Training Opportunity for Staff in Primary and Secondary Schools

The ‘Bloke of Steel’, Paul Register, is coming to East Lothian.

East Lothian School Libraries have been given funding from the Scottish Government School Library Improvement Fund for various planned activities. As part of this they are offering teaching, and any other interested staff, the opportunity to attend a workshop as detailed below.

The ‘Bloke of Steel’, Paul Register, is coming to East Lothian to work with staff and pupils in the Authority on graphic novels and their use in schools and school libraries. Paul is an Educational Speaker/trainer specialising in comics and graphic novels and will be giving an introduction to the world of graphic novels and how they can be used in schools and school libraries, both Primary and Secondary. He is a top authority on graphic novels and the founder of the Excelsior and Excelsior Junior annual awards. This is a rare opportunity to work with Paul as he is seldom in Scotland.

See his website for more information.

Paul will also be working with pupils from all 6 secondary schools to choose appropriate stock for the school libraries in conjunction with this so a great opportunity for East Lothian.

2 sessions for Primary and Secondary staff are offered.

CFE050 Seminar 1; Dunbar Grammar School – Thursday 1st March 2018 – 4.15pm – 6pm

CFE051  Seminar 2; Ross High School – Friday 2nd March 2018 – 1.15pm – 3pm

Both sessions will be covering the same topics.

Booking is essential – please e-mail Education Training & Development to book a -place –  quoting the appropriate course reference.

Career Long Professional Learning – 2017/2018 programme

The Training & Development Team programme of Career Long Professional Learning Opportunities was launched on Friday 16th June 2017.  All members of school staff will have received the link via e-mail.

The update can be viewed here.  Please take a moment to have a look at the update as you start to plan your professional learning for the coming session.

Over the summer break the Training and Development Team will continue to update the CLPL pages of eduBuzz and any additional learning opportunities will be advertised in August.

Moray House School of Education Annual Public Lecture

You are warmly invited to attend the Annual Public Lecture at Moray House School of Education. Please see the attached flyer for full details.

Bonilla-Silva MHSE Annual Lecture – 14th June 2017

This event is open to all and we very much hope that as many colleagues, students and friends of the School as possible will be able to attend this exciting and engaging evening.  A drinks reception will be offered after the lecture.

RSVP booking is essential via Eventbrite at the following link:

“Racists,” “Class Anxieties,” and Hegemonic Racism in Trumpamerica

Professor Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, President Elect of the American Sociological Association

Date:                     Wednesday 14 June 2017 from 17:00 to 20:00 (BST)

Venue:                 Lecture Hall G1, Paterson’s Land Holyrood Road, Edinburgh EH8 8AQ

The world (almost) ended in November 9, 2016, when an orange meteor called Trump hit America. And meteorologists were dumfounded as they did not see it coming.  In this talk, Professor Bonilla-Silva will address three fundamental issues that blinded analysts from seeing this meteor:

  • First, he will contend that the focus on the “racists” prevented social scientists and pundits from examining the systemic racism in place in the nation and how it shapes the racial views of whites.
  • Second, he will examine the idea that disenfranchised whites expressed their class anxieties by voting for Trump. This view ignores that whites also express their racial views through their political behaviour.
  • Third, he will suggest that despite the rhetoric in the campaign, hegemonic racism in America is still organized by the “new racism” and its ideological expression: color-blind racism.

He will end by outlining things we should do to resist racial domination in Trumpamerica.


Prof. Eduardo Bonilla-Silva is Professor of Sociology at Duke University and President of the Southern Sociological Society and President-Elect

of the American Sociological Association. His 1997 American Sociological Review article, “Rethinking Racism: Toward a Structural Interpretation,”

challenged analysts to study racial matters structurally rather than from the sterile prejudice perspective. His extensive research has appeared in many prestigious journals. His publications, include White Supremacy and Racism in the Post-Civil Rights Era, Racism Without Racists: Color-Blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in the United States (2004 Choice Award and again in 2015) White Out: The Continuing Significance of Racism (with Ashley Doane), in 2008 White Logic, White Methods: Racism and Methodology (with Tukufu Zuberi and also the cowinner of the 2009 Oliver Cox Award), and in 2011 State of White Supremacy: Racism, Governance, and the United States (with Moon Kie Jung

and João H. Costa Vargas).

Pandemic: Can you save the world? – Free Science show for P6/P7 pupils

Pandemic: Can you save the world?

FREE science show for P6/7 pupils

Monday 10th-Tuesday 11th October, 10.30 or 11.30, National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh

Your P6/7 pupils are visiting the museum, they enter our Auditorium, and…a pandemic breaks out in the world outside! Can they save us all?

Experience this new immersive science show as we take an action-packed journey through a world-threatening pandemic.  Find out about the scientific heroes whose inventions have revolutionized how we fight disease, have the chance to help us identify the source of the outbreak and see if you can make the right choices to save humanity – the future safety of the  world is in your hands!

Each show is determined by the pupils taking part and has its own unique outcome.  What will yours be?  After the show you can also visit our new Science and Technology galleries to continue your science adventure.

Book immediately online!


Creative Conversation Invitation – Friday 17th June, 1pm for 2pm, Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Creative Conversation Invitation – Friday 17th June, 1pm for 2pm, Royal Mile, Edinburgh

These events, to encourage creativity in schools, are free to all East Lothian Council schools staff, but pre-booking is required.

Creative Conversations are events to encourage creativity in learning. They are funded by Creative Scotland, Education Scotland and the National Lottery as part of Creative Learning Networks, and are available to Edinburgh, East Lothian and Midlothian schools. Where possible, the “stimulus” presentations by external speakers are recorded to support access by staff who can’t make the events themselves. The recordings can be viewed here:

Creative Conversations

Creative Conversation prog and info – I Did it My Way




Preston Lodge Learning Festival – 29th October 2016

This year’s Learning Festival will take place on the 29th October.  You can now sign up to attend as a participant or as a Learning Conversation Leader here:

This is a great opportunity to lead a conversation to share your practice or something new you have tried in an informal way. The Festival is a fantastic CPD opportunity for all delegates involved.

Those who led workshops last year are more then welcome to sign up again. We aim to get a broad range of experiences across both the primary and secondary sectors. Please see last year’s workshop list to give you some ideas.  If you would like to discuss an idea please email

“When a Child Can’t go to School” – Factsheet from Enquire

Enquire have published a new factsheet – “When a child can’t go to school”.  Based, in part, on the revised Scottish Government Guidance on the education of children unable to attend school due to ill health, this factsheet also addresses other reasons a child may be off school.

It can be a distressing time for parents and carers if their child misses out on their education, particularly if it is linked to an illness or long-term condition.  This factsheet aims to provide information for staff working with families in this situation.

Science, Art & Writing (SAW) Workshop, 20 April 2016

Calling all primary school science teachers!

Would you like to help bring art together with some cutting-edge science to create an exciting workshop for your pupils?

Then you are very welcome to come to the first SAW Training Workshop

Where: School of Biological Sciences, King’s Buildings, University of Edinburgh

When: Wednesday 20th April, 9.30 am – 3.30pm

Interested teachers can come along for the entire day or just at the end to have a chat and see what ideas have been generated. It is therefore most suited to teachers in Edinburgh City and the Lothians.

Most importantly, the teacher must be happy to run the activity in their school when it is fully developed.

Edinburgh University will pay for materials and the costs of the artists and writers.

This is the first time that this event has been run at the University and they would love you to help get it off to a good start.

Since 2005, the Science Art and Writing (SAW) Trust has been bringing people together from science and the arts to work collaboratively designing and delivering high quality outreach projects, which have been particularly well received in schools (see ). It also builds interdisciplinary understanding, synergies and innovation for the individuals that participate. SAW offers a range of training packages to enable use of the initiative through higher education institutes and their communities, creating a national network of SAW practitioners.

A SAW Training workshop gives a hands-on introduction to the SAW philosophy and extends learning into practice by creating teams of participants to work together in their own time to design a novel Science Art and Writing project that communicates scientific research. Course materials and a project checklist will help teams through the process and ensure they maximise the impacts of their achievements.  Participation in a SAW initiative builds on a range of transferable skills, including communication, project design and team management.  It also provides first-hand experience of designing and delivering workshops in schools.

If you are interested in participating, please contact Liz Fletcher on 0131 650 7292 or for further information.

SAW Teachers Flyer

CPP Seminar “Are we on the right track to improve educational attainment in Scotland?”


Connecting Policy to Practice “Are we on the right track to improve educational attainment in Scotland?”


The attached flyer contains details of a half-day conference cppSeminars Scotland running with the Commission on School Reform.

This will be of interest to education professionals in East Lothian Council.

Education conference pdf