LfS (including Global Citizenship)

LfS (including Global Citizenship) is woven throughout the Curriculum for Excellence.  Learning that global issues affect all of us can be placed in  context by investigating and taking action at a local level. There are many organisations working directly with educators and schools to embed this in practice.

New Award Launched – Learning for Sustainability Awards   Do you know a person or setting that has demonstrated passion and commitment to sustainability? Nominations due by 12.9.21.

Education Scotland Improvement Hub – Summary of Learning for Sustainability Resources includes key strategic information, key resources, information on Climate Change and COP26 Climate Summit  and more.  COP26 Wakelet, Education Scotland features links to resources and organisations looking at COP26 and Climate Change as a context for learning and teaching.

Use the  Outdoor Learning/Learning for Sustainability Wakelet on the Improvement Hub to find further links to useful resources and organisations.

There are now Countdown to COP26 pages on the Education Scotland National Improvement Hub
and Suggested Pathway for LfS Sessions  guides you through the relevant opportunities at the Scottish Learning Festival 2021.  Sessions will be recorded for future use.

Who is this for? … policy-makers and practitioners from all sectors.

A recent Education Scotland Webinar on LfS brings the policy,  rationale and the strategic context together in a presentation from Kit Gilbert, Attainment Advisor, Education Scotland (approximately 30 minutes into the recording) and shows what a whole school, whole community approach looks like at EAC Logan PS LfS – A Context for School Improvement.

A key framework for Sustainability is the UN Global Goals. Nearly all the countries in the world have committed themselves to these Global Goals, also known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

UN Global Goals – SDGs: Education Resources  on this page are for adults and youth alike – a fun and engaging way to learn about the Sustainable Development Goals and what you can do to take action to make them a reality. 

( To see how the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the Scottish National Outcomes and Scotland’s Environment Strategy all mesh together see Fig. 1 Environment Strategy Scotland)

SCODEC Global Learning Centre are running a range of free digital CLPL for the education sector nationally in partnership with Scotland’s Development Education Centres. You will link LfS, Global Citizenship themes and SDGs to real world issues that young people care about. Take a look and sign up.

Apply for Professional Recognition in Learning for Sustainability (Global Citizenship) through the GTCS accredited Learning for a Better Future programme  SCOTDEC Course – Global Citizenship 2021-22.  Closing date – 9th September, 2021.

WOSDEC Global Learning Centre  believe our education system can and should empower young people to act as global citizens, able and committed to shaping a just and sustainable future for all, locally and globally….. We provide practical education resources which support active Global Citizenship and Learning for Sustainability. Including resources for learning at home. Links on the website include IDEAS for Global Citizenship,  the Scottish partner in a project co-created and implemented by 15 European and global civil society organisations Bridge 47 .

Explore the UN Global Goals (UN SDGs) – Primary

Explore the UN Global Goals (UN SDGs) – Secondary


Keep Scotland Beautiful and Eco Schools Scotland

Eco-Schools is the largest sustainable schools programme in the world with 19.5 million children, young people and educators engaged worldwide in 67 different countries.

Eco-Schools is operated internationally by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) and delivered by Keep Scotland Beautiful in Scotland.

ECO Lockdown Challenge Feb 2021 from the Transform Our World resource hub. This requires sign up to access.  Quality rated resources are  organised by age and stage with a theme for each week of February.  Great ideas and not just for lockdown (and not just for February!).

Connecting Classrooms

There are a host of learning opportunities and support on offer through the Connecting Classrooms programme. Whether you want to collaborate with other schools locally and internationally, or you’re looking for personal development opportunities, you can tailor your journey to suit your needs and priorities, thanks to the programme’s flexible range of elements.

Our final UK wide professional leaning programmes for educators in the current Connecting Classrooms programme start after the holidays, for teachers on 10th September and for teacher educators on 15th September. Apply by 17 September to take action on climate change in collaboration  with schools across the globe in a Supported Partnerships programme.

There is help to find partner schools, free classroom resources, funding, support from local experts, fully- funded professional learning and accreditation.

Learning for Sustainability Scotland

… Scotland’s Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development  ,,, As Scotland’s United Nations Regional Centre of Expertise, we are part of a global network of RCEs throughout the UK, Europe and beyond. This international network allows regions and countries to share and learn from each other, and to establish or strengthen international partnerships.

offers  a wide range of professional learning opportunities for teachers and educators in Scotland to enhance their practice by incorporating LfS into their educational settings. Visit … events section for the latest updates on professional learning courses.

The latest Bulletin (with access to subscription and past issues) Learning for a Better World – August 2021provides news of events and training, including information on MOOC Learning for a Sustainable Future.

This is a 5 week course and is  a joint partnership between the University of Edinburgh, Learning for Sustainability Scotland and the British Council. The course will run in October 2021 as well as during the UN COP26 Climate Conference and will be live for enrolments in September.

Making Connections through Learning for Sustainability

This course runs regularly, click here for more information.

Children in Nature  is a global movement to increase equitable access to nature so that children– and natural places–can thrive.​ ​ Children and Nature  shares evidence-based resources and innovative solutions.

Donut Economics

What you’ll find here is an evolving overview of the lesson plans, activities and other teaching tools available relating to the concept of the Doughnut, the Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist and Doughnut Economics in practice.



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