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31 Jul 2020

Social service workforce

Additional support for the early learning and childcare workforce

A new workforce support group created in response to COVID-19 recently surveyed Scotland’s education and early learning and childcare workforce to find out what additional training and wellbeing support is needed.

The survey results highlighted three key areas where the workforce would welcome further support.

  • Professional learning.
  • Guidance.
  • General support.

The survey results combined with feedback from the workforce during engagement sessions hosted by different organisations also indicates people would welcome the opportunity to make connections with others for additional mental health and wellbeing support.

The group has published a document containing various links to professional learning and wellbeing support and resources which can support your wellbeing at this time.

What’s next?

Communicating with the sector

Throughout August and September the group will share messages of support and links to resources and websites to support you in the key areas identified by the survey. Look out for the hashtag #ScotEdWorkforceSupport.

Focusing on professional learning

Education Scotland will lead on providing additional professional learning activity to support educator wellbeing, resilience and confidence with a specific focus on:

  • coaching and mentoring
  • reflective supervision (supported professional reflection)
  • programme of support for post-probation teachers.

A small working group including Education Scotland, the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS) and the Learning Directorate is developing an approach to professional learning that ensures a core focus on educator wellbeing. 

It is hoped this will add value to the existing resources and supports outlined in the joint communication and help you to experience both enhanced personalised opportunities as well as having opportunities to share and reflect on your experiences with others. 

Contact information

Sandra Wilson
Communications Officer
Scottish Social Services Council