The Shieling Project

Bringing the Highland landscape alive for young people and teachers

Professional learning

The Shieling Project offers GTCS accredited professional recognition for teachers in Learning for Sustainability.

“Our school is in a beautiful situation and we’ve got shielings all over, which means that we can be out and about, we can be doing literacy, drama, maths, we can be making all the links with farming culture, and it’s very relevant. The course has really made me question how we use the outdoors and helped me to understand how we can have that fluid nature of learning. Sometimes we can be too structured and too contrived in our planning and learning.” Local Headteacher

In 2014 the Shieling Project became the first organisation to be accredited to deliver this year long masters level programme.  Through in-depth workshops and supported inquiry back in school, the programme fosters teachers’ capacity to become a leader in Learning for Sustainability. Our fourth cohort will start in May 2017 – please get in touch if you are interested.  Teachers involved have been presenting their experiences at a national level, and are creating exciting long term projects in their schools looking at, amongst other things: literacy, community resilience, and Gaelic in the landscape.

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Through the resources, support and opportunities provided by the Shieling Project, participants gain confidence, skills and ideas to undertake meaningful outdoor learning throughout their working lives. Importantly we provide opportunities to bring participant’s classes to the project for several day trips to test the ideas and practices developed in the course. This provides a great opportunity to try out new knowledge in a supportive environment, but also creates a richer experience for the young people.

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The programme brings a five year award from the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS). Teachers can also claim prior learning credits on the Masters in Education course at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI).  Please get in touch to find out prices and book a place.