Moray House School of Education and Sport

In Conversation with Pauline Stephen

We are delighted to invite you to the fourth, and final session this semester, in our series of free 'In Conversation with' events. It is our pleasure to welcome Pauline Stephen, Chief Executive and Registrar of the General Teaching Council for Scotland, to this exciting event on Wednesday 1 December at 4.00pm.

This is a unique opportunity to join in an open and lively conversation about some really big and important issues in Scottish education.  We look forward to covering a range of topics which, we’re certain, will be really relevant to many of you.  Expect us to look at leadership, teacher professionalism and regulation – and lots of other areas too!

In a nutshell, this last in our present series of 'In Conversation with' events offers you the opportunity to ‘meet’, listen to and engage with a key figure in Scottish education: professionals who lead, or lie at the heart of, major areas of education in Scotland. And all of this from your own school, centre or home!

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.  Our second and third sessions in the series featured Maureen McKenna, Executive Director of Education at Glasgow City Council and then, very recently, Carrie Lindsay, Executive Director, Education and Children's Services in Fife Council.  Feedback from all of these sessions was very positive.

Our final guest before 2022, Pauline Stephen, will be known to many of you, whether in her previous role as Director of Schools and Learning in Angus Council or, in her current position with the General Teaching Council for Scotland.  Pauline plays a central role in many areas of teacher development and professionalism and will be a superb guest to bring to a close this very well-received series. 

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 Pauline.

We will then invite other colleagues to explore with Pauline 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 chance, 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. Our aim is to embrace as many professionals as possible, irrespective of their role. 

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 in what is a relatively short but very effective format. 

Booking Information

  • Date: Wednesday 1 December 2021
  • Time: 4.00pm start
  • Duration: one hour
  • How: online
  • Cost: this is a FREE event.  


For any enquiries:

Email the Professional Learning Team

Booking Terms

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