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Learning about bathing water quality: dive in!

31 August 2021

As part of the Year of Coasts and Waters our My Beach Your Beach campaign has created an educational resource about bathing water quality, in collaboration with Scottish Water and SEPA.

The resource, which includes a 50 min classroom session for S1-S6, is supported by a power-point presentation, as well as an optional assignment and writing competition. It will be available to all schools local to the campaign beaches over the coming school year, that is Ayr, Troon, Irvine, Saltcoats/Ardrossan, Kinghorn Harbour, Portobello and Fisherrow Sands.

A total of 41 schools near these beaches have this week received a campaign pack of posters and stickers to help raise awareness among pupils and staff.

The resource is curriculum-linked and covers the basics of what bathing water quality means, what factors can affect it and what individuals can do to help support good bathing water quality. It also explores the local beach and bathing water specifically, encouraging pupils to reflect on and celebrate what makes it worth protecting.


Why get involved?

  • Teach your class about a topical local environmental quality issue and encourage them to care for beaches and bathing waters.
  • Create applied local Learning for Sustainability opportunities, aligned to the Curriculum for Excellence and the Eco-Schools Scotland Green Flag Award
  • Shape content and participate in this summer’s My Beach Your Beach campaign (2021)

Working on this issue could also fit well within the Eco-Schools Topics of Water or Litter and Waste and any work you do can be counted towards your next Green Flag Award assessment.


To find out more and download the resource and support materials head to the campaign's Education & Learning page, here.

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