Moray House School of Education and Sport

Quality Improvement in a changing landscape - Webinar

The Professional Learning Team at Moray House School of Education and Sport (MHSES) is delighted to announce the next in our webinar series following on directly from our recent, sold out webinars on remote learning.

Wednesday 3 March 2021, 3.30 - 5.30pm

So, what are we offering in this webinar? 

In his Ministerial Statement of 13 January 2021, the Deputy First Minister announced that the quality and effectiveness of remote learning across the country will be reviewed by HM Inspectors of Education. He indicated that a programme of ‘national overviews’ would commence immediately and last for the duration of remote learning. These overviews are now underway and set out to evaluate what is working well and where further improvement is required, based on information collected from varied sources including engagement with schools and local authorities.

This, of course, raises the whole question of evaluation (and self-evaluation) of remote learning and how we demonstrate the quality and effectiveness of what we do and how we do it.  However, we know now that children from early years to Primary 3 are likely to return to school in a couple of weeks’ time.  This means that as well as addressing quality and effectiveness in remote learning, colleagues will have the challenge of doing this for in-school learning too.  Indeed, in certain areas, it is possible that we may also end up having blended learning running concurrently.

Our webinar will therefore address the whole issue of evaluating learning (remote, blended and in-school) in what are very challenging circumstances. We will look to establish a set of common principles for evaluation and offer examples of the types of tools and techniques which may be of assistance to the hard-pressed professional.

We are approaching the time when centres and schools start to look at gathering evidence for their Standards and Quality Reports as part of the Improvement Planning process.  Again, we will help you start to think about what this might look like in these extraordinary times as well as offering helpful pointers in getting things underway. 

Who is the session designed for, principally?

This session is designed for anyone with an interest in, or responsibility for, ensuring quality experiences for children in any of the aforementioned categories of learning. This is likely to interest the following groups:

  • Colleagues with an interest in strategy and improvement
  • Senior leaders
  • Anyone with responsibility for planning and taking forward aspects of the school/centre improvement plan: learning and teaching, curriculum, closing the gap or raising attainment

We will tend to focus on the early years and Primary sector.  However, the principles of quality improvement and rigorous self-evaluation will apply just as well to colleagues in the Additional Needs sector or indeed in Secondary schools.

In keeping with our established approaches, we refuse to tag or label this webinar as designed for a specific group: it’s everyone’s job to try to make things better for our learners.

As with previous webinars, we feel that the nature of the session may well lend itself to groups of staff, or indeed whole-staff groups, attending the session and then using the learning for future career-long professional learning sessions.  We will be happy to share a recording of the session with you if it is to be used for this specific purpose. 

Booking Information

Date: Wednesday 3 March 2021
Time: 3.30 - 5.30pm
Cost: £25

Important information about the online platform:

Please note that the webinars will take place using the online platform Blackboard Collaborate. You can find information regarding the platform by visiting the 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 good internet connection before taking part in the webinar as unfortunately, we cannot take responsibility for connectivity issues.

Please note we can only accept card payment

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Booking terms

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Information about the presenters

Peter McNaughton

Peter McNaughton is currently a part-time Senior Teaching Fellow at Moray House School of Education and Sport. Until recently, he was Head of Education and Children’s Services in Fife Council where he had responsibility for quality improvement, leadership and curriculum development in the BGE. Peter co-chaired the University of Edinburgh Teacher Education Partnership for a number of years and led the Quality Improvement workstream in the South East Improvement Collaborative. Previously, Peter has held roles as a primary school teacher, as a Head Teacher, as one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors within both HMIE and then Education Scotland, and as Head of Education in Midlothian Council.

Juliet Hancock

Juliet Hancock is the Director of Professional Learning at Moray House School of Education and Sport. She has a strong international background in early years and primary education, with teaching experience in Scotland, England and Zimbabwe. Juliet previously had roles in local government as well as national roles promoting and developing early years education in Scotland, with the Scottish Preschool Play Association and with Learning and Teaching Scotland. At Learning and Teaching Scotland, Juliet was responsible for taking forward Scotland’s first national guidance on birth to 3, as well as leading developments on pedagogy in early childhood education, curriculum and listening to children.

Joanna Findlay

Joanna is currently Head Teacher of Woodburn Primary School, Midlothian. Her teaching career has been rooted in the Lothians area. However, she has also had experience of teaching south of the border. A Head Teacher for the past 11 years, as an educator and leader Joanna is committed and passionate about making a difference for children, families and communities. She has a particular interest in learning and teaching pedagogy and supporting communities in areas of high deprivation. Joanna enjoys participating in research-based practice, working collaboratively with colleagues to drive school improvement.

Fiona Smyth

Fiona is currently Head Teacher of Abbey Primary School in Kilwinning, North Ayrshire. She was the Head Teacher of St Columba’s Primary School, West Lothian for four years and held leadership roles across two local authorities. She is particularly interested in the STEM agenda and international education. She has made professional learning visits to Sweden, Holland and Australia and these have had a significant impact on her professional practice. Fiona is keen to make a difference to the children and families she works with and to ensure that children are at the heart of any decision made in school.

Lorna Willows

Lorna Willows is currently Head of Establishment of Menstrie and ABC ELC's in Clackmannanshire Council. Previously Head of Croftamie and Arnprior Nurseries in Stirling Council. Lorna has worked in Early Years for 27 years and has experience working with Education Scotland (HMIe) as an Associate Assessor.  Lorna has a BA degree in Early Childhood Studies and is currently undertaking studies in the M.Ed. programme, Leading Learning and Teaching, through distance learning at Dundee University. Lorna is deeply passionate about embedding the image of the child and children's rights within her pedagogy and practice.