Moray House School of Education and Sport

In Conversation with Maureen McKenna

Join us for our second 'In Conversation with' event on 15 September with Maureen McKenna, Executive Director of Education at Glasgow City Council.

This series of 'In Conversation with' events offers you the opportunity to ‘meet’, listen to and engage with key figures in Scottish education: professionals who lead, or lie at the heart of, major areas of education in Scotland. 

Just before the summer break, we were delighted to launch this series by welcoming Graeme Logan, Director of Learning in Scottish Government, as our first guest.  We are pleased to report that the event was a great success.

For our second event we are looking forward to welcoming Maureen McKenna on Wednesday 15 September at 4.00pm.  

Maureen is Executive Director of Education at Glasgow City Council and is a leading figure in education in Scotland.  Our conversation will cover a range of topics, including addressing the effects of poverty, improving outcomes for all children, as well as leadership in challenging times. Maureen started her career as a Maths teacher and retains a special interest in learning and teaching in Mathematics.  Our conversation will no doubt cover important areas in Maths teaching too.

How does this work?

The session will commence with a conversation between Peter McNaughton, Senior Lecturer at Moray House School of Education and Sport, and Maureen. We will then invite other colleagues to explore with Maureen key issues which they feel are important to their school or early years communities. We are confident, once again, that the issues raised will reflect the hopes, challenges and concerns of many professionals up and down the country.

Importantly, we also want to afford you, our audience, the opportunity to engage with key national figures.  As such, you will have the opportunity, through use of the chat facility, to raise issues that are important to you and your school or early years community.

Who should attend this session?

Whether you work in early years, primary, secondary or additional needs, this will be relevant to you.  

Importantly, this will be as relevant and interesting for senior managers as it is for newly qualified teachers: we will be dealing with issues that affect all of us, our children, young people and communities.

It is sometimes said that there can be a distance between those who deliver in the playroom or classroom and those whose job it is to make key policy decisions or allocate vital resources.  This is your chance to engage more directly with influential policy-makers and leaders.  We are delighted that our guests are choosing to attend and to share their thinking with us. We are, after all, in this together!

Booking Information

  • Date: Wednesday 15 September 2021
  • Time: 4.00pm start
  • Duration: one hour
  • How: online
  • Cost: this is a FREE event.  

Important information about the online platform:

Please note that the webinars will take place using the online platform Blackboard Collaborate. For further  information regarding the platform please visit:

Blackboard Collaborate information pages

We strongly recommend using Google Chrome, but you can also use Firefox or Safari. If you use other browsers (eg Internet Explorer), you will experience technical issues. Please ensure that you have a good internet connection before taking part in the event as unfortunately, we cannot take responsibility for connectivity issues.

Bookings for this event have now closed but we will make a recording available on our website.

For any enquiries:

Email the Professional Learning Team

Booking Terms

The Professional Learning Office operates a cancellation policy to ensure that delegates are not disadvantaged by the last minute cancellations of spaces. If you cannot attend, please do cancel your space by emailing us at professionallearning@ed.ac.uk at least two days in advance of the event.

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