The Environment : Questions for Learning


Education Scotland has just published a new book entitled

The Environment: Questions for Learning

The book has been 10 years in the making and has been very kindly shared with Education Scotland by Scottish-born author, Karen Currie, who has been living in Brazil for 40 years. The book contains lots of questions and ideas to help make Interdisciplinary Learning connections in learning through Learning for Sustainability.

Karen approached Education Scotland because she has been keeping a watchful eye on the Curriculum for Excellence’s journey from afar and has a longstanding interest in Learning for Sustainability and Scotland’s curriculum.

Please remember to encourage anyone who reads the book to share one idea back…

Help us celebrate Scotland’s contribution to Learning for Sustainability.



Here is a fantastic opportunity to showcase and celebrate Scotland’s contribution to Learning for Sustainability with an international audience.

Learning for Sustainability Scotland (LfSS) is Scotland’s Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE) in ESD (Education for Sustainable Development). This is a centre for everyone and anyone involved in ESD-related activity across all educational sectors in Scotland and you can read more about them here.

They are also part of a global network of over 180 similar Centres, recognised by the UN University and in November 2021, they will be hosting the 12th Global RCE Conference. The Conference will be held online from the 16-18th November and all 180 Centres and their networks have been invited to attend.

Be part of the celebrations!

LfSS are delighted that such a prestigious event is coming to Scotland. This is a wonderful opportunity to showcase and celebrate some of the fantastic learning that is happening across Scotland to make sustainability part of the everyday for learners of all ages and backgrounds. LfSS would be very grateful, therefore, if you would consider sharing your LfS story as part of this. You have until 1st November to send your contribution to them.

There are two ways you can share your activity:

  1. As a ‘Postcard’:
  • This would consist of a short video clip (5 minutes or less), outlining your activity. Ideally, it would include footage of your work and the people involved in it, and either a voiceover and/or text outlining your activity, its aims and its outcomes/impact. Accompanying music would be especially welcome! LfSS will be selecting two of the postcards submitted to them for showcasing during the Conference itself and all postcards will be uploaded to their online ‘Sharing Space’ for delegates to view at their leisure.
  1. As a contribution for their online ‘Sharing Space’:
  • LfSS will be building an online platform for sharing good practice from across Scotland and from their RCE colleagues worldwide. You can send them content in any format you choose: e.g. video, PDF, graphic/photograph, or as a link to content on your own website.

Please contact the organisers at if you’d like any additional information. Closing date 1st November.

Change Film Competition – Enter by 30th Sept 2021

Submit your video before 30th September

To mark COP26 coming to Glasgow, The Scottish Youth Film Foundation is looking for your films on the subject of Change.

The closing date is 30th September but there’s ample time to make and upload a film about climate change. It has to be five mins or under and made by young people aged 19 or younger.

Shortlisted films will be screened at a Gala Event taking place at COP26 itself. All filmmakers will be invited along on the night when the winners will be revealed.

Full details can be found here –

Check out this video to find out more about the competition: Change – Film Competition – YouTube

Countdown to COP26 – One Month to go

The United Nations COP26 Climate Summit starts on 01 Nov 2021. That means there is just over one month to go to one of the biggest events ever hosted in Scotland. The aim for the 200 world leaders in attendance will be to reach agreement on tackling the global climate emergency by limiting greenhouse gas emissions to 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels.

Education Scotland has been working closely with key partner organisations to provide support and resources to help education settings and learners engage in the five key climate education themes of the COP26 Conference: nature, clean transport, energy transition, finance, adaptation and resilience.

Resources and support can be accessed via the Countdown to COP page on Education Scotland’s National Improvement Hub.

This includes access to the following elements:

  • A COP26 Wakelet collection – bringing together some of the best COP26 resources from partners around the world
  • Early Years – See Dug’s Discovery Den ThingLink resource and eBook of Dug’s visit to Arran
  • Primary – A ThingLink resource for learners covering all five COP26 themes and accompanied by a practical guide for teachers
  • BGE Secondary – Countdown to COP resource for learners in S1 to S3.
  • New! – We’ve also now added COP26 challenges to encourage learners to develop creative and innovative solutions to climate change.

You can also join our Countdown to COP Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) Live sessions being run by Education Scotland in partnership with Founders for Schools and e-Sgoil. These live and recorded sessions provide an insight into a wide variety of green jobs linked to COP themes: . Live sessions are running Fridays at 11:00am through to the start of COP26.

Scotland’s Assemblies – these live and recorded assemblies are a great way to introduce learners at First and Second Level to COP themes: . Join us for our next COP assembly at 09:45am on Friday 1 October.

Learning for Sustainability Practitioner Network – connect, network and share ideas with over 300 other like-minded practitioners on MS Teams in Glow. Joining code: o4sj08j

Twitter – Follow us @EdScotLfS and visit our LfS blog for the latest updates

Don’t forget! The work doesn’t stop at the end of COP! Education Scotland is asking every school and setting to build a lasting legacy for the COP26 conference by ensuring that all learners in Scotland receive their entitlement to Learning for Sustainability, an entitlement that is embedded within Scotland’s curriculum. Find out about the wide range of resources and professional learning support available through the following pages:

Scottish Learning Festival – Suggested LfS Pathway

As SLF 2021 fast approaches, please find below one suggested LfS Pathway through the SLF programme this year.

Tuesday 21 September SLF 2021 Programme Update 5

SESSION 1 10:00 – 10:45

Learning for sustainability

Using the local environment and outdoor learning effectively to develop and promote learning for sustainability in the primary school.

Primary practitioners

SESSION 2 12:30 – 13:15

Approaching COP 26: Learning for Sustainability through Social Studies and RME.

Join us to consider opportunities for exploring Learning for Sustainability (LfS) in the context of Social Studies and RME. Link LfS, Social Studies, RME and the wider curriculum to get your learners ready for COP 26.

Local authority and Education Scotland staff


Wednesday 22 September SLF 2021 Programme Update 5

SESSION 4 14:00 – 14:45

Yearning for outdoor learning – building back better post-lockdown

A selection of practice from across Scotland demonstrating outdoor learning approaches developed through lockdown. How do we build on these opportunities and take outdoor learning to new heights? Gwyneth Quinn, East Ayrshire; Natalie White, Bualnaluib and Poolewe Cluster, Highland Council, Kate Samuel, Hyndland Secondary School

SESSION 5 15:45 – 16:30


A session exploring key resources, activities and ideas to engage learners in climate education and Learning for Sustainability as Scotland prepares to host the UN COP26 Climate Summit in November. Debbie Matthewson, Stow Primary, Scottish Borders with Education Scotland staff


Thursday 23 September  SLF 2021 Programme Update 5

SESSION 1 08:00 – 08:45

Scottish Virtual Nature School

Led by Dr Clare Warden, this Scottish Government funded support for outdoor learning benefits children and families across Scotland. Hear about the wide ranging impact from ELC practitioners who have participated.

Dr Clare Warden and practitioners

SScotCHEM CLIMATE CHANGE CHALLENGE: Scientists, Schools & Sustainability

Chemistry Week (1-12 November) is an annual celebration of the chemical sciences. This year, to coincide with the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow on 1-12 November 2021, Chemistry Week will last for the full 12 days of the Conference.

The ScotCHEM CLIMATE CHANGE CHALLENGE: Scientists, Schools & Sustainability will align with the activities of COP26 and Chemistry Week 2021 – with a theme of sustainability.

ScotCHEM represents chemistry research in Scotland – across universities
and connecting with industry, government and, most importantly, education.

ScotCHEM invite entries for a challenge to prepare public engagement material aimed at primary school pupils in Scotland.  Centred around the issue of sustainability and climate change, this material should promote the role of chemistry in driving solutions to climate change as well as promote chemistry as a science and as a career for primary school aged children.

The outcome of the challenge is to provide a sound scientific basis to better understand climate change and advances towards sustainability, for primary school pupils.

Creating a link to COP26 will provide opportunities for engagement with this major event being hosted in Scotland.

The project will also provide on-going curriculum-linked resources that can be used well beyond the duration of the challenge itself, thereby creating a longer-lasting legacy and extending the reach of the activity.

Through the national remit of ScotCHEM and by working closely with Education Scotland, we hope to increase the number of chemists actively participating in meaningful school engagement across Scotland.

The challenge is open to researchers within ScotCHEM member departments, at any career level (PhD to Professor).

The following topics/questions have been identified as being of particular interest and relevance to primary school pupils regarding climate change.

• What is climate change – busting the myths?
• What am I, as a researcher, doing to tackle climate change?
• What can you, as a young person, do to help tackle climate change?

Submissions should be either a short (3-5 minute) video or short PowerPoint presentation that answers one or more of these questions, keeping the overall theme of sustainability in mind.

Submissions should also align with the Scottish curriculum.

Winning entries will be showcased throughout Scotland, via Education Scotland and ScotCHEM channels, to primary schools and to the public during Chemistry Week 2021.

The winners will also receive a £1000 prize (one per theme) which can be used for the following:
• Further public engagement activities related to chemistry and climate change
• Developing new research under the theme of sustainability
• Improving the sustainability of their research

In addition, any engagement resources judged to be excellent by our panel will be brought together to create a resource for Scottish schools to access when talking about sustainability and climate change. These resources will be made available through Education Scotland’s online platform as well as ScotCHEM’s YouTube channel.

The challenge is open to all postgraduate researchers and staff within ScotCHEM member departments, at any career stage.

Deadline for Challenge submissions 5pm Friday 15th October 2021.
Review of challenge entries by schools 21st – 28th October
Challenge winners announced 29th October
Showcasing of winners during Chemistry
Week 2021 1st – 12th November

Entry forms should be submitted by email to
Entries must be received by 1700 Friday 15th October.
Enquiries to Dr Alan Wiles (Director of Operations ScotCHEM)

COP26 Drop in session LfS Practitioner network in Glow

Join us for the COP26 Drop in session in the LfS Practitioner network in Glow on 9th September.

Participants need to be members of the LfS Practitioner network to take part.

The link for the session is posted below  (Glow log in needed).

The session begins at 5 pm.

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