Job Vacancy at Highland One World

We are in the process of recruiting a new Global Youth Officer. As part of the HOW team, they  will help to deliver the objectives of Start the Change! This is a European funded project which aims to empower young people aged 15-24 to have a voice and take action on issues related to migration, inequality and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. 

 With a commitment to social justice and sustainability and the values of Highland One World, the post holder will have experience of working with young people and a passion for creative and innovative approaches to youth voice and action.

The successful applicant will be able to demonstrate a commitment to youth engagement as a tool for positive change.

The post is 0.4 FTE  –  £ 27,373 – £29,084 (pro rata) depending on experience+ 5% employer’s contribution to pension. 

Closing date for applications is Tuesday the 11th of December. 

You can find the link to the job ad here:


News From Eco Schools

Keep Scotland Beautiful’s ground breaking campaign against marine litter has launched along the Clyde. Upstream Battle aims to tackle the 80% of marine litter that comes from land with evidence gathering, behaviour change campaigning and awareness raising.  There will also be an education element to the campaign so watch this space to find out how your school can get involved!

The first of our Climate Ready Classrooms workshops are now underway! There are still places left if you are interested in a free climate change workshop for your secondary school.  Have a look at how a session at Lornshill Academy went earlier this week.

We’re looking for entries to the Young Reporters competition. If your pupils like writing about issues important to them, making videos or taking photographs this is definitely for them.  Have a look here to find out more.

Michelle has been working with schools on media and sustainability workshops and still has a few places let.  These workshops could support the creation of an entry to the Young Reporters competition.  If this sounds interesting to you please get in touch to book.

We’re excited to welcome Sally Nicholson who has joined us as Education Support Officer. She will be conducting Green Flag assessments and supporting our Eco-Schools Network for Local Authorities.

Rebecca really enjoyed a visit to Sunnyside Primary School last week to present their Green Flag Award and hear about their new campaigns.

Applications for Wrigley Litter Less have now closed and successful schools have been notified.  Our sincere thanks for the huge interest in this year’s campaign and we are looking forward to sharing stories from successful school campaigns in the near future.  If your school was not one of the successful applicants this year, you might find this list of potential funding compiled by Creative Star Learning helpful.

News from Eco Schools

Online Training Available Soon
There’s a lot of excitement in our office just now as our NEW online training course will launch later this month!

This course will give you everything you need to lead Eco-Schools at your establishment.  By working through all modules, you’ll practice each of the Seven Elements that form the criteria of the Green Flag Award, and will be well placed to implement them in your context. As this is an online course, you can work through each module at your own pace.

If you’re interested in training, please click below to register your interest and we’ll let you know when the course goes live.

Register for training here

SCOTDEC supporting schools to introduce the Global Goals to pupils

Introduce your pupils to the Sustainable Development Goals and inspire them to take action for a more just and sustainable world.

These 17 colourful postcards are great for introducing children from Early Years through to P7 to the Sustainable Development Goals. The accompanying booklet suggests ways to develop the learning further.

The resource has been written and tested by primary teachers. The booklet has an overview of the relevant Experiences and Outcomes. We have a limited number of hard copies, if you would like to receive one please email

Explore the Global Goals – booklet (PDF | 6.8MB)

Explore the Global Goals – activities (PDF | 34MB)

Materials required for SDG4, SDG11 and SDG13 activities

SDG4: Quality Education
On the Way to School film clip for the activity

SDG11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
Worksheet for the activity (PDF)

SDG13: Climate Action
Photos for the activity (PDF)

Air Pollution

Recent reports on global climate change are getting pretty scary. One of the most immediate and local climate change issues facing children and young people is air pollution.

This video is the perfect introduction to the dangers of air pollution for your class. Watch Dr Andy and seven year old Eloise explain the topic in a clear and concise way.

Children across the UK are exposed to dirty air every day, with hundreds of schools across the country located near roads with illegal and harmful levels of air pollution.

Eco Schools – Energy Month

November – Energy Month

Just in time for longer nights and frosty mornings, November is the month we look at our Energy topic.

If you’re looking for classroom activities on Energy, why not try the BBC Terrific Scientific Power Investigation and find out how much energy it takes to run your school.  This is a citizen science initiative with data collected being used by the University of Edinburgh.

Our film Source Local Buy Local made by pupils at Kemnay Academy
is a great resource on sustainable business, energy and food production at Mackies of Scotland.

November is also the month for Switch Off Fortnight with EDF Energy’s The Pod.  Sign up for curriculum-linked classroom activities and free downloadable resources.

Have a look at our Energy Topic page for case studies and lots of further resources.

The POD – Minibeast Mission

Are you teaching children about plants, animals and the environment? Our new game, Mini Beast Mission, is a fun way to introduce key science curriculum topics in lessons or to support your outdoor learning projects. It’s also a great educational activity to play on a wet lunch break!

Children race against the clock to collect and sort lots of realistic-looking creepy crawlies. To get extra points or time on the clock, they answer curriculum-linked questions related to key science and maths topics.

Players have to think carefully about collecting and sorting bugs – with points awarded for identifying and sorting them correctly.

Children learn fun facts about different mini beasts and can find out more on the Pod using our identification charts, posters, facts and information pack.

The game is suitable for all children at primary school – from 4 to 11 years old – and has 20 levels they can unlock, to keep even the most seasoned players occupied!

Mini Beast Mission gives players a great introduction to what they need to do in our What’s Under Your Feet? campaign, run by the Pod in collaboration with the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO). Find out more about the campaign on the Pod.

Click HERE to play the game.