Nationwide Education is part of Nationwide's commitment to the community. It is primarily a web-based programme designed for use online with personal PCs and interactive whiteboards at schools, colleges, youth centres and at home. It's designed to be stimulating and engaging whilst providing key information, guidance and useful tips. We trust you and your students will enjoy using the interactive games and use the downloadable fact sheets and work sheets to further their understanding about sustainable living and how important it is in their daily lives.

Nationwide, as the world's largest building society, is keen to help build better life skills for better futures. Its Sustainable Living programmes include:

  • Sustainable Houses (aimed at 4-7 and 7-11 year olds)
  • Sustainable Communities (aimed at 12-14 and 14-16 year olds)

Each of Nationwide Education's Sustainable Living programmes links directly to guidance on the teaching of sustainability in the curricula for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. They also help schools meet the requirements of the National Framework for Sustainable Schools.

You can use the menu bar on the left to explore the programmes by age group. We are always keen to know what teachers and professionals think about our programmes, so if you have any questions, comments or feedback, we'd love to hear from you. Email us at Enquiries@NationwideEducation.co.uk.

School visits

Nationwide Building Society employees visit schools and colleges to deliver lessons and talks on the three core themes of the Nationwide Education web site: Financial Capability, Sustainable Living and Safety.

If you would like to request a school visit, please download and complete Section A of this partnership form and email it to Enquiries@NationwideEducation.co.uk. Nationwide endeavours to meet requests wherever possible but unfortunately these cannot be guaranteed.

What is sustainable living?

Sustainable living simply means living in a way that reduces our impact on the environment. The Earth's resources are precious and our current rates of consumption mean that they will eventually run out. By reducing consumption levels and reusing and recycling goods wherever possible, the Earth's resources will be available for many years to come.

Why is sustainable living important?

Due to current environmental trends and population growth, sustainable living has never been more important. By teaching our children the importance of the environment and the implications of consumption we can all work towards a more sustainable way of life.

Why is education in sustainability important?

Today's children will inherit tomorrow's world. With future global challenges such as climate change and global warming, they need to be given the knowledge and tools to take responsibility for their own futures. Sustainability also considers ensuring communities are places where people want to live and work, now and in the future.

Education in sustainability is a fundamental way we can ensure children understand the challenges they will face in the future, and the knowledge to build a sustainable community they want to live in. The Government aims for all schools to be sustainable by 2020 and asks them to 'prepare young people for a lifetime of sustainable living' (DfE).

Nationwide Education's Sustainable Living programmes help pupils understand the importance of living sustainably and what they, their family, their school and their community can do to make a difference.