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Supporting schools on their sustainability journey

The following resources are intended for teachers working at Key Stages 2 and Key Stage 3, student teachers, eco-leaders and headteachers who have an interest in creating more sustainable schools.

They explore the need for, and the nature of, a more sustainable society and the role that education has to play in its creation. In particular they focuses on the nature of sustainable schools and the crucial role they have to play in preparing young people for a future that will be very different from today. These resources will be of value to those who are already interested in such questions but also to those who may not have considered such questions before.

It's great to have these resources to support our wider Eco Schools work and our Journey to achieving our Green Flag.

Stockbridge Primary School, Edinburgh
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Sustainable Schools, Sustainable Futures

This practical book for teachers working at Key Stage 2/3 (Second and Third Levels in Scotland). Sustainable Schools, Sustainable Futures sets out the need for, and the nature of, a more sustainable future and the ways in which this can be both explored and realised in schools.

In particular, it focuses on the nature of sustainable schools and the crucial role they have to play in preparing young people for a future that will be very different from today.

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Learning for sustainability: from the pupils’ perspective

This report captures a three-year longitudinal study (June 2005 - June 2008) of 15 schools identified for their expressed commitment to learning for sustainability.

The report is set against a background of interest shown by government departments and other agencies, both statutory and non-statutory, at the time. Some details are provided about the sample schools - and the methodology used - and is followed by a more extensive and detailed list of the findings and an outline of the suggested progression shown by pupils with regard to their understanding of concepts and the development of related process skills and abilities.

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It has been a real privilege to get involved and to see children not only interested, but excited by the prospect of being able to do something themselves.

Ms. Harper, The Kingsley School

PATHWAYS

Pathways is a guide for schools who want to develop a whole school approach to sustainability. It provides a set of flexible activities to help engage the school community in charting their own sustainability journey from understanding what sustainability means to planning and delivering environmental projects, and evaluating success.

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LINKINGTHINKING

Linkingthinking is a flexible, modular suite of teaching and learning resources designed to help educators introduce 'systems thinking' into their learning approaches.

You do not have to know anything about systems thinking beforehand to benefit from these materials. The Linkingthinking Series was written as an introduction to systems thinking, to help educators and students develop their own latent abilities to think relationally.

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ONE SCHOOL AT A TIME

A collection of school case studies charting some of the inspirational work undertaken by schools across the UK to make their schools more sustainable. They range from small rural schools to large, inner-city schools and from infant and nursery to secondary and special schools.

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