Heriot’s Definition of Sustainability

As a sustainable school we prepare young people for a lifetime of sustainable living. We demonstrate our commitment to care through positive action.

Care has three aspects

  • Care for oneself (our health and well-being)
  • Care for each other (across cultures, distances and generations)
  • Care for the environment (both locally and globally)

At Heriot’s every member of the community is valued and encouraged to play their part in enhancing and protecting our world for future generations.

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What is Learning for Sustainability?

Learning for Sustainability is a Scotland-wide approach to learning, life and work. Our whole school approach aims to be robust, demonstrable, evaluated and supported by all. Much research has been conducted over recent years to demonstrate that learning about key themes such as social justice, rights, participation and environmental issues leads to improved outcomes for wellbeing and attainment.

Learning for Sustainability word cloud

The Global Goals for Sustainable Development

The Global Goals have been introduced to the world. A 17-point plan to end poverty, combat climate change and fight injustice and inequality. The Global Goals are the biggest attempt in the history of the human race to make the world a better place.

A plan that 193 governments have agreed, a plan that the world wants and needs. A plan backed by leading business and organisations. A to-do-list for the planet that will only be achieved if everyone plays their part.

Scotland was the first country to sign up to the Global Goals for Sustainable Development. Much work is being carried out in the school to raise awareness of the 17 Goals and to promote positive action.

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For example, the Junior School Rights Respecting Schools group have delivered several assemblies to promote engagement with the goals and awareness of issues such as poverty, gender inequality and environmental destruction. They will visit classes for the rest of the session, focusing learning around Global Goal 3 – Good Health and Wellbeing – as voted for by the school community.

Click on an image below to view members of the Junior School Rights Respecting Schools Steering Group, and members of the school community showing their support for the Global Goals. Click on the arrows to move between images.


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