Last Updated: Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Conversations about learning for sustainability

What is this?

This report was published in October 2014 to mark the end of the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development. Twenty educational establishments across Scotland were visited to gather evidence for the report. During each visit, school and centre leaders, practitioners, learners, parents and community members were asked to reflect on the impact that learning for sustainability had made on learners and the school/centre community.

The Scottish report contributed to a wider international study, led by UNESCO, which involved eighteen countries. The findings, both within Scotland and internationally, indicate that learning for sustainability (also known as education for sustainable development) contributes in many ways to high quality education.

Who is this for?

This resource is relevant to all education professionals and decision makers.

How to use this learning and assessment resource to improve practice

Schools and centres may want to discuss the findings and case studies within the report and use the questions below to reflect on the practice within their own establishment:

  • How do you ensure all learners have their entitlement to learning for sustainability?
  • How do you demonstrate learning for sustainability in your practice?
  • Is your whole-school and community approach to learning for sustainability robust, demonstrable, evaluated and supported by leadership at all levels?
  • How do your school buildings, grounds and policies support learning for sustainability?


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