Moray House School of Education and Sport

Making connections through learning for sustainability : facilitated online CLPL for teachers

Aligned with Scotland’s education priorities and the UN Sustainable Development Goals, this professional learning supports teachers to develop the confidence to plan for, and implement Learning for Sustainability, making connections at individual, school and global levels, and inspiring students to collaborate on the issues that shape our world.

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Why participate

Scotland is unique internationally in having a requirement for all teachers and education professionals to address Learning for Sustainability (LfS) in their practice. This fully funded professional learning by the University of Edinburgh and Learning for Sustainability Scotland, in partnership with the British Council will:

  • Support you to create an enabling environment for Learning for Sustainability and significantly enhance your learners’ educational experience
  • Inform your  PRD and GTCS Professional Update
  • Support whole-school and community approaches to Learning for Sustainability
  • Give access to an international network of like-minded teachers

Your engagement in the programme could, in time, lead to Professional Recognition from the GTCS.

General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS) Professional Standards

Who can participate?

All teachers in Scotland. You will be supported by skilled facilitators with a background in Learning for Sustainability and online learning and do not need any advanced technical expertise to take part.

What will be asked of you?

The course involves participation in online discussions and activities at a time that is convenient for you.

Level 2 (6-hours over 6 weeks)

Level 3 (12-hours over 10 weeks)

Level 4 (18 hours over 3 terms)

We will ask you to try out some activities and ideas with your learners and to share your learning with others throughout the course. In addition at Level 3 you will be asked to present your activities and reflect on their impacts and at level 4 to submit a portfolio of learning.

Making Connections

Course Participants will:

  • In the context of Learning for Sustainability and the UN Sustainable Development Goals, reflect on how to develop the skills and dispositions required of teachers and learners to live in an interdependent world
  • Critically consider practical approaches to learning and teaching for Learning for Sustainability
  • Apply in practice and reflect on the impact of approaches to Learning for Sustainability at an individual, whole school and global level
  • Develop confidence in your teacher leadership for Learning for Sustainability and engage in peer learning opportunities through an established practitioner network for Learning for Sustainability







    Learning for Sustainability - the local and global context



    Connecting to values



    Teaching and Learning in an interdependent world



    Taking Action – thinking global, acting local



    Deeper connections: participation, perspectives and problematisation



    Reflection and Collaboration - Looking to the Future



    Towards GTCS Professional Recognition


The Making Connections through Learning for Sustainability CLPL is offered in Scotland as part of the new international Connecting Classrooms through Global Learning  programme, which supports schools in Scotland and internationally to learn about and collaborate on the big issues that shape our world. The programme is co funded by the British Council and the Department for International Development (DfID). 

For more information contact Project Manager, Kirsten Leask,


The next course begins on 25th October 2019 (Level 2: 25 October – 6 November 2019; Level 3:  25 October  – 17 January 2020; Level 4: 25 October – 27 March 2020)

Please register to participate here.

For further information and dates of future courses please contact Betsy King, Development Manager, Learning for Sustainability Scotland, Charteris Land, Moray House School of Education and Sport, EH8 8AQ, email:

Connecting Classrooms videos

The British Council created videos to demonstrate the positive impact the Learning for Sustainability: Connecting Classrooms course has on teachers and educators in Scotland. 

Connecting Classrooms videos

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