Learning for Sustainability and STEM

With Scotland hosting the COP26 Climate conference, held in Glasgow this year there is a renewed momentum behind Learning for Sustainability (LfS) as part of our CfE curriculum.

With this in mind we have been working hard to support our practitioners with this.  Below is a summary of the offers we have for practitioners to engage in.

For all updates on LfS in Falkirk please see the LfS blog.

  • We have a LfS resources page on our blog here which also contains a self directed learning CLPL on climate change for those practitioners who would like to brush up on the terminology and concepts.
  • We have new STEM through Stories planners for LfS. These are for Early, First and Second Level.
  • We have been lucky in Falkirk to secure the training and resources to be able to run 12 Pondering Pondlife microorganisms workshops with schools. The training and equipment for this has been provided by EBSOC.  For more detail on this please see our June newsletter here.  To sign up please email gw14hanningbarbara@glow.sch.uk
  • We have put together several videos on our blog to outline possible projects or resources you could engage with to cover LfS and STEM.  These are linked to the 5 Falkirk LfS bundles. Exploring Sustainable Practices, Global Citizenship, Culture and Heritage, Exploring Values and Attitudes and Exercising Postive Activism.  We are hosting live Q and A sessions for these over the coming weeks.  Sign up on CPD manager using the links below.

Exploring Sustainable Practices: Session 1, 7th September, 4-5pm via teams, sign up here.

Featuring: Jacobs Engineering, Easter Bush Science Outreach Centre, Royal Society of Chemistry, Zero Waste Scotland and RHET

Global Citizenship: Session 2, 9th September, 4-5pm via teams, sign up here.

Featuring: Little Lighthouse-Laura Robinson Larbert Village Primary School, Lego League- Sarah Myles St Margarets Primary School, John Muir Award-Liam Mason and William Quirke Falkirk High School, RSPB Wild Challenge.

Connecting with Culture and Heritage: Session 3, 14th September, 4-5pm via teams, sign up here.

Featuring: The Engine Shed, Seagull Trust, Great Place Falkirk.

Exploring Values and Attitudes Session 4, 15th September, 4-5pm via teams, sign up here.

Featuring: Fiona Shaw Ed Scot IGBE, Jayne Quoiani Easter Bush Science Outreach Centre.

Exercising Positive Activism Session 5, 21st September, 4-5pm via teams, sign up here.

Featuring: Eco Schools-Bantaskin Primary, Enterprise Scotland, Young STEM Leader

If you would like any further information on any of these opportunities please just get in touch.  gw14hanningbarbara@glow.sch.uk

Career Education CLPL

We have worked with Skills Development Scotland (SDS) to create a suite of Careers Education Training and resources to support Primary and Secondary practitioners.  This training consists of 4 modules:

The Career Education Standard

This session sets out what the Career Education Standard is, its origins and what this means for us as practitioners.

Career Management Skills (CMS)

This session sets out the mandate for teaching Career Management Skills as part of the curriculum.  Gives examples of classroom practice to support teaching CMS and provides resources for this.

Labour Market Information (LMI)

This session explains what Labour Market Information is and why it can be useful for teaching career education.  Examples of how to use this information in classroom practice and resources to support this are provided.


This session explores what we mean by skills and why they form an important part of careers education.  Two case studies on Primary and one Secondary are then highlighted as examples of good practice.

Computational Thinking CLPL

Here is our Computational Thinking CLPL.  This came back in our practitioner surveys as an area  which required support and training.  We can understand why as it sounds like a really complex and difficult concept.  In the creation of this CLPL we have found some great examples of practice and some excellent support resources.  Hopefully you will agree.  If you click on the links below you should be taken to each of the presentations for this CLPL.  This will work better on a laptop than a phone or tablet.

Computational Thinking Early Level

Computational Thinking First Level

Computational Thinking Second Level

Engineering CLPL

Hi All

Here comes our engineering CLPL.  This session has been created using Microsoft Sway instead of our usual medium of video.  The session is split into 3 sections: Whats is Engineering?; Engineering Skills; Resources for Teaching Engineering.  The aim of these sessions is to demonstrate where engineering already appears in your lessons right across the curriculum.  Also to highlight where engineering skills are being created in the curriculum.  This is in a bid not to add to workload but instead offer opportunities to capitalise on opportunities to mention and recognise engineering as part of what is already going on.

First off what is engineering and what does it look like in our curriculum?  If you click on the full screen option (four arrows pointing outwards) then you can navigate through the sway.  You can click on images to enlarge them.

The next sway is on recognising engineering skills in our curriculum.  As you will see you will already be teaching these skills.  Perhaps as the lesson practitioner being able to relate the skills to engineering might help pupils to relate to what engineering might look like as a career and that it could be something they would be good at.

The final presentation contains links to resources to support the teaching of engineering and engineering skills.  This will remain as a live document and we will continue to update it with new opportunities as we find them.

We hope you have found these presentations helpful.  If you need any further support with these topics please get in contact.