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0-3 Being Me in PKC

Target Audience: ELC practitioners working with under 3s

Developing a sound understanding of the key principles of supporting children 0-3. Attachments, baby brain development, schematic play, experiences, interactions and spaces relating to the under 3s.

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Date, Time and Venue: 

5 September 2024 - 9.30am - 3.30pm - 2 High Street, Perth

21 November 2024 - 9.30am - 3.30pm - Pullar House, Perth

 

Presenter: Sophie Lowe and Catriona Roberts - Perth and Kinross Council 

 

Aims and Outcomes: Provide an overview of the local and national policy and practice guidance which underpins working with children 0-3.  Explore how Realising the Ambition underpins high-quality practice (e.g., Attachments, Transitions, UNCRC, Schematic Play).  Explore examples of planning for children.  Provide practitioners with a chance to network, discuss and share examples of good practice.

 

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An Introduction to Analysing National Standardised Assessments Data

Target Audience: School staff involved in the analysis of data

This course is for anyone involved in the delivery and in the analysing of standardised assessments to children and young people in primary or secondary schools. This course will use a set of demonstration reports to look at the assessments’ adaptive design and the long scale. We will also highlight key features of the Individual report, Group Diagnostic reports and Group Aggregate report that are used to report on children’s and young people’s achievement and progress. We will then consider how NSA data may be used to stimulate professional reflection and discussion and to help inform the next steps in learning.

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Date, Time and Venue: 

17 September 2024 - 9.30am - 11.30am -Room 410, 2 High Street, Perth

17 September 2024 - 12.30pm - 2.30pm -  Room 410, 2 High Street, Perth

 

Presenter: Lorna MacKintosh - Perth and Kinross Council 

 

Aims and Outcomes: To develop understanding of the key features of the reports from national standardised assessments. To understand how the available reports are used to report on children and young people's achievement and progress.

 

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An Introduction to the National Standardised Assessments for Scotland

Target Audience: All School Staff

This course is for anyone involved in the delivery of national standardised assessments to children and young people in primary or secondary schools who wish to understand the purpose of the assessments and gain familiarity with the functionality of the assessment platform.

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Date, Time and Venue: 

11 December 2024 - 3.45pm - 5.45pm - Online MS Teams

 

Presenter:  Lorna Mackintosh - Perth and Kinross Council 

 

Aims and Outcomes:  Develop understanding of the purpose of national standardised assessments.  Develop familiarity with the functionality of the assessment platform.  Highlight good practice in administering assessments with guidance regarding timing and assigning out of stage assessments. 

 

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Digibyte: Apple Green Screen

Target Audience: All practitioners from Early Years up to Secondary

Green Screen can be used to capture learners imagination through transporting them to a variety of places. Find out how this can easily be done using the iMovie app.  How to use creative film making features with the iPad

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Date, Time and Venue: 26 September 2024 - 4.00pm - 4.30pm - Online MS Teams 

 

Presenter: Harriet Benbow - Perth and Kinross Council 

 

Aims and Outcomes:  Green Screen can be used to capture learners imagination through transporting them to a variety of places. Find out how this can easily be done using the iMovie app.

 

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Digibyte: Garageband

Target Audience: All practitioners from Primary and Secondary

GarageBand is a super Apple App which can support music and podcast creation. Find out how to use the basic features of this app during this webinar.  Find out how to use features of Garageband such as: voice changer, using digital instruments, create a quick song and create a podcast

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Date, Time and Venue: 25 November 2024 - 4.00pm - 4.30pm - Online MS Teams 

 

Presenter: Harriet Benbow - Perth and Kinross Council 

 

Aims and Outcomes:  Find out how to use accessibility features such as Immersive Reader, OneNote and PowerPoint to support Translation in class.

 

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Digibyte: Microsoft Reflect

Target Audience: All practitioners from Early Years up to Secondary

Microsoft Reflect is a free feature embedded into Microsoft Teams. This provides and emotional check in for learners whilst also providing mindfulness tools such as breathing exercises, podcasts and brain breaks to support emotional well-being.  Provide an emotional check in for learners; Find free emotional well-being resources that can be used with learners; Embed self- reflection in MS Teams

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Date, Time and Venue: 17 September 2024 - 4.00pm - 4.30pm - Online MS Teams

 

Presenter: Harriet Benbow - Perth and Kinross Council 

 

Aims and Outcomes: Microsoft Reflect is a free feature embedded into Microsoft Teams. This provides and emotional check in for learners whilst also providing mindfulness tools such as breathing exercises, podcasts and brain breaks to support emotional well-being.

 

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Digibyte: PowerPoint Live & Captions

Target Audience: Primary and Secondary Teachers

PowerPoint Live and transcription tools are a great way to help learners with ASN, who require notes and transcriptions of lessons or who may require lessons to be translated.  Use PowerPoint subtitles to support learners in class; Use PowerPoint live to provide real time transcriptions of lessons; Use MS Translate App to provide translations of lessons.

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Date, Time an Venue: 4 September 2024 - 4.00pm - 4.30pm - Online MS Teams 

 

Presenter: Harriet Benbow - Perth and Kinross Council 

 

Aims an Outcomes: PowerPoint Live and transcription tools are a great way to help learners with ASN, who require notes and transcriptions of lessons or who may require lessons to be translated.

 

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Digibyte: Read Out Loud Tools

Target Audience: ASN, Primary and Secondary Teachers

Read Out Loud tools can be used a both accessibility features and as a universal support tool. This can help learners to access information in a different way through a device reading instructions out to them.  Use Reading tools to provide learners with opportunities to have written instructions read out loud; Use Immersive Reader and Reading View to make websites more accessible

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Date, Time an Venue: 10 September 2024 - 4.00pm - 4.30pm - Online MS Teams

 

Presenter: Harriet Benbow - Perth and Kinross Council 

 

Aims and Outcomes:  Read Out Loud tools can be used a both accessibility features and as a universal support tool. This can help learners to access information in a dofferent way through a device reading instructions out to them.

 

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Digibyte: Translation Tools

Target Audience: All Education Staff that work with EAL learners

Find out how to use accessibility features such as Immersive Reader, OneNote and PowerPoint to support Translation in class.  Find out how to support EAL learners with Digital Technology.

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Date, Time and Venue: 5 November 2024 - 4.00pm - 4.30pm - Online MS Teams

 

Presenter: Harriet Benbow - Perth and Kinross Council 

 

Aims and Outcome: Find out how to make the most of your Promethean Panels and enhance learning and teaching through Active Inspire tools.

 

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Digibyte: Workflow Tips for the iPad

Target Audience: All practitioners from Primary and Secondary

Get the most out of you iPad by finding out how to use this best in class. Find out how to split screen, make quick notes, add short cuts and focus on specific apps when using iPads in the classroom.  Explore tools that can help support the functionality of iPad use.

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Date, Time and Venue: 12 November 2024 - 4.00pm - 4.30pm - Online MS Teams

 

Presenter: Harriet Benbow - Perth and Kinross Council 

 

Aims and Outcome: GarageBand is a super Apple App which can support music and podcast creation. Find out how to use the basic features of this app during this webinar.

 

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Early Learning and Childcare Induction

Target Audience: Newly appointed staff in local authority early learning and childcare settings, including supply and permanent staff.

This is a mandatory session for all new staff in local authority early learning and childcare settings.

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Date, Time and Venue: 

24 October 2024 - 4.00pm - 6.00pm - Room 410, 2 High Street, Perth 

 

Presenter: Catriona Roberts, Carly Williams and Sally McDougall - Perth and Kinross Council 

 

Aims and Outcomes:  During the session you will have the opportunity to:  Consolidate learning gained from engaging in the self-directed early learning and childcare induction, meet members of the PKC Early Years team and other new staff, and ask any questions you may have.

 

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Exploring the Crucial Developmental Stages in Early Writing - Practical Workshop

Target Audience: All ELC and Primary staff working within the early level

This course is suitable for any practitioner working in Early Learning and Childcare and Primary wishing to increase their knowledge and understanding of how children develop the crucial skills for mark making and early writing. The course will explore how children will develop their gross and fine motor skills that support them to be able to write.

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Date, Time and Venue: 5 September and 1 October 2024 - 4.00pm - 6.00pm - Venue TBC

                                                

Presenter: Pauline Linn - Perth and Kinross Council 

 

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Get to Know J2E

Target Audience: All ELC and Primary Practitioners

Demonstration of how to get started with the learning platform Just 2 Easy. Including how to onboard learners and staff, what different tiles do and what the profiling tool looks like.  Become more confident with using this learning platform; Find out how to onboard learners, teachers and parents; Explore the new Profiling features within J2E

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Date, Time and Venue:  13 August 2024 - 1.00pm - 2.00pm - Online MS Teams

                                                 20 August 2024 - 4.00pm - 5.00pm - Online MS Teams

 

Presenter: Harriet Benbow - Perth and Kinross Council 

 

Aims and Outcomes:  Demonstration of how to get started with the learning platform Just 2 Easy. Including how to onboard learners and staff, what different tiles do and what the profiling tool looks like.

 

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Half day of Block Play (An Introduction to the seven stages of block play)

Target Audience: Early Level practitioners

An introduction to the seven stages of block play. A blend of history, theory and practice will shape this practical session led by Daniel Spry.

Only 1 booking per ELC setting across the 4 sessions

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Date, Time and Venue: 12 August 2024 - 9.00am - 12.00pm - To be confirmed 

                                                12 August 2024 - 12.45pm - 3.45pm - To be confirmed 

                                                13 August 2024 - 9.00am - 12.00pm - To be confirmed 

                                                13 August 2024 - 12.45pm - 3.45pm - To be confirmed 

 

Presenter: Daniel Spry

 

Aims and Outcomes: This is a face to face session to explore the basic foundations of block play. This one off session will take a practical, hands on approach to guide you through the seven stages of block play.

By the end of the session participants should have a better understanding of the stages of block play and how these contribute to and reflect children's learning and development.

 

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Outdoor Play and Learning at ELC Westbank

Target Audience: Early Level practitioners

An opportunity to learn about high quality outdoor play experiences from the team at ELC Westbank including an introduction to fire bowls.

No more than 2 staff members per setting please

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Date, Time and Venue: 13 August 2024 - 1.00pm - 3.00pm - ELC Westbank, off Jeanfield Road Perth. Details will be communicated with participants.

 

Presenter: Louise Lockhart Callum Dougall

 

Aims and Outcomes: Increase knowledge and understanding of the benefits of outdoor play through practical experiences at the ELC Westbank site. 

Confident to deliver some the activities modelled by the ELC Westbank staff within your own nursery setting.

 

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Learning to Read in the Early Years Practical Workshop 

Target Audience: All ELC and Primary staff working within the early level

The course will explore how children develop and learn the crucial skills for early reading. Describe and discuss the role of teachers and practitioners in early years to plan to and facilitate experiences that develop literacy skills across learning in meaningful playful and real-life contexts. Why it is important for our very young children to have rich experiences and opportunities to foster a love of reading.

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Date, Time and Venue: 4.00pm - 6.00pm - To be confirmed 

 

Presenter: Pauline Linn and Wendy Baird - Perth and Kinross Council 

 

Aims and Outcomes:  Develop practitioners knowledge, skills and confidence in teaching early reading, through purposeful activities which build on the way children develop and use literacy.  Develop teacher confidence to balance play-based learning with the systematic development and learning of skills and techniques for reading.  Practitioners’ increased understanding of their role in the provision of focussed and universal interventions to support early reading.  Practitioners’ will be able to create high quality spaces and experiences, both indoors and outdoors that will support the development of early reading. Teachers and ELC practitioners will have an increased knowledge and understanding of their role in the teaching and the range of skills that children need to become successful and confident readers.

 

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Introduction to Child Development

Target Audience: ELC. Out of School Care, Childminders

This is a face to face session to provide a basic overview of the procedures and the processes used in child protection. The course will cover indicators of abuse, signs and symptoms and support your confidence in responding appropriately. The course will also cover your responsibilities in regard to information sharing and give you a basic understanding of the processes undertaken by statutory services when responding to child protection concerns.  

This course will explore child development, including child development from conception to 12 months. 12 months to two years. Three years to six years and seven to twelve years.
You will explore what factors can contribute to healthy development and what factors can contribute to unhealthy development. You will look at what the implications can be in later life and why a good level of development is so important in helping to shape young people.

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Date, Time and Venue: 10 September 2024 - 6.30pm - 9.00pm - North Inch Community Campus, Perth

                                                12 November 2024 - 6.30pm - 9.00pm - North Inch Community Campus, Perth

 

Presenter: Shona O'Connor - Perth and Kinross Council

 

Aims and Outcomes: Provide a basic overview of the procedures and processes used in child protection. The course will cover indicators of abuse, signs, symptoms and support your confidence in responding appropriately. The course will also cover your responsibilities regarding information sharing and give you a basic understanding of the processes undertaken when responding to child protection concerns. By the end of the course participants should be able to identify the different categories of abuse and indicators of harm and apply them when needed within your setting. Be able to recognise the signs and symptoms that children may need to help or protect them from harm and apply these when working with children. Have confidence in responding appropriately when a concern is raised about a child or young person within their own agency or organisation. Be able to explain your own responsibilities in regards of information sharing.  

 

This session will look at Child development, a holistic approach.
• What children need to grow physically, socially, and emotionally.
• Factors that impact on development.
• The sequence of development.
• Matching expectations with skill base.
• The invisible principles of child development.
• Creating an environment in which children can thrive.
• How to develop everyday skills and routines.

 

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Introduction to Play Pedagogy as an Approach to Learning and Teaching in Primary 1

Target Audience: Primary 1 Class Teachers

This is an introductory session to support teachers who are new to Primary 1 or who would like to engage in professional learning related to playful approaches to learning and teaching in the early level, prior to the start of next session.

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Date, Time and Venue: 

7 June 2024 - 9.15am - 11.30am - 2 High Street, Perth - Council Chambers

17 June 2024 - 4.00pm - 6.00pm - Tulloch Primary School, Perth

20 June 2024 - 4.00pm - 5.30pm - online MS Teams

 

Presenter: Pauline Linn, Linda Reid and Lee Fairlie - Perth and Kinross Council 

 

Aims and Outcomes:  Widen your knowledge and understanding of playful approaches to learning and teaching. Critically reflect on your thinking and practice in play pedagogy.

 

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Loose Parts Play

Target Audience: All ELC and Primary staff

This session will introduce you to Loose Parts Play as an approach to to developing high quality play opportunities within ELC settings and/or Primary school classes.

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Date, Time and Venue: 9 September 2024 - 4.00pm - 5.30pm - Venue TBC

                                                 9 September 2024 - 6.30pm - 8.00pm - Venue TBC

                                                 22 October 2024 - 4.00pm - 5.30pm - Venue TBC

                                                 22 October 2024 - 6.30pm - 8.00pm - Venue TBC

  

Presenter: Lee Fairlie and Shona O'Connor - Perth and Kinross Council

 

Aims and Outcomes: Raise awareness of the value of loose parts in children's play. Provide practical examples of loose parts play for those who work in either early years settings and/or primary schools. Advocate the use of loose parts play as an approach to developing high quality play opportunities.

Understand the benefits of embedding the use of loose parts to enrich children's play, learning and development. Make connections between loose parts play, theory , and key national and local guidance.

 

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Outdoor Play and Learning at Westbank ELC (Autumn)

Target Audience: ELC Practitioners and Leaders, Early primary school teachers and support staff.

An opportunity to engage in learning centred around designing and delivering high quality play experiences in the outdoors with a seasonal slant.

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Date, Time and Venue: 20 September 2024 - 9.30am -12.20pm - Westbank ELC, Jeanfield Road, Perth

 

Presenter: Louise Lockhart

 

Aims and Outcomes: Experience and develop an understanding of delivering high quality outdoor play experiences for children aged 3-5.  Practitioners will have an increased confidence to implement outdoor play experiences with children.

 

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Play on Pedals 

Target Audience: EY practitioners

Play on Pedals will teach pre-school children about the parts of a bike, how to fit a helmet correctly and the basics of looking after their bikes. Through a series of fun and imaginative activities, they will be helped to develop their balance and control skills, often using a pedal-less balance bike. Play on Pedals has strong links to the curriculum for excellence.  

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Date, Time and Venue: 24 September 2024 - 9.00am - 4.15pm - Letham Primary School 

                                             

Presenter: Julie Clark and Sally McDougall - Perth and Kinross Council 

 

Aims and Outcomes:  Trained as an accredited Play on Pedals Instructor. Increase knowledge and understanding of benefits of promoting and sustaining Play on Pedals. Equip early learning and childcare practitioners to plan and deliver the Play on Pedals programme to nursery aged children.

Awarded Play on Pedals Instructor Certification. Increased confidence to deliver interactive learning sessions with children to develop communication and physical skills that promote cycling in a fun and interactive way.

Perfect Your Pedagogy with Promethean

Find out how to use classroom tools such as split screen, selection tools, annotation tools and much more; become more confident with Active Inspire Software

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Date, Time and Venue: 22 August 2024 - 4.00pm - 5.00pm - Online MS Teams - For All ELC and Primary Practitioners

                                                6 November 2024 - 4.00pm - 5.00pm - Online MS Teams - For Secondary Practitioners

 

Presenter: Harriet Benbow - Perth and Kinross Council 

 

Aims and Outcomes: Find out how to make the most of your Promethean Panels and enhance learning and teaching through Active Inspire tools.

 

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Supply ECP, PA and EYPSA Network

Target Audience: All supply PA, ECPs and EYPSAs.

The supply network allows PKC supply staff to hear about the most recent policy and practice in our early learning and childcare settings. By attending, you will be able to engage in professional discussions with your colleagues from the Early Years Team, as well as being able to ask any questions you might have in relation to your role.

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Date, Time and Venue:

3 September 2024  - 4.30pm - 6.30pm - 2 High Street, Perth 

10 December 2024 - 4.30pm - 6.30pm - 2 High Street, Perth

 

Presenter: Catriona Roberts, Carly Williams and Sally McDougall - Perth and Kinross Council 

 

Aims and Outcomes:  Increase their knowledge of early learning and childcare policy and practice guidance.  Connect with others in the same role, and with members of the central early years team.

 

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Using Longitudinal Data and Reports in NSA

Target Audience: School Leaders 

This course is for anyone involved in the delivery and analysis of outcomes in the national standardised assessments in primary or secondary schools. This course will introduce the Outcomes by Academic Year report (OBAY) and Learning Progress Report (LPR). We will review the key features of these reports and highlight ways in which they can be used to identify individual learner and cohort progress and give you an insight into how you might use these reports within your school.

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Date, Time and Venue: 26 November 2024 - 12.30pm - 2.30pm - To be confirmed 

 

Presenter: Lorna Mackintosh - Perth and Kinross Council 

 

Aims and Outcomes:  Develop an understanding of the outcomes by academic year report on the NSA platform.  Develop an understanding of the Learning Progress report.  Gain understanding and confidence in the use of these two reports within schools.

 

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Using National Standardised Assessments Data (NSA) to Support Improvement

Target Audience: Senior School Leaders

This course will continue in the same theme as the course, An Introduction to analysing NSA data, to further understanding of analysing of data. It is designed to develop professional use of the NSA reports to support improvement. It builds on the many techniques in the above course to extend understanding along with prompting attendees to make decisions on how to approach analysis of the NSA reports.  

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Date, Time and Venue: 26 November 2024 - 9.30am - 11.30am - 2 High Street, Perth

 

Presenter: Lorna Mackintosh - Perth and Kinross Council

 

Aims and Outcomes: Promote further understanding of the analysis of NSA data, and develop understanding of how NSA reports can be used to support improvement.

 

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