Learning for Sustainability
Learning for Sustainability is an international and national priority in education.
The Professional Standards for Teachers are underpinned by Learning for Sustainability as a key cross-cutting theme.
This professional guide aims to help you understand your responsibility to embed Learning for Sustainability in your practice as part of a whole setting approach.
It also looks at ways to inspire and motivate learners to address the challenges of learning to live within the environmental limits of our planet and to build a just, equitable and peaceful society.
Learning for Sustainability and the Professional Standards for Scotland’s Teachers
This document outlines where Learning for Sustainability is mentioned across the Professional Standards.
Weaving a Learning for Sustainability ethos throughout your practice and the daily life of your setting and the community around it can help to enable children and young people to develop the skills, knowledge, values and confidence to thrive in our increasingly complex and challenging world.
Our world faces many social, environmental and economic challenges, and an effective, responsive and inclusive education system is vital if we are to address these.
Engaged, reflective, empowered and skilled teachers and learners acknowledge and understand Scotland’s place in the world, our history, our differences and diversity, our unique natural environment, and our culture based on social justice.
Scotland’s teachers help to embed sustainable and socially just practices in order to flourish as a nation.
The Professional Standards for Teachers actively support, embrace and promote the principles and practices of sustainability across all aspects.
Making a professional commitment to learning and learners that is compatible with the aspiration of achieving a sustainable and equitable world embodies what it is to be a teacher in Scotland.
In Scotland, Learning for Sustainability is an entitlement for learners. As such, it is a professional requirement for all teachers to demonstrate in your practice the professional values, skills, knowledge and understanding and actions that are compatible with a sustainable and equitable world, as part of an effective whole-school and community commitment.
Learning for Sustainability is inherently interdisciplinary and it offers rich potential for ‘joining the dots’ across educational strategies and curricular areas.
Embedding it in your practice as part of a whole-setting approach will enable meaningful, holistic, relevant, inclusive – and ultimately transformative – learning experiences for you and your learners.
Learning for Sustainability has been embedded within the Standard for Headship to support headteachers in actively embracing a robust, demonstrable ‘whole-school’ approach to Learning for Sustainability.
This is enabled by headteachers establishing and modeling a coherent, progressive and holistic Learning for Sustainability vision and ethos that supports planning across the curriculum, professional learning and collegial practice.
Learning for sustainability microsite for Higher Education Institutions
This tool aims to help teacher educations to engage with and reflect on Professional Values and Learning for Sustainability