- Applauding the unsung heroes who manage our award winning parks and beaches
- Getting to know.......Lisa Snedden
- Waste vs the pandemic: finding a new normal for single-use cups
- Now is the time to change
- Could the Global Goals provide a framework for the green recovery?
- Getting to know....Connor Launder
- Our incredible Beautiful Scotland and It’s Your Neighbourhood community
- Getting to know our people behind Climate Ready Classrooms
- Lockdown litter - a community view
- Looking after beaches
- Time for a more sustainable future, a greener and fairer one for all
- Getting to know.....Claire Gibson
- The Origins of George Wyllie's 'Original Earth Guarantee'
- Getting to know... Aoife Hutton
- National disgrace of lockdown litter
- The healing power of local places
- Tackling Covid-19 and climate change at a community level
- Amid the Coronavirus crisis the climate emergency has not gone away
- Bringing environmental education home
- #TurdTag – getting creative to tackle dog poo
- Preparing young people to take action on climate change
- Running on community power
- Reconnecting with nature
- Coronavirus isn't an excuse - flytipping is still a crime
- Sowing seeds of hope in our community
- Hope for the environment post-Coronavirus?
- From Eco-School Committee to environmental charity
- You can’t tackle the climate crisis unless you are climate ready
- Why everyone wins when you take part in Beautiful Scotland
- Entering our third decade with a splash
- Is 2020 the year for a circular economy in Scotland?
- A year in the life of: the campaigns and innovation team
- Scottish Partnership Against Rural Crime
- Setting sail: all aboard the partnership
- Free wheeling
- Scotland is thirsty for change
- This #ScotClimateWeek, are you ready to pledge?
- Upstream Battle at Whinhill Primary School
- Elaine Hopley on our Upstream Battle week of action
- 20 September climate strikes: what took place and what happens now?
- Playing our part to reduce cup waste
- The funeral of a glacier: time to pull the emergency brake
- Get your Paws on Plastic
- Arran – exploring its hidden gems
- It’s time to take action to reverse climate change
- Monitoring litter to help keep Scotland beautiful
- Tackling Our Unsustainable Cup Consumption
- Cups hitting the ground: what we learned at TRNSMT Festival
- We All Have To Fight The UpStream Battle
- It's rubbish that people have to clean up after litter bugs
- The power of pocket gardens
- Registering your clean up makes a difference
- Tackling climate change starts at home
- Speaking the language of Carbon Literacy
- The life of a Keep Scotland Beautiful intern
- Wheatley Group: two years on and still going strong
- Roadside Litter: Think twice before you chuck
- Our citizen scientists are ready to make waves for Upstream Battle
- Taking a stand on climate change – what actions will you take?
- The Cup Movement will tackle our litter culture head on
- Working across borders to tackle climate change
- Celebrating 25 years of Eco-Schools in Scotland
- Climate change – it’s personal
- Putting young people first for our environment at Keep Scotland Beautiful
- Treading lightly – steps to lower our carbon footprint
- Aunty Babs washes her spoon and so should you
- Climate change: we can all do our bit
- Have yourself a green Christmas
- Shifting up a gear on Scotland’s roadside litter problem
- It’s time to consign our litter problem to the dustbin of history
- We can save our seas by starting at home
- Everyone can do their bit to protect the world – what’s your Goal?
Scottish pupils have just completed their first part of term since returning for a new year of learning after months of lockdown.
Being back in school – a return to something approaching normal was welcomed by some - a chance to see teachers and friends without a screen in the way. My own two children actually missed school and were glad to have returned, something I thought would never happen!
For others, returning to school was and still is the source of some anxiety and uncertainty which is completely understandable. A lot has changed in the last six months and school doesn’t look quite the same as it did in March. New habits like hand sanitiser and social distancing now mix with the familiar routine.
For educators especially the return to school involved weeks of planning, and detailed rethinking about the entire school day. This is on top of the work many teachers did throughout lockdown keeping hubs open for children of essential workers.
When lockdown started, and we hid away to protect one another, our education and learning team moved quickly to provide online learning with e-Sgoil. For us this was the best part of lockdown. We really enjoyed teaching pupils, even if it was through a screen. The resilience of pupils in adapting to online learning was outstanding. So many pupils joined us; all still wanting to learn despite the upheaval lockdown brought, the technology not always behaving the way it should, and the uncertainty of being away from a familiar routine. Their creativity and drive to learn was what got us through work during lockdown and gave us a renewed appreciation for what we are able to offer.
We even developed Eco-Schools at Home materials to support parents and educators who were home schooling and looking for resources and ideas to bring the environment, particularly what we could relate to in local parks, beaches and neighbourhoods and our own back gardens into a modified curriculum. It was inspiring to see so many engage and share their experiences on social media as they reconnected with nature and experienced new learning behaviours as a family.
After all that has happened since March, we started this new school year with a renewed appreciation for the familiar but also a new sense of excitement at what we can achieve even when we’re not able to visit schools in person.
We’re getting quite good at this online teaching stuff, and after the October break we will be ready to offer Climate Ready Classrooms, Train the Trainer, Outdoor Journeys, and Food & the Environment courses to whole classes or pupils who are learning online. It is an exciting change for us, one that will help us support educators and young people across Scotland in ‘virtual’ person at a crucial time, as we urgently encourage action to be taken to tackle the climate and nature emergency before it is too late.
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