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 September 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 Policy ForumWe are very excited about the coming year – our training/CPD calendar is in place – so mark your diaries. A key date is May 23rd for our National Sustainable Schools Conference 2014 (an inset day – so do encourage your school(s)). Our annual Policy Forum is on March 26th 2014, our AGM is Oct 15th and we have a full list of webinars booked for each month with topics chosen to fit your teaching year and are very excited about the speakers we have lined up! Thank you for those who attended our first year’s webinars – you really helped make it a success and thank you to those of you who gave us feedback. Flushed with success we are continuing this year!
We have also been encouraged to continue with our campaign to reinstate sustainability in the curriculum – if you haven’t yet signed up please do so here. Keep Britain Tidy and SEEd have joined forces to keep this campaign going and on October 15th we will be outlining next steps and looking for further partners. Have been encouraged by our responses from Joan Walley, Chair of the Parliamentary Environment Audit Committee and Caroline Lucas of the Green Party. We did discuss the challenge of getting real working examples of schools with whole school curricula focussed on sustainability. If you have an example and story to tell about how you developed this and the challenges please let us know. Meanwhile we are encouraging as many schools as possible to sign up to the online course – do encourage your contacts as well. We need practice and policy to reinstate sustainability in the curriculum.

Ann Finlayson


SEEd News

  • Curriculum Making CourseTraining/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 →
  • How to fundraise for your school – Join us on the 25th September for our latest webinar – which, we might mention, is FREE! In this webinar you will learn everything you need to know about writing applications for grants and bidding for funds. Taking part in this webinar will also give you the opportunity to have an application reviewed by a professional fundraiser. Only a few places left! Next month – Chris Collins – the Blue Peter Gardener will talk about what works when gardening with children. Sign up here →
  • SEEd AGM – For all SEEd members, please remember that our SEEd AGM takes place next month on 15th October, at 4.30pm at Mulgrave School in Greenwich. If you are a member and would like to attend please let Ann Finlayson know.
  • Curriculum making – future proof your students with sustainability - Online course from the 1st October to 30th November 2013. Sign up here – only £49 for a 10-week course. Please let any teachers and schools you know about this great way to help them create their sustainability whole school curriculum.
    Click here for more information →

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.
  • Education for Social Responsibility Conference – Including our own Ann Finlayson as one of the speaker’s at this conference, this conference will cover climate change, biodiversity, sustainability and youth action. Taking place on Tuesday 5th November 2013, it’s a must for any school aiming to improve their Education for Social Responsibility. Read more →
  • Magilligan Field Centre – Read the press release detailing how SEEd members, the Magilligan Field Centre, have become the first accredited Eco-Centre in Northern Island. Read more →
  • Keep Britain Tidy have recently notified schools that a small charge (£200+VAT) for Eco-Schools Green Flag assessments will be introduced from November 1st 2013. Up to now Keep Britain Tidy have been able to support all costs through a variety of mechanisms including corporate sponsorship and, primarily, government grant through the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. This government grant, that helped to fund delivery of the Eco-Schools programme, will unfortunately cease from April 2014. This charge will cover the costs of the administration and assessment for each school involved and will enable the Eco-Schools Green Flag awards programme to continue to be offered to schools throughout England, creating a stable funding base and ensuring the long term future of the programme. For more information about the Eco-Schools programme please visit

Education and Environment News

  • Green compensation proposals outlinedMarks and Spencer to be first retailer to sell wild grouse – but have they considered the environmental repercussions of this? Read more →
  • Majuro declaration on climate change will determine every child’s future – Read a summary of the Guardian blog on the Majuro declaration for Climate Leadership and how its revolutionary claims are set to change the way we treat greenhouse gases. Read more →
  • Green compensation proposals outlined – Would it be acceptable to build a house in an environmentally sensitive area if you paid enough money to ‘offset’ it? Read more →

Sustainable Schools Stories

You will see on our website we have 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

Research, Publications and Guidance

  • Motivating the coreMotivating the core: a values-led approach to owning a common future, Rob Bowden – to accompany the Motivating the Core webinar in this newsletter’s Events and Courses section, this publication shares the insights from a project running across nine schools, which motivated teachers to engage in critical values learning to adapt their teaching and learning. Read more →
  • Resilience is a term that is gaining currency in conservation and sustainable development, though its meaning and value in this context is yet to be defined. Searching for Resilience in Sustainable Development examines ways in which resilience may be created within the web of ecological, socio-economic and cultural systems that make up the world in. This book is ideal for students and researchers working in the fields of conservation, sustainable development, education, systems thinking and development studies. It will also be of great interest to NGOs and government officers whose interests and responsibilities focus on conserving or reconstructing biodiversity and system resilience. Searching for Resilience in Sustainable Development by John Blewitt and Daniella Tilbury is now available. Simply order your copy at

Take Part

  • I'm a teacher, get me OUTSIDE here! – Take a look at this website from Creative Star Learning – it’s full to the brim with ideas of how to get children learning outside! (Juliet will be part of our December webinar)
  • Ashden Awards 2014 – Are you encouraging low-carbon living or generating renewable forms of energy supply? If so, the Ashden Awards want to hear from you!
  • The Woodland Trust & IKEA partnership – Find out how these two organisations have teamed up so you can help create your own woodland whilst buying the famed Swedish flat-pack furniture!

Events and Courses

  • Motivating the core: a values-led approach – Join Think Global for this free webinar on using the values approach in primary school. Read more → (see also the research paper described above)
  • DECSY courses – DECSY stands for Development Education Centre South Yorkshire and their courses include ‘Going Green: Getting started with making your school more eco-friendly’; ‘Fairtrade and Global Food – Working towards Fairtrader School Accreditation’; and ‘Developing a sustainable school’. Take a look at more of these courses and find out how to book yourself a place. Read more →
  • Autumn training with ECO-UNESCO – The start of a new school year always feels like a fresh start, and participation in a course is a great way to start as you mean to go on! Read more →


  • SEEd Newsletter Editor – SEEd are looking for a new newsletter editor. This one-day-a-month role is ideal for university students looking to gain some experience in editing. For more information, email
  • Yorkshire Wildlife Trust: Volunteer Development Officer – Grab the opportunity to be part of one of the UK’s fastest growing organisations. The YWT are seeking someone for this role that requires experience in development and co-ordination. Read more →
  • RSPB: Community Engagement Officer – If you can inspire people to love wildlife as much as you do then this part-time position is ideal for you. Based in Shropshire and Cheshire, your role would include organising and delivering activities to get others involved in the environment. Read more →

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