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Free Physical Activity Training

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Free Wellbeing in Practice Training

For free Wellbeing in Practice Training please see this link: FREE WELLBEING IN PRACTICE TRAINING

SOSCN has written and delivers a number of training sessions all of which have been created to meet the specific needs of the out of school care sector. Training sessions are delivered in SOSCN's Glasgow offices, or alternatively can be delivered locally.

In addition to our training sessions we are able to provide bespoke training tailored to the needs of individual services or groups of services. Our bespoke training sessions have covered a variety of topics including "Play and Risk in OSC", "Responsibilities and duties in OSC", "Improving Play Practice", amongst others. If you would like training on a topic which is not covered in our training sessions below, why not contact us to discuss your needs?

We have funding to deliver "Getting It Right For Every Child" and "Anti-bullying training", and although there will not be a charge for the delivery of these sessions, we may need to charge transport and venue costs, dependent on the level of support locally.

We are able to deliver training across Scotland however we usually do this in partnership with a local authority or local OSC network as we need to charge for the training session as well as travel expenses and any other association costs.

If you would like training delivered locally, contact us and we can see what we can offer: info@soscn.org

Organised training session dates will be advertised below along with costs and booking details.

Trainers' skills and experience:

Irene Audain MBE, MA (Hons) MEd (Open) Pg Dip AdvDip (Open) is the Chief Executive of SOSCN and has been working for SOSCN since 1993. In the early 1980s Irene set up in Glasgow one of the first out of school care services in Scotland.

Andrew Shoolbread MA (Hons) MSc MEd (Open) AdvDip (Open) is the Research Manager for SOSCN and has been working for SOSCN since 2001. Andrew has also taught English and communication skills to school-aged children in Japan and Spain.

Both Irene and Andrew have over 30 years combined knowledge of working within the out of school care sector, and are experienced in delivering training. They also deliver the mentoring programme for SOSCN's Aiming High Scotland Quality Assurance Scheme.


please email info@soscn.org to find out if we can deliver training in your area.

Session 1 How are you doing? Conducting Staff Supervision and Appraisals

How do you appraise staff, and why? What clear processes are used, and how are the discussions documented? Staff supervision and appraisals are often a difficult but vital part of running a service- this session will provide you with some basic skills and processes to have the confidence to conduct meaningful supervision and appraisals.

Aims: to develop an understanding of the importance of conducting regular supervision and positive appraisals; setting goals and evaluating.


Thinking of out of school care in business terms can be difficult; however due to reduced external funding opportunities and the recession, services must be more financially self- sufficient. This session will provide suggestions on maximising income and reducing expenditure without adversely affecting quality.

Session 2 Balancing the books. The basics of running out of school care in a business-like way

Aims: to gain skills in the financial analysis of the different aspects of your service e.g. financial analysis for breakfast, term-time and holiday club; looking at ways of maximising your income and minimising your expenditure; developing and maintaining robust financial reporting and financial systems.


Session 3 What's the plan? How to develop and write a business plan.

Aiming High Scotland Quality Assurance Scheme as well many funding bodies require services to have a business plan. A business plan should be a "live" and functioning document focussing on the current as well projected future financial operations of the service. A business plan will help guide the financial stability of the organisation and operate in a more business-like way. (This session follows on from "Balancing the books" but can also be taken as an individual course.)

Aims: to have an understanding of the importance and reasons for having a current business plan; to understand what a business plan consists of; and to gain the skills to develop and write a business plan.


Session 4 Who's doing what? Management and governance in out of school care

Sometimes the lines between day-to-day operational management of out of school care services and the roles and responsibilities of volunteer management committees can be blurred. This course will help services define the difference in roles and responsibilities between paid managers and voluntary committees; show the importance of clear reporting systems between staff and volunteer committees; assist with continuation planning for changing committees, and ultimately help create a more robust voluntary management committee model within out of school care.

This course is aimed at paid managers/co-ordinators/lead practitioners as well as management committee members.

Aims: to understand the need for, and importance of: clear structures, roles of responsibility and reporting systems within voluntary organisations; to learn what should be contained within a committee handbook and codes of conduct for committee members.


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