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SCEL TLP Online Information Session

SCEL have arranged an online information session for the Teacher Leadership Programme to allow any potential applicants to ask any questions they may have and get some more information about the programme in general.

SCEL are holding an online information session about the Teacher Leadership Programme on the 27 February 2018 at 7.30pm to 8.30pm. The online information session will provide you with an opportunity to find out more about SCEL’s Teacher Leadership Programme. This will be particularly useful for teachers who are considering applying to the next cohort of the programme. If you would like to register to join this information session, please click here (or paste this link into your browser and complete the online registration form.

The online session will be delivered via Glow Meet and a Glow login will be required in order to take part. If you need help accessing your Glow account please use the contact details on this webpage:

If you have any questions about the online session or any queries relating to the programme that you would like answered prior to the information session, please contact Fearghal Kelly at

SCOTDEC Professional Learning for Teachers – Global Citizenship and Film

How can films from across the globe enrich learning in the classroom? How do we respond to other people’s stories?

As part of International Women’s Day and Fairtrade Fortnight SCOTDEC are delivering a special one-part CLPL suitable for all teachers.  There will be a short film followed by discussion on learning in the classroom around women and girl’s rights.  The session will be joined by two coffee growers from Mzuzu Coffee, a Fairtrade cooperative in Malawi.  This CLPL is delivered in partnership with the Scottish Fairtrade Forum.

Date: 8 March 2018

Time: 16.30-18.00 (please arrive by 16.15 for a cup of Fairtrade tea / coffee)

Venue: Filmhouse, 88 Lothian Road, Edinburgh, EH3 9BZ


To view information on other Scotdec courses:

Engaging with Disengaged Children & Young People Conference



How can we best engage effectively with the toughest & struggling students, at risk kids, “drop outs”  in education settings and into employment and keep them there?

Hear key experts and inspiring speakers who have been tasked with increasing your understanding in this area and providing you with practical information, ideas and strategies for reaching the hardest to reach children and young people.

Download e-leaflet here or visit for further information.




Moray House – Parental Engagement Event 16 March


Registration is now open for the Moray House interactive event discussing Parental Engagement on Friday, 16 March.

Janet Goodall is joining us from the University of Bath. Janet has been an active university teacher and researcher, working on a wide range of issues and focusing on Educational Leadership and Management. Her recent work has been on parents’ engagement in their children’s learning, particularly as a means of school improvement.

The event will begin with Janet speaking about her work on parental engagement. This will be a highly participatory event with subsequent discussion groups organised by theme to bring together interested individuals from across sectors to discuss, share, and explore the topic of parental engagement.

How to book a place

More information and the online booking form can be found on the Moray House Professional Learning webpages or via our Twitter account @MorayHouseCLPL.







Risk and Change: the Challenge of Leadership – SELMAS Conference 6/2/18

Risk and Change: The Challenge of Leadership

SELMAS aims to support, encourage and provoke mature conversations in areas of immediate relevance and interest to educational leaders, and the 2018 conference will deliver on this ambition.  Keynote speakers, Lesley Riddoch and Kate Robinson, will test and challenge received wisdom, as will our practitioners who represent all sectors of Scottish education, and as will Louis Moore, who will remind us what it is to be young and enterprising. The day will be chaired by Jay Helbert who has recently taken up post as headteacher in two rural schools after a successful secondment as lead practitioner at SCEL. Keir Bloomer will sum up the day and contribute his observations, which are invariably thought provoking!

The venue is a bonus: the remarkable Merchants’ Hall in central Edinburgh, where ‘Art and Architecture have combined to create a building of grace and distinction’.

The cost is an added bonus: at £80 SELMAS have managed to reduce the cost by £10 from last year, thanks in part to sponsorship once again from the Scottish College for Educational Leadership.

You can book by following this link:

Please note that if, in booking through Eventbrite, you ask to pay by invoice, you should either undertake to pay personally or, if paying through your authority, you must supply a purchase order number for invoicing.

Jay Helbert: Experienced headteacher who has overseen and coordinated a range of leadership programmes including Collaborative Middle Leadership, Towards Headship and Into Headship

Lesley Riddoch: is one of Scotland’s best known authors, commentators and broadcasters. She is best known for broadcasting with programmes on BBC2, Channel 4, Radio 4 and BBC Radio Scotland, for which she has won two Sony speech broadcaster awards.

Kate Robinson: is Head of Strategic Operations of HundrED, a two-year think and do tank taking an extensive look into the future of K-12 education. An official part of Finland’s centenary of independence in 2017, HundrED interviewed 100 global thought leaders, created 100 case studies of innovative education happenings worldwide, and trialled 100 new experiments in schools across Finland.

Louis Moore: is 14 years old and attends Firrhill High School. He is a keen cyclist and is a member of the Edinburgh Road Club. He enjoys being in his school soul band and plays guitar and cornet. He also runs a business called Louis’ Eggs.

Keir Bloomer: is an independent education consultant. As a member of the review group which wrote “A Curriculum for Excellence”, he has been closely involved with curriculum reform and recently chaired the Higher Order Skills Excellence Group. He now undertakes curriculum and professional development work.

Contact for information: Bob Cook,Secretary (SELMAS) or 07823 335350


Training Opportunity for Staff in Primary and Secondary Schools

The ‘Bloke of Steel’, Paul Register, is coming to East Lothian.

East Lothian School Libraries have been given funding from the Scottish Government School Library Improvement Fund for various planned activities. As part of this they are offering teaching, and any other interested staff, the opportunity to attend a workshop as detailed below.

The ‘Bloke of Steel’, Paul Register, is coming to East Lothian to work with staff and pupils in the Authority on graphic novels and their use in schools and school libraries. Paul is an Educational Speaker/trainer specialising in comics and graphic novels and will be giving an introduction to the world of graphic novels and how they can be used in schools and school libraries, both Primary and Secondary. He is a top authority on graphic novels and the founder of the Excelsior and Excelsior Junior annual awards. This is a rare opportunity to work with Paul as he is seldom in Scotland.

See his website for more information.

Paul will also be working with pupils from all 6 secondary schools to choose appropriate stock for the school libraries in conjunction with this so a great opportunity for East Lothian.

2 sessions for Primary and Secondary staff are offered.

CFE050 Seminar 1; Dunbar Grammar School – Thursday 1st March 2018 – 4.15pm – 6pm

CFE051  Seminar 2; Ross High School – Friday 2nd March 2018 – 1.15pm – 3pm

Both sessions will be covering the same topics.

Booking is essential – please e-mail Education Training & Development to book a -place –  quoting the appropriate course reference.

Professional learning from Scotdec

Moving forward with children’s rights: policy, practice and ethos  

This course is aimed at schools who have achieved RRSA Level 1 and are moving forwards with the rights journey. It will explore ways to ensure a right’s based approach is embedded across the curriculum.

The course will consider how rights based learning supports pupil participation, reflecting on current practice in schools and steps for developing this further.

This is an opportunity to share good practice on ways to best support children and young people to see themselves as rights-respecting global citizens advocating for social justice.

This is a 2 Part course
Dates: Wednesday 7 March 2018
and Wednesday 21 March 2018
Time: 4.00-6.00pm
Venue: Scotdec, 3 Alva Street, Edinburgh EH2 4PH

Please register through the City of Edinburgh CPD Calendar
or e.mail to: 


Book Bug in the Home Training

Home-Start East Lothian we are offering two opportunities to attend Book Bug in The Home Training. They are offering this opportunity to their volunteers but would like to open it to others in East Lothian to ensure we can fill both sessions.

The dates are as below, please either email or call the office to confirm a place and on which date.

Telephone 01875 616066 or email

29th of January – 10-1pm

6th of February – 10 –1pm

Limited spaces so get booked on asap. There is a commitment to meet back after 6-8 weeks post training – date will be arranged mutually at the training session.

Career Long Professional Learning from Moray House

Career-long professional learning (CLPL) events in 2018 from Moray House of Education.

Raising Attainment using Transformational Change Tools

A CLPL event providing a hands-on opportunity to develop planning and success criteria for raising attainment, including addressing inequity, through the use of transformational change tools.

Effective Timetabling Courses

Our practical and intensive three-day Effective Timetabling course helps school leaders to efficiently facilitate opportunities for students and teachers through timetabling. Based on demand, we aim to add an additional course in February. We also offer a one-day Timetabling for Curriculum for Excellence (Intermediate) course for those who have already taken the initial timetabling course.

Learner Engagement and Parental Engagement ‘In Conversation’ Events

We are delighted to offer two highly participatory events this winter with renowned speakers. The Learner Engagement event focuses on pupil/student voice and partnership with Peter Felten and Meredith Piatt from the USA. The Parental Engagement event is with Janet Goodall.

Principal Teacher: Leadership of Learning 

A CLPL event designed to given an understanding of the key concepts and strategies for leading and managing the processes of learning, teaching and assessment within a department/ faculty in primary or secondary schools.

Community Engagement: Co-constructing Knowledge with Communities

An online course running for ten weeks from April to June 2018 to help individuals and their organisations develop strategies and policies to enhance community engagement.

Learning for Sustainability: Connecting Classrooms

Timely opportunity for teachers to grapple with what Learning for Sustainability means, what existing and new skills and knowledge are required and how this might all look in the your school context. Various online and blended learning courses are available this spring.

For more information and how to book click on the course title.