Education for Sustainable Development

5161 WordsOct 5, 201021 Pages
Education for Sustainable development – strategies for School Improvement Investigation of strategies for education for sustainable development and School improvement. 1. Introduction a. Rationale The Department for Children Schools and Families (DCSF) would like all schools to be sustainable by 2020 and to prepare students for a lifetime of sustainable living through its teaching, its fabric and its day to day activities. It is guided by a commitment to care for oneself, for each other and for the environment itself. Sustainable development can build coherence amongst a variety of initiatives and school practises it offers schools a bigger picture in which to join up their work on a range of policies and initiatives such as…show more content…
The national curriculum requires schools for the first time, to treat environmental education as one of the five cross-curricular themes. It is not as statutory subject but is seen as part of every pupil’s entitlement at all key stages. Hence, it is the responsibility of schools to deliver a coherent programme for environmental education which should permeate all aspects of the school’s life. While the inclusion of environmental education in the formal education system can be considered as a step forward, many have questioned its place in the National Curriculum and the nature of environmental education that will be taught. This will be based on a study in the Douay Martyrs School. It will investigate pupils’ awareness of environmental issues in the school as well as problems that might be encountered when some of the dictums of implementing successful environmental education are put into practise. The place of environmental education, as it is in the National Curriculum as well as the possible effects on teachers in teaching education for sustainable development and the issues faced in achieving government standards by 2020 examined. The investigation will look at the view of the school at all levels and look at strategies in place elsewhere and how they apply to the Douay Martyrs School in preparing for sustainable future. The impacts will be highlighted and discussed. Given that the national curriculum has to
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