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Course Date

May 14, 2019

Course Cost


Coffee and registration from 9.30 am (lunch included)

Course Time

09:45 - 15:15


Radisson Blu Hotel

The Royal Mile
80 High Street

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  • Cancellations must be advised in writing/email 6 working days prior to the event.
  • We welcome substitute delegates attending in your place at no additional cost.
  • A refund will not be granted if a registrant fails to attend or cancels within 6 working days prior to the event.
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Course Description

For Teachers with responsibility for Citizenship, PSHE & The Wider Curriculum

The focus of the day is on sharing practice and raising awareness of a range of opportunities and initiatives for promoting citizenship.  The programme will include a variety of presentations from providers and schools.  There will also be time built into the programme for delegates to contribute their ideas and share practice. 

We are delighted that colleagues from Scottish Government will give the opening address.  ​In its Mental Health Strategy 2017-2027, the Scottish Government committed to a review of Personal and Social Education (PSE); the role of pastoral guidance in local authority schools; and services for counselling for children and young people.  With a focus on PSE, Scottish Government will share current thinking in this context.  Further information can be found on the Scottish Government's website with access to the Review of PSE here.

Presentations will include:


The Anti-Bullying Ambassador programme is part of the charity, The Diana Award. The Diana Award was founded as a legacy to Diana, Princess of Wales’ belief that young people have the power to change the world for the better.  Since 1999, the Diana Award has recognised over 45,000 ordinary young people who have made an extraordinary difference to their community.  Paul Hanmore, Anti-Bullying Training Manager will outline the programme and how schools can get involved.

Further information about the Diana Award can be found via the website.

Global Citizenship

Charlotte Dwyer, co-ordinator with scotdec will be joining us.  Scotdec provides professional learning courses in Global Citizenship, Learning for Sustainability and Rights-based learning for teachers and educators in all sectors.  Charlotte will outline opportunities for schools to work in partnership to promote active and participatory global citizenship education.

Health and Wellbeing

Natasha Alonzi, founder of ARCOBALENO Nutritional Therapy gives nutritional talks and workshops to schools and business. In the school context, Natasha delivers sessions to students with a key focus on nutrition and success in relation to diet and supporting brain and mood health before exams.

Cultivating Positive Relationships

"No significant learning will take place without a significant relationship” - Graham Goulden will discuss the many challenges that young people are facing today in a climate often ruled by social media and expectations.  Graham will make it clear that many of these issues can, if un-checked have a negative impact on learning and attainment.  He will describe the unique approach he uses to start conversations amongst young people around many of the challenges they face helping them be the friends and team-mates that many so desperately want to be.  More about Graham’s work can be found here.

Sharing of good practice

Colleagues from across the sector will provide insights into current initiatives that are working well in their schools. 

Gemma Hay, George Heriot’s will share her work with the UK Parliament Education Team.  In particular, Gemma will outline how this professional learning informed her thinking with regard to the teaching of democracy, citizenship and pupil engagement.

Andrew Durward, St Leonard’s will share his work with CAMHS, key aim of the partnership is to equip pupils as early as possible, with the tools to manage and support their own mental health together with delivering sessions to parents and staff. 

Mental Toughness

Colleagues from 4-staffdevelopment and AQR will provide an overview of what it looks like to be a mentally tough,  resilient school - this will be supported by case studies and research papers.

Equality and Diversity

Nil by Mouth, Scotland's leading anti-sectarian charity will  provide an insight into their work and support they can provide to schools.


Mental Health and Wellbeing 

Equipping young people to manage their mental wellbeing at University

The final session of the day will be led by Rosie Russell.   Rosie is a mental health practitioner and counsellor who works with University services in this context.  Rosie will explore:

•             The challenges that young people face in the transition to University

•             Current practice in schools to support school-university transition

•             How we can prepare students for the transition

•             The expectations of both students and parents in this context

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