Moray House School of Education

Learning for Sustainability: Connecting Classrooms Course

Embedding Learning for Sustainability in Scotland.

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The Context

Scotland is unique internationally in having a requirement for all teachers and education professionals to address Learning for Sustainability (LfS) in their practice to conform to the GTCS Professional Standards. 

General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS) Professional Standards

In addition, the Scottish Government signaled its intent to take a ‘whole school approach’ to LfS by accepting all 31 recommendations of the Ministerial Advisory’s Group ‘Learning for Sustainability Report’. It also features as a priority in Education Scotland 'How Good is Our School?' (2015, HGIOS 4), being the only subject area mentioned in the list of priorities. The Vision 2030+ Report concludes that LfS contributes to raising attainment and achievement. LfS development in Scotland is one of the highest priorities in Scottish Education.

What is Learning for Sustainability and ‘Connecting Classrooms’?

This professional learning initiative by the University of Edinburgh in partnership with the British Council, is a timely opportunity for teachers to grapple with what LfS 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 in ways that will significantly enhance the educational experience of learners. Engagement with this course will also inform a teacher’s Professional Review and Development (PRD) and Professional Update (PU) for GTCS registration. This is a GTCS accredited programme and your engagement in the programme could, in time, lead to Professional Recognition from the GTCS.

Participants will:

  • critically consider the nature of teaching and learning within the context of Learning for Sustainability which includes Sustainable Development Education, Outdoor Learning and Global Learning.
  • in the context of the British Council’s Core Skills, reflect critically on developing the skills and dispositions required of teachers and learners related to Learning for Sustainability.
  • apply in practice, and reflect upon the impact of, principles and practices of and approaches to Learning for Sustainability.
  • work together towards the development of a Learning for Sustainability professional network for practitioners to support teacher learning and practice in Learning for Sustainability.

What is being offered?

This course offers teachers the opportunity to engage and collaborate over an eight week period which include a day-long participative face to face session at the beginning and at the end of the period, supported by fortnightly inputs from online materials.

Teachers who successfully complete the course will be eligible to apply for British Council Professional partnerships grants of £3000 towards 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.

Visits to partner schools

The professional learning is fully funded for all local authority teachers.

Where and when?

Fully Online Course: September – December 2017

Aberdeen: September – December 2017

Edinburgh: January – March 2018

Stirling: January – March 2018

Dumfries: April – June 2018

Edinburgh: April – June 2018

Please email Abi Cornwall to ensure you are kept up to date on details.

Email Abi Cornwall

What is asked of you?

We will ask you to make a clear commitment to participate throughout the eight-week course.

Before starting, we recommend you find a learning partner who can offer you support and advice throughout the training course. This could be an existing colleague who you meet with regularly to discuss your progress.

We will ask you to try out some activities and ideas with your learners during the nine-week period and to come prepared to share your learning in the final session

To be kept up to date with future courses, locations & news please write to Abi Cornwall, Development Officer, LfS Scotland, Charteris Land, Moray House School of Education, EH8 8AQ or emailing Abi through the following link.

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After the course

Once you have completed the professional learning you can move on to develop an international professional partnership with an overseas school. The professional partnerships will allow you to seek advice and support on embedding the core skills in your curriculum and classroom. Benefits of the partnership include:

  • an international element to your CV and teaching credentials
  • broadening your horizons by sharing experience with a school from a different culture
  • learning more about education in a different context to reapply this at home
  • the opportunity to become a member of international network of learners
  • materials developed by educational experts to help you collaborate with your professional partner

View of the journey our participants go on during their Connecting Classrooms experience.

View of the journey

A unique part of the Connecting Classroom's offer is that The British Council  provides funding for international partners to work together face-to-face on embedding the core skills from policy level to the classroom. Once you have completed your mandatory training and established a partnership, you will be able to apply for the visit grant. 

Find out more

Learning for Sustainability SCOTLAND / Ag lonnsachadh airson Seasmhachd ALBA: Connecting Classrooms Course, The University of Edinburgh