SEIC/Education Scotland Inclusion and Equity Programme

The Inclusion and Equity Professional Learning Programme is offered through partnership between Education Scotland and the South East Improvement Collaborative and will be available from November 2020 – March 2021.

The Covid-19 pandemic has brought inclusion and equity for all our children and young people into sharp focus and this digital programme uses five themes which focus on inclusion, equity, closing the poverty related attainment gap and raising attainment to support children and young people across the region.

To download the PDF leaflet, please click on the link below.

Inclusion and Equity Professional Learning Programme

If you would prefer to watch a short video with all the relevant details, please click here.

TEN Meetings


TEN – Teachers as Enquirers Network exists to provide a talking and collaboration space for teachers who are interested in carrying out an enquiry into their practice, no matter how big or small. All teachers are welcome to drop in, ask questions and join the discussion. Drop-in Google Meet sessions will take place on the following Friday afternoons for one hour (13:30 – 14:30) on: 6 November, 22 January, 19 February and 7 May.

If you would like to be invited to drop in and discuss any questions, plans, difficulties or tips about enquiry, please contact: Emma Andrew at

We hope you can join us.

Professional Learning Newsletter – October 2020

Professional Learning

October is synonymous with school break and we hope you will be able to enjoy some time off and recharge your batteries.

Why not use the time to have a look at what we have on offer and find a course or event that suits your professional development needs.

We will soon announce our next series of webinars!

Using Read Write Count resources to support a Family Learning Approach

This free webinar presented by experienced family learning practitioner, Barbara Middleton, and Gale Macleod from the University of Edinburgh will give you the opportunity to learn more about the Scottish Book Trust ‘Read, Write, Count’ Primary 3 book gifting bag.
You will also gain an understanding of the national standards underpinning a family learning approach to parental engagement with practical ideas for working with families and access to video materials to support this work.
You will have the opportunity to discuss ideas with other practitioners.

The webinar is aimed at:
• anyone working with children and their families who receive the Scottish Book Trust resources (particularly those in Primary 3)
• anyone responsible for the distribution and promotion of engagement with the Read, Write, Count Resources

Date and time: Friday 27 November 2020 – 14:30 – 16:00

To book a place, please click here.

Making Connections through Learning for Sustainability online course

Aligned with Scotland’s education priorities and the UN Sustainable Development Goals, this fully funded online professional learning 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 and global levels, inspiring you and your students to develop the confidence, skills, knowledge, values and attitudes we all need to thrive and create positive change in our increasingly interconnected world.

The programme lasts 10 weeks and involves participation in online discussions and activities in five course modules, which will be released fortnightly.

The course starts on 30 October 2020.

Find out more and register here.

SEIC Secondary Online Pedagogy Webinar

Pedagogy for Secondary School Online Learning – Available to ALL secondary Practitioners

25th November 2020 4.30pm-5.30pm, on Microsoft Teams, through GLOW


Following the recent lockdown last session and periods of interrupted learning for many young people and teachers, there has been a significantly increased use of online tools to enhance our pedagogy.

Statistics from platforms like Glow and Google classroom continue to show increased engagement, similar to that shown during the lockdown months. Teachers are using online tools to support learning for home learning tasks, as well as longer periods of teaching to support periods of isolation for young people. Our practice is shifting – quickly!

There is now a real desire, evident through our secondary subject network discussions that practitioners are keen to find ways to improve their online pedagogy, rather than simply providing resources to support young people, whilst in periods of isolation.

Our Planned Even to Support Practitioners

Create your best learning online by attending this informative and collaborative webinar.

The key note speaker is Brian Clark, Education Officer for Technologies at Education Scotland.

SEIC secondary practitioners will have the opportunity to discuss and share online pedagogy within their subject areas in discussion sessions, following Brian’s keynote. Discussions and sharing will be facilitated by both Education Scotland Education Officers within your subject or curricular areas, as well as SEIC Subject Network representatives.

To Sign Up via Eventbrite, please click here.

Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness & Harmful Sexual Behaviour



The course will raise awareness of how young people become involved in child sexual exploitation (CSE), the impact of their experiences and how practitioners can respond to, protect and support those affected.


Applicants must have previously completed Level 1 Child Protection Awareness and Response training.

Mode of Delivery and Course Dates

This is a half-day (3.5 hours) course which will be delivered virtually by Microsoft Teams.  An e-mail to confirm your place with a link to access the training will be sent out within 7 days of registration.

Course dates are as follows and you will be required to pick one date only:

Wednesday 18th November 2020                      9.30am – 12pm

Monday 7th December 2020                                9.30am – 12pm

Wednesday 13th January 2021                            9.30am – 12pm

Wednesday 17th February 2021                         9.30am – 12pm

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course participants will:

  • Be able to explain the key terminology and definitions in relation to CSE
  • Have an understanding of models of CSE
  • Have an understanding of risks and vulnerabilities of CSE
  • Be aware of strategies available to support young people affected by CSE
  • Have an understanding of grooming and patterns of control
  • Be able to recognise the importance of information sharing and multi-agency partnership in responding to children and young people

For more information and booking instructions, please click here.



The course will raise awareness and support professionals, parents and carers in understanding and managing the needs of children and young people displaying problematic or harmful sexual behaviour (HSB).

Mode of Delivery and Course Dates

This is a half-day (3.5 hours) course, which will be delivered virtually by Microsoft Teams.  An e-mail to confirm your place with a link to access the training will be sent out within 7 days of registration.

Course dates are as follows and you will be required to select one date only:

Wednesday 25th November 2020        9.30am – 12pm

Wednesday 16th December 2020         9.30am – 12pm

Wednesday 20th January 2021              9.30am – 12pm

Wednesday 24th February 2021            9.30am – 12pm

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course participants will:

  • Be able to explain the key terminology and definitions in relation to HSB
  • Have an understanding of how to identify HSB
  • Have an understanding of sub groups within HSB
  • Have an understanding of influencing factors of HSB
  • Have an understanding of implementing safety plans and managing risk
  • Have an overview of technology assisted harmful sexual behaviour (TA-HSB)

For more information and booking instructions, please click here.

Facilitator biography

David Russell

David is a Senior Practitioner with Barnardo’s Early Intervention Service (BEIS), Barnardo’s Scotland (South East), specialising in harmful sexual behaviour and child sexual abuse/exploitation.  David has significant experience in providing assessments and interventions for vulnerable children, adolescents and adults.  David has also created and delivered a variety of training inputs for Barnardo’s South East Locality, City of Edinburgh Council and a variety of external agencies. He also currently sits on the NOTA Scotland Executive Committee, which supports professionals working within the fields of sexual abuse and offending.



NEW digital workshops for primary and secondary teachers

Over the last six months, as the world has struggled with a global pandemic and nations have battled the crippling effects on their economies, the world has also had to manage, the divisive and long-standing issue of race.

October is  #BlackHistoryMonth – a chance to address issues and injustices faced by people with black and other minority ethnic backgrounds.

To reflect the times we are in and to empower teachers to address topics of race, bias and migration in the classroom, we have created a series of workshops for primary and secondary teachers designed to support conversations and challenge attitudes held unconsciously by both pupils and as teachers.

New classroom resources – they are all free to download from our website.

Primary resources

NEW tools to explore rights in the primary classroom – download the free pdf using the link below

Click here for the activity booklet.

Secondary resources

Take a subject specific approach to bringing Global Citizenship alive in the secondary curriculum. Download these NEW free resources for English, Modern Languages and Science

Click here for secondary resources.

NEW: Global learning resources for secondary teachers!

Secondary teachers of English, Social Subjects, Science and Modern Languages looking to tie global learning and current issues to their lessons can now download our new Issue to action resources free from the Scotdec website.

All materials were created by Scottish teachers, for Scottish teachers. To make it easy to embed the learning into your classroom learning, the activities are also mapped to benchmarks and reference relevant Sustainable Development Goals.

Go to the Issue to action resources

NEW: Tools to explore Rights with primary pupils!

The Inscool activity booklet is free, downloadable and
jam-packed full of resources designed to get primary age learners thinking about Rights both locally and globally!

Pupils are supported and encouraged to learn around diversity and equity, by providing activities to explore their own values. The activities can also support you as a teacher to reflect on how decisions are made in school.








Click on the image above to download.

Connecting Classrooms: 
Get to know your Local Adviser

Connecting Classrooms through Global Learning is a free
programme delivered all over the UK that connects teachers globally and locally to other schools. Scotland’s five Development Education Centres (DECs) are responsible for delivering the professional learning aspects of the programme to Scottish teachers across the country!

Whether you want to take part in professional learning, apply for funding, work in partnership with another school to learn about the SDGs or just find out more about what exactly is involved, Silvia Sabino at Scotdec can help. Silvia is the Connecting Classrooms Local Adviser for Scotdec and can work with you to tailor a package of support specifically for your educational setting.

The link below will signpost you to the Local Advisers who provide Connecting Classrooms professional learning experiences and programme support in your local area.

Find out more

CALL Online Workshops 2020

CALL Scotland’s Professional Learning will be delivered as 90 minute Online Learning workshops between August to December 2020.

The cost of each course will be £40 per participant and there will be a maximum of 20 participants per course which will enable everyone to have an interactive collegiate learning experience.

The CALL Scotland team has a wide range of expertise working with children and young people with additional support needs. Each workshop will have a Workshop Leader who will facilitate the session and there will be another member of the CALL team as a fellow moderator to answer questions and to host breakout sessions.

We will be using a web conference platform where participants click on a URL link to enter the room with no requirement to download any software or apps.

Online learning – £40
from 4:00pm – 5:30pm

What you will get:

  • 90 minutes of quality Professional Learning which can be linked directly into Professional Enquiry and your exploration of assistive technology to improve the outcomes for your pupils with additional support needs.
  • A recording of the 90 minutes training session which you can refer back to whenever you want (for personal use only).
  • An Open Badge to evidence your participation in the course.
  • A CLPL certificate which can be directly uploaded to myGTCS Professional Update.

Information on the various workshops available, as well as key dates, can be found in the link attached.

CALL Online Workshop Information

Education Scotland Digital Learning Community Team

The Digi Learn Blog offers support to teachers across Scotland. 

Previous webinar recordings can be found here.

Upcoming webinars can be found here (still to be updated for the new academic year)

The sharing learning/practitioner voice can be found here:

Connecting Classrooms through Global Learning

There are a host of learning opportunities and support on offer through the Connecting Classrooms programme. Whether you want to collaborate with other schools locally and internationally, or you’re looking for personal development opportunities, you can tailor your journey to suit your needs and priorities, thanks to the programme’s flexible range of elements. It’s completely adaptable to your needs no matter what your role, the subjects you teach, or your whole-school priorities.


Co-funded by the British Council and the Department for International Development (DfID), the programme offers:

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