Moray House School of Education

Returning to Teaching Course

We are now accepting notes of interest for the next national course beginning in April for professionals returning to teaching or new to the Scottish Education System. Please contact professionallearning@ed.ac.uk with any questions and to indicate your preference for either in-person or blended online and in-person learning options.

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Moray House School of Education, in partnership with our six partner authorities (City of Edinburgh Council, East Lothian, Fife, Midlothian, Scottish Borders and West Lothian) is offering this new online* Returning to Teaching course for primary and secondary teachers. 

The course is designed for professionals who have a teaching qualification but have had a career break or are new to the Scottish Education system.

The course will be most relevant for:

  • Those wishing to return to teaching in Scotland after a period away from the profession.
  • Those wishing to teach in Scotland for the first time from both Primary and Secondary sectors.
  • Those who wish to engage with the course to support a Professional Update submission to the GTCS.
  • Teachers in the independent sector to support a potential GTCS registration application.

Course aims

  • Understand and engage with current National Education Policy and the Professional Teaching Standards in Scotland, providing teachers with information on recent changes in national priorities.
  • Work collaboratively to develop an awareness of professional identity and teacher professionalism, discovering yourself as a learner and as a practitioner committed to career long professional learning.
  • Develop a critical awareness of own values, beliefs and practices and how these align with the Professional Standards and current educational policy in Scotland.
  • Consider and engage with key areas of social justice and equality in the classroom and develop thinking and strategies for a socially just classroom.
  • Understand key legal and policy requirements relating to inclusive policies and strategies in school to address barriers to learning.
  • To advise on current curriculum guidelines and their implications for professional practice.
  • To increase confidence in completing applications and preparing for interview.

Course delivery

We are currently accepting notes of interest from individuals for the next course which will be offered from April to June 2018. 

The delivery will be EITHER via:

  • An in-person course including ten sessions at Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh, on Wednesdays from 5:30pm – 8:30pm from 18 April to 20 June OR
  • A blended learning course including an introductory week and ten weeks of online teaching from 16 April to 23 June including two in-person sessions (on Saturday, 21st April and Saturday, 20th June at Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh)

Please see below for an indication of the sessions included in the blended online learning course.

Week 0 (online) Introduction to Returning to Teaching (RTT) and the landscape of Education in Scotland
Week 1 (in person and online) Professional Values Professional Standards Learning for Sustainability The National Attainment Challenge
Week 2 (online) Introduction to the Scottish Curriculum Curriculum for Excellence: principles, design and purpose
Week 3 (online) Curriculum for Excellence • Curriculum for Excellence in Practice • Critical literacy in the classroom
Week 4 (online) Curriculum for Excellence • The planning process
Week 5 (online) Getting it right for every child (GIRFEC) Child Protection Mentally Healthy School
Week 6 (online) Equality, Race, Diversity
Week 7 (online) Inclusive Pedagogies • Additional Support Needs (ASN), policies and practice
Week 8 (online) Positive behaviour strategies/Restorative Practice
Week 9 (online) Assessment as and for Learning
Week 10 ((in person and online)

Assessment as Enquiry Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) Employability Award of certificates and reception

The two face-to-face sessions will be delivered at Moray House School of Education.

Moray House School of Education, Charteris Land

2018 course fee / Application form to note interest

The fee for this course is £400.

To apply, please complete the following  application form to note your interest

Returning to Teaching Course 2017: Application Form

Quotations from previous participants

I am very happy that I joined the course. It has helped me to understand deeper what is required to teach in Scotland, as well as has given me an insight on my own teaching and what I can do to improve it.

Course Participant, 2017

The course has completely changed my thinking and hopefully professional practice.

Course Participant, 2017

I am very satisfied for the understanding that doing the course has given me of what is required of teaching in Scotland and how the course was delivered as it made it easier for me to study online and on my own time.

Course Participant, 2017

The course has helped me to understand curriculum for excellence, GIRFEC, the Scottish attainment challenge and given me a good overview about teaching in Scotland in 2017. I would recommend the course to other colleagues who wish to return to the profession. The course has given me some good ideas and strategies for teaching and learning. I found the course very helpful for GTCS professional update.

Course Participant, 2017

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