Children and Young People

Upstream Battle will enable young people and their communities to re-connect with the culture, history and heritage of the Clyde Valley though exploring local and global issues of litter, waste and the circular economy. There are a number of opportunities for children and young people to get involved.

Citizen Science

Whilst we know that 80% of marine litter is estimated to come from land, we don't know in detail how, where or what is getting into the Clyde and its tributaries. We are leading a Citizen Science project to build a picture of litter across the Clyde valley. 

Your school can help contribute to a Clyde-wide data set by completing a litter survey at your local waterway. We have put together a large format surveying guide and accompanying teaching resource. Find out more.

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Professional Learning Programme

Available for teachers across The West Partnership Regional Improvement Collaborative, 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. 

This programme is free of charge for participating early years establishments and schools. 

Find out more about the professional learning programme


Young Reporters for the Clyde

During May and June 2019 pupils at two West Partnership high schools received training in investigation, media and production skills with a focus on source to sea litter. This program builds on a range of life skills such as research, critical thinking and communication and shares ideas with young people in 35 countries around the world. 

Find out more and see their finished product.



STEM the Flow

STEM the flow is an engineering and sustainable development challenge targeted at P6/7 and S1/2 that was delivered across the West Partnership. Seventeen schools participated in the challenge and focused on developing solutions to tackle plastic pollution in the Clyde. 

Read more about the winning schools and their project summaries. 



Marine Litter Art Competition

Schools from across the Clyde Valley were challenged to investigate the journey of marine litter from source to sea, measuring litter in their own community and exploring how it could end up in the ocean before expressing their findings creatively.

Entries ranged from poetry and sculpture through to short films.

View the entries here.

'Live Lesson' with Doug Allan

Doug Allan is a natural history cameraman and presenter on programmes including Blue Planet. Doug went 'live' on our YouTube channel to share his experiences, talk about his work and his own career pathway and answered questions from pupils submitted ahead of time. 

  • Primary Schools Doug Allan 'Live Lesson' - Thursday 2nd May 11.30am 
  • Secondary Schools Doug Allan 'Live Lesson' - Friday 14th June 11.30am

Watch the live lesson and access an accompanying teaching resource here.

Clean Up Scotland

We are challenging all schools across the Clyde Valley to join in a Clean Up event as part of Upstream Battle. 

80% of marine litter comes from land. We want to stop it at the source. Organising a litter pick near your local waterway you will not only make a difference in your local area but also prevent litter from making its way to sea. 

Find out more on organising a Clean Up activity

Still looking for more? Have a look through the resources on our Source 2 Sea page.


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