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Climate change

Strategy for education settings

Department for Education (DfE) policy is that all education settings must have sustainability leadership and climate action plans by 2025.

Sustainability and climate change strategy for education and children’s services | GOV.UK

Sustainability leadership

This team develops and implements the climate action plan. They should be a diverse group of passionate individuals. The team should include operational and educational staff, to bring a range of expertise.  

Sustainability Lead Forum

The forum is open to the sustainability leadership team and anyone interested in climate change.

To support you, we send regular email updates and host meetings to:

  • share best practice
  • discuss funding opportunities
  • develop networks in your local school community

If you would like to be part of this forum, email CS.ClimateChange@eastsussex.gov.uk 

Climate action plan

The education setting or trust must have a climate action plan. This is a detailed plan to begin, or progress, sustainability initiatives. 

The climate action plan should cover four areas: 

  • Decarbonisation 
  • Adaption and resilience 
  • Biodiversity
  • Climate education and green careers

Council strategy

Children’s Services has a climate change strategy.

School premises represent 55% of the Council’s total emissions from buildings. The strategy focuses on school buildings and the way schools use them.

It also covers:

  • potential impacts on the curriculum
  • developing green skills
  • increased biodiversity
  • connection with nature
  • school travel and behaviour change in families

To support education settings, we've compiled a list of climate change teaching resources.

For more on the strategy or to join the Sustainability Lead Forum, email CS.ClimateChange@eastsussex.gov.uk



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