CPD in a Shopping Centre

Hidden Giants and West Lothian Creative Learning Network will dare to take an alternative approach to addressing the current big issues in education: curriculum design, raising attainment, and participation. We invite education professionals to join us, to collectively reposition our thinking and challenge our core beliefs. We propose meeting in everyday spaces on three different days.

Together we will use our experiences in these spaces to transform our understanding beyond how things are, towards how things could be.

You’re welcome to participate in any or all of the three days. Attend the events that capture your imagination. Here’s our vision:

Event 1: Saturday 21st April 10-1pm – Fauldhouse Woods. Follow the path. Don’t stray. The danger of the unknown lurks behind every tree. When we can’t see the wood for the trees how can we find the curriculum? We will explore the potential of curriculum design for the adventurous, the pros & cons of planning, and the consequences of sticking to the well-trodden path.

Event 2: Fri 27th April, 1.30-3.30pm – The Centre shopping mall. Where chain stores, franchises and bland homogeneity displace difference and real choice. We live in a world where hyper-efficiency is the preferred tool to increase profits, improve productivity and meet performance targets. To what extent is this happening in our schools? Is there room for the bespoke, the niche, the micro and, if so, how do we prove that an alternative to the mainstream machine can work?

Event 3: Wednesday May 2nd, 4.00-6.00pm Howden Park Centre. Am I listened to? Can you see me? Am I listening? Do I see them? When we invite young people’s participation in educational settings do we accept the process will change us as adults and professionals, or are we just ticking a new box in an ever-expanding to-do list of Es & Os and benchmarks?

Hidden Giants work to improve everyone’s experience of education.

For more information or to book your place please contact Fiona Low, Senior Arts Officer, Community Arts:

fiona.low@westlothian.gov.uk or call 01506 283426

or contact Paul Gorman, paul@hiddengiants.org



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