A wide range of professional learning and network activities open to colleagues across the Northern Alliance are listed on our Professional Learning pages on both our website and Glow. Here is a summary of some of the current highlights.


DHT Leadership Network

Our DHT Network launched this month with an event focused on leading remote learning. Members  were welcomed by RIC lead Helen Budge and over the course of the session had the opportunity to connect with colleagues to share experience and practice. There are now well over 100 network members from all sectors. New members are welcome at any time.

Find out more: DHT Network participant information

Join the network: NA DHT Network

Middle Leadership Network

A recent survey indicated that there is an interest in creating a Middle Leadership Network through which colleagues can connect across the eight RIC local authorities. A launch event will take place on Tuesday 9th March. The theme for the first network event is leading & working in remote teams.

Find out more: Middle Leadership Network participant information

Register here: Middle Leadership Network

New and Acting DHT Breaktime Blether

Our breaktime blethers started on 29th January and run every Friday morning from 11-11.30am, termtime. They provide an opportunity to pause and connect with others through lightly facilitated conversation around leadership. Those new to post/in the first few years are welcome to join at any time.

Find out more and join: Breaktime Blether

Education Scotland Leadership Programmes

Registration is now open for the following Education Scotland Leadership programmes: Teacher Leadership, Towards Headship, Into Headship and In Headship.

Find out more: https://professionallearning.education.gov.scot/learn/programmes/

National Coaching Offer

The National Digital 1:1 Coaching offer has been extended and now includes: Head Teachers, DHTs with pastoral or child protection responsibilities, all teachers in Scotland who a new to their role/local authority and those in their first four years post-probation and are signed up for the ES/GTCS Stepping Stones programme.

Find out more here: Digital 1: 1 coaching offer


Secondary Support Group

The purpose of the Secondary Support Group is to increase opportunities for members to connect though curriculum areas, engage in regular professional dialogue and develop relationships across schools to support improvement. A network event will be held on the 4th March (16.00-17.00) to further shape the network and ensure it continues to meet the needs of members. Existing and new members, across all subject and curriculum areas, are invited to join the discussion.

Join the network: Subject Support Network

Secondary Subject support Groups Network Event (4.2.21): Register here

This network also serves to support wider aspects of secondary education. A timetable group are meeting on Monday 1st March (13.00-14.00). If you would like to join this group please message Olwen Fraser via glow or e-mail your glow username to olwen.fraser@aberdeenshire.gov.uk.

Health and Wellbeing

Northern Alliance Wellbeing Wednesday

Wellbeing Wednesday provides an informal space for educators to connect and explore ways to improve our own wellbeing and approaches we can take to support the wellbeing of those around us. Find out more: Wellbeing Wednesday

National Support

GTC Scotland has created and curated a variety of resources and advice to support teacher and lecturer health and wellbeing during the Covid-19 crisis. Find out more here: GTCS Health and Wellbeing

Mental health support for the school workforce

Place2be are offering a series of webinars to all school staff across Scotland, funded by Education Scotland covering a wide range of topics from supporting loss to having supportive conversations. Find out more here: Place2be webinars

Keep up to date with all new professional learning opportunities as they arise on our website Professional Learning page or on out Glow site.

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