Dear <<First Name>>,
Welcome to the December 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.
It was great to see the strong response to our partnership with Engynious – which provides free solar for schools, cheaper electricity, income for SEEd and income for you as SEEd members if you can introduce some keen schools. Let’s keep going so more schools can become models of sustainability!
There is much to report on – but this month I will focus on sustainability and its part in any curriculum. Our interest in this began nearly three years ago – but not as sustainability as a topic, but a cross curriculum approach, thinking and skills set. Even though the new National Curriculum did not retain it as an aim, there is still the opportunity to embed it in the ‘local school curriculum’. Every school has to publish its school curriculum now. So all that good work can be embedded and made visible to your students, community and Ofsted ( should you so wish!). Even better, planning and designing your school curriculum around sustainability can bring ‘core knowledge’ to life - both locally and globally, as well as build action competencies and engagement in our students. Angus Willson and myself are facilitating a 10 week course to help you do just that! We still have some a few places left. This process can be run through staff meetings each week and is best if two people from each school do it. The second teacher gets the course half price. An hour a week and your local school curriculum drafted at the end!
Alexandra Stubbings, of TalikandCo and myself road tested the approach and some activities for the United Arab Emirates Ministry of Education in Dubai last month. They want a primary and secondary sustainability curriculum. Amazed? Now pick yourself up off the floor and join in – and see what they all got excited about!
- SEEd Webinar: Sustainable Consumption: How to integrate it in your school - THIS WEDNESDAY 11th December, join Juliet Robertson and Kim Bailey for SEEd’s Christmas Special FREE Webinar. Read more and sign up →.
- Online support in developing your local school curriculum - Find inspiration for practical and creative ways to implement the new National Curriculum and improve learning outcomes with SEEd’s online course, going live from Tuesday 10th Jan to 21st Mar 2013. Read more and sign up →
SEEd Member News
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- Action Learning Programme by LfS Scotland - Learning for Sustainability Scotland (formerly RCE Scotland) has launched its first collaborative project, bringing together participants from eight organisations for a series of six monthly workshops. Find out about the ALP →
- RSPB partners with Green Impact Excellence - SEEd member RSPB has entered a partnership with environmental accreditation and awards scheme Green Impact to mentor student unions. Read more →
- Prince of Wales launches WWF Awards - HRH The Prince of Wales has recorded a video message to launch WWF’s first Green Ambassador Awards which aim to celebrate young people and schools making a positive difference to the environment. Click here for more →
Education and Environment News
- Warsaw walk-out - Environment and development groups, young people, trade unions and social movements walked out of the UN climate talks on Thursday in protest at what they say is the slow speed and lack of ambition of the negotiations in Warsaw. Read the story →
- Forest change mapped by Google Earth - A new high-resolution global map of forest loss and gain has been created with the help of Google Earth. Click here for more →
- Should our children be revising for international exams? - Pupils in England should be prepared for international education tests, the chairman of a group of hundreds of secondary schools has argued. Read more →
- New research into the global warming ‘pause’ - A study suggesting that the ‘pause’ in global warming is not real has been followed by a rare agreement between climate scientists and sceptics: that it merits more research. Full story →
- FutureLearn - This autumn, FutureLearn was launched by the Open University, an initiative that will see free online courses made available to thousands of people around the world. Read more →
Sustainable Schools Stories
One of the following examples is a Good Practice study from Ofsted, and part of a series of Good Practice case studies.
- Tampton College, Peterborough - Hampton College was recognised for Eco Promotion in the Peterborough Eco Education Awards last year. We see lots of stories like this from primary schools, so it’s fantastic to hear about older students getting involved publically as well. Read more →
- South Farnborough Infant School - Watch this Ashden Award video to find out about how this infant school is becoming sustainable.
Research, Publications and Guidance
- FREE BOOK: Social Learning: towards a sustainable world, ed. Arjen E. J. Wals - This comprehensive volume presents and discusses key principles, perspectives, and practices of social learning in the context of sustainability and is now free to down load! Click here →
- The Sustainable Development Timeline - Knowing where. View the timeline here →
- Wondering how to have a more sustainable Christmas? Here are some ideas for ‘greening the holidays’, kids first. Click here →
- Get involved with the New Forest National Park - This holiday, take your family to the New Forest for a country hike, Pooh-sticks, camping, kite flying, and so much more. Explore the New Forest →
- 10 Christmas outdoor activities - 10 fantastic ideas for getting the children outside this Christmas, by Juliet Robertson. Click here. Don’t forget to sign up to Wednesday’s FREE webinar with Juliet!
Events and Courses
- Global Learning Programme: Global Teacher Award (Level 1), February 24th 2014. Read more →
- EAUC: Open call for 2014 EAUC Annual Conference sessions. Click here →
- London RCE: 'Promoting Employability, Society and the Environment: a curriculum for sustainability', June 10th 2014. Read more →
- And don’t forget to sign up for SEEd’s webinar on Wednesday!
- International Institute for Environment and Development: Researcher - The Human Settlements Group at the International Institute for Environment and Development are looking for a Researcher to develop, manage and implement a research programme and policy outreach in a thematic area or areas that are central to the Goals of the Human Settlements Group. Job description →
- London Wildlife Trust: Regional Development Manager - The London Wildlife Trust are looking for a part-time Regional Development Manager to develop strategic opportunities, profile, influence, income generation, new projects, services and contracts in the Trust’s West London region. Job description →
- Groundwork South: Education Officer (Green Schools) - Groundwork South have advertised for an Education Officer with experience or understanding of teaching children at KS1-4 to support the Environment Centres in delivering education and community events. Job description →