Learning for Sustainability

Learning for Sustainability (LfS), Scotland’s approach to sustainability education, is fairly unique internationally in the way it brings together global citizenship, sustainable development education and outdoor learning and aligns with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The word cloud below gives a flavour of some of the themes and approaches LfS encompasses across all forms of education but it is not exhaustive.

LfS is a key national priority in Scottish education, it is central to Curriculum for Excellence (Scotland’s national curriculum), woven throughout the General Teaching Council for Scotland(GTCS) professional standards, embedded within the self-evaluation process of How Good is Our Schools 4 (HGIOS4) and it should underpin initial teacher education. LfS is not solution-focused rather it emphasises an open-ended pedagogy encouraging transformative action-oriented approaches that aim to engage communities and develop kinship with the natural world. In essence it is an approach to life and learning, across all levels, focused on nurturing the values, skills and knowledges needed to develop a more socially-just, equitable and flourishing community, country and world for all. Given current world events and catastrophes this values-driven approach to education is needed now more than ever.

You can read more about LfS through the resources listed below. these are a mixture of my own (often co-authored) writing, and resources published by others.

Websites holding other resources:


Research into Action Briefings

*Briefings being updated early 2020