Countdown to the Scottish Learning Festival

We are live! A colourful poster describing the Scottish Learning Festival

The Scottish Learning Festival (SLF) is one of the largest education conferences in Scotland, and returns for two days starting on Wednesday 21 September.

Following on from the success of last year’s online conference, the 2022 event will be a hybrid festival featuring virtual learning sessions and some in-person events.

SLF is centred around supporting extensive professional learning and development for practitioners across all sectors in the Scottish education system, with keynotes and around 70 seminars over two days.

National Education Officer (NEO) Carolyn MacLeod MBE, who runs Forces Children’s Education, will be attending the festival.

“Scottish Learning Festival is always a vibrant and thought-provoking conference.”

Carolyn Macleod MBE, National Education Officer

Carolyn, a former teacher, said: “SLF is always a vibrant and thought-provoking conference.

“It is a great opportunity to celebrate the amazing achievements of our educators and consider how we can ensure every child and young person has their needs met.

“The children and young people of Armed Forces families often experience learning gaps in their education because of frequent moves and a range of other complex issues.

“As NEO, my aim is to ensure the equity of education provision and continuous improvements in the learning experiences and educational outcomes for children of Forces families.”

Organised by Education Scotland, SLF is free to attend and the conference programme intends to demonstrate innovative practice, new resources and exchange knowledge and ideas with other professional colleagues and experts.

When the conference was announced, HM Chief Inspector of Education and Chief Executive of Education Scotland, Gayle Gorman said: “SLF has always been a fantastic professional learning opportunity. Last year we saw practitioners and education professionals from across Scotland take part in remote sessions from their devices as individuals and some establishments even took the opportunity to watch and discuss sessions as a group. Almost all of the sessions were recorded and available on the SLF online portal for several months before being moved onto the Education Scotland YouTube channel. More than 3,000 people have now accessed these on-demand videos.”

Planning to attend?

Find out more at the Scottish Learning Festival website and fill out the registration form to book your place now.

More for

We have lots of useful guides for families of school-age young people in our Families section.

More for Educators

Our Educators section is filled with valuable information for teachers of Forces children across Scotland.