Moray House School of Education and Sport

‘In conversation with…’ series

‘In Conversation With…’ is a brand new series of webinars launching on 16 June from Moray House School of Education and Sport!

Many of you will be aware that the Professional Learning Team at Moray House School of Education and Sport (MHSES) has sought to deliver high quality online professional learning over the course of the last fifteen months or so – and specifically over the course of the Pandemic.  Principally, this has been delivered through a series of online webinars which have covered critical areas in Scottish education. 

Happily, these webinars have proved both popular and successful. We are very keen to continue to move forward and to ensure what we offer is relevant and supportive of schools, centres and professionals in general.  In this spirit, we are delighted to announce the first in a new series which will tackle important issues in education but from a slightly different angle. 

So what are we offering?

Our new series will offer 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. 

To launch this series, we are delighted to welcome Graeme Logan, Director of Learning in Scottish Government, as our first guest.  Graeme is responsible for all aspects of Scottish school system policy.  This includes raising attainment, school infrastructure, teachers, curriculum and assessment, health and wellbeing, support for learners, digital learning and Gaelic and Scots languages.

Moreover, Graeme’s responsibilities cover vital programmes which teachers and head teachers lead, manage and implement on a daily basis: Curriculum for Excellence, the Scottish Attainment Challenge and the National Improvement Framework for Education.

How will it work?

The format will be simple but powerful.

The session will commence with a conversation between Peter McNaughton, Senior Teaching Fellow at Moray House School of Education and Sport, and Graeme. We will then invite our Professional Associates (practising Head teachers) to discuss with Graeme key issues which they feel are important to their school or early years communities. We are confident that the issues raised will reflect the hopes, challenges and concerns of many professionals up and down the country.

We also want to afford you, our audience, an opportunity to engage with key national figures. As such, you will be invited to contribute in two ways.  Firstly, upon registration, you will be encouraged to note a question or raise an issue which you would like addressed. Depending on the responses, we will then seek to ensure that your issues are aired publicly. Secondly, you will be encouraged on the day to contribute further to the live conversation. We will be on the lookout for key themes and try to ensure that these are presented to Graeme.

Who should attend this session?

This is a ‘gift’ for anyone in education who would appreciate engaging with those who make the big decisions or who design or influence national policy.

It is your opportunity to hear directly from policy-makers what it is they are seeking to achieve, as well as what might be coming down the pipeline… and into your centre or school. 

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 appears to be a disconnect 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.  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 16 June 2021
  • Time: 4.00pm start
  • Duration: one hour
  • How: online
  • Cost: this is a FREE event.  

To book a place, please fill in the booking form:

Book a place

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.

We will use your personal data to allow us to process your registration, communicate with you and obtain your feedback about this event. We are processing the information about you for these purposes because by registering for the course you give your consent for us to do so.

We will hold the personal data you provided us for 12 months after course completion. If you have agreed to be contacted about future events, we will hold your personal data for as long as you subscribe to these updates.

Read our full privacy notice