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Welcome to the November 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.

Athens, Australia and misplaced admiration!
 
Victoria and I have had many meetings in the past year with other sustainable schools networks based on the UK Sustainable Schools Initiative. I keep being told it was innovative and a great programme. You can imagine their disappointment when we tell them the UK Government no longer supports it. However, the concept of the Sustainable Schools Alliance (the SSA) does interest people especially where they are also facing cuts. Read more →
Sustainable Schools Alliance News

SEEd News

  • National Sustainable Schools Conference 2016: Save the Date- We are thrilled to announce that the National Sustainable Schools Conference will be held on the 2nd of March in Leicester City Council’s City Hall. SEEd, the SSA and Leicester City Council are already looking forward to welcoming you to our unique brand of conference which incorporates action learning workshops, expert keynote speakers, exclusive launches and a full day of networking and learning for sustainability. Read more →
  • NUS Students Organising for Sustainability at Eden - On Friday 9th of October I headed down to Cornwall for NUS’s Students Organising for Sustainability Conference being held in no better and more exciting a place than the Eden Project. I was delighted to reunite with Ann and Victoria in such a lovely location... Read more →
  • One mans trash, another mans treasure - It is no secret that Education establishments tend to invest heavily in resources for craft and other activities, and no doubt such items can prove invaluable in the learning experience. However, this proves highly expensive for organisations and also takes a heavy toll on the environment… Read more →
  • Another Seedling leaves with the wind… As I found out about SEEd through what seemed like a very promising Sustainable Schools Conference in Bristol- I was immediately intrigued. The charity’s work, advocating for sustainable and environmental education, is something we rarely hear talked about when discussing sustainability… Read more →


SEEd Member News

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  • Target4Green – SEEd would like to extend a warm welcome to our latest member, Target4Green. Read more →.
  • RSPB – RSPB’s Big Schools’ Birdwatch is now open for registration! A Fantastic lesson idea with resources and a certificate and a poster as a thank you on completion! Read more →
  • Think Global – Think Global have two Programme Manager vacancies. Read more →
  • Galapagos Conservation Trust – The Galapagos Conservation Trust have put together new teaching materials which you can explore in SEEd Resources. Read more →
News and Research

Education and Environment News

  • Universities are failing to prepare students for the social economy - The news that Ernst & Young will remove the degree classification from their entry criteria is a direct challenge to the role of universities at a time when the graduate earnings premium is narrowing. Read more →
  • Solar power to light the way for Africa as low-carbon campaign launches - Former UN chief Kofi Annan hails Energy Africa scheme as chance for continent to steer away from carbon-intensive practices of rich countries. Read more →
  • Peru piles high tonnes of rotting food as its tax laws contribute to chronic waste – Campaigners want end to laws that make donating food more costly than destroying it in country with huge harvests but high infant malnutrition. Read more →
  • Parents mount High Court challenge to RS GCSE – Three families take to court to challenge the decision to exclude non-religious beliefs from the new religious studies GCSE syllabus. Read more →
  • Warming set to breach 1C threshold – Global temperatures are set to rise more than one degree above pre-industrial levels according to the UK’s Met Office. Read more →
  • 'Inequality is not just bad economics – its bad for the planet too’ – Craig Bennett from Friends of the Earth explores the link between tacking inequality and tackling environmental issues. Read more →
 

Research, Publications and Guidance

  • Educating for Hope in Troubled Times, David Hicks, 2014 – This book explores three global issues- climate change, peak oil and the limits to growth. It offers teachers ways to engage with vital but too often avoided issues and to share success stories and sources of hope for the future. The insight and support it provides will help make teachers more knowledgeable and better able to prepare learners for the transition to a post-carbon future. Read more →
  • The Red bicycle: the extraordinary story of one bicycle, Jude Isabella and Simone Shin, 2015 – This children’s book follows the story of an old bicycle, big red, on its journey from north America to Africa after being donated by a little boy. It demonstrates the importance of recycling, particularly the value of donating unwanted items to poorer countries. (Great one to introduce Shoe Box appeal!) Read more →
School Stories and Events

Events

  • SEEd: National Sustainable Schools Conference – Make sure to save the date for the National Sustainable Schools Conference in Leicester on the 2nd March! Read more →
  • SEEd: Facilitation for LFS and Transformation 2015 – It’s your last chance to register for SEEd’s Facilitation for LFS and Transformation course, with part one commencing on 25th-26th Nov 2015 and the second on the 13th-14th January 2016. This four-day course will enable you to work with groups of all ages and abilities on sustainability issues. Read more →
  • Field Studies Council: Experiential Learning Outdoors (2nd–8th April 2016) – Join teachers and educators in Perthshire, Scotland to immerse your senses and develop your skills in experiential learning outdoors! Read more →
  • Interclimate: Climate Conferences for Schools (Nov 19th – Dec 11th) - To coincide with COP21 Climate Change Conference in Paris, InterClimate is running Climate Conferences for schools across the South West and South East. Read more →
  • Cornell University: Environmental Education Online Course – A fantastic opportunity to take part in an online course in environmental education led by Cornell University. Registration is now open Read more →
Take Part

Take Part

  • World Soil Day (4th December) –Soil is the basis of all ecosystems and human wellbeing so why not show it some love and plan a soil related activity on 4th December? Read more →
  • Buy Nothing Day (27th November) – Your mission? Switch off from consumerism and tune into life for just 24hrs! Read more →
  • WWF: Picture Plate Competition – Show WWF who you are and where you’re from… in food! Competition ends 31st December. Read more →
  • Marine Conservation Society: Beach Clean Ups – Why not get involved in a beach this November in a location near you! Read more →
 

Jobs

  • Oasis Children’s Venture: Nature Garden Manager (Closing Date December 6th) – Oasis Children’s Venture are looking for an enthusiastic, energetic, creative, organised and experienced manager to job share for 2 days a week (Thurs and Fri). The position is funded by BIG Lottery for 2 years to facilitate high quality outdoor play and learning opportunities for a wide range of children with different interests and abilities. Read more →
  • Trees for Cities: Edible Playgrounds Development Co-ordinator (Closing Date November 23rd) – Trees for Cities are looking to appoint an experienced co-ordinator with experience in corporate fundraising and experience of developing projects, together with strong organisational, inter-personal and communication skills. Read more →
  • Loughborough University London: Fully funded PhD in Community Energy (Closing Date November 27th) – Interested in undertaking research in Community Energy? Loughborough University London is welcoming applicants with a research interest in this area. Read more →
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