Mar 262015

LfS CoverEducation Scotland has published the second paper in its Opening Up Great Learning series. This paper examines what great learning for sustainability (LfS) looks like.

It demonstrates how meeting national LfS recommendations can enable schools, early learning and childcare settings to achieve great outcomes.

The paper also provides a range of Career-long Professional Learning activities to support whole school dialogue and strategic development of LfS.

Click here for further information and support on learning for sustainability.

Mar 242015

Stirling HS John Muir Award Group Survey image 2 (2)There’s still time to get your competition entries in for the Our Environment Competition!








It’s easy to enter and you can win £1000!

Identify an environmental issues in your local area/school grounds.

Collect data about the issue (these easy-to-use surveys might help you!)

Young people can present their ideas for solving the problem (via presentation, leaflet, poster, video, photostory – or something else!)

You have until March 31st!



Mar 242015

Earth Hour 2015 takes place this Saturday (March 28) when people around the world are encouraged to switch off their lights for one hour from 20:30 to 21:30 as a symbolic gesture of support for global action on climate change.

Organised by WWF, Earth Hour is an annual international event involving hundreds of millions of people who care about our planet.

In 2014, Earth Hour in Scotland included landmarks such as Edinburgh Castle, the Forth Rail Bridge, the Falkirk Wheel, Stirling Castle, Scottish Parliament and the Glasgow Emirates. Internationally 162 countries took part and included iconic buildings such as the Eiffel Tower, Sydney Opera House and the Empire State Building.

All local authority areas in Scotland took part, as did 21 other public bodies and national organisations. Many of these agencies, including the Scottish Government, have signed up to show their support again this year.

Earth Hour presents an excellent opportunity to connect the curriculum to events going on beyond the classroom. It provides a reminder of how concerted local action can have far reaching global consequences. Learners may be aware of stories in the national media about the environmental impact of climate change and the measures society puts in place to try and address it. These issues lend themselves to exploration through many curricular areas. They provide rich, real world contexts that allow learners to make meaningful connections between their everyday choices and the long term sustainability of our world. These types of learning experiences are at the very heart of great learning for sustainability.

Click here for further support and resources linked to Earth Hour and the wider subject of sustainability.

Mar 162015

WOSDEC and the Global Learning Programme Scotland have organised a free professional learning event for primary teachers entitled Global Citizenship Matters: Rights, Global Citizenship and Learning for Sustainability.

Tam Baillie, Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People, and Ellen Doherty, General Teaching Council Scotland, will deliver keynote speeches.

When: 15 May 2015

Where: TouchBase, Sense Scotland, 43 Middlesex Street, Glasgow G41 1EE

The conference aims to support teachers in making the links between rights, global citizenship and learning for sustainability by providing:

  • an opportunity to develop professional understanding of and confidence around learning for sustainability
  • practical classroom tools to enhance learning & teaching for global citizenship
  • space to share and reflect with colleagues

Practical workshops will cover:

  • Children’s rights and participation
  • Assessing global citizenship
  • Values
  • Planning for learning for sustainability (LfS)

To reserve a place contact:

Mar 092015

Tcard-285a74b567ef58656ffa05c4f560b9cehere’s a new project from the team at the Zooniverse – Science Gossip

In the Victorian period, just like today, scientists and members of the public worked together to further scientific discovery. Before computers and cameras they had to draw what they saw. Their drawings are locked away in the pages of Victorian periodicals and books, such as Science GossipRecreative Science and The Intellectual Observer.

The ultimate goal of this new project is to understand the roots of citizen science. This is the first Zooniverse project where citizen scientists are both the researchers and the subject of the research. Help us to classify scientific drawings, and map the origins of citizen science.

Get involved in the project now at

Mar 092015

Our Panda Reporter blog was set up recently to showcase some of the citizen science activities taking place in schools in Scotland.  But our very own Panda Reporter has decided to go and investigate conservation issues around the world!

He spent all weekend doing some research online and has decided to visit Korea. He has found out that they have a rich and varied culture and lots of interesting plants and animals.seoul temple

Patrick the Panda Reporter is very excited about his trip to Asia. He’s never been to Korea before but is looking forward to learning more about the environment and meeting new friends. He hopes to report back regularly about the things he finds.

Luckily giant pandas are really not that big – otherwise he may not have squeezed into the hand luggage!hand luggage

His first stop is Korea. find out more about what he has learned on his travels.


Mar 092015

svp_160115panda_06Visit our Panda Reporter blog to find out about citizen science activities taking place across Scotland. 4 schools have been working with community scientists to learn about their environment, collect data and make their world a better place.

Borestone Primary School in Stirling, Middleton Park Primary School in Aberdeen, St. Ninian’s High School, Kirkintilloch and Doune Nursery in Stirling have received a visit from their very own giant panda. The giant panda is a well-known endangered species that is recognisable across the world. But did you know we have own vulnerable species and conservation issues right here in Scotland?

Learners at these four schools have been showing their new panda visitors some of the issues and stories in their own backyards!

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Mar 062015

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We’re looking for participants for the 2015 Fuselab Go tour, an out-of-this-world experience where you’ll help plan the future of an as yet uninhabited world!

If you’re aged 15–18, this is your chance to learn about innovation and creativity and build the skills, networks and confidence that will help you thrive in a fast moving future.


Fuselab is an innovation and creativity bootcamp run by Edinburgh International Science Festival. Now looking to recruit the next group of pioneers, so if you’re aged 15-18 this is your chance to get involved!

Fuselab Go is an exciting new touring version of the original programme which was launched back in July 2013. It has been designed to take a fresh, fast and fun Fuselab learning experience to locations across Scotland in summer 2015.

This is your opportunity to think bigger than ever before on a completely blank canvas, developing out-of-this-world solutions to real world problems.

You’ll discover new approaches to challenges through workshops, skills sessions, talks and games that will encourage you to respond both individually and as a group, seeking out relevant skills among your colleagues and collaborating to design, prototype and test your ideas.

Check out the Fuseab website to discover more about the project –


‘I have taken away from Fuselab an even bigger love of the sciences than Ialready had (…I didn’t know that was possible!)’

‘It really pushed me as an engineer and really made me work hard’

‘I loved every minute of it!’


Fuselab Go is visiting a host of exciting venues across Scotland in summer 2015. There are 10 sessions in all, each session lasts for two days, happening in 6 cities. Check out the list below to see when the tour is coming to

a location near you:

Edinburgh – 6/7, 8/9 and 11/12 June

Greenock – 15/16 June

Inverness – 18/19 June

Aberdeen – 22/23 and 25/26 June

Dundee – 29/30 June

Glasgow – 4/5 and 6/7 July

You will be expected to make your own travel arrangements to attend each day, but Fuselab is completely free of charge and you will be provided with lunch and refreshments.


Applications are open now! For your chance to be part of this exciting project, simply read the terms and conditions to ensure you’re eligible to apply and then complete the short application form available online at


You will receive an automated response when we receive your application and successful applicants will be contacted by email by the end of May 2015.

If you have any queries about your application you can contact Fuselab on but please be aware that due to the high number of applications we are dealing with it may take a few working days for us to respond.

Mar 052015

Global learning prog

Overheard conversation between two young learners in a Scottish primary school this week –  Learner 1: “I want to go to the rainforest and tell them to stop cutting it down.” Learner 2: “Don’t go yet. You’re too wee. Wait till we’re bigger and we’ll both go.” The potential of where this conversation and these aspirations will lead to is intriguing. Many learners are making connections between rich curricular contexts for learning and their own capacity to engage with the ever changing world around them.

To engage our learners in learning for sustainability requires teachers who can confidently weave a number of aspects, including global citizenship, sustainable development education, outdoor learning and children’s rights into their practice.

Global Learning Programme Scotland (GLP-S) supports the development of global citizenship through the curriculum and offers free professional learning for teachers. Click here to find out about the range of CLPL on offer from the six Scottish regional Development Education Centres.

You can also sign up for their online global citizenship magazine Stride at

For more information contact Rachel Hamada at

Feb 062015

young scotUntitled Untitled YS LOGO 2015 3The Sunday Mail Young Scot Awards celebrate their tenth year celebrating the inspirational achievements of young people aged 11-26. The deadline for this year’s nominations are the 27th February. Nominations here:

The awards categories for nomination are:

  • Young Hero
  • Sport
  • The Arts
  • Health
  • Entertainment
  • Volunteering
  • Unsung Hero
  • Environment
  • Community
  • Enterprise
  • Cultural Diversity

Here is a look back of all the amazing winners from the past 10 years!



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