Education

Working with education bodies like Education Scotland and Learning & Teaching Scotland is one of the ways we can raise awareness of flood risk in Scotland and how to prepare for flooding. 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

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.

 

Education 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.