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Climate Change in Scottish Education

What is this?

The Scottish Government Climate Change Plan sets out how our nation will move towards a low carbon economy.

Who is this for?

This briefing is for practitioners, policy-makers and decision-makers and all those with an interest in climate change and Learning for Sustainability.

The Scottish curriculum, and education system, also have a crucial role to play and provide learners with many opportunities to develop the skills, capabilities, attributes, knowledge, motivation and behaviours to live sustainable lifestyles as informed and committed global citizens. Principally, Learning for Sustainability is an entitlement for all learners within Scotland's curriculum and all education practitioners are expected to reflect the principles of Learning for Sustainability within their practice as set out in the Vision 2030+ Report and the General Teaching Council of Scotland Professional Standards.

How to use this resource

The briefing attached provides a summary of how the theme of climate change is addressed in:

  1. national education policy
  2. professional learning and leadership
  3. the management of schools: school buildings, grounds and policies
  4. curriculum provision (curriculum content, learning and teaching, qualifications)


PDF file: Climate Change in Scottish Education Briefing - August 2019 (509 KB)