Collaborative event: Character Scotland, University of Strathclyde and SELMAS

On 27th January 2015 we will be co-hosting a discussion with our friends at Character Scotland and the University of Strathclyde. The theme of the discussion is:Questions of Character – supporting children and young people to flourish. You’ll find more information and the booking process here – please join us if you can for an open and stimulating discussion.

The Scottish Education Professional Learning Network

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Welcome to The Scottish Education Professional Network – connecting leaders of professional learning across Scotland. In common with its predecessor, the National CPD Network, it brings together local authority officers, universities, Education Scotland, GTCS, SCEL, and other educational partners such as SELMAS, Keep Scotland Beautiful, etc.

You can find out more by visiting the new blog at http://bit.ly/scotplnet

Friday November 7th was the date for the most recent meeting. The planning group had responded to calls for more variety in the venues by moving the event to Aberdeen University, where I can confirm the high quality of the bacon rolls.

The theme for the day was “The Enquiring Professional” and the morning centred round café conversations led by four educators (Sarah Gordon of Broomhill Primary in Aberdeen, Fiona Lindsay of Keep Scotland Beautiful, Deborah Carter of Tomacross Primary School and George Roberts of Danestone Primary) who described their experiences of engaging in practitioner enquiry. This led to a lively and engaged discussion of the issues raised.

There was a very helpful update from David Roy of the Scottish Government on the work of the Implementation Partnership, and of the progress with SCEL. He also alerted the Network to the big national push that is coming around the recommendations in the Wood Commission report. He suggested there would be national funding for associated work.

The day was a very welcome opportunity to get together with colleagues to share practice, aspirations, issues.

Margaret Alcorn, SELMAS convenor