East Lothian Teacher’s Reading Group

Do you want to develop children’s pleasure in reading?

Then join us to enrich your knowledge and practice!

There will be 5 informal twilight sessions between January and June 2021 held on Google Meet.

Facilitated by Agnès Guyon -Senior Librarian, Schools and Young People’s Services for East Lothian. Lynsey Martin, primary teacher in Sanderson’s Wynd Primary School, Tranent.

Each session will be from 4-5:30pm


 Thurs 3rd June

East Lothian RfP (Reading for Pleasure) Group invites anyone committed to developing children’s desire, delight and engagement as readers to join our online OU/UKLA Reading Group. Informal, friendly and supportive, we welcome teachers, librarians, student teachers and support staff to join us and commit to attending all five virtual CPD sessions.

We will be developing evidence-informed practice, widening our knowledge of children’s literature and other texts, enriching our RfP pedagogy and documenting the impact on the young people as readers. If you want to develop/share your practice and inspire children into becoming life-long readers, this is for you!

Please email lmartin@sandersonswynd.elcschool.org.uk for more information and to register.

For more information, please visit https://www.researchrichpedagogies.org/research/reading-for-pleasure

Click here to download the flier.

SEIC: Plan ahead for your self-care 2021

In the past few months leaders across the SEIC have had huge pressures placed on them, probably more than any other time in their career and none more so than leaders across schools and those working in education provisions.

In response to requests for more support for senior leader emotional wellbeing,  SEIC are setting up opportunities for planned peer, person-centred 1:1 coaching and for small groups of senior leaders to meet together in ‘Safe Place Networks’.

Many senior leaders have already undertaken coaching skills training so we are also appealing for volunteers from this group of people who might wish to brush up on their skills and support a colleague from across the SEIC.

Make 2021 the year of supporting each other with self-care and plan ahead now.

On the attached advert there is more information and links to the sign-up forms .  Please do not hesitate to contact me directly should you require more information.

SEIC Health and Wellbeing Advert

SNSA November Newsletter

Learners can complete practice assessments as many times as appropriate.

There are practice assessments available for each stage on SNSA; P1 has a separate Literacy and Numeracy practice assessment, P4, P7 and S3 have a single combined practice assessment. These practice assessments model all the navigation and question formats that appear in the assessment. The practice questions are intentionally easy, so learners are not distracted by the content and are able to focus on becoming familiar with the navigation. Learners can have unlimited teacher support for the Practice Assessment as responses to the practice questions are not part of the final score and teachers can use the practice assessments as many times as appropriate for their learners.

Practice Assessments are assigned in the same way as real assessments and learners can take them as many times as needed, see the assign assessments page for more information.

Accessibility changes

The SNSA system has been updated to introduce some enhancements to accessibility features. These updates are of particular relevance to learners who complete the assessments with a screen reader and also to those who navigate through the assessment and record their answers using the keyboard.
See the ‘Updates to Accessibility’ page, and the main accessibility help page, ‘Administer for ASN’ for a list of the enhancements and new functionalities available.

You do not need to do anything differently to enable learners in your class to access these changes. If there are learners in your class who engage with the assessments in this way, please take time to familiarise yourself with the changes to these features prior to administering the assessments. The Practice Assessments have also been updated with these enhancements, so learners may benefit from familiarising themselves with the updated functionalities in these prior to completing their actual assessment.

Reports are available as soon as a child has completed an assessment. Where learners were presented for the SNSA last session, or in previous years, you can look back at previous years’ outcomes by generating a report. This may be particularly useful to assess progress and help to inform planning.
Information on how to generate reports can be found on the ‘Analyse the data’ pages within the Help Pages.

Outcomes By Academic Year Report Training Materials

On the Help Pages you will find Course 6: Outcomes by Academic Year Report (OBAY) materials. This includes a Training Video and Transcript which covers the key features of the OBAY report, how to generate the report and analysing and interpreting the box and whiskers plot. Go to the ‘Training’ page to find out more.

New OBAY Report

The OBAY report provides an overview of outcomes for each year group and learning area across academic years. This report is available at school level and, for local authority users, at local authority level. The local authority version of the report provides information about the distribution of scale scores for all learners in a given year group who have completed an assessment in your local authority in the learning area of interest. Local authority users can also look in more detail at an individual school’s outcomes by academic year reports. See the ‘OBAY’ help page for more information.

Tips from the SNSA Service Desk team

Pre-assessment checklists for P1, P4, P7 & S3
Following teacher feedback we added pre-assessment checklists for P1, P4, P7 & S3 assessments on SNSA Help. These checklists are designed to provide a summary of things to consider before assessing your learners. We have information available on SNSA Help pages, as a PDF download and as a Quick Start Training Video. Go to P1 Pre-assessment Checklist, and P4,P7 & S3 Pre-assessment Checklist to find the checklists.

Learner name on log in screen
When a learner logs in to their SNSA account they’ll see their name on the screen. Check with your learners to ensure they can see their own name as this will confirm that they’ve logged in correctly and should prevent any of your learners from accidentally sitting an assessment on the wrong account. You may prefer all your learners to have the same password, allowing them to log-in to the SNSA system with ease with their unique username. This could be especially useful for teachers who may be logging in for their learners. Go to Prepare for the Assessment – Password guidelines for information on changing your learners’ passwords.

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: servicedesk@snsa.org.uk




Digilearn.scot https://blogs.glowscotland.org.uk/glowblogs/digilearn/ is where Education Scotland’s National Digital offer sits.  You can access everything from a calendar of live webinars as shown below.


The Digital skills YouTube channel has recorded webinars with over 90 examples of shared practice from across Scotland and gives you access to learning pathways if you want to upskill in specific areas at your own speed.

You can contribute to digilearn.scot!

Education Scotland would like to hear from schools in East Lothian about what you are doing, you can share this with them by uploading a blog post to their “Get involved” link and the post will be checked and uploaded to the guest bloggers section. https://blogs.glowscotland.org.uk/glowblogs/digilearn/get-involved/

Practitioner support for online remote learning

Digilearn.scot have a range of resources which are intended to support practitioners in planning and delivering online learning. This includes a range of online learning in each curriculum area through Glow and other platforms.

Please explore the curriculum areas and sectors by clicking this link https://blogs.glowscotland.org.uk/glowblogs/digilearn/remote/

In addition, the links below take you to Local Authority remote learning hubs where you will find useful materials to help you support your learners through remote learning. There are also some resources you might find useful to support digital skills and digital learning in general.

Upcoming Webinars

These webinars can be accessed by clicking this link https://blogs.glowscotland.org.uk/glowblogs/digilearn/


TEN Meetings


TEN – Teachers as Enquirers Network exists to provide a talking and collaboration space for teachers who are interested in carrying out an enquiry into their practice, no matter how big or small. All teachers are welcome to drop in, ask questions and join the discussion. Drop-in Google Meet sessions will take place on the following Friday afternoons for one hour (13:30 – 14:30) on: 6 November, 22 January, 19 February and 7 May.

If you would like to be invited to drop in and discuss any questions, plans, difficulties or tips about enquiry, please contact: Emma Andrew at eandrew@law.elcschool.org.uk

We hope you can join us.

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 (still to be updated for the new academic year)


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:


Your Guide to Career Long Professional Learning for Education in East Lothian