Developing the knowledge, skills, competencies and agency to allow all young people to make sustainable informed choices in living and working is essential.  SEEd is concerned about effective practice and the practice to policy link.

Below you will find links to SEEd’s regular overview of the English policy landscape for ESD, a history of what has worked, think pieces, as well as the international scene through UNESCO and the SDGs. As a Key Global Partner with UNESCO we can provide you with updates and ideas from across the world. Do delve in and see why we are seen as leaders and innovators in ESD globally.

Click on any of these topics below to read more:

  • Overview of the English policy landscape for ESD
  • Our campaign to make learning for sustainability every students entitlement
  • A brief history of ESD in the UK
  • A case study of whole school approaches and the Sustainable Schools Alliance
  • A backgrounder on whole institutional approaches – the theory, and a generic model
  • Some policy examples in the devolved nations – Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
  • International research on ESD policy

The previous government wanted all schools to become sustainable  schools by 2020. This was an achievable and an apt goal that was unfortunately set aside by the new government in 2010.

It is with the aim of changing the law to have sustainability incorporated into the curriculum that SEEd is leading its first ever campaign. There has been much practice that has developed since the late 1980’s in pilots and in small-scale projects. The challenge is to help all educators with good practice and all young people to have access to this.

SEEd has run and been part of many stakeholder workshops on ESD Pedagogy and Curriculum and is developing programmes to take the work forward. In March 20th 2012, SEEd launched its Sustainability Curriculum project for teachers, educators, NGOs and others. This work has already been very successful but we want to take things further.

Climate change has already been made a part of the curriculum. This is a great and important step, however climate change is only a small part of sustainability and it is not sufficient to leave it at that. ESD encompasses not only environmental, but also social and economic issues, which is why ESD needs its own unique legal acknowledgement.

Read more about our campaign and our work with the SSA.