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Welcome to the September edition of the SEEd e-newsletter. Here, you will find news on sustainable development in the Education sector and sustainable schools, ESD, environment news, sustainability news, jobs, funding and any upcoming events, courses or consultations.

500 Pages to tell you we are not on track!
I am ploughing my way through the UNESCO GEM (Global Education Monitoring) report – all 558 pages of it. And it makes for some interesting reading – well not all 558 pages, obviously! However, some interesting facts and philosophies are on display. Especially when we look globally. Read more →
Ann Finlayson
Executive Chair, SEEd

Sustainable Schools Alliance News

SEEd News

  • SEEd Annual General (Risk takers) Meeting - Prior to writing this blog on SEEd’s AGM, I spent quite a while trying to think of a theme that connects the three great speakers who will join us at Pennthorpe Independent School on the 15th October. Each one has approached sustainability in education from a diverse perspective. Read more
  • How do we know what’s working? - This summer, SEEd has once again been extremely fortunate to have benefitted from the creativity, determination and passion of two young people who have supported us on a variety of different projects. Read more →
  • Connecting with nature and SEEd - I first found out about SEEd from a student at Reading University who had previously been an intern here, and had found it a great experience. Read more →

SEEd Member News

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  • TEESNet conference: Measuring what’s valuable or valuing what’s measurable? – On the 21st of September, the teacher education network for equity and sustainability will be holding their annual conference. Read more →
  • Institute of Outdoor Learning conference: What is outdoor learning for? – From the 13th-15th October, the Institute for Outdoor Learning will hold their annual conference to explore the role of outdoor learning in tackling global, local, and intra-personal development needs Read more →
  • Interclimate network join as members of SEEd - SEEd are very pleased to announce that Interclimate Network have recently joined as members. Interclimate Network mobilises the energy and creativity of young people, inspiring them to become active citizens and leaders in sustainable, low carbon, economic development. Read more →
News and Research

Education and Environment News

  • Teen summit aims to build more creativity, curiosity in education - Sir Ken Robinson, international expert on education and creativity, is scheduled to kick off a conference for young people next month. Read more →
  • Edinburgh school parking ban encourages walking -  A pilot scheme to ban parking outside primary schools in Edinburgh has led to an increase in the number of pupils walking to school. Read more →
  • Stories of ‘dangerous women’: Wangari Mathaai - I came across Wangari Mathaai in my hometown of Oslo the year before she received the Nobel Peace Prize. An African women’s organisation made a party to celebrate her and asked me to tell a story. I told my favorite African story, the story of a tree. Read more →
  • Stronger commitment to sustainable transport required, says Committee - The Department for Transport needs a clear strategy to increase the use of ultra-low emission vehicles, reduce air pollution and deal with the VW cheat device scandal so that it can meet decarbonisation and air quality targets, the Environmental Audit Committee says in its report. Read more →

Research, Publications and Guidance

  • Alliance for useful evidence: Using evidence, what works? - An introduction to and discussion of the report The Science of Using Science: Researching the Use of Research Evidence in Decision-Making. Read more →
    Education needs to change fundamentally to meet global development goals - The 2016 GEM Report shows that the world risks achieving its key global education commitments. It warns that education needs to fundamentally change if we are to reach the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and meet the current challenges facing humanity and the planet. Read more →
School Stories and Events


  • SEEd’s AGM, 15th October - Join SEEd members and trustees for a memorable day of talks and discussions on the role of sustainability in education in the beautiful setting of Pennthorpe Independent School in West Sussex. Reserve your spot now →
  • Bristol Natural History Consortium: Communicate conference, 2nd/3rd November - Communicate is the UK's leading conference for environmental communicators, bringing together over 150 delegates each year to develop their skills, share best practice and debate the latest issues in engaging people with the natural world. Read more →
  • London Southbank Centre: The Making of a National Park City, 21st September - This landmark event explores what a National Park City is, what this means for London, and how our capital can soon become the world's first. Read more →
  • Schumacher College: The Call of the Wild, 2017 - A year-long foundation course in outdoor education leadership with Wildwise in association with the Schumacher College. Read more →
  • Think Global: The Change Makers, 13th October - How do we create a new generation willing to learn and act to make the world more just and sustainable? Read more →
Take Part

Take Part

  • Recycle Week: The Unusual Suspects, 12th-18th September - Now in its 13th year Recycle Week is a celebration of recycling, with this year's theme being 'The Unusual Suspects'. The aim of the week is to encourage people to think about all those items that often get forgotten about when recycling at home. Read more →
  • World teachers’ day: Empowering teachers, building sustainable societies -  UNESCO proclaimed 5th October to be World Teachers’ Day in 1994, celebrating the great step made for teachers on 5 October 1966. Read more →
  • World’s Largest Lesson 2016 – This year’s World’s Largest Lesson will be delivered during the week beginning the 19th September. You can find teaching resources on the Think Global website. Read more →


  • UCL Institute of Education: Co-director of the Development Education Research Centre – From January 2017 a new part-time job share position as will be available at the Development Education Research Centre. For further details, please contact d.bourn@ucl.ac.uk.
  • West Cumbria Rivers Trust: Education and Outreach Officer (closing dare 18th September) - West Cumbria Rivers Trust is a registered environmental charity dedicated to the preservation and improvement of the wildlife and habitats of rivers, lakes and the surrounding countryside in West Cumbria. Read more →
  • EAUC: Member Community Officer (closing date 25th September) - The Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC) is the leading alliance of universities and colleges, sector bodies and commercial organisations, working together both in the UK and internationally to drive environmental, social and financial sustainability to the heart of tertiary education. Read more →
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