Registration for the Scottish Learning Festival 2018 is now open

The Scottish Learning Festival returns to the Scottish Event Campus in Glasgow on Wednesday 19 and Thursday 20 September 2018.

As the largest education event in Scotland, SLF welcomes thousands of educational professionals and provides a unique opportunity to access high-quality and engaging professional learning.

We are delighted that members of the SCEL team have been invited to present over the duration of the festival, and details on those can be found below.

The theme of this year’s event is ‘Collaborating for Improvement’ with a particular focus on;

  • effective collaborations that ensure young people are having a greater say in decisions that affect their lives
  • strong STEM education and training that inspires learners and connects with the labour market

The event includes a programme of inspirational keynote speakers including:

  • John Swinney MSP, Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills
  • Dr Jo Boaler, Professor of Mathematics Education, Stanford University
  • Louise Macdonald OBE, Chief Executive, Young Scot
  • Shirley-Anne Somerville MSP, Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science
  • Prof Louise Archer, Karl Mannheim Professor of Sociology of Education, University College London
  • Dr Jamie Gallagher, award-winning scientist and science communicator

In addition to the seminars, there are opportunities for discussion and professional networking with peers and colleagues in Scotland’s largest education exhibition with over 175 suppliers attending.

Register now

Scottish Learning Festival is free for everyone to attend. To book your place, browse the conference programme, note the sessions you would like to attend and register online. Remember to book early to guarantee a place at the sessions of your choice.

For all SLF enquiries, please email

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Wednesday 19 September – 09.30-10.15
Developing middle leadership – Louise Sanders, SCEL

Middle Leaders are the key professionals in Scotland’s schools who lead the professional learning of others ensuring the best possible outcomes for young people. This session will explore the leadership of professional learning as a complex and ongoing process rather than an event. There will be discussion about how middle leaders can foster a culture of professional learning in their schools which places learners and their learning at the centre. The session will also outline the ongoing work of SCEL in developing Middle Leadership with particular reference to the Collaborative Middle Leadership Programme, the Effective Middle Leadership Theme Days and the SCEL Framework for Educational Leadership.


Wednesday 19 September – 14.00-14.45
Supporting teacher leadership – Fearghal Kelly, SCEL

How can we support teachers who have experience of practitioner enquiry to support others to develop as enquiring practitioners? In this seminar we will share the outcomes from our “Supporting Teacher Leadership” programme which aims to support teachers to use their understanding and experience of practitioner enquiry to support others.


Thursday 20 September – 14.30-15.15
Excellence in Headship – an annual offer of professional learning for Head Teachers in collaboration with partners; including the Columba 1400 Head Teachers’ Leadership Academy focusing on Values Based Leadership

Marie Clare Tully, Columba 1400 and Anne Munro, SCEL

This seminar will give you the opportunity to find out about the rationale, design and SCEL’s unique approach to delivering the Excellence in Headship programme, which enables Head Teachers to design their own bespoke professional learning journey through an induction residential and masterclass sessions under each of the five programme themes. A key focus of this seminar is Theme 3 Values Based Leadership which is delivered in partnership with the Columba 1400 Head Teachers’ Leadership Academy (HTLA). You will have the opportunity to hear from Head Teachers who have embarked on the programme and the HTLA and learn how their involvement has impacted upon their Head Teacher leadership development.


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