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August 2018

Learning Rep News

EIS Learning Reps – network meeting dates 2018/19 

  • Thursday 8th November 2018
  • Thursday 21st February 2019
  • Thursday 23rd May 2019

EIS Learning Reps – recruitment, training and support 

Thank you to those of you mentoring the current cohort of LR students. Your support is valued and appreciated. Six students completed part 1 of the course and are now enrolled in part 2 at UWS.

We are currently in discussions with TUC Education to devise a new model of Learning Rep training – more information will follow in line with developments.

Learning Reps Handbook - Update

The LR Handbook has been updated. It is intended to support new Learning Reps getting started in their role. The revised draft will be circulated separately.  If you have any comments or suggestions, please send these to lwalker@eis.org.uk

EIS Learning Reps Facebook Group

For the Facebook users among you, a closed group has been set up to allow you to share resources, events and ideas. Search EIS Learning Reps.

EIS / SUL Professional Learning Courses

Scottish Union Learning (SUL) has confirmed funding for a further year of professional learning opportunities for EIS members.

EIS Learning Reps are invited to attend SUL-funded EIS courses to introduce the facilitator, evaluate the facilitation and learning, and generally be a presence at the course for the EIS. The courses reflect topics identified by the membership.

The following courses are planned for the coming months. If you are interested in attending any of these courses, please contact lwalker@eis.org.uk

Building Teacher Leadership:

15 Sept, Glasgow; 22 Sept, Dundee; 6 Oct, Edinburgh; 10 Nov, Inverness

Leadership Towards Management for Women Teachers and Lecturers:

4 Dec, Fort William; 6 Dec, Dundee

Equality and Human Rights in the Classroom:

14 Sept, Glasgow; 23 Nov, Inverness

Teaching Children from Refugee and Migrant Communities:

28 Nov, Aberdeen

Developing Awareness of Young People’s Mental Health Needs:

7 Sept, Ullapool; 2 Nov, Greenock; 9 Nov, Stirling; 16 Nov, Glasgow

Additional Support for Learning (3 x 3-hour twilights):

7, 14, 21 Nov, Inverness; 15, 22, 29 Nov, Glasgow; 17, 24, 31 Jan, Edinburgh

Tackling Racism in our Schools:

29 Nov, Glasgow; 25 Jan, Edinburgh

Learning and Teaching about the Holocaust:

27 Sept, Glasgow; date tbc Stirling

Leadership Towards Management for BME Teachers and Lecturers:

Date tbc, Glasgow

Can you help us identify professional learning needs and gaps in provision?

Our next application for SUL funding will be in October 2018. Please share any ideas with us about what is needed in your area.

Other EIS Professional Learning Events

Dates for the diary:

29 Sept: Anti-Racist Education event, Glasgow

Please visit the EIS website for full details.


EIS Resources

EIS Organisers

The work of EIS Organisers focuses on the recruitment and retention of members and developing wider membership engagement in the union. As well as recruitment, the Organisers can assist Local Associations to develop and deliver bespoke trade-union training/learning events. 

Contact details for the Organisers are available here.

Scottish Education Journal

We always welcome member-produced content for the SEJ. If you have something you’d like to write about, be it an inspiring piece of professional learning, a local event you’ve organised, or an educational issue you feel strongly about, please get in touch!

Other Events

Scottish Learning Festival, 19-20 September 2018

The Scottish Learning Festival takes place on the 19 and 20 September 2018 and this year's theme is Collaborating for Improvement. The Festival will also celebrate Scotland's Year of Young People. The EIS will deliver two seminars this year - one on the cost of the school day and one on the action research grants initiative. Register here.

Everyday Skills Event, Thursday 28th February 2019 

Last year a delegation of EIS Learning Reps attended the annual Scottish Union Learning Everyday Skills event, which brings together Learning Reps from a wide range of unions across Scotland. This year’s event will take place on Thursday 28th February 2019 in Glasgow and EIS LRs are actively encouraged to attend. Visit Scottish Union Learning for this and other forthcoming events.

TUC Education, Webinar: Becoming a ULR.  

Thursday 20th September at 2:30pm. Essential viewing for all union learning reps or for reps interested in learning. Ivor Riddell is a seasoned union learning rep and is hosting this live webinar Q&A session to answer all your questions about being a ULR. Ivor will be sharing his experiences, telling inspirational stories and giving his first-hand account of being a ULR for the RMT. Register here.

TUC Education, Webinar: Transgender Day of Remembrance.

Tuesday 20th November 2018, 2:30pm. TDOR is an annual observance on 20th November that honours the memory of those whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence. Join the live webinar in Transgender Awareness Week, which aims to raise the visibility of transgender and gender non-conforming people, and address the issues the community faces. Register here.

If you can't join the webinars live, you can catch up at the YouTube channel afterwards. Click here to subscribe.

Partner Professional Learning and Resources

EIS and Globe Education: Ways into Shakespeare

Limited places are still available for these 2-hour workshops bringing Shakespeare to life for Primary, English and Drama teachers, taking place on 4thand 5th October 2018.

For more information visit the EIS website.

Show Racism the Red Card

Show Racism the Red Card works in schools and other educational settings throughout the UK to offer a whole range of educational training, workshops, resources and activities, all designed to educate young people and adults about the causes and the consequences of racism. Find out more.

Social Enterprise Academy

Social Enterprise Academy offers a range of professional learning and development options across Scotland. Please visit the website for more information.                                                        

Scottish College for Educational Leadership

A full suite of leadership programmes is on offer through SCEL, which is now based within Education Scotland, and is now available to view on their website.

City & Guilds Masters Professional Practitioner Award

In partnership with the EIS, City & Guilds offers this SCQF Level 11 Masters in Education (MPPA), designed for practising teachers and educators who wish to develop their skills and experience.

The first unit (of three) is fully funded by Scottish Government. You must apply by the end of March, the remaining spaces will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis. Apply here.

Other Professional Learning Providers and Resources

The EIS is aware of professional learning opportunities or resources for teachers through the following providers, and while we do not specifically ‘endorse’ providers or resources, we would love to hear feedback on the experiences of members who take part in professional learning offered by these providers, or about any resources accessed through them.

Scottish Book Trust

The Scottish Book Trust leads Book Week Scotland from 19-25 November 2018. Further information is available on their website.

The Open University

The Young Applicants in Schools Scheme (YASS) offers young people in their final year of school an opportunity to gain valuable skills they can use when applying for college, jobs, apprenticeships or university, through undertaking OU modules. Schools involved in YASS require someone to provide a co-ordinating function and this is potentially a good leadership opportunity for LRs or EIS members.

Co-ordinators are well supported in their role by a dedicated team at the OU. To find out more about YASS and the School Co-ordinator role, contact scotland-yass@open.ac.uk or visit the OU website.

OpenLearn is a range of free online training courses available through the Open University. Visit the website to see the full catalogue.

The OU in Scotland is offering fully funded places on a range of postgraduate modules throughout 2018/19. If you're a resident in Scotland and have been thinking about studying towards a postgraduate qualification, there's never been a better time to start.

Studying one of these modules could be your first step towards one of many postgraduate qualifications. Over the past 25 years alone, the OU has awarded more than 90,000 postgraduate qualifications, of which more than 40,000 were master degrees. For more information on the fully funded postgraduate modules click here.

Dyslexia Scotland

Dyslexia Scotland has developed a toolkit for teachers and offers bespoke training for educators at all levels. View the toolkit here.  

TUC Education eNotes

eNotes are a great resource to help reps keep up to date on key workplace issues. Each eNote is a self-contained module that contains a mixture of text, video and quizzes. They last between 20 and 45 minutes and can be returned to as many times as you like. You need to be logged in to access eNotes. Set up an account here

Relationships, Sexual Health and Parenthood (RSHP) Education

A new national resource for learning and teaching in RSHP Education from 3-18 is being developed. Teachers and other professionals are invited to get involved to help shape the development of the new materials, which are to be launched in Summer 2019. New materials are being added to the site at regular intervals and comments are welcomed. For more information please visit the RSHP Scotland website.

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