Schools are recognised as important arenas for addressing pressing issues such as climate change or inequalities, for example through the Scottish Government strategy for closing the poverty-related attainment gap. However, school leadership and teachers often feel unprepared for dealing with these challenges. We aim to produce an engaging toolkit that will help educators a) build the national SDGs indicators into their local targets; b) identify relevant knowledge and network with players within and beyond schools to consider solutions; and c) evaluate their impact. Research shows that schools and teachers can and do act as agents of change, e.g. towards inclusion, when they support the learning and wellbeing of all students and protect the vulnerable ones. Our programme will include 2 seminars (to consider the research on teacher agency for change, and on educational potential of game-based learning), and 4 workshops to co-design with various stakeholders a toolkit including a research-informed, pedagogically sound, visually attractive game that will engage school staff in scenarios of planning, implementing and evaluating change towards the achievement of SDGs. We will work with potential users to develop and promote the toolkit to many more through Scottish and international networks of Continuing Professional Development providers, both within and beyond the project.

Programme Team

Nataša Pantic, University of Edinburgh

Daisy Abbott, Glasgow School of Art

Dianne Cantali, University of Dundee

Rachel Binnie, Glasgow City Council

Rosie McColl, South East Improvement Collaborative

Betsy King, Learning for Sustainability, Scotland

Final Report

A final report of the findings will be available at the end of the project. Check back soon.


  • ACT Minigames produced by the Agents of Change Toolkit team in collaboration with educators