East Lothian ‘Making Maths Matter’ Conference – Professor Louise Hayward Keynote

At the recent ‘Making Maths Matter’ Conference on 13th March, Professor Louise Hayward from Glasgow University provided an overview of the International research and current thinking on ‘Closing the achievement gap’ between those in the most and least deprived areas. This focus is a National and Local priority and the overview from Louise provides clear points for reflection as we continue to develop strategies in schools and communities to improve achievement.

The video of her presentation at the conference can be found at this link: http://links.edubuzz.org/makingmathsmatter

“Keeping Myself Safe” – Training for P6/P7 Teachers and Newly Appointed Head Teachers

The “Keeping Myself Safe” training scheduled for 31st January 2014 has been moved to Friday 7th March, 9.30-3.30 in the Brunton Hall, Musselburgh.   This training is for P6/P7 Teachers who will be using the resource, and will also be particularly useful for newly appointed Head Teachers.

Course content includes the KMS resource, child protection and digital safety.

Full course details can be found here and bookings should be e-mailed to the Staff Development Team, staffdevelopment.ecs@eastlothian.gov.uk

TYNE & ESK WRITERS: The Young Writer of the Year 2013

Open to all schools and pupils living in East Lothian and Midlothian

 How many of your students will enter this competition which encourages young people to write creatively?

 Competition subject

Let your imagination run wild – entries will be accepted on any topic

 Two categories of entry

  • P4- P7
  • S1 – S4


There are two sets of prizes – one for East Lothian and one for Midlothian consisting of:

Best poetry
Best prose      

All the winners will receive a £10 book token plus a family day pass to the Scottish Seabird Centre in North Berwick.         

Overall Young Writer of the Year winner P4- P7 will receive an iPod Shuffle plus a family day pass to the Scottish Seabird Centre in North Berwick.       

Overall Young Writer of the Year winner S1- S4 will receive an iPod Shuffle plus a family day pass to the Scottish Seabird Centre in North Berwick.      

 Award Ceremony

Winners of the competition will have prizes presented at Tranent Library on Monday 23 September at 4.30pm

Closing date for entries

Friday 14 June 2013

Why participate

  • Fits with Curriculum for Excellence
  • Good evidence for HMIe inspections
  • Encourages creativity

For more information contact aguyon@eastlothian.gov.uk

National Records of Scotland Schools Programme 2012-13

NRS Schools Programme 2012-13: Spaces available, January – March 2013

If you would like to book a free workshop in the National Records of Scotland (NRS) or join us for a Glow Meet, don’t delay. We have some dates available in our Schools Programme from January – March 2013. Visit our education website for details at http://www.scottisharchivesforschools.org

 New Online Resources

We are currently developing a new online resources section on our website to provide teachers and learners of all ages with access to unique primary sources from the National Records of Scotland to support Curriculum forExcellence and National Qualifications.

 We have uploaded three small units on our pilot site:

The Suffragettes / Letters and Diaries /The Great War in Scotland

 Please visit these resources and provide us with feedback on the content and layout of these new materials and your ability to access them. Your responses are important in helping us prepare for a full launch in Spring 2013. Details of when and how to provide your evaluation are available at http://www.scottisharchivesforschools.org/indexPilotResources.asp

Sharing and supporting steps made by East Lothian learners, parents and teachers.