Upstream Battle Career-long Professional Learning programme

A Professional Learning Programme on the journey from Source to Sea

We're offering a free Career-long Professional Learning course designed to provide the tools and resources for educators to use source to sea litter as a context for nurturing STEM learning. 

The programme will be delivered through a blended learning model combining face to face sessions with online learning. A series of twilight training sessions will cover topics including source to sea litter, Learning for Sustainability and Circular Economy to engage young people in STEM. In-person events will give participants chance to network with other STEM leaders and introduce key topics of the programme including LfS and the SDGs. A range of guest presenters will give context for source to sea litter education. It will build enquiry-based learning skills through self-led study activities. Participation in the course provides an opportunity to collaborate across schools, communities and partners in the STEM family to learn and share best practice.

At this time, this Professional Learning Programme is available to schools within the West Partnership only.

Please view or download the Overview Document for further details.

For more information on Upstream Battle please visit the campaign page.

Time commitment: 

Through a series of twilight sessions, each participant will receive 12 hours of online learning and take part in two networking events. Specific dates will be provided in the new 2022/2023 term, but the outline is as follows:

  • Sessions start week beginning 19th September 2022
  • Sessions conclude w/b 5th December 2022
  • Second networking event w/b 23rd Janurary 2023.  


The course has been developed to create links to several wider objectives, including delivering on each pupil’s entitlement to Learning for Sustainability, and:

  • Marine pollution
  • the Sustainable Development Goals
  • Circular Economy
  • Citizen Science
  • Climate Change

The programme will provide strong correlation to other education elements of Upstream Battle, including the STEM the Flow Engineering Challenge, available to P6/7 - S3 pupils within the West Partnership.

Please register below to take part.  If you have any questions at all please email us at upstreambattle@keepscotlandbeautiful.org

Personal Information

These schools have taken on the Upstream Battle

St James Primary School

Bishopton Primary School

Lawmuir Primary School

Milngavie Primary School

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