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Evidence of impact of sustainable schools (Barrat Hacking et al, 2010)

Below is the overview section for the following report (which can be downloaded from the bottom of this page):

Barrat Hacking, E., Scott, B., and Lee, E. (2010). Evidence of impact of sustainable schools. Bath, U.K.: University of Bath, Center for Research in Education and the Environment. Downloaded April 16, 2010 from


This publication sets out the educational and social benefits to young people of learning in a sustainable school. It is written for leadership teams in primary and secondary schools and other educational settings across England. Under five themes, it sets out 15 top tips based on the impact of sustainable schools and education for sustainable development on school improvement and young people's well-being as defined by Every Child Matters outcomes. We hope these will be useful in the context of schools striving to enable learners to become successful, confident individuals, and responsible, caring citizens. The themes are:

1. Improving schools: enhancing young people's learning and well-being.

2. Bringing young people's learning  xperiences together.

3. Developing young people's participation.

4. Contributing to school, community and family life.

5. Modelling sustainability practices, thinking and planning.

Each theme sets out the tips together with a short summary of the evidence. The sources of evidence are listed at the end of the booklet. Evidence of the impact of sustainable schools is supported by growing research, policy, and practitioner literature, in the main from the UK but also internationally. Multiple sources of evidence now show that being a sustainable school raises standards and enhances well-being. This is because sustainable schools engage young people in their learning therefore improving motivation and behaviour; they also promote healthy school environments and lifestyles. In addition, the evidence shows that sustainable schools advance community cohesion by making valuable connections between the school and its parents, carers and the wider community.


Barrat Hacking Scott Lee 2010 evidence impact sust schools.pdf
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