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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.

Where is sustainability in the election? Who should I vote for?

This is the question I have been asking myself, and maybe you have too! An even more pertinent question to SEEd is where is education for sustainability in the debate? Well good news if you are Welsh and likely to vote for Plaid Cymru as they do have a mention for ESD!

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A very personal view from Ann Finlayson, SEEd CEO
SEEd News and Members News

SEEd News

  • New ideas and collaborations come out of SEEd’s Policy Forum - SEEd’s Policy Forum on 26th March had representatives from schools, funders, architects, local authorities and students. This was an eclectic working group, who were at the event either to share their expertise on retrofitting schools for sustainability, or to learn from others expertise and experience. We all realised we knew some of the picture around… Read more →
  • SEEd’s Collaboration Working with Southend-on-Sea Borough Council - Southend-On-Sea Borough Council has five key aims to make Southend-On-Sea a prosperous, excellent, safe, clean and healthy place for people living and working in Southend-On-Sea. They believe that they have a leading role to play in promoting the growth of the low-carbon economy locally. This presents them with a unique opportunity to make a real contribution in delivering…Read more →
  • Confirmed Speakers and Workshops for the National Sustainable Schools Conference on the 2nd July 2015 - SEEd are happy to announce they have confirmed two Keynote Speakers for the National Sustainable Schools Conference on the 2nd July 2015, Doug Hulyer and Professor Justin Dillon. Doug Hulyer’s keynote – ‘Earth Matters’ will build on his long and varied involvement with education, public awareness and engagement in all matters environmental as well as what… Read more →

SEEd Member News

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  • NEAD Projects – ‘Educate to Communicate’ and ‘African Keyhole Gardens’ – SEEd's Member Norfolk Education & Action for Development (NEAD) have some exciting focus projects based in schools.  'Africa Keyhole Garden Days', focus's on local environments and increasing young people’s sense of connection to nature… Read more →
  • Tracking, Camouflage and Bird Language, 22nd April 2015 – This Circle of Life course is about learning to read the tracks and signs left by animals as they move across the landscape. Supporting young people and old to have these experiences, has multiple benefits for the learners and develops their appreciation of the natural world. Read more →
  • RSPB in Northern Ireland, One of Many Organisations To Suffer Natural Heritage Grant Cuts – Fifty Local charities such as RSPB and the National Trust have received letters from the Department of Environment in Northern Ireland telling them that they have three months of funding left. Read more →
News and Research

Education and Environment News

  • Five ways that people frame climate change debates – Words are powerful, the word ‘consumer’, for example, isn’t just an innocent part of the language: it triggers a frame – a set of assumptions about what we should think and how we should behave. Inside this frame, our job as a consumer is to choose between different options for consumption. Read more →
  • France decrees new rooftops must be covered in plants or solar  â€“ Rooftops on new buildings built in commercial zones in France must either be partially covered in plants or solar panels, under a law approved at the end of March. Green roofs have an isolating effect, helping reduce the amount of energy needed to heat a building in winter and cool it in summer. Read more →
  • Global Players Create ‘World’s Largest Lesson’ – This September the United Nations will announce the Sustainable Development Goals. After the goals are announced, The World’s Largest Lesson will take place, with teachers in schools all around the world educating their students about the SDGs. Read more →
  • Partnering to support children’s rights and development; LEGO Group, LEGO Foundation and UNICEF – Children’s rights and early learning are to receive a boost through two new global partnerships between the LEGO Group, LEGO Foundation and UNICEF. In this three-year partnership, LEGO has pledged to strengthen the governance of child protection in its own business, and share best practice with other corporations. Read more →
  • Arab Region Launches UN Decade of Sustainable Energy for All  – The UN Decade of Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) was launched in the Arab region on 23 March 2015, in Amman, Jordan, during a week of events organized by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UN-ESCWA). Read more →
  • Read the latest blog from the Cambridge Primary Review teacher Stephanie: ‘None of the above?’ – There’s an election looming. Hopefully, teachers will take the opportunity to revenge themselves just a little on the government that gave us Gove and hollow promises of workload reform. Read more→

Research, Publications and Guidance

  • Play for a Change: Play Policy and Practice a Review of Contemporary Perspectives.  Author: Think Global. Edited by: Dr Stuart Lester and Wendy Russel - The aim of this report was to produce an up-to-date review of research and literature on children’s play, with a focus on evidence-based research that can inform policy. Read more →
  • Independent Review of Curriculum and Assessment Arrangements in Wales. Edited by: Professor Graham Donaldson CB - In commissioning this Review the Welsh Government recognised how important it is that each child and young person in Wales should be able to benefit from curriculum and assessment arrangements that will best meet their present needs and equip them for their future lives. Read more →
  • The Play Return: A review of the wider impact of play initiatives. Editor: Tim Gill. This review was a response to a meeting with Nick Hurd MP, Former Minister for Civil Society at the Cabinet Office and representatives of the play. When finished CPPF felt the work would be relevant to a wider audience, across the field of play, and also across political agendas. Read more →


  • Geographical Association: new online resource on the Middle East. The use of water can help pupils to understand how life in the Middle East can be very similar to, but also different from, living in the UK. Unequal access to water resources also raises questions of rights and responsibilities, power and poverty, consumption and sustainability. Read more →
School Stories and Events


  • Health, Well Being and Education for Sustainability: Lessons for HE from the health professions - 15th May 2015: Regional Centre for Sustainability Centre (RCE) at the University of Gloucester are hosting Stefi Barna from Norwich Medical School, University of East Anglia to speak on Health, Wellbeing and Education for Sustainability. Read more →
  • Building Capacities of Educators for a Just and Sustainable World, 9 July 2015: This conference builds on the 2014 theme of ‘The Role of Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship in a Meaningful Curriculum’.  The 2015 event will seek to address UNESCO's 'global call for greater and improved global citizenship education', Read more →
  • Pathways to the Future: ESD Conference, Talinn, Estonia, 22-24th April 2015: 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 →
Take Part

Take Part

  • Is your school on a carbon-cutting mission? The 2015 Ashden School Awards are now open for entries: Deadline 5 May 2015 - National green energy charity Ashden is seeking entries for the 2015 Ashden Schools Awards. On 21 October, up to four winning schools will each receive a share of a total prize fund of £10,000 at a ceremony at the historic St Luke’s LSO in London. Read more →
  • An exciting new challenge for pupils aged 8-14 years to develop solutions to the problems caused by plastic waste globally. Deadline 18th Dec 2015 - STEM are launching their new Plastics Challenge. It's packed with practical science investigations based around plastics, and an enterprise challenge to design and make a product for UK or Nepal market. Read more →
  • Get Involved in ‘Naturally Healthy Week’: 23rd – 31st May 2015 - Natural Devon and partners are launching a ‘Naturally Healthy Week’ to promote the Naturally Healthy priority theme to encourage more people to get outside, get healthy and enjoy the great outdoors and wildlife, coincides with half-term holidays. Read more →
  • Can your school rise to the School Enterprise Challenge? April 8th - May 20th 2015 - The free competition guides and supports teachers and students to set up real school businesses. Students develop essential skills in business and entrepreneurship in a practical, fun and innovative way. Read more →


  • Assistant Centre Manager, Hampshire County Council – Closing date 25 th April 2015: Have the chance to deliver outdoor learning for schools and others at the inspiring Stubbington Study Centre on the beautiful Hampshire coast. If you have experience of teaching in outdoor settings, this is your opportunity to help run and manage our busy residential study centre, based in the coastal village of Stubbington in Hampshire. Read more →
  • Online Learning Educators (Sustainability and Social Responsibility) – 2 posts, University of Edinburgh - Closing date 28th April 2015: The Moray House School of Education and the School of Geosciences at the University of Edinburgh are seeking two On-line Learning Educators for Sustainability and Social Responsibility, developing an online undergraduate course in sustainability. Read more →
  • Climate Change Press and Communications Coordinator, CARE Denmark (CDK) - Closing date 27th April 2015: This role is for CARE Denmark’s International Poverty, Environmental and Climate Change Network, developing and strengthening CARE’s global climate change work. This role speaks on behalf of CARE International, and works with partners to share key findings. Read more →
  • Sustainability Projects Officer: a 1 year fixed term, ideal for a recent graduate looking for their first full-time role in sustainability and will give anyone a fantastic grounding to anyone looking to launch into a sustainability career! University of London. Read more →
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