Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship ESDGC



Birchgrove Primary School is the winner of the Swansea Sustainable Schools Scheme competition.  The Eco project carried out by Key Satge 2 pupils encompassed collecting litter and waste from the local community including Swansea Bay, the school grounds and from home.  They used the collected litter to make items to sell to the public at Swansea market during the Christmas period.  They raised over £300.  Along the way they made a CD of songs about the planet and sold these at the market as well.  Birchgrove Primary certainly are protectors of the Planet!




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Phil Williams of Plan-It Eco who has worked on behalf of the Environment Centre in Swansea has been awareded for his work.  Sustain Wales awards for 2017 have 10 categories of awards.  At a ceremony in Cardiff, Phil received the Sustainable Champion award.  This accolade justly showcases Phil's passion for other cultures and his ceaseless work to  promote care of the environment.  Well Done Phil!


Swansea Sustainable Schools Scheme - COMPETITION 2017/2018

This academic year sees Swansea Suistainable Schools Scheme take on a competition format.  Schools are being asked to show their intention of taking part in the competition by 22nd December 2017.  The competition will have one winning prize of £150.  Schools are being asked to write about a project around ESDGC which uses the subject areas of the scheme.  The project needs to one that is ongoing or if completed must be no older than January 2017.  The final deadline for entries is 8th March 2018.  For full details and the competiton rules, apply to   This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  by 22nd December.

In 2016/17 Ynystawe Primary received their second renewal of their Gold award.  Glais Primary also received a Bronze Plus award for their work on animal welfare, food and farming, grounds and buildings, energy and water, transport and global citizenship.  Well done to both schools.

In 2015 more schools have gained awards in Swansea Sustainable Schools Scheme.  There were bronze, silver and a gold award at Margam Discovery Centre in June.  The Celebration day included activities in and around the Discovery Centre including decorating your own 'shopping in style' cloth bag with Thomas Williams of the City and County of Swansea's Recycling team.  Pupils  also orienteered around the Discovery Centre and found out sustainable facts about the Centre.  Did you know if everyone boiled only the water they needed every time they used the kettle, we could save enough electricity in a year to power the UK’s street lights for nearly seven months!  Willow weaving always a popular activity was hugely enjoyed by pupils.   There was also pond dipping with 'watery ways' workshop. 


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At the end of the day pupils heard about the types of activities at the Discovery Centre for pupils of all ages as well as adults.  Before going home Jane Richmond, Discovery Centre manager presented the award certificates.  Bronze certificates went to Birchgrove Primary School, YGG Lon Las and Gendros Primary. A silver award went to Oystermouth Primary pupils and a renewal of their gold award to Ynystawe Primary School.   Well done all of them!   See beow.

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In the summer term 2012 Ynystawe Primary School have been the first school to achieve a Swansea Sustainable Schools Scheme (SSSS) Gold award!  A tremendous achievement!  Ynystawe have been keen followers of SSSS from the beginning of awarding and are a great example of a school which embraces ESDGC.  Below is a photo of Phil Williams of Plan-It Eco, presenting Y6 members of Ynystawe's Eco Club with their gold SSSS award.  This was renewed in 2015.

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Do you think your school could achieve a SSSS award?  It may not be as dificult as you think!  The Scheme was written to make following ESDGC as easy as possible by setting out explicitly what schools have to do to achieve an award.  It can be used in a number of ways.  It is a scheme to follow with an awards system and is useful to support other schemes such as Eco schools.  It can be a follow on for Eco Schools that have a Platinum award.  All schools can use it and it's no easier or difficut wherever your school is with it's ESDGC practice.  Its unique selling point is the light paperwork.

The most popular themes in the awards for Swansea Sustainable Schools Scheme so far have been Waste and Litter, Global Citizenship and Grounds and Buildings.  There are now 33 schools with 41 awards.  Besides bronze, silver and gold there are also bronze plus and silver plus and gold plus awards.  Bronze Plus is awarded after bronze when a school has tackled 3 new areas beside the 3 already achived at bronze.  So if your school finds silver challenging, then try another three areas at bronze and achieve a bronze plus!  Similar silver and gold plus.  

So far there have been 29 bronze awards, 3 bronze plus, 8 silver awards and 1 gold award.  All the necessary forms can be found at the bottom of this page.  Either print off and fill in, or save and fill in on your PC.  Remember three areas must be tackled from the SSSS folder either at bronze if looking for a bronze award, bronze and silver if going for a silver award and all three levels if you're applying for a gold award in the three chosen areas.  This year 2016/7 the deadline for applications is easter 7th April 2017 and the celebration event is at Margam Discovery Centre on Monday 5th June 2017.  Send entries to Anita Houten, Environment Centre, Pier Street, Swansea SA1 1RY or EMail This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it   Your application will be acknowledged.  NOTE - if you intend to send a hard copy please make sure you double side print!


The deadline for all new entries is 7th April 2017 

Celebration event is scheduled for 5th June 2017




Ynystawe Primary (renewed 2015)


Bishop Vaughan Comprehensive, Olchfa, Clydach Juniors, Ynystawe Primary, Dylan Thomas Community School, Pengelli Primary, Keystone Primary, Oystermouth Primary.


Blaenymaes Primary, Clase Primary, Gors Community Primary, Cwmbwrla Primary, Bishopston Comprehensive,Ynystawe Primary, Morriston Primary, Morriston Comprehensive, Clwyd Primary, Waun Wen Primary, Dylan Thomas Comprehensive, Keystone Primary, Casllwchwr Primary, Bishop Gore, Cila Primary, Cwmrhydyceirw Primary, Oakleigh House, Pennard Primary, Hafod Primary, Mayals Primary, Brynhyfryd Infants, Penllergare Primary School, Cwm Glas Primary, Birchgrove Comprehensive School, Birchgrove Primary, YGG Lon Las, Gendros Primary, YG Y Cwm



Clydach Juniors, Cwmrhydyceirw Primary, Ynystawe Primary.




The eight themes covered in the Scheme are drawn from the ESDGC Guidance for Schools document published by SEEF two years earlier, in 2006 (Guidance doc can be found on the Downloads page).  The Scheme was written by a team of SEEF members with a range of expertise across the themes. 4ss-2.jpg

The Scheme presents three  standards for each theme – Bronze, Silver and Gold– with a list of actions for both School Management and Curriculum Activities under each standard. There are also lists of key contacts and websites so that schools can find support and information to help them make progress. Also Bronze Plus can be awarded to schools that already have a Bronze in three areas and have now completed another three areas at bronze level.   To Download any of the themes for an award click below.  To look at the Scheme click Swansea Sustainable Schools Scheme  or Cynllun Ysgolion Cynaliadwy Abertwae if you would like to discuss the Scheme or would like to find out more please get in touch with Anita Houten 01792 480200 or E.  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it




Animal Welfare

Food and Farming


Energy and Water

Global Citizenship

Grounds and Buildings


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4S's award entry guidelines




"ESDGC A Common Understanding for Schools" is a document that was published by the Welsh Assembly Government in July 2008. It is an all encompassing document for schools with regard to ESDGC.  It is a guidance document to aid delivery of ESDGC in schools. The ‘Themes’ identified in the ‘Common Understanding’ cover the range of ESDGC and support the delivery of statutory Subject Orders, relevant frameworks, other relevant non-statutory frameworks and the 14-19 Learning Core. This document also supports delivery of the Welsh Baccalaureate. It has a very useful suggested guidance for evaluating progression in ESDGC.  See the link below.