MECOPP Gypsy/Traveller Awareness Raising Session

Date & Time: Thu 21 February 2019, 13:30 – 16:30

Location: Norton Park Conference Centre, Napier Room, 57 Albion Road, Edinburgh, EH7 5QY

Cost: Free to Attend – maximum 2 tickets per organisation.



Gypsy/Traveller community members and MECOPP staff will lead an interactive seminar; a chance to dispel myths and promote dialogue. This free to attend seminar will be of relevance to all who are interested in looking at their own policies and practices with regard to minority groups and especially those who work with carers in Scotland.

The Aims of MECOPP Gypsy/Traveller Awareness Raising Seminars Are:

  • To increase understanding of the situation of Gypsy/Travellers carers in Scotland.
  • To highlight the discrimination often faced by Gypsy/Travellers.
  • To increase knowledge of the legislative and policy framework in Scotland.

The seminar will be led by Gypsy/Travellers, some of whom are carers themselves, and will include:

  • Opportunities to share good practice and/or difficulties encountered.
  • Opportunities to hear from Gypsy/Traveller carers.
  • An examination of case studies which focus on the issues faced by informal carers within the Gypsy/Traveller community.

To book your place on this seminar, please visit the MECOPP Eventbrite page here.

SCQF Masters level 11 Inclusive Digital Technologies

In conjunction with Moray House Professional Learning, CALL Scotland are offering a new SCQF Masters level 11 Inclusive Digital Technologies course starting at the end of January 2019.

This is a 10 week blended online learning course which will help participants learn about the developments and arguments surrounding inclusive technology and pedagogy. The course is aimed at both primary and secondary teachers, educators in Further Education institutions or other settings where they are involved with children and young people with additional support needs.

For more information and to sign up go to:

 Or email directly.


SCEL – Effective Middle Leadership Days 2019

SCEL Effective Middle Leadership Opportunities for PTs, Faculty Heads and DHTs.

These events are open to all current middle leaders from across Scotland. The aim of the days is to explore some of the current research and literature around middle leadership and to facilitate the participants in identifying the skills that they need to develop to lead effectively in their own contexts. The events also offer a valuable opportunity for participants to meet colleagues from outside their own schools and to create new professional networks.

The outcomes of the day are that participants will have had the opportunity to:

  • Consider the impact of their own professional learning over the past year.
  • Engage and explore the research around middle leadership with reference to their context.
  • Engage in a Learning Set approach and explore current successes or challenges.
  • Create and further develop supportive professional relationshipsThere is a pre-engagement task where we ask participants to sign up for the SCEL Framework. A detailed programme of the events will be issued once participants have signed up.Early booking is advisable due to the high demand last year.

The dates are as follows for you to sign up:

14th and 15th January Edinburgh venue – Ten Hill Place Hotel

 21st and 22nd January Glasgow venue – Radisson Blu Hotel

 5th February Aberdeen venue – Doubletree by Hilton Hotel

 6th February Inverness venue – Craigmonie Hotel

 12th February Dundee venue – Malmaison Hotel


Epilepsy Awareness Training – Spaces Available

Epilepsy Awareness – Full Training

25th January 2019, 9.30-3.30, The Adam Room, John Muir House

Spaces are still available on the next Epilepsy Awareness Training day.

This course is for School based staff who supervise children and young people with epilepsy.

The course gives participants a basic understanding of epilepsy and all its implications. Participants will be trained to recognise seizures, to deal with them adequately and to respond to emergency situations with the use of medication.

Part 1 – Half day general epilepsy awareness training aimed at increasing the participants’ knowledge of the condition and confidence in dealing with people with epilepsy.

There will also be a short video, following this there will be a short test.

Part 2 – Half day session which provides the participants with the necessary theoretical and practical training in the administration of rectal diazepam, nasal/buccal midazolam and where necessary administration of rectal paraldehyde.

Following this there will be an assessment to evaluate whether participants have achieved required standards in the general management of seizures and the administration of emergency medication.

On completion of the course, participants will:

  • Understand epilepsy and its effects on children and young people
  • Be able to carry out First Aid management of an epileptic seizure
  • Be aware of the circumstances in which rectal, intranasal or intrabuccal medication should be given as an emergency First Aid procedure

After 2 years candidates will need to attend a half-day refresher training to renew their certificate.

Book your place via Booking Live



Let’s Talk About Innovative and Inclusive Pedagogies Event

Let’s Talk About Innovative and Inclusive Pedagogies Event

Saturday, 26 January, 10:30 – 15:30, Moray House School of Education, Paterson’s Land G1, Edinburgh


The focus of this professional learning event for teachers and school leaders, is to consider transformative, innovative and inclusive pedagogies. It offers the opportunity to engage in dialogue with academics who are leading voices in a range of inclusive and innovative practices, such as:

  • culturally inclusive pedagogies
  • pluriliteracies
  • innovative pedagogy and digital learning
  • sustainability
  • inclusive pedagogy

The interactive sessions are designed to:

  • help you develop a deeper understanding of innovative, transformative and inclusive pedagogies
  • give opportunities to consider and challenge current knowledge, understanding and practice in order to respond to the needs of learners
  • stimulate critical discussion and enable the sharing of insights from theory, research, policy and practice

This is a participatory, engaging and collaborative event with maximum opportunity for dialogue and stimulating thinking. It has been co-constructed by the University of Edinburgh Teacher Education Partnership. The sessions will provide opportunities to collaborate, connect and explore ideas with colleagues across the partnership Local Authorities. Following this event, local networks will be established to continue discussions and reflect upon impact for practice. Registration required via:

This CLPL event is part of the work funded by Scottish Government to further support, promote and engage teachers and school leaders with professional learning opportunities aligned to Masters-level (SCQF level 11) learning.



Applying Psychology to Learning

The University of the Highlands and Islands’ “Applying Psychology to Learning” module is an ideal CPD opportunity for any primary, secondary or further education teachers with an interest in pupils with additional support needs. “Applying Psychology to Learning” is a stand-alone module developed in conjunction with the educational psychology team of the Highlands Council. It is delivered online with full tutor support and will run from January-June 2019. I would appreciate it if the following flyer detailing the module could be distributed to relevant education managers and teaching staff who may be interested.

For more information, please contact the programme leader Dr. Gareth Davies (, Tel: 01851 770247).

Applying Psychology to Learning

Professional Learning available from Moray house school of education

We have a wide range of events after the half-term. We will be hosting Introduction to Scratch Programming: Coding for Art and Maths on 27 Oct as part of our new series of workshops on developing children’s computational thinking skills, the Football: More than a Game free massive open online course starting on 4 Nov, and several Leadership of Learning courses in November. If you missed our thought-provoking event on confidence and resilience with Carol Craig, you can see the video of the keynote now.


Further details are available on the Moray House School of Education website

NHS Autism Awareness Module now available on learnPro

An NHS Autism Awareness module is now available on learn pro for both council employees and the wider community. Please see the link below that will take you to the relevant sites. It is under the heading ‘essentials’.

The link to the Council site (for employees) is

The link to the Community site (for volunteers etc.) is

The aim of the module is to ensure that staff have a basic                           understanding of the challenges experienced by people with autism and to provide practical suggestions for supporting people with           autism. The term patient is used a lot in the training as the module was developed for a health setting but the training is still very          relevant.