Froebel Conference- ‘Gifts for our future 9’ 2017

Research, Training and Professional Development

‘This system of training which I call an educational whole, that educates by developing’ (Froebel, 1899)

7th October 2017

9am to 3pm, John MacIntyre Centre, The University of Edinburgh, Pollock Halls, Edinburgh, EH16 5AY


Jane Dyke, Founder of Yellow Dot Nurseries- ‘Leading the Process of Change: Froebel and Yellow Dot’.

Dr Lynn J McNair OBE, Head of Cowgate Under Fives Centre, Edinburgh and Teaching Fellow at The University of Edinburgh-‘Rules, rules, rules and we’re not allowed to skip’. Exploratory study: Listening to children’s voices about the transition to Primary One.


‘Players and Storytellers’ development projects undertaken by members of the Edinburgh Froebel Network Masterclass, funded by the Froebel Trust.

Cost : £65

Please see  Froebel Conference 2017 leaflet for more information and details on how to book or see website

The Big Street Survey – CLPL Available from Sustrans Scotland

Sustrans Scotland have produced a resource called The Big Street Survey where P6-7 pupils go out and survey the streets around their schools and come up with a five point class manifesto for the things they would like to see improved.

Lesson plans, pupil booklets and more info on The Big Street Survey can be found on the Sustrans website. 

Sustrans Scotland can provide Career Long Professional Learning (CLPL) sessions for Primary Teachers in East Lothian on The Big Street Survey.

Sustrans Contact:  Cecilia Oram, Smarter Choices Co-ordinator – Education and Young People, Sustrans Scotland  0131 346 9777 or e-mail

Awareness Training: Gypsy Travellers in Scotland

Awareness Training: Gypsy Travellers in Scotland

An interactive workshop from Mhairi Craig (Shelter Scotland) Patsy Bruce (Teacher Midlothian Council) and Keith Millar (Site Manager), exploring the lives of Gypsy/Travellers in 2017. Busting misconceptions and challenging stereotypes, Mhairi, Patsy and Keith use anecdotes, evidence and experience working with the Gypsy/Traveller community to share and inform on a highly discriminated against group.

This course is a must for anyone interested in equality, discrimination and how it impacts on people in 2017.

For more information on when courses are run please contact

Mindstretchers 2017/18 Training Brochure

Mindstretchers have now issued their 2017/18  programme of courses and would like to take this opportunity to share their Training Brochure

This includes training courses on:

  • Building the Ambition
  • How good is our Early Years and Childcare
  • My world Outdoors

Mindstretchers also have a range of courses to help you address the attainment challenge in both Early Years and Primary settings.  Mindstretchers courses can be tailored to suit your needs and availability.

To discuss training further, please contact Mindstrecthers by emailing or by phoning 01764 650030.

SSERC (Scottish, Schools, Education, Research, Centre) Learning Opportunities

SSERC offer a national programme of professional development to support science and technology education.

Their professional development courses range from twilight events, day-courses through to residential meetings lasting up to 5 days in total (these latter courses are generally delivered over 2 parts).  A number of our courses are delivered through e-learning systems and use Glow-meet technology.  Their curriculum coverage spans both primary and secondary sectors and events are on offer for teachers, trainee teachers and technicians.  The SSERC portfolio is varied and includes:

  • Courses for Probationers and newly qualified teachers
  • Subject specific courses for teachers in primary and secondary sectors
  • A range of transition courses to promote enhanced interaction between primary and secondary practitioners
  • The annual Scottish Universities Science School
  • Health and Safety courses for teachers and technicians
  • Design and manufacturing courses for technology teachers
  • Courses targeted at science and technology support staff (many of these courses are levelled and credit-rated by SQA within the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework
  • Leadership courses for Curriculum Leaders and Heads of Faculty
  • The annual SSERC Science and Technology Conference

Full details of the SSERC programme can be found here.

Level 1 Child Protection Training

 Guidance on Child Protection Level 1 Awareness & Response Training

Child Protection Level 1 Awareness & Response training provides council staff /voluntary organisations and the third sector across East and Midlothian with a basic awareness about child protection issues and how to respond to child protection concerns.

The objectives for the training are;

  • To understand the different types of child protection concerns, types of abuse and what to be aware of;
  • To have improved knowledge of current child protection policies and procedures;
  • To understand your role in the child protection process;
  • To know what to do if you are worried about a child or young person.Option 1
  • There are two ways to complete this training:
  • A 3-hour ‘face to face’ training delivered by a qualified Social Worker;
  • This should be completed if you have direct contact with children;
  • This training should be refreshed every two years via the e-learning module.

Option 2

  • An e-learning module which can be accessed through ‘LearnPro’. This will require staff to have access to a computer;
  • This should be completed if you do not have direct contact with children;
  • This training should be refreshed every two years via the e-learning module.

Level 1 training should be completed prior to any further Child Protection training.

 Dates are now available for Level 1 Child Protection Training.  Details are below.

All Bookings for Level 1 Child Protection Training should be made to Frances Chapman – Children’s Wellbeing

Date Time Venue
7th February 1-4pm Training Room 1, Musselburgh East Community Centre
10th March 1-4pm Saltire Rooms 1 & 2, John Muir House, Haddington
26th April 1-4pm Training Room 1, Musselburgh East Community Centre, Musselburgh
2nd June 9.30am -12.30pm Saltire Rooms 1 & 2, John Muir House, Haddington
31st  August 1-4pm Garleton Rooms A & B, Penston House, Macmerry
29th September 9.30am -12.30pm Esk Rooms 1 & 2, Brunton Hall, Musselburgh
31st October 1-4pm Main Hall, Pennypit, Prestonpans
23rd  November 9.30am -12.30pm Esk Rooms 1 & 2, Brunton Hall, Musselburgh

Free online resource from equality and human rights commission

Schools and education authorities have a duty under the Equality Act 2010 to provide reasonable adjustments for disabled learners.

Understanding how to make reasonable adjustments is particularly important as the attainment gap between disabled and non-disabled learners is significant. This gap suggests that many disabled learners are not yet getting the support they need to succeed. This imbalance in education opportunities must be addressed.

A new resource produced by the Equality and Human Rights Commission will help you do just that, by taking you stage by stage through a number of modules with practical activities to increase your knowledge of reasonable adjustments and teaching strategies to support disabled learners.

Reasonable adjustments include auxiliary aids and services. Examples include the use of interpreters, note takers, real-time computer-aided transcription, voice, text, and video-based telecommunications products to name but a few. Some reasonable adjustments will be new to you but many adjustments will already be common practice – for example, the use of auxiliary aids such as written materials in alternative formats, coloured layovers for dyslexic pupils, pen grips, adapted PE equipment, adapted keyboards and computer software.

This online resource is available at no cost for schools, covering issues around disability and reasonable adjustments. Schools need to register on the system but then can access the resource for free.