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Welcome to the February 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.

Collaboration, co-operation meets networking – the SSA

I really do not enjoy meetings - at all. I am much more of a doer. But I have to admit I am really enjoying the Sustainable Alliance Board meetings. Why? Two reasons:
  • Firstly we get things agreed and have begun to move on at quite a pace - website, online audit tool for schools, more members, blogs happening throughout the year, the National Sustainable Schools Conference - and we have agreed a new doorway to the Sustainable Schools Framework. So doorway number 9 is: (trumpet sound!) - Biodiversity and Nature.
  • Secondly, more than anything, the SSA is modelling collaboration.
For more news, read Victoria’s news update for the SSA.
Ann Finlayson, SEEd CEO
SEEd News and Members News

SEEd News

  • Can Schools be models of sustainability? SEEd Policy Forum, Thursday 26th March, The Foundry, Kennington, London. In our always popular annual, policy forum series we will this year be exploring campus and governance issues around making your school more sustainable. We will be looking at policy and legal requirements to everything from new build, retrofit and sustainability behaviours in schools. Speakers will cover topics such as governance issues, financial models, technical issues you should be aware of, your skills set as a school and how best to incorporate in teaching and learning. Learn the lessons from schools who have been trying different options. Learn from companies and local authorities helping schools. Book early – this event always fills up fast. Read more →
  • SEEd Policy Forum – Have a go at Winning our Competition! Are you interested in coming to our Policy Forum, and saving money? Well keep reading…you have an opportunity to gain discounts at the event, and all you have to do is get tweeting! Read more →
  • SEEd has a New SEEd Project Manager and SSA Coordinator: SEEd is happy to share the news that we have a new Project Manager and SSA Coordinator! Her name is Victoria Tait and we are very excited that she has agreed to join the SEEd Team. Victoria joins SEEd from a year spent teaching English as a Foreign Language in Hong Kong. Read more →
  • Science Book Trust Transfers to SEEd: This Oxford based charity ran some fabulous events and created a website through a lot of volunteer effort. It deided to close in Dec 2014 and transfer transfer management of the website to SEEd in the hope this would allow more people to have access to their excellent resources. Read more →

SEEd Member News

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  • Global Educator of the Year Award – Think Global have just launched a Global Educator of the Year Award. It is open to teachers, headteachers, teaching assistants, governors, others – who are making a special difference in helping young people learning about making the world more just and sustainable. Read more →
  • Climate Adaptation and Resilience Project with the EA and Climate North East – SHOC-Flood is a new two year project funded through the Northumbria Regional Flood and Coastal Committee and being delivered by OASES. The project will work with eight communities in priority flood risk areas and the schools will help lead these communities in reducing flood risk, in partnership with the Environment Agency and Climate North East. Read more →
  • Eco-Schools Roadshow 2015 – In June, July and September a team from the Eco-Schools team here at Keep Britain Tidy will be touring the country to run a series of Roadshow events. The events will be hosted at our fantastic Ambassdor Eco-Schools and will showcase the very best practice in education for sustainability in England. Read more →

SSA News

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  • National Sustainable Schools Conference – 2nd July 2015 – As part of Bristol’s European Green Capital 2015 activities, the University of Bristol, in partnership with the Sustainable Schools Alliance and SEEd, will host and deliver this year’s National Sustainable Schools Conference. Read more →
  • A Blog from SEEd's New SSA Coordinator - “In spite of the cold weather that has dominated most of 2015 so far, as I reflect on all that has happened within the world of sustainability in this short space of time, my overriding impression is that things are undoubtedly heating up.” Read more →
  • The Atlas Schools Project: The Toolkit – The Atlas Schools toolkit helps schools to measure their carbon footprint and understand how different activities of the school affect carbon emissions.  It also helps schools to identify actions that it can take to reduce its environmental impact and save money and helps schools track their carbon footprint over time. Read more →
  • New Doorway: Biodiversity & Nature – When the Sustainable Schools framework was developed about 10 years ago it reflected the government priorities of that time. Now that it is in all our hands we have been able to include a doorway fro biodiversity and nature, making 9 doorways each of which can be explored from in a campus, curriculum or community way and by following a concept of ‘care’ – care for oneself, care for others and care for the environment. More will follow as we develop the doorway further. We will keep you posted. But a big thank you to the tireless efforst of the RSPB, Doug Hulyer, ex Chair of the public awareness and understanding Boards at Defra and others. Its crucial that we get the idea that we all depend on biodiversity and need to recognise we have to live within planetary boundaries.
News and Research

Education and Environment News

  • England: Children’s visits to natural environments – The results show a link between social inequalities and the opportunities that children have to experience the natural environment. It also highlights the importance of local greenspace to all children – especially those who visit less frequently. Read more →
  • Scottish Environment Week, 16-19th February - Scottish Environment Week 2015’s theme is Sharing Scotland, highlighting all the resident and visiting species with which we share our environment and the human duty to share the space fairly and responsibly. 2015 will also mark the 10th anniversary of Scottish Environment Week. Read more →
  • Pathways to the Future: ESD Conference, Talinn, Estonia, 22-24th April – The conference intends to analyze how sustainable development is and should be taught or integrated into curricula at all levels of education and in both formal and non-formal education. Current practice and future challenges along with underlying values of ESD are going to be discussed. Read more →
  • Environmental risks of fracking – Extensive production of unconventional gas through fracking is inconsistent with the UK's obligations under the Climate Change Act and its carbon budgets regime, which encompasses our contribution to efforts to keep global temperature rise below two degrees. Read more →
  • Planetary boundaries research – The framework was first introduced in 2009, when a group of 28 internationally renowned scientists identified and quantified the first set of nine planetary boundaries within which humanity can continue to develop and thrive for generations to come. Read more
  • Circular economy 'could create more than 200,000 jobs' in the UK  – According to the report entitled 'Employment and the circular economy: job creation in a more resource efficient Britain' developing the UK's resource efficiency can "make a valuable contribution to improving Britain's labour market situation" and help address regional imbalances in unemployment. Read this and other sustainable stories →

Research, Publications and Guidance

  • The Environmental Toolkit for Teachers, Author: Neil Fraser - The Environmental Toolkit for Teachers is the essential guide to reducing your school's ecological footprint and creating and embedding a sustainability ethos. Read more →
  • Integrating Sustainability Thinking in Science and Engineering Curricula, Edited by Leal Filho, W., Azeiteiro, U.M., Caeiro, S., Alves, F - this book presents a wealth of information on innovative approaches, methods and tools that may be helpful in translating sustainability principles into practice. Read more →


  • Water Aid Resources, The Sustainability Resource Guide looks at how the Trust's main engagement tool can help explore what sustainability means in ways that are relevant and engaging. It focuses on how people are more likely to care for our planet if they are connected with nature. It encourages thinking on people's motivations and values. Read more →
  • Jamie’s Kitchen Garden Project, The Kitchen Garden Project resource hub is jam-packed with hundreds of delicious Jamie Oliver recipes, lesson plans, helpful teaching notes, growing units, curriculum-linked activities, nutrition information, videos and other supporting materials. Read more →
School Stories and Events

Sustainable Schools Stories

  • Good practice resource: Students’ right to make decisions: Royal College Manchester - Royal College Manchester is very successful in helping its students to develop their active communication skills and to exercise choice and express their opinions in all aspects of their programme.  Read more →


  • Geneva Climate Change Conference, 8th – 13th February 2015: Opening today, negotiations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) are scheduled to continue in Geneva, Switzerland, until 13 February 2015. The conference is the first of several meetings in preparation for the Paris Climate Change Conference that will be held in France in December 2015. Read more →
  • Using the Outdoors to Work with Challenging Behaviour (OCN Level 3):
  • A three day accredited training course designed to build confidence, understanding and practice in working with learners with challenging behavior and how natural outdoor spaces can support their needs.
    Read more →
  • Forest Skills, Edinburgh, 20th March: This outdoor based course will provide a taste of Forest School activities for participants who would like to enhance their woodland based skills and knowledge. Read more →
  • New Food Leadership Programme, Comrie Croft, Perthshire, 13 - 17 July: Nourish Scotland are delighted to announce the first Food Leadership programme, taking place this summer! It will be a cornerstone in building a Scotland-wide movement for a just and sustainable food system, and will lay the foundation for a longer leadership programme to be held in 2016. Read more →
Take Part

Take Part

  • Connecting Classrooms CPD programme: The OASES team are working on behalf of the British Council to deliver Connecting Classrooms CPD in the north east region. Read more →
  • In Time for Tomorrow? Book Launch: Meet Rosemary Randall and Andy Brown, authors of "In Time For Tomorrow?" Hear what Rosemary and Andy, founders of Carbon Conversations, say about how they wrote  "In Time For Tomorrow?" Read more →
  • TCV's Natural Communities Programme - Showcase Event, Stirling, 26th February: The Conservation Volunteers' innovative NC Programme has developed a highly successful and innovative participatory approach to community environmental engagement, working with 27 partner organisations and over 38,000 volunteers.  Read more →
  • True North Tour 2015: By delivering our workshops you’ll help children explore how the choices they make, actions they take and things they buy affect people on the other side of the world and the planet itself. Read more →


  • Education Officer, Bristol 2015 Ltd: This is an exciting opportunity to be involved with a high profile programme of activities during Bristol’s year as European Green Capital, creating innovative resources and opportunities for schools. We are seeking an experienced educator to help drive forwards our vision within a challenging time schedule. Read more →
  • Education & Community Manager: We have a great opportunity for a Senior Manager to be responsible for leading the education and community work in this large wildlife Trust through inspiring over 20 staff and many more volunteers. Read more →
  • Environmental Educators: There is currently a great opportunity for two new people to join our team. We are looking for someone who is passionate about wildlife, the environment and inspiring the next generation. Read more →
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