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Film Education Journal – Winter Symposium

To celebrate the launch of the sixth edition of the Film Education Journal, we are delighted to present two online twilight film education events featuring teachers, film academics and filmmakers.

Thursday 26th November; 16.30 – 17.45

  • Exploring the ‘Meaning Model’: placing meaning at the centre of film education  by Marc Barrett (Australian Council for Education Research)

From primary schools to postgraduate film education, the primary tool used to introduce students to the way meaning is created through film – the shot-type list (which distinguishes between wide shot, close-up and so forth) – has remained relatively unchanged. Drawing both from industry filmmaking experience and 10 years teaching film in Australian primary schools, Marc Barrett will propose a new approach – ‘The Meaning Model’ – to how we might introduce learners to the ways in which meaning is created in cinema. Marc’s essay on ‘the Meaning Model’ (which includes resources to help teachers employ the model themselves in their teaching) will be made available for free during the presentation.

The event will be presented by Dr Michelle Cannon (UCL Institute for Education).

Friday 27th November; 16.30 – 17.30

  • Securing a place for film within the ongoing life of a Scottish state secondary school by Michael Daly and Jacqueline Thomson (John Paul High School, Glasgow)

How might you start to teach film in your classroom for the first time? How might you approach the use of film with secondary school students if you haven’t had any specialist training in doing so? As detailed in their forthcoming article in the Film Education Journal, Michael Daly and Jacqueline Thomson have spent the past few years facing these questions at an inner-city state secondary school in Glasgow, with a considerable degree of success; finding new and innovative ways of integrating film into the Scottish curriculum that only a teacher’s perspective on the ground can find. Join us for a discussion with Michael and Jacqueline, hosted by the Film Education Journal’s Jamie Chambers (Edinburgh College of Art) about the power and potential of using film with young learners.

The events are free to attend and are geared both towards those with a specific interest in film education, and those interested in film culture and practice more generally.

The sessions are free to attend. See full programme details and register for your place here.

Professional Learning Newsletter – November 2020

One final webinar before the end of 2020!

We are delighted to offer one final webinar focussing on positive approaches to learning and teaching during challenging times.

We also have several courses coming up with places available. Have a look below and find out what else we have on offer.

Webinar – High Quality Learning and Teaching Meets Covid!

Monday 7 December – 3.30 – 5.30pm

Our last webinar will focus on early years and primary education and the session is aimed at everyone who works in these settings. Our emphasis is on exploring how to facilitate and promote high quality learning experiences for children during the pandemic.

You will get opportunities to hear from three different settings in three different local authority areas (please check our website to find out the three Head Teachers involved).

Our aim is that, by the end of the session, you will feel positive, more confident and better equipped to provide high quality learning experiences for your learners.

Cost per booking: £25

To book, click here.

Introduction to Effective Timetabling

This intensive 3-day online course is aimed at staff involved in the construction of a secondary school timetable for the first time or in need of an overview of the basics of the theory and practice of timetabling, particularly with a focus on Curriculum for Excellence. The course will be made up of live sessions, group discussions, practical exercises, independent study and a final personalised Q&A session.

We ran a very successful course in November and we hope that you will be able to join us for one of the following sessions:

• Wednesday 2 December – Friday 4 December, 2020
• Wednesday 20 January – Friday 22 January, 2021

The cost for each 3-day session is: £550

You can find further information and book a place by visiting our website.

Principal teacher: leadership of learning

This online course, led by Dr Val Corry, 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 for Curriculum for Excellence, and with the current focus of raising young people’s attainment and achievement.

The course is split into 2 morning sessions, 9.00am – 12.30pm:

• Friday 26th February 2021
• Wednesday 3rd March 2021

Course fee for both sessions: £139

To book, click here.

Returning to Teaching

This 10-week online course is aimed at fully qualified teachers who have been away from teaching for some time or qualified abroad and would like to get back into teaching. Participants will get up to date with Scottish education’s policies and national priorities as well as develop their knowledge of the Curriculum for Excellence, social justice and equality and inclusion.

Our next course will run 15 January – 3 April 2021

The course fee is £450
Deadline for booking and payment is Friday 18 December.

To book a place, please click here.

Using Read Write Count resources to support a Family Learning Approach

This free webinar presented by experienced family learning practitioner, Barbara Middleton, and Gale Macleod from the University of Edinburgh will give you the opportunity to learn more about the Scottish Book Trust ‘Read, Write, Count’ Primary 3 book gifting bag. You will also gain an understanding of the national standards underpinning a family learning approach to parental engagement with practical ideas for working with families and access to video materials to support this work. You will have the opportunity to discuss ideas with other practitioners.

The webinar is aimed at:
• anyone working with children and their families who receive the Scottish Book Trust resources (particularly those in Primary 3)
• anyone responsible for the distribution and promotion of engagement with the Read, Write, Count Resources

Date and time: Friday 27 November 2020 – 14:30 – 16:00

To book, click here.

CALL Scotland Online Workshops

CALL Scotland are running a series of 90 minute online Professional Learning workshops focusing on the use of assistive technologies to support pupils with additional support needs.

The target audience for the workshops includes any teacher supporting pupils with literacy, sensory, physical and communication challenges.

Each workshop costs £40 and includes receiving a recording of the workshop for personal use, an Open Badge to evidence your participation and a digital CLPL certificate.

For full information on the workshops on offer and to sign up, please go to the Professional Learning page on the CALL Scotland website.

Invitation to ACToolkit Co-design Workshop

Are you an educator who wants to make a change in your school? At the next event from the Agents of Change Toolkit project you can work with game designers to develop a playful activity to help your institution achieve change towards the SDGs.

Find out more.

Support with Higher Education (HE) guidance for teachers and advisers

If you are a teacher or adviser looking for support with Higher Education (HE) guidance, you can find information on the Undergraduate recruitment team homepage.

This includes information on the virtual exhibitions that the team are scheduled to attend, access to our webinar series and the opportunity to sign up to our monthly newsletter. There is also information available on the services that the team can offer to students/parents/teachers regarding the University of Edinburgh and HE in general – for example attending virtual HE evenings (aimed at parents, students or a combination), delivering presentations or something more bespoke.

Finally, there are contact details for the team allowing teachers & advisers to speak to the team about any questions that they want discussed or any requests for virtual activity that they want arranged.

Professional Learning Resources

Did you know we offer a range of online resources for teachers and parents? Visit our website and discover a variety of educational resources to use at home or in classrooms from STEAM, social justice and inclusion to educational leadership and physical activity.

Spotlight on Research Making a Difference

Digitising exams – enhancing accessibility for pupils with additional support needs

Using assistive and communication technology for pupils with additional needs, our partner academics at CALL Scotland improved inclusivity in schools’ national assessments.

Learn more.

Teaching for the Sustainable Development Goals – FREE SCOTDEC CLPL OPPORTUNITY

Teaching for the Sustainable Development Goals

For: All Teachers

Teaching for the Sustainable Development Goals – a series of webinars focussing on specific SDGs and how to engage young people with key global issues. Follow the links for more information and to register.

  • SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Fairtrade – 19 November 4 – 5.30pm

  • SDG 16: Young people, democracy and political literacy – 2 December 4 – 5.40pm

  • SDG 13: Climate Action – 3 December 5 – 6.30pm



The Future We Want

For: Secondary teachers

The future we want – a series of subject focussed webinars for secondary teachers wanting to explore how and why a global citizenship approach can add value to your teaching.

  • Active citizenship through maths – 3 December, 14 January and 11 February 5 – 6.30pm

  • Active citizenship through modern languages – 8 December 5 – 6.30pm

SEIC Secondary Subject Leads Assessment and Moderation Webinars

Tuesday 8th December 2020 & Thursday 28th January 2021


The National Improvement Framework (2020) has Assessment of Children’s Progress as one of the six key improvement drivers.

More than ever, we need robust and consistent evidence at all stages of the Secondary School Curriculum in all subject areas, supporting effective progression. This will help us cope with the new challenges in the Senior Phase as well as the expectations in the BGE. One way to achieve this is to ensure that the moderation cycle is integral in providing robust moderation processes within school, across schools, across the local authority and across SEIC.

Following the cancellation of our Assessment and Moderation Event in May (due to lockdown), we have engaged with all LAs and have created an agreed and shared expectation around assessment and moderation. We would welcome all our Secondary Subject Leads to attend (from all 19 networks) to learn together. You can then share your learning with subject teams within your LA (if appropriate)

SEIC Assessment and Moderation Webinar for Subject Leads and Secondary DHTs, on Microsoft Teams, through GLOW

Tuesday 8th December 4-5pm for Secondary Subject Leads & Secondary DHTs


Thursday 28th January 4-5pm (for Secondary Subject Leads)


A great opportunity to learn from and with each other!

Eventbrite Sign Up below


Professional Learning Webinar – High Quality Learning and Teaching Meets Covid!

Join us for our last webinar of 2020! This time we will be exploring ways of continuing to ensure that we offer high quality learning and teaching in early years and primary school settings during the pandemic.

The webinar will take place on Monday 7 December 2020 from 3.30 to 5.30pm

We will explore and explain how it is possible to remain focused on the central part of our jobs: to facilitate and promote high quality learning experiences for children.

The session will be practical in nature and offer clear examples of how to make the most of what are difficult circumstances to deliver learning and teaching that makes a difference to children’s lives.

It will start with a focus on the current situation and what this means for learning and teaching and for the hard-pressed practitioner.

We will then look at three different settings in three different local authority areas, hearing from professionals who are seeking to do what we all want: to do their very best for the children in front of them.

By the end of the session, whether you are based in an early years centre, nursery class or a primary school, our aim is that you will feel positive, more confident and better equipped to provide high quality learning experiences for the children you teach, irrespective of the challenges we all face currently.

The focus is on early years and primary education and the session is thus aimed at everyone who works in settings with young children.

The webinar should be both interesting and helpful for:

• Early years practitioners
• Primary teachers
• Leaders in early years and primary

We feel that the nature of the session lends itself to groups of staff, or indeed whole-staff groups, attending the session and then using the learning for future career-long professional learning sessions, for example, at the start of next term.

If you book a place on the webinar, a recording will also be made available after the session if schools wish to watch and reflect on the session again to use it with different groups of staff at a later date.

The cost is £25 per booking.
Please note that we can only accept card payment

We would like as many people as possible to benefit from this webinar and would be happy to take one booking per school. Where possible the session could be displayed on a single screen and shared with several or all staff. Of course we would accept several bookings per schools too if it is more convenient.

For more information and booking, please click here.

PLR Webinars

Arrangements have been made for East Lothian to join Inverclyde as part of the localised PLR webinars.  We are suggesting offering 4 events that will cover all 5 of the PLR themes and the dates for these sessions will be as follows,


            Number & Number Processes                                       20.01.21

            Fractions, Decimal Fractions & Percentages         3.02.21

            Data / Chance & Uncertainty                                       24.02.21

            Time                                                                                             17.03.21

These sessions will focus primarily on early- second level however, both primary and secondary colleagues will find these sessions useful as they will reinforce progression of concepts throughout these stages of the BGE.  The events will be offered as twilights- starting at 4.00pm with a 5.30pm finish.

A closed teams space has been created to host these sessions and you have already been added to this space.

If you are interested please email

For reference, there will be a request for an evaluation to be completed after each session.  This will be short and only take a few minutes to complete.  We will share the responses and feedback with you, from East Lothian colleagues following each event.



SCOTDEC November Newsletter: Global Citizenship Education

You’re invited to this one-off Erasmus+ event for Scottish teachers to connect with European colleagues

All primary and secondary teachers from across Scotland are invited to this one-off digital event on 18th November 2020 to discuss inclusion, rights and active participation with other teachers from all over Europe!

Teachers will hear from César Bona, author of The New Education and nominee of the Global Teacher Prize, along with a panel of experts on pupil rights and inclusive education from across the continent.

There will also be a chance to hear from Scottish teachers discussing how they embed inclusive, pupil led practices in their classroom – Joanne Doddie from Fox Covert Primary School will be on hand to share ideas and exchange dialogue.

This free event will mark the end of the Erasmus+ funded InScool project – a European collective with Scotdec as the Scottish partner.

Find out more here.

LfS and SDG 13: Climate Action:
Online professional learning from Scotland’s Development Education Centres

5pm – 6.30pm | Thursday 3 December 2020


This webinar for Scottish primary and secondary teachers of all subjects to increase your knowledge, skills and confidence to explore the climate crisis with learners.

We will examine the current science around the state of the climate emergency and climate tipping points and explore possibilities for accelerating solutions. We will discuss the role of educators in the run up to the UN COP26 meeting in Glasgow in 2021, and share resources and activities to use with learners.

Register via Eventbrite

The Future We Want – Active Global Citizenship Through Science

5pm – 6.30pm | Tuesday 17 November 2020


Don’t miss this free two-part professional learning for Scottish secondary teachers of Science!

Explore how a Global Citizenship approach to Science enables learners to appreciate the relevance of science and investigate how it can be used to answer vital questions to global challenges.

Download the digital flyer.

We’re hosting a workshop at the
Youthlink Scotland Digital Conference!

What role does the #youthwork sector have to play in a green, just and sustainable recovery?

We are running a workshop to explore the future of youth work using a Learning for Sustainability approach at #YLSConf20!

This event is open to anyone who has an interest in making the youth sector in Scotland ever more resilient, growing our resources and working towards a positive future for young people.

Find out more

SPEAK UP! Race, Bias and My Classroom

Speak Up! is a new digital workshop series for primary and secondary teachers who are interested in learning more about anti-racist education practices.
Take a look at the upcoming sessions below:

Teachers can now register for two of the upcoming workshops in the series:

Towards an anti-racist classroom
Tuesday 25 NOV + Tuesday 2 December 2020 | 4.30PM – 6PM

Setting the groundwork towards building and sustaining an anti-racist environment in the classroom and across the school.


Edinburgh’s Black History
Tuesday 24 NOV 2020 | 4.30PM – 6PM

An introduction to Edinburgh’s deep connections with Africa and the Caribbean from the 16th century to the present day with a focus on the Caribbean and Edinburgh’s role in the Transatlantic Slave System. Scotland has celebrated Black History Month since 2001, but this year many more people are keen to learn about the less familiar aspects of Scottish history and the many varied ways that Black people have contributed to Scottish society, economy and culture.


NEW: Tools to explore Rights with primary pupils

The Inscool activity booklet is free, downloadable and jam-packed full of resources designed to get primary age learners thinking about Rights both locally and globally!

Free download