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Welcome to the July 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.

'We are all in this together' – and other thoughts from UNESCO

I have just returned from UNESCO Paris after a 2 day Partner Network meeting that was very informative and surprisingly useful. I know many people who are a bit cynical about these UN-type events but this could not have been more different. Read more →
 
Ann Finlayson
Executive Chair

Sustainable Schools Alliance News

SEEd News

  • Young Change Makers for the Sustainable Development Goals - Each year, SEEd’s Policy Forum focuses on a topic or issue that we feel is particularly relevant to the educators, teachers and young people who form the basis of our membership. It seemed fairly self-evident therefore that the focus of this year’s forum should be the recently ratified Sustainable Development Goals. Read more →
  • No more ‘doom and gloom’ - Here at SEEd we are consistently fascinated and, to be quite honest, often somewhat perplexed by the responses (or lack of) to some of our facebook posts. Whilst a number of them can easily hit over 600 views, others barely make it to 20! Read more →


SEEd Member News

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  • This Changes Everything – It’s official! The education pack accompanying the film adaptation of Naomi Klein’s This Changes Everything, has now been released across the UK. Read more →
  • The Hideout House Company – The Hideout House Company in partnership with the renewable energy supplier Ecotricity have created an outdoor learning classroom to promote environmental learning. Read more →
  • Centre for Sustainable Energy – Calling all 14-17 year olds! There are just under two weeks left for you to apply to become part of Bright Green Future! Read more →
News and Research

Education and Environment News

  • No grades, no timetables: Berlin school turns teaching upside down - At Oberländer’s school, there are no grades until students turn 15, no timetables and no lecture-style instructions. The pupils decide which subjects they want to study for each lesson and when they want to take an exam. Read more →
  • Cautious green light for fracking - The government’s climate change advisors have given a cautious green light to fracking in the UK. The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) says fracking can go ahead if three key tests are met. Read more →
  • UK financial support to low-cost private education in developing countries in contravention of human rights, say again UN experts - In a landmark report, which has just been published, the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) expressed its concerns that in some cases UK development aid “has been reportedly used for activities in contravention of economic, social and cultural rights in the receiving countries.” Read more →
  • Why Climate Change is an Education issue - Climate change affects us all, but we still are not acting as quickly as we should to address its causes, mitigate the damage, and adapt to its effects. Many people don’t understand the risks climate change poses to global economic and social structures. Read more →
  • Failure to teach cooking at schools ‘contributing to £12bn a year food waste’ - A failure to teach children to cook at school is one of the reasons to blame for UK householders throwing away £12bn of food each year, according to a former leading government adviser on food waste. Read more →
 

Research, Publications and Guidance

  • UK Climate Change Risk Assessment 2017 - The UK Climate Change Risk Assessment 2017 Evidence Report is the most up-to-date and comprehensive analysis of the risks and opportunities posed by climate change to the UK. Read more →
School Stories and Events

Sustainable School Stories

If you would like to promote your schools environmental and sustainability work, feel free to contact us.

  • Torriano Primary School – We would like to extend a big congratulations to Torriano Primary School who have recently been awarded the status of Ashoka Change Maker School – one of only 10 in England and 180 worldwide. Pupils from Torriano participated in our Youth Policy Forum on the 29th June and were a fantastic inspiration to the rest of us. Find out more →


Events

  • Autumn Syrup - Nut Oven, Plant & Games Day, 21st September - Discover the wonder and importance of plants! This training is for a range of practitioners that aim to work with young people of all ages. Read more →
  • Learning for Sustainability: Connecting Classrooms in partnership with University of Edinburgh – Connecting Classrooms is offering a new professional learning opportunity for primary and secondary teachers in Scotland to develop their practice in relation to Learning for Sustainability. Read more →
  • People, Planet and Politics - Join the Sibthorp Trust, the British Ecological Society and the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) to debate the future of UK environmental policy in the aftermath of the EU referendum. Read more →
Take Part

Take Part

  • Young Leaders – UN launches worldwide search for exceptional young leaders to help achieve Sustainable Development Goals. Young Leaders will collaborate with UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth to help end poverty, combat climate change and reduce inequality. Read more →
  • PECT Green Festival - The independent charity Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT) is delighted to announce that its annual Green Festival is back – bigger and better than ever before! This year the event is heating up, moving to a new summertime date of Saturday 13th August, with fringe events running through to 21st August. Read more →
  • Big Wild Sleepout - Every year, the RSPB encourages the nation to sleep under the stars to discover more about wildlife at night. Big Wild Sleepout takes place over the weekend of 29-31 July. Read more →
  • Lambeth Country Show - The Lambeth Country Show returns to Brockwell Park on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 July, boasting a unique line-up that celebrates the very best of the city and countryside. Read more →
 

Jobs

  • London School of Economics and Political Science: Sustainability Engagement Officer (closing date 31st July) - The Sustainability Engagement Officer will deliver a range of sustainability engagement projects, working with stakeholders across the LSE community to encourage environmental behaviours. Read more →
  • Green Light Trust: Forest School Manager and tutor (closing date 31st August) - Green Light Trust (GLT) has been delivering Forest School practitioner training at level 1 – An Introduction to Forest School, Level 2 – Forest School Assistant and Level 3 - Forest School Leader for over 10 years, training over 1000 Forest School practitioners, school teachers, nurseries nurses, youth workers and Ofsted Inspectors. Read more →
  • Keep Scotland Beautiful: Education and Learning Coordinator (Sunday 24th July) - We are seeking an Education & Learning Coordinator (ELC) to manage, oversee and coordinate the management, development and expansion of our education and learning initiatives; including Eco-Schools Scotland. Read more →
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