COP26 – Use Data Science to reduce your school’s carbon footprint

Just launched  – a new live lesson for learners P7-S4.

The event ‘Use Data Science to reduce your school’s carbon footprint’, which is free, will be held on 9th Nov (2pm) and aligns well with COP26. Each live lesson focuses on a data science topic and brings together a YouTube livestream event with a series of guided web-based activities.  The first live lesson, ‘Defend the Rhino’, focused on machine learning (training cameras to spot poachers and save rhinos!).  The second ‘Data Selfie’ live lesson supports learners to explore data visualisation.

You can access both lessons from the events page in the Data Education in Schools website: Events for data education – Data Education in Schools (

Details of ‘Use Data Science to reduce your school’s carbon footprint’ can be found here: Data Skills Live: Use Data Science to reduce your school’s carbon footprint Tickets, Tue 9 Nov 2021 at 14:00 | Eventbrite

The live lesson format has been developed in partnership with Skills Development Scotland and Digital Skills Education.  It’s proven to be very popular with 9643 learners (to date) having engaged in the first two activities. The 10,000 learner isn’t far off now!

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.

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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Communities Stories Fund – Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022

The Communities Stories Fund has opened for applications, as part of Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022 (YS22).

The fund is directed at providing an opportunity for communities across Scotland to put on events that tell the stories that are unique or important to them.

With £300,000 available for awards of between £500 and £5,000, the fund will provide an opportunity for new, creative events, activities and programming. Applicants are invited to respond to any of the five, cross cutting Year of Stories 2022 programme strands:

  1. Iconic Stories & Storytellers
  2. New Stories
  3. Scotland’s People and Places
  4. Local Tales and Legends
  5. Inspired by Nature.

The deadline for applications for this round of funding is 1st October 2021. A further round of funding will open on 24 January 2022.

Full details of the criteria and how to apply can be found here:

Applications must be made through the Museums Galleries Scotland website, and applicants must first register online to create an account before making an application. If applicants have any questions in relation to their application they should get in touch with the MGS team by contacting

Learning for Sustainability Awards 2021










In November 2021, the United Nations COP26 Climate Summit will be arriving in Scotland. This will be one of the biggest events of its kind ever to be hosted in our country with 200 world leaders in attendance. There is hope that the event will result in a truly historic agreement to limit greenhouse gas emissions and address the climate emergency.

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

In partnership with the Daily Record, Education Scotland is delighted to launch the Learning for Sustainability Awards. The Scottish Government has identified People as a key theme for the COP26 Summit and has declared that it wants it to be the most inclusive COP summit ever to be held. This includes a strong focus on young people and on engaging disadvantaged and hard-to-reach communities.

The Learning for Sustainability Awards support these ambitions and will help to recognise the amazing achievements of Scotland’s people and the settings, schools and communities that have demonstrated passion and commitment to building a socially-just, equitable and sustainable world.

To find out more about the award categories and how to nominate, visit the LfS award website:

Learning for Sustainability Conference – launched 4 June


Dumfries & Galloway’s first annual Learning for Sustainability Conference focussing on all aspects of LfS launched on Friday 4 June.

Due to ongoing COVID restrictions this year’s event is an online conference. It is hoped that the keynote addresses, workshops & marketplace will provide practitioners with insight and continued learning in all aspects of Learning for Sustainability.

All conference materials are available from Friday 4 June within Glow. These materials will be available throughout Term 4 and into next session to support all practitioners.

Guidance information on how to access and navigate the conference OneNote:

Learning for Sustainability Conference 2021 Access Guide

Learning for Sustainability Conference 2021 List of Participants