An t-Alltan Conference for Gaelic Teachers - Shona MacLennan opening the conference
An t-Alltan 2016 - Aviemore
An t-Alltan - Workshops


The An t-Alltan 2017 conference for Gaelic teachers and Early Years staff will be held in the
MacDonald Aviemore Conference Centre,
on 27 & 28  September.

 The conference is an excellent professional learning opportunity for Gaelic educationalists and provides delegates with the opportunity to have a look at new initiatives for teaching and learning through a series of talks and workshops.

In a repeat of last year, we are pleased that the early years practitioners will join the main An t-Alltan conference.

We have 30 workshops so please look below to see what’s on offer.

We hope to see you in Aviemore in September!


Shona MacLennan

Shona MacLennan

Maureen McKenna

Maureen McKenna

Opening / Speech

We were pleased that the conference was opened by Shona MacLennan, CEO of Bòrd na Gàidhlig, followed by Mona Wilson, Director of Gaelic Education at Bòrd na Gàidhlig.

We were also pleased that speaking on Thursday was Maureen McKenna, OBE, Executive Director of Education Services, Glasgow City Council.

Speaker Biographies

Workshops 2017

1. Icebreaker

Marie agus Fay, Bòrd na Gàidhlig

A-null ‘s a-nall

Òrain is rannan sìmplidh airson cleachadh anns na seiseanan 0-3 le clann agus pàrantan. Tha rannsachadh air sealltainn gu bheil òrain is rannan cho cudromach ann a bhith a’ togail agus a’ cleachdadh cànan agus ga stèidheachadh.

Rannsachadh 0-3

Togail is cleachdadh na Gàidhlig ann am buidhnean 0-3.

Eisimpleirean air dòighean a tha ag obair airson leasachadh, togail is cleachdadh cànain.


2. Go!Gaelic

Jackie Mullen

Jackie Mullen, from Stòrlann’s Go!Gaelic Outreach Team, will be delivering a workshop on the use of the Go! Gaelic resource with Gaelic learners from Early to Second Level.

There will be an opportunity to look at planning progressions for Gaelic Learners learning Gaelic as L2 and L3.  Jackie, a learner herself, delivers GLL training (Gaelic Language Learning) to teachers from the central belt. GLL (formerly GLPS) is a distinct programme providing training, support and resources to equip teachers with the necessary Gaelic language skills and teaching methodology to deliver Gaelic as L2 or L3 from Early to Second Level in the primary school.

3. Who is that?

Dougie Beck

Using puppets to bring language alive with young children and parents. Seeing how to bring books to life using puppets and how to strengthen our own knowledge and skills. Different examples of how to create simple puppets with children.

4. Let’s go out

Alastair Davidson

A chance to go out round the venue and see what we can do along with young children and parents outside in the environment – perhaps even look for little beasties. Creating simple resources to use with children for playing outside.

5. Language and usage

Alice Sharpe, Experiential Play

Creating a full Gaelic environment, based on research in early years and language immersion.

Lots of information and things to strengthen language with children and parents.

Working with children of different ages.

6. Messy Play


A workshop on play using different materials such as jelly, froth, mud, sand, flour, water, toys – loads of fun!

7. Shelter

Alastair Davidson

Creating places outside for children to play and learn – building dens, shelters and some “Bushcraft” skills.

Thanks to the Early Years Team at Bòrd na Gàdihlig for arranging EY workshops.


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Assessment Focus Group

There is a recognised need for resources in Gaelic medium education and this includes assessment based materials.

The roll out of national level assessments makes this a pressing issue to consider.

Little is documented in research about what GME teachers perceive about assessment and its place in the classroom. Dr Fiona Lyon and  Dr Sarah MacQuarrie held a discussion with teachers during the conference to target this topic. They talked to attendees and gathered their views about this area of policy and practice.

This was a one-off session during the conference and was attended by almost 30 teachers.

Conference Timetable

19:00 – 20:00



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