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 http://eastlothiancouncil.learnprouk.com

The link to the Community site (for volunteers etc.) is https://community.learnprouk.com

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.

Honour Based Violence Awareness and Response

Honour Based Violence Awareness and Response
3rd December 2018 from 1.00pm – 4.45pm Esk Rooms 1 & 2
6th December 2018 from 9.15am – 1.00pm Esk Room 1
Venue – Brunton Hall, Ladywell Way, Musselburgh, EH21 6AF


This training has been designed to provide an insight into the causes, types and signs of Honour Based Violence (HBV).  It explores                  coercive control, Forced Marriage and Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and includes guidance and protocols for responding to the risk or signs of these practices taking place.

The session will include presentations, group work activities, case studies and discussions.

This course is aimed at staff within Education, Housing, Health,           Police Scotland, Social Services, and the Third Sector, as well as           anyone in other services interested in developing their cultural           understanding of these cultural practices and improving their knowledge of safeguarding and legal duties in their specific area of work.

 Learning Outcomes

  • Understand what we mean by the term Honour Based Violence
  • Recognise and how to respond to Honour Based Violence
  • Know the difference between an arranged vs a forced marriage and the underlying motivations for forced marriage
  • Have an awareness of the indicators of Forced Marriage and           Female Genital Mutilation
  • Have an awareness of the health implications of Honour Based Violence

The session is facilitated by Mitra Rostami
Project Worker for Bright Choices


For further information please contact  on 0131 653 5150 or email emppo@eastlothian.gov.uk



Fully Funded Postgraduate Places 2018/2019

Fully Funded postgraduate places 2018/2019

The OU in Scotland is offering fully funded places on a range of          postgraduate modules throughout 2018/19.

If you’re a resident in Scotland and have been thinking about          studying towards a postgraduate qualification, there’s never been a better time to start. Studying one of these modules could be your first step towards one of many postgraduate qualifications. Over the past 25 years alone, we’ve awarded more than 90,000 postgraduate qualifications, of which more than 40,000 were master degrees. So what are you waiting for? Apply now.

For more information on the fully funded postgraduate modules click here

2018 Mental Health and Wellbeing in Scotland’s Schools conference

The 2018 Mental Health and Wellbeing in Scotland’s Schools conference: Sharing ideas, experiences and good practice
Wednesday 07 November 2018, COSLA Conference Centre, Central Edinburgh


There are examples of excellent mental health support being provided in schools across Scotland – from helping pupils to build resilience and manage their own stress and anxiety; to reducing stigma and encouraging pupil-led peer support.

Collectively, there may already be a range of effective practices that schools and wider integrated children’s services can adapt to the needs and demands of the young people they work with, but if we don’t share what’s working well with others, how will we know?

What works? What could be improved upon? And what are the impediments to getting it right? With keynote interactive sessions led by Audit Scotland and SAMH, this year’s annual conference will encourage participants to:

  • share their ideas and experiences of providing mental health and wellbeing support to young people
  • identify effective models of service delivery
  • highlight existing examples of good practice – within schools and between schools and wider integrated children’s services.

Speakers confirmed so far:

BILLY WATSON, Chief Executive, SAMH

DHARSHI SANTHAKUMARAN, Audit Manager, Audit Scotland; Lead for the forthcoming performance audit on children and young people’s mental health

ANNE CONNOR, Head of S6, George Heriot’s School

DAVID CAMERON, Educational Consultant (Conference Chair)

 More details – including the outline agenda for the day, rates to attend and background information on our speakers – can be found on the event webpage…


Register early…

Both our 2016 and 2017 ‘Mental Health and Wellbeing in Schools’ conferences sold-out with weeks to spare, attracting a total of 290 delegates from across the education, health, care, social work and third sectors. With over half the places already reserved for this year’s event, It is advised you register to attend as early as possible to guarantee your place(s).


Sexuality and Diversity: A Contemporary Health & Social Care Perspective

Edinburgh Napier University have developed an online learning module on ‘Sexuality and Diversity: A Contemporary Health & Social Care Perspective’.

The attached flyer contains information:

Sexuality and Diversity: A Contemporary Health & Social Care Perspective

For further information please contact:

Avril Hendry (Module Leader) on 0131 455 5329 or A.Hendry@napier.ac.uk

For applications please contact:

Alice Proc (Admin Support) on 0131 455 5623 or A.Proc@napier.ac.uk

NHS Lothian Health Promotion Service – New calendar of training 2018-2019

NHS Lothian have released details of their new calendar of training courses (April 2018-March 2019) for NHS Lothian Health Promotion Service Capacity Building Programme.  The attached file contains course information.

NHSL_new programme 2018-2019

The courses are free of charge and are available to anyone working or living in Lothian.

For more information please go to our website you can view information on each of the courses and book places.


For any other enquiries please contact NHS Lothian on 0131-537-9399


Career Long Professional Learning from Moray House

Career-long professional learning (CLPL) events in 2018 from Moray House of Education.

Raising Attainment using Transformational Change Tools

A CLPL event providing a hands-on opportunity to develop planning and success criteria for raising attainment, including addressing inequity, through the use of transformational change tools.

Effective Timetabling Courses

Our practical and intensive three-day Effective Timetabling course helps school leaders to efficiently facilitate opportunities for students and teachers through timetabling. Based on demand, we aim to add an additional course in February. We also offer a one-day Timetabling for Curriculum for Excellence (Intermediate) course for those who have already taken the initial timetabling course.

Learner Engagement and Parental Engagement ‘In Conversation’ Events

We are delighted to offer two highly participatory events this winter with renowned speakers. The Learner Engagement event focuses on pupil/student voice and partnership with Peter Felten and Meredith Piatt from the USA. The Parental Engagement event is with Janet Goodall.

Principal Teacher: Leadership of Learning 

A CLPL event designed to given an understanding of the key concepts and strategies for leading and managing the processes of learning, teaching and assessment within a department/ faculty in primary or secondary schools.

Community Engagement: Co-constructing Knowledge with Communities

An online course running for ten weeks from April to June 2018 to help individuals and their organisations develop strategies and policies to enhance community engagement.

Learning for Sustainability: Connecting Classrooms

Timely opportunity for teachers to grapple with what Learning for Sustainability means, what existing and new skills and knowledge are required and how this might all look in the your school context. Various online and blended learning courses are available this spring.

For more information and how to book click on the course title.