Last Updated: Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Learning for sustainability in action

What is this?

These examples show how learning for sustainability is being embedded into learning, teaching and the life of two primary schools - St Eunan's Primary in Clydebank and Oakgrove Primary in Glasgow.

Who is this for?

Primary practitioners and school leaders.

How to use this exemplar to improve practice

These video clips and reflective questions invite you to consider the impact of your own approach to learning for sustainability. You are invited to watch the videos and consider, individually or as a team, the improvement questions.

  • How is your establishment ensuring that learners receive their entitlement to learning for sustainability?
  • How is learning for sustainability increasing the confidence, skills and attainment of learners in your school?
  • What is the next step for your school in terms of adopting a whole school and community approach to learning for sustainability?

Explore this exemplar

What was done?

Video 1: Staff and pupils from St. Eunan’s Primary, Clydebank, describe how applying for a grant to keep hens in school has provided an interdisciplinary learning context that has supported the development of their whole school approach to learning for sustainability.

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Video 2: Staff and pupils from St. Eunan’s Primary, Clydebank, explain the benefits of undertaking a campaign on children’s rights and the positive impact this experience had on pupil confidence, skills and attainment.

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Video 3: This video explores how Oakgrove Primary developed its school values and approach to global citizenship.

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Video 4: Staff at Oakgrove Primary describe how they have developed outdoor learning in their school and the impact this has had on learners.

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Why was it done?

The work exemplified in these videos was taken forward as part of a commitment by the establishments to develop whole school approaches to children’s rights (St Eunan’s Primary) and to promote global citizenship, outdoor learning and shared values (Oakgrove Primary).

What was the impact?

These examples demonstrate how learning for sustainability is increasing the confidence, skills and attainment of learners.

Video transcripts

Word file: Making links across the curriculum - St Eunan's Primary (18 KB)

Word file: Children's rights - St Eunan's Primary (807 KB)

Word file: Global citizenship - Oakgrove Primary (16 KB)

Word file: Learning for sustainability - Oakgrove Primary (17 KB)