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 May 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.

Keeping sustainability in the curriculumThe current England curriculum review has brought into stark contrast for me, again, how we often use code words as shorthand for the dreams as well as practice we have for education.
First of all, ‘education’ versus ‘learning’! These two words are often mixed up, or the assumption is made that education leads to learning. As an ex-teacher I can tell you it doesn't always! In fact I often start training sessions with ‘I can teach you, but I don't know really what you are learning.’

Don't just listen to me though. Ken Robinson’s latest Youtube video discusses the 3 things that help humans thrive - our difference and diversity, our curiosity that helps us learn, and our creativity. However, he acknowledges that you may have an education system but you don't always have learning and that is especially true where we don’t utilise these 3 principles.
Then there are all the ‘educations’, also coded, jostling for supremacy about which can lead to school improvement or improved learning outcomes. If you are a teacher or designing your school curriculum around your ethos, how do you sort through educations like: Environmental, outdoor learning, climate change, citizenship, futures, peace, energy, education for sustainability, development, values, global learning, global perspectives, One Planet education, consumer, Circular Economy – shall I go on?
I think the problem is we often mix up the purpose of education and its objectives with knowledge, skills, competencies and values. More to the point, a tool is often promoted as the aim of education. For example – outdoor learning is a tool, albeit a great one.  

So its great so many of you have signed the first ever SEEd petition about keeping sustainability in the national curriculum objectives! Please keep signing and getting your friends to sign - an update is here.

We have decided to keep going - so please do keep up the good work. There is much to work for!
Ann Finlayson


SEEd News

  • Climate Change in the ClassroomSEEd webinar: Climate change in the Classroom – In this webinar, presenter Kathy Hill, from SolarAid, will share her experience of supporting teachers to tackle this topic of Climate Change in the classroom through the Sunny Schools Programme. You will reap the rewards of being shown practical activities that have been tried out in the classroom.

 You will: Look at climate change within the wider ESDGC context and why it is so crucial; Gain practical ideas around addressing climate change in the classroom; Share experiences of challenges and successes from teachers around the UK and See how to bring carbon and energy saving to life through a new perspective – the global energy access. Read more and sign up here →
  • SEEd SCP Discussion – Get involved with next month’s SCP discussion on Ecosystems and Biodiversity, all beginning on the 9th of June. Watch this space for more information →.
  • National Sustainability Schools Conferece 2013 – A fully facilitated day where you will create your School Curriculum for Sustainability. You will have an opportunity to attend a number of great workshops focused around 3 themes: updated information about sustainability; how to integrate this into your subject areas; and how to design your curriculum. Hear from our keynote speaker, Ian Dunn CEO of The Galapagos Conservation Trust, about EcoTourism and Nature in the curriculum along with other experts covering such topics as food growing, SEAL, Global Learning, Water, Energy, Geography and Science. In addition, share the latest developments, resources and ideas at our market place. All for just £75. Can't attend this date? Join us online from the 12th July. Read more here →

SEEd Member News

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  • Barfield School – Welcome to new SEEd members, Barfield School! Their Year 7 and 8 pupils have been studying Climate Change and they want to do something about it. Read more here →
  • Links from last webinar - Just in case you missed our last webinar, click here for a number of useful links that came out of the session.. Read more here →
  • Think Global – SEEd members Think Global have announced the winners and runners up of their Shape the Future competition.  Read more →

Education and Environment News

  • Why Climate Change is Not an Environmental IssueUNESCO Partners with Educate A Child for Quality Primary Education through UN Global Education First Initiative – UNESCO have signed an agreement with the Educate A Child (EAC) programme that was launched in November 2012 to support bringing quality primary education to millions of out-of-school children. Read more →
  • VIDEO: Why Climate Change is Not an Environmental Issue – Click here to watch this recently released and very persuasive video with an interesting view about what ‘environmentalism’ is. Although it contains some good points, it does also ignore some key facts. Warning: contains swearing and some distressing images. Read more →
  • Global carbon dioxide levels near worrisome milestone – At some stage this month, an infrared analyser on the summit of the Mauna Loa volcano in Hawaii will detect the highest concentration levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere than has been seen for a few million years. Read more →

Sustainable Schools Stories

  • 15 year old take the Department of Education to task on climate change -  Esha Marwaha, sustainable-schoolgirl-extraordinaire has taken the Internet by storm with her response to the proposed changes to the Geography curriculum. She set up her own petition, she has blogged for The Guardian and she’s made her own Youtube video, endeavouring to get her point across. Watch the video and read more →

Research, Publications and Guidance

  • Children, Citizenship and Environment, Bronwyn Hayward – This book, by our most recent webinar presenter, sets out and inspiring new agenda for citizenship and environmental education which reflects the responsibility and opportunities facing educators, researchers, parents and community groups to support young citizens as they learn to ‘make a difference’ on the issues that concern them. For more information, click here →
  • Ipsos MORI Social Research Institute: Understanding Society – The latest edition of this publication includes a wide range of articles ranging from the science of behaviour change to how energy users can have a better understanding by using smarter information. The vast array of information from the range of articles is then brought together very neatly in the foreword. To read this latest edition, click here →

Take Part

  • Oxfam Water WeekGreen Gown Awards 2013 – the Green Gown Awards recognise the exceptional sustainability initiatives being undertaken by universities and colleges across the UK and Stage 1 applications are now open! Read more →
  • Oxfam Water Week 2013 – Taking place from the 3-7th June in Scotland and the 1-5th July in England, Oxfam Water Week 2013 gives 7-14 year olds the opportunity to learn and about global issues and develop their skills and values as active global citizens. Find out how to get your school involved here →
  • Democracy and Sustainability Platform – a new Manifesto has been launched, highlighting the links between democracy and sustainability and setting out an agenda for change. Read more →
  • Climate Week 2014 – Mark your diaries! The 2014 Climate Week will take place from 3-9th March. In other news, the 2013 Climate Week two months ago involved a massive 3,500 events attended by half a million people across the UK. Climate Week was also the top trend on Twitter! Well done to everyone who took part, we hope you’re looking forward to next year already! Read more →

Events and Courses

  • Resources for Rethinking: International Day for Biological Diversity – May 22nd is recognised around the world as the International Day for Biodiversity. The theme for this year is ‘Water and Biodiversity’, read how you can get involved here. Read more →
  • Avalon Sustainability School – The AVALON Programme is designed for 13-19 year olds to take part in a range of adventure, art, and team-based activities. In 2013 they will be holding one and two week camps in the Spanish Pyrenees. Read more →
  • 2013 Ashden Conference – Tickets for the 2013 Ashden Conference are now on sale. Taking place on the 12th June, attendees will hear Award finalists talk about their role in creating a revolution in sustainable energy as well as what they think will happen next. Their 20% Earlybird discount is on till the 20th of May! Click here to read more →


  • Embercombe Apprenticeship – This year-long apprenticeship programme is open to people who imagine a life of making a difference. With the options of site management, kitchen, land-based learning or garden apprenticeships, the Embercombe Apprenticeship programme promises to be tough-but-rewarding experience all who are successful. Read more and apply here →
  • London Youth: Environmental Action Programme Officer – London Youth are seeking a strong project deliverer for their environmental education project, Urban Nature. Working across three London youth clubs, the successful candidate will enjoy balancing project management with working with young people. Read more and apply here →
  • Up on the Downs Landscape Partnership: Community Engagement and Learning Officer – The purpose of this post is to manage and co-ordinate the effective delivery of a wide range of community engagement and learning projects. The Partnership are looking for someone with a strong record of successfully engaging with hard-to-reach groups and excellent communication skills. Closing date for applications is 31st May. Click here to read more →
  • SEEd is still looking for summer interns - email us for more information →

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