Why Sleep Matters – Educating Young People on the Importance of Sleep

Policy Hub Scotland have arranged the following session:

Why sleep matters – educating young people on the importance of sleep

Date: Wednesday 06 June 2018

Time: 9.00am – 1.00pm

Venue: COSLA Conference Centre, Verity House, 19 Haymarket Yards, Edinburgh, EH12 5BH

Using a mix of presentations, existing examples of good practice and interactive roundtable sessions, the event will:

  • examine sleep and the sleep cycle and explore why this is particularly important to teenagers
  • consider the impact poor sleep can have on young people’s behaviours, their engagement in the classroom and their educational attainment
  • explore the effects of social media and digital technologies on young people’s sleep
  • highlight the benefits good sleep can have in helping young people maintain good mental health and wellbeing, particularly during times of increased stress or anxiety (such as around school exams) and explore the links between poor sleep and poor adolescent mental health
  • provide delegates with ‘good sleep hygiene’ tips and ‘sleep education’ lesson plans that can be delivered to pupils.

Speakers confirmed so far:

Dr Christopher-James Harvey, Director of the TEENSLEEP Project & Associate Director (Sleep Medicine), Sleep and Circadian Neurosciences Institute, University of Oxford

Dr Heather Cleland Woods, Lecturer – School of Psychology, University of Glasgow

Tam Baillie, Speaker, trainer and consultant; formerly Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People

Kirsten Russell, Research Assistant – School o f Psychological Sciences and Health, University of Strathclyde

More information – including the full conference outline, key themes to be covered throughout the day and background information on the speakers – can be found on the event webpage…


Register early…

An early bird discount is available for this event.  Guarantee your place to attend by completing booking by Friday 20 April 2018 and enjoy 20% off the cost of your tickets.

Book Now, Pay Later Option available for this Event

Book now to guarantee your place and take advantage of our flexible payment option which lets you choose to be invoiced for your attendance in the current or next financial year, whichever best suits your training budget.

Attend with colleagues…

Share this learning opportunity with colleagues, by taking advantage of the group booking discount.  Book two delegates and get a third place at half-price.


Family Learning Session

East Lothian Council’s Community Learning and Development Services have arranged the following training:

Family Learning Session – A free CPD session for practitioners

Friday 11th May 2018 from 1.00pm for a 1.15pm start – 4.15pm

Venue – Musselburgh East Community Learning Centre

Do you want to know more about family learning and how to incorporate it into your practice?

If the answer’s yes, then save the date for this CPD session hosted by East Lothian Council’s Community Learning and Development Services.

You will also have an opportunity to meet other professionals who are interested in family learning and to hear about examples of best practice. Please feel free to bring along information about your family learning work or project to share.

Please use this link to book: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/family-learning-session-tickets-44023930762

Any queries please contact: cldmusselburgh@eastlothian.gov.uk

Corporate Learning Opportunities

Introduction to Management

This 2 day course has been designed to give practicing managers the knowledge and skills necessary for effective, efficient and up to date line management/ leadership.

  • Day 1 on 11th April (Penston House)
  • Day 2 on 20th April (Penston House)

To nominate, please either log on to Learnpro or contact Adrian Hynd on 01620-827735 for further information.

Managing Difficult Conversations (half day workshop)

6 May, Garleton Room, Penston House

This event has been designed in partnership with HR and is aimed at managers who want to be able to better handle potentially difficult conversations about performance and behaviour. You will leave with a plan for a difficult conversation you need to have with a team member.

The objectives for the event are:

  • Describe the rationale for having a difficult conversation
  • Know what to do to prepare for a difficult conversation
  • Be able to plan a difficult conversation using CEDAR
  • More confidence in knowing how to tackle emotional reactions

Recruitment and Selection (one day workshop)

  • 21 March, Garleton Room, Penston House
  • 26 April, Garleton Room, Penston House
  • 20 June, Garleton Room, Penston House

The main purpose of this course is to help you develop the practical skills and confidence to conduct effective interviews using Behavioural Interviewing.

If you are going to be or have taken part in selection interview panels for the recruitment of staff, this course will be really valuable for you.

You will have the opportunity to practise questioning skills and take part in a short interview.  Prior to attending you must complete two e-learning modules available on learnPro under Essentials called “ELC: Recruitment and Selection.”

Pre-retirement (one day workshop)

  • 3 April, Saltire Rooms 1&2, John Muir House
  • 25 October, Adam Room, John Muir House

This course is suitable for anyone considering leaving employment on normal, early or ill health retirement, or taking flexible retirement. It aims to encourage a positive and realistic approach to a healthy and financially secure retirement.

Course objectives – to raise awareness of:

  • The changes in your lifestyle and options available
  • Practical “doable” action to protect your health in retirement
  • What your financial requirements will be in retirement
  • How to make sure your money lasts as long as you do
  • How to ensure your assets are passed to your intended beneficiaries
  • What long term care and inheritance tax mean to you
  • The opportunity to request Independent Financial Advice

How to apply: Please book on learnPro: http://eastlothiancouncil.learnprouk.com/.

Instructions on booking if you have not done this before: http://intranet.eastlothian.gov.uk/downloads/file/1831/course_booking_system_instructions

SCOTDEC Professional Learning for Teachers – Political Literacy – 3 Part Course

Offered by Scotdec and the Scottish Parliament Education Service, with input from Christian Aid Education Adviser. We also hope to have contributions from teachers who participated in this course previously and have put some of the learning into practice.

This course is a unique opportunity to consider ideas and resources to support young people to become politically literate, critical thinkers.

Each session will have an input from the Scottish Parliament Education Service including a tour and admission to a debate, practical tips and resources to introduce your pupils to the nuts and bolts of the democratic process in Scotland. The course will also explore what we mean by political literacy and why it is relevant in Scottish education. It will use Global Citizenship approaches to address controversial issues and will include a focus on participation and pupil voice.

Date: 2 May, 16 May and 30 May 2018

Time: 16.15 – 18.00

Venue: Education Centre, Scottish Parliament,  The Royal Mile, Edinburgh, EH99 1SP

Register: Isabel@scotdec.org.uk

To view information on other Scotdec courses: http://www.scotdec.org.uk/professional-learning

SCOTDEC Professional Learning for Teachers – Plastic Waste and the Ocean: Exploring SDG 14 

Blue Planet has stirred public consciousness about plastic waste in the ocean.

In a one-off Learning for Sustainability CLPL for all teachers, Scotdec have partnered with Dynamic Earth to explore how we as educators can engage and motivate young people to see the urgency and importance of this issue.

We will suggest some useful classroom resources and try out activities.  Together we will think about the role young people in Scotland can play in taking action, sharing innovative solutions that other young people around the world are championing.

Date: 19 April 2018

Time: 16.30 – 18.30

Venue: Dynamic Earth,  Holyrood Road, Edinburgh, EH8 8AS

Register: Isabel@scotdec.org.uk

To view information on other Scotdec courses: http://www.scotdec.org.uk/professional-learning

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


Understanding and Responding to Children and Young People affected by Domestic Abuse

The Public Protection Team have arranged  the following training:

Understanding and Responding to Children and Young People affected by Domestic Abuse

22nd March 2018 from 9.30am – 4.30pm in Esk Room 1 & 2

Venue – Brunton Hall, Ladywell Way, Musselburgh, EH21 6AF


This training is aimed at workers who are currently working directly or indirectly with children and young people experiencing domestic abuse or those who have an interest in working in this field in the future.

This training builds on the learning gained in Level 1 domestic abuse sessions. It will focus on the impact of domestic abuse on children, including its relevance to child development and child protection. It will provide the opportunity for skills-building exercises for supporting children and young people experiencing domestic abuse.

Applicants must have previously completed Understanding and Responding to Domestic Abuse (Level 1) training.

Learning Outcomes

  • Domestic abuse as a child protection issue
  • The extent to which children are exploited by perpetrators of domestic abuse
  • The impact of domestic abuse on child & adolescent development
  • The elements of safe practice and sensitive services to support children and young people experiencing domestic abuse

To book a place please email your details to bstein@eastlothian.gov.uk

Applicants must have previously completed Understanding & Responding to Domestic Abuse – Level 1  training before attending this event

SCEL TLP Online Information Session

SCEL have arranged an online information session for the Teacher Leadership Programme to allow any potential applicants to ask any questions they may have and get some more information about the programme in general.

SCEL are holding an online information session about the Teacher Leadership Programme on the 27 February 2018 at 7.30pm to 8.30pm. The online information session will provide you with an opportunity to find out more about SCEL’s Teacher Leadership Programme. This will be particularly useful for teachers who are considering applying to the next cohort of the programme. If you would like to register to join this information session, please click here (or paste this link into your browser https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/scel-teacher-leadership-programme-information-session-tickets-42530858944?discount=Participant) and complete the online registration form.

The online session will be delivered via Glow Meet and a Glow login will be required in order to take part. If you need help accessing your Glow account please use the contact details on this webpage: https://blogs.glowscotland.org.uk/glowblogs/help/glow-contacts/

If you have any questions about the online session or any queries relating to the programme that you would like answered prior to the information session, please contact Fearghal Kelly at Fearghal.kelly@scelscotland.org.uk.

SCOTDEC Professional Learning for Teachers – Global Citizenship and Film

How can films from across the globe enrich learning in the classroom? How do we respond to other people’s stories?

As part of International Women’s Day and Fairtrade Fortnight SCOTDEC are delivering a special one-part CLPL suitable for all teachers.  There will be a short film followed by discussion on learning in the classroom around women and girl’s rights.  The session will be joined by two coffee growers from Mzuzu Coffee, a Fairtrade cooperative in Malawi.  This CLPL is delivered in partnership with the Scottish Fairtrade Forum.

Date: 8 March 2018

Time: 16.30-18.00 (please arrive by 16.15 for a cup of Fairtrade tea / coffee)

Venue: Filmhouse, 88 Lothian Road, Edinburgh, EH3 9BZ

Register: Isabel@scotdec.org.uk

To view information on other Scotdec courses: http://www.scotdec.org.uk/professional-learning