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Welcome to our new-look newsletter, bringing you a round-up of activities from across the Northern Alliance, details of professional learning opportunities and advice to support your practice.

Find a link to our latest 'Sharing Practice Blog' and remember we'd love to share a post from your perspective - submit a post via http://bit.ly/NAblogsubmissions You can also share your feedback with us via http://bit.ly/NACollaborationFeedback

Northern Alliance Regional Improvement Plan – Our Road Map to the Future

We are delighted to announce that the Northern Alliance Progress and Impact report for 2019-2020 and our updated Regional Improvement Plan are now published and can be accessed on the home page of our website.The Progress and Impact report shares progress towards the priorities outlined within our plan... Read more
Northern Alliance Regional Improvement Plan – Our Road Map to the Future

Put educator wellbeing first...

Put educator wellbeing first...
It's important we all put health and wellbeing first during this period of considerable change and upheaval...

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Revisiting our approach to Emerging Literacy - with your feedback

For the past year, colleagues from across the Northern Alliance have been working collaboratively on an evaluation of Emerging Literacy, with the final report published during October 2020. Emerging Literacy, developed in 2015, was designed to help practitioners and families improve children’s early literacy skills from the start of ELC to the end of Primary One… Read more
Revisiting our approach to Emerging Literacy - with your feedback

'Changing Tides and Making Waves: Youth Participation Leading Positive Change Across the North Sea'

'Changing Tides and Making Waves: Youth Participation Leading Positive Change Across the North Sea'
Northern Alliance CLD colleagues have joined up with the CPMR North Sea Commission to host an international virtual youth conference for young people across the North Sea. On the 14th November, the Northern Alliance and the CPMR North Sea Commission will welcome youth delegates aged between 16-24 to 'Changing Tides and Making Waves: Youth Participation Leading Positive Change …

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Peer coaching opportunities and leading at a time of change

Peer coaching opportunities and leading at a time of change
As well as supporting the accomplishment of goals, coaching can play a valuable role in enhancing the quality of conversations within our learning communities. Coaching can also build valuable relationships that strengthen our support networks. There are several coaching programmes currently underway across the Northern Alliance… Read more

Leugh & Seinn Le Linda – Exciting Opportunity for ELC providers

Our very own e-Sgoil, in partnership with Comhairle nan Leabhraichean, is delighted to offer early learning and childcare settings the opportunity to register for an eight-week block of Gaelic storytelling sessions starting Thursday, 19 November, 10 am-10.30 am.

Join acclaimed BBC presenter and entertainer Linda MacLeod for 'Leugh & Seinn le Linda,' fun, hand-clapping, foot-stomping, Gaelic medium literacy sessions… Read more
Leugh & Seinn Le Linda – Exciting Opportunity for ELC providers

Our e-learning school, e-Sgoil supporting young people across Scotland

Our e-learning school, e-Sgoil supporting young people across Scotland
Over 200 schools from across Scotland have expressed an interest in the comprehensive programme of complementary BGE support being offered by e-Sgoil as part of the National e-Learning Offer. e-Sgoil is our e-learning school which is based in the Western Isles as part of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and we are very proud to share insight into its significant expansion… Read more

The real impact of Promoting Equity Week

Northern Alliance colleagues leading our Raising Attainment and Closing the Poverty-Related Attainment Gap workstream are pleased to have delivered a very successful week-long series of events relating to all aspects of the curriculum, drawing from the expertise of a wide range of colleagues… Read more
The real impact of Promoting Equity Week 2020

Our wonderful world of maths and numeracy

Our wonderful world of maths and numeracy
The Northern Alliance Numeracy and Maths SharePoint site is updated frequently. Please visit the site to find resources and CPD materials: https://bit.ly/2YjSAwI More from Andy Thompson who leads our numeracy and maths workstream, working closely with Andy Brown from Education Scotland's dedicated Northern Team in this update… Read more

Troubleshooting your access to Glow

If you have ever stumbled with accessing Glow, you're not alone. As part of our improvement activities for this year, colleagues across our local authorities are taking steps to increase the accessibility of our information and resources … Read more
Troubleshooting your access to Glow

Read our latest Sharing Practice Blog: 'Getting through a blizzard...'

Getting through a blizzard and leading learning beyond lockdown
Lockdown and subsequently the return to school life has been an emotional roller-coaster, learning to be comfortable with the uncomfortable unknown. It has reminded us of our need to connect, and the importance of wellbeing and relationships… Read more

Resources to support the Primary BGE curriculum on Glow

Have you checked out the Primary BGE Curriculum page via our SharePoint site in Glow? It contains lots of useful resources for literacy, numeracy, health and wellbeing, play and much more...

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Resources to support the Primary BGE curriculum on Glow

Professional learning at your fingertips

Professional learning at your fingertips
Head to our Professional Learning page: https://northernalliance.scot/professional-learning/ and be greeted with access to a range of useful resources as well as details of a host of forthcoming CLPL opportunities... Read more

Improve your numeracy learning and teaching with #NA2020Maths Conferences

Numeracy and maths experts from our Northern Alliance regional improvement collaborative alongside Education Scotland will be offering two half-day conferences for both Primary and Secondary teachers and practitioners in November… Read more
Improve your numeracy learning and teaching with #NA2020Maths events

Spotlight on STEM and engaging with ambassadors

Spotlight on STEM and engaging with ambassadors
Check out Aberdeen Science Centre’s Autumn of STEM sessions for some easy, do-at-home science activities with a distinctly autumnal feel… Read more

Exciting STEM opportunities as Aberdeen Science Centre re-opens

Aberdeen Science Centre re-opened to the public on November 4 following an extensive upgrade and refurbishment…

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Exciting STEM opportunities as Aberdeen Science Centre re-opens

CLD in the Northern Alliance

CLD in the Northern Alliance
Research undertaken by CLD Managers Scotland has clearly demonstrated the adaptability and resilience of the sector as we have moved to support emergency Covid-19 operations as well as retaining core work where possible and, in some cases, managing furlough situations… Read more

Building and growing our e-learning community across Scotland

e-Sgoil, our Northern Alliance e-learning school based in Eileanan Siar (the Western Isles) – which we’re lucky enough to have benefited from since it was established in 2016 – is doing an incredible job of extending its offer across Scotland. More than 3,300 secondary pupils, from all 32 local authority areas across Scotland, are now engaged in its ‘National Offer’. This …

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Building and growing our e-learning community across Scotland

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The Northern Alliance is our regional improvement collaborative - it spans all eight local authorities and it involves everyone who works in education and children’s services. If someone asks if you know about the Northern Alliance, it's worth pointin out you are the Northern Alliance. The team who are seconded from their substantive posts to drive Northern Alliance workstreams genuinely …

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