Scotdec Newsletter: #backtoschool 2020

Digital and Home-based Global Learning for Teachers and Young People. 


Hello from the Scotdec team!

We hope the first few days of the new academic year have gone smoothly for you, your colleagues and the young people in your setting.

In the first few weeks of the new term, The Scottish Government recommends that learning and teaching should have a focus on Health and Wellbeing/Nurture, Literacy and Numeracy. With this is mind, we have a selection of brand new classroom resources to share!

Whether you’re a secondary teacher looking for subject-specific tools and activities, a primary teacher looking for classroom learning that embeds pupil voice and children’s rights, or a teacher working at any level with an interest in Global Citizenship Education – we are here to support you.

This newsletter is packed with Global Citizenship/LfS themed digital professional learning opportunities and education events. You can register for all of these professional learning opportunities and events online – take a look at the range of free opportunities below and join us on a learning journey for 2020/21.

Learning for the SDGs: 
New dates for British Council online professional learning

When? 2nd, 9th and 16th of September 2020.

Learning for the Sustainable Development Goals is a free course from the British Council designed to bring the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) alive in your classroom, whether you are primary level, secondary level or an early years practitioner and no matter what subject you teach!

Online dates facilitated by Scotland’s Development Education Centres for the new term have just been added. Find out everything you need to know and book your spot for the new year.

Click here to Register via Eventbrite.

Our NEW primary level activities booklet:
Explore pupil rights with Inscool!

The Inscool Activities Booklet is a jam-packed full of creative and innovative resources designed to get primary age learners thinking about Children’s Rights both locally and globally.

The activities are designed to guide you flexibly, in ways that suit your primary school, through the start of a journey towards including more pupils in learning and life at school. Young people are supported and encouraged to learn around diversity and equity, by providing activities to explore their own values.

The activities can also support you as a practitioner to reflect on how decisions are made in school. Working together, you and your learners can plan positive steps to a more inclusive school community

Click Here to Access the Activities Booklet.

NEW Online resource looking at racism & apartheid

The activities in this new resource from our friends at WOSDEC support second and third level learners to explore Scotland’s connection with Nelson Mandela and feel empowered to take action on issues of importance to them today.

Lessons are linked to related Sustainable Development Goals and articles from the UNCRC, to help build learners real world understanding of these.

Click Here to get this new resource.

Issue to action:
New classroom resources for English and Science teachers.

Are you a secondary teacher looking for relevant, subject-specific tools to allow you to teach your specialism in a real-world context? Our new Issue to action resources for English and Science teachers are now available to download.

All materials were created by Scottish teachers, for Scottish teachers. To make it easy to embed the learning into your classroom learning, the activities are also mapped to benchmarks and reference the relevant Sustainable Development Goal.

Click Here for the English Resource

Click Here for the Science Resource

Start reading with the Global Citizenship Fiction List 

Stories and picture books are a great way into exploring global issues. Signposts has selected some titles which we think make some Global Citizenship topics accessible to learners of all ages to get you started.

Have a look at the Signposts all new fiction list and start reading!

Creative Activism Academy from HOWDEC

Our friends at Highland One World are running new expert-led sessions around knowledge and understanding of Climate change/SDGs and their links to migration.

Creative Activism Academy is open to 15 – 24 year olds, with priority for young people in the North of Scotland.

As a result of attending the Academy, young people will be equipped with the necessary Global Citizenship knowledge, skills, values and attitudes to take informed and creative action on global issues related to climate change and migration in the run-up to COP 26.

For more information Click Here

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