Upstream Battle Course

A Professional Learning Programme on the journey from Source to Sea


The programme aims to develop confidence in delivering on each pupil’s entitlement to Learning for Sustainability and build STEM skills through the context of source to sea litter.  Focussing on a river and its tributaries, an interdisciplinary approach is supported, building skills in enquiry-based learning.  It was initially presented for teachers in the eight local authority areas of the West Partnership and was delivered through a blended learning model combining face to face sessions and online learning.  

Please note that we are not currently recruiting for this programme. 

These schools have taken on the Upstream Battle

St James Primary School

Bishopton Primary School

Lawmuir Primary School

Milngavie Primary School

Programme Outcomes

  • Build your confidence and develop STEM skills in the context of source to sea litter.
  • Support HGIOS best practice by taking a whole school approach to Learning for Sustainability.
  • Collaborate across schools, communities and partners in the STEM family to learn and share best practice.
  • Create applied local learning opportunities in a range of STEM activities, raising attainment and achievement
  • Receive direct support to gain or renew an Eco-Schools Scotland Green Flag Award.

Background - The Upstream Battle

An estimated 12.7 million tonnes of plastic gets into the sea each and every year.  That’s a truck full of litter a minute.  This litter is killing wildlife, threatening ecosystems and habitats and extremely difficult and expensive to clean up.  With 80% of all marine litter coming from land, we must stop this flow of litter and prevent it from entering the sea in the first place.

Our Upstream Battle campaign in 2019/2020 was focused on the River Clyde and its tributaries.   It raised awareness, gathered evidence and inspired action to prevent marine litter at source.  This successful framework can be applied to river catchment areas across Scotland, connecting communities, individuals, schools and the private and public sector with one common goal: to stop source to sea litter.

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