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Sustainability and climate change strategy for the education and children's services systems. (England).

The strategy outlines the government's response to climate change and schools, It includes the Natural History GCSE; setting up a National Education Nature Park website and the launch of a Climate Leaders Award. There will be Carbon Literacy training for every school’s sustainability lead and there was a pledge to improve services for young people to access green jobs. Decarbonisation funds are now to go through BIES and energy pods are to be trialled. 
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UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development: a declaration

The Berlin Declaration for Education for Sustainable Development calls on UNESCO and all the networks to which it is connected to urgently deliver promote and deliver ESD. To read the declaration click here.

Understanding Environmental Education in Secondary schools. Report 1: Perspectives from policy. 2018

Glackin and King's research gives insight into how environmental education fits into secondary school. To read the report click here.

Understanding Environmental Education in Secondary Schools. Report 2: The practitioners perspective. 2018

Glackin and King's second report focuses on how environmental education fits into secondary school practice. For the report click here.

Sustainability in Education Report 2017

This is the third annual ‘Sustainability in Education’ report from the National Union of Students (NUS), Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC), University and College Union (UCU), Association of Colleges (AoC) and the College Development Network (CDN). To read the report click here.

MEEN's Four Nations Education for Sustainability Report

Following our Four Nation conference in 2017 MEEN wrote a report condensing our findings from Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and England. To read the report click here.

UNESCO Good practice in Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in the UK: Case Studies

Launched at MEEN's Four Nations Conference this set of 2017 case studies illustrates how ESD has been developing in formal education, community settings and the private sector.
Case studies

UNESCO: Brief 9 ESD report for the UK

This 2013 report highlights the variance in approaches to ESD from the various countries in the United Kingdom.
Brief 9 ESD


Their 2010 report 'To Sustainability and Beyond' focused on the inspection and reporting aspects of sustainability in schools.
To Sustainability and Beyond

This followed Education for Sustainable Development Improving schools - improving lives, their 2009 study reporting on the difference the agenda made to 14 schools.
Education for Sustainable Development


The Road to Zero Carbon is the final report of the Zero Carbon Task Force from 2010 which describes the way, and the challenges, facing the creation of zero carbon schools.
The Road to Zero Carbon

Church of England

This is the Church of England's seven-year plan to make its buildings and schools sustainable by 2016.
Church and Earth 2009 - 2016

The Institute of Education, the University of Reading

Working with WWF Dr Chris Gayford delivers a report based on a three-year longitudinal study of 15 schools from June 2005 to June 2008.
Learning for Sustainability: from the pupils' perspective

The National College for School Leadership

Teaming up with WWF the National College produced a report 'Leading Sustainable Schools' in an attempt to identify the skills and qualities needed by school leaders to support their schools in becoming more sustainable.
'Leading Sustainable Schools'

Natural Connections

This major project run by Plymouth University involves schools from the South West and London. These reports reveal some of their early findings.
School Leader and Teacher Insights into Learning Outside the Classroom in Natural Environments 
Developing Sustainable Volunteering within the Natural Connections Demonstration Project
Natural Connections Demonstration Project Final Report


The RSPB report 'Connecting with Nature' asks what does having a 'connection to nature' really mean and provides a 'Connection to nature questionnaire' for 8 - 12 year olds to help record changes with individual children.
Connecting with Nature.

The National Trust

On behalf of the National Trust, Stephen Moss produced 'Natural Childhood' which examines Nature Deficit Disorder. It looks at what this disorder is costing us, why it's proving so difficult to reverse, and gathers current thinking on what we must do to reverse the trend.
Natural Childhood

The National Trust 

Reconnecting Children with Nature: The findings of the Natural Childhood Inquiry.
This report outlines the findings from an inquiry which involved academics, schools and the public.

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