Dunblane Primary School has earned international praise for its innovative educational approaches to tackling climate change.
Learning for Sustainability at Dunblane PS (Pic credit: Paul Watt Photography)

The school, which recently received two national awards for its excellence in this key part of the curriculum, was invited by Education Scotland to address senior officials from the Atlantic Rim Collaboratory (ARC).

The ARC is made up of education representatives from Atlantic Rim countries including Iceland, Canada, Ireland, Uruguay, Norway, Finland and Wales.

Dunblane Headteacher Lorraine Slabbert and teacher Jennifer Hutton gave a virtual presentation to around 40 ARC delegates and Education Scotland representatives last month on the school’s Learning for Sustainability practices.

Feedback from the session was extremely positive, with commendation from leading international and Scottish education officials on the work taking place at Dunblane.


Ollie Bray, Strategic Director, Education Scotland said: “Education Scotland is grateful to Dunblane Primary School for their inspiring input to the Atlantic Rim Collaboratory Thought Meet session.

“There is growing international interest in Scotland’s approach to Learning for Sustainability and we were delighted to take delegates on a virtual visit to see some of the best practice that Scotland has to offer. This was a proud moment for all involved in education in Scotland and a wonderful opportunity to share our practice and to learn from others.”

Learning for Sustainability is an important theme in the Scottish curriculum that aims to build a socially-just, sustainable and equitable society. It covers areas such as sustainable development education, outdoor learning and global citizenship.

Fantastic recognition

Convenor of Stirling Council’s Children and Young People Committee, Cllr Susan McGill said: “This is fantastic recognition for the staff, families and community partners at Dunblane Primary School.

“To be asked to share their inspiring climate change and social justice learning on the international stage is testament to the high-quality education practices taking place at the school.”

Welcome boost

Vice Convener Cllr Christine Simpson said: “Congratulations to everyone at Dunblane Primary for representing Stirling and Scotland with such distinction on the international stage and for their award-winning work in this key area of the curriculum.

“The pandemic continues to make it a challenging time for our education settings so this accolade is a welcome boost and a reminder of the amazing work going on in our schools and nurseries.”

Picture details:

Picture shows pupils at Dunblane Primary School taking part in Learning for Sustainability activities during a recent visit by the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, Shirley-Anne Somerville.