within Scottish education
a person or setting that has demonstrated passion and commitment to sustainability? Nominate them today!
your nomination for the Learning for Sustainability Awards by 12.09.21
In November 2021, the United Nations COP26 Climate Summit will be arriving in Scotland. This will be one of the biggest events of its kind ever to be hosted in our country with 200 world leaders in attendance. There is hope that the event will result in a truly historic agreement to limit greenhouse gas emissions and steer us clear of a climate emergency.
The COP26 Summit provides us with a unique opportunity to recognise and celebrate innovation in the Scottish education system and our commitment to Learning for Sustainability. Within Scotland’s curriculum, Learning for Sustainability (LfS) is recognised as an entitlement for all learners and a recent international study showed that our learners are world-leading global citizens.
The Learning for Sustainability Awards have been launched to recognise the commitment, professionalism and leadership that underpins this success. The Scottish Government has identified People as a key theme for the COP26 Summit and has declared that it wants it to be the most inclusive COP summit ever to be held. This includes a strong focus on young people and on engaging disadvantaged and hard-to-reach communities.
The Learning for Sustainability Awards support these ambitions. Help us recognise the amazing achievements of Scotland’s people and the settings, schools and communities that have demonstrated passion and commitment to building a socially-just, sustainable and equitable world.
Submit your nominations now for the Learning for Sustainability Awards.
About Learning for Sustainability
Learning for Sustainability (LfS) is a theme across learning within Scotland’s curriculum which enables learners, educators, education settings and their wider communities to build a socially-just, sustainable and equitable society. An effective whole school and community approach to LfS weaves together global citizenship, sustainable development education and outdoor learning to create coherent, rewarding and transformative learning experiences.
LfS is an entitlement for all learners within Curriculum for Excellence and is embedded within the professional standards for Scotland’s educators. It supports the development of knowledge, skills and values at the heart of the curriculum’s four capacities and supports engagement with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
In October 2020, Scotland’s learners were recognised as world-leading global citizens. The findings of the PISA Global Competence Report showed that Scotland’s learners were amongst the top-performing in the world in many aspects including in respect for other cultures and immigrants and awareness of equality issues.
Learning for Sustainability resources:
- Education Scotland’s National Improvement Hub pages for Learning for Sustainability and Outdoor Learning
- Vision 2030+ Report and Learning for Sustainability Action Plan
- Education Scotland Learning for Sustainability Self-Evaluation Framework
- Education Scotland’s Learning for Sustainability and Outdoor Learning Wakelet
Learning for Sustainability Youth Award
- Recognising the achievements of young people aged 3-25 years
Learning for Sustainability Practitioner Award
- Recognising the achievements of early learning and childcare practitioners and school teachers
Learning for Sustainability Leadership Award
- Recognising the achievements of head teachers, heads of centre, managers, authority staff and promoted staff in school and setting leadership teams
Learning for Sustainability Learning Community Award
- Recognising the achievements of early learning and childcare settings and schools
Learning for Sustainability Educational Supporter Award
- Recognising the achievements of individuals who provide invaluable support for learning
Learning for Sustainability Community Learning and Development Award
- Recognising the achievements of community learning and development providers.
How to apply
The award categories recognise the dedication and achievements of learners, practitioners, education supporters, establishments and providers and also those in leadership positions in Scottish education. Entry to the awards is open to all publicly-funded early learning and childcare settings and schools in Scotland, including special, primary and secondary schools, and also community learning and development providers.
Nominations open on 09 June 2021 and will close on 12 September 2021.
Winners will be announced in the Daily Record on 27 October 2021.
There will be five winners in each of the six categories. Up to five certificates of distinction will also be issued to runners-up in each category to recognise excellent practice.
Submit your nomination now to help us recognise and celebrate inspiring practice and achievements within Scottish education.