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SLF 2017: Submit a seminar proposal

slf-logoThe Festival provides high quality continuing professional learning and is a rendezvous for educational professionals both nationally and internationally, providing a unique platform to engage with a diverse range of experts, colleagues and suppliers.

Education Scotland organises the event and is now accepting seminar proposals for the 2017 conference programme which will feature around 100 seminars over two days.

Is there a project you have been working on that could be showcased? Or perhaps you are aware of establishments that demonstrate good practice? We would encourage you to share this information with your colleagues and networks and submit relevant proposals for consideration.

The theme for SLF 2017 is Promoting excellence and equity for Scotland’s children through:

  • empowering teachers, practitioners, parents, schools and communities;
  • strengthening partnerships, collaboration and networks to improve outcomes for children and young people;
  • building the professional capacity of teachers, practitioners and leaders;
  • fair and learner-centred funding; and
  • responsibility and accountability at all levels.

If you would like to submit a proposal for consideration please do so before midday on Monday 20 February. Proposals received after this date will not be considered for inclusion in the conference programme.

The 2017 conference programme and registration will be launched in May and will feature the sessions that have been submitted and selected for inclusion.

We look forward to receiving your proposals and hope you will contribute to SLF 2017 to help continue to deliver Scotland’s largest annual national education event. If you would like any further information about SLF 2017 please contact the SLF team.

Flipping SLF!

flippedSLFAre you attending the Scottish Learning Festival (SLF) this year? Some of our presenters are using professional learning communities on Glow to ‘flip’ the learning at SLF.

Before the seminar, colleagues will be asked to join the community and leave a comment in the Newsfeed or Yammer group. This will get the professional dialogue going even before the seminar happens.

During the seminar, the key points and resources will be captured and made available on the online community. Colleagues may also be asked to make an individual or collaborative pledge to change their practice.

After the seminar, the dialogue can be continued, resources accessed and the community used to add value to the SLF experience.

Flipped seminar participants will be emailed personally but if you are coming to SLF or just interested in the SLF chat, make your way to the National Professional Learning Community

You’ll find some support on how to get onto Glow Yammer if you’ve never used it.

Use the tag #flippingslf and you will be guided to get the most out of SLF and professional learning on Glow.


If you need access to Glow or need to revive your Glow details, see this post How do I get a login?

If Glow is new to you, find out more on our Glow Connect blog

PS This post has been updated for SLF 2016 and to reflect the fact that many communities now use Yammer

SLF extra – Developing the Young Workforce in early years and primaries

SLF ExtraAnother event in the SLF Extra series took place on Tuesday 24th March 2015. This was a partnership event between Education Scotland, AHDS and SCEL. The event attracted over 160 delegates from all over Scotland, mainly those in leadership positions within Early Years and Primary settings.

Everyone gathered together to unpick the implications of Developing the Young Workforce for these sectors and to help school leaders think about their next steps.

The event was opened by Joan Mackay, Assistant Director, Education Scotland and Project Lead on DYW who set out the national and policy context for the work. She was followed by Gillian Hamilton, Chief Executive Officer, SCEL who discussed Leadership at all Levels.

Delegates were then given an opportunity to self-evaluate their own current position in regards to what they had heard.

Following the keynote speakers, presentations were given by:

Ann McIntosh (Head Teacher), Catriona Smith (Depute Head Teacher) and Jonathan Cunningham (Depute Head Teacher) from Knightswood Primary School on their ‘Developing Picture’ with regards to employment, partnerships, equalities and curriculum linking to DYW.

Kirsty Harker (Education Support Officer, Perth and Kinross) and Kim Ramsay (Head Teacher of Royal School of Dunkeld) spoke on Profiling and Progression of Skills. Kim explained the whole school approach to planning for skills development and showed practical examples of how the learners profile their skills.

Lorna Jackson (Head Teacher, Hermitage Primary School) presented on her school’s approach to developing skills through STEM. She explained the contexts that have been used to develop learners’ skills in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

Sharon Hunter (Head Teacher, Busby Primary School) discussed Business and Community Partnerships. She outlined the school’s successful Masterclasses, in particular detailing the progression of skills and partnership working through the Food and Health masterclasses.

Using Building the Curriculum 4 key messages as a focus, after each presentation delegates were provided the opportunity to reflect on what they had heard, their own practice and discuss how they might take things forward in their own settings.

The event was very successful and delegates have heard national, regional and local perspectives with time for sharing ideas and thoughts. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive and we are looking forward to seeing the impact. Comments from delegates included:

– the event opened my eyes to the wealth of opportunities available e.g. utilising businesses, local colleges, etc.

– I was looking for ideas to support my school in the development of skills in preparation for life beyond school. The conference was excellent at showing best practice and giving ideas to take the key messages forward.

– I have thoroughly enjoyed this event and it has inspired me greatly It was great to learn about all the progression taking place from nursery through to P7 and building on prior skills and knowledge.

– I was looking for inspiration on how to build on the current good work happening in my school. I am leaving inspired – so much to think about.

For more information about Developing the Young Workforce visit the Education Scotland website

Scottish Learning Festival 2015 – save the dates

We’re delighted to announce that SLF 2015 will take place on Wednesday 23 and Thursday 24 September in the SECC, Glasgow. SLF is the largest education event in Scotland and will focus on raising achievement and attainment. Those interested in presenting a seminar at the festival can submit a proposal in January, when further information will be available on the SLF website.

Registration for the SLF will open in May, look out for more information over the coming months and save the dates in your diary now.

We are also working with a range of partners to host a series of SLF Extra events in 2015. On 17 February, Aberdeen City Council in partnership with Education Scotland, Aberdeenshire Council and Moray Council will host the Aberdeen Learning Festival in the AECC. The festival will include keynotes, workshop and an exhibition. More information about the event and how to register will be available in January.

On 27 February Children in Scotland, in partnership with Education Scotland, are hosting the first in a series of six free events for all those involved in education. The morning session will focus on pupil engagement and participation and the afternoon session will look at parental engagement. This first event takes place in Melrose and more information is available on the Children in Scotland website.

More SLF Extra events will be taking place in 2015, visit the SLF website for details.