Support mechanisms

Programmes for sustainable schools

A diverse range of programmes have been initiated by both public and private organisations to promote different aspects of sustainability, some of the programmes are described as follows:

Programme Content

Every Child Matters

Every Child Matters is a shared programme of change to improve outcomes for all children and young people. It takes forward the Government's vision of radical reform for children, young people and families.


Eco-Schools is a programme for environmental management and certification, designed to implement sustainable development education in schools by encouraging children and youth to take an active role in how their school can be run for the benefit of the environment.

Growing Schools

Growing Schools aims to give all children the opportunity to connect with the living environment, whether it is an inner city window box, a school veg plot or a natural woodland. Interacting with living plants and animals provides a very rich, hands-on learning experience in which both formal and informal education can flourish.

Healthy Schools

The Healthy Schools Programme (NHSP) is a joint initiative between DCSF and Department of Health (DH) - which promotes a whole school/whole child approach to health.The Programme has existed since 1999. It is recognised as a key delivery mechanism in the Children’s Plan and in Healthy Weight, Healthy Lives – 21st Century White Paper reference.

school travel plans

A school travel advisers toolkit has been jointly produce by DfT and DfES to help develop a strategic approach to school travel issues. It promotes the use of walking, cycling and public transport to reduce car dependency for journeys to school.

Learning Outside the Classroom

The Learning Outside the Classroom Manifesto sets out a vision to enable every young person to experience the world beyond the classroom as an essential part of their learning and personal development. The manifesto brings together a coalition of organisations to support schools and others in providing these valuable opportunities.

Global Gateway

The Global Gateway is a website to help teachers around the world become confident in all aspects of international work in schools. The International School Award (ISA) is an accreditation scheme for curriculum-based international work in schools and is now an integral part of the new Global Gateway.


WLGA - CLILC Llywodraeth Cynulliad Cymru / Welsh Assembly Government