However, it comes with an expectation on individual schools and teachers to design the curriculum, which, given the stagnation in teacher pay and inequity in resources across most and least deprived schools, leaves a lot of room for inequity in learning and attainment.
The UN’s Sustainable Development Goal states that by 2030, we should “ensure all learners acquire knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including among others through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles”. This is a global goal that Scotland is enfolding into its educational process, but there is still room for improvement.
Not only would they provide opportunities for follow-on learning, but they would also replace harmful advertising, often centred on buying chocolate, or other unhealthy foods, aimed at school kids or their parents. We wanted to engage 11–16-year-olds in urban areas across Central and Northeast Scotland.
Together, we came up with six topics to cover as part of a mini-curriculum: