Thinking Ahead? The Flexible Route to the Scottish Qualification for Headship (FRH)


There will be a briefing session at 4pm in the Brunton Hall on Wednesday 13th March, for staff who are interested in, or considering applying for this year’s cohort.  The briefing will be conducted by Laura McAllister, a Development Officer for CPD & Leadership at Education Scotland.  David Scott (QIO) and Graeme Stephenson (Staff Development Officer) will also be present.

 Applicants for the FRH are typically in promoted posts, having discussed further leadership development within their PR&D meetings, and have the support of their head teacher.

 Please indicate your intention to attend by contacting Graeme Stephenson, Staff Development Officer, or tel  01620 828767

 If you cannot attend the briefing, Education Scotland has a Glow TV presentation related to the FRH which you can ‘Watch again’… 

 ….you will find it under the heading of ‘Professional Learning’.

Free Solar Panels for Schools

British Gas has announced that up to 200 free solar panel systems are available to schools.  The Solar Panels will not only generate electricity for the winning schools, but will also help cut their carbon footprint.  The Schools can use the solar panels to generate their own free electricity,  the Solar Panels will help schools meet their carbon reduction targets, reducing emissions by up to 1,400 tonnes per year (equivalent to taking almost 400 cars off the road); and cutting down on energy costs bring sustainability to life and is a valuable lesson for pupils, teachers and parents on how greener energy can help the environment.

To enter, schoolsneed to register by sending an email to, detailing the school?s Name, Address, Telephone Number and the name of the main school contact; or they can call on 0800 980 9038. British Gas will then get back in touch to let the school know how to apply.

Deadline: 4th March 2013

The World Education Games 2013


The World Education Games are taking place on the 5-7th March 2013 and we anticipate over 5.5 million pupils participating from around the globe and this year .  Pupils will even be attempting to become triple World Record Breakers too!  Enter World Education Games 2013!

 It is open to both primary & secondary schools and, as you may know, East Lothian pupils have competed extremely well in the past. 

 The Games incorporate, World Literacy Day, World Maths Day and World Science Day so there is something for everyone.

ComputerXplorers and Dunbar’s Science Festival

Catch us at the Dunbar Science Festival on the Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th March from 10am – 5pm.

ComputerXplorers will be running a series of workshops for primary school age children over the weekend. Try your hand at creating your own photofit using facial software used by police forces in the USA or come along and create your very own cartoon.

We will also be running drop in sessions where you can see our Lego Robots in action or try out our banana piano! Do pop past our stand and say hello.



See the festival website for more details on our workshops and for everything else that’s happening at the Dunbar Science Festival…





Winter Hillwalking Skills – CPD 1st-3rd March 2013

This is a residential course (bunkhouse) based in the Northern Cairngorms. This course covers fundamental skills for safe hillwalking in the Scottish hills in winter conditions.  Snowcraft skills covered include navigation snowpack analysis; moving on snow and ice; crampon use; emergency shelters; snowperson building and making snow angels!

The cost covers all transport (from and to Musselburgh, food, accommodation, equipment, and instruction for the weekend. (cost ELC Staff £80.00, Non ELC £120.00) Course departs 4pm on Friday 1st and returns 7pm Sunday 3rd March.

For more details on all these courses please contact the Outdoor Learning Service.  To book a course please email with your Name/School or Dept/Course Title/Course Dates/Contact Number or call 0131 653 5217.

You can view a range of Outdoor Learning Service Courses by visiting our online brochure here.  Or visit the ELC Outdoor Learning Website on the inspirational East Lothian Council Edubuzz Learning Network.


Scottish Engineering Challenge







A Schools Competition

sponsored by

The Weir Group PLC


Prizes worth £8,500

 Open to S2 pupils from ALL Scottish Secondary Schools  

Submission to be based on the title:

“The Importance of Engineering to Scotland”


One entry per school, the number of participating pupils to be decided by each school. 

2012-13 Comp – flyer Scottish Engineering Challange


Please send your written report to:    

Mr Bryan Buchan

Chief Executive

Scottish Engineering

105 West George Street, Glasgow, G2 1QL


Closing date:    Friday 22nd March 2013