Information on the current offer of professional learning for practitioners across the Northern Alliance can be found below.
Check out our Digital Help & Support page which contains interactive images full of information and helpful guidance on accessing Glow whether this is for meetings or professional learning. The information also contains details of where to find additional help and support from within your own local authority.

Reaching out to families through virtual classrooms at early level

Join Northern Alliance Early Years colleagues to learn how to create virtual classrooms in a practical step-by-step workshop. You will also have the opportunity to explore how virtual classrooms have been used to support language learning and transition at Early Level.

TARGET – Early Years Practitioners across the Northern Alliance including teachers, ELC staff and managers.

This workshop is suitable for practitioners at all levels of IT skill from complete beginners up to those wishing to learn more about Virtual Classrooms.

WHENWednesday 27th January, 15.30-16.30

Find out more and register here

Place2Think – free programme for teachers and school leaders

Children’s mental health charity Place2Be is offering a free programme to teachers and school leaders across Scotland.

This unique online support service, guided by an experienced Place2Be clinician, provides participants with a space to reflect on the emotional impact of their work, how emotional and mental health factors can impact learning for some young people, and to explore possibilities for responding to issues they’re facing.

Read more about the offer and register for an information session at the link below.

Information session dates available:

  • 13th January, 15.30-16.00
  • 20th January, 15.30-16.00

Find out more and register here

Realising the Ambition: Being Me

Education Scotland, in collaboration with the Northern Alliance Early Years Workstream, are offering a ‘Realising the Ambition: Being Me – introductory overview session’ for educators and others who have a role in supporting ELC settings and schools in the recovery year.

WHEN – all session 15.30 – 17.00

  • 13th January – FULL
  • 19th January – FULL
  • 20th January

Click HERE to register your place!

Gaelic 1+2 Modern Languages

Starting on 11th January, Aberdeen City Council will be running a 6 week online course now offered to all Northern Alliance local authorities.

The course will prepare you to teach Gaelic L3 as part of 1+2 Modern Languages. You will learn about the history and background of Gaelic as one of the indigenous languages of Scotland, and you will learn a range of simple Gaelic vocabulary to support children’s learning of the language. The course will also focus on the history of Gaelic place-names in the North East of Scotland and how to make connections between Gaelic language and interdisciplinary learning.

Click HERE to book your place – registration closes 4th January

Wellbeing Wednesdays

During this webinar series we will introduce you to the science of positive psychology and Martin Seligman’s PERMAH model, as a way to lead us to greater levels of wellbeing and move us from functioning to flourishing.

WHEN – all sessions 4-5pm

  • 11th Nov – Overview/Positive Emotions
  • 25th Nov – Engagement
  • 9th Dec – Relationships
  • 20th Jan – Meaning
  • 3rd Feb – Accomplishment
  • 24th Feb – Health

Registration for the full series has now closed but it’s not too late to join in, please get in touch by email if you would be interested.

Professional Learning from Education Scotland

Shaping our Future through STEM – an Education Scotland Webinar Series

Click on the links below to find out more and register.

Session 1 – 15th Sept – Planning STEM learning activities

This session will provide practical suggestions for those starting to plan STEM learning – the Why? Who? What? and When? of planning as well as ideas, inspiration and the opportunity to share practice with colleagues across the Northern Alliance.

Session 2 – 27th Oct – Learning for Sustainability & STEM

This session will provide an opportunity to reflect on whole school and community approaches to LfS and  how we draw together STEM, global citizenship, sustainable development education and outdoor learning to create transformative learning experiences.

Session 3 – 17th Nov – Play-based learning in STEM for upper primary and secondary

Explore play-based learning in STEM; what are the benefits? What does this look like with older pupils? How can we create opportunities for play-based learning? Learn how to take a step back and move from structured to free play in STEM!

Session 4 – 9th Dec – How to promote STEM through the leaning environment

How do our learning spaces, use of language and STEM role models encourage all pupils to engage with STEM? This session will support practitioners to reflect on all aspects of practice that positively influence our pupils and help them see that STEM is for them!

Recognising and Realising Children’s Rights

A series of twilights from colleagues from Education Scotland will give practitioners an overview of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), and the current legislative and policy climate. Practitioners will have the opportunity to reflect on how they can take forward rights based approaches in their own practice, and protect and respect the rights of children. The session is for all practitioners working with children aged 3-18. There will be an opportunity to have discussions in Gaelic Medium in the break out conversations for those who prefer. Please note that this is a progressive series of professional learning, and participants should attend all 4 sessions.


  • Monday 9th Nov – 16.00 – 17.30
  • Wednesday 16th Nov – 16.00 – 17.30
  • Thursday 3rd Dec – 16.00 – 17.30
  • Monday 7th Dec – 16.00 – 17.30

Register here

Professional Learning from the University of Aberdeen

FREE Short Course – Biology: Online STEM Training for Teachers

Enhance your subject knowledge and skills in biology, with this fully-funded CPD course designed for Higher and Advanced Higher biology teachers in Scotland.

The course will help you reflect on your current practice as a teacher, and improve your subject knowledge and skills in biology. It’ll boost your confidence in supporting pupils to apply new biology knowledge in real-world situations, and sparking their interest in project work and experiments.

Find out more and register HERE!


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