PINS events

Health and Wellbeing (2019)

We know that health outcomes for many children and young people are poor. When it comes to the role of education, every learning setting, working with partners, should take a holistic approach to promoting (and learning about) health and wellbeing, one that takes account of the stage of growth, development and maturity of each individual, and the social and community context.

So, how are we doing?

The seminar took a broad look across the dimensions of health and wellbeing curriculum to explore the progress made and how far there is to go to meet the needs of all learners and create learning environments where all children and young people flourish.


The PowerPoint presentations have many links to other material, here are just a few highlights when it comes to useful publications and resources

Cartoonist Terry Anderson worked throughout the event to capture key messages. Here are the images produced.
For more of his work visit

Is there a place for love in our professional relationships with children and young people? (2018)

Gathering in Glasgow in early December PINS network members explored this key question with the help of a group of inspiring speakers. Links to material below.

  • Rosie Moore and Joanna McCreadie are co-chairs of the Independent Care Review’s Love Journey Group. They encouraged discussion and pledges from the audience.
    Presentation HERE.
  • Dr Adam Burley is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist with NHS Lothian: Adam explored both the importance and limits of love.
    Some slides from Adam’s presentation HERE.
  • Dr Lynn McNair is Head of Centre of Cowgate under 5s Centre, Edinburgh and a Teaching Fellow at the University of Edinburgh.
    Presentation HERE
    We also watched a beautiful short film produced by colleague Teresa Bolger and the children attending the nature kindergarten.
  • Dr Anja-Maaike Green is part of the Scottish Government’s Performance Team. Scotland may be the first country in the world to have love as a national outcome!
    Presentation HERE.
    Anja- Maaike also shared a film commissioned as part of the work where children talk about School, Home and the importance of love.
  • Cathy McCulloch is Director of Children’s Parliament. Cathy focused on love as a human right, some slides from Cathy’s presentation 
    Presentation HERE.
  • Corrie McLean (TASC and Three Sisters Consultancy) is part of the team developing Scotland’s new national resource for Relationships, Sexual Health and Parenthood education.
    Presentation HERE.

Love in Early Learning and Childcare

Jane Malcolm is a final-year PhD candidate at the University of Edinburgh. In our new PINS blog she talks about ‘love-led practice’.
More HERE.

We want to put love at the heart of Scotland’s care system

The chair of the Care Review believes the system must be rebalanced to focus on supporting the child.
More HERE.

Scottish Journal of Residential Child Care: Love in professional practice

This packed 2016 special issue on the importance of love and what this means in a professional context.
More HERE.

14 teachers on how they spread love in the classroom

“I think any teacher will tell you that a cooperative and loving culture is the most important part of a successful classroom”.
More HERE.

Thoughts on teaching as the practice of love

We must increase the number of people who commit themselves to an ethos of love and loving practice.
More HERE.

Let’s start teaching love

In this TEDxTalk Teacher Volkan Tasdan asks: Where’s the love between teacher and student?
More HERE.

Let’s Talk about Professional love

For children who have experienced adversity / trauma that one key relationship for them is often with a caring professional in their life.
More HERE.

ACEs + Learning (2018)

This event, in association with NHS Health Scotland, addressed a number of broad issues of relevance ot the network – the full title of the seminar was Inclusion, Exclusion and the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences on Learning.

  • Katy Hetherington (NHS Health Scotland) and Dr Adam Burley, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, NHS Lothian provided a focus on Adverse Childhood Experiences and their impact on learning.
    Download PowerPoint HERE.
  • Katie Rafferty, Director of respectme, Scotland’s national anti-bullying service, presented with the title Exploring and implementing the new national guidance on bullying: Respect for All.
    Download PowerPoint HERE.
  • Cathy McCulloch from Children’s Parliament shared the short film on the programme Children’s Parliament Investigates Bullying.
    More information HERE
  • Catriona Thomson from Enquire gave an introduction to the new Enquire online additional support service for children, families and professionals.
    Download PowerPoint HERE
  • Maggie Fallon, Education Scotland addressed Included, Engaged and Involved part 2, the national guidance on manging school exclusions and explored what does it mean for our work with children and young people?
    Download PowerPoint HERE.
  • The event also saw the launch of the PINS produced Parent and Carer information leaflets on IEI2.
    More HERE.
  • The day ended with a screening of the film Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope.
    Watch the trailer HERE.