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:
- Iconic Stories & Storytellers
- New Stories
- Scotland’s People and Places
- Local Tales and Legends
- 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: https://www.museumsgalleriesscotland.org.uk/funding/year-of-stories-2022-community-stories-fund/
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 email@example.com
The 47th G7 summit is scheduled for 11–13 June 2021 in the United Kingdom while it holds the presidency of the G7. The attendees will include the leaders of the seven G7 member states as well as representatives of the European Union.
What is the Mock G7 Programme?
Aimed at students aged 14-18 years this resource will provide teachers with the tools they need to run an immersive, active learning programme in the classroom around the G7 2021. Over three lessons students will explore what the G7 is before being challenged to take part in a mock G7 Summit.
- Part 1 – What is the G7/Y7? A lesson plan to introduce the concept of the G7 and Y7 to the students
- Part 2 – Research – students are split into 7 different groups (each group representing a different country) and then are allocated a role (world leader, Sherpa, Finance Minister and Youth Minister). They research their country’s position on ‘ocean action’, using ‘country packs’ and videos from real-world diplomats
- Part 3 – Negotiation exercise – the students take part in a simulated negotiation exercise to mirror the G7 Ministerial/Leader level dialogues. At the end of this, they produce a ‘communique’ of their top three recommendations on ‘ocean action’.
The Future Leaders Network and Young Citizens piloted the pack in 5 schools across the country in April, and the feedback was hugely positive:
- 100% of the teachers stated that they would recommend this resource to a colleague.
- 100% of the teachers either ‘agreed’ or ‘strongly agreed’ with the statement ‘the learning objectives from the lesson were met by the majority of students’.
- 100% of the teachers reported that through participating in the programme students gained the following skills and benefits: communication, presenting, listening, debating, team working and critical thinking skills.
How to get involved
If you’d like to host a Mock G7 between 7 – 25 June (or even better, alongside the G7 itself, from 11 – 13 June), all you need to do is register your interest here: Mock G7 Pack | Young Citizens. The pack is provided to them absolutely free of charge, as the development of the materials was funded by the G7 Outreach Programme Budget.
22 April has been designated by the United Nations as International Mother Earth Day. This is a global day of action on climate change and biodiversity. Education Scotland is committing to doing even more to embed Learning for Sustainability into its plans and we’re inviting education settings across Scotland to do the same. This will help us prepare and make the most of the UN COP26 Summit which is being held in Scotland in November this year.
Check out the Earth Day video message from Gayle Gorman, Chief Executive of Education Scotland and Chief Inspector of Education: https://youtu.be/TS0IGUhC6SY
Share your Earth Day plans with @EdScotLfS using the hashtag #EarthDay2021 #ThisisLfS
Further support, resources and ideas:
Happy Earth Day!
Global Citizenship provides a wealth of real-life contexts for learning Science.
Issues of sustainability, gender and health are explored in this series of lessons.
These materials were created by Science teachers in Scotland and are designed for use at BGE levels 3 and 4. All the activities connect to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and you can find some introductory activities to the goals here.
The materials explore 3 themes – plastic waste, gender balance in Science and health and hygiene – with short introductory activities as well as a series of lessons exploring the topics in more detail.
The lessons and worksheets in the booklet are supported by PowerPoints which you can download. All activities are mapped to ‘Experiences and Outcomes’ as well as the relevant Sustainable Development Goal.
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.
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:firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Learning for Sustainability Award
Do you know an early learning and childcare centre or school which has a passion for learning for sustainability including sustainable development education, global citizenship and outdoor learning? Then why not nominate them for the Learning for Sustainability Award? If this applies to your school or centre then you can submit an application directly!
Scottish Education Awards 2018_ Flyer Learning for Sustainability
The Scottish Education Awards recognise early learning and childcare settings and schools that have developed a vibrant and progressive culture and climate of continuous innovation.
The culture and ethos should promote respect, ambition and achievement while improving outcomes for all learners in ways which eliminate inequity.
Nominations should provide detail about all the activities, programmes and creative approaches that the setting has undertaken.
How are these being embedded across the four contexts for learning?
- Ethos and life of the school as a community
- Curriculum areas and subjects
- Interdisciplinary learning
- Opportunities for personal achievement
How are you promoting equity, equality, diversity and inclusion in relation to this award category?
What impact are your approaches having on learners, staff, their families, partner organisations, other educational establishments and the wider community?
Nominations close at 12 noon on Wednesday 14 February 2018
Join hundreds of other teachers working in Scotland who have participated in the Learning for Sustainability: Connecting Classrooms course and are now eligible to apply for funding for overseas partnership projects and continuing to work towards GTCS Professional Recognition for Learning for Sustainability.
There are now more opportunities to take part in this fully funded course with both blended learning (face to face sessions and online coursework) and fully online courses available until June 2018. This is an opportunity to grapple with what Learning for Sustainability means, what existing and new skills are required and how this might look in your school context. Connecting with Curriculum for Excellence and the National improvement Framework it will enable you to plan and implement LfS approaches in your classroom and school.
Dates for training
- Edinburgh – 9 week course, Begins Saturday 13 January and ends Saturday 17 March 2018
- For more information and to book your place, click HERE.
- Stirling – 8 week course, Begins Saturday 27 January and ends Saturday 24 March 2018:
- For more information and to book your place, click HERE.
- Online Course –10 week course. Begins Friday 19 January to Friday 30 March 2018.
- For more information and to book your place, click HERE.
For more information please email Abi Cornwall