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:
Similarly, the ‘Conversations about Learning for Sustainability’ study conducted by Education Scotland in 2014 identified that Learning for Sustainability resulted in:
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.
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!
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?
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
For more information please email Abi Cornwall
JOIN US and explore how to effectively embed the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into your work. Like all of our events, we combine practical ‘hands on’ guides, workshops, discussions, presentations, sharing best practicing sessions and lots of opportunities to network. At this event we will:
Through workshop discussions we will work together to identify the knowledge, training and other requirements to increase understanding and action on the SDGs in Scotland’s communities and schools.
A programme and further information will be available soon. This is likely to be a popular event so we recommend booking now to avoid disappointment. There is a fee of £20 to cover the cost of all refreshments. Please contact Abi Cornwall if you do not have a source of funding to cover this cost.
Are you passionate about teaching? Do you want to be involved in the something that will energise you, inspire you, challenge your perceptions and even take you out of your comfort zone? Are you ready to accept the learning experience of a lifetime? If the answer is a resounding yes, then Global Learning Partnerships (GLP) is the opportunity for you.
Developed in line with the GTCS Standard for Career-Long Professional Learning (CLPL), GLP is a high-quality, values based CLPL programme delivered over a total of 36 days, spread across 18 months. As part of the programme you will take part in a 30-day summer placement working alongside educators in Rwanda or Uganda to gain an insight into a new culture and education system and provide you with an informed context for teaching global education and LfS. Throughout your GLP journey, you will be exposed to authentic first-hand learning experiences which develop your resourcefulness, resilience, communication and problem-solving skills.
GLP is open to all post-probation classroom teachers in Scotland, from early years through to secondary, and to GTCS practitioners who support the development and delivery of education within local authority departments.
Application will be accepted until midnight on Thursday 30th November 2017.
Glasgow: 14 January – 18 March (Venue TBC)
Edinburgh: 21 January – 25 March 2017 Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh
Oban: 22 April – 25 June 2017 (bookings not yet open, please register interest)
This professional learning initiative by the University of Edinburgh in partnership with the British Council and Learning for Sustainability Scotland, is a timely opportunity for teachers to grapple with what Learning for Sustainability means, what existing and new skills and knowledge are required, and how this might all look in the your school context. Connecting directly with Curriculum for Excellence, involvement will enable you to effectively plan for and implement Learning for Sustainability approaches in your school.
This programme offers teachers the opportunity to engage and collaborate over a ten week period which includes two full day face to face sessions at the beginning and at the end of the period, supported by fortnightly inputs from online materials.
Teachers who successfully complete the programme will be eligible to apply for overseas study visits to partner schools in other countries. Learning can be used to strengthen international links at your school, enriching teaching and learning through partnerships and joint projects.
The professional learning is fully funded.
For more information on the Glasgow course, including what is involved and how to book please click HERE.
For more information on the Edinburgh course, including what is involved and how to book please click HERE.
If you would like to be included on the mailing list for future courses in other Scottish locations, please email Abi Cornwall.
There will be events for teachers, and a celebration of global citizenship at the Scottish Parliament. The Roadshow will also be visiting the Scottish Learning Festival at the SECC in Glasgow.
Attached below is a programme of the special events planned, please contact your local Global Learning Centre or email Fiona at GCevents@ideas-forum.org.uk for further details.
Please forward the attached flier onto your contacts and we hope to see you at one of the Roadshow events! Teachers can also find details of additional global citizenship professional development by visiting the global citizenship online calendar.
The RZSS Beyond the Panda education programme aims to provide children with an understanding of China, its language, geography, habitats, flora and fauna and in particular learn about the giant panda and the RZSS China/UK research.
Beyond the Panda travels to schools across Scotland in our new vehicle kindly donated by Arnold Clark. We provide a combination of outreach sessions, teacher training and ‘panda boxes’ for loan. The boxes are filled with games, jigsaws and other fun activities which stimulate learning and classroom discussions. The learning resources enable students to investigate, study and explore a variety of topics within the overall context of giant pandas and China; linking with CfE experiences and outcomes in science, topical science, social studies, language and literacy. With the generous funding from the Confucius Institute for Scotland at the University of Edinburgh our programmes also provide an introduction to the learning of Mandarin Chinese.
Sandie Robb, RZSS Senior Education Officer, said: “The RZSS Beyond the Panda is a fantastic and truly unique outreach learning experience. Through the China Mobile Library, students are able to learn about Chinese history, geography, culture and language as well as about giant pandas and the conservation work of the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland. The children really enjoy the educational games, whilst learning at the same time. The RZSS Beyond the Panda allows us to inspire the next generation of nature conservationists.”
Miss MacDonald, St. Peter’s RC Primary, said: “After doing the panda box activities with three classes, I can really see the positive impact it had on children’s learning. All classes were engaged and enthusiastic throughout and when speaking with the children after they completed the tasks, they could tell me lots of things that they had learned.”
In addition, classes who wish to progress further in the Beyond the Panda programme are able to work towards a Pambassador Class Award at bronze, silver and gold levels.
See Beyond the Panda in action –
On the road with Beyond the Panda
RZSS China Mobile Library
Contact Sandie Robb for further information: