Education & Engagement

Working with education bodies like Education Scotland and Learning & Teaching Scotland and community safety organisations like Neighbourhood Watch Scotland and Scottish Flood Forum are just some of the other ways we are working to raise awareness of flood risk in Scotland and how to prepare for flooding.

Education

Our information and resources help practitioners plan and deliver learning experiences aimed at helping learners prepare for and deal with emergencies in line with Scotland's Curriculum for Excellence.

Flooding can be considered within four of the eight Curriculum for Excellence areas:

  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Social Studies
  • Languages
  • Technologies

Some examples of the types of education activities include:

Presentations

Our team of Flood Advisors can visit your school or help you to develop projects that can educate young people about flood risk in Scotland and how to be prepared.

If you are interested in finding out more, please contact us.

Safety events

Every year, SEPA participates in multi-agency safety events, such as Safe Taysiders and Safe Highlanders, to provide key safety information to Primary 7 pupils across the country. 

At these events, our aim is to:

  • Raise awareness of the dangers of flood water.
  • Promote flood safety, including our Floodline public safety messages;
  • Increase flood preparedness;

These events have proven to be an effective way of directly engaging with a large number of young people in a short amount of time. Find out more about what we do by watching our Safe Highlanders 2017 video.

If you have an upcoming multi-agency, education event that would benefit from a SEPA flood safety session, please get in touch.

Animations

You may also find our flooding animations a useful way to communicate how to prepare for flooding.

These animations can be used on your own website. If you work for a public body and wish to edit the animations to include your own logo, please email flooding@sepa.org.uk and we can provide you with the master file.

Other activities we've done in the past

Models and demonstrations

Bringing the impacts of flooding to life in an engaging and interactive way can educate people about flood risk and what they can do to prepare.

  • Interactive flooding model - The model brought flooding to life by demonstrating how flooding can occur in an urban setting and what people can do to protect themselves from the impacts of floods.
  • Tweed Forum catchment model - The catchment model shows how using natural techniques to store and slow the flow of water can help us to manage flooding. The model compares to river catchments, one featuring natural flood management and the other representing a more typical rural landscape.
  • Flooding wheel of fortune - This was an online game developed to show how making an investment in property protection can reduce the impacts of flooding and save you money in the long run. The game is played across a 75 year period and considers the uncertainty of flooding.

Educational theatre

Rapid Departure, an interactive play in which the audience becomes the village locals. After a successful tour across the north of Scotland the play returned in February and March 2016 to visit other areas around Scotland. The play, which is delivered by Right Lines Production and sponsored by Floodline, gave people an opportunity to consider how flooding could impact their community and how they can take steps to prepare.

In partnership with Theatre&, a drama-based teaching group, we created a short play for school children called 'Keep Calm and Call Floodline'. The play educates children and young people about our flood monitoring, the dangers of flooding and how to prepare and deal with a flood. Download the 2011/12 resource pack for teachers for some learning activity ideas.

Engagement

SEPA is committed to increasing community resilience to flooding and often does this through partnerships with key organisations who have access to local knowledge and community contacts.

Scottish Flood Forum

SEPA supports Scottish Flood Forum to share information and advice to flood risk communities and to support the development of local flood action groups. Visit scottishfloodforum.org for a selection of useful resources on how to prepare for or cope with the impacts of flooding.

Neighbourhood Watch Scotland

SEPA has been working with Neighbourhood Watch Scotland (NWS) for a number of years supporting their joined up approach to community safety. They have been investing time in communities that lie within SEPA's priority flood areas in order to increase registration for Floodline, raise awareness of flood risk and to increase community resilience in the event of flooding.

NWS also offer a free alerting service for members of the public to receive messages about a number of community safety issues such as local crime, flooding and doorstep scams. Visit neighbourhoodwatchscotland.co.uk to register.

Creative Approaches to Community Engagement

We have been working with Creative Carbon Scotlandand local musician/public engagement officer, Simon Gall, to develop and trial a creative approach to engaging with flood risk communities. Over the winter 2019, Simon will design and run creative workshops with community groups in the Den Burn Valley (Summerhill and Mastrick) in Aberdeen, including Fernielea Primary School’s P6 class.

We are also working with researchers at Robert Gordon University and University of St Andrews to understand the potential benefits of this arts-based approach. The creative activity and outputs from workshops will be documented by a local filmmaker and shared through partners’ websites and social media channels, along with a reflective report.

For more information on the project, visit creativecarbonscotland.com