Professional Learning

Upstream Battle Professional Learning Programme

Available for teachers across The West Partnership, the aim of the programme is 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.

Taking place between August 2019 - March 2020. The programme will be delivered through a blended learning model combining face to face sessions and online learning.  An interdisciplinary approach will be supported building skills in enquiry-based learning. 

Each participant will receive 12 hours of face to face and approximately 8 to 10 hours of online learning.

This programme is free of charge for participating Early Years establishments and schools within The West Partnership Regional Improvement Collaborative.  There are 100 places available.


We are grateful for the support of the West Partnership Regional Improvement Collaborative which allows us to offer this professional learning course free of charge.

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 cycle of litter and prevent it from entering the sea in the first place.

Focused on the River Clyde and its tributaries, our Upstream Battle campaign is raising awareness, gathering evidence and inspiring action to prevent marine litter at source.

Communities, individuals, schools and the private and public sector will be connected in one common goal: to stop litter from getting into the Clyde.


Proposed Programme of Learning

August/Sept 2019

  • Introductory training event (4 hours): Setting the STEM scene 
  • Online learning task I (2.5 hours) 
  • Twilight Session I (2 hours): Local Learning Opportunities (citizen science, source to sea litter)

October/November 2019

  • Online learning Task II (2.5 hours)
  • Twilight Session II (2 hours): Global Picture (circular economy, climate change, Global Goals)

December 2019/January 2020

  • Online Learning Task III (3 hours)

February 2020

  • Twilight Session III (2 hours): Sharing STEM Skills

March 2020

  • Online Learning Task IV (2 hours) and cascade to clusters
  • Showcase event last week of March (2 hours)

How can I get involved?

Applicants should be:

  • Registered Early Years Practitioners/GTCS teachers working within The West Partnership (Glasgow City, North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire, East Dunbartonshire, Renfrewshire, Inverclyde, West Dunbartonshire and East Renfrewshire)
  • Able to attend both face to face and online training sessions.
  • Supported by their headteachers and wider school community.
  • Committed to sharing learning with colleagues in their establishment and across their learning cluster.

Download an overview of the Upstream Battle Professional Learning course.

Complete the form by 30th August 2019 to reserve your place.


Personal Information
(Glow email address if you know it)
School/ Establishment Information

(max 200 words)

For any enquiries, contact us at ecoschools@keepscotlandbeautiful.org

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