Fortnightly Planner – 31/8/21


Welcome to our fortnightly STEM blog post. Keep reading to find out more about exciting STEM developments across Scotland. Please feel free to share this post with colleagues and school partners.

Learning for Sustainability Awards – nominations close 12 September

In November, the United Nations COP26 Climate Summit arrives in Scotland.  With 200 world leaders in attendance, it is hoped the event will result in an historic agreement to limit greenhouse gas emissions and steer us clear of a climate emergency.

COP26 provides us with a unique opportunity to recognise and celebrate innovation in Scottish education and our commitment to Learning for Sustainability (LfS). Within Scotland’s curriculum, LfS is recognised as an entitlement for all learners; a recent international study showed our learners are world-leading global citizens.

The Learning for Sustainability Awards have been launched to recognise the commitment, professionalism and leadership that underpins this success.  Help us recognise the amazing achievements of Scotland’s people and the settings, schools and communities which have demonstrated passion and commitment to building a socially-just, sustainable and equitable world.

Remember – Nominations close on Sunday 12 September for the Learning for Sustainability awards.

More information and nominate here .


Scottish Learning Festival

Registration is now open for this year’s Scottish Learning Festival Online; for the first time ever the festival will be an entirely virtual event, taking place from 21 – 23 September.

Join us in a fantastic digital arena and enjoy our popular conference programme through a range of live and recorded sessions. Visit the online exhibition area and connect with exhibitors and network with colleagues – all from your own device.

Conference programme and registration available here.


Daily Discovery wall chart calendar

For 2021 the Humanist Society Scotland have produced a Daily Discovery wall chart calendar with a different scientific fact for each day of the year. The calendar is still available as a free digital download from their website.

Further information about their education resources can be found here:


Northern Alliance ELC STEM network

STEM is a key part of the economy across the Northern Alliance and equally STEM skills and knowledge help us all make sense of the world around us.

This series of webinars will focus on STEM in the North and explore the inspirational experiences, connections and opportunities for all our learners.

The webinars are aimed at practitioners from early years, primary and secondary and CLD and primarily those who work within the eight Northern Alliance local authorities.

Please click on the EventBrite link to book your place on each session.

Date Session Title  Session Eventbrite link
Tuesday 28 September 2021 STEM in the North Eventbrite link


Wednesday 3 November 2021 How to promote STEM in the learning environment Eventbrite link
Tuesday 7 December 2021 Learning for sustainability & STEM Eventbrite link
Tuesday 25 January 2022 Planning STEM learning Eventbrite link
Tuesday 8 February 2022 Creative industries partnerships Eventbrite link


Tuesday 8 March 2022 Play pedagogy in STEM Eventbrite link
Tuesday 26 April 2022 Global Goals & STEM Eventbrite link
Tuesday 10 May 2022 Building STEM Capital  Eventbrite link
Tuesday 17 May 2022 Inequalities in wellbeing, participation, attainment and achievement Eventbrite link
Tuesday 7 June 2022 Summer STEM Activities Eventbrite link

This series will be facilitated by members of the Education Scotland North Team – STEM, IGBE, Numeracy & Maths and Creativity officers and partners.

Sustainability Exchange – Using COP26 to engage students with climate change and sustainability

COP26, taking place in Glasgow in November, is an amazing opportunity to engage students with both the international climate change treaty process and wider climate change and sustainability action.

This online event, held on the 17th August 2021, explored how universities and colleges can engage students with COP26, and how we can create a sustainability legacy from COP26 within our student bodies.

This recording is aimed at student leaders, staff who run student engagement events, and teaching staff who are interested in embedding information on COP26 or wider sustainability information within their teaching. However it may be of interest to anyone in the sector – staff and students.

Using COP26 to engage students with climate change and sustainability



Dates for your diary

Climate Week Scotland   13th September

Scottish Learning Festival   21 – 23 September

COP26  Glasgow   31 October – 12 November

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