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Course Date

November 5, 2019

Course Cost


Coffee and registration from 9.30 am (lunch included)

Course Time

10:00 - 15:30


Radisson Blu Hotel

The Royal Mile
80 High Street

To register for the waiting list, please email

Cancellation and refund policy

  • 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

Learning Support Teachers are warmly invited to attend this annual conference which covers a range of important topics, and provides a valuable opportunity for networking.

We are delighted to welcome Aicha Reid (CPsychol., MSc, MA.) to facilitate the morning sesson. Aicha delivers independent psychology services and education consultancy. She works with schools, other educational establishments and education authorities as well as providing expert witness services to the legal profession. Aicha has 19 years’ experience in education and educational psychology. She has been a practising Chartered Psychologist for over 15 years. Aicha works part time for a local authority and part time in independent practice. She is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council, Chartered with the British Psychological Society and a member of the Register of Applied Psychology Practice Supervisors, the Association of Directors of Education and the Association of Scottish Principal Educational Psychologists. 

Session 1

Processing difficulties demystified

Information processing difficulties are associated with many different learning difficulties and Additional Support Needs. However, the phrase, information processing is used to mean different things by different people. Aicha will explain what is meant by information processing. We will consider common processing difficulties encountered and the supports that help.

Session 2

Supporting children and young people with anxiety

Schools increasingly identify anxiety and stress as a barrier to learning. Aicha will give an introduction to anxiety from a psychological perspective. The session will focus on supports that typically help.

Session 3  

Feeling good, leading well

We are delighted to welcome Claire Lavelle to facilitate the afternoon session.   Claire is a professional coach who has over twenty years’ experience in Education.   She has been a teacher, a principal teacher, a primary headteacher in Scotland and abroad, and a quality improvement officer in a Scottish local authority.  Claire founded The Hive of Wellbeing and she uses a combination of positive psychology, coaching for performance and self-efficacy techniques – each of these will be explored in her session.   Read more about the impact of Claire’s work on the GTCS website

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