Relevant UK policies

Non-statistical indicator

Education in the United Kingdom is devolved, and so there is some variance in the approach to Education for Sustainable Development. We have identified relevant links to official curriculums –


There is no statutory requirement for Sustainable Development Education in the English National Curriculum. However, Sustainable Development education forms part of a range of subjects in the National Curriculum. There are also a number of government funded programmes that schools and pupils can choose to participate in to enhance their learning of sustainable development.

Northern Ireland

Education For Sustainable Development is part of the required minimum content for Key Stage 3.


Learning for Sustainability is a cross-curricular approach, that weaves together global citizenship, sustainable development education and outdoor learning.


Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship provides learners, at all stages of education, an understanding of the broad themes of Sustainable Development.

This table provides metadata for the actual indicator available from UK statistics closest to the corresponding global SDG indicator. Please note that even when the global SDG indicator is fully available from UK statistics, this table should be consulted for information on national methodology and other UK-specific metadata information.

This table provides information on metadata for SDG indicators as defined by the UN Statistical Commission. Complete global metadata is provided by the UN Statistics Division.

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