Scotland's United Nations Recognised Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development

Events & Courses

LfS Scotland organises an ongoing programme of events and training course for members and non-members.  You can always find details of these on this page.  Members of LfS Scotland will get email updates about new events and courses as they are announced or follow us on Twitter to be kept up to date.

  • Thu
    09:30 - 15:00Moray House School of Education, Edinburgh


    There is no doubt that we face unprecedented challenges to our society, environment and economy. In places the fabric of our society has become seriously frayed and there are concerns around inequity and with the ways that we generate energy, produce and consume food, travel and dispose of waste. Learning for Sustainability is a Scottish Government and international priority for every type of learning.
    This participative seminar willset out the supportive government policy context for Learning for Sustainability in relation to community learning and development;
    • offer examples of current practice and encourage increased  co-working between those  with community learning and development (CLD) and sustainable development experience and expertise;
    • enable CLD managers and practitioners to identify effective ways to plan for the Learning for Sustainability dimension in all their work and evaluation systems.
    This event is for key staff from all organisations working in and with communities, whether in Community Learning and Development, Learning for Sustainability or with an interest in community engagement in public policy decision making.  
    Participants will be addressed by a range of speakers including Aileen Campbell MSP, Minister for Children and Young People Phil Denning, Education Scotland and Professor Pete Higgins, Learning for Sustainability Scotland.
    View the programme here.
    This seminar is organised by Education Scotland & LfS Scotland as part of the work of the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development CLD Working Group*.

    * Members: CLD Managers Scotland; Keep Scotland Beautiful; Education Scotland; Learning for Sustainability Scotland;  Scottish Government; SCDC; Scotland’s Learning Partnership; SNH; Skills Development Scotland; The Conservation Volunteers (TCV) Scotland; WEA Scotland; Youth Scotland; Youthlink Scotland
  • Wed
    14:00 - 18:00Heriot-Watt University - Riccarton Campus

    Eventbrite - Doing Things Differently: Intercultural Research and Learning for Sustainability

    ‘Sustainability’ is commonly perceived as environmental issues by another name – an unhelpful editing of a concept where environmental and social issues are inextricably linked. At the root of every environmental issue you will find issues of justice, equality and power relationships. Culture and ecology are mutually dependent and inseparable in achieving sustainability.
    Our perception of what we can or cannot do is shaped by deeply held cultural attitudes, dependent to a large extent on how we think collectively – as a social class , a circle of friends, an ethnic group or an academic discipline. Cultural discourse is as much a part of our collective journey towards sustainability as the natural sciences and technological innovation.
    This interdisciplinary seminar is organised jointly by Learning for Sustainability Scotland and Heriot-Watt University’s Intercultural Research Centre. Together we will look at challenges arising from different cultural perspectives on sustainability. This seminar will explore areas where intercultural research – research that takes place between and across different cultures – can support learning for sustainability in a wide range of spheres: from the natural and built environment to social and economic issues.


  • Tue
    14:30 - 16:30Evolution House, Edinburgh College of Art, 78 West Port, Edinburgh, EH1 2LE

    Eventbrite - Dangerous Ideas - Education; nothing matters without Values and Character!


    The Emporium of Dangerous Ideas aims to re-establish the importance of dangerous ideas as agents of change in education. As part of the Emporium of Dangerous Ideas 2014, Character Scotland and Learning for Sustainability Scotland will be hosting a dangerous conversation on,..

    Education, Climate Science, Human Rights, Anti-Poverty, Economics… none of it matters without Values and Character

    Join us in the spectacular venue of Evolution House to discuss the interface of knowledge, skills, attitudes and values and argue which matters most if we want a better world.

  • Fri
    9.30 am to 4 pmThe University of Edinburgh

    Practical support that will enable school leaders to address Learning for Sustainability

    Practical insights from leading experts in Learning for Sustainability: a key Scottish Government, GTCS and schools priority for successfully implementing Curriculum for Excellence and raising achievement and attainment across the school.

    Programme Summary

    A whole school approach to Learning for Sustainability is as an effective way of successfully implementing Curriculum for Excellence and raising achievement and attainment across the school.  It is also an entitlement for every pupil in Scotland as well as a central aspect of the GTCS Professional Standards for teachers at every stage of their career.  However delivering this effectively is a key challenge for school leaders and their colleagues faced with an ever increasing ‘to do ‘list.

    This highly interactive programme will highlight simple steps that school leaders can take to develop an effective whole school approach to Learning for Sustainability. It will enable you to effectively plan for and implement Learning for Sustainability requirements in your school in ways that will significantly enhance the educational experience of your pupils. A free follow-up twilight course is available to provide the opportunity for continuing collaboration with colleagues and for sharing insights from critical self-evaluation, reflection and enquiry.

    You will:

    • Develop your understanding of Learning for Sustainability and examine its context in Scotland’s schools
    • Participate in approaches to leading Learning for Sustainability in the context of Curriculum for Excellence
    • Receive take-away materials that will be of practical value to you as a school leader
    • Understand the key steps to take in developing an effective whole school approach to Learning for Sustainability.
    • Collaboratively develop a practical Learning for Sustainability Action Plan for use in your school

    Who is this course for?

    Head Teachers, Depute Head Teachers and Principal Teachers in primary or secondary schools, and local authority officers with a key role in supporting Learning for Sustainability development.

    Who will run this course?

    This course is delivered by Scottish Learning for Sustainability experts Betsy King and Morag Watson of Learning for Sustainability Scotland; Scotland’s UN Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development.

    Cost:  £125


    If you wish to book a place on this course please contact Morag Watson

  • Wed
    09:30 - 16:00Moray House School of Education, Edinburgh

    Making durable, long-term change happen through a values-based approach     

    • How does change happen in groups, organisations and societies?
    • What are cultural values and why are they important to making lasting change happen?
    • How can we use our understanding of change & values to address social & environmental issues?


    In this participative workshop you will appreciate how change happens and recognise the importance of values when addressing social and environmental issues.  You will explore the individual, social and material factors that shape our behaviour and look at the different roles individuals and groups can play to create durable, long-term change that addresses problems such as climate change, global poverty, inequality and more.

    The workshop will show how we sometimes inadvertently employ tactics that undermine our efforts, creating a vicious cycle. You will discover alternative approaches you can use instead to create a virtuous cycle that reinforces our collective efforts.

    The Wholehearted Approach to Change draws on Common Cause, the ISM Tool, and diffusion theory

    Lunch & Tea/Coffee: A vegetarian lunch and refreshments will be provided. 

    Cost: £43.50 click here to book

    This workshop is facilitated by Osbert Lancaster and Pam Candea 

    Osbert Lancaster 

    I am an independent consultant, facilitator & educator helping people, organisations and planet flourish by integrating sustainability into organisations’ vision, strategy and practice. My focus is on the social dimensions of change for sustainability, working with culture, values and beliefs, as well as strategies, processes and technical skills.

    My clients include the Scottish Environment Protection Agency; the University of Edinburgh; the Scottish Parliament; the Environmental Association for Universities & Colleges; as well as NGOs and community groups. I am a member of the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund grants panel, WWF Scotland’s advisory council and an Honorary Fellow of the University of Edinburgh where I developed, and now direct, the online postgraduate programme in Global Environment Challenges.

    Director, Changemaking / / 07981 528 991

    Pam Candea

    I grew up in Detroit, Michigan. Detroit made me resilient; and Michigan made me love nature. Michigan is a camping and canoeing paradise, with about 50% forest coverage.

    After a career in IT and Change Management for big corporates, I returned to an early ambition to work for the environment.  My dissertation for an MSc in Environmental Architecture was based on research done with a Carbon Conversations group held at the Scottish Parliament Corporate body, looking at the impact of a values-based change programme on environmental performance, drawing on Common Cause and the related research.  I am a "Common Cause Fellow" actively providing support for people wishing to apply Common Cause values-based cultural change theory to their own practical programmes.

    Managing Director, The Surefoot Effect / / 07970 327975

  • Thu
    10:00 to 16:00Moray House School of Education, Edinburgh

    What does an education system based on “values” and “character” look like? How do we enable good values-based learning? What resources can help us do this?

    We will address these questions and others over two days of workshops and talks, inviting anyone who is interested in, or already applying, a values-based approach to education.

    Day 1 is practice focused, inviting people to share their experiences working on values across the education sector, including primary, secondary and tertiary education; outdoor education and youth work. We will discuss what has worked, and what hasn’t, and identify where we can share resources and offer support.

    Day 2 is a policy focused event to develop a consensus position on values in school education, what a values approach brings to education and what resources/sources of support already exist in this area (both North and South of the border).

    This event is hosted by the Public Interest Research Centre (PIRC), Character Scotland, Learning for Sustainability Scotland and Lifeworlds Learning. You can apply to either day, or the full conference, and there is a small fee to help us cover the costs of food and hosting.

    Date: November 20th–21st, 10–4 pm
    Cost: £25 for one day, £40 for both
    Venue: Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh, Charteris Land (Room 5.02), St John Street, Edinburgh, EH8 8AQ
    Apply: Register here before Nov 14th