Curriculum Support

Building STEM Capital webinars

In February and March, we hosted a series of webinars focused on Building STEM Capital with families and communities. You can catch up on these sessions on our YouTube channel. The sessions provide an introduction to STEM capital, research, resources and include shared practice from practitioners.

 

Outdoor Classroom Day – 20 May

Being outdoors and active is a vital part of living a healthy and fulfilled life, and learning outdoors has benefits for children, young people and adults alike. We would love to see some of the exciting learning taking place in your setting on Outdoor Classroom Day. Share them with @STEMedscot with the hashtag #Learnoutdoors #Outdoorclassroomday.

 

For support on outdoor learning:

  • Come along to one of our upcoming outdoor learning webinars. You can also watch some of our previous outdoor learning webinars on YouTube.
  • Check out our Outdoor Learning Wakelet – it has a great collection of resources.
  • Undertake our professional learning activity developed by SAPOE and supported by the Scottish Government. Login to our online portal.
  • Don’t miss SAPOE’s outdoor learning course for support staff and partners.

Virtual Work Placements Guidance

New guidance is available to support the delivery of high quality Virtual Work Placements (VWP) in accordance with a set of national expectations. In tandem Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) have now developed the relevant qualifications for this, which are available for all learners undertaking a VWP, by searching within ‘Unit search’ on the SQA website.

Reading resources: Children’s Book Week

The 2021 Children’s Book Week will take place during two dedicated weeks of celebration, 3 – 9 May and 8 – 14 November. Education Scotland have a range of resources to help you to celebrate books for young people and the joy of reading. The National Literacy Professional Learning Community has a range of learning and teaching resources and the National School Libraries PLC can also help you to make the most of your school library. Our partners at Scottish Book Trust also have a range of learning programmes as well as book recommendations and ideas to encourage a love of reading.

STEM Grants Programme – £400,000 available in funding

Education Scotland has launched Round 3 of its STEM Grants Programme to support professional learning in STEM including Numeracy and Mathematics. Bids supporting early learning and childcare, ASN, community learning and development and school technicians are especially encouraged. More information is available on our website. Please apply by 24 May 2021.

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.

National e-leraning Offer

Education Scotland, e-Sgoil and West OS continue to develop the National e-learning offer, providing live, recorded and supported resources for teaching and learning.

 

What’s New?

  • DYW Live has successfully delivered over 150 unique sessions for more than 6000 learners from across Scotland. Phase 2 of DYW Live has now been curated and will run from Monday 26 April to Friday 18 June.
  • Following the success of e-Sgoil’s Easter Study Support sessions, the next phase of live study support webinars will run from Monday 26 April to Thursday 3 June. More information can be found on the e-Sgoil website.
  • Scotland’s Assembly for primary schools launches on Friday 30 April featuring exciting national partners and key themes from Scotland’s curriculum every second Friday. Learning spaces for primary will support the live assembly whilst those for early years, secondary BGE and senior phase continue to develop for use in school and for those who are self-isolating or shielding.

Follow @west_os on Twitter for regular updates on content – additional resources for some senior phase subjects are coming soon! A growing library of approximately 1800 recorded video lessons via West OS can be accessed through Glow.

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.

An Introduction to Creativity Across the Learning for Probationers

All primary and secondary probationers and early phase teachers are invited to attend as the session will be repeated on three different dates at different times.  We also plan to record the session so that people can access it later on the SEIC Website. There is a brief descriptor of this session attached.

An Introduction to Creativity Across Learning SEIC Descriptor

Thurs 6th May 0900-1030

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/introduction-to-creativity-across-learning-tickets-150017930669?aff=ebdssbonlinesearch

 

Weds 19th May 1530-1700

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/introduction-to-creativity-across-learning-tickets-150018598667?aff=ebdssbonlinesearch

 

Thurs 20th May 1630-1800

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/introduction-to-creativity-across-learning-tickets-150019752117?aff=ebdssbonlinesearch

‘Developing Learners’ Creativity Skills’(Follow-up to Introductory training)

 

All SEIC practitioners (probationers and others, from all stages and settings who have already completed the Introductory course) will be offered to attend the follow-up session, ‘Developing Learners’ Creativity’, on the dates below:

 

Weds 26th May 1615-1745

Tues 1st June 1615-1745

 

The Eventbrite invitations for sign-up will follow at a later date.

Professional Learning Newsletter – April 2021

We hope you are enjoying some well deserved time off over the Easter holiday. Spring has well and truly started and we are slowly moving towards the warmer days and the long bright evenings.

With only a few months left until the summer break, why not use the extra daylight to start a new course or visit our resource pages?


Froebel in Childhood Practice Courses

We are pleased to announce that we will be running our Froebel in Childhood Practice Intensive Summer Course online this year, making it more widely available. The teaching sessions will be delivered between Friday 9th and Saturday 24th July 2021, with one final Saturday session in the autumn. The submission date for the final assignment is likely to be in Feb/March 2022.

For those who prefer a face-to-face course, we hope it will be possible to run our usual Froebel Academic Year Course in Edinburgh, starting in October.

The Froebel in Childhood Practice course is designed for professionals currently working in Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) who wish to learn about Friedrich Froebel (1782-1852), one of the most significant of the early years pioneers, and how Froebelian methods are extremely relevant today.

The course considers how a contemporary analysis of Froebel’s work can provide early years practitioners with insights into how they can observe, support and extend children’s learning. Participants will learn about the Froebelian kindergarten where children can grow and develop at their own pace, nurtured by knowledgeable and supportive adults. Participants will be encouraged and challenged to consider how this knowledge can enhance their professional practice.

The Edinburgh Froebel course is one of only 2 courses in the UK endorsed by the Froebel Trust.

Course fee: £850

Booking deadline (Summer Intensive Course): 31 May 2021

If you wish to be notified when bookings open for the Academic Year course, please contact froebel@ed.ac.uk.

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Principal teacher: leadership of learning follow up course

This interactive online workshop has been designed to complement previous Principal Teacher: Leadership of Learning courses.
Participants from the previous courses will have the opportunity to learn more from the presenter about leadership of learning, and to share the progress and impact of their change initiative identified on their previous leadership of learning course.

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

• Friday 7 May
• Wednesday 12 May

Course fee for both sessions: £139

Booking deadline: Friday 23 April 2021

Book Here


Decolonising the Curriculum – Visiting Speaker Series

Moray House School of Education and Sport is offering a series of talks from visiting speakers on the subject of decolonising the curriculum.

This series is sponsored by The Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain; University of Edinburgh’s Moray House School of Education and Sport, Race Equality Subgroup; and The Centre for Education on Racial Equality in Scotland.

The series will run until June 2021

Book Here


Professional Learning webinar recordings

After a very busy and successful season of webinars we are taking a short pause whilst we are planning the next series. You can catch up on previous sessions by visiting our website and watch the recordings of many of our webinars.

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Learning for Sustainability (LfS) in East Lothian – curious about what it looks like?

Learning for Sustainability (LfS) – curious about what it looks like?

Tues 18 May, 17.30-18.30: Google Meet

Learning for Sustainability – what does it mean, why does it matter and how could an LfS approach make a positive impact across your primary or secondary school? Scotdec and East Lothian Council are partnering up to host a free one hour webinar, showcasing how an LfS approach will empower young people in your school to build the values, attitudes, knowledge, skills and confidence needed to develop practices and take decisions which are compatible with a sustainable and equitable society. Grab a cuppa and listen in – you’re not required to actively participate but you’re welcome to get involved via Chat.

This session will focus on Global Citizenship Education. Listen in as we:

  •  Showcase examples of LfS in East Lothian demonstrating the impact and value of Global Citizenship Education on learners
  • Present our CLPL series exploring Race, Bias and the Classroom – sharing strategies of how teachers can work towards an anti-racist classroom
  • Highlight opportunities offered by the Connecting Classrooms for Global Learning (British Council) Programme – international partnerships and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals
  • Share a suite of engaging resources you can take into the classroom – and further CLPL opportunities for those that are curious

To book please sign up (it is free!) here via EventBrite

Any queries please contact: kate@scotdec.org.uk
www.scotdec.org.uk

SCOTDEC-CLPL-LFS-EASTLOTHIAN-180521

Pedagogy Pioneers

The Pedagogy Pioneer programme aims to support the improvement of teacher efficacy, provide opportunities for practitioners to link through collaborative practice and discussions, as well as accelerate reflective practice linked to professional learning, relevant reading, enquiry, and research.

Below is some information regarding the next set of Pedagogy Pioneer Webinars for May. There are various events involving practitioners from both primary and secondary across the SEIC including staff from schools in East Lothian.

• Jill Robertson from Campie PS is delivering a session on 12th May on Playful Pedagogy.


May Events

Creativity Across Learning/STEM/Outdoor Learning – 5th of May

Join us to find out how Expressive Arts and Creative Skills can be used to increase attainment, engagement, and knowledge in core subjects.

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Learning Through Play/Early/First Levels – 10th of May

Join us to hear one practitioner’s journey to play in the early years
with a focus on literacy.

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Magic of Maths: Learning Through Play – 11th of May

Join us to explore a play based approach to numeracy and
maths in Early/First Levels.

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Playful Pedagogy – 12th of May

This session will explore how to adopt a playful pedagogy approach
in your classroom.

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Technology to Enhance Learner Participation – 13th of May

Join us to hear how technology can be used to enhance learner
participation at all levels.

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Retrieval and Recall: Rosenshine – 17th of May

Come join us to find out more about implementing Rosenshine’s
Principles on retrieval and recall practices in your classroom.

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Practitioner Enquiry: What is an Enquiring Approach – 25th May

In this session learn about what practitioner enquiry is and what the
benefits of using this in your everyday teaching practice could be.

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May Pedagogy Pioneers

 

Early Learning and Childcare Bitesize Training Sessions

What are the aims of the Bite size training?

To support practitioners in:

  • Developing their knowledge and understanding of the National Standard for ELC Providers
  • Engaging with the East Lothian ELC Quality Assurance Guidance to identify development priorities
  • Focussing on their role in leading change and supporting staff in taking this forward
  • Developing a highly skilled and confident workforce within their setting and across East Lothian

Who is the training for?

Managers, Senior Early Years Practitioners, Leads and Practitioners working in Local Authority and Funded Provider settings

Each bite size will be 1 hour long via a Google Meet.

National Induction Process

  • Reflecting on high quality practice through the National Standards and ELC Quality Assurance Document
  • Developing your knowledge and understanding the National Induction Resource
  • Developing your induction process

06/05/21 4.45pm -5.45pm

National Induction Process

Child Planning Meeting Process

  • Provide an overview of the East Lothian Child’s Planning Framework
  • Provide a reminder of National Practice Model
  • Share the documentation linked to the Child’s Planning Framework
  • Confirm an understanding of the different roles, including that of an SEYP/Lead Practitioner, within the process

10.05.21 4.45pm -5.45pm

Child Planning Meeting Process

Leading learning – Leading planning; monitoring planning and learning; evaluating planning process

  • To give participants the opportunity to explore…
  • Using East Lothian Planning Guidance, CfE and East Lothian frameworks to underpin high quality learning
  • Identify the importance of monitoring learning and provide practical ways to implement in the setting
  • Share effective leading of learning that is inclusive of staff and child voice
  • Supporting evaluation of planning in your setting

18/05/2021 4.45pm -5.45pm

Leading Learning

Nursery policies and procedures

  • Share with practitioners the policies and guidance that is readily available and where they can access them
  • Provide guidance on creating their own policies, procedures and guidance within their settings
  • Highlight any online/Learnpro modules they can participate in to support
  • Identify any support that you can offer in your capacity of health and safety manager

03.06.2021 4.45pm -5.45pm

Nursery Policy and Procedures

Inclusion – What does Inclusion look like in an Early Years Setting?

  • To understand what is meant by Inclusion
  • To be aware of the legal requirements and expectations
  • To explore what inclusion looks like in an early years setting
  • To be aware of the National Standards around Inclusion
  • To develop an understanding of how to support individuals with tools such as Building Connections

 01.06.21 4.45pm -5.45pm

Inclusion

The Deferral Process – supporting children in their deferred year

  • To review the deferral process
  • To understand the collection of information required to support a deferral application – what and when
  • To understand the role of the setting in supporting a child through their deferred year – expectations, plans and impact on the child’s development

08.06.21 4.45pm -5.45pm

The Deferral Process

Professional Learning Newsletter – March 2021

Welcome to the March edition of our newsletter. Spring is just round the corner and it looks like we will soon have a bit more freedom to enjoy it. It could also be a good time to think about professional development so why not have a look at the various resources we have on offer!


Principal teacher: leadership of learning follow up course

This interactive online workshop has been designed to complement previous Principal Teacher: Leadership of Learning courses.
Participants from the previous courses will have the opportunity to learn more from the presenter about leadership of learning, and to share the progress and impact of their change initiative identified on their previous leadership of learning course.

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

• Friday 7 May
• Wednesday 12 May

Course fee for both sessions: £139

Booking deadline: Friday 23 April 2021

Book Here


Moray House Offers

Moray House Read, Write, Count Activities for Families
The Moray House Read, Write, Count Group has developed a number of videos to support families to read together and take part in related creative activities, which have just launched in time for the Easter holidays. Please help us spread the word about these resources for families of children particularly in Primary 3.

Visit our website to discover newly developed resources including videos to support children’s learning at home relating to this year’s Read, Write, Count Primary 3 book bags.


Decolonising the Curriculum – Visiting Speaker Series

Moray House School of Education and Sport is offering a series of talks from visiting speakers on the subject of decolonising the curriculum.

This series is sponsored by The Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain; University of Edinburgh’s Moray House School of Education and Sport, Race Equality Subgroup; and The Centre for Education on Racial Equality in Scotland.

The series will run until June 2021.

Book Here


ACT – Agents of Change Toolkit Workshop: Co-design of games for achieving change

We are hosting a free workshop for teachers as part of our ACToolkit (teacher-act.net) project that might be of interest to school practitioners.

The workshop helps teachers develop a prototype game or another playful activity for enacting change towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including SDG4 of providing equitable and inclusive education. This event offers the chance for you to work with experts in game design and playful learning to develop an activity that will help your institution to achieve that change.

• Date: Thursday 25 March
• Time: 4.00-6.00pm

Book Here


Enhancing global, UK and Scottish physical activity policy and guidance

The Physical Activity for Health Research Centre (PAHRC)’s mission is to encourage people of all ages to ‘sit less and move more’, and enjoy the physical, mental and social health benefits of an active lifestyle.  PAHRC research addressed the challenges of evidencing the health and economic benefits of walking and cycling, and of how to assess the effectiveness of physical activity policies to promote walking and cycling globally.

Find out more by visiting our dedicated webpage.

 

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