Relevant UK policies

Non-statistical indicator

Education in the UK is devolved, and so there is some variance in the approach to Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). We have therefore identified relevant policy/legislation by country, as well as the official curriculum and some supporting case studies.


English National Curriculum

Northern Ireland

Overview of the Northern Ireland Curriculum


Scottish Curriculum for Excellence and Learning for Sustainability (DOC 33 KB)


Welsh Curriculum, Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 (see Goal 4 in particular) and Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship

A support document showing relevant ESD case studies can be found in ‘Good practice in Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in the UK - Case Studies’ (PDF 165 KB).

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.

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Relevant UK policies

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Data follows the UN specification for this indicator. This indicator has been identified in collaboration with topic experts.

Data last updated 08 October 2021
Metadata last updated 08 October 2021

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.

Indicator name

Extent to which (i) global citizenship education and (ii) education for sustainable development are mainstreamed in (a) national education policies; (b) curricula; (c) teacher education; and (d) student assessment

Target name

By 2030, ensure that people everywhere have the relevant information and awareness for sustainable development and lifestyles in harmony with nature

Global indicator description
UN designated tier

Tier II

UN custodian agency

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization - Institute for Statistics (UNESCO-UIS)

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