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

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 –


Fertile Ground Conference

environmental arts towards change

25 & 26 October 2014, Bleachingfield Centre, Dunbar, East Lothian



North Light Arts will deliver the ‘Fertile Ground Conference’ on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 October in Dunbar, East Lothian, with the aim of creating a space to nurture a conversation exploring creative ways to engage communities in the potential for change through public art with an environmental agenda.

Speakers include: Chris Fremantle of Eco Arts Scotland; Matthew Dalziel of Dalziel + Scullion; Judy Spark of Grays School of Art; Natalie Walton, Head of Education, Hepworth Wakefield and Matt Baker of The Environmental Art Festival Scotland. There will also be artists presentations from Robbie Coleman, Jo Hodges, Emma Herman-Smith, Hannah Imlach, Karen Gabbitas, Akshaya Narsimhan and Diandra Saginatari.

Creative Scotland, East Lothian Council and Scottish Natural Heritage have provided funding to enable North Light Arts to deliver this conference which aims to cultivate a fertile ground in which to discover the unique potential of our locality through engaging artists, environmental visionaries, science specialists and local organisations, developing an active process of dialogue, debate and cross pollination.

To book follow this link
Free creche and children’s workshop for delegates to the Saturday morning talks: please book early. Discount for EH42 postcode

For further information email:
Please book early.




National Museums Scotland Primary Schools Programme & CPD

nat-mus-progOur new Nursery and Primary Schools Programme 2014-15 is out now!

National Museums Primary Programme 2014-15

Highlights include:
• A new Dinosaurs session for nurseries-P1 on our Magic Carpet
• An action-packed Space Explorers workshop for Nursery-P2
• Our Inventors: The Power of Steam workshop full of hands-on experiments for P3-4
• Our events on the First World War: Stories from around the Commonwealth to help you start the topic with your P6-7 classes
Plus, lots more, including handling boxes to use free of charge during your visit, and we have a range of Glow events throughout the year!

Paper copies of the programme will be arriving in schools in late June. If you’d like a paper copy mailed directly to your home address, please let me know.

We also have 2 CPD days taking place over the summer to help your plan your visit to us next year. The days will gave you a taster of our different workshops, walk you through the practicalities & give you some new art ideas for social studies subjects too! To find out more, see our CPD pages online: ols/cpd_for_teachers.aspx

If you have any questions, do get in touch. Please share with others.


Sarah Cowie
Learning Officer (Schools)
Telephone: 0131 247 4046

National Museums Scotland
Chambers Street
Edinburgh EH1 1JF

Discover our CPD programme for primary and secondary teachers running from June-August:

Discover the treasures of China?s Ming dynasty at the National Museum of Scotland.
Ming: The Golden Empire, 27 June-19 October 2014,


Renaissance Learning – National Conference


National Conference 21st – 22nd November 2013

“Achieving Outstanding” in Literacy, Numeracy and Leadership

Professional development conference sessions


  • Preparing for Ofsted with Accelerated Reader (AR) and STAR Reading

  • Monitoring progress and informing intervention with STAR Reading

  • Improving vocabulary and developing literacy skills with AR

  • Individualising maths practice with Accelerated Maths Live (AM Live)


See attached flyer for information about the sessions –nc2013_a4_invite_eastlothianschools


Book online at:


Call today on: 020 7184 4040 quoting ELOTH25




Scottish Learning Festival 2013: Registration now open

Registration for this year’s SLF is now open. SLF 2013 takes place on Wednesday 25th and Thursday 26th September in the SECC, Glasgow. Full details here.

The Scottish Learning Festival is the only free national education conference and exhibition in Scotland. Attended by educationalists from across Scotland and the world, SLF 2013 has something on offer for everyone involved in education.

The theme of SLF 2013 is Raising the Bar in Scotland – transforming lives through learning. SLF 2013 will enable practitioners to develop skills and expertise which will help them ensure they plan and deliver learning experiences which appropriately challenge and engage their learners and which support learners to achieve their potential.

CPD Outdoor Learning Staff Development v.2013/14 essential upgrade!

Outdoor Learning Continuing Professional Development Courses for the 13/14 terms are now available for booking.

Why not get yourself upgraded and sign up on one of the many  East Lothian Council Outdoor Learning Service CPD courses and programmes available to enhance your Outdoor Learning.

As with previous years in 2013/14 there are many opportunities to develop your skills, train for a National Governing Body award or raise your awareness in a variety of Outdoor Learning contexts. These courses  also support the delivery of the curriculum for excellence outdoors.

These CPD courses are all run by qualified Outdoor Learning professionals and will get you confident, qualified and aware of how Outdoor Learning can enhance learning for you, your class pupils, your school or community.

The full range of available courses, and details of how to book can be viewed at the website in the staff development section or you can call the East Lothian Council Outdoor Learning Service (0131 652 5217) for more information.

Outdoor Learning – Duke of Edinburgh Expedition Supervisor and Assessor Training Jan. 2013

Two courses for those interested in organising and assessing Duke of Edinburgh award courses in East Lothian will be run in January 2013. Courses will be based at the East Lothian Council Outdoor Learning Service. These DofE accredited courses are essential learning for those embarking on D of E programmes.

Duke of Edinburgh Expedition Supervisor training, Thursday 17th January 2013, 09.30am – 3.30pm

Aimed at ELC staff and volunteers. This course covers understanding the role of the Expedition Supervisor, Assessor and other adults involved in the delivery of the Expedition section.  Attendance will develop Expedition Supervisors with an understanding and consistent interpretation of their role and responsibilities within the DofE, ensuring a high quality expedition experience for all young people.

Duke of Edinburgh Expedition Assessor training, Wednesday 30th January 2013, 09.30am – 3.30pm

For ELC staff and volunteers. This course provides the opportunity for new Expedition Assessors to have their training, skills and learning accredited by the DofE and nationally recognised. The programme has been designed to provide Expedition Assessors with a clear and consistent understanding of their role and responsibilities.

(Cost Free – ELC Staff/Volunteers – External Staff/Volunteers £40.00)

To book please contact the Outdoor Learning Service 0131 653 5217

More CPD opportunities at the Outdoor Learning Website – or visit our online brochure.

Don’t be afraid of the dark …

We still have places left on the Night Nav course being run by the Outdoor Learning Service next Wednesday 5th December between 5pm and 8pm.

If you are interested in attending please email to reserve your place. You will then be provided with details of what to bring and where to meet.

… then next time you’re caught out after a dark with a tired, dedraggled and lost DofE group you’ll be glad you came!

Glow Meet: Health and wellbeing – Substance Misuse


Programme Title:
Health and wellbeing – Substance Misuse
Constable Dougie McClounie from the Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency will deliver this Glow meet looking at the key issues surrounding drug education in Scotland.He has wide range of experience including community policing and supporting young people in further and higher education. He was the drug awareness officer for Glasgow city centre and west end where he delivered a wide range of drug related presentations including inputs to all schools in the division.

Constable McClounie is now a member of the Interventions team at the SCDEA. He has a great interest in delivering drug education and awareness to support young people in making the correct choices in life. He also works in the planning teams for both Choices for Life and Shared Responsibility.

This Glow meet will be useful to all practitioners working with children and young people. The importance of effective partnership working in substance misuse education will be discussed and there will be an opportunity to ask ‘tricky’ questions.

Date and time:
27/03/2012 16:00
Programme Duration:
1 hour
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health+wellbeing; CPD; industry expert
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