Hadrians Wall, Northumberland

The societal challenges of sustainability which we currently face offer new learning opportunities for the people of the North East. We will enhance opportunities for more people to make an active contribution to their society through learning and research.

RCE North East is an inclusive regional network bringing people together to meet the challenges of the Twenty First Century. We aim to create opportunities for everyone to experience a learning environment beyond the classroom as a means of building their capacity to make a contribution to society, whatever their age, ability or circumstances. RCE North East works with existing projects and networks to transform learning at regional, national and international levels. We wish to identify good practice in education across the North East and acknowledge and commend to define what EfSD actually means in practice.  Our vision is to;

  • Engender a sustainable approach to social and economic development in the North East of England that takes full account of the impacts of these developments on the urban, rural and coastal environment.
  • Provide local people with the knowledge and support needed to effect changes in their own lives by raising their awareness and understanding of sustainability and the need to protect the natural resource base. A particular focus will be to work with young people on issues of environmental justice, social responsibility and stewardship.
  • Create the opportunity for every person to experience a learning environment beyond the classroom as an essential part of learning and personal development, whatever their age, ability or circumstances.
  • Contribute to regional development and economic regeneration.
  • Ensure a sustained commitment to ESD through a flexible management structure combined with a robust system of governance.


We believe that the best way of delivering this vision is through a broad and inclusive partnership of regional stakeholders engaged in;

a. Highlighting and sharing the best transformative education practices evident in the North East of England in the context of a global learning network, with a specific focus on creating new learning opportunities for young people.

b. Participating in a regional collaborative network of educators and practitioners for knowledge sharing related to Education for Sustainable Development (ESD).

c. Facilitating collaboration between existing projects, institutions and individuals and encouraging new learning activities for the benefit of people of all ages across the region.

d. Identifying quality transformative education across the North East of England so as to define what ESD means in practice.

e. Engendering a spirit of quality learning through ESD

f. Developing the terms of reference for quality research on transformative education and issues of sustainability.