Learning for Sustainability

LfS news & CLPL opportunities from Education Scotland

October 28, 2020
by C. Gillespie
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Outdoor Learning webinars – register now

 

Outdoor learning with a focus on Additional Support Needs

28 October

3 15 pm for 3 30 pm webinar

Participants will hear from a range of practitioners how children and young people with additional support needs experience outdoor learning.

The webinar will include a focus on outdoor learning within primary and  secondary schools and settings which supporting complex needs.

www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/outdoor-learning-with-a-focus-on-additional-support-needs-tickets-122226686309

 

Numeracy and Maths webinar

4 November

3.15 pm for 3.30 webinar

As this is a re-run if you wish to attend this – please email EDSRegionalImprovementTeam@educationscotland.gov.scot FAO Ashley Spence and ask to be added to the list

Re-run of Numeracy and Maths session held on 30 September.

 

Literacy in the outdoors

11 November

3.15 pm for 3.30 webinar

This webinar will be run by a combination of Education Scotland STEM and Literacy and English colleagues joined by presenters from The John Muir Trust who will present practical ideas for The Lost Words. East Ayrshire’s Learning Outdoors Support Team will also share inspiring literacy ideas from their work with schools. Participants will be invited to share ideas during the session.

www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/literacy-in-the-outdoors-tickets-122226756519

 

Outdoor Learning and Religious & Moral Education

19 November

Webinar 4 – 5 pm pre-meet 3.30 pm

This webinar will explore links between OL and RME, identifying how RME is an excellent context for considering the relationships between OL, Beliefs, Values and Practices and Traditions. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss and share ideas during the session.

www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/outdoor-learning-and-religious-moral-education-tickets-123685503671

 

Gender differences in outdoor learning

23 November

3.15 for 3.30 pm webinar

This session will use research and examples of practice to inform a discussion of gender differences in children & young people’s relationship with outdoor learning.

It will explore the implications of gender differences in participation on the wellbeing and self-efficacy of young people.

In particular it will explore:

  • Barriers young people may face in relation to outdoor learning due to their gender.

  • Implications for those who may miss out on accessing outdoor learning opportunities.

  • How stereotypes may be unwittingly reinforced.

  • Practical strategies to help overcome the barriers

www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/118162117073

 

Social studies and outdoor learning focus – primary practitioners

25 November

3.15 pm for 3.30 webinar

www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/outdoor-learning-webinar-tickets-113639049456

October 28, 2020
by C. Gillespie
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Getting Started with Learning for Sustainability and Global Citizenship

Part 1: 23rd November 2020, 16:15 – 17:45

Part 2: 30th November 2020, 16:15 – 17:45

Part 3: 16th February 2021, 16:15 – 17:45

This free Professional Learning course is aimed at Primary and Secondary teachers, and consists of two online training sessions with an online sharing and reflection session later in the year. We will bring together strands of Learning for Sustainability (LfS) with a deeper exploration of Global Citizenship, providing practical methodologies and resources for teaching across the curriculum. Over the two sessions we will:

  • develop a shared understanding of Learning for Sustainability and Global Citizenship;
  • explore active methodologies that develop critical thinking;
  • examine themes and topics with strong Global Citizenship elements.

Click here to register and receive joining instructions.

October 22, 2020
by I. Menzies
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Scotland’s young people are leading global citizens

Latest OECD PISA survey reflects learners’ positive attitudes and respect for others

Pupils in Scotland have higher than average awareness of global issues, according to an international survey run by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

Data from the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) on ‘global competence’ – defined as the ability to examine global and intercultural issues and understand and appreciate different perspectives – also found pupils in Scotland have very positive attitudes towards immigrants and respect for people from other parts of the world.

The assessment included a test which assessed pupils’ knowledge and understanding of global issues and the world views of others. Only two countries out of 27 who took part scored higher than Scotland.

Some of the other highlights include:

  • Scotland’s average score in the global competence assessment was 534 which was higher than the average of all participating countries of 474.
  • Scotland’s average score in the global competence assessment was 534. It was one of five countries to score at least 50 points above the average.
  • Twelve per cent of students in Scotland were assessed at Level 5, the highest level in the assessment, compared to 4.3% of students across all countries.
  • Girls outperformed boys in every country taking part in the assessment, with the exception of Scotland where performance was similar.
  • The global issues that students in Scotland were most familiar with were causes of poverty (87% of students), equality between men and women (85%), and climate change/global warming (78%).
  • A higher proportion of students in Scotland (81.4%) reported thinking of themselves as a citizen of the world than the OECD average (76.2%).
  • Almost two-thirds of students in Scotland (64.2%) reduce the amount of energy that they use at home to protect the environment.
  • More than 4 out of 5 students (82.2%) were in a school where teachers felt they could adapt their teaching to the cultural diversity of students.
  • Students in Scotland were among the 10 countries/economies (out of 66) with the most positive attitudes towards immigrants.

Deputy First Minister John Swinney said:

“One of the core aims of Curriculum for Excellence is that Scotland’s young people become responsible citizens with a knowledge and understanding of the world and Scotland’s place in it. This survey shows CfE is working – our pupils are highly aware of issues beyond our borders and they are respectful of people from other parts of the world.

“Since this data was collected, a wide-ranging action plan has been published to make it easier for schools to cover important global issues such as climate change and a sustainable economy. This continuing work will help teachers equip our young people with the skills and knowledge to be active global citizens so they can contribute to sustainability goals, flourish in the global economy and contribute to the international community.”

Download the PISA 2018 Global Competence Report

Further links and resources

Background

The PISA assessment was conducted in Scotland in 2018 across 107 schools and 2,969 pupils. Students in 27 countries/economies, including Scotland, sat both a Global Competence cognitive test and completed a Global Competence questionnaire. Students in a further 39 countries/economies completed the Global Competence questionnaire only. The other UK nations did not take part in the Global Competence test or questionnaire.

Scotland’s curriculum – Curriculum for Excellence – helps children and young people gain the knowledge, skills and attributes needed for life in the 21st century, with the skills associated with global competence an important part of the curriculum framework. The Refreshed Curriculum Narrative for Scotland’s curriculum is available here.

An important cross-curricular theme within Scotland’s curriculum is the theme of Learning for Sustainability – an approach to life and learning which enables learners, educators, schools and their wider communities to build a socially just, sustainable and equitable society. Further information on Learning for Sustainability is available here.

October 22, 2020
by C. Gillespie
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Supporting Learning Outdoors

The Scottish Advisory Panel for Outdoor Education is pleased to announce the launch of the Supporting Learning Outdoors professional e-learning course.  This course and associated guidance, developed by Education officers and SAPOE representatives from five local authorities, benefited from Scottish Government funding aimed at supporting outdoor learning. This has allowed the course to be made available, free of charge, to practitioners across Scotland and recognises the value that outdoor specialists can offer in partnership work with schools. SAPOE is keen to highlight the positive outcomes and impact collaborative practice can have on learners and their communities.

The Supporting Learning Outdoors (SLO) course will assist non-teaching staff: instructors, classroom assistants and third sector organisations, who want to work in partnership with schools to deliver meaningful curriculum based outdoor learning.  The course will help participants to gain an understanding of the Curriculum for Excellence and the framework for delivering this to pupils.  Furthermore, understand key messages on embedding and enhancing taught curriculum content into the real world context.

partnerships       #outdoorlearning

https://www.sapoe.org.uk/courses/supporting-learning-outdoors/

September 16, 2020
by I. Menzies
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New Teaching Learning Outdoors course goes live

Education Scotland is pleased to announce the launch today of the Teaching Learning Outdoors professional learning course.  This course and associated guidance – relevant to teachers from all sectors- has been developed by SAPOE (Scottish Advisory Panel for Outdoor Education) and benefited from £17,250 of Scottish Government funding aimed at supporting outdoor learning. This has allowed this course to be made available, free of charge, to practitioners across Scotland through the Professional Learning and Leadership platform on the Education Scotland website.

It has never been more important to get our children and young people learning outdoors. This six step professional learning resource will guide you through the opportunities for outdoor learning,  why it is so important and beneficial and to help you plan high quality progressive outdoor learning experiences.  The course features videos, presentations and reflective questions looking at aspects of learning in the outdoor context; the health benefits, partners that can support you, policy context and links to key guidance, and learning and teaching resources.

The course can be found on Education Scotland’s Professional Learning and Leadership platform: https://professionallearning.education.gov.scot/learn/learning-activities/teaching-learning-outdoors/step-1/

In collaboration with our outdoor learning partners, Education Scotland has also produced a Wakelet featuring resources and guidance on Outdoor Learning and Learning for Sustainability:  https://wke.lt/w/s/beXl3C.  We are also running a series of outdoor learning webinars with our partners: https://professionallearning.education.gov.scot/learn/events/.  These webinars will be recorded and shared online to allow practitioners to view at a later date.

 

May 27, 2019
by I. Menzies
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The Lost Words: helping unearth nature for new audiences

 

Ways in which this publishing phenomenon is being used to connect with diverse groups and learning settings are highlighted by Rob Bushby.

Read how educators, youth workers, countryside rangers and others are using The Lost Words to help inspire and engage people from all backgrounds to re-discover words – and find and interpret their own learning and meaning through creative connections with nature.

Free resources including 5 spell-poem downloads and an Explorer’s Guide are hosted by the John Muir Trust.

The Lost Words Examples April 19

February 22, 2019
by C. Gillespie
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Collaboration in Global Education CLPL

Collaboration in Global Education CLPL – The Wood Foundation
Join a network of empowered, excited practitioners for a day of collaboration, shared learning, inspiration and interactive conversations to better mould your role in delivering Learning for Sustainability and global education.
Suitable for: All education practitioners (from early years to secondary, probationer to headteachers)
Saturday, 2 March 2019 Dewars Centre, Perth
11am to 4pm Cost: Free
 

 

 

February 20, 2018
by I. Menzies
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Political literacy – FREE SCOTDEC course

Political Literacy – 2 part course.

Offered by Scotdec and the Scottish Parliament Education Service, this course is a unique opportunity to consider ideas and resources to support young people to become politically literate critical thinkers.

Sessions will have an input from the Scottish Parliament Education Service giving practical advice and resources to introduce your pupils to the nuts and bolts of the democratic process in Scotland. The course will also explore what we mean by political literacy and why it is relevant in Scottish education. It will use Global Citizenship approaches to address controversial issues and will include a focus on participation and pupil voice.

This course is for all teachers.

DATES: Wednesday 14 March and Wednesday 21 March 2018

PLACE: Camelon Education Centre, Falkirk

TIME: 4.15pm – 6.00pm

REGISTRATION: Please register through Falkirk Council CPD Directory

Teachers from other local authorities are welcome to attend. If you wish to please register with mailto:isabel@scotdec.org.uk

January 8, 2018
by I. Menzies
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Policy briefings – Learning for sustainability and outdoor learning

Moray House Institute of Education and Learning for Sustainability Scotland have produced a series of policy briefings on outdoor learning and learning for sustainability (LfS) within the Scottish context.

The policy briefings provide a concise background and overview of different aspects of LfS and outdoor learning and their impact on education and outcomes for learners. Themes covered include the impact of outdoor learning and LfS on attainment and behaviour and effective LfS also pedagogies.

Holyrood Briefing – Outdoor Learning in Scotland – 29-03-16

Holyrood Briefing – Learning for Sustainability – 29-03-16

Learning for Sustainability and Attainment – LfS Research Briefings – No.1

Impact of Outdoor Learning on LfS in schools – LfS Research Briefings – No. 2

Impact of Outdoor Learning, attainment and behaviour in schools – LfS Research Briefings – No 3

Learning for Sustainability – effective pedagogies – LfS Research Briefings – No.4

UN Decade of ESD and beyond in Scotland’s Schools – A retrospective review – LfS Research Briefings – No.5

 

December 17, 2017
by I. Menzies
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Improving outcomes through learning for sustainability

Recent Scottish studies and other international research has identified that well-structured outdoor

Learning helps to raise attainment and:

  • facilitates children’s development in school grounds, local areas and on residential courses,
  • supports learning in all aspects of the school curriculum from 3 to 18,
  • provides opportunities for pupils to guide their own learning and develop critical thinking skills in ways elusive in the classroom,
  • raises children’s awareness of environmental and sustainability issues, resulting in understanding and promoting an ethic of care for our planet (directly linked with the concept of ‘learning for sustainability’)
  • has direct health and wellbeing benefits. This leads to high rates of ‘enhancement of challenge, enjoyment, personalisation, relevance, breadth and progression’ of learning.

Similarly, the ‘Conversations about Learning for Sustainability’ study conducted by Education Scotland in 2014 identified that Learning for Sustainability resulted in:

  • Enhanced learning and motivation and readiness to learn.
  • Increases in development of skills for life, learning and work.
  • Increases in confidence.
  • Improved reputation and standing of the establishments in their communities.
  • Improved staff morale, wellbeing and motivation.
  • Enriched ethos of school and improvements to the community spirit.

The links between education for sustainable development and quality education were further supported by an international Study conducted by UNESCO in 2015.

These briefings and reports, together with others, have been brought together here to support dialogue and interventions to raise attainment and improve outcomes for learners aligned to the Scottish Attainment Challenge, pupil equity fund and other priorities in education.

IDOX Briefing OL and Attainment

Conversations about LfS Report

UNESCO ESD and Quality Education Report

PEF and Outdoor Learning Research List

Impact of Outdoor Learning, attainment and behaviour in schools – LfS Research Briefings – No 3

Learning for Sustainability – effective pedagogies – LfS Research Briefings – No.4

Learning for Sustainability and Attainment – LfS Research Briefings – No.1

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