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SNSA Newsletter – May

SNSA availability

The SNSA has been available for use with learners who have been within their normal school environment throughout the recent lockdown period, and remains available to teachers now that all learners have returned to school. It is noted that, since the March return, presentation levels have returned to near-normal patterns.
As previously, presentation timing of the SNSA is a matter for teachers and schools, in consultation with local authorities, who are best placed to consider when SNSA reports can best inform next steps in learning.

Course 2 for Secondary Teachers

Course 2 for Secondary Teachers will be available via webinar training (or face to face when Scottish Government advice allows). This course supports teachers and school leaders in the analysis of individual, group and cohort SNSA data, including the promotion of professional dialogue relevant to secondary school teachers. Speak to your local authority representative about booking onto a training course run by SCHOLAR.

Updated training materials

Existing training courses have also been updated for this school year and can be accessed through GLOW and the SNSA help pages. To see the up to date training materials, go to the training homepage.

New functionality: confirmation message

SNSA has introduced a new feature which will alert teachers when assigning an assessment to a child or young person which does not match their year level. The alert will allow teachers to either continue with the assignment or go back and change their assessment selection. This new feature has been developed to help practitioners ensure that the appropriate stage assessment is assigned before the child or young person undertakes the assessment.


Reports are available as soon as learners have completed their assessments. There are four types of report available:

Individual report
Group Diagnostic report
Group Aggregate report
Outcomes by Academic Year report

Each report provides information on each learner’s capacity using a single SNSA long scale. You can find out more information about generating and using reports in the SNSA Help section.

Tips from the SNSA service desk team

Practice Assessments
Practice assessments give teachers, children and young people a chance to familiarise themselves with the look and structure of SNSA. You can demonstrate the practice assessments to children or young people either individually or in a group environment. Practice assessments can be completed as often as required. For information on assigning practice assessments, visit SNSA Help.

Contact the service desk
The SNSA service desk is available from 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday ready to answer any questions you may have. Kelly, Scot, Andrew and Hazel would be delighted to hear from you. You can contact the team on 0330 403 0041 or email:

Targeted Groups

This suite of resources provide practitioners with relevant and up-to-date information and resources to help them more effectively support these vulnerable learners and their families:

Supporting learners who offend or are at risk of offending – Education is a key partner in supporting these vulnerable learners by helping them to stay engaged with learning and improve their life chances. This resource provides information, resources, research-based evidence and a range of approaches which could help schools create inclusive, calm, learning environments which promote positive behaviour, identify and address learning needs, and support social and emotional wellbeing

Disclosure: What practitioners need to know – Educational practitioners can help children and young people understand what disclosure means and also understand that having a criminal record is not ‘the end of the world’ and does not mean that they are unemployable. This resource busts a few myths and provides simplified and up-to-date information about disclosure.

The Children’s Hearing: What practitioners should know – This resource provides Educational Practitioners with information about the CHS and resources to help them more effectively support children and families going through this experience.

ASN and Inclusion

New online professional learning modules update.

We have refreshed existing modules and published 2 new ones. They follow the  National Model of Professional Learning developed by Education Scotland which underlines that professional learning should challenge and develop thinking, knowledge, skills and understanding and should be underpinned by developing skills of enquiry and criticality.

Dyslexia and Inclusive Practice

The 3 modules on dyslexia and inclusive practice have been refreshed and updated and are available through the link below. Developed in partnership with Scottish Government, Education Scotland, Dyslexia Scotland and the Open University these 3 incremental modules provide practitioners, managers and local authority staff with a deeper understanding of the Scottish context for inclusion and dyslexia.

OLCreate: Dyslexia Scotland (

Introduction to Autism and  Inclusive practice

This introductory module aims to support to develop an awareness of what autism is, its impact and how it can be supported within an inclusive school community.

OLCreate: Education Scotland – Inclusion and Equalities (

Inclusion in Practice: The CIRCLE Framework: Primary

The CIRCLE Framework of Inclusion materials have been adapted by Education Scotland in consultation with Edinburgh City and Queen Margaret University and incorporates the 2021 edition of the manual/resource  This module aims to support class room practitioners:

  • Understanding of how to promote effective inclusive practice using the CIRCLE Framework of inclusion
  • Awareness of how to promote a learner centred approach where learners are listened to and involved in the management of their own learning
  • Awareness of tools to support the documentation of evidence of assessment and input.

OLCreate: Education Scotland – Inclusion and Equalities (

Professional Learning and Leadership

Alternative Certification Model – Subject Support Webinars

We are running a series of webinars to provide support to secondary practitioners for the SQA Alternative Certification Model. These subject support webinars will provide an opportunity for secondary practitioners to share practice and quality assurance approaches. Webinars are available across a range of curriculum areas with subject-specific advice and support. View the full range of webinars available on DigiLearn as part of this package of support – and please bookmark this page as further webinars will be added.

Gaelic webinar

Come along to our numeracy ‘Time’ webinar for practitioners in GME on Wednesday 28 April. Registration for this webinar is now open.


United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) – training available

From 1 November 2021, legislation requires all public bodies to embed the UNCRC in their policies and practice. Children or their representatives will have recourse to the courts if they think their rights have been breached. However, having a rights based approach to education has many benefits – it promotes a positive culture and ethos, and contributes to improved relationships, attainment and achievement. Education Scotland is offering training to local authorities so that they can support schools and learning settings with embedding a rights based approach. To find out more contact your local authority leads.

Covid 19 Education Recovery

Support for the education workforce during COVID-19

This resource has been developed in collaboration with key partners across the education system and has been driven by the CERG workforce support working group. The aim is to ensure that staff across the education system feel supported, and are able to locate that support quickly and more easily.


Revised guidance for return to school and school trips

  • For the full-time return to school for all children and young people from 12 April 2021, the schools guidance has been brought together here to give schools and local authorities a single point of reference.

Updated guidance for local authorities and schools in relation to school trips planned for the spring term has been published on the Scottish Government website.

Supporting Health and Wellbeing of Senior Leaders across SEIC

Plan ahead for your self-care 2021! Two offers to support your wellbeing through working with your SEIC colleagues

Senior Leader ‘Safe-Place Networks’

Many leaders from across the SEIC have reported that during these current challenging times they have enjoyed collegiate activities where they can share concerns with colleagues in confidence. Leaders have said they would benefit from meeting more informally with colleagues from other local authorities working in a similar role.

We are therefore also offering ‘Safe Place Networks’ for small groups to meet digitally on Teams.

  • Participants will be sorted into peer support working groups with 4 or 5 members from across the different SEIC LAs.
  • You will be leading the direction and
    discussions .
  • Opportunity to meet in confidence once
    or twice a term, depending on needs and
    wants of the group

If you would like to join a ‘Safe Place Network’ please click here to Sign Up.

Download the Supporting Well-Being Flyer

Training for West OS for ELC Teaching Staff

Training for West OS for ELC Teaching Staff 

Accessed via Glow, West OS is a user friendly and secure platform which learners can also access independently to support their own learning and revision across the curriculum.

This online library of recorded learning episodes created by Scottish teachers can provide varied learning experiences for children and young people. These recorded lessons can be prescribed by teachers to complement the learning experiences planned for remote learning and in this way help to reduce staff workload.

Although parents cannot directly access West OS within Glow themselves, you may wish to raise awareness of this resource to encourage parents to interact with it at home to support their child’s learning.

ClickView are providing sessions to cover;

1. What is West OS & Why is ClickView involved
2. How to access West OS
3. How to find content on West OS & ClickView?
4. How to share content on West OS & ClickView?
The session will take around 30-45 minutes.

These sessions will be recorded and posted on the SEIC website for those who cannot attend the live events. South East Improvement Collaborative – Working together, empowering all, improving outcomes. (

CELCIS – Online Courses to Support Children

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Sign up to our free online courses

Two of our free, six-week online courses are currently open for registration! Sign up now to take part in Caring for Vulnerable Children or Caring for Children Moving Alone, both starting 15 February, and read more about the courses below.

Caring for Vulnerable Children

Open now for learners, this award-winning course helps you explore and develop an understanding of the approaches involved in caring for vulnerable children.

With over 85,000 people, from 163 countries taking part so far, the course is ideal for anyone supporting children and young people. Learners will follow snapshots of a fictionalised story, where the theory is linked to reality, and will consider:

  • What we mean by risk and vulnerability
  • How we define parenting
  • How children grow and develop
  • How we can provide children with security through meaningful relationships and attachments

You’ll go on to learn about the characteristics that define different methods of practice and how some approaches can help you to resist risk-averse thinking. You’ll consider different possible interventions and how, in Scotland, this is managed within the Children’s Hearing System.

Make sure to use the hashtag #FLChildren online to share your thoughts and experience of the course!

Join Here

Caring for Children Moving Alone: Protecting Unaccompanied and Separated Children

Produced by CELCIS and created with 16 leading international humanitarian and children’s rights organisations, this course will equip learners with an understanding of how to discern and respond to the needs, circumstances and wishes of unaccompanied and separated children on the move as well as those at risk of separation.

Developed to engage all those working in or with an interest in alternative care and humanitarian response, you will gain insight into:

  • The specific risks, vulnerabilities and support needs of unaccompanied and separated children on the move and the application of different responses.
  • The principles outlined in the UN Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children and how suitable care can contribute to the protection of children.
  • Promising practice in relation to suitable alternative care settings that meet the needs, wishes and circumstances of each individual unaccompanied and separated child on the move.

The course uses a combination of written and video content, with examples of real-life circumstances and promising practice in Mexico, Ethiopia and Sicily, and a fictionalised story to take learners through the application of the new learning they acquire as the course unfolds.

Make sure to use the hashtag #FLChildrenMovingAlone online to share your thoughts and experience of the course!

Join Here