FSC2037 Education for Sustainable Development using Fabric and Fibre – Fluirse Teacher Summer Courses

FSC2037 Education for Sustainable Development using Fabric and Fibre


On completion of this course you will have been introduced to practical ways to incorporate sustainable development into the classroom through the use of fabric and fibre. 


Discover how to bring sustainable development into your classroom through sewing

FSC2037 Education for Sustainable Development using Fabric and Fibre – Fluirse Teacher Summer Courses

The Visual Art strand of Fabric & Fibre can be daunting for some teachers who have little or no experience with sewing and for textiles. It can be hard to think of new innovating ways to integrating this strand with other aspects of the school curriculum. But now you can, while teaching and raising awareness about the challenges we face around the planet.

Throughout this course, you will learn about how the fast fashion industry is

damaging our environment while more importantly learning how to sew and teach children how to sew for their sustainable future.

You will understand the importance of the Sustainable Development Goals 2030 devised by UNESCO and the Education for Sustainable Development Strategy 2020 while discovering the environmental, economic and social impacts our fashion has on the world today.

You will learn how to sew (or upskill) and be confident to teach children how to sew following the lesson plans provided on this course. Throughout this course, you will get expert advice on sustainable fashion, classroom management and textiles through podcasts, lesson plans and videos, including exclusive interviews with Sustainable Fashion Dublin & more.




  • Target Audience: Teachers who want to learn more about the fast fashion industry and learn how to use sewing to help prepare our students for a more sustainable future
  • Equipment Required: All our courses are accessible through PC, Laptop, iPad, Tablet and Mobile devices. Internet access required with broadband speeds recommended. No sewing equipment needed for the course
  • Prerequisites or Requirements: Suitable for all primary school teachers. This course is for complete beginners and those experienced in sewing
  • Duration: All Flúirse Online Teacher Summer Courses are available from July 1st – August 21st.  Each course requires approximately 20 hours of training and engagement
  • Course Fee: €69 (also available as part of a 2 course 4-EPV Day bundle for €89 or 3 Course 5-EPV Day bundle for €99)
  • EPV Days: This course is worth 3 EPV days (also available as part of a 2 course 4-EPV Day bundle or 3 Course 5-EPV Day bundle)
  • Support: Our team are available to support you throughout your training by phone, email, online chat, course forums and social media
  • Our Guarantee: No risk guarantee, if your not happy with your course for any reason within 21 days or enrollment we will issue you a full refund
  • Questions/ More Information: Call us now on 066 712 9828 or e-mail courses@fluirse.com




Module 1 – Why as a teacher you must prioritise sustainable development in the classroom:

  • Introduction: Why, as a teacher, must you prioritise sustainable development in the classroom?
  • The National Strategy on Education for Sustainable Development in Ireland, 2014- 2020
  • What is already being done and needs to be achieved for sustainable development to be at the core of a teacher’s pedagogy?
  • How can we give sustainable development a greater focus during our teaching?
  • Considerations to be made for the successful implementation of new strategies of sustainable development in the classroom.


Module 2 – What is sustainability?

  • What is sustainability? Definitions and research around the global issue of sustainability UNESCO Sustainability Goals:
  • Learn about the 17 sustainability goals and create critical thought about how to engage and teach effectively about these goals
  • Damage our schools are causing to the environment daily such as contamination in waste, lunches that have a large carbon footprint, photocopying, energy waste etc. and how as a community we can alleviate these challenges and teach  better solutions to the children in our classroom
  • The second most damaging industry in the world to the environment (fashion). Teachers will learn about the damaging effects of this industry in terms of ethics and materials. Teachers will gain an appreciation for the importance of teaching children about the fast fashion industry while also equipping children with the necessary tools to live a sustainable life where they won’t be contributing to the fast fashion industry in the future. This will in turn correlate with UNESCO’s sustainability goals as children will be learning how their and their family’s consumption of clothes can affect the world around them. 
  • How the Visual Arts curriculum can contribute positively to sustainable development in the classroom. Having learned about the fast fashion industry and its damaging effects to the environment, it will become clear how the use of the Visual Arts curriculum, in particular fabric and fibre, will help enable children to repair, create and change their clothing to last longer or indeed change its purpose.


Module 3 – How to use Fabric and Fibre to teach about sustainable development effectively

FSC2037 Education for Sustainable Development using Fabric and Fibre – Fluirse Teacher Summer Courses

  • Why focus solely on fabric and fibre?
  • How to sew: Teachers will learn how to create the basic stitches from YouTube clips. They will learn the running stitch, the backstitch, the blanket stitch, sewing a button etc. This will give teachers a basic knowledge on how to teach these stitches in class.
  • Juniors & Seniors: Learning about fabric & playing with fabric. Teaching children about the different materials and how to use them will be taught through Aistear and Art. 
  • 1st & 2nd: Tacking. The children will learn the running stitch and create simple designs to help them become
    competent in this stitch of sewing.
  • 3rd & 4th: Embroidery. The children will learn the back stitch, the blanket stitch and possible others are create more intricate designs to help further their skill of sewing.
  • 5th & 6th: Patchwork and Projects. Having a stronger experience in sewing, children will be able to engage in larger scale projects that can complement the promotion of a global issue that they may be studying in SESE or SPHE.
  • During this period, children will learn much more about the dangers to the environment that the fashion industry causes.
  • Whole School Ideas and Initiatives
  • Safety and precaution when working with equipment


Module 4 – Further considerations about sustainable development in the Irish classroom.

  • School Culture. Teachers will learn about how a school culture can boost motivation and opportunities for teachers
    and children.
  • Disability and Inclusion will be discussed in order for teachers to be mindful of accommodations necessary to be taken into consideration in order for meaningful and effective learning to occur for all children.
  • Timetable restraints on a teacher will be examined, appreciating the changes to be considered when implementing
    sustainable development in the classroom and school.
  • Whole school initiatives and competitions: Teachers will be shown the different competitions and initiatives they can get their class and school involved in through fabric and fibre.
  • Community and the classroom Case Study: Influential environmental leaders and their work with the community and schools.


Module 5 – School Self-Evaluation Process and Implementation

  • School Self Evaluation Plan (SSE) 2016-2020
  • Case Study: How one school adapted their sustainable development goals around their SSE
  • Exploring the 6 stage process- step by step in detail.
  • Implementation practices that can guide schools establishing a culture of sustainable development
  • The impacts a school culture on sustainable development can have on a child
  • Using sustainable development through fabric and fibre to build positive school climate and culture
  • Building and nurturing sustainable development for a stable future




  • Please review our Frequently Asked Questions section here or contact our Summer Course support team directly at courses@fluirse.com