Information on the current offer of professional learning for practitioners across the Northern Alliance can be found below.
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What’s on this term…

Click on the links below to book your place on the current professional learning sessions. This section will be updated regularly when new opportunities are added.

Various dates from 9th September, 15.45 – 17.00

These professional learning sessions targeting EYPS and Primary Teachers, aim to share resources, classroom teaching ideas, core language and support at each level.

Each session will be in English and make reference to different L2 languages with examples in French and Gaelic.

  • 9th September – Early Level
  • 23rd September – First Level
  • 7th October Second/Third Level

Registration has now closed.

Various dates and times from 14th September

Planned as a programme of CLPL, ‘Reimagining Your Curriculum Rationale’ will allow school leaders to:

  • take a deeper dive into the ‘Why’, ‘What’ and ‘How’ of your Curriculum Rationale;
  • refresh, re-imagine and re-purpose your Curriculum Rationale post Covid-19, to meet the needs of children and young people; and
  • network with colleagues across the Northern Alliance.

Find out more about session 1 and register your place at the link below.

Thursday 16th September, 15.45 – 17.00

On this session we will explore the support provided by the Power Language School resource and advise on the best way to use it in your setting.

We will also revisit the Family Learning course which all Northern Alliance teachers currently have free access to.

This interactive and practical session will provide examples of activities to suit all levels of learners and teacher language knowledge and confidence.

From Thursday 16th September, 16.00 – 17.30

Effective coaching can offer the support and encouragement people need to achieve their goals.

The aim of this programme is to further support leaders at all levels to continue make organisational decisions as well as provide personal support to continue to enable them to lead effectively at this time of change and complexity. Find out more about the programme and register your place below.

Various dates starting 30th September

If you are planning on reviewing your transitions at all stages within your school, or as an ASG, then this professional learning will share the research and documentation, reflective questions, provide opportunities to collaborate and tools to take it forward in your context.

Choose from five cohort date options. Register for your preferred cohort by selecting the date for session 1.

Note – participants should attend both session 1 and 2.

Thursday 23rd September, 16.00

The third in a series of 5 webinars supporting the themes outlined in Education Scotland’s suite of Numeracy Professional Learning Resources.

These sessions are designed to support Early Years and Primary staff across the Tayside and Northern Alliance Regional Improvement Collaboratives. The sessions will look at effective approaches to learning and teaching for Early to Second level.

Monday 27th September, 15.00 – 17.00

Session 1 repeat.

This session is the first in a series that will provide an opportunity for school leaders and those with a professional learning remit to consider how they ensure all staff have access to relevant and engaging professional learning activities linked to effective teaching practice and leadership over the coming session.

The purpose of this CLPL is to enable school leaders to plan and facilitate and support professional learning to progress school improvement priorities. Find out more and register below.

Starting Tuesday 28th September, 15.45 – 16.45

Join colleagues from across the Northern Alliance to be part of a network exploring the cost of the school day and associated barriers to learning.

Over six sessions, starting 28th September, participants will come together to create and shape a network for improvement, including equity and PEF case studies and sharing of practice that has impact. Sessions will support identifying barriers to learning faced by children and young people around the cost of the school day and explore how we can work together to mitigate such barriers.

Wednesday 29th September, 16.00

“Maths Balance” is a programme developed by a mathematics Principal Teacher to support pupils with basic numeracy skills.  It is based on the concept of “Maths Recovery” which is used in Primary Schools.

In this first session participants will be able to hear about, and reflect upon, how the programme works.

Follow-on sessions will subsequently be organised for teachers keen to try out ideas in their own setting. The programme is being supported by Education Scotland’s Enhancing Professional Learning in STEM Grants Programme through the Scottish Government STEM Education and Training Strategy. 

Thursday 30th September, 17.00 – 18.00

Come along to develop a Northern Alliance Early Years STEM network building on local, regional and national activity.

This will be a participative session to explore STEM needs in ELC and how we can work together to support and share practice.

STEM officers will provide a brief overview of the STEM strategy; signpost early years resources and share information on the STEM Award, IGBE and exploring STEM outdoors.

Starting Thurs 30th Sept or Thurs 11th Nov

All participants should have attended IDL – Why, What and How prior to registering.

Now that you have considered the Why, What and How of IDL these four planned events provide an opportunity to take a deeper dive into the emerging guiding principles on IDL. Work collaboratively with colleagues on what this means for your context, utilise service design tools and the World Education Summit resources, which are free to Northern Alliance.

Two Cohorts available – register for the programme by selecting the first session date for your preferred cohort.

Various dates from Wed 6th October

Now that you have attended the Northern Alliance Transitions CLPL these sessions are an opportunity to share success around the *4 Principles for successful transitions, share practice, resources, learn from and together.

If you are reviewing your transitions at all stages within your school, or as an ASG, then this professional learning will revisit the research and documentation, share reflective questions, provide opportunities to collaborate and tools to take it forward in your context.


Looking ahead…

Click on the links below to book your place on these sessions coming up next term.

Thursday 28th October, 16.00

The fourth webinar supporting the themes outlined in Education Scotland’s suite of Numeracy Professional Learning Resources.

These sessions are designed to support Early Years and Primary staff across the Tayside and Northern Alliance Regional Improvement Collaboratives. The sessions will look at effective approaches to learning and teaching for Early to Second level.

Wednesday 24th November, 16.00

The final webinar supporting the themes outlined in Education Scotland’s suite of Numeracy Professional Learning Resources.

These sessions are designed to support Early Years and Primary staff across the Tayside and Northern Alliance Regional Improvement Collaboratives. The sessions will look at effective approaches to learning and teaching for Early to Second level.


STEM in the North – Webinars for Pracitioners

STEM is a key part of the economy across the Northern Alliance and equally STEM skills and knowledge helps us all make sense of the world around us. This series of webinars will focus on STEM in the North and explore the inspirational experiences, connections and opportunities for all our learners.

Programme details and links to register for the sessions can be found here.


Catch up on recorded sessions on our event website and head to the Connect to Collaborate section to get in touch if you have practice you would like to share or if you would be interested in being involved in a Network to meet colleagues who share a similar interest in the area of Youth Voice and Pupil Participation.

Include Me!
Our Include Me! event featured a variety of bite-size sessions with a focus on pupil participation. Sessions included:
  • the involvement of children in policy development – with the launch of the Northern Alliance Equalities Guidance
  • gathering views from children who may be non-verbal
  • include me! in curriculum making in Early Years
  • embedding young people’s voices in developing a children’s services plan
  • the UNCRC, unconscious bias and me (for Early Years, primary and secondary)
  • project hope – a youth led not for profit project tackling loneliness
  • and much more!

GET CONNECTED

Guidance for accessing online CLPL sessions on Google Meet and Microsoft Teams in Glow.

Getting Started with Glow
Getting Started with Microsoft Teams in Glow
Joining a Google Meet

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