Dyslexia and Inclusive Practice – GTCS Professional Recognition Pilot

Dyslexia and Inclusive Practice – GTCS Professional Recognition Pilot

Call for Expressions of interest

The Scottish Government, Education Scotland and Dyslexia Scotland are seeking expressions of interest from Support for Learning Teachers/Additional Support Needs/Pupil Support Teachers and local authority Inclusion Education Officers who may wish to take part in an exciting Professional Recognition pilot. The aim of the pilot is to develop, implement and oversee a cohort of 20 teaching professionals in Scotland with the skills and knowledge to identify and support learners with dyslexia, and offer support and share their professionals learning with colleagues, to help other teachers to do the same.

Closing date for applications: midnight on 27 August 2017.

Please see attached leaflet for more information and how to apply. FINALExpressionsofInterestOutline

Bill Rogers Conference – Edinburgh

An excellent opportunity for a whole staff CPD or for individuals.

Oxgangs Primary School would like to invite fellow colleagues to join us for a day of professional dialogue and learning with the international behaviour specialist Bill Rogers.  A full day conference will be held at Napier University Craiglockhart Campus on Saturday September 30th learning from Bill ways to support those challenging pupils in each of our schools and helping with ways to develop whole school approaches.

Key content throughout the day:

  • Developing early intervention plans (including uses of time-out); developing IBMP’s (individual behaviour management plans) on a whole school basis;
  • Behaviour management and discipline practice;
  • Utilising the whole class group in behaviour management planning for individuals;
  • Working with parents of students with behaviour disorders;
  • Working with disaffected teachers;
  • Bullies and victims;
  • The reality and extent of ‘behaviour disorders’ as a phenomenon in mainstream schools (with special reference to ADD / ADHD spectrum behaviours);
  • Supporting teachers who have such student behaviours in their classes;
  • Duty of care outside the classroom (key practices and skills);
  • Playground management, corridor, wet-day supervision;
  • The ‘hard-class’ phenomenon – managing the ‘harder than average class;’
  • The obvious – and not so obvious – benefits of a whole school approach
  • The concept and application of ‘preferred practice’ when addressing student behaviour in any context classrooms/assemblies/corridors/playground/’wet-day’/lunch supervision…  [core discipline practices and skills in day to day management and discipline].

The day will cost £85 and be structured as follows –

  • 8:45 for registration
  • 9:00 Morning session (with a refreshment break mid-way through)
  • Developing positive relationships for all children
  • Not making those difficult pupils the central focus for our schools
  • Lunch (buffet style lunch provided)
  • Afternoon session (with a refreshment break mid-way through)
  • Focus on how to work specifically with those children at risk – the 20%, attainment gap and those with behavioural problems. 3:30 Finish

Parking is included.

Deadline for booking is August 25th.  Places are extremely limited (due to the size of the venue) and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Once places have been confirmed a booking form will be issued for each attendee. Payment is to be made by cheque (made payable to ‘The City of Edinburgh Council’.  Payment needs to be made prior to the end of September.

For any further information and to make bookings please contact Andrew Blaikie at Oxgangs Primary School(andrew.blaikie@oxgangs.edin.sch.uk).


Supporting Mental Wellbeing in Schools

Supporting Mental Wellbeing in Schools
Thursday 28th September | Central Edinburgh | CPD Certified

With new reports showing 19 young people in Scotland are let down by mental health systems every day, the Scottish government has made it a national priority to improve mental wellbeing in schools. Following the launch of the Scottish Government’s new 10 year Mental Health Strategy, it is now essential for schools, charities and local authorities to ensure an inclusive strategy is in place to prevent poor mental health becoming a barrier to achievement. For this reason, I am pleased to invite you and your colleagues to attend the one-day training course, ‘Supporting Mental Wellbeing in Schools’, running in Edinburgh on Thursday 28th September. Chaired by education consultant and mental health champion Hugh Smith, delegates on this course will take away an action plan to implement best practice in supporting the mental wellbeing of both pupils and staff at your school. View the full agenda Register online  * Group booking discounts available *

Key training outcomes include:

  • Understand your school’s obligations under the Scottish government’s latest policy on mental health
  • Discover best practice techniques to support pupils with mental health needs
  • Learn to effectively support your staff with managing stress, low morale and heavy workloads
  • Evaluate your schools’ PSE lesson plans to embed excellence in wellbeing education
  • Take away an action plan to create a whole-school approach to mental wellbeing

* Places are strictly limited to 35 to ensure an interactive learning environment. Click here to claim your delegate place before we reach capacity

If you have any questions regarding the course or how to register, you can call me on 0203 770 6608 or email rosie.meehan@moderngov.com.


Curriculum for Excellence/1+2 French and Spanish Courses

Curriculum for Excellence/1+2 French and Spanish Courses

Schedule of nationwide courses for session 2017 – 2018 is now available for booking at www.smalltalk-languages.co.uk.


University of Aberdeen Monday 18 September 2017

University of Glasgow Friday 29 September 2017

University of Edinburgh Monday 23 October 2017

University of Glasgow Saturday 28 October 2017


University of Glasgow Saturday 7 October 2017

 Course Information

With language proficiency and entitlement high on the educational agenda more and more staff are beginning to recognise the importance of introducing a language at an early age. We can help you become the expert!

 This course is aimed at nursery/primary staff who are currently introducing French/Spanish as part of their curriculum for excellence/1+2 languages programme or intend to do so. Suitable for both complete beginners and people with prior knowledge of the language, the main focus of the course will be on language learning and practical methodology.

 On the day participants will look at language from the children’s perspective. They will be shown how to build both their own and the children’s confidence in language skills while learning the importance of adapting and manipulating language for maximum effect.  They will also be encouraged to take part in a wide variety of fun games and activities (including singing) designed to show the best ways to introduce, consolidate and develop language learning in the classroom. There will also be an opportunity to work in groups to discuss best practice and review current resources to compliment classroom teaching. At the end of the course participants will be able to return to their learning environment confident, enthusiastic and ready to promote basic French/Spanish.

 Full day courses normally £115.00, only £92.00 per person with early booking discount (including refreshments, lunch and a comprehensive learning pack)

Half day courses normally £65.00, only £52.00 per person with early booking discount (including refreshments and a comprehensive learning pack)

Courses can be booked on-line www.smalltalk-languages.co.uk  or by telephone on 0141 642 9330.


Nature Play & Nurture CPD for Early Years

Regular experiences with nature help children build wellbeing and learning capacities, overcome barriers, and lay the foundations for Learning for Sustainability. Nature-rich provision supports children (and adults!) to wonder and think, to care and communicate, to explore and discover, to sense and to move, often all at once.

For all Early Years staff (age 2 up to early primary) who would like to add nature to the experiences they provide; extend and explore nature provision; find new ways to help children build wellbeing and learning capacities; visit nearby woodlands and wild areas; develop nursery and school outdoor areas; and/or bring nature indoors.

Course details (22 hours over 3 months, Cockenzie Primary School)

  • Three days of hands-on training with two experienced Forest School/ Kindergarten leaders Fri 3rd Nov, Fri 1st Dec, Fri 15th Dec
  • One half-day observation of demonstration woodland Nature Play & Nurture session at Cockenzie Primary school nursery on (9th, 16th, 23rd or 30 Nov 2017, from 9 am to 12 pm)

Early-booking price of £200 per person for those who book before end of September 2017; £250 per person after the end of September.

To book complete the attached Application form 2017, attach cheque to ‘East Lothian Council’ or provide invoice details and return to: Support from the Start, Rm 2.5, John Muir House, Haddington, East Lothian, EH41 3HA or supportfromthestart@eastlothian.gov.uk

Creating a Writing School – October 2017

Creating a Writing School – October 2017

City of Edinburgh Learning and Development Team have arranged for James Clements to deliver a full day’s training course, “Creating a Writing School” in October 2017. James delivered this course in session 2016/2017 as an OUP Expert Event and the feedback was extremely positive.

When:       5th October or 6th October 2017, 9.00am-3.30pm, Business Centre of Edinburgh City Chambers in the High Street, Edinburgh


  • How we can build a culture of writing in our schools
  • How to create a rich and motivating curriculum for writing
  • How to structure writing lessons across the primary phase so every child achieves well


  • Effective, practical strategies for teaching writing

Further information-

James works as an independent English adviser, supporting schools and local authorities across the country to develop the teaching of reading, writing and drama. He is the creative director of Shakespeare and More.com, a not-for-profit organisation that supports the teaching of English in primary schools.

Prior to this, James worked as a senior leader at an outstanding inner city primary school. He was a local authority Lead Teacher, leading training and supporting teaching and learning across a network of schools. James was consulted on the 2014 National Curriculum for English and is part of the DfE’s English Expert Subject Group.


A charge of £35 per person, to be paid after the event.

Further information and to book a place:

Contact the City of Edinburgh Learning and Development Team to book a place: LearningAndDevelopment@edinburgh.gov.uk

CLPL Programme 2017/2018

The Programme of Career Long Professional Learning Opportunities was launched on Friday 16th June 2017.  All members of school staff will have received the link via e-mail.

The update can be viewed here.  Please take a moment to have a look at the update as you start to plan your professional learning for the coming session.

Over the summer break the Training and Development Team will continue to update the CLPL pages of eduBuzz and any additional learning opportunities will be advertised in August.

Scottish Guidance Association Annual Conference 2017

Scottish Guidance Association is holding its annual conference on:

Saturday 28th October 2017 at 9:30am to 3:30pm

Location: Carnegie Conference Centre, Dunfermline

The event is open to everyone involved in the education of pupils.

Cost is £90 (£80 for SGA members.)

Planned speakers to include:

  • Hannah Keates, GIRFEC Policy Team Leader, Scottish Government
  • Gillian MacLean – Alcohol & Drugs Action
  • Jen Kemp, Live-N-Learn – Judging and Labelling Others

More details on the conference can be found in the following flyer:

SGA Conference Flyer 2017

Booking required: Please book via the SGA Website or via the attached Booking Form . SGA Conference Booking Form 2017