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This policy is current as at 21/01/2020 12:57pm, AEDT. Please refer to policy library website (https://education.nsw.gov.au/policy-library) for an updated version.

Environmental Education Policy for Schools

This policy supports effective environmental education programs in government schools in NSW, provides guidelines on the management of school resources in accordance with ecological sustainability, and is a starting point for addressing global environmental issues.

1. Objectives - Policy statement


All schools will develop and implement a school environment management plan that is meaningful to the whole school community and is evaluated at regular intervals.


The school environment management plan should:

  • be incorporated into the whole-school plan.
  • link school administration and management with curriculum plans.
  • be organised under the three focus areas of curriculum, resource and grounds management.

2. Audience and applicability


Principals and school communities.

3. Context


Environmental education is based on the principles of ecologically sustainable development legislated in the NSW Protection of the Environment Administration Act 1991.

4. Responsibilities and delegations


The principal is responsible for the development and implementation of a school environmental management plan

5. Monitoring, evaluation and reporting requirements


Principals and school communities should evaluate and monitor the effectiveness of their school environmental management plan at regular intervals.


The Director, Early Learning and Primary Education will monitor the implementation of this policy and will report, as required, to the Executive.

6. Contact

Leader, Primary Curriculum, 9244 5192.

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