Learning for Sustainability

Sponsored by Caledonia Play

The Scottish Education Awards recognise early learning and childcare settings and schoolsthat have developed a vibrant and progressive culture and climate of continuous innovation.

The culture and ethos should promote respect, ambition and achievement while improving outcomes for all learners in ways which eliminate inequity.

For your nomination to be considered, you are required to respond to the statement above and in detail to the following questions. This should include practical activities and projects your educational setting has undertaken, detailing the impact these strategies have had on pupils, staff, parents and the community.

  • How has your educational setting made connections between the different aspects of learning for sustainability (sustainable development education, international education, education for citizenship, global citizenship, outdoor learning, children's rights and play) to support the development of a coherent whole educational setting approach?
  • How has the educational setting embedded learning for sustainability issues within and across the four contexts for learning – the ethos and life of the school community, curriculum areas and subjects, interdisciplinary learning and opportunities for personal achievement?
  • In what ways have learners, staff and other members of the educational setting community been given an opportunity to engage in learning for sustainability issues and to contribute to a coherent whole educational setting approach by taking on responsibilities, demonstrating leadership and participating effectively in decision-making?
  • How have you developed effective community partnerships (e.g. with parents, Parent Council, community services, charities and voluntary groups) to support learning and provide learners with opportunities to develop skills and connect with their communities as active citizens?
  • How have you developed your buildings and grounds to support learning, reduce your educational setting’s global footprint and provide opportunities for young people to interact with the natural world and the places where they live through outdoor learning?

  • What are the outcomes of these approaches in terms of impact on:

  • children and young people
  • the whole school or setting community;
  • the wider community?