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Welcome to the March 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.

Liz Warren, guest blogger – “Can schools be models of sustainability?”

Firstly, the plug: on 26 March, I’ll be speaking at an event with the same title as this blog, organised by SEEd, an amazing charity who have worked tirelessly to keep sustainability on the radar of schools, local authorities and Government. The event promises real, practical insights into why schools do and don’t retrofit their buildings, the pressures that schools face and the types of funding and support available. It’s only £15 to attend, which basically covers the cost of food and drink, and comes highly recommended.

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Liz Warren, Director and Co-Founder - se2
SEEd News and Members News

SEEd News

  • SEEd’s Most Succsessful Facilitation Course Yet, 13th & 14th March: My name is Frances Hagger and I am SEEd’s Office Co-Ordinator. I am very happy to have been part of a highly motivated and successful group, from  a wide a wide variety of organisations who graduated as fully fledged facilitators on Saturday 14th March. Read more → (If you would like to attend or book a facilitation/learning for sustainability course contact Ann)
  • (Please forward to a school you think would benefit) Last chance to book a FREE place at SEEd's Forum this week, 26th March 2015, LONDON: Is your school struggling to get sustainability embedded? Can’t find a way to get energy savings in the school? Do you know a school who has tried and failed to get solar, biomass or other renewables? Are you behaviour change campaigns working? Join us to get tips and advice and the best practice for making your school more sustainable. We will be looking at policies, legal, and procurement requirements, contract negotiations, and best value for everything from new build, retrofit, to sustainable behaviours in schools. Due to sponsorship we are now able to offer this full day free to the first 25 to sign up and 70% off for everyone else. There are a few free places available – pass onto a school that could benefit.  We are also offering reduced membership rates on the day. Read more →
  • Looking Ahead to SEEd's exciting 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 →
 

SEEd Member News


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  • Circle of Life Re-Discovery – Transformative Learning April and June 2015 – Circle of Life Rediscovery is working with teachers and healers from around the world to offer a unique and deeper understanding of nature and culture. Read more →
  • Learning Through Landscapes sets the Theme for National School Grounds Week, 8th-12th June, 2015 - We are delighted to be able to make the theme of this year's National School Grounds Week – Pollination! Polli:Nation is our Heritage Lottery funded project that LTL and our partners, will be delivering in schools across the UK and Northern Ireland over the next 4 years. Read more →
  • SEEd Welcomes New Members, such as Children Against Global Warming – Have a look at their global warming petition here. Read more → (Dont forget that organisations who sign up for membership have access to great benefits, including money off SEEd events.)
News and Research

Education and Environment News

  • Wales has a Ground-breaking Sustainable Development Law –On the 17th March, at a plenary vote the Welsh Assembly voted for ‘The Well-being of Future Generations Bill’, which will now become law. Read more →
  • Going Against The Flow: Is The Flow Hive a Good Idea? – We all know there are problems with declining populations of bees – importnat pollinators. But is this the answer? This article is very thought provoking. Read more →
  • Keep it in the ground – Join more than 106,000 others in urging the world's two biggest charitable funds to move their money out of fossil fuels. Read more →
  • Party leaders show the love? – In February, the Climate Coalition launched their ‘Show The Love’ campaign.They even got David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband to agree to work across party lines to tackle climate change. Read more → (And watch video – its amazing, with many many UK actors speaking Shakespeare. Who would have thought that Shakespeare was relevant to climate change?)
  • Funding crisis will damage education, say head teachers  – Nearly 90% of the more than 1,000 heads surveyed by the Association of School and College Leaders said their schools faced detrimental financial pressures. You may need to know this if you are offering services to schools. Read more →
 

Research, Publications and Guidance

  • Conference Report published: Global learning is good education, Author: Think Global - The report from last November's conference, Global Learning is Good Education: How we can work together to inspire schools and teachers to create a sustainable, fairer world, has just been published, and can be downloaded from the Think Global website. Read more →
  • Teaching, learning, and play in the outdoors: a survey of school and pre-school provision in Scotland. Scottish Natural Heritage Commissioned Report No. 779, Edited by Mannion, G., Mattu, L. & Wilson, M.- This research considers to what extent, in what ways and with what impacts schools and pre-schools are utilising the school grounds, local areas, and other places beyond as settings for the delivery of Curriculum for Excellence. Read more →
  • The academic journal Environmental Education Research, was part of the Bath University CREE group and is published by Routledge. Sometimes challenging and provocative, this excerpt is from a free downloadable paper by John Huckle and Arjan Wals entitled ‘The UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development: business as usual in the end': “An analysis of the literature supporting the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development and a sample of its key products suggests that it failed to acknowledge or challenge neoliberalism as a hegemonic force blocking transitions towards genuine sustainability.” Environmental Education Research, Issue 21    Editor: Alan Reid. You can subscribe to this journal here →
 

Resources

  • Modeshift; Global Road Safety Week resources available - The resources have been created as part of the Safer Steps project and made available to support Global Road Safety Week courtesy of the Safer Roads (Berkshire) partnership. Read more →
  • Her Real Name is Palm Oil - Primary 5 and 6 of Kinnaird Primary School have been learning about LAND GRABS through a Global Citizenship Storyline topic. They were so deeply affected by the impact of land grabs and palm oil production, that they decided to make an animation about it, to share their learning with as many people as possible. Watch video →
  • Religious and Moral Education through Outdoor Learning - This resource explores how high quality learning and teaching in religious and moral education (RME) can be delivered through outdoor learning. Read more →
School Stories and Events

Events

  • SEEd CEO to run Sustainability Curriculum Webinar for University of Malaysia: This webinar will focus on the process by which you can develop a sustainability curriculum for your school, district, region or country. Ann will talk about her experience in implementing the sustainability curriculum project at SEEd and helping the United Arab Emirates develop a draft curriculum. Its free after the event. Read more →
  • Eco-Schools Roadshow 2015 announced: In June, July and September a team from the Eco-Schools from Keep Britain Tidy will be touring the country to run a series of Roadshow events. The events will be hosted at Ambassador Eco-Schools and will showcase the very best practice in education for sustainability in England. 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 →
  • Applications for the UN 2015 SEED (not SEEd) Awards Now Open:
  • SEED identifies and supports promising small-scale social and environmental entrepreneurs who, in working towards a greener economy, also tackle poverty and social exclusion. Deadline 31st March. Read more →
Take Part

Take Part

  • Environment Scotland Competition - ‘How Would You Make Our Environment Better?’ Environment Scotland want young people, teachers and youth leaders to find an environmental problem to fix and work out how to make it happen. The closing date is 31 March. This can be part of your EcoSchools work. Read more →
  • British Wildlife Photography Awards 2015 - Get involved and help raise awareness about British wildlife and celebrate our natural heritage. Winning entries have the chance to win a prestigious award, with cash prize of £5,000 and reach millions of people through national exposure. Closing date is the 2nd May 2015. Read more →
 

Jobs

  • Assistant Outdoor Education Ranger - Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust: We are looking for an enthusiastic assistant outdoor education ranger with flair, imagination and a passion for the natural environment to work with our Environmental Education Team. Tasks will include running a programme of engaging public events; helping to run school visits. Read more →
  • River Education Officer - Wandle Trust: You will develop two new education resources for school children in schools near to the River Wandle. You will work with experienced scientists and river restoration professionals to develop teacher-led education packs for local schools focused on the River Wandle. Read more →
  • Education Officer - Scottish Seabird Centre: The Education Officer is responsible for managing, developing and delivering the Centre’s Curriculum for Excellence based programme focusing on the natural environment, conservation and sustainability. Read more →
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