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Course Date

February 6, 2019

Course Cost

£120.00 per day

Coffee & Registration from 9.30 am

Course Time

10:00 - 15:30


Radisson Blu Hotel, Edinburgh

80 High Street
The Royal Mile

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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.
  • For residential courses cancellation must be advised 28 days prior to the event.

Course Description

Heads of Professional Learning and Heads of Learning and Teaching

Day 2 of 2 

All Deputes, particularly Heads of Professional Learning and Heads of Learning and Teaching are warmly invited to attend this conference which will provide an opportunity to engage with national agencies and academics to gain an insight into current thinking and practice.

Dr Zoe Robertson, Senior Teaching Fellow at the University of Edinburgh will open the day with a keynote considering Perspectives on Professional Learning.  Zoe is a well-respected and informed academic who contributes to a number of national educational initiatives.  Her sharp, creative thinking was instrumental in shaping the new national model of professional learning.

The new national model of professional learning was launched in September at the Scottish Learning Festival – this can be accessed via these links - National Model of Professional Learning and About the Model.   SCEL/Education Scotland are currently devising resources to support practitioners with the implementation of this approach.  Colleagues from SCEL/Education Scotland will lead a session to explore the model and supporting resources.

In addition, SCEL continue to enhance their suite of leadership programmes and will provide an insight into current and future priorities.

We are delighted to welcome Professor Kate Wall, University of Strathclyde to have an input into the day.  Kate has worked extensively in partnership with teachers of all ages and stages, using practitioner enquiry approaches and has a growing interest in how tools with pedagogic and methodological origins can be used to support theorised practice.  She recently published a thought-provoking article: “Building a Bridge between Pedagogy and Methodology:  Emergent thinking on notions of quality in practitioner enquiry” and will share some key messages including how a practitioner framework, as located within Scottish education policy, encourages thinking about how teachers engage with research.  An insight into Kate’s areas of research can be found here -

The GTCS have prioritised A Review of the Professional Standards – an outline of this can be found on their website - Review of Professional Standards GTCS.  Coupled with this they are currently working on revised approaches to PRD.   In this context, a number of key observations were contained in the 2018 Annual Evaluation – Professional Update - Annual Evaluation.   Colleagues from the GTCS who are leading on these initiatives will provide an update on both areas.

In the afternoon we will be joined by Paul Main, Founder of Structural Learning -   Metacognition is receiving a great deal of attention and Structural Learning is a new cognitive tool used by students to enhance the processing of curriculum content.  Paul will facilitate a workshop using the ideas/resources and share insights into the professional development program that uses cognitive science to advance classroom practice.  Member schools will be eligible to engage with the programme and as part of their professional learning have supported classroom action research.




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