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Teacher guide Getting started with sustainability in schools

TLF ID M020495

This is a website to help teachers implement an Education for Sustainability (EfS) approach in their professional practice. The multi-layered site is organised into five main sections. The first (Steps) identifies four key EfS contexts and provides support for each, including 11 case studies and five teacher profiles that illustrate good practice, and links to additional examples of good practice. The second (Case studies) brings the full set of case studies and teacher profiles together. The Resource Portal contains more than 450 resources for teachers and students aligned to the Australian Curriculum and searchable by subject, year, key idea and topic. The fourth section (Support) identifies support networks for teachers and resource providers; while the ‘In the curriculum’ section unpacks EfS and the curriculum’s Sustainability cross-curriculum priority.

Educational details

Educational value
  • This rich website is an outstanding resource for the Sustainability cross-curriculum priority in the F-10 curriculum. The website's 'In the curriculum' section helps teachers understand more fully what the cross-curriculum priority is about and how it connects with EfS. It usefully expands upon the Australian Curriculum's definition of sustainability, provides a compelling rationale for incorporating sustainability, outlines seven principles underpinning EfS, and describes how the Sustainability cross-curriculum priority is organised and plays out in various learning areas and subjects. The Resource portal uses the priority's key concepts for search.
  • The resource is also of considerable value for the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers, in particular Standard 6 Professional engagement, at all career stages. The teacher profiles are particularly useful in this respect and the website provides opportunities for teachers and school leaders to contribute examples of their own professional practice. The Support section helps teachers connect with professional networks.
  • The website succeeds in achieving its stated aim of helping teachers get started in embedding sustainability into the classroom, school and community. It embodies good practice in adult learning and is presented in ways likely to engage the intended audience. The Steps section, in particular, is exemplary in the way it brings together a range of supportive advice, strategies, profiles and resources.
Year level

F; 1; 2; 3; 4; 5; 6; 7; 8; 9; 10

Learning area
  • The Arts
  • Economics and business
  • Civics and citizenship
  • English
  • Geography
  • Health and physical education
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Design and technologies
  • Digital technologies
  • Design
  • Information and communication technologies

Other details

  • Contributor
  • Name: Education Services Australia
  • Organization: Education Services Australia
  • Description: Data manager
  • Address: VIC, AUSTRALIA
  • URL:
  • Copyright Holder
  • Name: Australian Education for Sustainability Alliance
  • Organization: Australian Education for Sustainability Alliance
  • URL: [email protected]
  • Publisher
  • Name: Australian Education for Sustainability Alliance
  • Organization: Australian Education for Sustainability Alliance
  • Description: Publisher
  • URL: [email protected]
  • Resource metadata contributed by
  • Name: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Organisation: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Address: AUSTRALIA
  • URL:
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Learning Resource Type
  • Online
  • © Australian Education for Sustainability Alliance 2015-2016 (unless indicated otherwise). This material may be used in accordance with the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) licence, unless indicated otherwise.