Our Education Team

Did you know our education team engage with almost 300,000 people per year to talk animal welfare? Education is at the heart of successfully preventing cruelty to animals and we want to continue and grow our programme.

Touring Scotland’s schools

Our free ‘Prevention through Education’ programme reached about 245,000 school children in 2018. We visited over 60% of Scotland’s primary schools across every region in the country.

With workshops tailored to specific age groups, research has shown that our education team are increasing understanding of animal welfare and decreasing the tolerance of animal cruelty among children in Scotland. Our ‘Rabbit Rescuers’ programme works with children aged 4-7 whilst we’ve created a ground-breaking robotics programme for older primary school children.

We turn the classroom to a courtroom for our secondary school workshops, taking the class through some real-life examples of what our inspectors have seen. These workshops stimulate debate and discussion around the value of the human-animal bond and animal welfare law.

Our education team will visit any school in Scotland – just contact education@scottishspca.orgto arrange a booking. 

Working with people of all ages and needs

From early years to the elderly, there’s no wrong time to learn something new about animal welfare. Our education team has developed research-based workshops for different age groups and is able to offer an engaging, rewarding programme that will meet anyone’s needs.

Whether it’s a visit to an animal rescue and rehoming centre, a talk with a local community group or a discussion around a certain topic with welfare experts, our education officers can tailor their talks to a group depending on their needs.

Setting the animal welfare agenda

Our education team are also at the forefront of improving animal welfare globally. From hosting internationally-lauded conferences to trailblazing research and the constant evolution of the ‘Prevention through Education’ programme, we’re leading the conversation.

We’re working with some of Scotland’s leading universities on a host of projects. From breaking the link between animal cruelty and domestic abuse to evaluating our workshops, the Scottish SPCA’s education team are the voice of authority on animal welfare learnings in Scotland.