What is this all about?

#PedagooAyrshire is on. Building on the success of Pedagoo’s many events, #PedagooAyrshire will provide a collaborative, dialogue-based professional learning experience to any and all teachers in the Ayr area who wish to attend, supported by ongoing learning throughout the year on Attendance at this event will be free! This event is part of #PedagooLocal TakeOver 2015.

We hope to include a variety of sessions across early years, primary, secondary, further and higher education sectors from across all three Ayrshire LAs and beyond at this event.

What’s a PedagooLocal event?

Pedagoo events are TeachMeets with a difference. They’re all about teachers coming together to share their practice, but we take a longer format approach to this sharing. Larger Pedagoo events are run by the PedagooCurator team, but any teacher can run a PedagooLocal event for their local area as long as they can agree to the vision outlined here. PedagooLocal events are supported by, but not organised by, Pedagoo.

When and where will it be?

#PedagooAyrshire will take place from 10am to 2pm on Saturday 26th September 2015 at UWS Ayr.

What will it look like?

Pedagoo events take a workshop rather than a presentation approach. To reflect this and encourage discussion we are asking teachers to “lead a learning conversation”. We have asked teachers to lead a conversation and will allow attendees to choose which conversations to join on the day.

What are the Learning Conversations?


Name Position School Presentation title Presentation question
Drew Burrett Physics Teacher Ardrossan Academy Online Platforms for Learning, Teaching and Collaboration Overview and examples of the use of online services to support learning and teaching
Catriona Robb Class teacher Struther’s Primary School, Troon Research: to be or not to be? Discussing the role of teachers in research
Pauline Hendry Class Teacher ASN James Reid School Inclusion – who, what why? Discussing the need for and approaches to inclusion
Tommy Robertson Class Teacher Doonfoot Primary School, Ayr Learning without Limits – my enquiry to explore key dimensions and principles associated with the concept of Learning without Limits (2004)
Bill Boyd Learning Consultant Literacy & Learning What is literacy anyway?
David Marshall Geography teacher Marr College Challenging the top 20% Do we differentiate upwards? A discussion of strategies to help challenge the most able in a class
Charlotte Govan Improving Gender Balance Project Officer Institute of Physics Improving Gender Balance What are the issues involved in gender gaps in uptake and attainment in STEM subjects and what can we do to address them?
Louise King PT Pastoral Support Ardrossan Academy Supporting vulnerable learners How do we remove barriers to learning for our most vulnerable young people?
Val Adam PT Geography Carrick Academy Assessment Can assessment be manageable for National 3-6 or is it a millstone round our necks?
Anne Pettigrew Pupil Support Assistant Ardrossan Academy Three Towns Motor Project A project building pupil engagement, skills for work, business links and much more


And as a late addition…

Craig Ross PT Guidance Prestwick Academy Skills Development What role can schools play in the skills development of pupils?


In true Pedagoo-style this will not be a series of lectures but a day of conversations in which everyone is encouraged to get involved. Active not passive.

Programme for the Day

10.00 -10.20  –  Welcome & opening address 

10.20 – 10.50  –  Learning Conversation Session 1

10.55 – 11.25  –  Learning Conversation Session 2

11.30 – 11.45  –  Break

11.45 – 12.15  –  Learning Conversation Session 3

12.20 – 12.50  –  Learning Conversation Session 4

12.55 – 13.00  –  Plenary

13.00                –  Depart

Sounds amazing! How do I sign up?

Sign up for leading a Learning conversation has now closed.

If  you’d like to attend, please fill out the following form and we’ll drop you a line to let you know the details.

Keep it all together!

Sharing something about this event? Keep it all together by using the hashtag #PedagooAyrshire.


The contact people for #PedagooAyrshire are Drew Burrett, Val Adam, Pauline Murray, Cathy Miller, Karen Muir, Jennifer Jones & David Marshall.