Forth Valley & West Lothian Regional Improvement Collaborative Plan 2019-2022

Click on the link below for the Forth Valley & West Lothian Regional Improvement Collaborative Plan 2019-2022

FVWL Regional Improvement Collaborative Plan 2019-22

This Regional Improvement Plan is for the Forth Valley and West Lothian Improvement Collaborative and takes account of the following national and local plans and advice for Falkirk, West Lothian, Stirling and Clackmannanshire:

  • 2019 National Improvement Framework and Improvement Plan for Scottish Education
  • Education Reform-Joint Agreement (Scottish Government, June 2018)
  • Regional Improvement Collaborative plan 2018-2019
  • Local Outcome Improvement Plans
  • Integrated Children’s Services Plans
  • School Improvement Plans 2019-2020

This phase of the plan has been informed by:

  • The review of the Forth Valley & West Lothian Regional Improvement Plan (Phase 2)
  • Regional Improvement Collaboratives (RICs): Interim Review, November 2018

Disciplinary Literacy

Dr Jessie Ricketts spoke to TES as part of their ‘Podagogy’ series on literacy. She explores early literacy, but also the shift in focus for literacy in secondary school, including the role of vocabulary – find the podcast HERE

Science teacher, Amanda Fleck, part of the ‘Improving Literacy in Secondary Schools’ EEF panel, has written a blog post on ‘Why Words Matter in Science’ – see HERE.

Hayley Mallinson, geography teacher at Blackpool Research School, has written a blog on the importance of vocabulary in Geography, entitled ‘Poles Apart’ – see HERE.

ELC Inclusion fund

The fourth round of the Scottish Government’s Early Learning & Childcare Inclusion Fund is open to applications.

The ELC Inclusion Fund provides funding to ELC settings to support children with additional support needs (ASN) in Scotland access their funded ELC entitlement. It funds staff working in ELC settings to receive appropriate training and fund resources, equipment and adaptations.

The ELC Inclusion Fund is funded by the Scottish Government and managed by Children in Scotland.

Autumn 2019 Newsletter

The latest Newsletter for Autumn 2019 is available now to read here.

Find out more about what’s happening within the Forth Valley and West Lothian Regional Improvement Collaborative.

There’s a spotlight on Career Long Professional Learning (and you can download the latest CLPL programme here); and you can find out about the latest developments within the Literacy Workstream, Numeracy Workstream, and Early Learning and Childcare Workstream.

Click here for the Autumn-Newsletter-2019

Click here for the latest CLPL programme



The FVWL RIC are very pleased to have been given the opportunity to pilot a Reading Schools initiative with The Scottish Booktrust. Check out #ScotReadingSchools on twitter for more information and to see some of the creative practice going on to develop a reading culture across our region.

Driving forward and embedding whole school digital solutions for Headteachers and Depute Headteachers

Dear colleagues, please sign up for the FV&WL RIC CLPL session here. We only have 40 places available.

If you are a Falkirk employee please sign up directly on CPD Manager

If you are a Clackmannanshire, Stirling or West Lothian colleague please sign up using the form below.

This course is designed for Headteachers and Depute Headteachers in Primary and Secondary centres. We are working on CLPL opportunities for Early Years and CLD colleagues in the future.

Intentions and success criteria of the course:
-Recognising the crucial role of Headteachers to support and enable their staff in the use of digital technologies.
-Equipping Headteachers and Depute Headteachers to use digital tools to support efficient workflow and reduce workload for staff.
-Develop understanding of strategies to further embed use of digital technologies that support learning and teaching.
-Increase awareness of digital solutions which could be applied in schools to reduce workload and increase workflow, making use of online collaborative platforms.

This will be one of a sequence of four sessions held over the school year specifically for school leaders in FV&WL RIC. These sessions are designed to be sequential and each will build on the previous session. There will be a session in each term, but each session will be duplicated within that term so that you will be able to choose the date which suits you best in each term.

Meetings take place from 4-5.30pm at schools on rotation within the collaborative.

The dates are as follows:
Autumn Term – choose either Tuesday 10 September OR Thursday 12 September
Winter Term – choose either Wednesday 30 October OR Wednesday 6 November
Spring Term – choose either Tuesday 11 February OR Thursday 13 February
Summer Term – choose either Thursday 23 April OR Wednesday 29 April

Please bring with you a device e.g. tablet / laptop / iPad and have the Microsoft Teams app installed on the device you use or, if using a laptop, via web browser if you choose. Participants will be given access to a Microsoft Teams area. Please ensure you are able to log into your Glow account.

If you have any further questions about the course please contact Malcolm Wilson by clicking on this link

Stefan Wyroslawski will be in contact with you to confirm your place on the course.

Sign up here:


CLPL opportunity – Driving forward and embedding whole school digital solutions for Primary and Secondary practitioners who lead/support the digital journey across their school.

This course would be suitable for Primary and Secondary practitioners who lead/support the digital journey across their school.

This progression of 4 sessions will build practitioner digital skills by:

improving own digital skills using online collaborative platforms as Professional Learning Communities

improving colleagues’ Digital Skills by looking at ways to involve staff in an online PLC, for a real life practical application

exploring how we can use the collaboration skills we’ve learned to enhance and support Learning and Teaching. What’s the potential impact for our learners?

exploring how Digital Solutions, including Glow, can help us engage and collaborate with parents/carers or the wider global community

It was the great automotive engineer Caractacus Potts who said, “Teamwork makes the dream work,” but in the 21st Century, what does teamwork even look like? How can we embed collaboration across the curriculum to support and enhance Learning and Teaching in our schools? Indeed, how do we prepare our learners for life, learning and work in an increasingly digital global community?

There is an expectation that participants will set goals for their own school and work towards them between sessions. Participants will also collaborate and support each other in meeting their goals.

Camelon Education Centre, 2-4pm, 10/10/19, 12/12/19, 30/01/20 and 19/03/20 – participants are expected to attend all 4 sessions.

Sign up details will follow in September.