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Scottish Learning Festival – Keynote Announcement

We are delighted to let you know that the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, Shirley-Anne Somerville, will be presenting a keynote speech at this year’s SLF Online. This exclusive presentation will be Ms Somerville’s first opportunity to address the education community directly and will take place in our online arena.

You can register now on the SLF website which means you will be the first to know when sign up is open for Ms Somerville’s keynote and a whole host of other live and pre-recorded sessions over 3 days, Tuesday 21 until Thursday 23 September.

The theme for this year’s SLF Online is ‘Renew, Refresh, Re-imagine: Learning from our experiences and looking to the future’ and we are finalising an exciting conference programme tailored around 5 themes as set out in the refreshed curriculum narrative, which are:

  • Understanding the learner
  • Knowing the big ideas
  • Knowing your own learning and support needs
  • Using meaningful learning networks
  • Being clear on practical approaches

Don’t forget, SLF is free to attend and the conference programme is carefully developed to support career long professional learning, helping to keep professional practice fresh, up-to-date and relevant.

Registration is now open on the SLF website so book your place today and be the first to receive details of Ms Somerville’s keynote address and the seminar programme as it becomes available.

The SLF team at Education Scotland

Scottish Learning Festival

We are delighted to announce this year’s Scottish Learning Festival is back and registration is now open. SLF Online will take place from Tuesday 21 until Thursday 23 September and for the first time ever the festival will be an entirely virtual event, offering you an amazing 3D experience over three days.

This year’s theme is Renew, Refresh, Re-imagine: Learning from our experiences and looking to the future and we are currently developing an exciting conference programme to reflect this.

The ever popular conference programme will be brought to you through a range of live and recorded sessions. You will be able to take a tour around the exhibition area and find a space to network with colleagues in a fantastic digital arena – all from your own device.

Don’t forget, SLF is free to attend and the conference programme is carefully developed to support career long professional learning, helping to keep professional practice fresh, up-to-date and relevant.

Registration is now open on the SLF website so book your place today and be the first to receive details of keynote speakers and the seminar programme as they become available.

It’s great to be back!

The SLF team at Education Scotland

East Lothian Council Outdoor Learning Service

***New dates & courses added for 2021-22***


Course Title Date(s) Venue
Emergency First Aid at Work (1 full day) 23/08/21


Port Seton Community Centre
First Aid at Work (3 full days) 06/09/21 – 08/09/21

27/09/21 – 29/09/21


Day 1 & Day 3 – Port Seton Community Centre

Day 2 – online via Google

Paediatric First Aid (2 full days)


18/08/21 AND 20/08/21 Port Seton Community Centre
First Aid for Mental Health (2 full days) 21/09/21 AND 22/09/21 TBC – Delivered and assessed online via Google OR Port Seton Community Centre
Youth First Aid for Mental Health

(1 full day) **new course**

13/09/21 TBC – Delivered and assessed online via Google OR Port Seton Community Centre
All courses are regulated workplace qualifications.

Certificates are accredited by SQA / Ofqual and are valid for 3 years.

 View our full Course Calendar where you will find all course information and costs.  A Booking Form can be downloaded from our website. Please return to

More dates will be confirmed in August – if you can’t see the course you’re looking for or would like to make an enquiry please call 0131 653 5217 or use this link to get in touch.

Our Full Range of First Aid Courses

 Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) is a 1 Day course covering the role and responsibilities of the first aider, use of available equipment, assessing an incident, unresponsive casualty, non-breathing casualty, AED training, choking casualty, blood loss and shock, minor injuries and burns.  It is suitable for those working in low-risk environments such as offices and shops.  This course is based on adult casualties.  SQA accredited. Regular scheduled courses.

3 Day First Aid at Work (FAW) & FAW Requalification (RFAW) training covers the EFAW syllabus plus: injuries to bones, muscles & joints, head & spinal trauma, chest & abdominal injuries, eye injuries; chemical & electrical burns; sudden poisoning; anaphylaxis; diabetes; sepsis; stroke; heart attack; asthma; epilepsy and extremes of temperature. This course is recommended for higher-risk environments involving light engineering, assembly work, food processing, warehousing, dangerous/sharp machinery, construction or chemical manufacture or customer-facing staff who may have to deal with medical emergencies and or substance misuse.   HSE strongly recommend that schools also consider this level of training based on the nature of risk associated with pupils.  This course is based on adult casualties.  The requalification course is 2 days.  SQA accredited. Regular scheduled courses.

Paediatric First Aid (PFA) training is recommended as best practice for those working in Early Years settings or looking after young children in any professional capacity. The Care Inspectorate and Ofqual suggest that a Paediatric First Aider should be available at all times young children are on the premises.  The syllabus covers a comprehensive range of childhood injuries and illnesses.  It is widely acknowledged that paediatric first aiders may also have to render first aid to an adult colleague, so adult first aid protocols are also included where relevant.  Employees with this qualification DO NOT need to complete the First Aid at Work qualification as this is also a workplace course at the same level.  The 1 Day Emergency Paediatric First Aid is available for group bookings only and covers the roles and responsibilities of the paediatric first aider as well as: unconscious child/baby, paediatric resuscitation, choking child/baby, wound, bleeding and minor injuries.  These are SQA accredited workplace courses.   Regular scheduled courses.

First Aid for Mental Health – In the UK alone one in four people will suffer a mental health problem at some point in their lifetime.  First Aid for Mental Health is the initial care provided to a person experiencing a mental health problem until professional help is received or the crisis resolved. This regulated qualification teaches learners to recognise the warning signs of mental ill health and offer an immediate first aid response to someone experiencing a mental health crisis.  Good mental health and wellbeing is one of the most valuable assets to any organisation; this course looks at how we can implement a positive mental health culture in the workplace.  HSE explicitly refers to Mental Ill Health and First Aid in their guidance on First Aid Needs Assessments – ‘whether work-related stress is a key factor or aggravating other problems, steps must be taken to remove risk or reduce it as much as possible’.  A Level 4, half-day course is available for secondary school students and can be arranged on request.  SQA accredited. Regular scheduled courses.

First Aid for Youth Mental Health This qualification is suitable for anyone who actively connects with children and young people e.g parents, carers, teachers, youth/community group leaders, sports coaches and young adults. The course has been designed with children and young people in mind.  It looks at the risk factors affecting young people in particular and covers topics such as anxiety & depression, self-harm, eating disorders, suicide and bullying.  It will provide learners with the knowledge and skills to identify a potential mental health crisis, start a supportive conversation, and provide a young person with support and guidance to professional help. SQA accredited. Regular scheduled courses.

Our Outdoor First Aid courses validate all National Governing Body awards. Duration is 16 hours and covers a wide range of first aid scenarios and topics including: first aid equipment, assessing a situation, prioritising treatment, environmental factors, moving a casualty, fractures and spinal injuries, head injuries, sprains and strains, heat exhaustion, hypothermia, frostbite, drowning, poisoning, blood loss and shock.  Certificates are valid for 3 years.  Regular scheduled courses.

Basic Life Support (CPR & AED training) is a half-day practical course focusing on basic life-support techniques including resuscitation.  Every year in the UK there are around 60,000 ‘Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrests’.  More lives could be saved with the use of a defibrillator (AED) and thankfully we have access to a lot more of them in communities and workplaces.  This course will enable you to use an AED safely and with confidence.  Learners receive an accredited certificate, valid for 3 years.  No prior first aid knowledge required.  Courses by arrangement.

Forestry First Aid is an essential ‘bolt-on’ module for those working in the forestry and agricultural sectors, particularly involving machinery and ‘core operations’ such as harvesting, fencing or remote working.  The syllabus includes managing a first aid emergency when medical assistance is more than 30 minutes away; suspension trauma; catastrophic bleeding; crush injuries; hypothermia and Lyme Disease.  Learners must have a current First Aid at Work or Emergency First Aid at Work certificate to qualify for this course.   Course duration 2-3 hours.  Ofqual accredited. Courses by arrangement.

Management of Catastrophic Bleeding

This top-up course can be bolted on to other training or delivered as a standalone half-day course.  It provides learners with the skills and knowledge to control a life-threatening bleed (where bleeding from an artery or vein can’t be controlled by direct pressure) and includes dealing with the inherent dangers associated with the use of tourniquets and haemostatic dressings.  Crucial training if you work with potentially dangerous machinery, work remotely or are classed as a lone worker.  Certificates valid for 3 years.  Courses by arrangement.

Management of Anaphylaxis is a half-day specialist course aimed at those who have responsibility for looking after young people with severe allergies.  Also covers asthma management.  It is also a useful ‘bolt-on’ for those who have an existing first aid certificate as it covers both topics in greater depth including: causes and triggers, symptoms and recognition, first aid treatment, safe use of medication and advice for the school setting / workplace.  Ofqual accredited. Courses by arrangement.

Activity First Aid is a nationally recognised qualification designed for those are involved in sports coaching or community groups.  This course is delivered over 2 days and gives learners the knowledge and skills to treat a range of conditions that could occur during any form of physical activity.  Topics include:  managing equipment; unresponsive casualty; resuscitation; head, neck and back injuries; chest and abdominal injuries; fractures; bleeding; shock; burns; eye injuries; choking; poisoning; anaphylaxis; asthma; diabetes; epilepsy and seizures; treatment for hot and cold temperatures; minor injuries and sprains/strains/dislocations. Ofqual accredited. Courses by arrangement.

Scotland Learns

This is the last issue of Scotland Learns before the summer break but it’ll be back in the new school year with more news, updates, advice and guidance in a fortnightly newsletter, tailored just for you.


We know it’s been a difficult year and the education profession has shown great dedication and commitment to supporting learners during these unprecedented times.


With that in mind, it’s Thank a Teacher Day on Wednesday 23 June and we are proud supporters of the event which celebrates schools, teachers and support staff across the UK. We want to encourage people from all across Scotland to get involved, so you can recognise a special teacher, teaching assistant, playground helper or even a whole school team by sending them a card.


We would like to say a big thank you to all of you and we’ll be back in the autumn. Have a wonderful, well-deserved summer break.

The National e-Learning Offer will continue to support learning and teaching in session 2021/22. Have a look at this flyer to see the range of support available and for more information.


What’s New?

  • DYW Live Pathways week will run from 18-24 June offering eight 30-minute sessions per day for learners, teachers and parents on career pathways. Sessions will be live-streamed via the e-Sgoil webpage.
  • Content is now available on West OS for Advanced Higher History units.
  • e-Sgoil’s primary school live broadcasts have concluded for this session, however you can still catch up on previous sessions, learning spaces and the four Scotland’s Assemblies on demand in the P2-7 area of ‘Our Programmes’ on the e-Sgoil website.
  • Remember to visit the new NeLO platform which makes it even easier to search the range of resources available.

Creative wellbeing fund

Learners’ mental health and wellbeing is a top priority across Scotland. This fund has been created to offer six grants of £12-15K to support schools to take a creative approach to addressing wellbeing. One project will be selected in each Regional Improvement Collaborative area. The deadline for applications is Tuesday 31 August.


News, resources and professional learning from DigiLearn

  • Discover how the Digital Schools Award for Scotland (DSAS) framework can support your setting to lead digital learning, teaching and assessment. Hear DSAS validator, Catherine Cunningham, share an overview of the purpose and structure of the award framework and criteria. You can also hear insights and top tips on how the DSAS framework transformed and supported a whole school approach to embedding digital learning across the ELC and primary setting.
  • The National Cyber Security Centre have recently launched a brand new game to teach children aged 7 to 11 to stay secure online.
  • Why is cyber resilience and internet safety so important? Children and young people are spending an increasing amount of time learning, playing and socialising in online environments. Our roadmap can help you to understand where they are on that journey and the type of support they may require.

Microsoft have created the Digital Future Programme to help young people explore the digital future aims to prepare young people for the technology-driven world of tomorrow

Fully Digital Scottish Learning Festival

Education Scotland is delighted to announce this year’s Scottish Learning Festival will take place from Tuesday 21 until Thursday 23 September. For the first time ever the festival will be an entirely virtual event, offering an amazing 3D experience over three days.Each year we try to explore, review and adapt SLF to ensure we bring an event that’s current and inspiring. This year delegates will be able to enjoy the ever popular conference programme through a range of live and recorded sessions, take a tour around the exhibition area and find a space to network with colleagues in a fantastic digital arena – all from their own device.SLF is free to attend and the conference programme is carefully developed to support career long professional learning, helping to keep professional practice fresh, up-to-date and relevant.  Delegates can also find opportunities to discover innovative practice, new resources and exchange knowledge and ideas with other professional colleagues and experts. HM Chief Inspector for Education and Chief Executive of Education Scotland, Gayle Gorman said: ‘I’m delighted the Scottish Learning Festival is back. It’s been a difficult year but the Education community has shown an incredible amount of resilience. This year’s SLF is a perfect opportunity for us all to reflect, discuss, network and be inspired. I also hope it will allow lots of you who found it difficult to join a physical event, the chance to get involved.’

Further details and instruction of how to register will be announced soon. In the meantime please save the date in your diary; Tuesday 21 September until Thursday 23 September 2021.

Signing up for a subscription to the SLF Delegate e-bulletin will be available shortly.


Wednesday 1st and Thursday 2nd September, 9am – 1pm

Who is this learning for?

This course is for multi-agency operational staff and managers who are in regular contact or carry out direct work with children, young people and/or their parents or carers, and who have a requirement to learn more about child protection for their role. This course is suitable for staff who have not previously completed this training as it is not refresher training.

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 Learnpro, or a virtual or face-to-face session).

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

What are the learning outcomes?

  • To understand the national and local policy and legislative context for child protection.
  • To describe the roles of agencies involved in child protection.
  • To become familiar with the key processes and procedures (including inter-agency referral discussions, case conferences and referral to the Children’s Reporter).
  • To explain concepts of risk assessment and child protection planning.

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. The training will be delivered on a multi-agency basis by professionals from Police, Health, Education and Social Work and the Child Protection Lead Officer.

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 will be high, therefore you are required to seek your manager’s approval, ensure that you are available on the day, and that you have protected time to attend before enrolling. You can then apply by completing the enrolment form overleaf. The closing date for booking on this course is 21st July 2021. Applicants will be notified shortly thereafter if they have been allocated a space on this course.

Note: This course counts towards the Continuous Professional Learning requirements (Child Protection) for registered social service workers.

To book a place please complete the application form below and return by e-mail BY NO LATER THAN 21st July (in WORD FORMAT ONLY) to

Application Form

NQT/ RQT Numeracy & Mathematics CLPL Offer (2021/22)

Education Scotland are delighted to offer a programme of professional learning events aimed at supporting newly qualified and recently qualified teachers (NQT/ RQT) in the curriculum areas of numeracy and mathematics. Feedback from local authorities, teachers and ITE students has highlighted an increased demand for support within this area of the curriculum, particularly in light of interruptions in training as a result of COVID-19.

This programme will be offered from September 2021 to June 2022 and is intended to raise practitioner confidence and skills in delivering high quality teaching and learning in numeracy and mathematics.  It aims to build upon training received by NQT/ RQTs as part of Initial Teacher Education (ITE) partnerships and seeks to compliment local authority support as delivered through probationer teacher core programmes and experiences.

Two programmes will be available as part of this professional learning offer.  One will be offered to early years and primary teachers delivering learning at early, first and second levels of Curriculum for Excellence. The other will be offered to secondary mathematics teachers delivering learning at second, third and fourth levels. The secondary sessions will also highlight and bridge learning links from the BGE to the senior phase. Teachers who sign up and secure a space on the programme will be expected to attend each of the nine professional learning sessions available.

Practitioners will require a Glow account to access the programme and registration for this offer will open 23rd – 31st August 2020 through Eventbrite.

Please do not hesitate to contact should you have any further questions regarding this offer.

We look forward to working with you and your staff in the session ahead.


Programme Aims

The programme is designed for practitioners who want to develop leadership in Early Learning and Childcare and aims to:

  • Recognise their leadership skills and identify areas for personal development.
  • Develop their leadership skills in line HGIOELC 1.1 – 1.5 and the National Standard.
  • Reflect on their learning and leadership development in practice.
Course Content

Leading the Way
What makes a good leader?
Leading Skilfully
Explore models of leadership, practical application of these models and recognising your own leadership skills.
Leading Positively
Challenging conversations, approaching challenges, positive ethos and setting expectations.
Leading with Vision
Leading teams to create a vision for their setting ensuring it becomes embedded and sharing the vision with children, families and the community.
Leading to Improve
Developing knowledge, skills and confidence to enable participants to lead their team to achieve individual and setting’s objectives.
Leading Leaders
Building a team to lead change while identifying strengths and empowering others.

Participant Commitment
  • Participation in self-directed introduction before session 1 – available from 01/09.
  • Attendance at all seven virtual sessions – 01/10/21, 05/11/21, 03/12/21, 21/01/22, 25/02/22, 25/03/22 & 06/05/22 1.30pm-3.30pm.
  • Engage in professional reading as identified and self-selected
  • Transfer knowledge into practice throughout programme and reflect on these through a journal and discussion.
  • Participate in peer leadership support trios virtually.
Application Process

We ask that all applicants:

  • Share the programme outline with a member of the senior management team and have their support for application process and the duration of the programme
  • Complete the application form below and return by Friday 17th September 2021.

For more information contact

Building Early Years Leadership Poster

Application – Building Early Years Leadership

Applications must be sent to by 5pm on 17/09/2021