The Sustainable Schools strategy of the The Department for Children, Families and Schools (DCFS) aims to empower children to lead sustainable lives by teaching them the skills and behaviours needed to become part of the solution to the world's big challenges, rather than part of the problem.
Sustainable Schools are about helping young people and improving the communities and environments in which they live. By becoming sustainable, a school can save money, improve the health, fitness and emotional well being of its pupils, and contribute to local social and environmental goals.
What is a Sustainable School?
A Sustainable School prepares young people for a lifetime of sustainable living, through its teaching, fabric and its day-to-day practices.
It is guided by a commitment to care:
- care for ourselves (our health and well-being)
- care for others (across cultures, distances and generations)
- care for the planet (both locally and globally)
A Sustainable School puts a high value on the well-being of its pupils and the school environment. It is also a great place to learn, where pupils develop self-esteem and reach high standards of achievement.