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Learning for Sustainability

Learning for Sustainability

Scotland has a distinguished history and international reputation recognised by UNESCO and others for sustainable development education, global citizenship and outdoor learning, which are firmly embedded within Curriculum for Excellence. Learning for sustainability encompasses all of these themes and approaches and sets out recommendations to build on successful practice in Scotland. The approach being recommended complements the General Teaching Council Scotland's new Professional Standards which affirm the importance of values and learning for sustainability.

One Planet Schools Working Group

The One Planet Schools working group, chaired by Professor Peter Higgins from the University of Edinburgh, was established to provide strategic advice and direction to support the implementation of the manifesto commitment which states that: “We welcome proposals for the creation of One Planet schools, and will look at ways of developing this concept. This will include action to continue the development of professional standards around sustainability education and leadership within our schools on environmental issues”.

Learning for Sustainability Report

Learning for Sustainability - the report of the One Planet Schools Working Group, was published on 17 December 2012.  It defines Learning for Sustainability as:

"A whole school approach that enables the school and its wider community to build the values, attitudes, knowledge, skills and confidence needed to develop practices and take decisions which are compatible with a sustainable and equitable society".

Scottish Government Response to the Learning for Sustainability Report

In 2012 Scottish Ministers welcomed Learning for Sustainability - the report of the One Planet Schools Working Group and accepted all 31 recommendations, almost all in full.

Scottish Government Response

The Learning for sustainability Implementation Group has been established to drive forward the recommendations on behalf of the Scottish Government.

Learning for Sustainability Implementation Group

The role of the Implementation Group will be to drive forward the 31 recommendations of the Learning for Sustainability report and thereby support the implementation and development of Curriculum for Excellence. The group will be convened by the Scottish Government and will report progress to Scottish Ministers.

The Implementation Group met for the first time on Tuesday 25 February 2014.  The group will work closely with other national groups and wants to ensure that all interested parties have an opportunity to become involved.  A series of national conversation days will be held to help shape its work.


Terms of Reference

Meeting Notes

Agenda - Implementation Group Meeting - 16 May 2014

Conversation Days - open forums for individuals, partner organisations and networks to contribute to and collaboratively develop the work of the Implementation Group.