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Global school protests demand action on a climate changed. Growing climate anxiety amongst young people. It's all real and present. This module addresses a core Cymbrogi value - Sustainability - and reflects on why this, and Circular thinking, is now critical for educators,

in Wales and beyond.


Sustainable & Circular Futures



You will learn what is meant by the concept of sustainability, establishing a usable definition which can be applied to your everyday lives.

You will develop an understanding of the Sustainable Development Goals through reflecting upon their purpose and the ways in which you could engage with the goals within your own lives.

Through critically evaluating the linear and circular economic models you will be able to recognise practical steps that you can take towards a more sustainable and circular future.

What will I learn?

Take Your Learning Further

This module will enable you to imagine and work towards more sustainable futures.

This module has been designed as the first stage in a four part process of Understand - Explore - Materialise - Reflect.


Stage Two, Explore (Available in early Spring 2021), provides a hands on opportunity to learn more about sustainability and practice sustainability within your own contexts.

On completing this Module you will gain access to a range of Elective resources and mini-modules which provide additional opportunities to go deeper into the content covered within the Module.

  1. What is Sustainability?

  2. Nature of the Circular Economy

  3. Challenges of the linear economy

  4. Sustainability and Circularity in action

  5. Final reflection

  6. Take it further

  7. Access elective mini-modules



Dr Verity Jones, is a senior lecturer in the Department of Education and Childhood at the University of the West of England, Bristol. She is education advisor to the Global Goals Centre and the international sustainable charity Fashion Revolution.


Harri Wavell is Schools and Colleges Manager at the Ellen Macarthur Foundation. His focus is on curriculum development and capacity building, research into, and the development of, teaching and learning materials.


Rachael Goude holds the role of Manager, Cymbrogi Conversations. She has recently finished an MSc in Sustainable Development, specialising in sustainable diets and agriculture.





On completion of this Module you will gain access to the following elective mini-modules & resources

World’s Largest Lesson

Shifting knowledge to practice? It’s difficult to know where to start. This elective gives you a simple, creative idea to help introduce and communicate the Global Goals to your class. This resource can be printed and used in the classroom or as a guide for pupils to produce something similar.

An Economic Reality Check

This elective will get you taking a personal look at the themes considered in the Core Module of Sustainability and the Circular Economy. It encourages you to reflect on ‘what is economics?’ and recognise the environmental impact of all economic choices - big and small.

Farm to Fork to…

This elective seeks to consider how the food we buy can contribute to unsustainable practices. It invites you to take a look at what you buy and, more importantly, what you waste in the kitchen. Ideas and resources to introduce food waste minimisation at home and in school will be shared.


This elective seeks to explore ways of thinking about who makes our clothes and what’s in them. If we are going to shift to more sustainable systems in the fashion supply chain there’s lots to think about and do at all levels of society.


This elective seeks to encourage teachers to think about the life cycle of our technology, and consider the strengths and weaknesses of a circular technological economy.

"I feel I have had a great refresh of the core CE principles and re connected with new materials on the SDGs. I am enthused and inspired to continue."

"I have learnt about the reuse clothing industry. What a fabulous idea reusing clothes to make new ones, thus reducing wastage! Never thought of clothing being part of pollution before."


"Some very insightful information and ideas that I can integrate and deliver into my classroom."

"The course has allowed me the space to re-engage with UNSDGs and to consider them at a different scale. I never really took the time to reflect on how they might apply to my life and the decisions I make. "

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