SHOWL meeting

The next South Highland Outdoor and Woodland Learning group meeting will be on Wed 26 June in Smithton from 4-6pm.

The South Highland Outdoor & Woodland Learning (SHOWL) Group exists to support outdoor learning across the southern half of the Highlands. This group is for outdoor learning practitioners, teachers, early years workers and anyone with an interest in outdoor learning in the area.

For more information contact

Juliet Robinson

Natureways Consultancy

3 Mid Street, Clachnaharry, Inverness IV3 8RD

Mobile: 07810027556

Clean Air Day – 20th June

Environmental Protection Scotland are delighted to tell you the Clean Air Day Scotland website has now gone live and the toolkits can be downloaded from

Please click on the above link and input your details to download the toolkits which will contribute to the success of your local Clean Air Day event on Thursday June 20th – whether it’s in a school, the workplace, in a hospital or in your community.

Clean Air Day aims to raise awareness of the steps people can take to reduce exposure to air pollution throughout Scotland.

Ocean Plastics Live Lesson for Secondary

Doug Allan is a natural history cameraman and presenter on programmes including Blue Planet.

Having seen first-hand the impact that marine litter has on wildlife, he is passionate about raising awareness of this global problem.

As part of our Upstream Battle campaign, Doug will be going live on Eco Schools YouTube channel to share his experiences, and talk about his work to tell the world about the issue of marine litter.

Secondary Schools  – Friday 14th June 11.30am – 12:15pm  

Each session will last approximately 45 minutes.

Connecting Classrooms

Discover the power of Learning for Sustainability!
Connecting Classrooms through Global Learning is an exciting new programme for Scottish schools. Supporting you to develop a whole-school approach to Learning for Sustainability, Connecting Classrooms:

  • Helps young people develop the values, attitudes, knowledge, skills and confidence needed to participate as active citizens striving for a sustainable and equitable world
  • Provides meaningful, inclusive, real-life learning that brings Curriculum for Excellence and other educational priorities to life
  • Enables collaboration between schools in your local area and across the globe on the Sustainable Development Goals

Connecting Classrooms also provides a wealth of support to help schools, including:

  • Access to free support from local experts to help you plan and deliver your activities
  • Generous funding to help you bring your vision to life
  • Free professional learning opportunities to help you develop your own practice: all of which are aligned with the new national Model for Professional Learning, and the GTCS Professional Standards.

Get in touch at or call us on 0131 650 9731 to find out more about how we can help.

‘Connecting Classrooms’ is delivered in collaboration with the British Council, Learning for Sustainability Scotland, the IDEAS network, the Scotland Malawi Partnership and the University of Edinburgh.

Courses & Workshops in Scotland

Schools Sector

Connecting Classrooms
Connecting Classrooms offers a wealth of free local support and generous funding to help you build local and international partnerships to enhance the learning in your setting. The programme also offers a range of professional learning courses. The next courses on offer are:

–  13 Sep – Making Connections through Learning for Sustainability (contact Learning for Sustainability Scotland). Email: to find out more.

Blue Planet Live Lesson, Secondary Schools session, 11.30 am, 14th June
Doug Allan is a natural history cameraman and presenter on programmes including Blue Planet. As part of Keep Scotland Beatutiful’s Upstream Battle campaign, Doug will be going live on their YouTube channel to share his experiences, and talk about his work to tell the world about the issue of marine litter.

Learning for Sustainability CPD Courses, Changeworks, Edinburgh, 7th June
A CPD workshop for Edinburgh school staff who wish to know more about Learning for Sustainability and how to creatively incorporate the waste or eco agenda into cross-curricular learning. Booking info here.

Start the Change, CPD Training, Highland One World, Inverness, 3rd June
HOW are looking for enthusiastic secondary teachers of all subjects to be part of an exciting EU global learning project. Focussing on the links between the UN Sustainable Development Goals, inequality and migration, the project aims to develop a model of active global citizenship for young people.

Storytelling about Sustainability, Moray House School of Education, Edinburgh, 19th June
Changing the stories that we live by is key to bringing about the changes needed to shift us all towards greater sustainability. This practical workshop will: introduce the use and practice of storytelling in a range of LfS contexts, explore the arts of story-crafting and provide useful techniques and exercises.

Book your Outdoor Learning Residential for 2019
The Shieling Project is an outdoor learning social enterprise based in the amazing Glen Strathfarrar in the central Highlands near Inverness. We offer schools residentials for up to five days which give lots of fun hands on ways to understand the past and look forward to a sustainable future.

Is our Education Provision Racially Literate? University of Edinburgh, 19 – 21st June 
This two-day free event provides education practitioners with spaces to consider how literate you and your establishment are on matters of racial, cultural, religious and linguistic diversity.

Climate Ready Classroom Project
A  one-day accredited carbon literacy training course for secondary schools which has been designed for young people aged 14–17 years, along with their teachers, and youth workers.

Children in Permaculture Training of Teachers, July 10th-14th, London and April 2020, Galloway
This course will equip you with the skills, understanding and other resources necessary to lead permaculture activities with children and to lead the introductory Children in Permaculture course.

Eco Schools – Biodiversity Month

Biodiversity Resources
Our Eco-Schools Curricular map for Biodiversity
Nature of Scotland Awards – RSPB Species Champion
Butterfly Conservation Scotland – identify that butterfly!

RSPB – Give Nature a Home
Scottish Natural Heritage – Activities for Your Class
BBC School Radio – Red Squirrels
World’s Largest Lesson – Goal 15: Life On Land
UN Convention on Biological Diversity – Teacher’s Corner
Case Study – McLaren High School
Greenspace Scotland – Funding Sources
Apply for a Nature Grant through Learning Through Landscapes
Year of Coasts and Waters 2020 Grant Programme

Shieling Project – CPD

Architecture Fringe: Lesley Riddoch and Julia Heslop
Saturday 8th June. 1pm to 4.30pm

A contribution to the Architecture Fringe 2019 ‘In Real Life’

Explore the shieling (Gaelic: àirigh) as an ecological building tradition and motif for learning and education – reconnecting with the land and rekindling community.

Alongside the Shieling and Summerlings team, we will have two guest speakers:
Lesley Riddoch will reflect on what takes to make our visions a reality, not in a far-off future, but in the places and spaces we occupy today;
– Artist Julia Heslop will talk about the community project ‘Dwellbeing’ in Newcastle which uses the symbol of ‘shieling’ to widen imaginations about the future of an urban community.

Families welcome. Food and activities on offer. The cobb oven will be on if you’d like to stay for pizza following the event.

Tickets by donation. If you are staying for pizza, suggested donation £7.50. If you’d like to stay on site, bothy accommodation is £35 for bed, dinner and breakfast. Please email to book

Eco Schools Picks of the month

Here are some of the other things we’re enjoying this month:
Win a playground made from recycled plastic with Terracycle
Coke can from 1988 washes up at Cramond (not exactly enjoying this one)
Moray Council training seagulls to clean up litter??
All of these littered items are at least 25 years old.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon declares ‘climate emergency’
Scottish moths ‘in decline’ says SNH
Distinct species of brown trout at risk
How water voles left their riverside homes for Glasgow grasslands
Coffee waste could replace palm oil
Nature’s emergency is our emergency too
Forgandenny pupils have been busy!
Great idea for taking on dog fouling from Bannockburn Eco-Committee
Anthony is an Eco Hero!
Sunnyside Primary have an award named after them

HOW shares new resources


A fantastic resource from SCOTDEC – ‘Explore the Global Goals’. 17 activity cards, one for each goal, each with an engaging lesson idea. Can be downloaded from Scotdec here or why not attend one of our upcoming Sustainable Development Goals CPD events and receive a free pack.



Why not chair your own Climate Conference? Delegates from different countries negotiate the actions they are prepared to take to meet the targets for carbon reduction. Really engaging, fun and relevant – a great resource from the Royal Meteorological Society online here.