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
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!
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.
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
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
Click on the link below to download Education Scotland’s Learning for Sustainability e-bulletins:
LfS ebulletin August 2018
LfS E-bulletin January 18
LfS E-bulletin November 2017
Visit Education Scotland’s sign up page to subscribe to this monthly ebulletin.
Vision 2030+, the Concluding Report of the Learning for Sustainability National Implementation Group, has been formally accepted and launched by Ministers. The Report celebrates the progress that has been made by Scottish Schools since the original Learning for Sustainability Report was launched in 2012 and reaffirms the five strategic recommendations:
- All learners should have an entitlement to learning for sustainability.
- In line with the GTCS Professional Standards, every practitioner, school and education leader should demonstrate learning for sustainability in their practice.
- Every school should have a whole school approach to learning for sustainability that is robust, demonstrable. evaluated and supported by leadership at all levels.
- All school buildings, grounds and policies should support learning for sustainability.
- A strategic national approach to supporting learning for sustainability should be established.
The report also sets out the vision for LfS through to 2030 – the target date for realising the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
In launching the Vision 2030+ Report, Shirley-Anne Somerville MSP, Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Sciences said, “I am delighted to mark the formal launch of the Vision 2030+ Report. The report, which should be considered within the context of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, contains a range of very important recommendations. It is now essential that we maintain the momentum and ensure that Learning for Sustainability is fully embedded across our approach to curriculum and our three over-arching strategic priorities for education: the National Improvement Framework, Scottish Attainment Challenge and Developing the Young Workforce. Learning for Sustainability has a crucial role in supporting and enhancing these priorities.”
Read the Vision 2030+ Report
Watch the video of the launch with the Minister (starting at 9:55). Also includes an introduction by Professor Pete Higgins and a presentation by Ms Irmeli Halinen, former Head of the Curriculum in Finland.
Ministerial Statement for Launch of the Vision 2030 Report