DCSF DELIVERY PLAN FOR SUSTAINABLE SCHOOLS – MONITORING COMMITMENTS

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					                                                DCSF DELIVERY PLAN FOR SUSTAINABLE SCHOOLS
Commitments 2008/10                                    How it will be delivered                           Outcomes / Timing (Owners)

CROSS CUTTING ISSUES
Vision

Our key goals for sustainable development in           This is an agenda for transformational change.     Regular and effective examples of working with
schools mirror the core commitments we have            All parts of the education sector have a role to   partners. Issues identified by those in schools
made in our overall Sustainable Development            play. By itself, DCSF has significant influence,   are considered and solutions found. Ongoing
Action Plan for 2008-10:                               but surprisingly few levers. The Department will
      Leading the system…                             continue to work with partners: NDPBs, LAs,
      Leading by example...                           NGOs, GOs and schools to bring a coherent
      Empowering…                                     approach to sustainable development across
                                                       the school sector, eg our work with SDC on a
                                                       carbon management strategy, and our work
                                                       with GOs to facilitate networks for sustainable
                                                       schools
Milestones and targets

Schools asked DCSF to identify where they              Planning a sustainable school and self-            Planning guidance published in June 2008.
should be with sustainable development at key          evaluation remains voluntary and therefore         Revised s3 to be available July 2008
points towards the aims of the National                depends on interest within leadership and
Framework for Sustainable Schools. The DCSF            governance teams. However, this apparent
has responded by publishing guidance on                weakness is also a strength in that sustainable
„Planning a Sustainable School‟ and by revising        development is not perceived as another top-
and simplifying its self-evaluation tool, s3. These    down target, but a valuable contribution to
two documents can be used by schools to                school improvement in a local context.
establish whether they are on course to meet the
2020 aims.
Joining up

Three seminars were run in 2007/08 as part of a        Colleagues from LAs delivering the NSSF            Sustainable development transcends the usual
National Sustainable Schools Forum (NSSF).             seminars were disappointed with reach              policy, organisational and sectoral boundaries.
These looked specifically at the role of sustainable   achieved and impact. They are considering          Our challenge is to articulate the issues, and the
development (and sustainable schools in                what alternative methods could be employed to      rationale, in ways that capture the interest of
particular) in shaping places that support children    encourage joining up at local level.               partners across Government, as well as interest
and young people‟s environmental well-being.                                                              groups, local Government and the public.
                                                                                                          Ongoing



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DCSF continues its close cooperation with Defra     Bi-monthly kits with Defra colleagues to share
around climate change communications, school        issues and progress                                Cooperation on issues of mutual interest to
waste and carbon reduction in the schools estate.                                                      ensure coherent messages/support for schools.
                                                                                                       Eg inclusion of schools in LAs‟ CRC.
                                                                                                       By September 2008, meetings to have taken
Explore with OGDs opportunities for working         Make contact and suggest regular meetings to       place and way forward agreed
together to facilitate sustainable schools.         identify opportunities to support LAs and
                                                    schools to become more sustainable and
Seed fund a cross-NGO forum to establish a          ensure we do not duplicate action or add
representative forum of schools, and NGOs to        burdens to schools.                                Forum established and effective by March 2009
work with other partners to share and develop
good practice, and agree how we will work           Initiate meetings to discuss how the Forum
together to contribute new thinking and partner     would operate and establish its legal identity.
with government on embedding sustainable
development in schools.
Evaluation

For September 2007, OfSTED included two             We shall work with Ofsted to consider how
questions about the National Framework for          sustainable development is fully integrated
Sustainable Schools in its Self-Evaluation Form     within the 2009 inspection framework.
(SEF).

Consider with Ofsted how best to capitalise on      Discuss with Ofsted the options for further        To commence 2008/09
their key role in recognising and supporting        survey work e.g. a bi-annual Focus Study
improvement in schools and how this can promote     throughout the period of the UN Decade of
sustainability.                                     Education for Sustainable Development
                                                    (DESD), using the revised s3 as the evaluation
                                                    method.

                                                    Continue to contribute to the steering group for   Report due in two parts, September 2008 and
                                                    the Ofsted/DCSF longitudinal study on              spring 2009.
                                                    children‟s understanding of SD

UNESCO sustainable development baselining of        UNESCO UK leading on research into current         Baselining report received June 2008
ESD decade and ongoing monitoring / evaluative      position of ESD. Further monitoring of ESD
assessment.                                         progress over rest of the UN Decade of ESD
                                                    (2005-2014) to be decided in light of baselining
Start work on a national database of school         findings.
environmental performance – energy, water,


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waste, travel, carbon, procurement, with a view to    To consider how this could be accomplished       Proposal ready to discuss with policy
establishing aims for the school system,                                                               colleagues September 2008
benchmarking school practices and identifying
wastage and quick wins”. To be extended in 2009
to cover waste, staff travel, school transport,
procurement, and some measure of carbon
emissions.

Curriculum

Take account of the Department‟s commitment to        Discuss with Primary Review team how the         Ongoing as opportunities arise.
sustainability in ongoing review and development      curriculum can be used to raise awareness of
of the Curriculum, reflecting also children‟s views   the need for sustainable development.
about the importance of this priority.
                                                      To work with QCA and SSCs to ensure that         Ongoing.
                                                      sustainable development is included in the
                                                      curriculum as an essential area of skills and
                                                      knowledge acquisition for young people


Training/Capacity building

Work with NDPBs and other delivery partners to        Cross –reference to Operations delivery plan.    Discussions with NDPBs on sustainable
ensure that delivery of their responsibilities        The challenge here is to ensure that the work    schools. Evidence of complementary stategies
includes sustainable development as an outcome.       TDA, NCSL and others are doing is perceived      and messages from NDPBs. .Ongoing.
During 2007/08 NCSL made sustainable                  by those working in schools to be in alignment
development a key research and programme              with the overall messages they are receiving
priority, with excellent results: the Leading         from Government and other sources. SD Unit
Sustainable Schools research publication, and a       will work with colleagues in the NDPBs to
scheme supporting communities of practice             ensure that work is coherent with sustainable
around sustainable development in 55 schools in       schools strategy.
England

Award schemes                                         We have commissioned Encams to lead a
Schools can understand the contribution that          mapping exercise to better understand how the
existing and future award schemes can make to         various national awards schemes available to     Results of mapping exercise to be published on
supporting them to become sustainable.                schools can support sustainable development,     TeacherNet in June/July 2008
                                                      and also highlighting the links between the
                                                      schemes themselves.


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Local support

DCSF cannot support sustainable schools directly      We are supporting GOSE to produce guidance          Draft guidance to be ready for web publication
and depends on local authorities (and others) to      for local authorities on how best to support        by November 2008
value the impact of sustainable schools and           progress with sustainable schools. This will
provide support to tackle local issues. .             look at the potential of sustainable schools to
                                                      (positively) influence a range of NIS indicators,
                                                      and will explore how local authorities can best
                                                      support schools in achieving this aim.
Funding

We will continue funding the nine regional            Base funding of £25k pa per GO. DCSF
Government Offices to enable them to facilitate       depends on GOs to make good use of the
and expand their support for regional sustainable     funding by drawing in other sources and
schools networks. in 2008/09 we will ask them to      focusing on scalable networks and capacity
focus in particular on:                               building rather than short-term activity.
     strategic link-up between sustainable
         schools and local sustainable community
         strategies, championed by regional and
         local leaders of children‟s services
     development of regional websites
     improved local support / helpdesk
         functions for schools.

Improve the maintenance and future development        Responsibility for the sustainable schools          Invitation to tender to be announced during
of the DCSF‟s TeacherNet website for sustainable      website will be handed to a third party to          June 2008
schools                                               improve currency and effectiveness.
(www.teachernet.gov.uk/sustainableschools)

Funding will be made available for programmes         Funding support to Teaching Awards Trust for        Ongoing support to TAT.
which will encourage and support schools to           Teaching award for sustainable schools.
become sustainable schools                            Invitations to bid for programme to support         ITT for Young Activitsts published May 2008.
                                                      young people to become activists for                Programme of action to be agreed August 2008.
                                                      sustainable development.

Biodiversity
                                                                                                          A better interpretation of the parallels between
Improve understanding of importance of                Further discussion on this issue with interested    sustainable development and biodiversity and
biodiversity and how action to promote biodiversity   NGOs to identify a way forward                      clear guidance on this for schools. December


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complements the sustainable schools framework                                                          2008.

                                                   Interactive game “Renewable World” in               Ongoing monitoring.
Note any developments with Growing Schools and     preparation. It is based on a kitchen within a      Game and curriculum resources will be
Learning Outside the Classroom manifesto.          house set in the past, present and future and       produced for pupils and teachers to maximise
                                                   comes with supporting resources and two             the educational value of the game. Six case
                                                   further rooms will be added.                        studies will be produced by teachers using
                                                                                                       renewables as their starting point and covering
                                                                                                       a range of subject areas.. December 2008.

Track progress with Natural England‟s Education                                                        Ongoing.
Strategy to show join up

DOORWAYS
Food and Drink

Summarise Ian Taylor‟s food procurement group?     DCSF Food Project Programme Board to set up
(awaiting wording from Tim)                        a sub-group, in partnership with RIEPs to           Shared contracts on DCSF OPEN system from
To take forward the proposals of the               explore better matching of supply to demand         NHSSC, July 2008 - Demand Management
mainstreamed Public Sector Food Procurement        and more coordinated procurement of food            systems being explored with NHSSC and
Initiative, of Procurement, Logistics, Demand      supplies, leading to more efficient logistics and   Fretwell Downing Hospitality. Harmonised and
Management and Marketing.                          lower “food miles”.                                 consistent food quality standards to be
                                                                                                       published September 2008. Consistent
                                                   Future plans to improve sustainable practices in    efficiency measurement approved by OGC June
                                                   school catering include the development and         2008. Data collection via SFT Survey Annex
                                                   promotion of seasonal menus will continue in        and APSE Benchmarking – feedback August
                                                   2008/09 in partnership with catering companies      2008.
Improved training for school cooks and caterers    and Regions (especially North East and South
via new FEAST centres to promote seasonal          East); case studies promoting best practice to      Seasonality chart now published and additional
menus and sustainable practices (including waste   be published on SFTs website.                       material to be published in SFTs new
management).                                                                                           procurement guide in April 2008.



Develop proposals for reducing the carbon          DCSF‟s School Food team will work with the          Internal paper by October 2008.
emissions from provision of food in schools.       Sustainable Development Unit to consider how
                                                   best to meet carbon reduction aims for schools
                                                   with regard to school food and drink.



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                                                                                                       Collaborative Procurement Event scheduled for
Host a summit to achieve a more strategic, joined-   Conference planned for 17 September               September.
up approach to school food procurement.



Energy and Water
                                                                                                       Guidance for schools on further action they may
Our aim should be for schools to adopt the same      Follow up work from the SDC Carbon                take to reduce energy consumption. March
trajectory as central government for carbon          management strategy to test feasibility of        2009
emissions reduction (i.e. 30% reduction by 2020).    options for schools.
To achieve this we shall be exploring all aspects
of carbon emissions reduction in schools,            Working with Defra on how schools may benefit
including building primary energy use, and issuing   from Local Authority work on the Carbon           Guidance to Local Authorities from Defra on
a strategy which pulls together the various          Reduction Commitment.                             CRC. July 2008
themes.


Travel and Traffic

Recognising the contribution of school travel (and                                                     Internal paper for discussion October 2008
school-organised transport) makes to climate         Work with SDU to consider how we can use the
change, we shall review how to integrate             school travel planning process to focus efforts
emissions reduction within the school travel         on reducing carbon emissions from school
planning (STP) process in line with the DCSF‟s       travel and transport
overall carbon management aims.                                                                        For consideration and possible implementation
                                                                                                       post March 2010.
Consider extending travel planning grant scheme
and advisory services to Children‟s Centres not
already covered by school travel plans.              The criteria for STPs is already set and whilst
                                                     stand alone Children Centres (CCs) are not
                                                     within scope, any school with a CC attached
                                                     should include its travel patterns and issues
                                                     within its plan. Rolling out the project to
                                                     encompass all CCs is another suggestion the
                                                     Project Board will consider implementing post-
                                                     March 2010, but to introduce it now would meet
                                                     challenge from local authorities and School
                                                     Travel Advisers and place the success of the


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                                                   current project at risk by extending an already
                                                   stretching target.
Purchasing and Waste

Procurement accounts for over 40% of all carbon    We are not in a position to mandate to schools     Will be producing a positioning paper by the end
emissions produced by schools. The DCSF is         which suppliers they use and therefore cannot      of July 2008 setting out our proposed actions.
currently introducing the OPEN e-procurement       guarantee that every supplier they „adopt‟ on to
system, and we will consider how we can best       the marketplace meets the standards described,
promote the use of goods and services that meet    or that the suppliers can be screened. We
the terms of a sustainable procurement charter     cannot mandate to suppliers without being
setting out high ethical and environmental         accused of skewing the market.                     A Top Tips leaflet on Procurement for
standards, thus making it straightforward for                                                         sustainable schools. September 2008.
schools to purchase sustainably without specific   We are proposing to take the following
expertise.                                         approach:                                          Meet Level 3 of the Sustainable Procurement
                                                       we will use our influence and signpost /      flexible framework by December 2008.
                                                          guide schools using on the ground
                                                          support of their local Educational
                                                          Procurement Centre network / online
                                                          guidance / upskilling and professional
                                                          development; and use of Public Sector
                                                          Buying Organisations influence over
                                                          schools to encourage schools to
                                                          consider sustainable and ethical
                                                          dimensions of any purchases they
                                                          make or service they contract or tender
                                                          for in line with a consideration of whole
                                                          life costs and best value.
                                                       Work in consultation with suppliers to
                                                          baseline current commitment to the
                                                          sustainability agenda through contacts
                                                          with supplier organisations, the
                                                          ProcServe Green 2020 initiative,
                                                          SCEMES and other sustainable and
                                                          ethical supplier routes.

Develop proposals to reduce the carbon             Work with colleagues and regional partnerships
emissions from procurement in the school sector    to cost options to identify sources and reduce
                                                   carbon emissions



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                                                                                                         Ongoing improvement in waste minimisation in
The waste minimisation services experienced by        DCSF will work with Defra to establish             schools. Survey evidence from Defra?
schools vary considerably in scope and quality        guidelines with local authorities and schools on
across local authorities. Defra published school      improving recycling performance and reducing
waste minimisation guidelines for local authorities   absolute waste volumes.
in autumn 2007.


Buildings and Grounds
We have set a requirement for all new school          A software tool, the „Carbon Calculator‟ has       234 schools in BSF, One School Pathfinders
buildings to meet a 60% carbon emissions              been developed. This allows users to test          and Academies will demonstrate compliance
reduction.                                            combinations of technical solutions to achieve     with the 60% requirement April 08 – March 11
                                                      the target reduction. Compliance with the 60%      (earlier estimates suggested that about 35
For schools in BSF and the Academies                  requirement, through application of the            schools would meet the requirement in the first
programme we will work with Partnerships for          calculator, will be monitored at design and        year)
Schools to develop a programme for monitoring         procurement stages of BSF.
compliance with the requirement.

For other new build schools, for example those in     We expect authorities to refer to the carbon       In 2008-09, compliance monitored in new
the primary capital programme, we will monitor        calculator when designing new primary schools.     schools planned for build in the primary
commitment to meeting the 60% through review of       We will follow up on a representative sample to    pathfinder areas.
each authority‟s Primary Strategy for Change.         monitor compliance.

                                                      During 2008, Communities and Local
                                                      Government will be introducing a requirement
                                                      for the occupants of large public buildings to
                                                      publish energy certificates. As information in
                                                      support of these certificates becomes available,
                                                      we will seek opportunities to monitor the
                                                      effectiveness of the use of the Carbon
                                                      Calculator in achieving carbon reductions.


Publish results from One School Pathfinder            This work will build on that already done to       Interim findings from One School Pathfinders –
demonstration projects, early 60% schools and         identify exemplar projects in the sustainable      end July 08.
any exemplar projects identified through the Zero     design guide.                                      Case studies developed by Sept 09.
Carbon Task Force, showing how sustainable
development outcomes can inform school design.


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The Children‟s Plan set out our long term ambition   The Task Force will meet four times in the first     Call for evidence – summer 08
for all new school buildings to be zero carbon by    year to identify the issues and challenges that      Initial report to Ministers – end December 08
2016. A Task Force has been appointed to advise      will need to be addressed if the ambition is to be
on how with goal can be met, and to set targets      met. There will be a call for evidence which will
and milestones along the way                         seek views widely on those issues/challenges
                                                     and potential solutions

                                                     The Task Force will consider costs, benefits and     Ongoing to end 09
                                                     affordability of zero carbon in the context of
                                                     whole life cost and the wider benefits (SDC
                                                     Carbon reduction strategy recommendation
                                                     refers).

                                                     The Task Force will identify evidence of good
                                                     practice and exemplar projects that can be used
                                                     to promote carbon reduction strategies in new
                                                     build and refurbishment projects.

To work with CLG to ensure that schools built in     The proposers of eco towns may not be aware          Hold DCSF-led briefing event for eco towns
eco towns fulfil the zero carbon expectations        of the particular requirements the we have set       developers and LAs to set out our expectations
being set for these developments. To use lessons     for children‟s services including school             for school design – end June 08.
learned from eco towns developments to inform        buildings. We therefore need to proactively
the work on zero carbon and carbon emissions         promote our policies to developers, and provide      Input to the review of eco towns applications to
reductions in schools.                               support to CLG in the evaluation of eco town         ensure DCSF priorities are reflected – end 08.
                                                     bids.

                                                                                                          Monitor eco towns development to gather
                                                                                                          lessons learned. Ongoing.

Include Post Occupancy Evaluations as part of the    POEs will be undertaken by schools and the           POE process already in place, First evaluations
Design Quality Indicator for schools in BSF to       findings will be monitored by Partnerships for       to take place towards the end of 2008.
establish conformance with predicted                 Schools.
environmental performance
Inclusion and Participation

Our programme of work with We Are What We Do         In May 2008, we published an invitation to           Young people will be empowered to become
(WAWWD) has successfully engaged young               tender for action to encourage and skill young       activists for change to sustainable development.
people across England in thinking about their        people to be activists for sustainable               Specific outcomes will be identified once
contribution to making the world a better place.     development. A programme of action will be           programme has been agreed (August 2008).)


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We now want to establish a programme of actiono         put together and monitored by a steering group
to empower children and young people nationally         of partners.
to take action to improve their homes, schools and
communities.

Local well-being

Schools can support their communities in myriad         Work with CLG to ensure guidance for LAs on         Strategic conversations with TDA initiated by
ways, and benefit in doing so. One DCSF                 developing sustainable community strategies         September 2008
programme that is challenging schools to do more        highlights the potential of sustainable schools.
to address local needs is Extended Schools. In
2008/09 we will ensure that this programme is           We will discuss with TDA how to enable
positioned as a contribution to local sustainable       Extended Schools Remodelling Advisers               Guides published by December 2008
development, and that practitioners supporting its      (ESRAs) to deliver advice and guidance to
implementation are made aware of the importance         schools which supports sustainable
of aligning the programme to sustainable                development.
development goals (and hence the goal of
sustainable communities as embedded in the new          Continyou are developing environment mini-
local government performance framework).                guides linking to eight „doorways‟ of Sustainable
                                                        Schools framework, as part of DCSF funded
                                                        work on study support. Discuss with QCA and
                                                        the Association for Citizenship Teaching how to
There is a clear link between sustainable schools       include a focus on sustainable communities in
and citizenship – ensure that this is explicit in the   the citizenship curriculum.
curriculum




Global dimension

The global dimension is a key part of our               The Global Gateway will house links to this         Links in place by July 2008, and ongoing
Sustainable Schools strategy and QCA                    delivery plan. It will also actively promote the    promotion.
highlighted the importance of both areas by             aims of the plans when providing advice and
making them a cross-cutting dimension of the new        assistance to schools.
secondary curriculum. We want to consolidate
this association in 2008/09.
                                                        International Education Week aims to raise          International Education Week 2008 will be held
We will ensure that the Global Gateway                  awareness of the benefits of having a global        between 17 and 21 November.


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(www.globalgateway.org), the Department‟s free         dimension embedded across the school
international website and school partner finding       curriculum through the promotion of nationwide
service, reflects the aims of the Sustainable          events.
Schools strategy.
                                                       We recognise the educational benefits that           The guidelines will be published by December
Deliver International Education Week 2008              school visits and exchanges have in increasing       2008.
                                                       cultural understanding and acceptance, and
                                                       helping to create true global citizens. It is
We are developing guidelines for schools on            important that these visits and exchanges aim
offsetting carbon emissions from their international   to be as carbon friendly as possible. The
visits and exchanges. This will support DCSF‟s         guidelines will help schools to understand why
aim to enable schools to reduce their carbon           carbon offsetting is an achievable way to reduce
emissions arising through all forms of school          carbon output, and provide a step-by-step guide
transport including pupil and staff travel on          for schools to follow in order to offset carbon
international exchanges.                               emissions from their international travel.


Building on a mapping exercise commissioned by         Advice and guidance for schools applying or          Clear links established and publicised on
DCSF to explore the links between the                  thinking of applying for the ISA, will continue to   websites by July 2009.
International School Award (and other award            promote the global dimension doorway as a
schemes) and its Sustainable Schools strategy,         good way of bringing together and developing
we will work with the British Council to ensure that   international work. We will work with the British
the ISA website, materials and criteria are            Council, which delivers the scheme on our
updated to reflect the scheme‟s important              behalf, to further develop the links between the
contribution to sustainable development.               ISA and sustainable schools over the
                                                       2208/2009 academic year

Identify and publicise the links between the 2012      To work with LOCOG and stakeholders to               Links publicised September 2008. Ongoing
education programme schedules for launch in            identify and communicate the ways young              work on embedding this.
September 2008 and the sustainable schools             people and schools can use the Games to
strategy, reflecting also on how to maximise the       provide new learning opportunities about
opportunities presented by the global dimension of     sustainability.
the event.




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