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2021/22 Masterclasses: Mental Health Improvement, Self Harm and Suicide Prevention

The Mental Health Improvement, Self-Harm and Suicide Prevention team at Public Health Scotland and NHS Education for Scotland

will host four one hour Masterclasses across mental health, self harm and suicide prevention between November 2021 and March 2022. Building on the ‘Ask, Tell, Respond’ resources, the masterclasses are aimed at those working at Enhanced and Specialist levels in health, social care and the wider public workforce (levels as set out in the mental health improvement and suicide prevention framework.  The masterclasses will allow participants to engage, discuss and enhance learning in these areas.

Dates and topic areas covered by these masterclasses are:

November 24th 2021 – The National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Safety in Mental Health (Scottish Context)

Professor Louis Appleby, Professor of Psychiatry, University of Manchester and Director of the National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Safety in Mental Health

December 14th 2021 –  Risk Factors, motivation to complete and Safety Planning

Professor Rory O’Connor, Professor of Health Psychology, University of Glasgow and President of the International Association for Suicide Prevention.

February 23rd 2022 – Bereavement by Suicide

Dr Sharon McDonnell, Managing Director, Suicide Bereavement UK.

 March 16th 2022 – Recovery in Mental Health

Louise Christie, Director, Scottish Recovery Network.

All these one hour sessions will be managed through MS Teams. Booking via this link: Mental Health Improvement, Self-Harm and  Suicide Prevention Masterclasses (office.com)

Professional Learning

Professional Learning

The leaves are changing colour and the days are getting shorter. Before we start cosying up for the cold winter nights, let’s look at some professional development opportunities!

Join us for our next In Conversation with Carrie Lindsay and hear Carrie talk about a range of topics, including Early Years development on 2 November or enrol in our Principal Teacher course to further your leadership skills.

This is also your last chance to learn more about Learning for Sustainability with a final fully funded course.

Have a look at our offers below.

In Conversation with Carrie Lindsay

Join us for what we hope will be a really interesting and illuminating conversation with Carrie Lindsay, Executive Director Education and Children’s Services in Fife Council. Carrie is also the current President of the Association of Directors of Education in Scotland (ADES).

development of Regional Improvement Collaboratives (RICs). Amongst other areas of work, Carrie is involved in collaboration for improvement in various forms.

Come along and hear from a senior leader who puts children at the forefront of her leadership.

Date: Tuesday 2 November 2021

Time: 4.00 – 5.00pm

Location: online

Cost: FREE

Further information and book a place

Principal Teacher: leadership of learning

This course 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 of Curriculum for Excellence. The focus will be on learning, teaching and assessment and raising young people’s achievement and attainment.

The course will be delivered online over 2 half days.

  • Dates: Friday 5 and Wednesday 10 November 2021
  • Time: 9.00am – 12.30pm
  • Location: online
  • Cost: £139.00

Booking deadline: Friday 29 October 2021

SPECIAL OFFER

Book for this course and the follow up course (Fri 25 Feb & Wed 2 Mar 2022) at the same time and pay £225 for both courses*. For information on the follow up course visit:

Principal Teacher: Leadership of Learning – implementing change and improvement

Please note that both courses must be booked at the same time. Concession will not be applied if the courses are booked separately on different dates.

Learn more and book a space

Making Connections through Learning for Equity and Sustainability online course

Learning for Sustainability is an entitlement for learners and an underpinning theme in the GTCS Professional Standards. In the run-up to the COP26 Climate Conference in Glasgow , join this fully funded facilitated 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 6 weeks and involves participation in online discussions and activities in five course modules.

Find out more and book your FREE  place on Eventbrite.

Visit our website to find out more details about the course

The course starts on 29 October 2021

Book tickets on Eventbrite

Assistive technology workshops and webinars

CALL Scotland (Communication, Access, Literacy and Learning) is running another series of 90-minute online learning workshops on assistive technology, as well as starting a new series of 20-minute webinars, which will run until December 2021.

CALL Scotland helps children and young people across Scotland to overcome disability and barriers to learning, created by their environment, and to fulfil their potential. CALL Scotland is affiliated to Moray House School of Education and Sport.

For more information, visit our website.

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Supporting teachers to embrace linguistic diversity

Analysing teachers’ understanding of supporting pupils with English as an Additional Language (EAL), researchers have promoted linguistic diversity in various educational contexts.

Scottish pupils are linguistically diverse, but Scotland’s teacher workforce demographic remains overwhelmingly monolingual. The number of languages spoken in Scotland in 2010 was 136 and this rose to 154 languages in 2019. The number of pupils whose main home language is not English also increased from 28,610 in 2010 to 61,818 in 2019. Dr Yvonne Foley’s research with CERES has worked to support teachers to meet the needs of increasingly linguistically diverse pupil cohorts.

CERES is the Centre for Education for Racial Equality in Scotland

Find out more about the research

 

Scotdec Newsletter October 2021

 

New collaborative partner project to promote youth voices and climate action across the UK 
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As the UK and Italy jointly host the United Nations (UN) Climate Conference COP26,  young people across the UK are being given the opportunity to feed into a climate resolution that will be taken to COP26 through the new Connecting the UK Schools Project 2021.

Scotdec is working with schools in Edinburgh (James Gillespie’s High School, Portobello High School, Holy Rood High School) and Midlothian (Penicuik High School, Newbattle High School) to engage young people to think critically about climate change.

The project is led by Size of Wales, a charity working with people in Wales and beyond to help protect four million hectares of tropical forests. Scotdec ar collaborating on the project along with the Centre for Global Education (Northern Ireland), InterClimate Network (England), and the Welsh Centre for International Affairs (Wales).

Take a Rights-based approach to climate justice with young people
Take a look
This new resource doesn’t tell young people what to think and do about the Climate Emergency, but provides stimuli for critical thinking, debate and discussion to guide informed action and combat eco-anxiety.

Through the resource, young people can explore the current human rights impact of the Climate Emergency on people’s lives in Scotland and Somaliland; make connections with the universal quests for equitable access to food, water, healthcare, education, gender justice and racial justice. take action to have your voice heard before, during and after the 2021 COP; and measure attitudinal change towards these issues.

NEW COP26 curated climate change resources
Take a look
This new sheet brings together the very best global citizenship resources on climate change, supporting learners to explore issues around climate change and take action, in the run up to COP26 in Glasgow. The sheet contains our top recommendations for essential background reading for Scottish teachers, along with links to comprehensive climate curricula, STEM resources, social subjects and literacy resources and resources to support taking action.

 

COUNTDOWN TO COP 13th September – 1st November

We’re featured in Countdown to COP on Education Scotland’s National Improvement Hub 
Take a look
Check out this outline of the support, resources and programmes being organised by Education Scotland to support engagement with the United Nations COP26 Climate Summit which will be taking place in Glasgow from 01 to 12 November 2021 – you can find our resources on the curated COP26 Wakelet!

GET GLOBAL WITH #MATHSWEEKSCOT

New Scotdec project launched
The future we want: active global citizenship and maths

Take a look
It’s Maths Week Scotland – so what better time to share our exciting new project linking global learning and maths, currently rolling out across three local authorities in Scotland! Building on work developed through our EU project Global issues, Global subjects, this new project seeks to determine the role maths can play in understanding and addressing global issues young people care about – with the aim of enabling better engagement with BGE and increased participation in maths in the post compulsory phase.
Issue to action maths : secondary level resources
Take a look
Secondary teachers looking to tie global learning and current issues to their maths lessons can now download our new Issue to action secondary resources free from the Scotdec website. All activities are mapped to CfE benchmarks and reference relevant Sustainable Development Goals.

Scotdec partner project strengthens link between Global Citizenship and Healthcare in Scotland
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IDEAS and Scotdec, in partnership with the Global Health Coordination Unit at the National Health Service Scotland has developed a suite of Active Global Citizenship resources and training for NHS staff which will be launched to coincide with COP26.

 

The Single Point of Access for Mental Health and Wellbeing Update

Wednesday 27th October 2021

16.00 – 17.00

Google Meet

This session is aimed at staff at PT, DHT and HT level in primary and in secondary, at PTs Guidance, PTs SfL/Inclusion/DHTs.

On completion of the course, participants will understand more about:

  • The Mental Health and Wellbeing Team
  • The Single Point of Access
  • Request for Assistance and when to refer
  • How referrals are triaged by the team
  • Outcomes for Children and Young People

This session will also include the opportunity to ask questions.

To book a place click here

 

East Lothian Teacher’s Reading Group

Do you want to develop children’s pleasure in reading?

Then join us to enrich your knowledge and practice!

There will be 5 informal twilight sessions between October and April 2022 held on Google Meet and hopefully in person.

Facilitated by

Agnès Guyon -Senior Librarian, Schools and Young People’s Services for East Lothian.

Lynsey Martin, primary teacher in Sanderson’s Wynd Primary School, Tranent.

Dates:

Wednesday6thOctober (informal virtual meeting)   

Wednesday3rdNovember (venue TBC)            

Wednesday19thJanuary     (venue TBC)  

Wednesday3rdMarch             (venue TBC) 

 Wednesday6thApril               (venue TBC)

East Lothian RfP (Reading for Pleasure) Group invites anyone committed to developing children’s desire, delight and engagement as readers to join our online OU/UKLA Reading Group. Informal, friendly and supportive, we welcome teachers, librarians, student teachers and support staff to join us and commit to attending all five virtual CPD sessions.

We will be developing evidence-informed practice, widening our knowledge of children’s literature and other texts, enriching our RfP pedagogy and documenting the impact on the young people as readers. If you want to develop/share your practice and inspire children into becoming life-long readers, this is for you!

Please email lmartin@sandersonswynd.elcschool.org.uk for more information and to register.

For more information, please visit https://www.researchrichpedagogies.org/research/reading-for-pleasure

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 book a place please complete the table below and return by e-mail  BY NO LATER THAN 6th October (in WORD FORMAT ONLY) to emppo@eastlothian.gov.uk

 

PUBLIC PROTECTION IS EVERYONE’S RESPONSIBILITY

Wednesday 17th November 2021

Applicant’s full name  
Job Title  
Team  
Organisation/Agency Name  
Applicant’s e-mail address  
Line Manager’s full name  
Line Manager’s e-mail address

 

 
In submitting this form, I confirm that my manager has granted me protected learning time to attend this course and I am available to attend both sessions. I also agree to complete an on-line evaluation of the training after I have attended.

 

Electronic Signature:

 

 

Webinar – Reform of the Scottish Qualifications Authority and Education Scotland

About this Event

The Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills announced on 22 June 2021 the intention to replace the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) and consider a new specialist agency for both curriculum and assessment while also taking forward reform to Education Scotland, including removing the function of inspection from the agency. Professor Ken Muir, University of the West of Scotland, has been appointed to act as an independent advisor to the Scottish Government to consider and advise on the implementation of the reform that will consider all functions currently delivered by both the SQA and Education Scotland.

Professor Muir is keen to engage widely to hear the views and ideas from all those with an interest in Scottish Education. This webinar is an opportunity to hear first-hand about this work and to have your say on shaping the future of the national bodies supporting Education in Scotland.  These webinars will support a written consultation which will be launched at the end of September.  We would encourage you to share this invite and the consultation when it is issued, as widely as possible through your networks.  

How to book

Please use the links below to select and book a webinar via eventbrite – each session will take place from  4 30 p.m. till 6 p.m. and follow the same format, the selection being offered is to provide options for dates, and to allow as many people to attend one of the sessions as possible:

Webinar Option 1 – Monday 27th September 2021

Webinar Option 2 – Thursday 30th September 2021

Webinar Option 3 – Wednesday 6th October 2021

Webinar Option 4 – Thursday 28th October 2021

PLEASE NOTE THESE WEBINARS WILL BE HELD VIA MICROSOFT TEAMS LIVE, THE LINK TO JOIN WILL BE SENT BY EMAIL.

Secretariat to Professor Ken Muir, Independent Advisor

Contact us – educationreform@gov.scot

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