Category Archives: Early years

East Lothian ‘Making Maths Matter’ Conference

making Maths Matter Logo‘Making Maths Matter’ is the East Lothian Numeracy and Mathematics Conference aimed at improving achievement in Numeracy and Mathematics and narrowing the attainment gap. The conference is being held at the Marine Hotel in North Berwick on Friday 13th March 2015.

Key speakers are Professor Louise Hayward from Glasgow University who will discuss ‘Narrowing the attainment gap’ and Carol Copstick from Education Scotland who will provide and overview of progress and achievement in Numeracy and Mathematics across Scotland. A variety of workshops will be led by practitioners, children and partners.

Videos of the event will be posted in due course. A full programme of the day can be downloaded: Making Maths Matter_Programme

Twitter: #makingmathsmatter


The Scottish Children’s Book Awards

The Scottish Children’s Book Awards (formerly Royal Mail Awards) shortlist was announced recently.  Now schools, classes, book groups and individuals can register to take part and vote for their favourite book.

CALL Scotland, based at Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh, can provide accessible digital and audio versions of the Scottish Children’s Book Awards shortlist.  The short list for each category is as follows:  

 Early Years (0 – 7 years)

  • Dear Vampa by Ross Collins
  • The Loon on the Moon by Emily Golden
  • Apple Pie ABC by Alison Murray

Younger Readers (8 – 11 years)

  • Zac and the Dream Pirates by Ross MacKenzie
  • There’s a Hamster in my Pocket by Franzeska G Ewart
  • The Case of the London Dragonfish by Joan Lennon

Older Readers (11 – 16 years)

  • Wasted by Nicola Morgan
  • The Blackhope Enigma by Teresa Flavin
  • The Prisoner of the Inquisition by Theresa Breslin 

CALL Scotland can provide the following formats:

  • Accessible digital versions of all shortlisted titles
  • Accessible audio versions (read by a computer voice) of the Older  and Younger  Readers shortlists 
  • Accessible audio versions (Power point with recorded voice) of the Early Years children’s shortlist (Loon on the Moon, Dear Vampa, ApplePie ABC)  

The older and younger reader shortlisted books are available in Adobe PDF and/or Microsoft Reader format. The three early years books are in Adobe PDF and Power point.

If you have pupils with additional support needs, please contact CALL  (  to receive the books in accessible formats.

Please note that you must still register to take part in the awards, enter the review competition, or in order for your pupils to vote for their favourite book!

For more information, help and books go to CALL’s web site at , contact Paul Nisbet , or phone 0131 651 6236.

For more information about CALL, please visit


Curriculum for Excellence Factfiles

 Did you know that four new Curriculum for Excellence Factfiles have recently been published on the LTS website?  These factfiles provide information on Curriculum for Excellence and are particularly useful in communicating with parents and wider partners who support learning, such as employers and community organisations. The four new factfiles cover: Literacy across Learning; Numeracy across Learning; 3-18 Transitions; and Outdoor Learning

Chalk Face CfE Blog

The LTS Area Advisor Team have begun putting together a blog aimed at practitioners in primary, ASN and early years settings.

Practitioners like to talk to other practitioners and they do this with increased confidence when what they are discussing is based on successful real life experience. To this end, a new blog is now available to support CfE in primary, ASN and early years settings. It has been set up for people who are working at the ‘chalk face’. Visit the blog to hear what other practitioners have been doing and see the links to other related support and guidance on the LTS website. The blog will be looking at ‘what could I do now and how might I do it’ in a range of areas.

Some East Lothian Schools have already been involved in sharing their practice…

Stoneyhill Primary School: Driving consistency of practice in CfE

Dunbar Primary School: Planning teaching with colleagues

Pencaitland Primary School: Building Confidence in Assessment and Moderation

Well done to those who’ve been involved. Check out the blog for more videos.