The General Teaching Council for Scotland

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17 Jan 2017

#1minPL - Learning for Sustainability – How?

Charlaine SimpsonCharlaine Simpson, Senior Education Officer

Learning for Sustainability is '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 world.' (Learning for Sustainability, The report of the One Planet Schools Group, 2012)

Professional Values are at the core of the Professional Standards. The educational experiences of all our learners are shaped by the values and dispositions of all those who educate them. Values are complex and are the ideals by which we shape our practice as professionals. Starting with us as individuals, values extend to all those for whom we are responsible and to the world in which we live.

Professional Values and Personal Commitment in the context of Learning for Sustainability means…

  • Embracing locally and globally the educational and social values of sustainability, equality and justice and recognising the rights and responsibilities of future as well as current generations.
  • Committing to the principles of democracy and social justice through fair, transparent, inclusive and sustainable policies and practices in relation to: age, disability, gender and gender identity, race, ethnicity, religion and belief and sexual orientation.
  • Valuing as well as respecting social, cultural and ecological diversity and promoting the principles and practices of local and global citizenship for all learners.
  • Demonstrating a commitment to engaging learners in real world issues to enhance learning experiences and outcomes, and to encourage learning our way to a better future.
  • Respecting the rights of all learners as outlined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and their entitlement to be included in decisions regarding their learning experiences and to have all aspects of their well-being developed and supported.

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Learning for Sustainability