Sustainable Schools


The Government would like every school to be a sustainable school by 2020. A sustainable school prepares young people for a lifetime of sustainable living, through its teaching, its fabric and its day-to-day practices. It is guided by a commitment to care: 

Sustainable development can build coherence among a range of initiatives and school practices. It offers schools a bigger picture in which to join up their work on a range of policies and initiatives, such as Every Child Matters, school travel planning, healthy living, school food, extended services, citizenship and learning outside the classroom.

The National Framework for Sustainable Schools has been established by the Government to help schools understand what they need to do to achieve this aim.

The framework is presented in the form of ‘doorways’ (sustainability themes), of which there are eight, are discrete entry points or places where schools can establish or develop their sustainability practices. 

The intent is for Schools to deliver on the following areas:

Farming For All provides external services and activities that support a number of the "Sustainable Schools Doorways" and works with schools to enable them to be model providers especially in the areas of "Food and drink", "Energy and Water", "Purchasing and Waste" and "Inclusion and participation" for fully able children and for those with special educational needs.

To see in more detail the activities available and how we can work with a school to help deliver extended services that enable children to fulfil their potential in an inclusive and supportive way have a look at our dedicated Sustainable Schools support area
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