A summary of learning for sustainability resources

Published 13/11/2018.  Last updated 17/06/2024
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Learning for Sustainability (LfS) is an approach to life and learning which enables learners, educators, schools and their wider communities to build a socially-just, sustainable and equitable society. An effective whole school and community approach to LfS weaves together global citizenship, sustainable development education and outdoor learning to create coherent, rewarding and transformative learning experiences.

LfS is an entitlement for all learners within Curriculum for Excellence. LfS is embedded within the General Teaching Council of Scotland Professional Standards for practitioners and permeates How good is our school? [Fourth edition]. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals are central to Scotland’s national vision and are at the heart of the Scottish Government’s National Performance Framework.

Target 2030: Scotland’s Learning for Sustainability Action Plan

The refreshed Learning for Sustainability Action Plan places sustainability at the centre of the Scottish education system. The new plan includes an ambitious commitment to ensure that every school and early learning setting in Scotland will be sustainable by 2030. Further actions in the new plan include development of new LfS related qualifications, commitments to outdoor learning, setting up a new online LfS portal, establishing a LfS Mentor Network for educators and a children and young people LfS Leadership Group.

Launching the strategy at Grove Academy in Dundee, Education Secretary Jenny Gilruth said:

“Perhaps more than any other group, our children and young people recognise the importance of climate and social justice. The new Target 2030 ambition within the strategy is about placing sustainability at the heart of the education system, revolutionising what and how students learn. This strategy is about building a powerful movement for change. I look forward to seeing how children, young people, learners and educators embrace this new strategy and how the Scottish education system changes to meet the challenges of tomorrow as a result of this inspirational work.”

Consultation reports

Scottish government have asked the Children’s Parliament to support participation in the implementation of the new guidelines.

Research from the University of Dundee looks into the understanding and implementation of Learning for Sustainability amongst young people aged 14 and older.

Join the conversation

Help us to make learning for sustainability part of everyday learning for everyone. You can join the conversation by:

Early years

Hope Cottage Nursery helps to secure glitter ban across authority

Westercraigs Nursery School (LfS Award - Winners)

Learning outdoors with confidence: Newmains Family Learning Centre, North Lanarkshire

Science across the school – early level at Strathallan Primary School, Fife

Building the ambition at Cowgate Under 5s Centre, City of Edinburgh

Developing nurturing relationships in the early years, Dundee

Primary

Dunblane Primary School (LfS Award - Winners)

Stow Primary School (LfS Award - Winners)

North Rhins Partnership Schools (LfS Awards - Highly commended)

LfS in action: St Eunan’s Primary School, West Dunbartonshire and Oakgrove Primary School, Glasgow

LfS through food: St Eunan’s Primary School, West Dunbartonshire

Distributed leadership: Shortlees Primary School, East Ayrshire

Outdoor Learning as a context and an approach for learning: Middleton Park School, Aberdeen City

Cycle Co-operative, East Dunbartonshire

Better Eating, Better Learning: St Joseph’s Primary School, East Renfrewshire

Secondary

St Ninian’s High School (LfS Award - Winners)

Renfrew High School (LfS Awards - Highly commended)

Stirling High School (LfS Award - Winners)

International partnerships: Bannerman High School, Glasgow

Additional support needs (ASN)

Supporting young learners with ASN through outdoor learning

Community learning and development (CLD)

The Intergenerational Forget Me Not Gardening Group (LfS Award - Winners)

Glasgow Science Centre (LfS Award - Winners)

St Paul’s Youth Forum (LfS Awards - Highly commended)

North Lanarkshire Youth Climate Ambassadors (LfS Awards - Highly commended)

Family Fresh Air Club, Dundee

Around the World in a Week: Barrhead, East Renfrewshire

A summary of learning for sustainability resources

Published 13/11/2018.  Last updated 17/06/2024
sourceLearning resources schoolHealth and Wellbeing (HWB) categoryGaelic categoryLearning for Sustainability (LfS) categoryOutdoor learning

Learning for Sustainability (LfS) is an approach to life and learning which enables learners, educators, schools and their wider communities to build a socially-just, sustainable and equitable society. An effective whole school and community approach to LfS weaves together global citizenship, sustainable development education and outdoor learning to create coherent, rewarding and transformative learning experiences.

LfS is an entitlement for all learners within Curriculum for Excellence. LfS is embedded within the General Teaching Council of Scotland Professional Standards for practitioners and permeates How good is our school? [Fourth edition]. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals are central to Scotland’s national vision and are at the heart of the Scottish Government’s National Performance Framework.

Target 2030: Scotland’s Learning for Sustainability Action Plan

The refreshed Learning for Sustainability Action Plan places sustainability at the centre of the Scottish education system. The new plan includes an ambitious commitment to ensure that every school and early learning setting in Scotland will be sustainable by 2030. Further actions in the new plan include development of new LfS related qualifications, commitments to outdoor learning, setting up a new online LfS portal, establishing a LfS Mentor Network for educators and a children and young people LfS Leadership Group.

Launching the strategy at Grove Academy in Dundee, Education Secretary Jenny Gilruth said:

“Perhaps more than any other group, our children and young people recognise the importance of climate and social justice. The new Target 2030 ambition within the strategy is about placing sustainability at the heart of the education system, revolutionising what and how students learn. This strategy is about building a powerful movement for change. I look forward to seeing how children, young people, learners and educators embrace this new strategy and how the Scottish education system changes to meet the challenges of tomorrow as a result of this inspirational work.”

Consultation reports

Scottish government have asked the Children’s Parliament to support participation in the implementation of the new guidelines.

Research from the University of Dundee looks into the understanding and implementation of Learning for Sustainability amongst young people aged 14 and older.

Join the conversation

Help us to make learning for sustainability part of everyday learning for everyone. You can join the conversation by:

Early years

Hope Cottage Nursery helps to secure glitter ban across authority

Westercraigs Nursery School (LfS Award - Winners)

Learning outdoors with confidence: Newmains Family Learning Centre, North Lanarkshire

Science across the school – early level at Strathallan Primary School, Fife

Building the ambition at Cowgate Under 5s Centre, City of Edinburgh

Developing nurturing relationships in the early years, Dundee

Primary

Dunblane Primary School (LfS Award - Winners)

Stow Primary School (LfS Award - Winners)

North Rhins Partnership Schools (LfS Awards - Highly commended)

LfS in action: St Eunan’s Primary School, West Dunbartonshire and Oakgrove Primary School, Glasgow

LfS through food: St Eunan’s Primary School, West Dunbartonshire

Distributed leadership: Shortlees Primary School, East Ayrshire

Outdoor Learning as a context and an approach for learning: Middleton Park School, Aberdeen City

Cycle Co-operative, East Dunbartonshire

Better Eating, Better Learning: St Joseph’s Primary School, East Renfrewshire

Secondary

St Ninian’s High School (LfS Award - Winners)

Renfrew High School (LfS Awards - Highly commended)

Stirling High School (LfS Award - Winners)

International partnerships: Bannerman High School, Glasgow

Additional support needs (ASN)

Supporting young learners with ASN through outdoor learning

Community learning and development (CLD)

The Intergenerational Forget Me Not Gardening Group (LfS Award - Winners)

Glasgow Science Centre (LfS Award - Winners)

St Paul’s Youth Forum (LfS Awards - Highly commended)

North Lanarkshire Youth Climate Ambassadors (LfS Awards - Highly commended)

Family Fresh Air Club, Dundee

Around the World in a Week: Barrhead, East Renfrewshire