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Skills Scotland Events 2017⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

The Skills Scotland events are held in three key locations – Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow  aiming to close the gap between the workplace and the classroom by linking industry with education.

Connecting young people with careers, jobs, skills and apprenticeship opportunities, Skills Scotland is aimed at students aged S4 and above.
In each region schools, colleges, youth and community groups are
invited to attend with free entry for students and teachers with
access to a travel bursary fund. All events are also open to parents
and carers with a dedicated evening opening session in Glasgow.
Skills Scotland offers an immediate way for industry to influence and
educate the next generation of talent, supporting recommendations
from the Wood report and offering solutions to issues such as youth
unemployment and the growing industry skills gaps.
Across the series over 170 educational establishments will meet with
in excess of 120 exhibitors to learn about recruitment, learning and
training opportunities. Each show is a one stop shop for young
people to discover what’s next and meet with a variety of exhibitors
face to face including regional and national employers, colleges and
universities plus training providers and other career or sector specific organisations.

Access the events flyer here:  SScot17ExhibitorBrochureDIGITAL

CPD Opportunity⤴


FREE PIC- Book Week Scotland Book Bug Packs 02Scottish Book Trust are delighted to announce that Bookbug will once again be gifting a Bookbug Family Bag to every Primary 1 child during Book Week Scotland 2016. This Bookbug Bag will help to create a lasting link between reading at school and at home.

All schools are encouraged to give out the Bag during Book Week Scotland in November.

We are offering free CPD for primary teachers, school literacy coordinators and library staff in West Dunbartonshire on 29 October 2015 to support the gifting of the Bookbug Primary 1 Family Bag. The training will cover:

  • Fun and practical Bookbug Primary 1 Family Bag gifting ideas and why these are important
  • Ways to involve parents in Bookbug gifting events
  • Joined up approaches between libraries and schools
  • Participating in the 2016 Scottish Children’s Book Awards

This will be delivered by Aly McCulloch, Learning Development Officer with Creative Learning, and Bookbug Session Leader Trainer for West Dunbartonshire Council. She also coordinates the annual Tales for Tots and Crackin’ Crits programmes, School Heritage Visits, Storytime, Baby Yoga and Baby Massage sessions across the authority.

Please register online for this event via CPD Manager.

If you would like to receive regular updates from the Creative Learning Team, please contact Debbie Montgomery, Arts Coordinator (Debbie.Montgomery@west-dunbarton.gov.uk) to add your details to the mailing list.

VSCS: Uplifting Leadership Workshop 25th November 2014⤴

from @ Learning is the Work


Virtual Staff College Scotland are pleased to announce they are collaborating with the Scottish College for Educational Leadership to organise a workshop on “Uplifting Leadership” led by the internationally renowned academic Andy Hargreaves. The charge of £155 is £100 less that the charge being levied for similar workshops elsewhere in the UK and represents a unique opportunity to spend a day with Andy as well as receiving a copy of his book and a workbook of activities which can then be used with other staff.

If you would like to attend, please return the booking form as soon as possible to reserve a place. Please also pass this information on to anyone else who you think would be interested in attending.

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NASUWT Conference Education and Gender Equality: Learning Lessons, Moving Forward⤴

from @ Learning is the Work


Please see information about the NASUWT Conference Education and Gender Equality: Learning Lessons, Moving Forward which is taking place at the QE2 Conference Centre, Westminster on 17 November 2014. This is a high profile Conference that will address some very significant issues and Sarah Brown has been invited to give the keynote address.

We hope that you are able to attend the Conference. Please contact Conferences and Events to book your place.

Education and Gender Equality: Learning Lessons, Moving Forward – Monday 17 November 2014

10am to 3.45pm (Registration is from 9.15am)
Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, Westminster, London

A continuing professional development (CPD) opportunity for teachers and school leaders

This national Conference takes place at the end of the campaign year, Unite for Quality Education. The campaign aims to secure quality education for every child and young person on the planet. Against this backdrop, the Conference will consider why education equality for girls and women should be a national and international priority, and the role that schools and teachers play in securing better outcomes for girls and women.

The Conference will:

  • stimulate professional and policy debate and consider policy priorities for advancing gender equality in schools and colleges;
  • give participants access to practical information, materials and resources; and
  • enable participants to understand and share research, practice and developments in the area of gender equality in education.

Speakers include:

  • Sarah Brown, Campaigner on global health and education (invited);
  • Professor Averil Macdonald, WiSE Campaign;
  • Professor Gaby Weiner, Visiting Professor, University of Sussex;
  • Haldis Holst, Deputy General Secretary, Education International (Conference Chair); and
  • Chris Keates, General Secretary, NASUWT.

Planned seminars and workshops include:

  • using values and global learning to promote gender equality in the classroom;
  • international development, volunteering, gender equality and education;
  • strategies for increasing girls’ participation;
  • identifying and supporting girls who suffer abuse (e.g. forced marriage, female genital mutilation (FGM), involvement in gangs); and
  • career prospects for women teachers.

For further information and to reserve your place at the Conference:

The Conference is a one day event and is FREE to NASUWT members. Accommodation is not available to book through the NASUWT Conference and Events team.

NASUWT – The largest teachers’ union in the UK

SELMAS Brains Trust June 3rd⤴

from @ Association of Chartered Teachers Scotland

From Alex. Wood:

BETTER SCHOOL LEADERSHIP: Can our current strategies deliver?

 SELMAS Brains Trust 2: Scottish Education Leadership and SCEL: June 3rd 5.00 – 6.30

 City of Glasgow College

City Campus North Hanover Street

60 North Hanover Street  

Glasgow   G1 2BP

 There is growing evidence that to achieve our collective ambition for Scottish education, we need passionate, inspirational and transformational leadership. In Teaching Scotland’s Future it was argued that this could be supported by the development of  “A virtual college of school leadership”.

 Plans for SCEL are now advancing and a new CEO will be appointed soon.

 The expectations are high: “Given the need to nurture the leadership skills and talents of all teachers, in a culture of distributive leadership, better coordination of resources, support and development would be more efficient and would promote higher quality.  A virtual college of school leadership should be developed to improve leadership capacity at all levels within Scottish education. This facility would provide a dedicated focal point for leadership development in Scotland.”

 Join us for an open discussion on all aspects of educational leadership and on how SCEL will deliver on this aspiration.

Margaret Alcorn (Convenor of SELMAS) will host the event, and Margery McMahon Lead National Co-ordinator for SCEL, Walter Humes, Visiting Professor of Education at the University of Stirling, Danny Murphy, Senior Teaching Fellow at the University of Edinburgh, Rodger Hill Education Officer, Dumfries & Galloway Council, and Sue Beattie, headteacher at Belmont Academy in Ayr will contribute their thinking.

We are grateful to Glasgow College for hosting this event, and for the sponsorship received from the Scottish Government.

This is a free event, but you should indicate your intention to attend by returning the booking form to Alex Wood by email at alexander.wood@blueyonder.co.uk  

Alex. Wood
49 Acredales
West Lothian EH49 6HY

Tel: 01506 848259
Mob: 0775 989 8890
Web site: www.alexwood.org.uk

Creative Learning Programme – March⤴


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Click the link above for a preview of our jam packed programme of Creative Learning CPD opportunities in March.

The aim of the CLN is to champion creativity in learning and to bring together local practitioners, creative partners and learners providing high quality learning experiences, practical support and opportunities to share practice.

Our Creative Learning CPD programme is now in its 3rd year and we are looking forward to a whole month of creativity and CLN activity. With activities ranging from debating to dancing, singing and creative writing, we hope that there will be something for everyone.

Week 1: Music & Movement

Week 2: Drama, Storytelling & Literacy

Week 3: Commonwealth

Week 4: Science

Creative Learning⤴


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3.45 – 5.15pm, 14th May, CPD Unit, Braehead Primary Schoollibraries  cultural services logo

Meadow Road, Dumbarton, G82 2BL

The original event was cancelled and is now scheduled for the 14th of May. For those teachers who had signed up before and who would still like to come, please sign up via the CPD website.

This fun, active session is designed to introduce teachers to simple ways to engage middle-upper Primary School pupils in musical activities using voice, body percussion and Boomwhacker tuned percussion tubes. The session will focus on the basics of understanding rhythm, pulse, tempo, pitch and dynamics and reading simple musical notation. Also offered are some ideas for fun musical games you can use in the classroom.

The session is extremely useful for teachers working alongside Claire McTeir – Music Development Officer this academic year, but all other members of staff are more than welcome to attend to gain an insight into inspired ways to support musical education in your schools.

Participant Feedback

Today’s session was enjoyable and has given me ideas for my music lesson”

Claire was extremely confident and engaging.  I feel as though I have learned a number of great skills/games that I will use.

This session will be filmed as part of an ongoing project to have CPD available online.