International professional learning

Education Scotland creates and supports opportunities for international professional learning which contribute to the vision of Scottish education as a ‘learning system’.

A key part of our international engagement is sharing experience and ideas on policy and practice. This sharing takes place in a variety of ways, including publication and research online, meeting with educators from other countries who visit Scotland, contributing our expertise to conferences, projects and study visits abroad (both online and face-to-face).

Each year we welcome interaction with hundreds of international visitors, including teachers and school leaders, managers, policy-makers, researchers, parliamentary and ministerial groups.

Education Scotland promotes and creates opportunities for Scottish educators to learn from international experience, encouraging participation in programmes for professional development, themed curricular projects and the building of relationships with schools in other countries. This work can support all areas of Curriculum for Excellence, with languages, social studies and health and wellbeing being the most common. Within CFE young people are expected to develop as active citizens of an interconnected world, able to help shape their future. This includes understanding of the world, Scotland’s place in it and the environment (referred to as Learning for Sustainability).

Education Scotland supports the Scottish Government to achieve its international aspirations as a good global citizen, working with colleagues to assist international development and the building of mutually beneficial relationships with other countries such as France and Malawi.

If you would like to discuss a possible study visit to Scotland and any advice or guidance we can offer, contact us at edspll@educationscotland.gov.scot​.​