Working with Fathers: Promoting the Positive Involvement of Fathers in Vulnerable Families

Working with Fathers: Promoting the Positive Involvement of Fathers in Vulnerable Families

Tuesday 27 January 2015, 2.00-4.00pm (refreshments provided), Seminar Room 3, Chrystal Macmillan Building, University of Edinburgh, 15a George Square, Edinburgh

This seminar will introduce a report looking at the positive involvement of fathers in vulnerable families and the role played by frontline staff. The report is informed by interviews and focus groups undertaken with fathers and a survey of practitioners from a number of agencies working with families.

Neil Gentleman, Development Manager, Circle, will present with contributions from fathers involved in the study. There will then be a panel discussion chaired by Gary Claption, Senior Lecturer, Edinburgh University.

To reserve a place at this event please e-mail Closing date for applications is Friday 16th January 2015


Scottish Sensory Centre (SSC) – Introduction to Visual Impairment and Autism in children and young people

An introduction to visual impairment and autism in children and young people: Tuesday, 7th October 2014

The course will provide another unique opportunity to learn about the nature of autism; the research concerning the co-occurrence of visual impairment and autism; and developmental setback in visually impaired infants.

This course would be of interest to practitioners working with children and young people who are blind or partially sighted, including teachers, teaching assistants, care workers, habilitation/mobility officers, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, speech and language therapists, and educational psychologists.

This course should also be valuable to those working with adults who have both visual impairment and autism. There will be a demonstration of the guidance for practitioners developed by the Visual Impairment and Autism Project and discussion of the areas covered: underlying principles, learning, the environment, communication, sensory needs, wellbeing, mobility and independence, and music. There will also be an opportunity to discuss the children and young people course participants work with. Quotes from last year’s course: “…After reflection and referring to website I anticipate today’s input will enhance my performance in field of visual impairment (and autism). Have deeper appreciation of behaviour issues and reasons behind.” “Completely change the way I work with visually impaired/autistic 8 year old boy in mainstream. Pages of ideas to put into action.” “Tips on how to adapt environment. How to change language for autistic children/people.” “More understanding on how to take into account difficulties individuals will be personally experiencing when learning tasks in mobility and independent living skills.” Application forms are available from the website:


Humanitarian Education Training available from British Red Cross

Humanitarian Education aims to build young people’s skills, resilience and propensity to take action. All courses build the knowledge, skills and confidence to deliver Humanitarian Education through critical engagement with humanitarian issues, participation in interactive activities and through an exploration of the links to the Curriculum for Excellence.

The British Red Cross provide CPD training in Humanitarian Education across Scotland; tailored in-service, 1–4 day courses and twilight sessions. They are also now accredited by the General Teaching Council for Scotland to offer teachers Professional Recognition in Humanitarian Education. 

On October 5th and November 23rd 2013 we will be running our ‘Supporting Peer Education’ training course in Edinburgh. Day 1 will be training on Humanitarian Education, different methodologies and support with organising a peer education project. Participants on the course are expected to then organise and facilitate their peer education project in between Days 1 and 2. Day 2 will allow participants to showcase their projects, share their success and learn from others.

 As well as this course, tailored training in Humanitarian Education is available to teachers and youth workers. Example sessions include:

  • Disasters and emergencies
  • Migration & people seeking refuge and asylum
  • Conflict and child soldiers
  • Facilitating action projects / peer education

 The attached flyer contains information about the work of Humanitarian Education.  Further details can be obtained from 

Youth Ed Joint Offer Scotland

New Career Long Professional Learning Opportunities now available!

The first CLPL (formerly CPD) Update of this session is now available, and has ben e-mailed to all establishments.  You can access a copy here or from your school Office/line manager.

Please take some time to look through the update and visit the CPDShare site as you start to plan your professional learning for this year.

If you have any comments or queries please contact the Staff Development Team,




SSERC Residential Science Courses – Places Available

The new term is about to begin and SSERC are once again offering a suite of CLPL courses.  Places are still available on the 2-part residential courses for Biology, Chemistry and Physics.  These courses support CfE  up to Nat 4 and 5.  These practical hands-on courses have been very well received in the past.

 The SSERC “Leading for Excellence in Science” course also has some vacancies.  This course is supported by the National  Science Learning Centre.  Delegates from Local Authority schools will be granted an ENTHUSE Award, which covers the cost of the course.

 Full details and application forms can be found in the flyers below.  More information is available from the SSERC website.




Leading Excellence in Science

The Inclusive, Reflective Practitioner – 30 August 2013

Date for your Diary…

We have been very lucky to acquire the services of Professor Lani Florian,  Bell Chair of Education at Edinburgh University, to present a C.L.P.L. event on  Inclusive Practice on the afternoon of Friday 30 August 2013.  The attached flyer contains information on who can attend this session, and booking information.  If you have any queries please contact the Education Staff Development Team 

The Inclusive Reflective Practitioner_Flyer

Key Dates in the Training Calendar 2013-2014 now approved

The Key Training dates for session 2013-2014 have now been approved by the Secondary Head Teachers Group and Nursery/Primary Executive. 



 Session 2013-2014


 Monday 19 August 2013                         AM/PM       In-Service Day 1


Tuesday 20 August 2013                         AM/PM       In-Service Day 2


Wednesday 18 September 2013            ALL DAY      Head Teachers Conference


Friday 20 September 2013                     PM                 CLPL: Nursery/Primary/Secondary


25 & 26 September 2013                                                Scottish Learning Festival


Friday 4 October 2013                            PM                  Secondary: Subject Support Collaboration

                                                                                              Nursery/Primary: Cluster Moderation


Monday 21 October 2013                      AM/PM            In-Service Day 3


Friday 25 October 2013                         PM                     CLPL: Nursery/Primary/Secondary

                                                                                               & East Lothian Literacy Festival


Wednesday 29 January 2014                  ALL DAY        Head Teachers Conference


Monday 17 February 2014                     AM/PM            In-Service Day 4


Friday 21 February 2014                       PM                     CLPL: Nursery/Primary


Friday 14 March 2014                            PM                       CLPL: Nursery/Primary/Secondary


Tuesday 6 May 2014                              AM/PM          In-Service Day 5


Friday 9 May 2014                                  PM                  Secondary: Subject Support Collaboration

                                                                                  Nursery/Primary: Cluster Moderation


Friday 16 May 2014                                PM                        CLPL: Nursery/Primary/Secondary


Wednesday 28 May 2014                       ALL DAY              Head Teachers Conference


Note: CLPL=Career-Long Professional Learning


Communication Development in the Early Years – a CPD Opportunity for Nursery & Pre-School Staff

Due to the popularity of the recent “Communication Development in the Early Years” session, we’re pleased to confirm a repeat course has been arranged.  The course will be held on Friday 31 May 2013, 1.15-3.30pm in St Gabriel’s RC Primary School.

Places are filling up fast so if you or any of your team would like to attend please e-mail us as soon as possible, quoting reference ECS097

The attached flyer contains more information about the course.

Communication Development EY_Flyer