Caring for Vulnerable Children CELCIS

Event Details

Cost: FREE
Location: Online
Starts: Monday 28 October 2019
Time required: Four hours a week
Duration: Six weeks

Our successful MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) helps you explore and develop an understanding of the approaches involved in caring for vulnerable children.

In this free online course, we’ll help you explore some of the issues involved in undertaking this task. We’ll 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.
Who should take this course?

It’s suitable for anyone who may come into contact with children who are vulnerable, such as:

  • Children’s Panel members
  • Social workers
  • Teachers
  • Nurses
  • Foster carers
  • Childminders
  • Social care workers
  • Those considering, going through, or have already adopted a child
  • Anyone with an interest in this area

No special software is required and the course is accessible on mobile, tablet and desktop.

The Caring for Vulnerable Children MOOC is delivered through FutureLearn in partnership with the University of Strathclyde and CELCIS.

The course is run over six weeks, and you can choose where and when you learn.

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Caring for vulnerable children CELCIS

Free CPD Training workshop for Teachers

As part of Adoption Week Scotland 2019, Scottish Adoption would like to invite you to attend a free CPD training event. Following on from the success and responses from the delegates of the Adoption Voices Conference 2018, Another Brick in the Wall has been designed specifically for teachers and draws on the experiences of adopted children within education. The training has been designed by and will be facilitated on the day by the Scottish Adoption Teen Ambassadors.


For more information on the workshop and to book your free place, click on this link  Please book a place by Friday the 8th of November and do pass on this email to any colleagues you think may be interested in attending.


We look forward to seeing you on the day!


Social Enterprise in Education Programme

Our Programme for schools and our teachers’ CPD is fully funded by the Scottish Government so comes at no cost to the schools or local authorities.


The programme has been running for 12 years and in that time we have worked with over 1000 schools from across Scotland. It was created to support the development of enterprise, employability and entrepreneurial skills in young people and to promote awareness of social enterprise as a way of doing better business in Scotland. Our aims are to:

  • Develop an understanding of the social enterprise business model
  • Provide hands-on experience of setting up and running a social enterprise
  • Support Curriculum for Excellence by providing practical opportunities that encourage participants to become successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens and effective contributors
  • Contribute to The Developing the Young Workforce Strategy


Our CPD sessions are titled: Understanding Social Enterprise and they are Education Scotland accredited. They are open to all school staff from nursery, primary, secondary and ASN schools who are keen to develop an understanding of social enterprise.  As part of the CPD, participants are welcome to register on the day for further pupils workshops and ongoing support (again fully funded by Scottish Government).  We find that our course works best as a full or half-day session, however, we can tailor this to a twilight session should this work better for schools and Local Authorities. The sessions, led by social entrepreneurs provide participants with a great introduction to social enterprise in an educational setting.  Whilst exploring real-life examples participants gain the skills and knowledge to deepen their understanding of the realities of setting up and running a school-based social enterprise and discover how these experiences can support young people to develop their entrepreneurial and employability skills.

A guide to SEE – June 2019

USE in Education Programme Leaflet – Scottish Borders (2)


Just letting you know about some whole day training events  in the teaching of writing led by James Clements. I would like to offer you 3 places on each day for your authority, which can be booked by emailing with the names, schools and email addresses of your delegates, and the preferred date, using the course code CF2354.There are 5 days ,with the same course running each time-2nd October,14th or 15th November. The courses are all being held at the Business Centre in the Edinburgh City Chambers from 9AM till 3.30PM.
There will be a charge of £25 per person attending to cover the cost of the tutor, venue hire, mid-morning refreshments and a copy of James’s book ’Teaching English by the Book.’ We will not provide lunch.
We are also offering training in reading  comprehension from OUP expert Tony Whatmuff on Friday 4th October where I can offer 3 places for each authority at a cost of £10 per person. The course title and code are Comprehending Comprehension: Making the invisible visible CF2708 . This is in the same venue and also runs from 9AM-3.30PM.

eResources Training


East Lothian Library service is considering delivering a course to school staff on eResources and are trying to gauge what interest there would be in attending. It would be designed for anyone who works with children such as teachers, support for learning, teaching assistants both within primary and secondary schools.


The course would make delegates aware of the e-resources and online services that they can use within the classroom to support learning and literacy.


On completion of the course, participants will:

  • Know where to find the Online Library catalogue and be able to search for resources ( AR, Coping Collection, Education library)
  • Know how to/Will have set up an online classroom membership.
  • Know how to/Will have set up an account for Borrowbox, how to access and the main functions.
  • Know how to/Will have set up an account for Rbdigital, how to access, relevant content and the main functions.
  • How to access/create account for Pressreader and main functions
  • How to access SCRAN and search
  • How to access Universal Class and functions.
  • Know how to access and use Issues online ( Secondary only)


It would be delivered jointly by school librarians and library headquarters staff and take place within school libraries.

Dates, times and venues are still to be confirmed.


For more information or queries, please speak to your school librarian or email Kelly Gallacher ( see email below)


If you are interested in attending, please email with your name, job title and school.






Subject Specific Professional Learning for Secondary School Teachers


Free subject-specific professional learning that supports your 2019/20 GTCS profile supported by the European Union.


Open to all Scottish Secondary school teachers, Issue to action is a blended learning course that will connect you with a network of teachers across Scotland and equip you with the skills to teach your subject through a global citizenship lens.

For more information: Issue to action