The latest edition of SEEd's free newsletter is now out and includes news on the UK education sector and sustainable schools.
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Dear Natasha,

Welcome to the October 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.

SEEd NewsletterThere’s a bit of an overarching theme this month – the global movements around both Rio+20 and the move from Millennium Development Goals to Sustainable Development Goals. There are even teaching resources from TVE. It’s great to know what we have signed up to as a country:

“We resolve to improve the capacity of our education systems to prepare people to pursue sustainable development, including enhanced teacher training, the development of curricula around sustainability, the development of training programmes…”

Can I hear raucous laughter? Gnashing of teeth? Weeping? I think I have experienced all those emotions recently too. But at least we have something we can hold this government to account over – go ahead.

We at SEEd, and with our partners Keep Britain Tidy, are keeping going with a stakeholder meeting about reinstating sustainability. More on that next month, after the stakeholder meeting! Meanwhile, check out our history of sustainability in the curriculum on our website…


Ann Finlayson


SEEd News

  • Food and Gardening WebinarTraining/CPD Calendar – One month off and we’ve been busy! Have a browse through our newly updated 2013/14 calendar to see what we’ve been plotting…and mark your calendars. Read more →
  • Food and Gardening – In our latest webinar, join Blue Peter gardener Chris Collins in a discussion about what works when gardening with children, and how to encourage schools to take up projects on school grounds. Sounds interesting? Simply join us on October 23rd to take part! Sign up here →

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.
  • Send A Cow on BBC Radio 4 – No, you cannot literally send a cow through BBC Radio 4. What you CAN do is listen to Send A Cow’s founding farmer, David Bragg, talk to Radio 4’s Farming Today about the charity and it’s starting point. Listen now →
  • Geographical Association – Are you a geography teacher? Do you want to know how the changes to the National Curriculum will affect you? Check out this expanding area on the Geographical Association’s website for regular updates to the upcoming changes in geography for schools in England. Read more or join SEEd’s Curriculum Making Course in Jan 2014. Sign up here→
  • Wastebuster – What do Wastebuster, WEEE and DHL Envirosolutions have in common? They’ve all worked together to produce a range of recycling teaching resources. Curious? Read more →

Education and Environment News

  • UK pledges low carbon co-operativeNew UN sustainable development body launched – on September 24th, the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development was inaugurated. It’s primary aim? To accelerate global decision-making on sustainable development. Read more →
  • UK pledges low-carbon co-operative movement with China - Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker and the Governor of Guangdong Province, Zhu Xiaodan, have both signed a statement to continue to promote low-carbon development and energy efficiency technologies. Read more
  • Reports of ‘global readiness’ to implement the goals of Rio+20 – Following the United Nations General Assembly’s special event on September 25th, focused on achieving millennium development goals, the Earth Negotiations Bulletin and International Institute for Sustainable Development have reported back on the new progress achieved since Rio+20 – and provided a nifty summary of the day’s discussions. Read more →
  • New IPCC climate assessment brings big (but perhaps not unexpected) news – Guess what? ‘It’s very likely that humans have been the primary cause of global warming since the 1950s.’ The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change have released their findings from a three-year review of climate research. Read more →
  •  ‘Place lessons in sustainability across the curriculum’ – in this article from Financial Times, Matthew Gitsham argues the case for changing management education to produce individuals and leaders who will align their organisations, business and companies with UN development goals. Read more →
  • Reframing Rio - This online area explored new ideas and innovative solutions in the run-up to the Earth Summit in Rio in 2012 (Rio +20) and in the final four-year period for reaching the Millenium Development Goals, and has remained live for public use. Read more → (For educators, take a look at the full resource list for the Reframing Rio 'Meet the Children' series, including lesson plans, videos and handout sheets from TVE)

Sustainable Schools Stories

In our efforts to make our website easier to navigate, we have now created a brand new section dedicated to our list of schools. Simply click here to explore stories, videos and case studies of our member sustainable schools activities.

We have also made it easier to find the key sustainable schools resources and case studies. If you have suggestions of resources or guidance or tools for teachers to use, please send them in and we will load them up.
But, to tide you over this month, take a look at these videos of the School and Community Energy Saving Project that has been running with New Forest schools for a year already.

Research, Publications and Guidance

  • Research and PublicationsAdvancing Education as a Goal for Sustainable Development, Robert J. Didham, Paul Ofei-Manu, and Future of Education post-2015, Wongani Grace Nkhoma - Both on the Independent Research Forum website, these texts look forwards towards developing education to meet sustainable development goals, and this potential impact. Read more →
  • Asking the right questions, Sue Rossiter - Finding the evidence is easy: inspiring others to do something different is the hard part. Sue Rossiter, CEO of NFER, provides this article on what burning questions need to be asked to provoke change. If you’ve got a burning question, why not write in? Read more →
  • The Human Right to Education in the Post-2015 Development Agenda, Civil Society Joint Statement - ‘The 68th Session of the United Nations General Assembly will see the launch of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon‘s Special Report: A life of dignity for all: accelerating progress towards the Millennium Development Goals and advancing the United Nations development agenda beyond 2015. In this context, a broad group of civil society networks and organizations are coming together to highlight the compelling case for ensuring that the fulfilment of human rights is at the heart of the post-2015 development agenda, and that the education narrative, as well as goals and core indicators, is grounded in a human rights perspective.’ Read more →
  • The Story of Solutions, Free Range Studios & The Story of Stuff Project - Nip online to check out the latest clip from The Story of Stuff Project and Free Range Studios, describing a set of solutions to the issues mentioned in their previous videos. See more →

Take Part

  • Commonwork Winter Workshop, December 7th 2013 - It might feel a bit early to be thinking about Christmas, but there’s no shame in booking early for Commonwork’s seasonal workshop at Bore Place. Read more →
  • Framing Biodiversity Workshop, November 21st 2013 - Why on earth are SEEd putting events up that are so far ahead in the year? Frankly, because both preceding Framing Biodiversity workshops were so in demand that they are now completely full! Don’t miss out on this free workshop with Natural England, and register now. Read more →
  • South West Learning for Sustainability Coalition Seminar, November 1st 2013 - Keep Britain Tidy’s Sustainable Education Manager, Dr Morgan Phillips, will be talking about the latest independent research into the impact of Eco-Schools and taking questions about the programme. Read more →

Events and Courses

  • SEEd Webinar - Food and Gardening (Part One), October 23rd 2013. Sign up here →
  • SEEd: Curriculum making for schools - SEEd online course. Have you reviewed and adjusted to the new curriculum? Where do you put everything else? Worried it is not forward looking? Our course will help you build a whole school curriculum, using sustainability as the focus. Only £45. Start Jan 2014. Sign up here →
  • LSBU (in partnership with Commonwork): MA module – Schools for the Future, February – August 2014. Find out more here →
  • British Council (in partnership with Commonwork): Connecting Classrooms: A Deeper Understanding of Global Citizenship, November 14th 2013. Register here →
  • Communicate 2013: Stories for Change, November 6th- 7th 2013. Find out more here →


  • Forest of Avon Trust: Trees and Woodland Project Officer: The Forest of Avon Trust is looking for an individual to support their work with trees and communities around Bristol. Deadline 18th October 18th 2013. Read more →
  • Thames21: Fixing Broken Rivers Education & Administration Officer: This role is a 6-month contract, based in London, working to co-ordinate, design and deliver the education strand of Thames21’s campaign to improve the water quality of the rivers in the Lower Lea Catchment. Deadline November 3rd 2013. Read more →
  • The Froglife Trust: Project Officer: Froglife are looking for an experienced wildlife conservationist to deliver wide-ranging conservation activities from their office in Glasgow. Deadline October 23rd 2013. Read more →

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