Learning for Sustainability Award

The Scottish Education Awards recognise early learning and childcare settings and schools that 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.

This award recognises the achievements of educational settings who have made connections between all of the different aspects of learning for sustainability to support the development of a coherent whole educational setting approach.

Please give careful thought to the points below before submitting your nomination. It is important that you provide as much detail as you can to give a good account of the practical activities and programmes you are supporting in relation to this award category. You should also answer each question fully as the scoring criteria for the awards are based on these questions. Bullet points and concise sentences are acceptable.

To nominate in the Learning for Sustainability Award please click here.

When submitting your nomination form please consider the following when answering the questions.


1. Please provide detail about all the activities, programmes and creative approaches you are taking forward in your setting in relation to this award category. How are these being embedded across the four contexts for learning? (Max 600 words)

For this award you may wish to include additional details about the following:

  • How has your educational setting made connections between all of 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 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?

2. How are you promoting equity, equality, diversity and inclusion in relation to this award category? (Max 300 words)

3. What impact are your approaches having on learners, staff, their families, partner organisations, other educational establishments and the wider community? What evidence do you have to support this? (Max 300 words)

For this award you may wish to include additional details about the following:

  • 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?

Please be aware this award is for establishments only, not for individuals. You may wish to consider other awards categories if you wish to nominate a particular individual.