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.

It is currently taking place until 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.


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.


For any enquiries, contact us.


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