Celebrating the success of our E3 professional learning programme
Twenty four teachers from fourteen local authorities across Scotland took part in the programme, to improve their confidence in using energy and sustainability as a context for learning across the curriculum, particularly through practical action, outdoor learning, philosophy for citizenship and STEM.
"It struck me how out of balance our planet is, not just from an environmental point of view but also politically. I was struck by how our actions are affecting others in the world in such a devastating way. There are a lot of things I CANT control but there are also a lot of things I CAN control which makes me excited. By taking part in E³, I know I am already making an impact." Colette Wright, Mount Vernon Primary School.
The teachers created classroom activities around climate justice, energy, and waste minimisation. They hosted cluster awareness sessions, sharing their learning with other like-minded practitioners and created school campaigns to tackle key issues such as single use plastic. They have taken their pupils on energy visits to locations such as Moy Wind Farm, Torness Nuclear Power Station and the Biffa Recycling plant which looks at energy from different perspectives.
The teachers involved have fully embraced all elements of E³ and are extremely passionate about the importance of Learning for Sustainability and the difference they can make. Some of the teachers have even decided to apply for professional recognition with the General Teaching Council Scotland.
"Keep Scotland Beautiful’s delivery of E³ has afforded me the ability to be creative, forward thinking and to teach sustainability in greater depth. It has allowed me to take the pupils, teachers and parents along with me and it has meant that sustainability at Kinmylies Primary School is truly embedded and part of our core values.” Jenny Tyronney, Kinmylies Primary School.
"Our pupils feel more confident to challenge people, the local community and companies who they think should be more environmentally friendly through the work that the school has been doing. The experience has been thoroughly enjoyable and I would recommend the programme to any teacher looking to extend their knowledge and skills within Learning for Sustainability.” Hazel McKinnon, Isobel Mair School.
26 March 2018