Green Gown Awards 2020 - University of Gloucestershire - Finalist

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A Rounder Sense of Purpose

A Rounder Sense of Purpose (RSP) is a project coordinated from the School of Education and Humanities at the University of Gloucestershire.  

Through rigorous trialling and research, RSP has developed a set of 12 competences for educators working at any level who wish to facilitate learning for sustainability. The project name is a response to the tendency of education systems to focus on ever-narrower curricula and measures of success; instead it challenges us to embrace a wider range of concerns, social, economic, environmental and not least the health and wellbeing of our learners. Now in its second phase, the project has involved nine partner institutions from across Europe, has reached thousands of teachers and is currently being adopted well beyond the EU.  

Recent developments include linking the RSP competences to the UN SDGs and embedding the competences in accredited learning, including within the BEd programme at the University of Gloucestershire itself. 

Top 3 learnings:

  1. What it takes to be an educator of sustainable development. 
  2. How to assess ESD competences. 
  3. How to trust partners, let go of a process and watch it grow! 

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