Overview

“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” Education Scotland

Key strategic information

 

International The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, United Nations, 2015 https://www.globalgoals.org/
The Division for Sustainable Development Goals (DSDG) in the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, UNDESA, https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/?menu=1300
National Scottish Government National Performance Framework, Scottish Government, 2018 https://nationalperformance.gov.scot/
Educational strategy Learning for Sustainability Action Plan, Scottish Government, 2019 https://education.gov.scot/improvement/Documents/LearningforSustainability-Vision2030ActionPlan.pdf
Vision 2030+; Concluding Report of the Learning for Sustainability National Implementation Group, Education Scotland, 2016. https://education.gov.scot/improvement/Documents/res1-vision-2030.pdf

 

Scottish Government response to the Report of the One Planet Schools Working Group, Scottish Government, 2013 https://education.gov.scot/improvement/Documents/One-planet-schools-report-learning-for-sustainability.pdf

 

Learning for Sustainability: the Report of the One Planet Schools Working Group, One Planet Schools Working Group, 2012 http://www.gov.scot/resource/0041/00416172.docx
Learning for Sustainability in key educational policies 2019 National Improvement Framework, Scottish Government, 2018 https://www.gov.scot/publications/2019-national-improvement-framework-improvement-plan/
How Good is Our School? (Fourth Edition), Education Scotland, 2015 https://education.gov.scot/improvement/self-evaluation/HGIOS4
How Good is Our Early Learning and Childcare? Education Scotland, 2016 https://education.gov.scot/improvement/Documents/Frameworks_SelfEvaluation/FRWK1_NIHeditSelf-evaluationHGIELC/HGIOELC020316Revised.pdf
General Teaching Council for Scotland Professional Standards, GTC Scotland, 2013 https://www.gtcs.org.uk/professional-standards/learning-for-sustainability.aspx
Scottish Qualifications Authority: Learning for Sustainability, Scottish Qualifications Authority, 2013 https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/80093.html
Developing the Young Workforce, Scottish Government, 2014 https://education.gov.scot/improvement/learning-resources/a-summary-of-developing-the-young-workforce-dyw-resources/
STEM Education and Training Strategy, Scottish Government, 2017 https://education.gov.scot/improvement/learning-resources/a-summary-of-stem-resources/
Getting it Right for Every Child, Scottish Government, 2006 https://www.gov.scot/policies/girfec/
Building better schools: investing in Scotland’s future, Scottish Government, 2009 https://www.gov.scot/publications/building-better-schools-investing-scotlands-future/
Scotland’s Outdoor Play and Learning Coalition Position Statement, Inspiring Scotland et al, 2018 http://www.playscotland.org/wp-content/uploads/Scotland’s-Outdoor-Play-based-Learning-Coalition-Position-Statement.pdf

 

Key resources

 

A summary of Learning for Sustainability Resources, Education Scotland, 2018 https://education.gov.scot/improvement/learning-resources/a-summary-of-learning-for-sustainability-resources/
Opening Up Great Learning – Learning for Sustainability, Education Scotland, 2015 https://education.gov.scot/improvement/practice-exemplars/opening-up-great-learning-learning-for-sustainability
Conversations about Learning for Sustainability, Education Scotland, 2014 https://education.gov.scot/improvement/practice-exemplars/conversations-about-learning-for-sustainability
A whole-setting and community approach to Learning for Sustainability: evaluation framework, Education Scotland, 2015 https://education.gov.scot/improvement/self-evaluation/whole-school-and-community-approach-to-learning-for-sustainability-lfs-self-evaluation-and-improvement-framework
#ThisisLfS; case studies from Scottish schools: Learning for Sustainability Scotland, 2018 http://learningforsustainabilityscotland.org/bulletin-resources/
Climate change in Scottish Education, Education Scotland, 2019 https://education.gov.scot/improvement/self-evaluation/climate-change-in-scottish-education
Improving Gender Balance and Equalities, Education Scotland, 2019 https://education.gov.scot/improvement/learning-resources/improving-gender-balance-3-18/
Policy briefings: Learning for Sustainability and Outdoor Learning Moray House School of Education and Sport/Learning for Sustainability Scotland, 2018 https://blogs.glowscotland.org.uk/glowblogs/lfsblog/2018/01/08/policy-briefings-learning-for-sustainability-and-outdoor-learning/
Out to Play: creating outdoor play experiences for children: practical guidance, Scottish Government, 2018 https://www.gov.scot/publications/out-play-practical-guidance-creating-outdoor-play-experiences-children/