Education for Social Responsibility
  • Topic: Education
  • Location: United Kingdom
  • Date of completion: 30 Dec 2016
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  • Keywords: sustainability, education, learning, leadership, framework, planning, partnership, Eco-literacy, schools, independent, well-being, rights, responsibilities, knowledge, skills, opportunities, values
Neil Jones, Education for Social Responsibility Subject Adviser,

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In Support of Rio+20 Future We Want
This initiative is in support of paragraph 230 of the Rio+20 outcome document, the Future We Want

Description/achievement of initiative

Education for Social Responsibility (ESR) is a values-driven framework for school development in the taught curriculum, co-curriculuar activity and resource management. Member schools will embrace the 6 elements of ESR: Well-being, Rights, Responsibilities, Intelligent Behaviours, Knowledge and Opportunities. As a result students will become more effective and compassionate individuals, prepared for the challenges of leadership and responsibility beyond their time at school. The ESR framework underpins school development, leading towards more interdependent and sustainable communities.

Implementation methodologies

ESR framework guidelines, representing the voice of member schools, will be written and distributed
Guideance on how to deliver ESR development workshops written and offered as part of IAPS training and development programme

Series of regional training programmes will be developed and offered through IAPS districts, subject leaders, clusters or individual schools to introduce guidelines and framework
Annual IAPS conference will make explicit that ESR is embedded in member schools through conference seminars and other recurrent themes that will outline good practice, case studies and experiences from schools
ESR conferences In-Service Training will be established

Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

The ESR conferences will bring together practitioners, specialists and organisations to share experiences with IAPS members and others to promote debate and discussion around the 6 elements of ESR
IAPS training and development programmes enable IAPS member staff to gain knowledge, experience and a toolkit for developing ESR within their schools
IAPS district structure will enable regional discussion and training opportunities.
Case studies from each region will be developed and shared across association
Social media networks will allow sharing of IAPS schools experiences and encourage debate across UK education sector

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure

An ESR working group has been established by IAPS to coordinate introduction and support of ESR in member schools.
The working group is lead by the subject advisor for ESR and comprises staff of IAPS schools who can be Heads, subject leaders or coordinators or other interested parties
The working group works closely with IAPS CEO and Education Director and reports directly to the Education Committee and from there into the activity of the Strategy Committee
The IAPS committee structure enables reporting through to the IAPS Council which establishes overall direction for the Association


The Independent Association of Prep Schools (IAPS) member schools - head teachers, Bursars, Governors, parents; associated Independent Schools Council associations (HMC, GSA, SoH, GDST, BSA, ISA)
Deliverable Date
Appropriate toolkit of resources developed and made available to schools 2014
Membership of working group includes collegues from other ISC associations 2014
ESR principles established within ISC member association conferences & courses 2015
Action Research and case studies define effective and accountable ESR 2016
Resources devoted to implementation
Type Details
Other, please specify IAPS budget allocated for incidental expenses
In-kind contribution Members of working group contribute time voluntarily
Staff / Technical expertise IAPS HQ staff involvement: CEO, Education Director, Courses and Conferences Director, admin staff

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