EIS/East Lothian Council Health and Wellbeing Event – Saturday 5 March 2016

EIS/East Lothian Council Health and Wellbeing Event – Saturday 5 March 2016

The EIS East Lothian Learning Rep, Jay McGlacken, and East Lothian Council have organised A Health and Wellbeing event to be held at Knox Academy, Pencaitland Road, Haddington EH41 4DT from 9 am to 12.20 pm. Refreshments will be available.

This event will feature workshops to give practical support to participants. If you wish to attend you should email Joyce Baldwin indicating which 2 workshops from the list below you wish to attend – please give a third option in case any workshop is full.

Please also give your name, schools, contact details and indicate any special requirements you may have e.g. dietary or access to allow you to attend the event.

Workshop 1

Sweet Dreams, Sleep Tight

Although we spend a third of our lives sleeping, we don’t seem to very good at it. Sleep is when the body and especially the brain regenerates and repairs itself. Sleeplessness has been identified as a factor in an endless list of afflictions including hypertension, obesity, memory loss, reduced immunity, mood swings, depression and substance abuse. This workshop will look at why we are poor sleepers and how we can improve the quality of our sleep.

Presenter Kathryn Sinclair is an NHS Lothian Healthy Working Lives adviser who provides advice, support and training to organisations across Edinburgh and the Lothians interested in supporting staff well-being.

Workshop 2

Back pain….. avoid it, feel great!

Lower back pain is the single biggest cause of disability in the world causing more disability than cancer, diabetes, asthma, heart disease and Alzheimers combined.

Gavin Routledge is an osteopath with 25 years of experience and an MSc in the Clinical Management of Pain who is on a mission to help reverse the increase in back pain in young people in Scotland whilst continuing to raise awareness of the importance of how to have healthy, pain free back in adults. As well as giving guidance on how best to use our backs to avoid pain, he is developing, an experience-based programme for use in the classroom to promote understanding of how well-being depends on how children use and take care of their backs.

Workshop 3

Using Your Voice

Our voices are essential for communication and self-expression yet voice problems are common, especially in people who have to use their voices under conditions of stress or background noise. Does your voice sometimes feel sore or uncomfortable or it doesn’t sound as good as it could? Then this workshop might help.

This workshop will explore some of the causes of voice problems and provide you with information and some simple strategies to help you keep your voice healthy.

Workshop 4

Introduction to Hypnotherapy

This workshop is designed to introduce the practice of hypnotherapy for personal health and well-being and will incorporate an overview of how hypnotherapy works, the misconceptions surrounding it and the conditions and problems it can help. The workshop will also explore the links between personal health and well-being and will include a taster session for relaxation.


There will also be a Market Place’ area with various stalls which will include, for example:

EIS Benevolent Fund
Citizen’s Advice
Health and Beauty Shop – Massage and Eyebrows
Occupational Health – Blood Pressure and Cholesterol testing
Employee Assistance Programme
Belhaven Bikes – East Lothian Cycle Scheme
HSF – Health Cash Plan supported by ELC
Capital Credit Union
Podiatrist information
Health smoothies
Teacher pensions
PayPlan – Debt solutions

This is an excellent opportunity to attend a very practical and supportive event, do not miss out.

Please email jbaldwin@eis.org.uk as soon as possible to ensure your place but no later than Wednesday 24 February 2016.

“Fast Forward” event held in conjunction with Canon UK – 19th October 2015

Please find attached an invitation to attend Knox’s “Fast Forward” event held at Knox Academy in conjunction with Canon UK (19th October 2015).

Staff and pupils from Knox, alongside our colleagues at Canon have put together a morning that showcases our partnership working, and the opportunities that we can provide for young people.  There will be the chance to hear a bit more about what we do; hear the pupils pitch ideas for school improvement; see some of the technology that Canon has on offer; and get some insight into what companies, like Canon, are looking for as employers, and some advice on how we can help young people become more employable.

For further details on this event please contact Knox Academy.

Fast Forward Invite


Save the Date – Preston Lodge Learning Festival Saturday 24th October 2015

Preston Lodge will be hosting its second Learning Festival, here at the school, on Saturday 24th October 2015, and our friends and supporters are most welcome to come along and spend some or all of the day with us. If you follow the link https://www.edubuzz.org/lovelearning/ you can see the programme, and it may be you just want to come along for lunch, or for part of the day.

 It was a great event last year and it’s a really positive opportunity for teachers and non-teachers alike to talk about leading edge ways in which we can support, inspire, challenge and engage our students.

Learning Festival 2015 Flyer


EducationHUB – Pilot gtcs project

THe GTCS are piloting a project called EducationHUB.

EducationHUB provides a platform for teachers to read, review and share practitioner enquiry and teacher-led research projects. EducationHUB currently has 300 users and hosts a variety of articles related to different aspects of learning and teaching. It aims to build a community of teachers who are willing to share their work and/or engage in online professional dialogue with other teachers across Scotland.

There has been some amazing work taking place in local authorities throughout Scotland related to career-long professional learning and practitioner enquiry, such as probationer projects, teachers working towards post-graduate qualifications and school-based projects. EducationHUB provides an excellent opportunity for these teachers to showcase their work and to contribute to the professional learning of others.

GTCS are appealing to professional learning and practitioner enquiry co-ordinators in local authorities to publicise EducationHUB and in particular to encourage individual teachers who have produced particularly high quality practitioner enquiries or teacher-led research to share their work with others.

EducationHUB can be accessed through the Research Portal of MyGTCS or alternatively can be accessed at: http://www.ed-hub.co.uk/account/register

If you require any additional information or advice regarding the educationHUB project please contact Colin Dorman, Projecto Co-ordinator:

Email: colindorman@ed-hub.co.uk

Twitter: @edhubScotland



Teaching Scotland’s Future Local Legacy Event – 5th September 2015

The University of Edinburgh Teacher Education Partnership would like to warmly invite you to the Teaching Scotland’s Future Local Legacy Event.

The conference will look at the influence of Teaching Scotland’s Future (TSF) on teaching and highlight the work of the Teacher Education Partnership. It is an opportunity to hear Graham Donaldson, author of TSF, speak.

The event is free for all practitioners across our partner authorities (City of Edinburgh, East Lothian, Fife, Midlothian, Scottish Borders and West Lothian). Booking is essential. For more information and the online booking form please visit our webpages: http://mhse.me/legacy2015

Please find attached a flyer for the event.

TSF Legacy Event

The University of Edinburgh Teacher Eduction Partnership Moray House School of Education Holyrood Road Edinburgh EH8 8AQ

0131 651 6313

CLPL for Teachers – “Teaching in Nature”: September 2015

logo_in_header_gflTeaching in Nature is training course for teachers, aimed at developing professional practice in outdoor learning.

Using these places, rich in learning possibilities, we also socially and emotionally engage our learners with the places and topics. In recent years we have come to understand that connection with ‘place’ needs to come before we learn about the bigger social and environmental issues we face as society.

It is a long term programme that supports you to plan, implement and evaluate a challenging and fun outdoor learning experience for your pupils. Teaching in Nature is a collaborative process, sharing good practice and learning with your colleagues from other schools. It will also challenge you to develop an interdisciplinary approach to outdoor learning with colleagues.

Full course information can be found on the CLPL pages of eduBuzz, where you will also find an application form.  This should be completed and returned to Matt Robinson at Grounds for Learning.  Closing date for applications is 4th September 2015, with the course commencing on 11th September.

Costs for this course will be met by the Training and Developemnt Team, however there will be a cover cost implication for successful candidates.  Further information can be obtained from the Training & Development Team – staffdevelopemnt.ecs@eastlothian.gov.uk


Digital Learning and Teaching Stakeholder Events

An invitation has been received from the Digital Learning and Teaching team with Education Scotland for staff to take part in a series of events during June and July about teaching and learning with technology. How does technology currently support, enhance and improve learning for Scotland’s young people? What’s working? What’s not? Where is the evidence to support digital learning and teaching?

The attached invitation gives information about the events and how to book a place.


Further details can be obtained from the Digital Learning and Teaching Programme Office, http://blogs.glowscotland.org.uk/glowblogs/ndlf/

South East Eating Disorders Conference – “Working with Families”

South East Eating Disorders – Scotland Conference:

“Working with Families”

 Date: Wednesday 25th February, 2015

Time: 10 am – 4 pm

Venue: Norton Park Conference Centre, 57 Albion Road, Edinburgh, EH7 5QY

The attached flyer contains informtion about a conference on 25th February.  “Working with Families” is is open to everyone including people with lived experience of an eating disorder, their families and/or carers, professionals, volunteers, educators and students.

Places can be reserved by telephoning the NHS Lothian Team on 0131 465 5507


SEEDS Conf Flyer_Extended



CLPL Opportunity for Primary Staff – CFE016 Fischy Online – 6th February 2015

Fischy Music has been funded by the Scottish Government to build an online platform that will enable Primary Schools across Scotland to have access to musical resources in classrooms for Health and Wellbeing work.

A briefing session has been scheduled for Friday 6th February 2015, 1.30-3.30, Saltire Rooms, John Muir House, Haddington

Staff attending can expect to find out more about this online resource, which is linked to the Curriculum for Excellence by outcomes and topic and it is easy to search for songs by theme or keywords.

Teachers can use songs:

  • In different locations in the School via computers, tablets and smartboards
  • Via different means: lyrics, video, teaching ideas, symbol movies
  • For different purposes: discussions, classroom activities and more

Add the fun factor to important Health and Wellbeing topics

Catchy, accessible songs which have been thoroughly tested for effectiveness

Empower teachers to tackle difficult issues

Songs reach pupils in a different way from regular classroom activities and using a ‘third party’ for inspiration helps engagement

Build coping strategies

Wide range of topics covered, including managing emotions, bullying, loss, friendship and transition. Help pupils see they aren’t alone in what they are dealing with

Curricular outcomes and lesson planning

Search by Curriculum for Excellence experiences and outcomes as well as other themes and topic areas – accessible at work and home

Support a range of learning styles and inclusion

Resources accompanied by British Sign Language, specifically created for Additional

Support Needs and different styles of learning

Gain confidence in teaching new songs

Our videos and notes make it easy to pick up new songs – and the signs and actions!

Practise in class – benefit in assemblies

Help assemblies flow, when pupils already know the words and actions; sheet music and guitar chords all included

Like to find out more? Book a place at this briefing by e-mailing the Training & Development Team (staffdevelopment.ecs@eastlothian.gov.uk) quoting reference CFE016

Please see this attached flyer for more information – Fischy Online flyer-LR