Environmental education in Scotland
The Scottish education system is entirely different from that in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The Scottish Office Education Department under the Secretary of State for Scotland oversees all matters of formal education in Scotland. A review of the curriculum, 5-14 has been carried out over the past four years. The Scottish Consultative Council on the Curriculum was served with the task of reviewing the curriculum. It was divided into six curriculum areas:
|5 Moral and religious studies |
|6 Cross-curricular areas. |
Review and Development Groups (they may be considered as the equivalent of the Task Groups of the English National Curriculum Council) were set up for each. As a result of their reports, published by the Scottish Office Education Department for consultation, guidelines for (1) and (2) have been produced. For (4), (5) and (6) work is still in progress; for (3), which includes our area of interest, a consultation process has now been undertaken.
In April 1993 the report by the working group on environmental education produced Learning for Life: A National (Scotland) Strategy for Environmental Education in Scotland.
1 This was distributed to all interested parties by the Secretary of State for Scotland for comment. The report of some 100 pages rehearses all the arguments for environmental education such as have been contained in documents over the years and which we have mentioned earlier in this book. Firm decisions about the role of environmental education in the curriculum of Scottish schools still seem to be a long way off. If the national strategy for environmental education outlined in the report is implemented our curriculum area will be well set in Scottish schools. The consultation process continues.