Realising the Ambition Bitesize Sessions

Following on from yesterday’s Realising the Ambition session with James MacTaggart, there will be a series of Realising the Ambition bitesize sessions to explore different themes within the guidance.
The first of these will be RtAon Wednesday 3rd June from 11.00am until 11.30am when the focus will be on the learning environment: interactions, experiences and spaces. You can access the link to this session from your manager.
This session will take place over Google Meet and will consist of a presentation from the EYESO team followed by an opportunity for some reflective discussion around the learning environment.
It would be helpful for staff to have access to the Realising the Ambition document for the session. You can access a digital copy on the National Improvement Hub or by clicking HERE
We intend to record this session to enable access after the event.

Realising the Ambition Training Update

We are aware there was huge demand for the Realising the Ambition training sessions yesterday and that some of you were unable to join as the meetings were full. We are scheduling further opportunities to access this training. Please look out for details of these coming soon.

In the meantime, here are some tips to help ensure you are able to link in to any of our Google Meet training events on your device:

  • Setting managers will receive the Google Meet code to share with you
  • Check in advance that you have Google Chrome installed on your device
  • Copy the Google Meet code and paste it into your Chrome browser
  • You can test all that out using the Google Meet code in advance of the training date
  • On the day of the event you can join a little before the scheduled start time
  • Please mute your mike when you join


Get Ready For Words Up Wednesday!

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On Wednesday 3rd June, there will be the second opportunity to reflect on and discuss another Words Up key message with members of the SLT team.

This week’s key message is Play and Talk Together. Please watch the video ( sometime prior to joining the live Q & A session on Wednesday, 1.30pm – 2.15pm

Possible aspects to consider are:
• Can you think about when this key message might be difficult?
• Are there areas of the setting/ curriculum that would be easier or more difficult to use this key message in?
• Are there any barriers to putting it in place?
• Are there any children this might not work for/ be more difficult with?
• How does this link to Realising the Ambition?

We hope many of you will join to share your thoughts and ask the SLT team any questions you may have arising from the video or from your own experience of applying Play and Talk Together within your setting or with your own children.

Please use the same link as last week to access the session.

Transitions in 2020

In the context of COVID 19, all children have experienced unexpected transitions such as school or setting closure, extended time at home and learning in a different school or setting. Others may have experienced changes in family circumstances and may have changed address or care placement. Children can expect to return to a school or setting which looks quite different from that experienced previously.

Transitions in 2020 is a new resource providing practitioners advice, guidance, signposting and practical resources to support children and young people through transitions in the context of COVID-19. Transitions photo

You can find the resource HERE

This resource has been organised into 6 categories, one of which focuses on transitions in ELC and into P1.

In-Service Day Training – Realising the Ambition

RtARealising the Ambition training will be delivered by James McTaggart, Early Years Educational Psychologist on Monday 1st June and will be offered twice at 9.30am – 10.30am and 1.30pm – 2.30pm.

These hour long sessions are mainly for Head Teachers, ELC setting managers, Early Years Practitioners, Support Workers and P1 teachers but may be of interest to other education staff who are also welcome to attend.

Please use the link which will be shared by email with setting managers, including childminders, to enter the training. You will need to access thorough a Chrome browser rather than Safari or Internet Explorer.

Realising the Ambition is the new practice guidance for Early Level from the Scottish Government. It calls for a step change in the quality of learning in both nursery and school, while also making this practical and even enjoyable. Staff and child wellbeing are at the heart of the document, making it very fit for our current times. We will highlight the main innovations in Realising the Ambition and reflect together on its challenges and opportunities and how they can help us in the covid-19 reality.

This briefing will be followed up over the next few weeks and months by a rolling series of “bitesize” presentations and discussions to explore in more depth the practical implications.

Participants might like to have the Practice Guidance to hand