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Welcome to the April 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.

A note from the Chief Exec

'Only Connect' - these words from EM Forster in a frontispiece to one of his novels resounded in my head at our recent Policy Forum. Sometimes, it seems difficult to explain that by convening and connecting people, ideas and practice we can all move forward, learn, share and gain strength. For me this was what happened during the Forum. The sharing across all sectors of education and the thinking about what evidence we have so far, (and what will still need!) is for me a coming of age for ESD. I love hearing about all your creativity and innovation!

We have moved beyond needing to define SD or ESD, or espouse that it is a 'good thing', to thinking about what it really achieves for our young people and society. Becoming active researchers and reflectors will help us all especially as we committed to sharing our evidence widely. Keep checking our website as we load more evidence up and feel free to use it for your own practice.

But, the 'connection' does not stop there - we have been invited to Beijing to be part of a research project on how ESD contributes to quality education. The hope is to present this to the end of the Decade for ESD conference in Japan in November. Thank you to everyone who contributed to this so far - meanwhile if you have evidence of the impact of education for sustainability in your school - do share it with us. There is much to say after 20 years!

If you would like to hear the summary report sign up for our National Sustainable Schools Conference on the 23rd March where we will be looking at auditing, impact, saving money and CO2 and how this all translates into a meaningful school curriculum. Should be another fabulous day and I hope a celebration of all your amazing work!
Best wishes,

Ann Finlayson

SEEd News and Members News

SEEd News

  • Career Opportunities: This month SEEd are recruiting for two jobs: a part-time Project Manager and a part-time Administrator. Read on to the foot of this newsletter for more details, or go straight to our website.
  • SEEd Webinar: how to use outdoors for learning - Wednesday 23 April: Join Canadian expert naturalists and educators, Sue Ellen Fast and Will Husby, to find out how nature can help with your teaching, using simple, powerful discovery activities. Register for our webinar →
  • SEEd’s National Sustainable Schools Conference – Friday 23 May: Join us in London on 23 May to hear from Engynious, Sustrans, British Gas, RHS and many more about how to future-proof your school. Register for our conference →
  • How did our Policy Forum go? Were you there at our Policy Forum: Evidence for Sustainability in Education on 26 March? If you were – and if you weren’t – have a look at our fantastic infographic for a visual round-up of what happened; or see what inspired the participants on storify. Read more →

SEEd Member News

Join SEEd to promote your work and new initiatives, resources and events in this newsletter. Go to our website and join us today.
  • Extreme Cinema from The Wild Network: Project Wild Thing will be screened from the peaks of the UK’s highest mountains on 10 and 11 May. Read more →
  • Keep Britain Tidy reports on England’s waste: SITA has commissioned KBT to enquire into recycling targets and achievements. Read more →
News and Research

Education and Environment News

  • Are pupils being brainwashed about climate change? Lord Lawson’s thinktank has been criticised for its latest report. Read more →
  • GCSE and A Level Reform: The latest changes to the national school qualifications were published last week. Find out how your subject is affected →
  • UN condemns ‘dirty’ fuels: The long-awaiting UN IPCC report into climate change has warned that there must be a ‘massive shift’ to renewable energy. Read more →
  • The fall of the songbird: The turtle-dove, along with other British birds, is thought to be on the brink of extinction. Read more →

Research, Publications and Guidance

  • An Action Plan from the US: This action plan for Education for Sustainable Development makes a valuable teaching resource. Read more →
  • Power to the Pupils: This report from DECC gives advice and encouragement to schools considering installing Solar PV. Read more →
School Stories and Events

Sustainable Schools Stories

Do you know of a school that demonstrates excellent practice in ESD? Tell us about it at news@se-ed.org.uk.
  • Walsall Adult Community College: WACC’s leaders attribute its achievement of outstanding overall effectiveness to a shared vision and commitment to sustainable development. Read more →
  • Warrington Collegiate, Chesire: This further education college embeds sustainability in all its areas of work and teaching. Read more →


  • SEEd’s National Sustainable Schools Conference – Friday 23 May: Don’t forget to register for your place at our conference in May. Register now →.
  • SEEd webinar: Sign up for this month’s webinar on how to use the outdoors for learning. Read more →
  • The Eco Technology Show – Thursday 26 and Friday 27 June: Exhibitors, money-saving ideas and over 60 seminars make up this year’s free Technology Show. Read more →
  • Green Connections Youth Programme: This free programme in Dublin is open for young people. Find out more →
  • Green Skills and Sustainability Qualifications: Browse these qualifications and apprenticeships offered by City & Guilds. Read more →
Take Part

Take Part

  • Eco-Team Challenge: Norfolk Education and Action for Development (NEAD) offers free progammes of activities and training for young people and youth leaders in and around The Broads. Find out more →
  • Take a #GlobalSelfie: Join NASA’s global celebration of our planet by sharing your own #globalselfie.
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  • Big Wild Sleepout: Join the RSPB in June for a sponsored sleepout, and find out how you can help protect Britain’s wildlife. Read more →
  • Submit a Cuckoo record online: Help keep tabs on the herald of spring by making notes when you hear its call and submitting them to CEDaR Online Recording.


  • SEEd: Project Manager: We are looking for a part-time project manager to take charge of all SEEd projects, including the SSA, webinars, SEEd annual events, budgets and marketing. Apply →
  • SEEd: Administrator: A part-time administrator is also required, to be responsible for the day-to-day running of the SEEd office, SEEd membership, finances, and supporting the Project Manager. Apply →
  • St Barbe Museum: Assistant Community Engagement & Learning Officer: Maternity cover is required for this role, which uses museum collections and art exhibitions to deliver community engagement and learning across three museum venues in South West Hampshire. Apply →

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