The General Teaching Council for Scotland

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Connecting Classrooms Learning for Sustainability professional learning opportunity

Develop your practice, deliver the curriculum

Connecting Classrooms is offering a new professional learning opportunity for primary and secondary teachers in Scotland to develop their practice in relation to Learning for Sustainability.

This professional learning initiative by the University of Edinburgh and Learning for Sustainability Scotland in partnership with the British Council, is a timely opportunity for teachers to grapple with what LfS means, what existing and new core skills, values and knowledge are required, and how this might all look in your school context. The professional learning is fully funded.

Tailored to your professional learning needs

 Learning for Sustainability is about building the values, core skills, knowledge, and confidence needed to develop practices and take decisions for a sustainable future. It is also a core approach to delivering Curriculum for Excellence, enabling you to build links across subjects through themes such as children’s rights, global citizenship, and learning for a better world. General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS) Professional Standards
What is being offered?

This programme offers teachers the opportunity to engage and collaborate over a ten week period which includes 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 and support from facilitators.

This professional development opportunity aims to ensure you:

  • 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

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 to the 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 the recently revised Education Scotland ‘How Good Is Our School?’ (2015, HGIOS 4), being the only subject area mentioned in the list of priorities. This makes LfS development in Scotland one of the highest priorities in Scottish Education.

What is asked of you?

We will ask you to make a clear commitment to participate throughout the ten week programme.

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 ten week period and before attending the final session.

Where & When 2016/2017

Session 1: Saturday 10 September 2016 9.30 am to 3.30 pm, Inverness High School, Inverness
After this session there will be fortnightly inputs with course materials over the 10 week period and ongoing opportunities for discussion, collaboration and reflection.
Session 2: Saturday 19 November 2016 9.30 am to 3.30 pm, University of Highlands & Islands, Inverness
For further information and to book your place, please click here.

Edinburgh & Glasgow
We will be hosting courses in both cities in January 2017 with more dates / locations to be announced for 2017. If you would like to register your interest on one of these courses, please click here.

More information:
For more information, or if you would like an informal chat about Learning for Sustainability: Connecting Classrooms, please contact Abi Cornwall on 0131 650 9731, or email.

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.

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 at: