EIS Professional Learning Conference, Saturday 11 May 2019

Venue: Radisson Blu Edinburgh, 80 High Street, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 1TH

Conference now fully booked.

In light of the significant increase in the numbers of young people with a diverse range of additional support needs in mainstream classrooms in recent years, and in response to EIS member demand for relevant professional learning, this half-day conference will focus on Additional Support Needs.

Professor Lani Florian, Bell Chair of Education at Moray House School of Education is confirmed as a keynote speaker and will be sharing her expertise in inclusive pedagogy.

The second keynote will be provided by EIS National Officer Jenny Kemp who will outline the findings of and EIS response to, academic research commissioned by the EIS into local authority ASN provision.

The programme will also include workshops addressing various specific areas of ASN and suggesting practical approaches to supporting children and young people with:

  • Autism
  • Social, emotional and behavioural needs
  • Mental health difficulties
  • English as an additional language, particularly those from refugee and migrant communities.


Workshop 1: Responding to Children’s and Young People’s Social, Emotional and Behavioural Needs  - Dr Carrie Ballantyne, University West of Scotland

Workshop 2: Supporting Pupils/Students from Refugee and Migrant Communities who have English as an additional Language  - Clare Fulton, Global Learning Adviser, One World Centre

Workshop 3: Addressing the Needs of Children and Young People with Autism  - Lorna Johnston, DHT, City of Edinburgh Council

Workshop 4: Children and Young People’s Mental Health  - Rachael Hood, Mental Health Foundation