In the week that the Scottish Government joins UNICEF in launching the World’s Largest Lesson, more schools have been sharing their learning around the Global Goals. One such school is Sciennes Primary School in Edinburgh, who have been blogging about their journey to become a ‘Rights Respecting School’. Click here to find out how learners have been raising the profile of Goal 1 – No Poverty and Goal 10 – Reduced Inequalities. Keep up the good work Sciennes learners and bloggers!
Additional places available for practitioners and leaders with a passion for LfS
Are you passionate about learning for sustainability (LfS)? Do you have experience of leading on one or more aspects of LfS in your educational setting? Are you willing to share what has worked for you and be inspired by other committed practitioners across Scotland?
Additional places have become available on the LfS national practitioner network. Offers of places have already been made through the LfS local authority network. However, if you have not registered an interest through your local authority and would like to be considered for one of the additional places, please email Anthony.Hutcheson@educationscotland.gsi.gov.uk .
The network will be convened by Education Scotland in partnership with the Forestry Commission Scotland. The first meeting took place on Friday 30th October 2015. The second meeting will take place on Friday 11th December 2015. The third meeting has been arranged for Thursday 4th February 2016. Venues tbc.
The purpose of the network is to create time and space for a cross-authority group to:
- share practice and successes
- work in a coordinated way to identify gaps in the system and co-create new resources and approaches
- disseminate these resources immediately to all practitioners through Glow
- work in partnership with national LfS providers to build capacity in the system
- share successes and impact through a range of digital platforms.
To contribute effectively to the national network we are looking for individuals with skills and expertise across the following areas:
- passionate about learning for sustainability
- excellent knowledge of CfE and a range of LfS themes and approaches. These may include some or all of the following areas: global citizenship, sustainable development education, international education, outdoor learning and children’s rights
- experience of leading and/or contributing to effective change, development and improvement in LfS at school/local and/or national level
- proven track record of planning and delivering high quality learning experiences
- ability to take a flexible, creative and collaborative approach to working with a range of other practitioners and partners
- excellent written communication and IT skills to explain the values of sustainability to a range of audiences, while consistently reflecting upon and modelling those same values
- awareness of emerging research and policy developments and how they relate to LfS
- ability to disseminate resources, approaches and understanding to peers across their authority.
Did you know the Global Learning Programme Scotland (GLPS) has a dedicated events page? This online hub provides information and booking details for all upcoming professional learning programmes offered by the six regional Development Education Centres (DECs).
Forthcoming events include Learning for sustainability: developing global citizens 1st to 3rd level (WOSDEC, East Ayrshire) , Rights and Global Citizenship: a cross curriculum approach (SCOTDEC,West Lothian) and One Day Conference on National Qualifications and Learning for Sustainability (Conforti Institute, Coatbridge).
The IDEAS network has also provided information in response to the refugee crisis. Information on events, resources and support for teachers is available here.
There is still time to register for seminars at the Scottish Learning Festival 2015.
The Scottish Learning Festival (SLF) is the key education event in Scotland welcoming thousands of education professionals.
SLF 2015 takes place on Wednesday 23 and Thursday 24 September in the SECC, Glasgow.
Below are some of the key seminars relating to learning for sustainability. Remember that even if the seminars are showing up as full when you register, it can be worth trying to attend on the day, as spaces often become available.
Staff will also be on hand at the Education Scotland stand to discuss learning for sustainability between 3:00 and 3:30pm on Wed 23rd and 12:30 and 1:00pm on Thu 24th.
Wednesday 23rd September
Learning for Sustainability: National Progress, Local Success
Ian Menzies, Education Scotland, SEMINAR CODE B1E
Participation – collaborating with children and young people to raise attainment and achievement
Paul McWatt, Education Scotland, SEMINAR CODE A1B
Scotland Lights Up Malawi
Alastair Davidson, Keep Scotland Beautiful, SEMINAR CODE K3A
If You Go Down to the Woods – Developing Forest Kindergartens
Marian Cairns, Forestry Commission Scotland, SEMINAR CODE B2C
‘Joined up Thinking’. Using the John Muir Award
Phil Thompson, Ardroy Outdoor Education Centre, SEMINAR CODE A2E
Social Studies Resource Launch
Lynne Robertson, Education Scotland, SEMINAR CODE C2E
The Unexpected Outcomes of Youth Achievement Awards
Aileen McGovern, West Lothian Council, SEMINAR CODE C1E
Establishing and developing a successful link with France
Thomas Chaurin, Institut Français d’Écosse, SEMINAR CODE K3C
How do the Scottish Teacher Education Standards and the GTCS Code of Professionalism & Conduct set parameters for teacher professionalism in Scotland?
Tom Hamilton and Lindsay Thomson, GTCS, SEMINAR CODE L2D
Better Eating, Better Learning – practical ideas to put the guidance into practice
Lorna Aitken, Education Scotland, SEMINAR CODE C1B
Thursday 24th September
Working in tandem – using bicycles in the curriculum
Sustrans Scotland and Harestanes Primary School
SEMINAR CODE A1F
Think about it! Philosophy with children and young people
Joe Walker, Education Scotland, SEMINAR CODE M1F
Making it into Higher Education
Martin Davidson, The Outward Bound Trust, SEMINAR CODE A1G
PAS promoting education for all in the planning process
Julia Frost, PAS, SEMINAR CODE D2H
World War One Whole School Context – a collaborative approach
Jenny Watson, Middleton Park School, SEMINAR CODE N1H
Collaboration, shared self-evaluation and partnership with the third sector
Alona Murray, Education Scotland, SEMINAR CODE D1I
Making Rights Real: A Framework for Rights Based Learning
South Lanarkshire Council, Curriculum Quality Improvement Service, SEM CODE L2I
Embedding international education in school: A whole school approach to raising attainment
Lucy Young, British Council Scotland, SEMINAR CODE D2I
Air Quality Learning and Teaching Package
Ben Jackson, Scottish Environment Protection Agency, SEMINAR CODE M1I
WOSDEC and the Global Learning Programme Scotland have organised a free professional learning event for primary teachers entitled Global Citizenship Matters: Rights, Global Citizenship and Learning for Sustainability.
Tam Baillie, Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People, and Ellen Doherty, General Teaching Council Scotland, will deliver keynote speeches.
When: 15 May 2015
Where: TouchBase, Sense Scotland, 43 Middlesex Street, Glasgow G41 1EE
The conference aims to support teachers in making the links between rights, global citizenship and learning for sustainability by providing:
- an opportunity to develop professional understanding of and confidence around learning for sustainability
- practical classroom tools to enhance learning & teaching for global citizenship
- space to share and reflect with colleagues
Practical workshops will cover:
- Children’s rights and participation
- Assessing global citizenship
- Planning for learning for sustainability (LfS)
To reserve a place contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Overheard conversation between two young learners in a Scottish primary school this week – Learner 1: “I want to go to the rainforest and tell them to stop cutting it down.” Learner 2: “Don’t go yet. You’re too wee. Wait till we’re bigger and we’ll both go.” The potential of where this conversation and these aspirations will lead to is intriguing. Many learners are making connections between rich curricular contexts for learning and their own capacity to engage with the ever changing world around them.
To engage our learners in learning for sustainability requires teachers who can confidently weave a number of aspects, including global citizenship, sustainable development education, outdoor learning and children’s rights into their practice.
Global Learning Programme Scotland (GLP-S) supports the development of global citizenship through the curriculum and offers free professional learning for teachers. Click here to find out about the range of CLPL on offer from the six Scottish regional Development Education Centres.
You can also sign up for their online global citizenship magazine Stride at www.stridemagazine.org.uk
For more information contact Rachel Hamada at email@example.com
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 http://bit.ly/1zIEjCR