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The Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) Sustainable Schools strategy comprises eight sustainability ‘doorways’; each plays a role in the major areas of school life – the curriculum, campus and community. Schools can come into sustainability via any of the doorways and every one provides further opportunities for organisations to get involved.

The National Framework section introduces eight ‘doorways’ through which schools may choose to initiate or extend their sustainable school activity. It focuses on ways in which sustainable development can be embedded into whole school management practices and provides practical guidance to help schools operate in a more sustainable way.


Sustainable school self-evaluation is not an optional extra.
Schools currently are required to evaluate their school improvement progress using a self-evaluation form (SEF) developed by Ofsted (2005). This sustainable school self-evaluation (s3) provides schools with a voluntary way to record and report their efforts to promote sustainable schools, as an integrated part of their Ofsted SEF. For some schools, parts of s3 may be pasted directly into the relevant Ofsted SEF sections [Self Evaluation].


Doorway.jpgFood and Drink

Doorway.jpgTravel and Traffic

Doorway.jpgEnergy and Water

Doorway.jpgInclusion and Participation

Doorway.jpgBuildings and Grounds

Doorway.jpgPurchasing and Waste

Doorway.jpgLocal Well-being

Doorway.jpg**Global Dimension**