Driving school improvement through sustainable development.

The UK Government’s strategy (1998 -2010) for children and young people, The Children’s Plan, aims to “make this country the best place in the world for our children and young people to grow up” (DCSF, 2007).

This powerful vision sits alongside another visionary strategy, the UK Sustainable Development Strategy, Securing the Future, which aims to “enable all people throughout the world to satisfy their basic needs and enjoy a better quality if life, without compromising the quality of life of future generations”  (HMG, 2005).

Of course, the two visions are complementary: children cannot grow up into a stable and secure world unless we, as a country and as an international partner, find ways to improve our well-being without destroying our most precious resource, the planet. This is the context for the DCSF’s sustainable schools strategy.