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Welcome to the October 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.

Spotlight on Sustainability

Sustainability-spotting is a fascinating hobby which I suspect I share with many of you. This summer in particular has provided some new sustainability highs. Read more →

Pauline Rutter (SEEd Project Manager)

SEEd News and Members News

SEEd News

  • SEEd Members Day & AGM – All Members Invited! – Spaces Are Limited, Oct 10th, Linklater Pavilion, Lewes –  Dr John Parry (Director), our host will provide tours of the Linklater Pavilion, and we will also hear from Coastal Communities about how local evidence and local solutions are vital to the sustainability of our coasts. There is still time to apply! Read more →
  • SEEd Webinar: In Full Sing: Why Nations are Coming Together For Sustainability Tuesday 21st October 2014 – Sir David will provide an introduction to why governments around the world have been coming together to discuss reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and what this means for sustainability. Read more →
  • Facilitation for Learning for Sustainability Course – This is the 4-day course that will enable you to work with groups on sustainability issues! It combines social learning, facilitating groups creating new ideas and practices to help them sustain their ideas and work. Read more →

SEEd Member News

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  • Maths Outdoors – how to use the outdoor environment to support the primary maths curriculum, 14th November 2014 – A hands-on course where delegates participate in a series of outdoor activities that develop mathematical understanding, and which are designed to be transferable to your school environment. Read more →
  • Using the Outdoors to Work with Challenging Behaviour (OCN Level 3), 28th to 30th November 2014 – A three day accredited training course designed to build confidence, understanding and practice in working with learners with challenging behaviour and how natural outdoor spaces can support their needs. Read more →
  • Modeshift 2014 Sustainable Travel Convention – A focus on sustainable travel journeys linked to education, workplaces and
  • communities and the national sustainable travel awards. Read more →
  • Assessing students’ skills – the relevance for global learning – Think Global's lunchtime talk on 6th November is about young people's need to be able think critically about global issues and to articulate their views. Read more →
News and Research

Education and Environment News

  • Teaching assistants to have new set of standards – A new set of standards is to be drawn up for teaching assistants in England's state schools, the government has said. Read more →
  • What are the challenges to scaling up global social enterprise? – Join the experts online on Friday 10 October 10-11am BST to explore how social enterprises can collaborate to boost a global social enterprise movement. Read more →
  • Young people lack workplace skills, firms say in survey – The British Chambers of Commerce survey of 3,000 firms found nine out of 10 thought school leavers were not ready for employment. Three-quarters of the companies put the situation down to a lack of work experience. Read more →
  • Britons ill-informed on energy saving, survey finds – A survey commissioned by the National Energy Foundation (NEF) found while 60% of adults in the survey felt they were well informed on energy issues, half of them could not identify the most energy efficient lighting for their homes. Read more →

Research, Publications and Guidance

  • Urban Nature: Inclusive Learning Through Youth Work and School Work; Erik Backman, Barbara Humberstone & Chris Loynes - Increased globalisation and growth of cities also highlights the boundaries between nature and civilization from educational and experiential perspectives, especially with regards to issues of democracy and inclusion. Read more →
  • Press Release: Councils Must Protect Our Precious Green Belt Land; Brandon Lewis MP & The Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP - New guidance, which will be published on Monday 6 October, reaffirms how councils should use their Local Plan, drawing on protections in the National Planning Policy Framework, to safeguard their local area against urban sprawl, and protect the green lungs around towns and cities. Read more →
  • UNFCCC: France Sets out Goals for Paris 2015 (Statement 29. Aug, 2014);Tom Marshall - On August 28, at the Annual French Ambassadors Conference in Paris, French Minister of Foreign Affairs, Laurent Fabius, stressed the importance of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21/CMP11) that his country will host at the end of 2015, where governments have agreed to reach a new, universal climate change agreement. Read more →
  • Planet Earth Online: Scientists probe leak risk from seabed CO2 stores; Tom Marshall - UK-led international research team has carried out the first experiment to recreate what would happen if CO2 started leaking after being stored deep under the sea floor. Their findings add weight to the idea that this could be a viable way to cut our impact on the climate. Read more →
School Stories and Events

Sustainable Schools Stories

  • Good practice resource; Principles that develop outstanding secondary teachers: University of Birmingham - The University of Birmingham is an excellent example of how consistent application of the principles that develop outstanding secondary teachers can deliver outstanding teacher training. Read more examples →
  • Batley Girls High School - Batley Girls High School is a visual Arts college, a Lead Sustainable School and the holder of 2 ECO Schools Green Flag Awards. At the BGHS farm and the other various growing areas, allotment, greenhouse, poly tunnel, fruit trees, bushes, herb garden and gardens, horticulture, science and animal care come together. Read more →


  • Soil Association Scotland: Event: Trees: A Valuable Resource. Woodland Management and Biomass. A practical day looking at trees: from planting and pruning to processing; how to manage existing woodland; opportunities for selling wood and wood fuel. Read more
  • The Green Register: Embodied Carbon; Why, How and When? 13th November 2014. They reported that even before a building is occupied, between 30% - 70% of its lifetime carbon emissions have already been accounted for. Read more
  • Hosted by PedRIO and the Centre for Sustainable Futures: Education for Sustainability in Higher Education Conference, 8th January 2015. This is a timely opportunity to look back at what has been achieved in sustainability education and to explore and consider its future prospects and potential in higher education. Read more
  • Global Sustainability Institute: Global Sustainability Institute Research Conference 2015. The 2015 Global Sustainability Institute Conference will bring together leaders from academia, business, government, NGOs and beyond, to discuss the interface between sustainability research, public policy and practice. Read more
Take Part

Take Part

  • Sustainability Leaders Awards 2014 - The Awards celebrate the very best in sustainable business; recognising true leadership and innovation in embedding sustainability in their organisations. Read more →
  • Transition Towns - 'One Year in Transition' - 1YT (One Year in Transition) is a collaborative learning programme that supports young adults in creating the livelihoods they want whilst empowering them to create positive, sustainable change for their communities. Read more →
  • Learning Through Landscapes - 'Polli:Nation' - A programme supporting schools to protect our seriously dwindling bee population. To build the project they need to know what you know about pollination. To help click here and fill in a quick survey →


  • Hammersmith & Fulham Urban Studies Centre: Two Volunteer Roles, Assistant for Sessions and Administrator - Responsibilities will include assisting monitoring and marketing activities. We are looking for organised people who are able to work with children, proactively and independently support the office administration and can commit to 1 or 2 days per week for 3 to 6 months. Email to apply
  • Sustrans: Active Travel Co-ordinator - This role involves identifying, developing and implementing projects and programmes of work across Scotland designed to get more people walking and cycling in communities and to workplaces and higher/further education. Read more →
  • Royal Parks Foundation: Education Manager (Maternity cover) - The Royal Parks Foundation, the charity that helps support the magic of London’s eight amazing Royal Parks, is looking to appoint an Education Manager (maternity cover) to manage our Education Programme at our Isis Education Centre, based in Hyde Park. Read more →
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