Category Archives: Teacher Education

Fully-funded course for student teacher mentors

A reminder from colleagues at Moray House School of Education that they still have spaces on the upcoming Student Teacher Learning in and through Practice (STLitP) The course is fully funded and due to start on Saturday 21 January 2017 .

Who is this course for?

  • all teachers appointed to the ‘cluster tutor’ role in the MSc in Transformative Learning and Teaching
  • teacher mentors who expect to be supporting an MA Primary with year 3 student
  • teacher mentors who expect to be supporting an MSc in Transformative Learning and Teaching student

More information and the online booking form can be found here:

SELMAS Brainstrust 3 – The Outsiders

selmas-brains-trustSELMAS Brainstrust 3:  9 November 2016 – The Outsiders – Braes High School, Falkirk

As the title suggests, the first SELMAS Brainstrust of the session (and 3rd in total) focuses on the young people in danger of being left behind by the education system.  We will hear from colleagues who have made sure that the young people in their care don’t fall into this category.

Please find more information about this free professional learning event on the SELMAS website –  – where you will also find the link to enrol. 



Leadership Award: Gaelic Education

Social Enterprise Academy, with support from Education Scotland and Bòrd na Gàidhlig, are delivering an Institute of Leadership and Management Award for teachers of Gaelic Education. The next Leadership Award for Gaelic Education will commence on 11 and 12 November  2016.  If you wish to enrol for this award, or require more information, please contact


Professional Learning for teachers of Gaelic Medium Education (GME)

Streap, the Postgraduate Teaching Certificate for teachers of GME is still recruiting for a 5 September 2016 start. Applications are now invited for a limited number of places. The induction to the course takes place in Glasgow on 15 and 16 September 2016.

This programme is fully funded by the Scottish Government. For more information, please go to:

Research digest for teachers of craft, design, engineering and graphics

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This research digest has been developed to provide you with a sample of recent international literature and research related to Technologies: Craft, Design, Engineering and Graphics.



Newsletter: Gaelic Medium Education

Comann nam Pàrant, the national organisation that advises and supports parents/carers of those in Gaelic Medium Education (GME), has recently published a newsletter.

The newsletter includes information on

  • Education (Scotland) Act 2016
  • Comann nam Pàrant AGM
  • Gaelic Medium Education in action across the country
  • Bòrd na Gàidhlig
  • Teacher Recruitment
  • Comhairle nan Leabhraichean’s approaches to supporting parents/carers with their child’s learning
  • New resources.

Please continue to read

Professional Learning: Environment, Language and Heritage

Àrainneachd, Cànan is Dualchas (‘environment, language and heritage’) is a ten-day Gaelic language learning course. It is intended for fluent speakers and near-fluent learners of the language who would like to continue to develop their fluency. The course explores the strong links between the language and the Scottish environment. It will run in North Skye on 25-29 July and from 1-5 August, 2016. Students can attend either or both weeks. More information about this course is available here: ACD 2016 (E) and at

Transforming Lives: Succeeding Against the Odds Transitions as a Tool for Change Conference

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We are excited to let you know that you can now book your place for the Scottish Government Funded event: Transforming Lives: Succeeding Against the Odds. Transitions as a Tool for Change.

The event is to take place on Saturday, 14th May 2016: 9.30-16.00 McCance Lecture Theatre, Richmond Street, Glasgow

To book your place email Caroline Marley

In Scotland there is a policy focus on the early years, particularly as government express concern about the educational achievements of their children, the number of children living in poverty and the long term economic and social consequences of children’s engagement in education. Young children form a rallying point, and few issues are more capable of uniting people across cultural, professional, political, religious and financial divides than those relating to young children (Bernard van Leer, 2011). Starting Strong III (OECD, 2012) emphasises the importance of early years transitions as a focus for professional development. The workforce in Scotland is seen as central to achieving policy ambitions and the current proposal links strongly to a number of recommendations recently outlined in the Independent Review. In policy, research and practice arenas there is recognition of the importance of a positive start to school and policy and practice rhetoric around building effective approaches to transition. It is with this background that we consider Transitions as a Tool for Change.


Aims for the research, policy and practices events are :

* To look at the opportunities, expectations and aspirations of early educators and families at times of transition
* To understand children’s and young people’s learning journeys, attainment and learning outcomes and the contribution of positive transitions
* To consider children’s entitlements at times of transition
* To analyse early educators beliefs and practices around transitions and the contributions they make to children’s transition experiences
* To interrogate the extent to which early years transitions and later school transitions provide new opportunities for family engagement in education.
* To work with the Early Years Collaborative, particularly on the Transitions & Continuity Theme
* To ensure dissemination and impact

Our speakers will include:
– Professor Iram Siraj “Learners’ life-course trajectories over time” (Professor of Education, Department of Learning & Leadership. UCL Institute of Education University College London).

– Dr Hronn Palmadottir “Communities in play: Young children’s perspectives on relationships, values and roles in their play” (University of Iceland)

Don’t miss out.


Are you ready for the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014?

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The Centre for Youth & Criminal Justice (CYCJ) supports improvement for young people who offend, contributing to better lives for individuals and communities by…

Providing advice and support

Their multidisciplinary team provide support to those who need it, from advising on individual cases to service and organisational level development. 

Events and training

Events and training opportunities are a regular ‘free of charge’ fixture of the CYCJ calendar, and include topics like the Children and Young Person (Scotland) Act 2014 and how it will impact on you and your organisation. This includes the role of the Named Person, Child’s Plan and links to local services like EEI (Early and Effective Intervention).

IVY (Interventions for Vulnerable Youth)

The ground-breaking Interventions for Vulnerable Youth Project (IVY) is funded by the Scottish Government to meet the needs of high risk young people Find out more at

A guide to Youth Justice in Scotland: policy, practice and legislation

CYCJ produces guidance to youth justice in Scotland, incorporating the latest legislation and policy changes. Download the current sections at

To find out more…

Observation and discussion (with a twist!)

westpartnership_bannerToday I was delighted to be invited to learn with student teachers on the BAE course at University of Strathclyde in the highly impressive Barony Hall.

My main purpose for being there was to introduce a new way to support the work of the West Partnership.

To help student teachers advance their practice, the Partnership has been promoting non-judgemental learning observations followed by professional discussions. Until now these discussions between student, teacher and university colleague only took place face to face.

Now using a combination of Glow tools, these discussions will move online and hopefully include a wider range of colleagues. This new approach will start early in 2016.

For the colleagues who attended the event, here are the links I promised. Others can have a wee look too, if you have a Glow username.

Thanks to all who took part and do keep in touch!

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