This is the title of a new publication from Ofsted. The document is commendably brief – and I note that its focus is on sustainability / sustainable development, not ESD, which probably explains some of the lack of emphasis on learning, and the lack of focus on the need to encourage and enable critical understanding. Ofsted will, no doubt, say that this is implied in : "appropriate knowledge, skills, understanding and values to participate in decisions ... ", but it's only 'there' if you already know it should be.
Then there's "Sustainable development is the name given to the process of developing our society to move from where we are now to a state of sustainability" as I don't know anyone who seriously believes in "a state of sustainability". Just as golden ages never existed in the past, they cannot do so in the future. In the same vein, we have: "Undertaking sustainable development and achieving sustainability". Here "... and becoming more sustainable" would have been the better idea – or "... less unsustainable". This conceptual misunderstanding is found throughout the document which is a pity as it may mislead (or confuse) some schools. This sits oddly when compared to the Ofsted briefing for section 5 inspectors on sustainable development which has a more clearer understanding of these ideas.
It is also a pity that the report isn't explicit about the opportunity for critical, open-minded / open-ended, student engagement and learning that ALL the various school foci on sustainable development bring – with the need to integrate what happens across campus / community and curriculum, and the imperative of helping young people make sense of it all. Again, I'm sure Ofsted will say that it's implied, but ... . A missed opportunity.