Inclusion, Wellbeing and Equalities Professional Learning Framework

The Inclusion, Wellbeing and Equalities Professional Learning Framework aims to support anyone working with, and supporting children and young people in an educational context. It can also support those who work with adult learners, parents, carers, families and in community learning contexts.

Word file: Video transcript (52 kb)

This professional learning framework aims to:

  • Simplify the professional learning landscape for inclusion, wellbeing and equalities.
  • Support capacity building and a common understanding, language and skills for all educators
  • Provide high quality, up to date opportunities which can be adapted to suit the local context. Local authorities will be able to incorporate the professional framework into their own professional learning programmes.
  • Support individual educators to plan their own professional learning.

To support this the framework focusses on four interconnected and interdependent themes:

  • Inclusion. For example; inclusive practice and Scottish context, Additional Support Needs – including complex needs, The Additional Support for Learning process and entitlements.
  • Rights and Equalities. For example; entitlements, United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), participation, bias and diversity in the curriculum.
  • Relationships. For example; understanding around expectations and consequences and skills around co-regulation, de-escalation, attunement and active listening.
  • Wellbeing and Care. For example; Getting it right for every child approach (GIRFEC), mental health and wellbeing, nurture, trauma, safeguarding and Child Protection.

The framework supports the staged levels of intervention and enhances universal and targeted approaches to supporting all children and young people. It can also support those who work with adult learners, parents, carers, families and in community learning contexts. The context of the educational setting will determine how and when this professional learning is used.

The ‘Essential for All’ short activities available further down this page, provide the national context and overview for inclusion wellbeing and equalities, including the legislative and professional duties aspects. These activities should be seen as the foundation for further learning through the following levels:

  1. Informed - Relevant to anyone working with children and young people
  2. Skilled - coming soon
  3. Enhanced - coming soon

How to use the framework

Depending on your context and setting, there are different ways you could use the framework resources, for example:

  • Facilitated Professional Learning
  • Collaborative Professional Learning
  • Self-Directed Professional Learning

The resources within the framework can also be used with a combination of the above approaches.

For example

  • Teams may focus on one of the four themes, use development time to access activities and resources and then discuss at an in-service day.
  • Individuals and teams can use the activities and resources in this level to ensure a consistent understanding of supporting the strengths and needs of all children and young people which is relevant to their context.

PDF file: How to use the IWE Framework (132 KB)

Improvement questions

  • How do you know that the professional learning you can access effectively meets the needs of all your learners
  • How do you know if the professional learning you can access aligns with professional and national standards?

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