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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.

  • Fri
    22
    Jan
    2016
    From 10amMoray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh

    An interactive one-day course with follow-up twilight session 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.

    The programme will highlight simple steps that school leaders can take to develop an effective whole-school approach to Learning for Sustainability. It will enable participants to effectively plan for and implement LfS requirements in their school in ways that will significantly enhance the educational experience of pupils.

    Please note the follow-up twilight session is scheduled for 24 February 2016

    Cost: £125 including resource pack, lunch & refreshments.

    To book your place on this course, or to find out more information please email: betsyking@lfsscotland.org

  • Fri
    04
    Mar
    2016
    13:00 - 16:00Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh

    An interactive two-part course highlighting key steps teachers can take to address the Learning for Sustainability content of the General Teaching Council Scotland (GTCS) Professional Standards.

    Participants work on developing an effective personal Professional Development Plan to address the LfS requirements of the Professional Update process.

    Cost: £125 including resource pack & refreshments

    Please note, Part II takes place on 23 March 2016, 16:30-18:00

    For further information and to book a place this course, please email Betsy King: betsyking@lfsscotland.org

  • Mon
    11
    Apr
    2016
    From 10amNursery Room, Old Moray House, University of Edinburgh

    Monday 11 April 2016

    Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh
    10am - 4pm

    Social Media has changed the way we all communicate. It's a powerful tool that connects us to our members, promotes our events and services and engages us with people we've never had the opportunity to meet. It's fast, it's effective and best of all - it's free.

    Many of us know that harnessing social media is a fantastic way to get our message out in to the ether and start making meaningful and successful connections. With the click of a few buttons new audiences are reached, key decision makers are influenced and new partnerships are developed. Job done!

    And then there's the rest of us...

    There are many barriers to using social media in the workplace - time, confidence, know-how to name a few. The trouble is - these barriers are not going to go away so why not join us on our Social Media training course to learn how to jump over the hurdles and embrace social media for yourself?

    Hosted by Ross McCulloch, Founder of Third Sector Lab & Be Good Be Socialthis interactive & informative workshop cuts through all the hype and jargon, helping you think strategically about social media and how it can work for you. We’ll show you how to develop a simple social media strategy, how you can measure your success and how you can maximise on your message whilst reducing the time you work on it.

    Even if you are currently using social media in your work, this training session will develop knowledge you already have and give you a stack of new ideas to boost your output.

    This is a full-day, training session. You will leave the session with lots of new practical skills to take back into your workplace and you will gain access to resources online to use for a long time to come.

    The session costs £60. Refreshments will be provided throughout the day.

    A more detailed agenda will be available in the very near future.

    Spaces are very limited, so please book your place ASAP. To book your place, please complete the form HERE.

    If you would like further information, or have any queries about this workshop please contact Abi Cornwall, Development Officer.

  • Tue
    12
    Apr
    2016
    From 10am1:37 Paterson's Land, Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh

    Getting started with Fundraising is a two-workshop session, designed to take you through the basics of fundraising. The morning session is a great place to start if you are new to the art of fundraising or if you haven't had official fundraising training in your role. We will:

    • Assess the fundraising landscape
    • Get the basics in place to start the fundraising process
    • Look at ways to involve the whole organisation
    • Create an effective case for support
    • Look at how fundraising works & the reasons behind giving
    • Discuss what makes a good project for a funder / supporter

    Our afternoon session takes place after lunch (provided). This session is designed to take what you've learned in the morning session and apply it to your own specific needs. We will:

    • Discuss effective strategies and what they can do for your organisation
    • Consider external factors
    • Look at creating a template to get you started
    • Look at ways to research funding

    You can book into either the morning or the afternoon session at a cost of £60 (refreshments included) or you can book the full day session for a reduced rate of £100.

    Spaces on each workshop are very limited. To find out more about the workshops & to book your place click HERE.

  • Thu
    12
    May
    2016
    From 10am1:37 Paterson's Land, Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh

    Trusts, Foundations & Writing Effective Applications: 12 May

    Our second set of workshops is a full day course, designed to drill further into the fundraising landscape. With a focus on researching Trusts & Foundations and writing effective applications these workshops should leave you full of ideas and knowledge to go out and achieve the funding you need.

    The morning session: Introduction to Trusts & Foundations will:

    • Study where Trusts & Foundations fit into the funding landscape;
    • Take an in-depth look into Trusts - what they want from you & what they'll give;
    • Show you how to profile your projects for Trusts
    • Develop practical skills & research tips

    The afternoon session: Writing successful funding applications takes place after a relaxing lunch. Here we will cover:

    • Writing a strong case of support for your organisation
    • Creating a template for a proposal
    • How to evaluate & monitor
    • Cut through the jargon
    • Building relationships with funders
    • Case studies
    • Resources to take away with you.

    Spaces on this full day workshop are very limited. To found out more about the day and booking information, please click HERE.

  • Wed
    15
    Jun
    2016
    Battleby Near Perth

    Joining up Nature in Practice, SNH Sharing Good Practice event, Battleby nr Perth, 15th June
    Where would improving habitats provide most value to people and wildlife? Ecological coherence is the key to finding out at this event. Find out how the EcoCo Project have been applying an 'ecological coherence' concept to identifying and delivering habitat improvement works on sites across central Scotland.

    Booking info here. For any queries, please email: sgp@snh.gov.uk

  • Tue
    21
    Jun
    2016
    3:00 pmVideo Conferece - Various Locations

    EAUC-Scotland Forum Meeting (VC Meeting), 21st June, 15:00-17:00, various venues 
    The Scotland Forum is a chance for everyone to discuss and contribute to the activities and direction of the EAUC Scotland office. It is open to all EAUC members and strategic partners as well as non-members too. It is an opportunity to discuss key interests and issues for  sustainability in the FE and HE sector.

    To register a place click here.

  • Mon
    18
    Jul
    2016
    Worldwide

    The World's Largest Lesson is an excellent opportunity to teach a lesson or assembly about the Global Goals, encouraging them to think about what they can do. We ask you to teach a lesson or assembly to your students, introducing or reminding them of the Global Goals and encouraging them to think about what they can do to help. Lots of resources are available for different ages.

  • Sat
    10
    Sep
    2016
    UHI Inverness College - 9 week fully funded online course

    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.

    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 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 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.

    When and Where 2016

    Inverness

    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

    British Council Infographic

  • Wed
    21
    Sep
    2016
    Thu
    22
    Sep
    2016
    Wiston Lodge, South Lanarkshire

    Training is available across the UK to help leaders find out about the ethos of the John Muir Award and practicalities of delivering it. Although not a requirement to run the John Muir Award, these popular courses provide opportunities to network and further develop skills and confidence. For further information on courses and details on how to book visit www.johnmuirtrust.org/training

     

  • Tue
    27
    Sep
    2016
    14:00 - 16:00The Open University, 10 Drumsheugh Gardens, Edinburgh

    Open Educational Resources (OER): An International Perspective by Professor Rory McGreal

    • Date: Tuesday 27th September 2016, 14:00-16:00

    Rory McGreal is the UNESCO/Commonwealth of Learning/International Council for Open and Distance Education Chair in Open Educational Resources at Athabasca University. Drawing on his work on free open online courses, his presentation explores the opportunities and challenges facing the OER movement.

    The seminar will be chaired by Melissa Highton, Director Learning, Teaching and Web Services at the University of Edinburgh

    Space is limited so if you’re interested in attending, please register now!
    For more information, please contact:
    Email: oepscotland@gmail.com
    Tel: 0131 549 7990
    http://oepscotland.org
    Follow on Twitter @OEPScotland

  • Wed
    28
    Sep
    2016
    Renfrewshire

    The RHS are running teacher training courses in Scotland this year, alongside their Campaign for School Gardening.

    - A Year in your School Gardening Club

    This course is full of fun projects and activities to help you keep your gardening club flourishing in all weathers and seasons throughout the year. Click here for more details.

     

  • Fri
    14
    Oct
    2016
    Renfrewshire

    The RHS are running teacher training courses in Scotland this year, alongside their Campaign for School Gardening.

    - A Year in your School Gardening Club

    Renfrewshire - 14th Oct
    This course is full of fun projects and activities to help you keep your gardening club flourishing in all weathers and seasons throughout the year. Click here for more details.

     

  • Wed
    26
    Oct
    2016
    Edinburgh

    The RHS are running teacher training courses in Scotland this year, alongside their Campaign for School Gardening.

    - Apply Primary Level Maths and English skills through the Outdoor Environment, Edinburgh, 26th Oct
    Have you ever thought about taking your pupils outside for maths and English lessons? Being in the school garden or a beautiful local green space will inspire your pupils to learn, enjoy and achieve in these subjects. Please click here.

  • Sat
    12
    Nov
    2016
    Sun
    13
    Nov
    2016
    Balmoral Estate, Cairngorms

    Training is available across the UK to help leaders find out about the ethos of the John Muir Award and practicalities of delivering it. Although not a requirement to run the John Muir Award, these popular courses provide opportunities to network and further develop skills and confidence. For further information on courses and details on how to book visit www.johnmuirtrust.org/training

     

     

  • Mon
    21
    Nov
    2016
    Glasgow

    The RHS are running teacher training courses in Scotland this year, alongside their Campaign for School Gardening.

    - Cultivating a Healthier School (Grow, Cook and Eat your own produce), Glasgow, 21st Nov
    RHS horticulturists have teamed up with Chefs @ School to provide a practical course to enable you to put pupils’ health and wellbeing at the centre of your school with an ethos and culture of great food. Please click here.