Award-winning education showcased across the globe

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Award-winning education showcased across the globe

Monday 3rd July, 2017


Cornton Nursery children with visitors and Cllr Susan McGill

International education VIPs have visited Cornton Nursey and Kincardine in-Menteith Primary School on a fact-finding mission, hoping to learn from the schools’ achievements in outdoor learning, sustainability and global citizenship.

Alistair Whitby, Senior Policy Officer at World Future Council, travelled to Stirling from London with Laura Collard, Executive Director at Maryland Association of Environmental and Outdoor Education in America. The pair were given a tour of the schools and shown pupils’ impressive indoor and outdoor projects. They were accompanied by Councillor Susan McGill, Convener of Stirling Council’s Education Committee and Ian Menzies, Senior Education Officer, Education Scotland.

Stirling teachers and schools have been focussing on the importance of learning for sustainability and Education Scotland was keen for the visitors to see this in action.

Schools that have adopted learning for sustainability report a wide range of positive benefits in terms of increased motivation and readiness to learn, development of skills for life and improved work confidence, staff morale and well-being.

Alistair Whitby, Senior Policy Officer at World Future Council, said: “The World Future Council has been looking at best practice in educational policy for a number of years. We’re hugely impressed by the learning for sustainability strategy and how it is bringing learning to life in so many varied ways.”

Councillor Susan McGill said: “Our visitors were keen to learn from Scotland, which is increasingly being seen as a leading nation in terms of sustainability.

“They were very impressed with the way the schools have embedded outdoor learning, global citizenship and sustainable development education into learning. Staff, parents and the local community are to be commended for all their hard work.”

The visit by the senior education officials follows the schools recently being honoured in the Scottish Education Awards Learning for Sustainability category - Cornton Nursery won the award, while Kincardine-in-Menteith Primary was also shortlisted.

The Senior Education Officer for Education Scotland, Ian Menzies, said: “All of the finalists in this year’s Learning for Sustainability category were from Stirling Council which is a great achievement. Particular congratulations to Cornton Nursery who were overall winners. Our visitors were keen to learn from Scotland, which is increasingly been seen as a leading nation in terms of sustainability, and we’re grateful to Stirling for sharing their award-winning practice.”

Laura Collard, Executive Director, Maryland Association of Environmental and Outdoor Education, said: “We came to Scotland to meet school leaders and practitioners who were passionate about learning for a better world. It was great to see the impact Learning for Sustainability was having on learners – they were so engaged in their learning. It was very heartening to see the impact this was having on young people and their attainment and achievement.”

Eight Stirling schools – the highest number of any local authority in Scotland – were selected as finalists in a number of categories in this year’s prestigious Scottish Education Awards.

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