Student Teacher Exchange Series


Student Teacher Exchange Series 2023


Teaching for A Sustainable World & Way of Living

A SCoTENS North-South Student Teacher Learning Event


This event brings together student teachers from a number of our SCoTENS partners. It offers the opportunity to meet virtually with other student teachers, north and south, to hear about what teachers do in the area of teaching sustainability, to share ideas and resources, and to learn together on ways of teaching about sustainability and living sustainably.

You can Register for the SCoTENS Student-Teacher Learning Event here:

 WEDNESDAY, 18 January 2023

1: The Start-up Webinar
[5pm – 7pm ]

Our event starts with a short talk from Elaine Nevin of eco-UNESCO on Why we need to teach Sustainability in schools and how to start doing so.  We will then hear from a group of enthusiastic and very capable primary and post-primary teachers who will share their practice and offer suggestions on how some of the SCoTENS event materials can be used in very practical and straightforward ways within the curriculum and/or to support work for things like the ECO-UNESCO Young Environmentalists Award, or EU Climate Coalition Challenges. We then split into two groups to look at examples of teaching resources that are suitable for particular age groups and themes. These will be freely available to event participants and come from eco-UNESCO, the Irish Schools Sustainability Network, and the EU Climate Coalition. The session closes with some ideas about how small teams can work together to do interesting cross-border teaching about this as part of teaching practice/ placement, and details of upcoming online / real-world opportunities to develop further teaching skills in this area.


THURSDAY, 19 January 2023

Teaching for a sustainable world.
[5pm – 7pm]

The second SCoTENS webinar focuses on materials & ideas on sustainability to use in your teaching setting and on giving detailed examples of how they work with different age groups. The session opens with a short talk by a Brussels-based policy maker on Why we need to teach Sustainability in our schools; a view from Europe. This will be followed by another session with members of our expert panel of enthusiastic and capable primary and post-primary teachers who will share further practice and offer further suggestions on very practical and straightforward ways to teach sustainability. We will look at both classroom and school-wide settings here.  The break-out sessions will then focus on straightforward & rewarding activities that can easily be built into teaching placement / practice plans and that will prove enjoyable for the children. The emphasis here is on short, dynamic activities that lead to new and broadly positive experiences for the students and for the pupils in their classes.


You can Register for the SCoTENS Student-Teacher Learning Event here:

We look forward to seeing you there!

SCoTENS Certificate of Participation  

All participants in the 2023 SCoTENS Learning Event will receive a SCoTENS Certificate for taking part in this North-South webinar. For those who want to follow up the webinar and take part in a virtual north-south exchange there is also a SCoTENS Project Award / Digital Badge and the opportunity to qualify for fully-funded participation in a summer school on Sustainability taking place in Cyprus in July 2023.  Further details will be provided to those interested.

Project Aims

For Participating Students

  1. To broaden students’ experience of teaching practice by undertaking part of it in the neighbouring jurisdiction on the island of Ireland.
  2. To increase students’ cultural sensitivity by engaging educationally and socially with other students, teachers and pupils in a cross-border, cross-community context on the island of Ireland.
  3. To enable students to experience the education system of the neighbouring jurisdiction.
  4. To enable students to explore similarities and differences in curriculum provision and approaches in a cross-border, cross-community context.
  5. To encourage adaptability, reflexivity, confidence and an increase in personal and professional self-awareness in students through engagement with culturally diverse groups.

For Participating Lecturers

  1. To provide opportunities for colleges of education on the island of Ireland to affirm and respect cultural difference and to promote positive attitudes towards cultural diversity.
  2. To develop a model of professional practice in response to cultural diversity by supporting students who engage in a period of teaching practice in the other jurisdiction.
  3. To develop a deeper sense of community among educators on the island of Ireland that recognises the contributions of different cultural and religious communities.
  4. To become more familiar with a variety of curriculum programmes and methodologies, North and South.
  5. To explore and develop strategies and approaches currently in practice in colleges of education and universities, North and South, and to contribute to the development of an inter-college culture of collaboration on the island.