It can help you to:

  • Develop an understanding of ESD and why it’s important that sustainability becomes an integral part of teaching and learning
  • Discover a wide range of strategies, activities and ideas that can be used to develop ESD in your school
  • Explore how to teach ESD through the curriculum
  • Gain an understanding of what’s possible when it comes to ESD, and get clear, simple guidance on how to make this a reality
  • Get a detailed insight into the WWF’s resource collection

Who should enrol on this course?

ESD is about developing an understanding of the world we live in and being able to explore the issues that affect us, both locally and globally. It’s about fostering children’s natural curiosity and encouraging them to make connections and recognise relationships, trends and patterns in our increasingly complex world.

This short, free professional development course is intended for primary school teachers and leaders who want to develop a whole school approach to ESD and explore ways of actively engaging their pupils in the process.

How is the course delivered?

As a self-directed course, you’re encouraged to complete it in a linear manner. Each unit contains a range of videos, text and additional resources. Learning consists of using case studies of existing practice in schools, interviews with practitioners and WWF staff as well as a wide range of activities and resources.


  • Introduction to ESD and the course
  • A whole school approach to ESD
  • Reflecting on current practice
  • An approach to teaching and learning
  • ESD through the curriculum: rainforests
  • ESD through the curriculum: food and waste
  • The school and its grounds
  • Monitoring and evaluation

Are you a school leader?

This CPD course also looks at what a whole school approach to ESD means and how you can ensure that sustainability is embedded in your school’s ethos.  

Education for Sustainable Development