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Training Opportunities January/February

ASD Level Two

 Ten sessions starting 25th January 2022, 16.30 – 18.00 via Google Meet

For more information and to book click here

Unconscious Bias Training

 27th January 2022 16.30 – 17.30

For more information and to book click here

Foundation Signalong

 Six sessions starting, in person, 22nd February 2022, 16.00 – 18.00

For more information and to book click here

SNSA Course 1 – An Introduction

 23rd February 2022 16.30 – 17.30 via SCHOLAR

To book a place click here



Asthma and Severe Allergies


25th February 2022, 13.30 – 15.30, in person


To book a place click here


Asthma and Severe Allergies


HSL002 - 25th February 2022
HSL003 - 6th May 2022

Venue: Microsoft Teams

Time:  13.30 – 15.30

Programme Outline:

  • What is asthma?  Triggers, signs and symptoms of asthma
  • Asthma medicines – how they work/administration and storage
  • Emergency asthma management
  • Asthma, PE and sporting activities
  • What is anaphylaxis?
  • Devices
  • Storage:  Management in Schools
  • Allergen avoidance
  • Emergency Management
  • What to do in an allergic reaction?
  • Who’s responsible for what?
  • Want more information?
  • Practice with trainer device

To book a place click here

Protecting Children and Young People with Disability

Wednesday 2nd and Thursday 3rd March 2022

09.00am  – 12.30pm

Who is this learning for?

Practitioners working with, or who may work with, children and young people with disabilities. This includes those working to the roles of the Named Person and Lead Professional. The aim of this training is to highlight the vulnerability of disabled children and support practitioners identify and respond to concerns about neglect and harm. Disability awareness and effective communication are important to ensure children and young people with disabilities are safe.

Are there any pre-requisites for attending this course?

Applicants must have previously completed Level 1 Child Protection Awareness Raising and Response training (either through eLearning, virtual, or face-to-face training).

In advance of attending the training, you should ensure you are familiar with The Inter-agency Child Protection Procedures for Edinburgh and the Lothians

What are the learning outcomes?

  • Describe the specific vulnerabilities of disabled children
  • Be aware of the skills needed to communicate and engage with disabled children & young people
  • Discuss the evidence from research
  • Identify barriers to disclosure and detection
  • Develop strategies to minimise vulnerability

How will the training be delivered?

This training will take place on a virtual basis, using Microsoft Teams over two half days. You should only sign up to this course if you are able to attend both days and can access the training via Microsoft Teams.

How do I apply?

Speak to your line manager about whether this course is suitable for your role and level of experience. Demand for this course may be high, therefore you are required to seek your manager’s approval, ensure that you are available on both days, and that you have protected time to attend before enrolling. If over-subscribed we may have to prioritise delegates based on role and remit. You can apply by completing the enrolment form overleaf. The closing date for booking on this course is Tuesday 1st February 2022. Applicants will be notified shortly thereafter if they have been allocated a space on this course.

Protecting Children and Young People with Disabilities Flyer – March 2022

CLPL Opportunities January 2022

We have a number of courses starting soon that we would like to draw your attention to.

Let’s Focus on Fractions

 3rd February, 3rd March, 24th March & 28th April 2022

 4.15 – 5.45pm

 Via Google Meet

 This course is for practitioners working at Early to Fourth Level Numeracy

  • Session 1 – Fragmenting and Part/Whole reasoning
  • Session 2 – Measuring with fractions and reversible reasoning
  • Session 3 – Fractions as numbers and equal sharing of multiple items
  • Session 4 – Operations with fractions – multiplication, addition and subtraction, division


  • To gain a deeper understanding Fractions Knowledge
  • To gain a deeper understanding of the fractions progression within the numeracy frameworks.
  • To develop effective pedagogy and practice in fractions through practical applications and problems.
  • Simple mathematisation

Participants need to attend all 4 sessions and complete practical follow-up tasks with their class(es) between sessions.

To book your place click here


ASD Level Two


  • Tuesday, 25 January 2022

Induction & Assessing Autism with Elaine Dale & Rachel Hill

  • Tuesday, 01 February 2022

Communication with Laura Duncan

  • Tuesday, 08 February 2022

Sensory Processing with Angie McLeman

  • February Break

 Tuesday, 22 February 2022 Understanding Behaviour with Sarah Barratt

  • Tuesday, 01 March 2022 Health & Wellbeing with Kate Triscott
  • Tuesday, 08 March 2022 Mental Health with Rhona McAlpine
  • Tuesday, 15 March 2022 Autism and Girls with Rachel Hill
  • Tuesday, 22 March 2022  Secondary School challenges with Rose Bangs (optional attendance as secondary focus)
  • Tuesday, 29 March 2022 Review & Impact / Tour of provision with Steven Johnson
  • Tuesday, 05 April 2022 Strategy Workshop – questions to be submitted in advance – with Kate Triscott, Angie McLeman, Sarah Barratt and Laura Duncan

 Time  4-5.30pm

Via Google Meet as default

Prerequisite for attending Level 2 course is completion of the 3 hour Education Scotland Course

To book your place click here


 Foundation Signalong


 This course is for teachers, support staff, school staff who wish to be inclusive in communication with children who experience communication difficulties.

This is an intensive course that requires full attendance and participation in homework and classroom tasks are essential.

The course will be held weekly from 22nd February to 29th March 16.00 – 18.00 at Musselburgh Primary Care.

To book a place click here


Understanding Hate Crime

Thursday 10th February 2022

Online 10 – 12pm

An opportunity to learn more about hate crime with inputs from those on the front line in communities as well as some of the latest research


In Scotland today, hate crime is increasing. We know that these types of crimes do not only affect the individual but can have a pervasive impact on entire communities. We also know that we have a lot further to go to adequately address this issue in Scotland.

With this in mind, we need to continue to work together to better our understanding of hate crime and improve this national picture.

This event will be an opportunity to learn more about hate crime with inputs from those on the front line in communities as well as some of the latest research.

There will be presentations from:

– Rania Hamad on her doctoral research ‘How and why hate crime occurs: exploring the accounts of people convicted of hate crime in Scotland’

– Abdul Rahim and Sam Tedcastle from the Centre for Good Relations CIC will explore the use of tension monitoring processes to assess community relations and detect tensions, and consider the merits of introducing similar processes in Scotland.

– Dr Joe Webster on the bonding effect of hate, through his recent publication ‘The Religion of Orange Politics’

-Nina Munday from The Fife Centre for Equalities on community perspectives and experiences of hate crime

After the presentation there will be a 30 minute panel discussion where attendees can ask questions.

We hope attendees will leave with an increased understanding of hate crime and its effects and a renewed passion to continue to work towards safer communities for all.

Book your place at this event here.


Briefing on the Disclosure Scheme Domestic Abuse Scotland (DSDAS)

 Tuesday 25th January 2022 11am – 12pm by MS Teams

What is this training?

This one-hour briefing will give an introduction to the Disclosure Scheme Domestic Abuse Scotland (DS DAS) also knows as Claire’s Law.

Who is this learning for?

This session is open to all agencies that work with or support potential survivors of Domestic Abuse in East Lothian and Midlothian.

What are the learning outcomes?

Participants will have an understanding of:

  • The history of DS DAS (Claire’s Law) and how it came about
  • The DS DAS process from start to finish
  • What you can do to help ie when and how to submit an application

How will the training be delivered?

The briefing will be delivered by Police Scotland on MS Teams.


Click on the link here to join the briefing.

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.

Embedded outdoor learning and Learning for Sustainability in Scottish teaching practice

The Outdoor Environmental Education unit has created a robust, integrated evidence-base for the pedagogical benefits of outdoor learning and LfS, influencing the Scottish Government to develop a definition of LfS as “a whole-school approach that enables the school and its wider community to build the values, attitudes, knowledge, skills and confidence needed to develop practices and take decisions which are compatible with a sustainable and equitable society.”

The researchers brought conceptual clarity to the under-researched area of outdoor learning and its connections to the related areas of LfS, education for sustainable development and global citizenship education. Their work has had significant impact on Scottish educational policy by including LfS as an entitlement to all Scottish state school pupils through the Curriculum for Excellence, as seen in our related Making a Difference webpage.

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CALL Scotland

Professional Learning January-June 2022
AAC Online Workshops 4.00-5.30pm £40 per person

20/01/22  Back to basics: A complete beginners guide to using AT to                          support learners with ASN
24/02/22 Expressive Arts/Creativity & Complex Needs
24/03/22 Developing the Early Literacy and Writing Skills of                                         Learners with  ASN and communication difficulties
28/04/22 Communication Technologies (AAC) and Strategies for
Learners with ASN
12/05/22 Using PowerPoint Creatively to support learners with                                 ASN

AAC Webinars
4.00-4.30pm Free!

19/01/22  ASL Legislation and Children’s Rights, Cat Thomson,                                      Enquire

16/03/22 Music-making for all: Adapted musical instruments and                               apparatus Rachel Wolffsohn, The OHMI Trust
30/03/22 Accessible video gaming for all Jacob Holden,                                                    SpecialEffect
20/04/22 The Impact of Cerebral Visual Impairment on the                                           Communication Needs of Children with Complex ASN
Elizabeth McCann, Scottish Sensory Centre
04/05/22 Accessible and fun sensory stories!
Ailie Finlay, My Kind of Book & Joanna Courtney, CALL                             Scotland
18/05/22 SymbolStix: a symbol communication tool
Stacey Atiyeh, SymbolStix & Gillian McNeill, CALL                                          Scotland                                                                                                 08/06/22 Communication is for all with Twinkl                                                                        Toni Muir, Twinkl


Let’s focus on fractions!

Event Dates: 3rd February 2022, 3rd March 2022, 24th March 2022 and 28th April 2022
Time: 16.15 – 17.45
Venue: Google Meet

This course is designed of practitioners working at Early to Fourth Level Numeracy

• To gain a deeper understanding Fractions Knowledge
• To gain a deeper understanding of the fractions progression within the numeracy frameworks.
• To develop effective pedagogy and practice in fractions through practical applications and problems.
• Simple mathematisation

Programme Outline:
• Session 1 – Fragmenting and Part/Whole reasoning
• Session 2 – Measuring with fractions and reversible reasoning
• Session 3 – Fractions as numbers and equal sharing of multiple items
• Session 4 – Operations with fractions – multiplication, addition and subtraction, division

Please note that participants need to attend all 4 sessions and complete the practical follow-up tasks with their class(es) between sessions.

To book a place click here.