The General Teaching Council for Scotland

Professional Learning opportunities by The Wood Foundation launch for 2020

The Wood Foundation has announced the launch of their Global Learning Partnerships (GLP) 2020 programme and the introduction of the RAiSE programme to Clackmannanshire and North Lanarkshire.


James Packham Rwanda 4The Wood Foundation’s GLP initiative, which involves a month-long summer placement in rural and city regions in Rwanda or Uganda upskilling educators in the country, enhances participants’ innovation, leadership and creativity skills. It has provided a career-defining and life-changing opportunity to more than 100 Scotland-based education practitioners and is inviting applications for its next cohort.

The programme is accredited by the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS), as well as being endorsed by Education Scotland. It is an 18-month programme which, alongside the placement, includes training and debrief weekends, support towards accreditation in Global Education within Learning for Sustainability and access to a collaborative professional network.

GLP is majority-funded by The Wood Foundation. The month in Rwanda and Uganda is delivered in partnership with local education charities which support the development of teacher trainers who cascade learning throughout the two countries.

Laura Hepburn travelled to East Africa in summer 2019. She said:
“I don’t think I could have ever visualised how much of an impact the week placement has had on me.  In what is realistically a very short space of time, my attitude and mindset has gone through a subtle change and I feel empowered as a practitioner.”

BF2A9296The Wood Foundation has also launched their RAiSE (Raising Aspirations in Science Education) programme in Clackmannanshire Council and North Lanarkshire Council, who have appointed Primary Science Development Officers (PSDOs) to develop and deliver professional learning, create STEM networks and organise community events for the authorities’ 18 primary schools.

The programme empowers teachers with the confidence and skills to deliver inspiring and motivating STEM lessons.

RAiSE is a programme of The Wood Foundation, Education Scotland, Scottish Government and participating local authorities.

An external report into the success of the pilot element of the programme earlier this year found that three quarters of teachers were more confident in their science teaching following involvement with the programme. The same figure stated that pupils’ STEM career aspirations had also increased.

Find out more

You can find out more about Global Learning Partnerships and RAiSE on The Wood Foundation website