Barefoot Workshops

These sessions are always very informative and they look at how computational thinking can be discussed and taught without always needing a device.

Barefoot have provided a huge range of dates to support staff with making the most of these resources, just click on your preferred date for sign up links.

Supporting primary school teaching | Barefoot Computing

Barefoot Computational Thinking Workshop

This workshop is aimed at primary school teachers, teaching children 5 years to 11 years of age. Designed to boost subject knowledge and confidence, this interactive workshop will provide the perfect introduction to computational thinking and support you to get started with Barefoot. We’ll give you a tour of the Barefoot website and resources, and you will give some of Barefoot’s “unplugged” activities a try – proving you don’t need expensive kit to teach computing.

Below are the dates we have scheduled in for our Computational Thinking workshop throughout the autumn term. Simply click on a link to book a place on your most suitable date.

Programming with Scratch Workshop – Take your knowledge to the next level with this interactive CPD workshop.

Our follow-on workshop will help you get to grips with Scratch programming and the concepts of sequence, selection and repetition through a series of Scratch activities. This workshop is best placed for beginners and intermediate Scratch users and we recommend you complete the Computational Thinking workshop first, unless you are already familiar with computational thinking concepts and approaches.

How to join a Workshop?
Simply click on the link for which session you’d like to join, this will take you to the Computing at School website to book onto the workshop. If, when registering for the workshop, you are unable to find your school please use the compatible form at the bottom of the registration page. Closer to the time of the workshop when we have a list of attendees, we will send you an email with full joining details and video conference meeting link.

For both of our workshops you will need to make sure that you are registered as a teacher on the Barefoot website. If you’re joining our Programming Workshop you will also need to set yourself up with a free Scratch account and ensure that Vimeo is not blocked by your school’s network (you do not need a Vimeo account).

If you feel other teachers in your school would benefit from attending one of our free interactive online workshops, please forward this post.

SNSA Newsletter – May

SNSA availability

The SNSA has been available for use with learners who have been within their normal school environment throughout the recent lockdown period, and remains available to teachers now that all learners have returned to school. It is noted that, since the March return, presentation levels have returned to near-normal patterns.
As previously, presentation timing of the SNSA is a matter for teachers and schools, in consultation with local authorities, who are best placed to consider when SNSA reports can best inform next steps in learning.

Course 2 for Secondary Teachers

Course 2 for Secondary Teachers will be available via webinar training (or face to face when Scottish Government advice allows). This course supports teachers and school leaders in the analysis of individual, group and cohort SNSA data, including the promotion of professional dialogue relevant to secondary school teachers. Speak to your local authority representative about booking onto a training course run by SCHOLAR.

Updated training materials

Existing training courses have also been updated for this school year and can be accessed through GLOW and the SNSA help pages. To see the up to date training materials, go to the training homepage.

New functionality: confirmation message

SNSA has introduced a new feature which will alert teachers when assigning an assessment to a child or young person which does not match their year level. The alert will allow teachers to either continue with the assignment or go back and change their assessment selection. This new feature has been developed to help practitioners ensure that the appropriate stage assessment is assigned before the child or young person undertakes the assessment.


Reports are available as soon as learners have completed their assessments. There are four types of report available:

Individual report
Group Diagnostic report
Group Aggregate report
Outcomes by Academic Year report

Each report provides information on each learner’s capacity using a single SNSA long scale. You can find out more information about generating and using reports in the SNSA Help section.

Tips from the SNSA service desk team

Practice Assessments
Practice assessments give teachers, children and young people a chance to familiarise themselves with the look and structure of SNSA. You can demonstrate the practice assessments to children or young people either individually or in a group environment. Practice assessments can be completed as often as required. For information on assigning practice assessments, visit SNSA Help.

Contact the service desk
The SNSA service desk is available from 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday ready to answer any questions you may have. Kelly, Scot, Andrew and Hazel would be delighted to hear from you. You can contact the team on 0330 403 0041 or email:

Targeted Groups

This suite of resources provide practitioners with relevant and up-to-date information and resources to help them more effectively support these vulnerable learners and their families:

Supporting learners who offend or are at risk of offending – Education is a key partner in supporting these vulnerable learners by helping them to stay engaged with learning and improve their life chances. This resource provides information, resources, research-based evidence and a range of approaches which could help schools create inclusive, calm, learning environments which promote positive behaviour, identify and address learning needs, and support social and emotional wellbeing

Disclosure: What practitioners need to know – Educational practitioners can help children and young people understand what disclosure means and also understand that having a criminal record is not ‘the end of the world’ and does not mean that they are unemployable. This resource busts a few myths and provides simplified and up-to-date information about disclosure.

The Children’s Hearing: What practitioners should know – This resource provides Educational Practitioners with information about the CHS and resources to help them more effectively support children and families going through this experience.

ASN and Inclusion

New online professional learning modules update.

We have refreshed existing modules and published 2 new ones. They follow the  National Model of Professional Learning developed by Education Scotland which underlines that professional learning should challenge and develop thinking, knowledge, skills and understanding and should be underpinned by developing skills of enquiry and criticality.

Dyslexia and Inclusive Practice

The 3 modules on dyslexia and inclusive practice have been refreshed and updated and are available through the link below. Developed in partnership with Scottish Government, Education Scotland, Dyslexia Scotland and the Open University these 3 incremental modules provide practitioners, managers and local authority staff with a deeper understanding of the Scottish context for inclusion and dyslexia.

OLCreate: Dyslexia Scotland (

Introduction to Autism and  Inclusive practice

This introductory module aims to support to develop an awareness of what autism is, its impact and how it can be supported within an inclusive school community.

OLCreate: Education Scotland – Inclusion and Equalities (

Inclusion in Practice: The CIRCLE Framework: Primary

The CIRCLE Framework of Inclusion materials have been adapted by Education Scotland in consultation with Edinburgh City and Queen Margaret University and incorporates the 2021 edition of the manual/resource  This module aims to support class room practitioners:

  • Understanding of how to promote effective inclusive practice using the CIRCLE Framework of inclusion
  • Awareness of how to promote a learner centred approach where learners are listened to and involved in the management of their own learning
  • Awareness of tools to support the documentation of evidence of assessment and input.

OLCreate: Education Scotland – Inclusion and Equalities (

Education Scotland Digital Learning Community Team

The Digi Learn Blog offers support to teachers across Scotland. 

Previous webinar recordings can be found here.

Upcoming webinars can be found here

The sharing learning/practitioner voice can be found here:

Connecting Classrooms through Global Learning

There are a host of learning opportunities and support on offer through the Connecting Classrooms programme. Whether you want to collaborate with other schools locally and internationally, or you’re looking for personal development opportunities, you can tailor your journey to suit your needs and priorities, thanks to the programme’s flexible range of elements. It’s completely adaptable to your needs no matter what your role, the subjects you teach, or your whole-school priorities.


Co-funded by the British Council and the Department for International Development (DfID), the programme offers: