to ensure that staff have a basic                           understanding of the challenges experienced by people with autism and to provide practical suggestions for supporting people with           autism. The term patient is used a lot in the training as the module was developed for a health setting but the training is still very          relevant.

The Moray House School of Education – Inaugural Lecture – Prof. Rowena Arshad

Professor  Rowena Arshad will deliver an inaugural lecture on “Scotland: The challenge of realising inclusive education when it comes to ‘race'”

Against a backdrop in Scotland where black and ethnic minority        pupils largely achieve better results than their white counterparts and with other pressing concerns such as the impact of poverty and failing levels of literacy and numeracy, it could be argued that ‘race’ equality while important is not a high priority.

Drawing from nearly 30 years of research and working in ‘race’ equality education in Scotland, the lecture explores the gains that have been made but will ask what more needs done, particularly in an era of Trump and Brexit.

Booking is essential, and tickets are offered on a first come first serve basis via

Date: Tuesday 18th September 2018
Location: LG34 Paterson’s Land, Holyrood Campus
17:00 – Arrival
17:15 – Lecture Start
18:00 – Q&A
18:20 – Drinks Reception.

A small drinks reception will follow the lecture and all guest are most welcome to attend.

Questions or access issues can be discussed with the Head of School Office at Moray House School of Education via                             or 0131 651 6138

Tanya Lubicz-Nawrocka, Partnerships and Professional Learning Coordinator on or 0131 651 6313

Inaugural Lecture – Rowena Arshad – invite

Inaugural Lecture – Rowena Arshad

Signs of Safety

Designed for: New staff, anyone who has been unable to attend any of these sessions before and for anyone who’d like a refresher.

19 September 2018 1.30 – 4pm


Meeting Rooms 5 & 6, Randall House,          Macmerry
24 October 2018 9.30am – 12pm Training Room 1, Musselburgh East        Community Centre

If you would like to attend one of these sessions, please e-mail your details to me at

Support from the Start – September and October Sessions

On the 19th Sept a twilight screening of the Resilience documentary at Windygoul primary. Confirmed discussion panel members are Viv Short (Windygoul Primary, Depute head), Donna Black (Health Visitor), Katie Pollock (Home-Start East Lothian), Penny Rackett (Educational Psychologist)

Resilience Tranent Screening

On the 5th of October – How to Respond to ACE’s In this session you will:

  1. Watch a brief film on ACEs, which looks at it from a child’s and parent’s point of view
  2. Watch the film ‘Time To Respond’ about some East Lothian         mothers who have had significant ACEs and discuss with them what helped
  3. Hear about the signs of trauma in children and what to do
  4. Learn some self care techniques for when you might be feeling the impact of distress

How to Respond to ACEs

Booking via Eventbrite links on attached.

Honour Based Violence Awareness and Response

Honour Based Violence Awareness and Response
3rd December 2018 from 1.00pm – 4.45pm Esk Rooms 1 & 2
6th December 2018 from 9.15am – 1.00pm Esk Room 1
Venue – Brunton Hall, Ladywell Way, Musselburgh, EH21 6AF


This training has been designed to provide an insight into the causes, types and signs of Honour Based Violence (HBV).  It explores                  coercive control, Forced Marriage and Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and includes guidance and protocols for responding to the risk or signs of these practices taking place.

The session will include presentations, group work activities, case studies and discussions.

This course is aimed at staff within Education, Housing, Health,           Police Scotland, Social Services, and the Third Sector, as well as           anyone in other services interested in developing their cultural           understanding of these cultural practices and improving their knowledge of safeguarding and legal duties in their specific area of work.

 Learning Outcomes

  • Understand what we mean by the term Honour Based Violence
  • Recognise and how to respond to Honour Based Violence
  • Know the difference between an arranged vs a forced marriage and the underlying motivations for forced marriage
  • Have an awareness of the indicators of Forced Marriage and           Female Genital Mutilation
  • Have an awareness of the health implications of Honour Based Violence

The session is facilitated by Mitra Rostami
Project Worker for Bright Choices

For further information please contact  on 0131 653 5150 or email