Monthly Archive for September, 2015

Resource Calendar



The events in this calendar are celebrations, awareness days and action weeks all covering topical issues relevant to schools. Each of the events includes details of websites and support materials to help plan activities for learners.

September events include:

  • Harvest Festival
  • Scottish food and drink fortnight
  • International literacy day
  • Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year)
  • International day of democracy
  • Jeans for genes day
  • International day of peace
  • Health and wellbeing international conference
  • Autumn equinox
  • Scottish learning festival
  • Eid-ul-adha
  • Battle of Loos
  • Worlds biggest coffee morning
  • European day of languages
  • International right to know day

Learning Rounds…coming soon


A group perspective

A new approach to peer observation, borne from medical rounds, is creating a more collegiate approach to the systematic development of working practices in our schools.

Many of us will be used to peer observation and the subsequent feedback. But trials of a new approach to changing and developing teaching practice could change our perception of the traditional observational model.

‘Learning Rounds’, championed by the Scottish Centre for Studies in School Administration (SCSSA) and the national CPD team, is a system of non-judgemental, evidence-based group observation which encourages those taking part to view their performance and approach from a new perspective. As a result, individuals, their colleagues, whole schools and even entire local authorities have changed and improved the way they work in the classroom.

Find out more at the link below.

Better together? Understanding the processes involved in learning rounds as an instance of teacher collaborative professional learning

education hub project

Contributors: Catriona Oates, University of Stirling

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This is an extract from a 15 month PhD progress review report. The study is of Learning Rounds in Scottish schools and locates this practice within the wider context of teacher professionalism and professional learning communities. The report reviewed a selection of relevant literature on professional learning communities and has been used as reading for Professional Enquiry modules in Stirling University’s School of Education

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