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School of Education

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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.

More information on this course can be found here.

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1. Standard Fee£70.00[Read More]
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Supporting Children and Families Affected by Imprisonment

Description

Children and families affected by imprisonment face a range of challenges. These are often not fully understood by those working in education who can have limited experience of prison and imprisonment in their own lives. This session will explore the experiences of children and families when a family member is imprisoned, will consider the impact this can have on a child's schooling, and will support those attending to consider the positive action they can take.

 

More information on this course can be found here.

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1. Standard Fee£25.00[Read More]
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Curiouser & Curiouser: Innovation and Engagement in Primary STEM

Description

These sessions will explore opportunities to inspire curiosity and agency in young learners through innovative pedagogies and inter-disciplinary contexts. Adopting inquiry-based approaches to teaching and learning, together we will accompany Alice on her STEM adventures in Wonderland.

 

These sessions will prompt participants to look across the curriculum, identifying opportunities to draw children into learning through child-centred investigation and inquiry. With a focussed lens on each of the STEM disciplines, we will consider together how learning experiences can be enhanced through a connected and meaningful approach that draws on the natural wonder of childhood.

 

More information on this course can be found here.

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Creating Feminist Classrooms

Description

What makes a feminist classroom? What forms can a feminist education take? Gender inequalities have been an enduring and central focus of equalities legislation, in part as a result of sustained feminist efforts. This session is for anyone interested in advancing their understanding of gender inequalities and feminist politics in relation to education, across compulsory and post-compulsory education contexts.

 

More information on this course can be found here.

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1. Standard Fee£45.00[Read More]
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LGBTQ+ 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 here.

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1. Standard Fee£45.00[Read More]
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Widening Participation

Description

Who is expected to pursue further and higher education? Who is tacitly or directly excluded? With university-level qualifications positioned as a key route to social mobility, participation in post-compulsory education resonates with key policy urgencies across the UK, and is visible in initiatives like the Scottish Funding Council’s Commission on Widening Access.

 

More information on this course can be found here.

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1. Standard Fee£45.00[Read More]
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Engaging in High Quality Observations - February 2022

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 on this course can be found here.

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1. Standard Price£25.00[Read More]
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Digital Storytelling

Description

A powerful teaching and learning practise for the modern classroom that combines the art of storytelling with digital multimedia. The workshop will go through the complete digital storytelling process offering a hands-on experience (write the script, create the storyboard, compile different media elements, finalise and publish). Workshop includes development a digital story, presentation and evaluation.

The course will be held between 17:30 and 19:30.

More information on this course can be found here.

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1, Standard Price£25.00[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.

For more information on this course please see here.

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1. Standard Price£60.00[Read More]
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A Pragmatic Introduction to Practitioner Enquiry

Description

This workshop will introduce participants to the practitioner enquiry process and explore strategies to ensure that it is doable alongside other competing demands teachers and education practitioners normally have. Using real life examples, the workshops will support participants in engaging with different kinds of evidence, either originating in school or in research, and support them in thinking about what is useful in answering their practitioner enquiry questions. It will aim to demonstrate how practitioner enquiry should be part of the job rather than a hobby for Sunday afternoons. It targets people who are new to practitioner enquiry, those who are undertaking practitioner enquiry but are finding it unmanageable and those who lead practitioner enquiry cohorts and want to ensure a pragmatic approach.

 

More information on this course can be found here.

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1. Standard Price£20.00[Read More]
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Models of Enquiry-based School Communities

Description

In this workshop we will use a number of models of real-life school-based practitioner enquiry communities, demonstrating the ways that they are set up and run, and exploring how the culture and dynamics of a context can be the driver to setting up a practitioner enquiry community that works. We will use the principles of autonomy, dialogue, disturbance and connectedness (based on work by Kate Wall and Elaine Hall) to engage with how to set up a community of practitioner enquiry and sustain it over time. This workshop is targeting current or aspirational leaders of practitioner enquiry cultures either within or across school settings. Just like workshop 1, the key messages will be about embedded practitioner enquiry within practice rather than it being an additional thing to add to colleagues’ lists of things to do.

 

More information on this course can be found here.

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1. Standard Price£20.00[Read More]
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Getting Staff Involved in Enquiry

Description

Practitioner enquiry depends on staff engagement, and this workshop will explore the factors that motivate teachers to carry out enquiry projects of their own. Using examples from research-engaged schools throughout Scotland, the workshop will identify sustainable models of practitioner enquiry as well as some of the obstacles which at times cause projects to falter. It will then outline a set of strategies which can be used to enthuse and engage teachers in the process of enquiry. Strategies covered will focus on three key areas – provision of information, organisational factors (including finding time for enquiry), and motivation – and will provide the tools to build a durable professional culture where teachers view practitioner enquiry as part of the job. The workshop is aimed at professionals who already have some initial familiarity with the practitioner enquiry process, for example those who currently lead enquiry-based groups or projects, or who have leadership roles at departmental, school or local authority level.

 

More information on this course can be found here.

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1. Standard Price£20.00[Read More]
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An Enquiry Approach to Policy Engagement

Description

This workshop will explore how practitioner enquiry can be used as a mechanism for informing, shaping and challenging education policy agendas at both local and national levels. Scottish education is undergoing a significant period of change, perhaps the biggest it has ever seen. In this fast-changing and increasingly politicised environment, schools are under increasing pressure to perform, yet concerns are often raised about the disconnect between ‘policy-makers’ and the realities of the classroom. There has never been a more important time for teachers’ voices to be heard. This workshop draws on empirical research and previous experience with research-engaged schools to consider the contribution that practitioner enquiry can make in education reform, highlighting potential challenges as well as opportunities for connecting enquiry practice to policy. This workshop is for anyone working within education who would like to employ practitioner enquiry as a tool for informing change. It will also be of interest to those who support professional learning in or across schools. 

 

More information on this course can be found here.

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1. Standard Price£20.00[Read More]
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Skills for Teacher Research Engagement

Description

For teachers who want to take their practitioner enquiry to the next level, this workshop will establish the key skills needed to access and analyse research literature, to plan an ethical research project, and to select among different methodology options. In the workshop, teachers will learn about understanding background research, accessing research literature in a systematic way, and identifying flaws in existing work. As well as exploring methods of data gathering, the session will outline how to set up a robust teacher-centred ethics procedure to ensure that research does not cause harm to pupils, and will draw attention to the variables that must be accounted for when carrying out research in classroom environments. It will then outline some of the main opportunities available to teachers who wish to share their own research work with a wider audience through conferences or publication.

 

More information on this course can be found here.

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1. Standard Price£20.00[Read More]
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Supporting Emotional Regulations at Early Level

Description

This is an opportunity to consider how to support young children’s emotional development with a focus on interactions between staff and children. Reflecting the ethos of the recently published National Practice Guidance for Early Years and Early Primary (Realising the Ambition), this course introduces staff to approaches which move away from behaviour management towards a focus on ‘brain-building’ through engaging in warm, empathic interactions with young children.

More information on this course can be found here

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Standard Price£25.00[Read More]
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An Insight into Autistic Spectrum Disorders

Description

This course will be suitable to a wide range of professionals, including teachers/other education professionals, multi-disciplinary team professionals, health professionals, social workers, commissioning teams, as well as professionals from the third sectors. It would also be suitable for university students and can be adapted for pupils in mainstream schools to provide them with a better understanding of peers who may have ASD. It could also be adapted for families/ carers/significant others with autistic family members. The course has also been delivered to autistic people to allow them a greater understanding of “self”. It can be delivered at different levels depending on the target audience and duration can be variable depending on the needs of the audience.

 

More information on this course can be found here.

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1. Standard Price£25.00[Read More]
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Mentoring (Science) Teachers in the Secondary School

Description

How much are you, as a mentor (or aspiring to be a mentor) of a student-teacher, responsible for training and retaining student-teachers? Increasingly classroom teachers supporting and mentoring students and novice teachers in their learning are recognised as important.

 

If you are a secondary school-based mentor or are aspiring to be one in the future, join this short course to learn more about being an effective mentor. This session will provide some practical guidance to support you in developing yourself as a reflective and teacher-oriented mentor, with a view to supporting the development of autonomous and effective student-teachers with a life-long learning attitude. The key topics covered in this session will include:

  • Developing a mentor-mentee relationship and conducting mentor-mentee meetings effectively;
  • Supporting student-teachers’ development from developing subject (science) knowledge to pedagogical content knowledge (PCK); and 
  • Supporting student-teachers with lesson planning, teaching and self-evaluation.

 

More information on this course can be found here.

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1. Standard Price£25.00[Read More]

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