Private schools with a public conscience

15th March 2013 at 00:00

I was pleased to read the recent resources section highlighting green issues and heralding Fairtrade Fortnight (TESS, 1 March). Climate Week, 4-10 March, and Comic Relief on 15 March also offer opportunities to raise awareness.

Although concerns over our impact on the planet have been with us for decades, our understanding of the seriousness of the situation is now so compelling that we all share the need to act.

The Independent Association of Prep Schools (IAPS) is committed to this imperative. The Education for Social Responsibility initiative we are developing promotes the knowledge, skills and values required for a more sustainable future, and encourages schools to act in more responsible ways and to ensure pupils are prepared for the changing world they face.

Our commitment has led us to become a member of the Sustainable Schools Alliance management board. Through the alliance, IAPS seeks to put sustainability and social responsibility at the heart of the curriculum.

Neil Jones, head, St Joseph's in the Park, and IAPS subject adviser for Education for Social Responsibility.

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