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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.

Why we need more joined-up thinking

Great that the UK government is reporting this evidence of the impact of outdoor learning – but really not new! As a ranger in the 1980s I knew there was evidence then. That was over thirty years ago! Read more →

Ann Finlayson
Executive Chair, SEEd

Sustainable Schools Alliance News

SEEd News & Opinions

  • Launch of SEEd's first ever crowdfunding video featuring special guest voiceover from environmental campaigner and actress, Emma Thompson - SEEd are very excited to announce that we will shortly be launching our first ever crowdfunding video. The 2-minute film will feature children and young people from around the UK expressing their hopes, fears, ambitions and dreams for the future. Read more 
  • Experiencing education for sustainability - Teachers can make or break a subject, just as they can extra-curricular activities. I was very lucky at Northgate High School in Dereham, Norfolk that we had inspiring teachers who led sustainability education in our school. Read more →
  • Lessons in sustainability from The Martian -  I recently watched Ridley Scott’s The Martian. This might seem like an odd opening for a blog from a sustainability and environmental education charity, but whilst watching the 2-and-a-half-hour epic, it struck me that there were a number of interesting conceptual cross-overs with the work that SEEd does. Read more →

SEEd Member News

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  • Schools are being urged to continue to look to solar panels for renewable electricity supplies, despite the fact that October sees many schools facing the lowest government subsidies since they were introduced in the UK in 2011 - The call was made by social impact entrepreneur Robert Schrimpff, who has nearly 10 years’ experience in the solar and renewable finance sector. Read more →
  • Leading Higher Education institution in sustainability education join as members of SEEd - Plymouth University are rapidly gaining a reputation, both in the UK and internationally, as a leader in the field of sustainability education. Read more →
  • Important focus on Education for Sustainable Development at 2017 Association for Science Education conference - The ASE Annual Conference is a unique professional development (CPD) event for those involved in science teaching and learning. Read more →
  • Hideout house company complete Eco-classroom at William Gilpin Primary School - The Hideout House Company have just completed an eco-outdoor classroom at William Gilpin Primary School in the New Forest. Read more →
News and Research

Education and Environment News

  • Schools with guns, knives and fire on the timetable and Ofsted loves it - Don’t worry, it’s not dangerous,” says Thomas, 10, carefully positioning a tray of bread cakes over burning coals. “It’s OK if you do it right. There are people here who know the safety rules and they teach us,” he adds. Read more →
  • UK government taken to court over failure to cut air pollution - The UK government is being hauled back before the courts over its failure to tackle air pollution. In a case beginning today, a group called ClientEarth is asking the High Court to order ministers to come up with a better plan for improving air quality. Read more →
  • When Colleges Forget the Calendar and Focus on Mastery Instead - Scrap the lecture halls, final exams, degree plans, and traditional semesters. Read more →
  • World’s Environmental Education experts met in Maryland - From 12-14 October the World Future Council hosted a workshop in Annapolis, Maryland for representatives of education and environmental ministries from around the world, to explore the positive impacts of the state’s Environmental Literacy (E-lit) Standards. Read more →
  • Why do Finnish pupils succeed with less homework? - How do Finnish youngsters spend less time in school, get less homework and still come out with some of the best results in the world? The question gets to the heart of a lot of parental angst about hard work and too much pressure on children in school. Read more →

Research, Publications and Guidance

  • UK implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals inquiry response - Read more →
  • Contributions of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) to Quality Education: A Synthesis of Research - Read more →
School Stories and Events


  • Association for Science Education: 2017 annual conference, 4th-7th January - The ASE Annual Conference is a unique professional development (CPD) event for those involved in science teaching and learning. Read more →
  • Learning for Sustainability Scotland and British Council: develop your practice, deliver the curriculum, 14th January 2017 & 18th March 2017 – The programme offers teachers the opportunity to engage and collaborate over a ten-week period which includes a day-long participative face to face session at the beginning and end of the period. Read more →
  • Learning through participation, 12th November – This Saturday workshop will offer attendees the opportunity to participate in a number of activities available at Lambourne End outdoors education centre. Read more →
  • EAUC: 2017 annual conference, 28th-30th March - This year's conference theme will be Global Goals: Local Action and will recognise the critical role universities and colleges across the planet have to play in finding and implementing a solution to climate change and realising the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on a local level within their communities. Read more
Take Part

Take Part

  • 'Welcome to the Green Economy' – Groundwork London are offering schools free STEM workshops for Key Stage 3 students on the topic of the Green Economy. Read more →
  • The Big Pedal – Save the Date, 20th-31st March 2017 – The UK’s largest inter-school cycling and scootering challenge is back. Registration opens soon so make sure to keep checking the website for details. Read more →
  • Design for a Better World competition, deadline 19th December - Design for a better world offers an exciting new global design challenge and competition for students aged 11-14 years. Read more →


  • Royal Alexandra and Albert School: Education Officer, (closing date 18th November) - You will lead groups of primary school children around the gardens and natural habitats running activities in our curriculum-linked programmes and then assist in planning and running activities for children and families during the school holidays. Read more →
  • Langholme Moorland: Seasonal Education Assistant, (closing date 18th November) - The Seasonal Education Assistant will develop, plan and deliver educational and outdoor activities to a wide ranging audience, primarily young people. The post-holder will be responsible to the Project Manager. Read more →
  • Royal Forestry Society:  Teaching Trees Education Officer, (closing date 21st November) - Teaching Trees is an exciting woodland learning project which delivers hands-on, curriculum linked activities to primary school groups. It started as a local project in 2001 and we are now expanding it across the country. Read more →
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