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Inclusive Pedagogy for Maths

Description

Drawing on recommendations from the Making Maths Count group, this short course will identify and critique a range of pedagogical approaches that are intended to support the national drive to improve the perception of maths as a subject in which all children can and should experience success in learning. This class will consider recent policy developments and expectations relating to the Scottish Attainment Challenge and will be informed in part by recent findings from the Scottish Council of Deans Attainment Challenge Research Project.

 

More information can be found here.

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1. Standard Fee£25.00[Read More]
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Introduction to Complex Additional Support Needs for Practitioners

Description

This short course gives an introduction to the field of Complex Additional Support Needs (CASN) within the current framework of Scottish Education. This course will consider Scottish policy and how it relates to this unique group of young people and the ways in which their CASN present themselves in the classroom context. An overview of considerations (both practical and theoretical) for practitioners will give a rounded picture of what it is like to practise in this field, followed by pedagogical considerations to ensure that young people with CASN are offered equal opportunities to participate in all aspects of education and realise their capabilities. Examples of the practical considerations that will be covered include, individuality, the importance of postural care, and communication.  These will be linked to underpinning theory and data where appropriate.

The importance of professional networking will be highlighted, and suggestions will be offered to assist with the creation of a professional network via a selection of signposted opportunities to take forward. In addition, approaches to teaching, learning and relationship building such as intensive interaction, sensology and technological supports will be introduced. Participants will be guided towards further information on all of these.

 

More information can be found here.

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1. Standard Fee£25.00[Read More]
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Inclusion and ASN: theory, policy and legislation in practice and pedagogy

Description

This short course is intended to address some of the key recommendations from this report and help participants build capacity and self-efficacy in working with ASN pupils by connecting theory, practice and policy. Participants will explore how to improve outcomes for children, families and wider communities (in accordance with the GIRFEC practice model) through participatory approaches, shifting from deficit models of ‘additional support needs’ towards strength/asset based practices. Respecting teachers as agents of change, participants will be encouraged to consider how they might utilise their own creative approaches to promote inclusion, equity and social justice in classrooms and other educational contexts.

 

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1. Standard Fee£50.00[Read More]
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Building Teacher Leadership

Description

The course is the opportunity for teachers and middle leaders to develop their skills and will touch on the importance of teachers having a voice as leaders and the values of leaders as enabling respect and fulfilment in the workplace.

 

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1. Standard Fee£70.00[Read More]
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Creativity for Inclusion and Inclusion for Creativity

Description

Participants will learn relevant and practical skills and techniques in music and art which can harness children’s natural curiosity, creativity and expression across all disciplines.

 

This CLPL will support practitioners to develop their thinking and practical skills for creative and inclusive pedagogies which include all learners in their classrooms. Drawing on current research evidence on the benefits of STEAM and interdisciplinary learning for children, participants will explore how centring pedagogy in the Expressive Arts supports collaboration and learning for all.

 

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1. Standard Price£60.00[Read More]
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Differentiation

Description

The General Teaching Council for Scotland (2021) highlights differentiation as an approach to effective planning to meet learners’ needs (Standard 3.1.1).

 

Have you ever wondered, ‘How can I teach a diverse range of learners within my class in Numeracy and Maths?’ Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Over the last four decades, differentiation has been highlighted as a major challenge for teachers at all stages in their careers.

 

Like inclusion, differentiation is based on a set of beliefs that all children can succeed. Internationally and nationally, differentiation has become more common in practice as a response from educators to meet the diverse needs within classrooms. In differentiating, teachers adopt an inclusive philosophy and aim to support all children to learn by implementing a range of teaching and learning approaches.

 

This short course will explore the potential advantages and disadvantages of a range of differentiation models. It will support reflection and decision-making with regards to how we may differentiate to meet the needs of the children in our classrooms.

 

More information on this course can be found here.

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1. Standard Price£15.00[Read More]
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Practical Approaches to Enhancing Inclusion in STEM

Description

The session considers practical steps to overcoming some of the barriers, identified by research, to full inclusion in STEM education. The practical approaches that will be illustrated use hands-on activities and the sharing of relevant resources with participants, so that they can evaluate which will be most useful in their own settings. The activities will NOT depend on having access to expensive, specialist equipment but focus on using ‘everyday’ items and materials.

 

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1. Standard Price£20.00[Read More]
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What Research Tells us About Making Science Meaningful for All

Description

This session will draw on four research studies that have explored the features of science, science teaching and science learning, that can enhance or limit accessibility. It will focus on examples of good practice that respond to the barriers and opportunities that have been identified, and provide plenty of practical suggestions for practitioners.

 

More information can be found here.

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1. Standard Price£20.00[Read More]
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Children's Rights and Human Rights Education

Description

This short course will support participants to consider the place of children’s rights in educational contexts, and wider society. We will explore dilemmas and tensions in relation to children’s rights, and how we might explore these issues with colleagues and the children and young people with whom participants’ work. We will examine human rights education and how we might educate children and young people about, through and for human rights.

 

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1. Standard Price£25.00[Read More]
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Creating Feminist Classrooms 2: Queering LGBT+Inclusive Education

Description

This session will appeal to anyone interested in thinking critically about practising LGBTQ+ inclusive education, across different educational contexts and levels. The session is framed by a fast-evolving policy landscape, including the Scottish Parliament’s recent declaration of comprehensive support for LGBT+ Inclusive Education. It relates to broader equalities legislation and CfE core commitments and universities’ increasing concern with inclusion.

 

More information on this course can be found on the website.

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1. Standard Price£45.00[Read More]
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Creating Feminist Classrooms 3: Menstrual Justice

Description

This session will appeal to anyone interested in contemporary debates on menstrual justice, including issues of ‘period poverty’, menstrual care and activism, the lived experience and lifecourse of menstruation and menopause, and  the place of menstrual justice across different classroom contexts. The Period Products (Free Provision) (Scotland) Act (2021) established a Scotland-wide scheme to allow anyone who needs period products to get them free of charge, including in schools, colleges and universities. While a clear policy success, questions of menstrual justice surpass bathroom and classroom provisioning, as long politicised by feminist debates and activist campaigns.  Such debates and activisms have their place in the ‘feminist classroom’ as a site of learning about the range and breadth of feminist organising. Feminist debates on and approaches to ‘menstrual justice’ suggest new ways of unlearning stigma, with conversations extending to menstrual activism, menstrual blood, menstrual products and contemporary discussions of menstruation and menopause as ‘equality, diversity and inclusion’ issues in our workplaces and educational institutions. This session thinks about why menstruation matters in creating feminist classrooms.

 

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1. Standard Price£45.00[Read More]
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Engaging in High Quality Observations

Description

Responsive and intentional planning approaches start with our observations’ (Realising the Ambition, 2020).

This short course offers an opportunity to consider the role of observation at Early Level. It will support practitioners to engage in high quality observation as part of a responsive planning cycle. Building on the narratives within the recently published National Practice Guidance for Early Years and Early Primary  (Realising the Ambition), this course will encourage staff to think deeply about WHY they observe, WHAT they observe, HOW they observe, and WHAT to then do with observations. This course offers practical guidance in supporting staff to develop purposeful, skilled observation in practice. 

More information can be found here.

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Standard Fee£25.00[Read More]

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