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Responding to Disclosure of Rape and Sexual Abuse
Wednesday 8th December 2021, 9:30am – 12 noon

What is this training?
This training will focus on developing an understanding of the extent and nature of sexual violence including an exploration of myths and attitudes towards sexual violence in society. Participants will develop an understanding of trauma responses, how they can present and how to best respond to disclosures including an understanding of how relevant services such as Rape Crisis can support survivor.

Who is this learning for?
This training is aimed at people working in East Lothian or Midlothian, who would like to feel more confident in their responses to survivors who disclose sexual violence.

Are there any pre-requisites for attending this course?
Applicants must have a firm grounding in Violence Against Women and Girls by either having completed ‘Improving our Practice on Violence against Women and Girls: Spotlight on Domestic Abuse’ or an equivalent VAWG face-to-face training, and also the Domestic Abuse Awareness Raising Tool.

What are the learning outcomes?
Participants will be able to:
• Understand the impact of sexual violence and identify trauma responses in survivors
• Respond to survivors’ disclosures appropriately, empathetically and confidently
• Be able to identify risk factors relating to vulnerable adults and children
• Be able to inform survivors of the service available to them and make a referral

How will the training be delivered?
This training will take place on a virtual basis, using Microsoft Teams. You should only sign up to this course if you are able to attend and can access the training via Microsoft Teams.

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 applying. You can then apply by completing the form below.

The closing date for booking on this course is 27th October. 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 (Adult Protection) for registered social service workers.

To book a place please complete the document below and return by e-mail BY NO LATER THAN 27th October (in WORD FORMAT ONLY) to emppo@eastlothian.gov.uk.


Responding to Disclosures of Rape and Sexual Abuse Application Form

INTER-AGENCY CHILD PROTECTION RISK ASSESSMENT AND PROCESSES

INTER-AGENCY CHILD PROTECTION RISK ASSESSMENT AND PROCESSES
Tuesday 23rd and Wednesday 24th November 2021
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 19th October 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 19th October (in WORD FORMAT ONLY) to emppo@eastlothian.gov.uk.

Inter-agency Child Protection Risk Assessment and Processes Training Application –  November

Black and Minority Ethnic Women’s Experiences of Gender Based Violence

Black and Minority Ethnic Women’s Experiences of Gender Based Violence
Tuesday 30th November 2021, 2.00-4.30pm 

What is this training?

This webinar will raise awareness and broaden understanding of the varied issues for black and minority ethnic (BME) women and their children experiencing domestic abuse, forced marriage and other types of gender-based violence. It will explore the social, cultural and religious factors which impact upon BME women’s experiences of gender-based violence and how practitioners can provide support within the current legal framework.

Who is this learning for?

This webinar is aimed at practitioners and professionals working in East Lothian or Midlothian.

Are there any pre-requisites for attending this course?

Applicants must have a firm grounding in Violence Against Women and Girls by either having completed ‘Improving our Practice on Violence against Women and Girls: Spotlight on Domestic Abuse’ or an equivalent VAWG face-to-face training, and also the Domestic Abuse Awareness Raising Tool

What are the learning outcomes?

Participants will have:

  • Understanding of the different forms of Gender Based Violence
  • Understanding of the concept of ‘Honour’ and how it affects BME Women and their children
  • Understanding of key practice messages

How will the training be delivered?

This training will take place on a virtual basis, using Microsoft Teams, over a half day. You should only sign up to this course if you can access the training via Microsoft Teams. The training will be facilitated by Shakti Women’s Aid.

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 below.

The closing date for booking on this course is 19th October. Applicants will be notified shortly thereafter if they have been allocated a space on this course.

For further information please contact – 0131 653 5150 or emppo@eastlothian.gov.uk.

Note: This course may count towards the Continuous Professional Learning requirements for your registration body.

To book a place please complete the document below and return by e-mail BY NO LATER THAN 19th October (in WORD FORMAT ONLY) to emppo@eastlothian.gov.uk.

Black and Minority Ethnic Women’s Experiences of GBV Application – November 2021

Pedagogical Pop-In

Great news!  The East Lothian Pedagogy Pop-ins are coming your way this month.  These sessions are informal opportunities to share practice around pedagogy aligned to the East Lothian Pedagogy sails.  They are led by practitioners for practitioners from the classroom. 

 

The sessions are scheduled on the last Thursday of each month starting on 30th September.  Sessions will begin at 4.15 pm and will last anything from 30 minutes to 1 hour.  You don’t need to sign up, just schedule them in your diary and access them through a Google link in the session advert.

 

All session adverts can be viewed using the QR code in our flyer, which can be accessed using the following link: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1XGBX3mOFrSR6GD_342DpdqLYeDcNJo1ZyW0-_hEY8hA/edit?usp=sharing 

 

We are looking for more teachers and support staff to share practice in our Pedagogy Pop-ins from January onwards.  It is easy to lead a session, just complete one of the blank Google forms using the ‘sign up’ QR code in the flyer using the same link.  Your session will then be advertised along with the others.

 

We hope these sessions will support us all to create a culture of sharing practice in East Lothian where we value the opportunities to learn from each other. 

 

Just turn up, click the link, bring a cuppa and be prepared engage in dialogue with colleagues from across our schools.

 

 

 

Education Scotland – The Delegate

Welcome to The Delegate

It’s less than three weeks to go until SLF Online and we are delighted to invite you to our brand new Critical Conversations feature which we have just added to the programme.

These facilitated conversations will take place each evening during the conference from 5.45 – 6.45 pm. There will be up to five different expert panel members including classroom teachers, academics, representatives from professional associations and Directors of Education: all chosen based on their experience and expertise, or their role within their organisation.  Attendees will be able to ask questions of the panel during the events.

The themes are:

  • Tuesday – Curriculum
  • Wednesday – Empowerment / Agency
  • Thursday – Leadership

The conversations will be an opportunity to share valuable ideas and perspectives and will invite dialogue around the tough and complex questions that education in Scotland is facing right now.  We expect these sessions to challenge ways of thinking and provide a space for open and honest discussion.

Sarah Philp, who will be hosting the Critical Conversations, has a passion for change, improvement and growth. With an MA in Psychology and an MSc in Educational Psychology, Sarah is a qualified supervisor, coach and yoga teacher and co-host of the popular podcast Changing Conversations.

Sarah said: “Conversation is one of the oldest ways to nurture the conditions for growth and improvement. When we talk about what matters we come alive and conversation has the power to guide us into new and different actions that offer the potential for great things.”

Other panel members will be announced on our social media channels in the coming days, so make sure you follow Education Scotland on Twitter and Facebook.

You can register for SLF Online and Critical Conversations by visiting the SLF Website . Or, if you have already registered you will have received an email with a direct link. If you click on this link your registration page will be uploaded with your previous details and you can add Critical Conversations to your sessions.

We are really looking forward to welcoming you to our SLF Online Critical Conversations.

The SLF Team at Education Scotland

Gavin Oattes – You Are Not Everyone Else

Gavin Oattes returns to deliver a brand new, high energy hour of in-your-face inspiration. And this time he’s challenging us to do less, and be more.  Nobody ever tells you that your brain is a lying wee so and so, full of half-truths, best guesses and blatant fabrication! For this very reason it gets in the way, makes stuff up and causes nothing but incredibly frustrating and stressful moments for us all to enjoy. 

We live in the age of envy, the age of comparison, and our heads are busy busy places. In order to truly support others we must look after our own mental health and wellbeing first. It’s time to slow down, you’re already here!

 

All sessions will be held from 16.00 – 17.00 via Zoom.

  • 7th September session – sign up here.
  • 9th September session – sign up here.
  • 29th September session – sign up here.
  • 30th September session – sign up here.

Public Protection Is Everyone’s Responsibility – 17th November 2021

Public Protection Is Everyone’s Responsibility
Wednesday 17th November 2021
9.30am – 12.30pm

Who is this learning for?
This training is for any staff member in East Lothian and Midlothian who has not previously completed any Public Protection training. It provides a basic awareness of child protection, adult support and protection and violence against women and girls.

The protection of children, young people and adults at risk of harm is everyone’s responsibility and this course aims to ensure that all employees across both Councils and 3rd sector organisations understand what public protection is, what to do and where to go if they have concerns or if they think someone is at risk of harm.

What are the learning outcomes?
• Understand the themes of public protection and the impact of trauma through the lifespan.
• Understand different types of harm and abuse
• Develop an awareness of the signs of harm and abuse
• Understand your role and responsibilities within public protection
• Know what to do if you are worried about a child, young person or adult

How will the training be delivered?
This training will take place on a virtual basis, using Microsoft Teams.

How do I apply?
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. Places will be offered on a first come, first served basis. The closing date for booking on this course is 6th October. Applicants will be notified shortly thereafter if they have been allocated a space on this course.

To apply, click here.

Professional Learning Newsletter – August 2021

Welcome back! We hope you have enjoyed a relaxing summer and are ready to engage in professional learning again.
We kick start this new academic year with a brand new ‘In Conversation with’ event with Maureen McKenna, Executive Director of Education, Glasgow City Council. Join us on Wednesday 15 September to hear about leadership in challenging times, as well as tackling the educational impact of poverty.
We are also hoping to start a new face-to-face ‘In Conversation with’ series on Saturday mornings which will offer fantastic opportunities to network. Watch this space!


Reflecting Back and Looking Forward
Reflecting Back…

Starting in May 2020, Professional Learning at Moray House School of Education and Sport has been offering a series of highly topical, sector responsive and very well received webinars, led by Peter McNaughton and in collaboration with both our team of associates and invited guests.

Our first two events, Leadership in a Time of Change and Self-Evaluation for Self-Improvement: More important than Ever? reflected the need for important conversations to take place as schools and early childhood centres adapted to daily challenges of educating during a pandemic.

The Primary Curriculum: Getting the Right Experiences for a Changing World was followed by Getting the Most from Blended Learning, allowing speakers and participants to go into greater depth, to share perspectives and solution-focussed approaches to questions and issues that were taxing us all.
Two final webinars in 2021, Learning from the Pandemic: Moving forward with confidence and Perspectives on Remote Learning, brought our current series to a close, with the inclusion of voices of parents, carers and the learners themselves.

You can view recordings of these events by visiting the Professional Learning website. We sincerely hope that these will continue to provide stimulus for staff discussion and professional development within schools and centres.

Looking Forward…

As many of you will already know, the conversations continue! In June 2021 we launched our new series of ‘In Conversation With’ events and were delighted to be joined by Graeme Logan in his role as Director of Learning at the Scottish Government.
We are looking forward to welcoming Maureen McKenna, Executive Director of Education, Glasgow City Council on the afternoon on the 15th September for what will be a lively and insightful look at:
‘Leadership in challenging times’, as well as ‘tackling the educational impact of poverty’.

We also hope to touch on important issues in mathematics, including pedagogy and raising attainment.

In Conversation with Maureen McKenna
Wednesday 15 September 2021
Time: 4.00 – 5.00pm
Cost: FREE

You can book a place by clicking here: In Conversation with Maureen McKenna | The University of Edinburgh.


CVI (Cerebral Visual Impairment) course

This online course, taught by Professor John Ravenscroft, will outline cerebral visual impairment (CVI) in children and focus on brain injury as well as other factors that may lead to CVI. It will examine the type of visual loss children have with CVI and the difference between CVI and ocular eye damage.

The course will introduce and explore the complex relationship between visual impairment and cerebral visual impairment (CVI) and will outline the visual difficulties that children have with CVI and will explore the concurrent additional disabilities many children with CVI have.

The course will be delivered online over the course of 5 full days in October and November 2021.

Course dates: 7 Oct – 29 Nov 2021
Course fee: £700
Booking deadline: Friday 1 October 2021

Book Here – Cerebral Visual Impairment | The University of Edinburgh.


Making Connections through Learning for Equity and Sustainability online course

Learning for Sustainability is an entitlement for learners and an underpinning theme in the new GTCS Professional Standards. In the run-up to the COP26 Climate Conference in Glasgow, join this fully funded online CLPL which will support you to think about, plan for, and implement Learning for Sustainability in your own practice and in your teaching context.

You will make connections at individual, institutional, national and global levels, inspiring you and your learners to develop the confidence, skills, knowledge, values and attitudes we all need to thrive and create positive change in our increasingly interconnected world.

The fully funded course, offered by the University of Edinburgh and Learning for Sustainability Scotland as part of the Connecting Classrooms through Global Learning programme, lasts 10 weeks and involves participation in online discussions and activities in five course modules, which will be released fortnightly. This is the final course in the current Connecting Classrooms programme.
Find out more and book your FREE place on Eventbrite.

The course starts on 10 September 2021.

Book Here – Making Connections through Learning for Equity and Sustainability Sept. 21 Tickets, Fri 10 Sep 2021 at 00:00 | Eventbrite.

 

Vacancy & Interview Training with David Dalgleish

Vacancy Application Training for Teaching Staff

Date: 4th October 2021

Time: 16.30 – 18.00

Venue: Google Meet

Tutor: David Dalgleish

Designed for: Teaching Staff applying for internal promoted roles.

Programme Outline

  • The Application Process
  • Understanding the job outline and person specification, essential and desirable criteria
  • Identifying your own skills, abilities, knowledge and experience
  • Matching these to the role, and to GTCS Standards
  • Making your application stand out using the STAR approach
  • Developing themes to discuss at interview

Outcomes

On completion of the course, participants will:

  • Have the skills and knowledge to better prepare them for the recruitment process
  • Be able to submit higher quality applications meeting the requirements of the vacancy
  • Be better prepared for interview

Vacancy Application Training for Teaching Staff » East Lothian Council (bookinglive.com)


Interview training for Teaching Staff

Date: 1st November 2021

Time: 16.30 – 17.30

Venue: Google Meet

Tutor: David Dalgleish

Designed for: Teaching Staff applying for internal promoted roles.

Programme Outline

  • Introduction to Competencies-based interviewing
  • Utilising the STAR approach in competencies-based interviews
  • Revisiting the role, your application and professional teaching standards
  • Developing and preparing themes to talk to at interview – preparing your own STAR stories
  • Anticipating the unexpected (questions, situations)

Outcomes

On completion of the course, participants will:

  • Have the skills and knowledge to better prepare them for the recruitment process
  • Improve their performance at interview

All participants will be offered an individual follow-up practice interview (online) with feedback.

Interview Training for Teaching Staff » East Lothian Council (bookinglive.com)


Vacancy Application Training for Education Support Staff

Date: 11th October 2021

Time: 16.30 – 18.00

Venue: Google Meet

Tutor: David Dalgleish

Designed for: Education Support Staff applying for internal promoted roles.

Programme Outline

  • The Application Process
  • Understanding the job outline and person specification, essential and desirable criteria
  • Identifying your own skills, abilities, knowledge and experience, and matching these to the role
  • Making your application stand out using the STAR approach
  • Developing themes to discuss at interview

Outcomes

On completion of the course, participants will:

  • Have the skills and knowledge to better prepare them for the recruitment process
  • Be able to submit higher quality applications meeting the requirements of the vacancy
  • Be better prepared for interview

Vacancy Application Training for Education Support Staff » East Lothian Council (bookinglive.com)


Interview Training for Education Support Staff

Date: 8th November 2021

Time: 16.30 – 17.30

Venue: Google Meet

Tutor: David Dalgleish

Designed for: Education Support Staff applying for internal promoted roles.

Programme Outline

  • Introduction to Competencies-based interviewing
  • Utilising the STAR approach in competencies-based interviews
  • Revisiting the role, and your application
  • Developing and preparing themes to talk to at interview – preparing your own STAR stories
  • Anticipating the unexpected (questions, situations)

Outcomes

On completion of the course, participants will:

  • Have the skills and knowledge to better prepare them for the recruitment process
  • Improve their performance at interview

All participants will be offered an individual follow-up practice interview (online) with feedback.

Interview training for Education Support Staff » East Lothian Council (bookinglive.com)

 

TILES – Toolkit for Improvement in Languages Eduation South-East

Launch Thursday 9th September from 16.30 – 18.00 online

This professional learning offers practitioners the opportunity to find out more about the Toolkit for Improvement in Languages Education South-East (TILES).

TILES is an online self-evaluation toolkit for languages which has been developed by colleagues from City of Edinburgh, East Lothian Council, Fife Council, Midlothian Council, Scottish Borders Council, Moray House School of Education, and Edinburgh University. It is a practical tool designed by practitioners for practitioners, and has been quality assured by partners including GTCS, SCILT and Education Scotland. It can be used by individuals, stages, departments, whole schools and learning communities.

The toolkit supports practitioners and schools to develop the skills to lead improvements in learning and teaching and in line with a self-improving system.  The suite of training provided for the tool will allow practitioners to develop self-reflection and evaluation skills through collaborative practice, and will ask and explore critical questions about self, students, school and system through practitioner enquiry.

The session will be a general introduction to the website and toolkit, followed by primary and secondary specific breakouts to look at the key areas for each sector in more depth.   All information for registration etc. is below:

Session 1: TILES Launch Event

Key Learning

  • Understand how TILES is informed by national and local priorities, GTCS standards and self-evaluation
  • Learn how to use the tool
  • Learn more about the contents of TILES
  • Next steps for the project and practitioners

Click on the link below to book onto the session:

Thursday 9th September 2021 (4.30pm – 6.00pm)