All posts by Staff Development Team

Enabling Resilience

Date:  Wednesday 9th October

Time: 9.15am – 13.00pm

Venue: Fisherrow Community  Centre in Musselburgh

It is a free event – early booking is advised but please be aware that very late cancellation or non-attendance will incur an administration charge

Enabling Resilience Poster

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CERES Conversation 2019 Keynote: “Big Data, Racism and Lying with Numbers” by Prof David Gillborn

Date and Time

Thursday, 20th June 2019

17:00 – 20:00


LG34 , Paterson’s Land, Holyrood Campus, Edinburgh


This talk will explore how critical race theory (CRT) can be used to understand and challenge the role of statistics that protect White racial interests and legitimize race inequity in policy and practice.

Free places available via Eventbrite

Getting it right for every child: is our education provision racially literate?


Date and Time

Thursday 20th June 2019, 08:45 –Friday 21st June 2019, 16:00



Moray House School of Education, Holyrood Campus, Edinburgh


This two-day event provides education practitioners (early years, schools, colleges, universities, adult education) with spaces to consider how literate you and your establishment are on matters of racial, cultural, religious and linguistic diversity.

The event will provide a challenging but safe space for us to dismantle what are often seen as complex, sensitive and controversial issues. We will be discussing a range of issues, from talking about racism with pupils of different ages, Whiteness, Islamophobia, culturally relevant pedagogy, to learning what recent research tells us about how to support pupils for whom English is an Additional Language.

To enable inclusion and accessibility, the event is FREE – please book via Eventbrite



Consultation Workshop ‘Data Town’


Date: Monday 3rd June 2019

Time: 10:00 – 13:30


Location: Outreach Centre, 9C Holyrood Road, Edinburgh, EH8 8FP



The purpose of the day is to take learners through a series of events in an imagined ‘Data Town’ to learn about the impact of Data on the lives of individuals and the community. They will experience a number of scenarios in a table-top exercise that affect health, well-being, privacy, citizenship etc. The aim of the day is to make them more aware of the way data is used in society both positively and negatively.

Free places available- book here


June Coding and Cake Club Events – Unplugged Computing: Creating Games

Date: Saturday 1st June 2019

Time: 10.00am – 12.30pm

Location: Moray House School of Education, Holyrood Campus

Cost: £8.00  (each paying adult can bring one or two children free of charge!)

This event is designed for individuals in both primary and secondary sectors to give an understanding of the key concepts and strategies for teaching the Computing Science and Maths experiences and outcomes using the context of programming art and animation to engage learners.

The focus will be on learning how to use a visual block-based programming language and strategies for using this with Second level learners in a fun, creative way with minimal stress and maximum enjoyment.  Computing Science outcomes will be covered by creating cartoon animations, scripting shapes and then using repetition to draw Spirograph-style art.

This fun and lively event will give you an opportunity to explore with colleagues the challenges of introducing and expanding the computing science experiences for learners in your school.

For more Information: Places available- book here

Self-Care in the Real World – A Coaching Approach

Date: Thursday 30th May

Time: 16.00pm – 17.30pm

Venue: Wallyford Primary School

This workshop is for teachers and school leaders.

As educators our own health and wellbeing is vital to the success of our pupils and schools. However our own self-care often falls to the bottom of our increasingly long to-do lists. This workshop takes a practical look at how we can re-address our work-life balance. It will use a coaching approach to evaluate our current reality and use tools to create goals and actions to focus on in the weeks after the workshop. You will leave the workshop feeling a sense of clarity and focus around your own health and wellbeing.

The workshop will be delivered by Sarah Phelps who has been an Educational Psycologist for 15 years and Hannah Buchan, Principal Teacher at Wallyford Primary School. Both Sarah and Hannah are trained as Life Coaches.

Details of the free event and tickets to register can be found here: coaching-approach-tickets-60297494429?ref=eios

Introduction to Creating Imaginative Learning


This invigorating one day course aims to deliver substance with sizzle! Participants will be fully involved in active learning throughout the day and will be able to use the techniques, principles and theories of CIL when delivering their own training

Learning Outcomes

Participants will have the opportunity to explore and experience the five key concepts of creative imaginative learning (CIL):

  • Rich and multi-sensory
  • Honour uniqueness
  • State is everything
  • Keep it real
  • Creation not consumption

This course is suitable for anyone who delivers training that aims to reduce inequalities, social exclusion and who wishes to make their teaching methods more stimulating and engaging for participants.

Date: 18th of June 2019

Time: 9:30am-16.30pm

Venue: West Pilton Neighbourhood Centre


Spaces still available for:

Pneumatics and Hydraulics

Date: Wednesday 22nd May

Time: 16.15pm – 17.45pm

Venue: St Mary’s RC Primary School

 Booking Live:


Fizz  Pop

Date: Wednesday 29th May

Time: 16.15pm – 17.45pm

Venue: St Mary’s RC Primary School

Booking Live:

If applicants have already booked and cant attend can you let us know by sending an email to:



This 2 part course is designed for Early Years Practitioners keen to use the outdoors more (specifically woodland) but who are just not sure of those first few steps. We will spend time in a varied woodland near Ormiston looking at practicalities, some potential activities, responsible use of the habitat and specifically – site risk assessment.  The sessions will be as interactive and practical as possible, with opportunity to share and develop activities and ideas within the group.

The course is designed and delivered by ELC Countryside Rangers


  • Both sessions supported by Louise Juhl (Support teacher-Early Learning and Childcare)
  • Entire course will be outdoors so please come prepared for all weathers and with sturdy footwear. Don’t forget a cup – hot drink provided.
  • Car sharing where possible is appreciated – limited parking onsite.
  • ELC staff will also need to undertake a Visit Leader Training session (5hr – free) from Outdoor Learning – offered as part of their suite of bolt on training sessions. Please see   for more details or get in touch to discuss specific requests. This will also be included on the calendar of CLPL opportunities for Early Learning and Childcare practitioners for 2019-20
  • 16 spaces available with a maximum of 2 people per setting to allow for as many settings as possible to attend so early booking is advised



Free to all ELC Early Years settings and funded providers


Session 1:   4th June 2019. 5.15pm – 6.45pm

Session 2: 10th June 2019. 5.15pm – 6.45pm

(Both sessions must be attended – total 3 hours)

HOW TO BOOK  Download the booking form and complete using the details above. Return all completed forms to Outdoor Learning at


Woodhall Picnic Site

(Black Wood on some maps)

Between Ormiston and

Pencaitland on the

A6063 (nearer Ormiston)


Please contact Leigh –