Family Learning Conference 2019

Exploring Approaches to Family Learning

Wednesday 30th October Bertha Park, Perth

Still a few spaces left. Booking form attached for the Family Learning event this year.

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Tayside and Fife Professional Learning Alliance – Family Learning in Focus 2019

Family Learning in Focus- Exploring Approaches to Family Learning

Save the Date

Its that time of year again for the our Family Learning Event. It will be held in Perth at Bertha Park School on Wednesday the 30th of October 2019. As past events have proved,  it looks set to be a great event to find out about some exciting family learning projects in Tayside and Fife area. We will have workshops, speakers and networking throughout the day.  Lunch will be provided and there will be time for some networking with other colleagues involved in Family Learning.

If you fancy coming along then please put the date in your diary. The booking form will be available soon. Look forward to seeing you and some new faces along.

CPD hours: 6 hours

CLD Competence: Provide learning and development opportunities in a range of contexts


CLD practitioners effective practice seminar 1 Nov 2018

Focusing on community development and empowerment

Organisers:  Education Scotland /Tayside and Fife Professional Learning Alliance

Open to: CLD practitioners interested in community development. This event will showcase some examples of effective practice in community development identified through inspection and current tools and work linked to this area of CLD.


10am Coffee
10.30am Introduction
10.45am Dundee City Council – their work with communities (for which they gained a grade of excellent for QI 4.1),
11.30am Govan Housing Association on their effective work with their community (identified during the Glasgow inspection)
12.15 pm Question and Answer Session
12.30pm Table discussions;

  • Participatory Budgeting in Peterhead (including the prison)
  • South East & Centre Consortium – Community Activist Pack
  • Scottish Government – Democracy Matters (please look at Democracy Matters webpages in advance)

Finishing with lunch and networking

Date and time: 1st November 2018 10am-2pm
Venue: Montrose Town Hall, Melville Gardens, Montrose, Angus DD10 8HG
To book: Open to CLD practitioners across Scotland. Limited places. To book email including your name, the organisation you work or volunteer at and your contact details.

Places will be confirmed before the event as there are a limited number of spaces.

Information forwarded by Education Scotland

Tayside and Fife Professional Learning Alliance – Family Learning in Focus 2018

Family Learning in Focus- Reducing Inequalities Through Family Learning

It’s time again for our Family Learning Event 2018 with places still to fill.

Focus on Families poster 2018

Focus on Families booking form 2018

This year the event will be held in Glenrothes Rothes Hall on Thursday the 20th of September 2018. It looks set to be a great day to find out some exciting family learning projects. Lunch will be provided and time for some networking from other colleagues involved in Family Learning.

If you fancy coming along then please download the booking form above and email on. Look forward to seeing some new faces along. 🙂

Maureen McGinlay, Angus Council

Family Learning in Focus Poster



Tayside and Fife Professional Learning Alliance – Family Learning in Focus 2017

Report on Family Learning in Focus 18.12.17

Tayside and Fife had our Family Learning event in September 2017 which proved to be very successful. So much so, we are planning another one this coming September, details to follow. We had full attendance and the atmosphere was buzzing. Not only did we have fantastic workshops, we also had various speakers along and a great motivational video form the Real David Cameron which is a must watch for those of us keen to work in partnership and want to make a real difference in the communities we live and work in. I am always inspired attending events such as these and think that even more so, we need to share practice and really take on board of the impact we have with those we are working with. Reflection time is something we must embed into practice and although we are all pulled in various directions and constraints such as funding , we must have time to reflect and ‘sharpen the saw’ to continue to carry on making a difference to those who we connect with.

I have met so many amazing and inspirational individuals who are motivated to make change in an ever changing society. I feel empowered to continue to share the good practice that’s happening all over Scotland and very proud to work within a family learning remit across the Tayside, Fife and further afield with colleagues from a similar background. We need to keep the conversation happening and be confident to share good practice and things that are not going so well in order to grow, develop and achieve. Please go and have a read of the full report of the Family Learning in Focus event and make sure you don’t forget to watch the Real David Cameron video.

Save the date- Family learning in Focus Thursday 20th September 2018 Glenrothes

Maureen McGinlay – Communities Officer-Adult and Family learning,

Cyber Resilient Family Learning

This week Keith Brown, Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Jobs and Fair Work, launched the Cyber Resilience Learning Skills Action Plan 2018-20.

Guests at the launch of the Cyber Resilient Plan for Scotland 2018-20

Great! What has this to do with family learning you might be asking?

Quite a lot really.

This isn’t just a plan to fill vacancies in cyber resilience circles though that’s part of it and there are a growing number of jobs in that field.

It is an plan for everyone who goes online.

A call to action for every learning provider in Scotland to embed cyber resilience in non formal and formal curricula.  This includes family learning opportunities.

Working together with partners and communities we can demystify cyber resilience, which let’s face it does sound a bit star trek, to minimise the very real risks from cyber threats.  And that can only be a good thing. #wecandoit

Get stuck into the Cyber Resilience Learning Skills Action Plan and check out the Scottish Government cyber resilience blog posts  which have key messages to share across your networks #CyberAwareScotland

Emma Whitelock, Lead Scotland,

#familylearnscot #AdultLearnScot

Blog posts do not necessarily represent the views of the Strategic Forum for Adult Learning


Science for a Successful Scotland

February has seen the launch of an innovative science resource for teaching and learning called Science for a Successful Scotland.

The resource, which has been funded by the Glasgow Clyde Education Foundation, was launched at Knightswood Secondary School, Glasgow, by Shirley-Anne Somerville, Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science.

Science for a Successful Scotland (or “3S”) has been developed by the Workers’ Educational Association (WEA) with Dr. Heather Reid, OBE, Daniel Sellers, education consultant, and Glasgow Clyde College. The resource will be used with groups of adult learners in the community including those served by Glasgow Clyde College, which currently caters for over 20,000 students as well as working with partners such as Glasgow Science Centre.

Learners, particularly parents, will get the chance to increase their knowledge of science as well as develop important skills such as communication and numeracy. Glasgow Clyde College is supporting the roll-out and accessibility of the resource with the development of an interactive e-learning version for students and the wider community to access.

Intended to help adult learners to progress to further science and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) learning at Glasgow Clyde College and other colleges, Science for a Successful Scotland will help to open up a whole new range of job opportunities in the future. The project team will also work with adults to support their children in making subject and career choices in science subjects.

This resource makes a contribution to the recently launched STEM Education and Training Strategy for Scotland which aims to support and encourage all to develop their own STEM skills throughout life (Scottish Government, October 2017).

Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science, Shirley-Anne Somerville said, “Developing Scotland’s STEM talent is key to achieving our ambitions of being a modern, dynamic and open economy. This new resource supports that goal and the broader aims of our STEM strategy by helping adults to increase their knowledge of science and highlighting the varied range of interesting and rewarding career opportunities on offer”.

Dr Heather Reid said, “As our society and economy become increasingly underpinned by STEM subjects, we hope this ‘Science for a Successful Scotland’ resource can help to raise awareness about the relevance and importance of science, and the many job opportunities studying science can bring. We are especially keen to see the resource play an active role within family learning, helping adult learners to advise and support young people with science subject choices”.

Director of the Glasgow Clyde Education Foundation, Pauline Radcliffe said, “This is a great example of partnership working between further education and third sector organisations and how they can successfully work together to deliver a better learning experience for families, adult learners and students living within their communities”.

Jon Vincent, Principal at Glasgow Clyde College said, “Science for a Successful Scotland is an excellent community learning resource that will provide vital support and information to its students. “The development of the online learning platform will help further engage adult learners, parents and students who want to increase their knowledge and understanding of science related subjects. It provides an opportunity to trial subjects in a digital environment and potentially progress to further education”.

Ray McCowan, Director of WEA Scotland, said, “3S is an innovative learning and teaching resource that could, and should, make a transformational difference to the science education of young people in Scotland. At a time when Scotland aspires to be a leader in STEM subjects and to get more young people to choose career paths in this high growth area, it is essential that the science education experience on offer is innovative, exciting and different. 3S delivers this and also the means by which both children and parents can learn together, that brings family learning to life”.

Taken from WEA press release

Review of ‘Learning at Home’

Education Scotland are in the process of consulting on a Review of ‘Learning at Home’. This document is for practitioners and contains the first draft Scottish definition of Learning at Home.

You are invited to provide comments and suggestions on the ‘Learning at Home’ document and the definition.

Deadline for responses is Friday, 9th February 2018. Feedback should be sent to:

The final document will be published on Education Scotland’s National Improvement Hub along with an Executive Summary of the key messages.

Thank you

Dr Beverley Ferguson, Education Officer, Education Scotland

Empowering Schools consultation closes 30th January 2018

2018 is another important year for family learning in Scotland and there are only two more weeks to go before the Empowering Schools consultation closes on 30th January.

The policy context is very good, so please do have your say whether you think the proposed changes will lead to success in practice. Family learning is firmly ensconced within the current Programme for GovernmentHow Good is our School 4 (the optional Family Learning Quality Indicator, 2.5, is flying off the shelf!) and the Review of Family Learning provides an overview of effective practice which makes a real and positive difference.

At the recent Statement of Ambition for Adult Learning Strategic Forum meeting, a draft workforce development survey indicated that many practitioners don’t feel confident to respond to consultations which is another reason we are inviting you to respond via this blog.  If you respond to one question then you have a better chance of moving things forward than if you don’t respond at all.  Be bold, go for it!

The Community Standards Council have written a position paper to stimulate thinking and it might help shape your thinking.

Find our more and respond to the Empowering schools consultation.

Happy new year

Emma Whitelock

Chair, Family Learning Working Group,

#adultlearnscot #familylearnscot #becauseofcld


‘Family Learning in Focus’


Thursday 28th September 2017

Douglas Community Centre Dundee

9.30am – 3.30pm


Our Annual Family Learning shared practice event has arrived!

In the past 2 years we have been running family learning sessions to up skill and share practice within the 4 local authorities, Fife, Dundee, Angus and Perth and Kinross.

The first year was a one day long event and saw around 40-50 people attend. This offered presentations from Gary Roberts, University of Dundee, and Susan Doherty from Education Scotland. Feedback from this event was very positive and people really enjoyed the networking and the workshops as it was informal and informative.

We had projects share ideas and visit other projects to further develop their practice.

We are having a similar event happening in September 2017. Speakers are:

Audrey May – Dundee City Council

Gary Roberts – University of Dundee

Susan Doherty – Education Scotland

The Real David Cameron has created a video as he couldn’t attend in person so we all look forward to this.

Workshops are on in the morning and afternoon to share practice and build wider networks in the area. We will be filming the event and this will be available online for those who couldn’t make it along.

If you want any further information then please get in touch.