Category Archives: Political Literacy

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

Learning for Sustainability: Connecting Classrooms Programme 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

LfS Showcase for Stirling and Clackmannanshire Schools and Centres

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Looking for great ideas for learning for sustainability, outdoor learning, children’s right and global citizenship for your school or centre?

Want to meet other centres/schools and meet partner organisations who can support your work?

If so, come along to the Learning for Sustainability (LfS) showcase event from 16:15 – 17:45 on Tuesday 4th October 2016 in Stirling High School, Torbrex Farm Rd, Stirling FK8 2PA.

The event is being organised through a partnership with Education Scotland and Stirling and Clackmannanshire Councils. It is open to teachers and learners and will include displays and stalls from early learning, primary and secondary schools and centres from across Stirling and Clackmannanshire. Find out about all the benefits of learning for sustainability and how it can promote great learning; help increase motivation to learn; raise attainment; develop skills; enhance community spirit and partnerships; and promote health and wellbeing. Schools and centres will be explaining all the practical and achievable steps they have taken to develop whole school approaches to learning for sustainability (LfS) by building on their existing global citizenship, outdoor learning, sustainable development education and children’s right’s activities. There’ll be opportunities too to find a buddy school to collaborate with and share practice going forward.

A number of local and national partner organisations will be on hand too to explain more about their resources and programmes and how they can offer practical support, advice and professional learning opportunities. Organisations include:

  • John Muir Award
  • Keep Scotland Beautiful/Eco-Schools Scotland
  • British Council
  • Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park
  • Food for Life/Soil Association
  • OPAL Community Scientists/The Conservation Volunteers
  • Community Resilience/Emergency Planning Officers
  • Forth Environment Link…and more

With Learning for Sustainability embedded within How Good is Our School 4? and the GTCS Professional Standards there’s never been a better to time to find out more about how LfS can improve outcomes for learners. The refresh of the Eco-Schools Scotland programme also offers many existing opportunities relating to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and themes relating to LfS.

The event is open to all and is free. If you can, please let us know in advance if you plan to come by emailing Helen Winton at:

#ReadyToVote – Scotland’s Schools Registration Event, March 2016

readytovoteThe Electoral Commission invites all schools to take part in: #ReadyToVote Scotland’s Schools Registration Event, March 2016.

It is easy for schools to take part. They just need to select a day during the month of March and encourage their students to go online and register to vote. The Electoral Commission is providing schools with a toolkit which will contain everything they need to deliver the event.

If you would like to take part and be sent a copy of the toolkit please email Jonathan Mitchell, at the Electoral Commission supplying your schools’ name and contact details.

This initiative is being delivered in partnership with Education Scotland, SOLACE, ADES, SLS, ERO’s, SCIS, and Colleges Scotland.


Aiming for the Global Goals

St Eunan's food bank

A number of schools have started learning about the newly agreed Global Goals for Sustainable Development. Scotland was one of the first nations in the world to sign up to the Global Goals, building on the Scottish Government’s existing commitment to the learning for sustainability agenda.

One of the key commitments on education in Global goal 4.7 is that our children and young people are fully involved in building a more sustainable and equitable future. It states that by 2030 we must “ensure all learners acquire knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including among others through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship, and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development.”

One school in West Dunbartonshire has stolen a march on the 2030 deadline and is already out tackling Global Goal #2 – No Hunger. You can read more about St Eunan’s Primary 7’s learning on food justice and food inequality in their class blog.

Well done to all involved and good luck with your ongoing activities at West Dunbartonshire Community Food Share. If any other classes are blogging about the Global Goals or any other LfS activities, please email  or let us know on Twitter @EdScotLfS .

Click here for a short animation, created by Sir Ken Robinson, on the 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development.



Children and Young People’s Summit

Youngwish4 people from across Scotland are invited to have their say on the big education issues that affect them.

The Children and Young People’s Summit will take place from 11am–2pm on Monday 23 March 2015 at the Ironworks, Inverness. This summit is part of the Scottish Government’s ongoing commitment to ensure that children and young people are at the heart of decisions which affect them and their education. This event forms part of the official Scottish Cabinet visit to Inverness. Those attending will have the opportunity to feedback their thoughts and experiences directly to Senior Ministers including the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning Angela Constance.

Schools and organisations are invited to bring up to five young people, from year groups P7 to S6 alongside a supporting adult. Spaces are limited and you are invited to register your interest by Wednesday 11 March, 2015 at