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September 2019



Welcome to the September bulletin for the LfS Scotland network. Autumn is now in the air but September is still a busy month with the Take One Action Film Festival, Connecting Classrooms courses and webinars, Carbon Literacy Training and The World's Largest Lesson on 23rd Sept - to name but a few activities. Full details below. 

For a very interesting read, have a look at member Rob Bushby's blog piece
"Learning for Sustainability – Beyond the Elevator Pitch" exploring the origins and use of the term, and its relevance in schools education. If members like a link to "longer reads" we can make this a regular feature in future bulletins. 

Best Wishes, 

Norah Barnes,
Bulletin Editor

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NEWS & EVENTS from LfS Scotland

Update from the Learning for Sustainability Scotland Steering Group 

Fields of gold ripple in the sunshine, vegetables are pushing up fleece and the soft fruit is still ripening in the growing tunnels.This is the basis of our food provision, yet it is easy to be seduced by Ecuadorian quinoa, Peruvian asparagus and Spanish tomatoes in the supermarkets. Food is a fundamental need– not only body fuel, but a link to our heritage, an opportunity to share, a sensory activation and an emotional engagement. But at this time of political strife, our personal choices may be constrained by limited trade and supplies. We will need to adapt, to seek the smaller harvests of hedgerow bramble, to grow our own winter greens, to re-discover how to preserve the fruits of summer for dark winter meals.

At LfS Scotland we have been planning for both scarcity and plenty.  Global RCE is providing funding for two of our Steering Group members to attend the European RCE meeting this month, investigating the extremely topical area of Climate change, sustainable agriculture and food security. We hope to explore further possibilities for European partnership and collaboration. 

Already we are making plans for the LfS Scotland annual gathering to be held in early January 2020, we’ll be announcing the date soon, As usual this AGM and networking session will be about celebrating and sharing members’ successes and learning new skills. Please get in touch with Betsy with your stories to tell and approaches to share about democratic participation in sustainability.

We are delighted that LfS Scotland has recently achieved the GTCS Professional Learning Award for organisations.  There is still time to reserve a free space on our  Making Connections through Learning for Sustainability online course for teachers, which starts on 13 Sept. Also you can find out more about the Connecting Classrooms programme for Scotland at the webinar on 17 Sept Book your free place here .

Many members are busy with new terms, welcoming learners in schools, colleges and universities. Learning for sustainability is ever more critical in sowing the seeds of change, enabling young and old to contribute to sustainable systems that tackle food security and climate change. For now, let’s appreciate the current harvest, savour the flavours of summer just gone and trust in our abilities to provide for the future.

Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.” Robert Louis Stevenson

Rehema White, Chair LfS Scotland Steering Group
Betsy King, Development Manager, LfS Scotland (  

Click here to find out more about the latest in the #ThisisLfS series.
Are you working towards a whole school approach to learning for sustainability? We would love to learn from your experiences too,whatever your starting point, to share your #ThisisLfS story please email  Betsy King. 
Events & Dates for your diary
Events in Scotland

1. Reimagining Leadership for the 21st Century, Glasgow, 5th September
SOLACE (Society of Local Authority Chief Executives) is the leading UK member organisation for local authority & public sector leadership. This year's conference theme is reimagining leadership.

2. Women in Sustainability, Edinburgh Launch, Edinburgh, 18th September
This launch event will explore how we can have real impact for sustainability, with the opportunity to work in groups and explore what role you can play in helping to deliver the SDGs. 

3. Forest Garden Open Day, Focus Centre Woodland, Galashiels, Tues 24th Sept
Find out about how you can help to create a Forest Garden, take part in fun outdoor activities for children & families and meet some of the staff and volunteers from Nature Unlimited. 

4. Alliance Conference 2019: Putting Gender Front and Centre, Glasgow, 25th September 
The meeting will explore what can be done to bring about progress and enact lasting change on key issues, including women and girls' rights, climate change, education, poverty, and more.

5.  Take One Action Film Festival, Edinburgh and Glasgow, 18 - 29th September
Another fantastic line-up of films, workshops and events for the 12th edition of the Film Festival, which brings people together to inspire a fairer, more sustainable and more fulfilling world.

6. Scotland's Climate Week 2019, 7-13 October, Scotland wide
This year, private, public and third sector organisations will be encouraged to take part in the 7-day initiative to increase engagement and drive climate change action. 

7.  European Week for Waste Reduction 16-24 November
This European initiative promotes the implementation of awareness-raising actions about sustainable resource and waste management during a single week. 

8. Confronting Inequalities - The Role of Citizenship Education, Glasgow, 24 - 27th October
Organised by Networking European Citizenship Education - the conference aims to explore the issue of inequalities in the development of young people’s citizenship and political identity. 

Schools Sector

9. Outdoor Learning CPD event, 4 – 6pm in Holyrood Park, Edinburgh, 18 September
Suitable for teachers of all stages – drop in and have a go at a wide range of activities that will inspire you to take your teaching outside, and meet an abundance of providers who can lead or support a wide range of outdoor learning. 

10. Connecting Classrooms Webinars, 17 and 18th Sept 
- Intro to Connecting Classrooms, 17 Sept: Starting your Learning for Sustainability journey? Want to collaborate with like-minded educators locally & globally?  Book your free place here.

- Coordinating a Cluster, 18th Sept: Find out about the support that Connecting Classrooms can give you to co-ordinate a group of like-minded schools here in Scotland and internationally to take action on the SDG's! Book your free place here.

11. Worlds Largest Lesson, 23rd Sept onwards
World's Largest Lesson is nearly here! The theme this year is to help children focus on the future and shape the world they want to see. There’s a wide range of materials that cover many aspects of your curriculum - from developing tech skills to creative thinking and expression. 

12. The Scottish Learning Festival (SLF) , 25 - 27th September, Glasgow
The SLF is organised by Education Scotland and is the biggest professional learning event for Scottish education which aims to inspire, innovate and inform great educational practice. 

13. International School Grounds Conference, Sept 2020 - Call for Speakers and Workshop leaders
Learning Through Landscapes are organising a massive International school conference for next year and are looking for speakers and workshop leaders – get in touch if you have an interesting outdoor journey to share. 

Tertiary Sector

14. Sustainability Sharing Series: Reducing Paper Waste, Virtual, 4th September 
Dial in to the first edition of the Sharing Series for the new academic year to hear from some peers about how to reduce paper waste at your institution.

15. Risk and Resilience in a Changing Climate, Stirling, 7th October 
Join EAUC-Scotland and Historic Environment Scotland to hear about how climate change is impacting estate management, how to identify key risks, methods for developing plans and examples of partnership approaches.

16. "The Elephants in the Room"- EAUC Scotland Conference, Glasgow, 26th Nov
This Conference aims to address some of the most difficult issues facing the sector and come up with real solutions to tackle them. EAUC are still looking for speakers - get in touch.

Community Sector
17. Community Development Alliance Scotland, Community Development – Tackling Inequalities? Annual Conference, Edinburgh, 10th Sep
The conference will explore the challenges and opportunities we face in relation to the reality and rhetoric of equality in modern Scotland, and how we can create a more just and equal society. 

18. Challenge Poverty Week: 7-13th October, various locations
Organised by the Poverty Alliance, Challenge Poverty Week is an opportunity to raise our voices against poverty and show what needs to be done to tackle poverty across Scotland. 

Courses & Workshops

Courses & Workshops in Scotland

1. Understanding Advocacy, Edinburgh, 11-12 September
Join like-minded organisations for a practical, hands-on, 2 day workshop that will support participants to develop an advocacy strategy and effectively communicate an advocacy message. Hosted by Bridge 47 & IDEAS

2. Natural Transitions Volunteer Training Programme 
This is a flexible volunteering programme for 16 - 25 yr old, designed to improve confidence, resilience and wellbeing and to develop employability/life skills. Volunteers will: learn woodland management & green woodworking, work as a team, grow healthy food to eat, gain certificated training, and more/ 

3. Intergenerational Training for Trainers and Practitioners, Fife, 5th September, Dumfries - 24th Sept, Stornoway - 5th Nov
This training provides information, delivers support and encourages involvement to benefit all of Scotland’s generations, by working, learning, volunteering and living together.

Schools Sector

4.  Making Connections through Learning for Sustainability, 13 Sept
This facilitated online course for 3-18 yrs educators is offered in Scotland over 6 weeks (Level 2), 10 weeks (Level 3) or towards GTCS Professional Recognition (Level 4) as part of the new international Connecting Classrooms through Global Learning  programme.

5. Forest School and Outdoor Learning Leader Awards (FOLA) -  SCQF levels 5 to 8, October
Bookings now open for the Fife residential course starting in October 2019. Find out more information about dates, cost and course details online.

6. Outdoor Learning Training Courses from LtL Scotland, Stirling and Glasgow
This fully funded outdoor learning training will inspire and equip you as a teacher to lead regular outdoor learning sessions in local greenspace. You will undertake practical learning sessions, co-plan learning experiences with colleagues and be supported in leading and assessing trips with your own pupils.

Tertiary Sector

7. Carbon Literary Training for the Further and Higher Education Sector, Edinburgh, 17th September
A Carbon Literacy course is a day's worth of learning on climate change and is a great way to ensure you or your staff have the knowledge and skills to get involved in your organisation's low carbon journey.

8. Common Cause: Understanding values to change the world, University of Edinburgh, 8th October 
This full day of training will help you understand values, and how you can tap into them in how you communicate with others to create different responses to sustainability challenges.  This workshop will help you learn to use values to inform effective action.

Courses Outside Scotland

1. Learning for Sustainability facilitation and leadership Course, Stroud, 7 - 8th Sept and November
Sustainability requires us to live and work differently and this involves social learning in facilitated groups where new ideas and practices can be created together. This course is about enabling you to run creative, facilitated events and workshops for change.

UN Sustainable Development Goals
Learning for Sustainability Scotland members Taking forward the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Scotland

1. New Podcasts on Global Citizenship
WOSDEC have launched their first podcast series dedicated to demonstrating inspiring practice in LfS and Global Citizenship across Scotland.  Each episode features voices of young people, teachers and IDEAS partners that support schools to empower young people and teachers to take action. 

2. SDGs A Guide for Teachers
This new Guide has now been published on the Oxfam Education website. Packed with practical advice, useful information, cross-curricular activity ideas and inspiring case studies, this guide aims to deepen teachers’ understanding of education about and for the SDGs. 


3. Sustainability Resource Guide
The John Muir Trust has refreshed its Sustainability Resource Guide, a tool to support Award Providers and outdoor practitioners to make links with sustainable behaviours, climate action and the Global Goals  through their engagement with wild places. 




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Schools Sector

1.  Practical Guide to School Partnerships
The Scotland Malawi Partnership is excited to bring you the latest edition of the Guide to School Partnerships. The guide features easy to follow guidance and reflection points, with useful resources and links to information that can be used by schools at any stage of a school partnership.

2. New Wellbeing Resource
This new free resource has been developed to support children and young people's understanding of their wellbeing. It aims to provide a hub for information on wellbeing and promote easy and open access to practical tools and information.

3. Global Citizenship Guides from Oxfam
These guides outline the key principles of taking a global approach to teaching and learning, as well as practical guidance for embedding it into your lessons. Each guide has been created with teachers in mind and includes testimonies, teaching ideas and participatory activities to help you on your way. 

4. Water Resources 
ECH20 have a whole range of resources for primary schools that teachers can download and use to help teach their students about sustainable water use. 


Funding & News

Funding / News

1. Citizens’ Assembly for Scotland
The new Citizens’ Assembly will be co-convened by David Martin and will be made up of 120 members selected randomly who will be reflective of the population and debate the future of Scotland.  The Assembly will meet on six weekends between the autumn and Spring 2020.


Schools Sector

2. The Big Bang Competition 
The competition recognises and rewards young people's achievements in all areas of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), whilst providing them with the opportunity to build their skills and confidence in project-based work. The UK Finals take place at The Big Bang Fair in March each year.

3. Local School Nature Grants
Did you know our Local School Nature Grants scheme is still open and ready for you to apply? Simply fill in our online application to be in with a chance of securing £500 worth of outdoor resources for your school and specialist training. 

4. Making Waves with Young Climate Researchers 
Ahead of Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters in 2020, YouthLink Scotland have launched ‘On Our Wave Length’, which will support young people to research the impact of climate change in their coastal communities, alongside a nationwide campaign.

Tertiary Sector

5. SFC's Climate Emergency Collaboration Challenge - Call for Proposals 
The Scottish Government has made up to £500,000 available for the Scottish Funding Council's Climate  Challenge in Academic Year 2019-20. The call for proposals is aimed at project partnerships that can bridge technological innovation with societal and consumer behaviour change. Deadline is 24 October. 


Community Sector

6. Knowledge is Power: Supporting Community Led Action Research
Knowledge is Power is a new programme from Scottish Community Development Centre and The Poverty Alliance to support community-led action research in Scotland. It's about communities deciding on the issues that matter to them,  Applications open 16th September.


RCE Global Network news

Global Network news

1.  Europe Regional Meeting, Greece,  13-14 Sept 2019
Under the theme 'Climate Change, Sustainable Agriculture, and Food Security', the meeting will provide a regional platform to discuss, debate and launch activities that reinforce the fundamental role that education plays in achieving a sustainable future in the region.

Schools Sector
2. Let's Work Together: Education Has a Key Role in Helping Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals
Published by UNESCO, this six-part cartoon highlights the links between education and many of the other Sustainable Development Goals. Covering Planet, Prosperity, People, Peace, Places, and Partnerships, the cartoons show the importance of different sectors working together to achieve their aims.

Tertiary Sector
3. Join the New UN Environment Youth and Education Alliance
Launched in 2019, the Youth and Education Alliance (YEA!) aims to work with both Universities and partners in youth movements such as the Scouts and Guides, to inspire action and leadership on environment and sustainability into the lives of young people. 

4. COPERNICUS Alliance Hosts Virtual Conference on Higher Education for Sustainable Development, 9-11 September
The COPERNICUS Alliance, the European Network on Higher Education for Sustainable Development, is organising its first online conference entitled 'Reaching out for the stars: Consolidating the HESD constellation'. And better yet – it is free of charge and carbon-free!


Policy, Governance & Research

Policy, Governance & Research

1.  'The G7's Deadly Sins - How the G7 is fuelling the inequality crisis' .  
Launched ahead of the recent G7 Summit where 'fighting inequality' topped the agenda, this Oxfam report  highlights how G7 governments are in fact fuelling the gap between rich and poor - both within G7 countries and around the world. 

2. Change Food Production to Save the World
A leaked draft of a report on climate change and land use, by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), states that it will be impossible to keep global temperatures at safe levels unless there is also a transformation in the way the world produces food and manages land. 


Community Sector
3. Scottish Land Reform: Have your Say!
Calling all communities! Views are now being sought on #CommunityEngagement in decisions relating to land in both urban and rural #Scotland by Scottish Land Commission. The short survey to determine the future of land reform must be completed by end of September. 



1. Apprenticeship opportunities, The Ecology Centre, Cambo and Falkland estates
If you're 16 – 24 years old, living in Fife and looking to gain skills, experience and accredited training in the rural sector whilst you’re earning or know someone who is? Then check out these new Modern Apprenticeship opportunities in Horticulture, Rural Skills, Trees and Timber, through the Our Bright Future programme.

The closing date for applications is 6th September.

2. Climate Chaos Scotland Administration and Campaigns Officer (Part time), Edinburgh 
An exciting opportunity for an individual with experience of administration, organisation and communication to work with Scotland’s largest civil society coalition.You will help organise and manage the coalition and deliver activities to drive local, national and international action on climate change.

Closing date: Midnight on 12th September .

3. Conservation Engagement Manager, Royal Zoological Society of Scotland,  RZSS Edinburgh Zoo
The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, the wildlife conservation charity that owns both RZSS Edinburgh Zoo and RZSS Highland Wildlife Park, is looking for a committed and passionate conservation science communication professional to join their exceptional staff team. The purpose of this role will be developing and delivering a programme that engages, informs, and enthuses people regarding the world-class conservation work we conduct both in the UK and overseas.

Closing date: Sunday 8th September 2019

4. Behaviour Change Officer, Street Design, Sustrans, Edinburgh 
This exciting and challenging role is to work as part of the Street Design team delivering a range of projects across Scotland. Conducting on street and desk based research and identifying physical and social barriers to walking, cycling and accessing the local area, will result in the planning and delivery of a range of activities with communities and stakeholder groups which will overcome those barriers and encourage more sustainable travel choices.

Closing date:  9am on Monday 9 September 2019. 


This month's Spotlight features...

New School Programme with RSPB
This year, RSPB Scotland has launched an exciting new school’s outreach programme in Glasgow and the Lothians which is designed around the feedback of nearly 400 Scottish teachers. The aim is to ensure that every child receives the curriculum and health benefits of outdoor topic-based interdisciplinary learning, but also that they are empowered to take action for nature by designing conservation actions and/or create a campaign to encourage other people in their communities to do more for wildlife.

Through our fun and interactive programme, pupils will become wild champions within their schools/nurseries and communities and become leaders and decision makers in the mission to save nature. This will be achieved through a two-session programme delivered over one academic term which contributes toward pupils receiving their Bronze Wild Challenge Award.

For further information about the CfE curriculum links plus how this programme links with Eco-schools, Learning for Sustainability and John Muir Awards, email 0131 317 4128


This month's photo comes to you from....

Muthill Primary School recently visited their partner school in Ghana of 14 years (the Juliet Johnson School). They are working together through their Connecting Classrooms work and taking action on the SDG’s. You can see them in action with a collaborative song/video on utube.

Many thanks to Mae Mackay, former pupil, who took the photos - they were so eye catching I had to include 2 photos this month! 

Would you like to see your photo here? Every month we feature a photo of the month from one of our members and next month - it could be you! With over 1200 people reading our monthly bulletin it is a wonderful place to let the Learning for Sustainability (LfS) community see all your hard work. If you have a photo you'd like to feature in 'Photo of the Month' then please email our bulletin editor Norah or check our website for details.
Learning for Sustainability Scotland (LfS Scotland) is Scotland’s UN Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development; headquartered within the University of Edinburgh. The centre is an open network where members and partners come together to undertake collaborative projects, research and advocacy that push forward Learning for Sustainability practice and policy in Scotland. LfS Scotland’s purpose is to harness the full potential of learning to create a flourishing, sustainable world.
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