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Terms of Reference One Planet Schools



 Terms of reference


1.The One Planet Schools Working Group will provide strategic advice and direction to support the implementation of the 2011 manifesto commitment 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”.

2.One Planet Schools brings together sustainable development, global citizenship education and outdoor learning and is intended to help deliver priorities including raising attainment, improving behaviour, inclusion and health and wellbeing.  The group will consider the content and recommendations in the WWF briefing paper on One Planet Schools, which was written in consultation with a number of partners including some of the members of the Working Group.

3.Members will discuss and engage on key issues and ideas to inform progress, promote a co-ordinated approach and influence practice and outcomes.  The group will focus primarily on how best to support the development of whole school approaches to sustainability in schools and enable a sharper, more coherent approach within the context of Curriculum for Excellence.  

4.The group will also give consideration to the work undertaken as part of the Scottish Government’s work on the second half of the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development Learning for Change. The Schools section of the publication contained 15 actions, all of which are relevant to One Planet Schools.  

5. The group will include representation from practitioners, stakeholders and Education Scotland.  

6.The group will have 3 meetings in the 2011/12 school year and a final one early in the new school year. Consideration will be given at that time to whether there is a requirement to continue the group to support the Schools actions for the UNDESD, which finishes in 2014.