Scotland’s Learning Estate Conference 2021 - Programme Announced

Focusing on the Scottish Government’s Learning Estate Strategy

The conference will explore the evidence, benefits and spatial possibilities of connecting people, places and learning. It’s aim is to support more collaboration around the planning and implementation of new integrated learning environments to improve the education and life chances of children and young people.

The conference is structured around five parallel streams, which pick up on the key themes of the LES: [i] Suitable, how spaces support the intended learning and community experiences and outcomes [ii] Sustainable Estate, the extent to which the estate as a whole is shaped and better integrates to be efficient, effective and adaptable [iii] Low Carbon, exploring the ways estate and user behaviours are organised to meet the ambitions of Low Carbon Scotland set out in the Programme for Government [iv] Digital, looking at how learning experiences and geographies are supported by digital practice, infrastructure and spaces [v] Inclusive Growth, learning how the estate and the outcomes from an integrated set of learning and community experiences support inclusive growth.

Those directly employed in early years, schools, colleges, universities, national and local government and other public services in Scotland can attend the conference at no cost. Find out about conference fees for private sector attendees here

Day 1: 23 November 2021

08:45

Registration & Exhibition Visit

10:00

Conference Stage 1

Keynote

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Chairperson:

  • Andy Dailly Head of School Building - Scottish Government

10:30

Conference Break

10:45

Conference Stage 1

Suitable

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A wellbeing Brief for Schools Speakers: Sharon Wright & Helen Taylor We often approach wellbeing in school environments as remedial – something that will stem or address problems – when we mig...

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Conference Stage 2

Suitable

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Inverurie Community Campus Speakers: Maxine Booth & Mark Mitchell, Aberdeenshire Council and David Anderson, Deputy Head Teacher & Pupils of Inverury Academy Inverurie Community Campus Opens i...

Speakers:

  • Maxine Booth Quality Improvement Manager - Aberdeenshire Council
  • Douglas Hutchison Depute Chief Executive and Director – People - South Ayrshire Council
  • Mark Mitchell Estates Programme Manager - Aberdeenshire Council
  • View full profile for David AndersonDavid Anderson Deputy Head Teacher & Pupils - Inverury Academy

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Early Learning & Childcare Stage

Suitable

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How did our understanding of suitability develop through the ELC expansion programme? Chair: Simon Mair, Head of Delivery Assurance - Early Learning and Childcare, Scottish Government Exploring exampl...

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  • View full profile for Simon MairSimon Mair Head of Delivery Assurance - Early Learning and Childcare - Scottish Government

11:45

Conference Break & Exhibition Visit

12:15

Conference Stage 1

Keynote Address

Speaker:

  • Jamie Hepburn Minister for Higher Education and Further Education, Youth Employment and Training

Chairperson:

  • Andy Dailly Head of School Building - Scottish Government

12:45

Lunch & Exhibition Visit

14:15

Conference Stage 1

Sustainable Estate

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The Barony Campus Speakers: Adam McGhee, Alistair Kidd, and Alan Calderwood The Barony Campus sets a new standard for education that reflects the integration of high academic ambition with enhanced sp...

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  • Andy Dailly Head of School Building - Scottish Government

Conference Stage 2

Sustainable Estate

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Why is the default learning space indoors? Speakers: Sally York & Natalie White The Learning Estate is both indoors and outdoors. Why, when people talk about quality education,is the inference thi...

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  • Sally York Recently retired Scottish Forestry as Education Policy Advisor
  • Natalie White Head Teacher - Bualnaluib and Poolewe Primary schools and Aultbea Nursery
  • Natalie Murray Landscape Architect - Wardell Armstrong

Chairperson:

  • David McEwan Divisional Director | Corporate Asset Management - Neighbourhoods, Regeneration & Sustainability, Glasgow City Council

Early Learning & Childcare Stage

Sustainable Estate

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Achieving Equity and Quality in the ELC Learning Estate Chair: Ann Jacob-Chandler, Scottish Futures Trust Making best use of the existing ELC estate North Ayrshire Council’s ELC Expansion Infrastruc...

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Workshops & Breakfast Discussions

Suitable Workshop

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COVID: Catalyst for change Chaired by Scottish Futures Trust in conjunction with Architecture & Design Scotland   COVID has disrupted life as we know it. We have had to change our spaces, app...

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15:15

Tea Break & Exhibition Visit

15:45

Conference Stage 1

Low Carbon

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UK's First Passivhaus EnerPHit (deep energy retrofit) School Speakers: Sarah Lewis, Alistair Kidd & Mangus Dowie East Ayrshire Council and Hamson Barron Smith (HBS) will be working together over t...

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  • John BrennanJohn Brennan Senior Lecturer in Environmental Design - Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture

Conference Stage 2

Low Carbon

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West Lothian Council Early Years Programme Passivhaus Vs Traditional Operational efficiency of public buildings is under constant review due to ongoing pressures on public expenditure budgets, coupled...

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Early Learning & Childcare Stage

Low Carbon

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Out to Play - recognising the value of outdoor spaces as a learning environment Access to a range of outdoor spaces is fundamental to delivering high quality outdoor play experiences within early lear...

Speakers:

  • Lynn Taylor Senior Education Officer - Curriculum Innovation Team - Curriculum Innovation Team, Education Scotland
  • Zoe Sills Nursery Manager - Earthtime’s Forest School Nurseries, part of Earthtime for All Ltd
  • Mairi Ferris Fund Manager - Thrive Outdoors

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17:00

The Lord Provost Drinks Reception

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The Lord Provost/or her representative wishes to welcome all attendees to Glasgow. The Networking Drinks Reception is complimentary to all attendees, exhibitors & sponsors and takes place from 17:...

Day 2: 24 November 2021

08:45

Registration & Exhibition Visit

09:45

Conference Stage 1

Digital

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‘Building’ back better… Over the last 18 months there has been lots of talk about ‘building back better’ but not a lot of talk about how we should take the learnings from the pandemic to bui...

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Conference Stage 2

Digital

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Digital: enabling efficient and safe design, build, operation and maintenance of our learning estates Designing for the health and wellbeing of building users Speakers: Neil McLean & David Ross, A...

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  • Rufus Logan Assistant Director Capital & Climate Change - Scottish Funding Council

Early Learning & Childcare Stage

Digital

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Scottish Virtual Nature School Children who previously attended ELC and had daily outdoor experiences faced major disruption to their usual routines because of COVID-19. Hear from Dr Claire Warden on ...

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11:00

Conference break

11:15

Conference Stage 1

Keynote

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12:00

Coffee Break & Networking

12:30

Conference Stage 1

Inclusive Growth

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Schools as Community Hubs:  Supporting whole of life learning in regional NSW This case study demonstrates a successful merging of previously separate community, school, cultural, health, wellbeing, ...

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Conference Stage 2

Inclusive Growth

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Education led mixed-use regeneration in a historic setting Speakers: Lindsey Mitchell and Derek Yuille, Service Lead | Special Property Projects, South Ayrshire Council The vision of Henry Morris in b...

Speakers:

  • Lindsey Mitchell Architect Director - BDP
  • View full profile for Derek YuilleDerek Yuille Service Lead | Special Property Projects | Place Directorate - South Ayrshire Council
  • Lone Wiggers Partner, Architect maa, mnal - C.F.Møller Architects Copenhagen

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Early Learning & Childcare Stage

Inclusive Growth

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Supporting inclusive growth through ELC infrastructure investments Speaker: Lynn Taylor, North Ayrshire Council Driving inclusive growth in the Northeast villages through return-to-work opportunities ...

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Workshops & Breakfast Discussions

Digital workshop

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Designing Physical, Hybrid and Digital Learning Spaces This interactive workshop will encourage participates to consider the digital needs of learners though the lens of the Scottish Curriculum. It wi...

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  • Stephen Bullock Senior Education Officer, Curriculum Design - Education Scotland
  • Ollie Bray Strategic Director - Education Scotland

13:30

Attendees & Exhibitors Networking Lunch

14:45

Conference Stage 1

Closing Keynote

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