STEM Nation Capital Webinars

Building STEM capital for families and communities (Session 3 of 3)

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Tuesday 16 March 2021

Google Meet

Education Scotland invites practitioners from the Forth Valley & West Lothian, South East and Tayside regions to join us for a three part professional learning programme around the theme of Building STEM capital with families and communities.

The programme will introduce you to the existing research into STEM capital and the impact this has on equity and equality. We will share examples of STEM approaches and resources that can be used to enhance your practice. Furthermore, we will signpost you to partners and organisations across the East of Scotland who are keen to support and collaborate on this type of activity.

Session 3 will be delivered by Family Learning and Parental Engagement Officers Beverley Ferguson and Susan Doherty. This session will include further examples of STEM family learning and encourage practitioners to consider how they could use these in their own setting. The session will highlight the importance of effective partnership working within and across learning communities. This session is suitable for practitioners from all sectors with an interest in family learning.

To Book in for Session 3 – Click Here

EMPPO – Violence Against Women and Girls Training Courses

East Lothian & Midlothian Public Protection Office

Improving Our Practice on Violence Against Women and Girls – Spotlight on Domestic Abuse (please note you must be able to attend on both dates).

This course will be held on MS Teams.

There are two choices of dates:

  • 15th March 2021 (9.30am – 12.30pm)
  • 17th March 2021 (9.30am – 12.30pm)

Click Here to download the flier and registration form (March)

  • 26th April 2021 (9.30am – 12.30pm)
  • 28th April 2021 (9.30am – 12.30pm)

Click Here to download the flier and registration form (April).

MARAC – Protecting people from serious harm (please note that this has course pre-requisites).

This course will be held on MS Teams.

  • 23rd March 2021 (10.00am – 12.00pm)

Click Here to download the flier and registration form.

There are a maximum number of places available for both courses which will be allocated on a first come first serve basis. If you are interested in either course and to book a place please complete the registration form within the flyers and return to To be guaranteed a place please return your application as soon as possible and please note that we cannot guarantee to process applications received less than two weeks before the start date.

Gavin Oattes Event- 4th March

We wanted to make you aware of a fantastic opportunity arising soon for class teachers to attend a session with Gavin Oattes from the Tree of Knowledge (@gavinoattes). Gavin is widely regarded as a talented, inspiring speaker, regularly delivering keynotes at events around the world, is an award winning comedian, best-selling children’s author and former Young Entrepreneur of the Year, and his inspiration all comes from where he began his career in primary teaching. Gavin will deliver both a workshop and engage in a follow up ‘Blether’ with participants a few weeks later to discuss themes and questions arising from the workshop in more detail.

This session is part of the Education Scotland and GTCS Stepping Stones Programme but we are opening up the event to all colleagues 1-4 years post-probation even if they are not currently signed up to the programme. We hope that this session will provide a taster for prospective participants who may then wish to engage more widely in the programme. Please forward the sign-up information below to colleagues who you feel would benefit from joining the session and programme.

Thursday 4 March, 4-5pm, Follow up Blether & informal Q&A with Gavin Oattes, Book Here.

Spring Term CPD from Early Education




1 & 8 Feb 2021 – 4pm Kerry Payne Identifying & supporting SEND in the context of the EYFS Reforms
2 & 9 Feb 2021 – 7pm Steve Grocott Music to support communication, language and literacy
2 Feb 2021 – 4pm Penny Cartwright Understanding the EYFS Reforms – the key messages
3 & 10 Feb 2021 – 4pm Caroline Eaton Understanding the World and the EYFS Reforms
4 & 11 Feb 2021 – 4pm Rose Drury Supporting bilingual children and their families: transition from home to school
9 Feb 2021 – 4pm Stella Louis Equality, race and unconscious bias
24 Feb & 3 Mar 2021 – 10.30am Nicola Burke Music: Practice & provision within the new EYFS reforms
24 Feb & 3 Mar 2021 – 4pm Penny Cartwright Communication and Language and the EYFS reforms
24 Feb & 17 Mar 2021 – 7pm Anni McTavish Expressive Arts and Design in the reformed EYFS
25 Feb & 25 March 2021 – 7pm Rose Drury Researching young bilingual children’s learning: at home and in nursery
25 Feb, 11 & 25 March 2021 – 4pm Julie Fisher Moving on to Key Stage 1: transition from the EYFS
1 & 8 March 2021 – 4pm Kathryn Solly Foundations of Physical Development: growing up naturally despite the EYFS reforms
2 & 9 March 2021 – 4pm Anne Harding Supporting Communication, Language and Literacy with children with English as an Additional Language
3 & 10 March 2021 –  7pm Helen Moylett Playing, learning and thinking: the Characteristics of Effective Early Learning
4 March 2021 – 4pm Stella Louis Let’s talk about race
4 March 2021 – 10.30am Julia Manning-Morton Supporting young children’s emotional, personal and social development: Foundations of Being
8 & 15 March 2021 – 7pm Kerry Payne Playing, learning & interacting in SEND
9 & 23 March 2021 – 7pm Di Chilvers Exploring Observation, Assessment and Planning in the context of the Ofsted and EYFS Reforms
10 & 17 March 2021 – 4pm Pete Moorhouse Creativity in practice: nurturing creative and critical thinking in early childhood education
11 & 18 March 2021 – 7pm Penny Cartwright Getting it right for children: Mathematics and the EYFS Reforms
15 & 22 March 2021 – 4pm Helen Moylett Talking about curriculum: getting it right in the early years
16 & 23 March 2021 – 10.30am Leslie Patterson Supporting families to make the most of time with their children
23 & 30 March 2021 – 4pm Penny Cartwright Getting it right for children: Literacy and the EYFS reforms
24 & 31 March 2021 – 4pm Steve Grocott Music and wellbeing – physical,social and emotional development

Pricing and how to book

  • Single-session webinars – £15 for members, £20 for non-members
  • Two-part webinars – £30 for members and £40 for non-members

Not a member? See membership options including Termly Membership from £10.

Bulk buy discounts are available as follows:

  • Buy 5 or more courses together to get a 10% discount,

Buy 10 or more courses for a 20% discount

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

Digital Support for Teachers

There are a number of opportunities around digital learning that we would like to make ELC staff aware of during the lockdown period. The hope is that these will assist teachers in building confidence to deliver effective remote learning in the period of school closures.

This series of sessions are aimed at professionals who work directly with children and young people, including: Teachers, ELC practitioners, Support staff, After School Club staff /Youth workers, CLD practitioners /Social workers /Child Protection professionals

These sessions are available at the below links on YouTube. They have been designed to support staff who already have some knowledge of each learning platform and will explore best practice through practical examples and tips which can be used across any stage or subject.

For continued digital support please visit to keep up to date with Professional development from all around Scotland.

Professional Learning Newsletter

Principal teacher: leadership of learning

This online course, led by Dr Val Corry, 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 for Curriculum for Excellence, and with the current focus of raising young people’s attainment and achievement.

The course is split into 2 morning sessions, 9.00am – 12.30pm:

• Friday 26th February 2021
• Wednesday 3rd March 2021

Course fee for both sessions: £139

Book Here.

Returning to Teaching

This 10-week online course is aimed at fully qualified teachers who have been away from teaching for some time or qualified abroad and would like to get back into teaching.
Participants will get up to date with Scottish education’s policies and national priorities as well as develop their knowledge of the Curriculum for Excellence, social justice and equality and inclusion.

Our next course will run 15 January – 3 April 2021

The course fee is £450
Deadline for booking and payment is Friday 18 December.

Book Here.

CALL Scotland Online Workshops

CALL Scotland are running a series of 90 minute online Professional Learning workshops focusing on the use of assistive technologies to support pupils with additional support needs.

The target audience for the workshops includes any teacher supporting pupils with literacy, sensory, physical and communication challenges.

Each workshop costs £40 and includes receiving a recording of the workshop for personal use, an Open Badge to evidence your participation and a digital CLPL certificate.

For full information on the workshops on offer and to sign up, please go to the Professional Learning page on the CALL Scotland website.

Support with Higher Education (HE) guidance for teachers and advisers

If you are a teacher or adviser looking for support with Higher Education (HE) guidance, you can find information on the Undergraduate recruitment team homepage.

This includes information on the virtual exhibitions that the team are scheduled to attend, access to our webinar series and the opportunity to sign up to our monthly newsletter. There is also information available on the services that the team can offer to students/parents/teachers regarding the University of Edinburgh and HE in general – for example attending virtual HE evenings (aimed at parents, students or a combination), delivering presentations or something more bespoke.

Finally, there are contact details for the team allowing teachers & advisers to speak to the team about any questions that they want discussed or any requests for virtual activity that they want arranged.

Professional Learning Resources

Did you know we offer a range of online resources for teachers and parents? Visit our website and discover a variety of educational resources to use at home or in classrooms from STEAM, social justice and inclusion to educational leadership and physical activity.

Spotlight on Research Making a Difference

Digitising exams – enhancing accessibility for pupils with additional support needs

Using assistive and communication technology for pupils with additional needs, our partner academics at CALL Scotland improved inclusivity in schools’ national assessments.

Learn more.

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 January and June 2021 held on Google Meet.

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.

Each session will be from 4-5:30pm


Thurs 18th February,  

Thurs 11th March,    

Thurs 29th April,    

 Thurs 3rd June

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 for more information and to register.

For more information, please visit

Click here to download the flier.

Your Guide to Career Long Professional Learning for Education in East Lothian