Part of how we support the sector’s adoption of education for sustainable development (ESD) is by providing specialist support that helps equip and enable those who work in the Further Education and Training sector to delivery high quality, impactful ESD.
Our portfolio of resources and tools is constantly developing – we prioritise based on sector demand. If there’s something that you’re looking for, that you can’t find on this page, do get in touch.
Series of six sessions for teachers, trainers, and tutors across the FE and Training sector seeking to embed sustainability into their practice. Book your place now for these online sessions starting 27 September.
A collection of resources for ESOL practitioners for a wide range of learners and lesson types that has been developed and tested by ESOL practitioners. These were commissioned by the ETF, delivered by HOLEX and developed by Manchester Adult Education Service, Idea Store at Tower Hamlets Council and Westminster Adult Education Service.
An introduction to the core concepts of ESD and to help you recognise and develop effective governance practices that create whole-organisation approaches to ESD. Primarily for governors and governance professionals working in colleges but also relevant to governors in other FE and training providers. (Module C12 in the GDP).
This one-hour session, with accompanying resources, introduces ESD and how it is relevant to your classrooms, as well as how to develop effective teaching objectives and approaches that prepare learners to develop ESD outcomes aligned with their current values and beliefs.
Note: SET Membership is required to access this resource
This guide introduces educators, teachers, trainers and tutors to the links between their subject area and sustainable development. Explore appropriate content you could bring to your teaching and learning practice.
A list of the explicitly sustainability related qualifications that exist should FE and Training providers want to add additional courses to their portfolio.
A tool to help teams, departments and organisations map their current and future ESD practice in the formal curriculum.
Part of our ETF approach to work collaboratively with others from across the sector to create a more enabling environment for ESD. Therefore, as well as our own resources we recommend the following reports and tools that complement our own.
Sustainability as a subject matter is broad and complex. Understanding the complexity and interconnectedness of sustainability issues and systems and how they relate to individuals, organisations and society is challenging, especially with rapidly changing science, technological innovations, and different political approaches to solving sustainability challenges.
As a result, we recognise that many who work in the FE and Training sector aren’t confident in their sustainability knowledge. We’ve provided some signposts below to help enhance knowledge of the broad issues relating to sustainability. This content won’t be completely relevant to all roles and subject specialisms, but it’s intended to help build knowledge of the fundamentals of sustainability.
Developed by the Climate Commission for UK Higher and Further Education and Nous Group, this resource provides clear actions and guidance on how colleges can respond to the climate emergency and advance sustainability. It encourages a strategic, whole-institution approach and would be suitable for many other types of organisation in the sector beyond colleges.
Developed by UNESCO, this resource is a guide for education professionals on the use of ESD in learning for the SDGs, and consequently to contribute to achieving the SDGs. The guide identifies indicative learning objectives and suggests topics and learning activities for each SDG in a non-prescriptive way meaning educators can adapt its contents to suit their learning contexts and environments.
Sustainable Futures is a free careers programme for UK secondary schools and colleges that equips young people to thrive in a future green economy, regardless of their career path. It’s designed to be delivered by teachers, careers leads or facilitators to learners aged 14-18 and includes three modules, split into bitesize 30-minute-long units. It can be delivered as part of your careers provision, within curriculum subjects, or as an extra-curricular activity. All materials needed to make this course easy to deliver with minimal preparation are provided.