Moray House School of Education

Returning to Teaching Course

We are now accepting applications for the next national online course beginning in January 2019 for professionals returning to teaching or new to the Scottish Education System. Please contact professionallearning@ed.ac.uk with any questions.

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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

The course running from August through November 2018 is now at capacity. The next course will be offered from 11 January to 23 March 2019 in a blended learning format. This includes an introductory week starting on Friday, 11 January 2019 and ten weeks of online teaching with two in-person sessions normally held at Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh. If you live internationally or are otherwise unable to attend the in-person sessions, you will still be able to access the content online.

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

Week 0 (online) beginning on 11 January 2019 Introduction to Returning to Teaching (RTT) and the landscape of Education in Scotland

Week 1 (online, including one face-to-face session on Saturday 19 January from 9:30 to 16:00 in Edinburgh

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
Reading week Time to catch up on readings or engage in additional readings on the subject of your choice
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 on Saturday 23 March 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 

2018 course fee / Application form

The fee for this course is £450 for courses running during the 2018-19 academic year.

To apply, please complete the following  application form by Sunday, 9 December. Payment is due by Thursday, 13 December at the very latest to secure your place.

Returning to Teaching Course 2018-19: Application Form

Return to Teaching videos

Videos from Rosa Murray (the course organiser), John Swinney (MSP and the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills) and previous course participants.

Return to Teaching course videos

Quotations from previous participants

Without the RTT course, I wouldn’t have been back in teaching. Such a valuable course, thanks to all who made it happen.

Course Participant, 2018

I found the course refreshing and highly beneficial. The material was a great mix of policy, principles, progress and passion – essential for those returning. So much has changed and its good to know Moray House, the GTCS and the teaching profession have our backs.

Course Participant, 2018

The RTT course has helped me go straight in [to teaching] after a 13 year break on curriculum, pedagogy, formative assessment, active and collaborative learning, classroom management and planning for different learning needs. It's tough but rewarding and I'm surviving just fine.

Course Participant, 2018

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

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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