Whole Institution Approach to Sustainability


SEEd enables individuals, schools and other institutions to have access to practice, evidence and thinking in sustainability education so that they can create their own effective and lasting programmes. SEEd has been at the forefront of promoting Whole School Approaches, leading alliances to support this work, and have enabled (through dissemination or workshops) other countries to adapt their own Whole Institution frameworks, such as Canada, Australia, Mexico, Columbia, Cyprus, Japan, Brazil, and Greece. The evidence shows whole school approaches to sustainability deliver increased student engagement, better learning outcomes across all subjects, more motivated students, support for the school from the wider community, and a sustained programme. 

As part of our role as Key Partners with UNESCO, we have developed a backgrounder document on Whole School Approaches which you can view here

Our new programme is based on a successful model that allows schools to feel supported, and develop creative new ways of engaging their whole school.

The key features are:

  • 2 leaders from each school (one would ideally be a senior manager) will be part of the programme;
  • start-up workshop on whole school approaches;
  • each school develops their own goal and an action plan;
  • each school will start wherever they can using an appreciative inquiry approach;
  • resources to enable each school to bring their whole school together on the project will be provided including support from the Sustainable Schools Alliance;
  • termly meetings of the school network to assess progress and provide support;
  •  a dedicated coordinator to respond to questions and needs from the network;
  • training offers as required (additional cost);
  • local school networks developed based on each lead school;
  • whole school monitoring as part of school development plans and reporting;
  • support for impact analysis;
  • a final evaluation day and celebration at the end of the year;
  • results reported as part of the UNESCO Global Action Programme and SDG4 (global recognition);
  • a new cohort of 10 schools will start in each year in a different region so that the network grows and peer to peer learning can take place

If your school is interested in signing up to be a part of this programme, please contact admin@se-ed.org.uk.