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Welcome to the June 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.

A note from the Chief Exec

It's all change at SEEd this month, with Natasha leaving after two and half years of fantastic work getting us working even more efficiently. I will certainly miss her. She is pursuing her independent business which she has been establishing for a couple of years now. I am sure like me, you will wish her all the best. What I do know is ‘SEEdlings’ never disappear off the scene completely – every so often they revisit us (it's Michael Cutts this week!) – always great to see where people’s lives are taking them.
This is the last newsletter from Roberta Gall, our editor who has now found a full time job with WWF-UK. Her predecessor Kirsty was able to get into her dream job of publishing after some time editing for us too. If you fancy a one day a month paid job doing the newsletter – great for a student  - do let me know.
So please welcome Frances Hagger, who is helping in the office 2 days a week, and Pauline Rutter who will be the new Project Manager, and Sustainable Schools Alliance Coordinator. Both have an immense amount of experience and we are all looking forward to this new phase of SEEd. There will be many new exciting ideas emerging so keep watching!
We will also be joined this month by our new intern Florence Culleton from Exeter University, and hopefully in July by Nic Craig. If you would like to contribute to the work of SEEd and are excited about where we might be going we will be having some Trustee positions opening up in September. Again, please contact me for further details.
A big thank you to Conrad Benefield who has been volunteering with us on the evidence work and has stepped into the breach to help with the Sustainable Schools Alliance work. The management board are really picking up the pace now with a website and audit tool ( based on the Leeds Council one) to help re-invigorate schools work on sustainability. There are a few places left if your organization would like to join. This year RSPB and Think Global have joined. Great to get this broad mix of different approaches and themes represented on the Board.

Even more good news is the work SEEd has been helping Dr Alexandra Stubbings of Talik & Co to create a sustainability curriculum throughout the entire UAE school system. The Minister of Education and the Prime Minister of UAE are really pleased with it, and will be showcasing it at the end of the Decade for ESD conference in Nagoya, Japan, in November. So it can be done!

Best wishes,

Ann Finlayson

SEEd News and Members News

SEEd News

  • SEEd Webinar: Oceans and Water – 18th June, 5pm - LAST CHANCE: Join Beach Schools South West’s Alexis Bowater and practitioner Ian Lewis for this month’s webinar on outdoor learning and how to teach on the beach. Where better to learn geography, maths, geology, art, science, nature, conservation, geomorphology, team building, health and safety and marshmallow toasting than on the shoreline? Register here →
  • Blog: ‘Who has the mandate for sustainability in your university or college?’: Read the latest piece by CEO Ann Finlayson, on the difficulty of dealing with the problems caused by human consumption when there is no defined hierarchy to report to. Read more →

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.
  • RSH Gardener of the Year finalists announced: Twenty finalists have been chosen from entrants in the Young School Gardener of the Year Award. Read more →
  • Conservation experience for students with the John Muir Trust: Students at the Elmwood Campus of Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) went from Fife to the far north-west corner of Scotland for a week of practical experience in May. Read more →
  • Happy Birthday, KBT! Keep Britain Tidy is 60 years old this month. Read more →
News and Research

Education and Environment News

  • Progress on the Sustainable Development Goals 2015 – now to include ESD. For up to date information go to and do keep checking the UNESCO website. Do remember as well that this government has signed up to support ESD both in the Rio+20 outcomes and the Natural Environment White Paper (Defra 2011).
  • School inspections ‘not fit for purpose’: The shadow education secretary has criticised the criteria of school inspections, following Trojan horse allegations. Find out more →
  • Environmental ministers fail to appear at UN talks: Negotiators and campaigners have reacted angrily to the failure of many environment ministers to attend UN talks in Bonn. Read more →
  • Will China’s emissions peak? They don’t know: China’s scientists are divided on when the country’s CO2 emissions will start to decline. Read more →
  • David Beckham and Prince William unite for wildlife: #WhoseSideAreYouOn, a campaign against the illegal wildlife trade, was launched on Monday in partnership with sporting icons and the Duke of Cambridge. Read more →

Research, Publications and Guidance

  • New report on well-being by the Environmental Audit Committee:  This report deals with the correlation between people's well-being and their background and circumstances — for example the link between well-being and people’s health, marital status or religion. Read more →
  • Teaching resources for outdoor learning: The Growing Schools website now has a range of learning resources for teachers organised by key stage and subject. Take a look →
  • EAUC conference presentations: Presentations from the recent EAUC Annual Conference are now available online. Read more →.
  • The Wisdom of Sustainability by Sulak Sivaraksa: One of Asia’s leading social thinkers and activists offers hope and alternatives for restructuring our economies. Read more →
School Stories and Events

Sustainable Schools Stories

Do you know of a school that demonstrates excellent practice in ESD? Tell us about it at news@se-ed.org.uk.


  • Playing in Nature workshop, 28 June: A fun course designed for parents, grandparents, teachers, child minders or anyone with young children to entertain, teaching a range of outdoor activities and games. Read more →
  • Think Global breakfast debate, 20th June: Skills for Global Work, Skills for Global Life: a debate on whether young people are developing the skills they need to thrive in a globalised world. Book your place →
  • Measuring Social Impact masterclass, 7th July: A workshop to help businesses secure funding, improve marketing and sales, monitor quality and performance, demonstrate success and maximise impact. Read more →

Have you seen...

  • The Land Adventure Playground: Health and Safety’s nightmare, this playground looks like so much fun. Read more →
  • Robot pods and ‘sentiment mapping’: This new project aims to map trouble spots in traffic by noticing passengers expressing anger on social media. Find out more →
Take Part

Take Part

  • The Guardian Live Better schools competition: Ask your students to create a pinboard showing what sustainability means to them for the chance to win a £5,000 sustainability project for your school. Find out more →
  • Student essay competition: BE Student Essay Competition in Business Ethics 2014, closing for entries on 30th June. Read more →
  • Conservation work parties in Cumbria: Join Friends of the Lake District for hands-on conservation volunteering in Cumbria. See upcoming dates →
  • Ofqual have published their proposals for reforming GCSE And A-Levels. Along with a number of other A-Levels, it has been proposed that A-Level Environmental Studies is to be discontinued in 2016.
    Ofqual's rationale for this is it contains too much overlap with other A-Level science subjects.
    This decision is not yet final. The public consultation is now open until  Wednesday 30th July, when It closes and they make their final decisions.
    This means there is a short period of time now to present as much evidence and reasoning to Ofqual to prove this is a valuable qualification for our young adults. Closing down this qualification is inappropriate.

    Please email your thoughts to Ofqual before it is too late:   consultations@ofqual.gov.uk<http://mailto:consultations@ofqual.gov.uk/http://consultations@ofqual.gov.uk<http://mailto:consultations@ofqual.gov.uk/
    Other links:


  • RSPB - Schools Outreach Officer: RSPB is looking for an enthusiastic team member with experience of project management, a good knowledge of the UK education system, wildlife and of working with volunteers, to support our work connecting young people to nature. Find out more →
  • Trees for Cities - Edible Playgrounds Coordinator: A highly-motivated individual with experience of working in a school environment and creating and maintaining food growing spaces is sought to coordinate creative and imaginative edible projects in schools. read more →
  • Part Time Community Investment Consultant: A small, London-based professional services organisation is looking for a flexible, hands-on individual who can work with local businesses, charities and community groups to arrange corporate responsibility and volunteering activities. Read more →
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