All posts by Claire Lavelle

East Lothian Learning Festival – Learners for the Future

This week sees the opening of the bookings for our very first East Lothian Learning Festival in September!

The theme is “Learners for the Future” which aims to resonate with our teachers not simply when they consider the learning needs of their pupils but in considering their own professional learning needs.

This highly engaging and inspiring event will be held on Friday 7th and Saturday 8th September 2012 and it is open to all education staff in East Lothian. It promises to be the major highlight on  East Lothian’s educational calendar with talks from eminent and inspirational speakers, such as:

  •  Steve Munby, Chief Executive of England’s National College of School Leadership
  •  Richard Gerver, Head Teacher of the Year 2005 and now International Advisor on Education
  • Alistair Smith, Learning Consultant with Football Association and author of High Performers 
  • Norman Drummond, Founder of Columba 1400
  • Dr Myra Young, Founder of PACE Learning and Assessment and Moderation Circles
  • Don Ledingham, our very own Director of Education and Children’s Services.

In addition to our invited speakers, we have a whole host of exciting workshops and demonstrations from educators throughout East Lothian on innovative approaches to learning and teaching, both indoors and outdoors. There will also be opportunities to explore methods and approaches which will support teachers in their quest for the holy grail of true work-life balance!

More information will be made available through posters and leaflets coming to schools following the summer holidays. In the meantime, check out the programme online and book onto what best suits your needs.

You can book on here:

Re-launching the Curriculum for Excellence Blog

Wendy Howie and Claire Lavelle have been in post since late October 2011 as seconded Quality Improvement Officers for East Lothian. We aim to support the existing work being done in all Nursery, Primary and Secondary settings throughout East Lothian on Curriculum for Excellence; as well as providing information and support for parents and staff on the local and national perspectives.

 Shortly, we aim to develop a local authority assessment resource (LAAR) which will enable us to moderate our understanding and practice in using new assessment methods with our pupils in ELC.  This resource also aims to support teachers with their development of their own ideas and creativity in designing a curriculum which truly suits the needs of all of our youngsters. More on this later…

In the meantime, enjoy your Easter Break and we shall bring you more CfE news in the new term.