Teach the Future Scotland

Our Scottish campaign has 4 asks:

1. A government-commissioned review into how the whole of the Scottish formal education system is preparing students for the climate emergency and ecological crisis.

2. Inclusion of the climate emergency and ecological crisis in teacher training and a new professional teaching qualification.

3. Increased priority for sustainability in school inspections and publicly influencing educational rankings.

4. A Scottish Climate and Biodiversity Emergency Education Act.

We believe these asks will bring about the necessary change to our education system.

You can read our research and ask explanations here.

Our Scottish campaign is run by two organisations, Scottish Youth Climate Strike and National Union of Students Scotland.

You can get in touch with us at scotland@teachthefuture.uk

The team:

Timeline of events:

Launch day


During the months of lockdown we worked hard to get everything ready for the launch of our Scottish campaign. On the 6th of July 2020 we officially went live. As well as this, we wrote to John Swinney, Scotland’s education minister, asking for a green recovery for education. We also wrote to Nicola Sturgeon about our campaign and our 4 asks. In the future we look forward to having an in-person meeting with members of the Scottish parliament, but for the meanwhile we are launching this amazing campaign online.

Establishing First Comms


We launched our campaign with a letter to First Minister Nicola Sturgeon outlining our asks and campaign after discussion with Pete Higgins from LFS Scotland. This resulted in communications with Liam Cahill who is responsible for learning for sustainability policy and the offer of a virtual meeting about learning for sustainability.

Green recovery for education

Ahead of the UK government spring budget, Teach the Future Scotland decided to launch a campaign lobbying the Chancellor and Cabinet for a green recovery for education. A green recovery for education (GR4E) is a campaign asking for funding for green school retrofitting. This would assist in reducing carbon emissions, while creating new green jobs and equitably sharing investment.

To do this, we coordinated a letter writing campaign, nationwide, directed towards MSPs and local representatives as well as sending a letter to the Deputy First Minister for Education and Skills - John Swinney MSP

Banner drop


7 members of the TtF Scotland team participated in a banner drop outside of the Scottish Parliament. This was part of acknowledging the end of our launch week and week of action on social media with a press release. It was the first time the team had met up together for an action and it was a great day to celebrate the campaign progressing.

Asking MSPs for Support

In August, the Teach the Future Scotland team wrote an email to MSPs, requesting their support for the campaign. This email, which explains the asks of our campaign and explains why students in Scotland feel the need for this campaign, will be sent out to all the MSPs in the Scottish parliament, with as many as possible being sent from constituents to their own MSP.

A Response from John Swinney


Teach the Future Scotland began it’s campaign launched by sending it’s letter, signed by 3 of our education advocates, asking the government about green school retrofitting. We are happy to announce that we got a response from the office of the cabinet secretary and Deputy First Minister on 14th of August which has led us to set up a meeting about preliminary discussion about our campaign.

Recent blog posts from Scotland:

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Teach the Future is a youth-led campaign to urgently repurpose the entire education system around the climate emergency and ecological crisis.
The English campaign is run by two organisations, UKSCN and SOS-UK.

The Scottish campaign is run by two organisations, SYCS and NUS Scotland.

The campaign is led by a team of over 40 young volunteers. 

We are advised by an adult advisory board.

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