Category: Engaging families in Maths and Numeracy – What is Maths?

This Creative Conversation is aimed at practitioners and staff across all sectors who have responsibility or are involved in supporting children and families.

This is an introductory session which will look at mathematical development from birth to primary school. It is relevant to all settings/schools and will explore:

How mathematical abilities develop at different ages
Factors that might influence mathematical development
The importance of early mathematical abilities for lifelong outcomes.
This session will provide important background context for sessions 2 and session 3. Attendees are encouraged to attend all three dates.

Once you have registered, we will issue the joining instructions prior to the event start time. Please make sure that you enter the correct email address upon registration.

FVWL RIC Easter School

Live lessons:

We are delighted that e-Sgoil and our Forth Valley and West Lothian Regional improvement Collaborative are offering an Easter programme of real-time, interactive webinars covering Nat 4 to Advanced Higher, for Scottish Senior Phase learners. The programme is not designed to deliver whole course content but will focus on key aspects of the subject(s) and hints and tips on how to be successful in assessments.

The programme which covers over 60 courses runs from 6th – 16th April and there will be three Live Webinars per course. Webinars are run through Microsoft Teams, accessible through GLOW logins, and will use a ‘flipped learning’ approach. This means that young people will have had access to high quality, online resources prior to attending each webinar.

Week 1: 6 – 9 April 2021

·         Start times are from 1.00pm -5.00pm each day.

·         Subject Webinars will take place on Tuesday/Thursday or Wednesday/Friday e.g. English could be at 1.00pm on Tuesday and Thursday and Biology at 4.00pm on Wednesday and Friday.

Week 2: 12 – 15 April

·         e-Sgoil Easter study support webinars will be running as per the existing e-Sgoil evening webinar schedule. Additional webinars have been arranged to match week 1 provision.

Useful information

·         The focus for the webinars will be on helping pupils succeed in SQA assessments as part of the Alternative Certification Model.

·         Resources will be posted in the Webinar teams and they will either be SQA past papers or assessments as well as any relevant materials from West OS and the Supported Learning materials from the National e-Learning Offer.

·         To book a place, Senior Phase pupils should have their SCN number ready and visit

Recorded lessons:

We are delighted to also be offering a range of recorded lessons on our FVWL RIC YouTube Channel which can be fully and freely accessed over Easter and beyond … This range of resources is continually evolving and will be added to as the session progresses.

For our Easter school we will have lessons for Senior Phase pupils designed to support them to succeed in National 5 and Higher SQA assessments. So far these include: Maths, English, Geography, History, Modern Studies, Classical Studies, Computing Science, Design Manufacture, Biology, Health and Food Technology.

We are also offering a range of Literacy and Numeracy lessons for BGE pupils. There will be over 50 lessons available initially and these will be added to as the session progresses.

Learners can also access a range of over 1500 high-quality short learning videos through West OS, which can be accessed through your GLOW launch pad.

Audrey Farley

Curriculum & Virtual Learning Lead




A Conversation about Parental Engagement

Tue, 26 January 2021, 16:00 – 17:00

An opportunity for Head Teachers and CLD Leads to share their experiences of engaging parents, particularly through periods of remote learning. We will reflect on key messages from the recent Equity Audit and gain an insight into parental engagement strategies successfully adopted in North Ayrshire. The main focus of this event will be to provide the opportunity for FV&WL colleagues to share practical strategies about how we can most effectively support parents with learning at home.

Use this link to register on Eventbrite.

Introduction to Disciplinary Literacy Webinar

Introduction to Disciplinary Literacy Webinar : 28/1/21, 4-5 p.m.

Improving Literacy in Secondary Schools recommends prioritising ‘disciplinary literacy’ across the curriculum. Disciplinary Literacy is a subject specific approach that supports raising attainment and closing the gap via enriched literacy practices across the curriculum. This introductory session highlights research on what works in vocabulary and comprehension teaching for subject disciplines, teaching pupils to read, write and think in subject appropriate ways

Please sign up via CPD Manager or contact to arrange a date for your school or department.

FV&WL Nurture Wee Blether

Forth Valley & West Lothian invite you to Wee Blether Number 3 – Fostering feelings of school community during a pandemic, on Wednesday 25 November 2020, 16:00–17:00.

This is an opportunity to share how we have been using nurture principles to support children and young people, families and the wider school community.  Please see the flyer for more details.

Follow this link to register through EventBrite

Nurture flyer


Wee blether about how Microsoft Teams has been used across the curriculum

Join educators from across Forth Valley and West Lothian Regional Improvement Collaborative for a wee blether about how Microsoft Teams has been used across the curriculum. Share what’s worked for you and your learners

Are you teaching using Microsoft Teams? Are you wondering how others are using the features of Microsoft Teams with their learners?

Then why not join in a chat with colleagues doing likewise from other schools in Forth Valley and West Lothian Regional Improvement Collaborative (Clackmannanshire, Falkirk, Stirling and West Lothian) – share what’s worked for you and your learners, and hear from others.

Join educators from across FVWL RIC for a wee blether on how Microsoft Teams has been used across the curriculum. Share what’s worked for you and your learners. The conversations will be facilitated by Education Scotland and FVWL RIC digital officers. There are different sessions for educators to choose depending on whether your pupils are first level, second level, third level or fourth level, so you can join in whichever sessions suit you.

A Glow login is required to join these sessions. They will take place on Glow, in the FVWL Webinars Digital Learning and Teaching channel in Microsoft Teams. Just sign up at the link below for your choice of session, and joining details will also be sent to you to confirm your place:

First Level Teams Wee Blethers – Monday 9 November 4.30pm-5.30pm –
Second Level Teams Wee Blethers – Thursday 12 November 4.30pm-5.30pm –
Third Level Teams Wee Blethers – Monday 23 November 4.30pm-5.30pm –
Fourth Level Teams Wee Blethers – Thursday 26 November 4.30pm-5.30pm –


Nurture Principles Wee Blether – 6 August 2020

Due to the popularity of the national Nurture Wee Blether in June 2020, we will be hosting a Forth Valley and West Lothian Nurture Wee Blether on Thursday 6th August 2020, 3-4pm.

This will be an opportunity for colleagues across Forth Valley and West Lothian to get together and have a smaller, more in-depth conversation about Nurture Principles and how we can use them to support the return to school buildings for children and young people. The event will be hosted by Education Scotland and Ed Psychologists from across Forth Valley and West Lothian. We will be exploring the following questions in discussions:

  1. Environment offers a safe base:
    • How are we organising our learning environments to help support wellbeing in different areas of our school and classrooms?
    • What are we doing to promote psychological safety for our children, young people and school staff?

  2. Behaviour is a form of communication:
    • What behaviours do you think we will see that will show children are coping or not coping when they return to school buildings?
    • What can we do to support children who are showing their distress through their behaviour?

This event is about giving practitioners the opportunity to talk and explore their thoughts. It is informal and conversational in nature where participants share their knowledge and expertise around the themes being discussed. If you are interested in being involved, please follow this link to register:

There are a set number of places available so if interested please register as soon as possible. Registration closes 24 hours before the event starts. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to email.

I look forward to seeing you there 
Kind regards
Jacqui Ward