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Community resilience mini conference report


To find out what was discussed at the very successful networking event held by Education Scotland on 5th June at the Menzies Hotel in Glasgow download the mini conference report.

The focus was on making links between community resilience and Curriculum for Excellence with a focus on science, health and wellbeing and social studies.  Educators and community resilience professionals came together to raise awareness of the opportunities for community resilience within Curriculum for Excellence that would enable a partnership approach to promoting community resilience in schools.

United Nations Climate Change Summit

Paris summitWe know that flooding and severe weather are a result of global warming and that these issues are not going away.   At the end of November, negotiators from over 150 nations spent two weeks in Paris, at a United Nations Climate Change Summit, also known as COP21, trying to come up with solutions to reduce global warming as well as identify ways that societies can adapt to a changing climate.   Find out more about the issues raised at the United Nations Climate Change Summit.   http://www.cop21.gouv.fr/en/learn/

As a community resilience professional, what information can you offer schools on the effects of climate change in your local authority? Has there been an increase in flooding or in severe weather?

Can you offer ideas and plans your team have to help the people in your local authority adapt to a changing climate? This information could benefit classes that are studying weather and climate change through science or social studies.

Teachers can find information on the Summit that can be shared with their classes here  http://www.educationscotland.gov.uk/exploringclimatechange/response/cop21/about.asp

Teachers can also find learning journeys and resources on flooding, weather and climate change on Education Scotland’s Ready for Emergencies and Weather and Climate Change pages. 










£100 million waste water tunnel

scottish-waterGlasgow’s sewers have not been updated since Victorian times so they are prone to flooding. Scottish Water have invested £100 million into the Shieldhall Tunnel in the south of Glasgow to combat this.

If you are a teacher, this could be used as an exciting context for teaching and learning, for example when completed, the tunnel will provide the equivalent of 36 Olympic-sized swimming pools of extra storm water storage which will help reduce the risk of flooding.  It could be linked to maths work as well as social studies/geography and any Eco-Schools Scotland work.  It links directly with the UN Sustainable Development Goal 11 Sustainable cities and communities.

If you don’t live in this area then contact your local authority resilience professional to find out about any flood protection schemes near you.

If you are a community resilience professional, this is an opportunity to engage with schools. It can be linked to work on weather, flooding and climate change.

How?  You could meet with the  Eco-Committee of  schools in the surrounding area (it will run between Queen’s Park and Craigton Industrial Estate via Pollok Park and Bellahouston Park), tell them about the work being done and encourage them to share this with their own class. Offer to give a tour of the scheme.


Contact Eilidh.Soussi@educationscotland.gsi.gov.uk for further support with this.


Community resilience networking event Dec 4th 2015

Target audience: community resilience officers keen to engage with schools, teachers, QIO’s, middle and senior managers.

Ferguslie Park FloodingScotland’s climate is changing and communities across Scotland are becoming increasingly affected by flooding and extreme weather events.  We want our young people to be prepared!  If you would like to find out how to engage young people with this issue through science, health and wellbeing and social studies then come along to the next community resilience networking event. It is a free event and will take place on 4th December 2015 at Atlantic Quay, Glasgow.

This event follows on from a very successful networking day held by Education Scotland in June. The focus was on making links between community resilience and Curriculum for Excellence. Educators and community resilience professionals came together to raise awareness of the opportunities for community resilience within Curriculum for Excellence that would enable a partnership approach to promoting community resilience in schools.

To find out what was discussed and to give you a flavour of the next event, download the mini conference report.

There will be marketplace opportunities to promote your organisation or community resilience activities taking place in your school. Email joanne.walker@educationscotland.gsi.gov.uk if you are interested in having a stall.

Book your place here.







Global interest in climate change

Climate change is an important global issue.  Barak Obama has recently spoken out about it and even One Direction have joined the discussion.  Now religious leaders have been adding their support…


Engage students with comments from the Pope and Islamic leaders on climate change.

Climate change was given worldwide attention through an encyclical from the Pope on 18th June, explaining his latest teaching. He states that human activity in developed industrialised countries is doing the most damage to the climate; http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/19/world/europe/pope-francis-in-sweeping-encyclical-calls-for-swift-action-on-climate-change.html?_r=0



1.6 billion Muslims have been called on to play an active role in tackling climate change by Islamic leaders.  Furthermore they want all nations and their leaders to commit to a zero emissions strategy ASAP;


This is an excellent opportunity to get a discussion going in your classroom on a very topical issue.



Weather warnings and lesson resources!

Go to http://www.educationscotland.gov.uk/readyforemergencies/index.asp for topical, relevant learning! Has anyone seen the weather warnings and flood warnings that have been issued?

Why does it always rain on me (100 x 100)

Education Scotland’s go-to website for lesson ideas on severe weather and flooding.

Go to http://www.educationscotland.gov.uk/weatherandclimatechange/climatechange/index.asp for ideas on taking climate change issues further with your class.



Big Biology Day Scotland – the Science of Life. Sunday 12th October

Life, the world around us and the search for extra-terrestrials will be explored though a range of hands-on activities at Big Biology Scotland on Sunday 12th October 2014.

This free event for all ages, at Mugdock Country Park from 10:00-15:00, will include outdoor activities such as a Bug Hunt, Sun spotting, Rocket making and Bird ringing.

Inside the visitor centre, budding biologists can get busy making Crafty Critters and DNA bracelets. Older visitors can learn more about health with ‘Bacteria Combat’ and ‘Meet a GP’.

The theatre will host films and talks from ‘Meet the Scientist’ and the Cosmic Way Roadshow where you can explore the origins of life in the stars.

To celebrate National Fungus Day (also on Sunday 12 October) Mugdock park rangers will run a Fungi Foray from 13:00-14-30 and Jaw Brew and Battlefield Bakery will be on hand all day to show how the yeast fungus is vital to brewing beer and baking bread.

Big Biology Day Scotland is one of six science festivals taking place all over the country as part of Biology Week 11-18th October 2014, organised by the Society of Biology.

Dr Mark Downs, Chief Executive of the Society of Biology, says: “Biology affects us all: biological research has helped provide food, medicines, vaccinations, and much more. We have organised Biology Week to share our fascination with the world around us.”

For more information visit: https://www.societyofbiology.org/events?event_id=581

Free Community Resilience Conversation and Networking Event – Inverness October 7th

Community Resilience Education – Free Conversation Day and Networking Event

09:30 (for 10:00 start) – 15:00, Tuesday 7th October 2014

Venue: Thistle Hotel, Millburn Road, Inverness, IV2 3TR

Education Scotland is excited to be hosting a second community resilience conversation and networking event with a view to developing a shared, partnership approach to provide 3-18 resilience education opportunities.

The day aims to bring together members of the Scottish Government, emergency planning and civil contingencies teams from local councils, representatives from local education authorities, and members of other key organisations to consider the potential of community resilience as a rich and exciting context for teaching and learning. Key contexts for focus include flooding, severe weather and pandemic flu and the impact they can have on communities and how we can take steps to mitigate against their impact through educating learners.

We would also like to extend this event invite to school representatives (members of management teams, or teachers who have been, or are interested in engaging in community resilience education) to explore how we can take forward resilience education. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Conversation activities will provide delegates with opportunities to network and engage in professional dialogue in relation to developing more resilient individuals, families and communities. Selected examples of good practice will be shared through engaging presentations delivered by Education Scotland, Scottish Government, local councils and schools.

All interested delegates should register online at the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/N2F3TWC to confirm attendance and inform us of any special dietary or access requirements you may have.

If you have any further questions or your school is/has been involved in community resilience projects or initiatives and you would be interested in presenting at the event to share your practice with others, please contact Jennifer Moore at: Jennifer.Moore@educationscotland.gov.uk

Citizen Science for Hurricane Season: Cyclone Center

June 1st marked the official beginning of the hurricane season in the Atlantic, and you can help improve our understanding of these powerful storms on www.cyclonecenter.org

To recognize the start of the season, Cyclone Center (or Centre – depending on where you are in the world) is focussing on four hurricanes that all struck Florida ten years ago in 2004: Charley, Frances, Ivan, and Jeanne. These storms claimed 34 lives and caused $18.9 billion in damages. We can’t prevent these disasters from happening, but your clicks can help us understand them better.

We’ll be doing more special storm sets throughout the hurricane season, so keep checking on the site.

PS If storms aren’t your thing, then maybe try our most-recently launched animal-spotting project: Condor Watch.

Arable Farming

Join us as we take an in depth look at how food is produced. This food journey will look at arable farming and the process that oats, barley and wheat take to get from the field to the plate. We will cover what grows where and why, what the grains look like, how they are collected and what they are made into.

We will also look at potatoes and how they get from the ground to the plate and provide an insight into the dairy industry.

This Glow TV event aimed at upper primary pupils will include background information on all the topic areas together with suggestions of some activities to be used in the classroom.

Sign up and join us on Monday 12th May at 1.30pm in Glow TV.