How to make sustainability a strategic priority for your school or trust

Help your school or trust do all it can to tackle climate change by embedding environmental sustainability into its vision, strategy and practice. Know how to get the ball rolling on sustainability, monitor your school or trust's practice, and ensure your whole school community has the chance to get involved.

Last reviewed on 14 December 2022
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Contents
  1. Why your school or trust should act on sustainability now
  2. How to start the conversation about sustainability
  3. Find out how sustainable your current practice is 
  4. Put sustainability at the heart of your vision and values
  5. Turn your vision into a strategy
  6. Monitor progress

Why your school or trust should act on sustainability now

In April 2022, the Department for Education (DfE) published its strategy to improve sustainability in schools. While the DfE hasn't imposed any reporting requirements on schools yet, its strategy may ultimately have an impact on things like your curriculum, school premises and procurement processes. 

Be prepared for these future changes early on by embedding sustainability into your school or trust's practices. With rising costs and budgetary restraints, thinking carefully about your energy usage and how to raise climate awareness will no doubt also help you save money in the long run.

Don't worry if your board is only starting out on this - below you'll find a comprehensive guide on what you need to know and do to embed sustainability in your school or trust's practice.

First of all, you need to get buy-in from your chair and your

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