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Dear Natasha,

Welcome to the November 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 joins Engynious to make schools more sustainableThis month has been very busy for SEEd: we now have a full Board of 11 members with skills ranging from architect, to film maker, to retired civil servant, to project manager, CSR expert, fundraiser and young entrepreneur  and headteachers and academics, of course. Everyone has signed up to help with aspects of SEEd’s work – you will hear more from them.
 
We are all very excited about the new relationship we have with Engynious (see below). I must admit I have long been aware of all the different (and sometimes difficult) systems for getting solar panels on a school or college roof. It would be wonderful if each school or college had a Keith Webber from Okehampton College, who works full-time (and some!) to reduce the school’s energy costs. But the reality is that most schools don’t have the time, expertise, or capital to do this work. That is why I was so interested in the Engynious model. They have had the luxury of learning from all those past models and designing the simplest way for schools wanting panels on their roofs. There is no cost or work for the school, and the contract is much less problematic. Engynious do all the rest – plus the school gets their electricity at a reduced cost.
 
But, wait – there is more! Engynious are very keen that the solar panels and the data are part of a wider sustainability project for the school and that is why they have joined forces with SEEd. As a membership organization not only will SEEd benefit from this, but members can also. You can become an introducer and earn money for your network, organization or project. A SEEd supporter retweeted this last week as a win-win-win!

Ann Finlayson


 

SEEd News

  • How to integrate sustainability and global learning in your schoolSEEd joins forces with Engynious to make schools more sustainable - This month sees a new collaboration between SEEd and renewable energy developers and suppliers of solar PV, Engynious Clean Power. Does your school need to find a new area of cost-saving as well as a sustainability boost? Read more →
  • SEEd Webinar: How to integrate sustainability and global learning in your school – November 20th - We’d love you to join us for this exciting webinar and find out from David Dixon of Mulgrave Primary School in Woolwich just what can be done with the right attitude to sustainability. Read more →
  • SEEd moves its e-learning platform to Wonderism - Wonderism, a new arm of Leap, is now hosting SEEd’s e-learning platform. 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.
  • New members - A very warm welcome this month to our new member organisations: Engynious, Leap and tve. Click on the links to find out more.
  • Project Wild Thing - The UK’s biggest ever campaign to reconnect children with nature and outdoor play was launched last month by the newly formed Wild Network, as it encourages the nation’s parents to swap some of their kids’ screen time for wild time. Read more →
  • Re-engaging with the Common Good through ESD - Dr Lorna Down will speak on the value of community action projects in education for sustainable development in the second of a series of discussions on Political Action and Education for Sustainability on Friday, December 6th at 4.30pm. Book your free tickets here →
  • Petition for youth unemployment - One of our new members has asked for help with this petition which calls for a change in the Companies Act to make a difference to youth unemployment. To sign follow this link →


Education and Environment News

  • Farmers or environment: who takes priority?China cracks down on emissions – New government guidelines have been issued in China following fury over dangerous levels of smog. Read more →
  • Deputy Prime Minister accuses Gove of abandoning basic standards – Nick Clegg has added tension to the free schools debate by disowning key parts of Michael Gove's flagship project. Read more →
  • Farmers or environment: who takes priority? – ´╗┐Last week the public was given a baffling 28 days to respond to plans for a reform that will decide where nearly £20bn of EU subsidies go over the next seven years. Read more →
  • Green space: a basic health resource – Sue Holden, chief executive of The Woodland Trust, has said that the NHS could save £2.1bn a year if everyone had access to green spaces. Read more →
  • How higher education can become greener – The Higher Education Funding Council has launched a consultation for the promotion of sustainable development in universities and colleges. Read more →

Sustainable Schools Stories

One of the following examples is a Good Practice study from Ofsted, and part of a series of Good Practice case studies.
  • The Academy of St Francis of Assisi, Liverpool - A school that has already drawn SEEd’s attention with its ethos of sustainabilityhas earned further applause by being a case study of the Global Learning Programme, which launched this month. Read more →
  • Training 2000 - Education doesn't stop when we leave school, and Training 2000 demonstrates that learning about sustainability doesn't have to stop either. The apprentices at T2000 are taught to incorporate sustainability into their working lives. Find out more →



Research, Publications and Guidance

  • Research and PublicationsThe World We Made: Alex McKay’s story from 2050, Jonathon Porrit - Jonathon Porrit’s new book, released last month, presents a credible vision of the world in 2050 - a world that is connected, collaborative and genuinely sustainable. Read more →
  • What makes a learning game? Tom Kenyon, NestaThere is a lot of negativity associated with the games industry, but are we missing out on a great opportunity to teach pupils about problem-solving, systems thinking, futures thinking, storytelling and trial-and-error role play? Read more →
  • Unnatural critical thought as a driver of social change, Steve Joordans, TEDxTalks - Professor Steve Joordans tells us why critical thinking is so important, and the implications for  education for sustainable development are very clear. Watch the video →


Take Part

  • International Schools Essay Competition - The theme of the 2014 International Schools Essay Competition for pupils aged 7-17 is ‘What does ‘sustainable living’ mean to you?’ Find out how to apply →
  • Global Learning Programme - The GLP is a DfID sponsored, 5 year, £25 million programme aimed at Key Stages 2 & 3 only. If you are a CPD provider you can also register your course, event or training. Each registered school is awarded £500 of CPD vouchers to use with the registered providers. Find out a how your school can benefit from the launch of the new Global Learning Programme →
  • Hands on Heritage Volunteer Days - The Avalon Marshes ‘Hands on Heritage’ project celebrates the natural and cultural heritage of Somerset, and offers volunteers the chance to learn traditional and practical skills. Read more →
     


Events and Courses

  • SEEd Webinar: How to integrate sustainability and global learning in your school – November 20th, 5-6pm - Join us for this month’s webinar. Sign up here →
  • CEES conference: Opening the door to a new curriculum – November 22nd - The Cambridgeshire Environmental Education Service is holding a conference on outdoor learning at Girton College, Cambridge. Find out more here →
  • Annual National Sustainable Communities conference: Delivering a sustainable local future – December 10th - Govtoday and Securing the Future are hosting the 5th Annual National Sustainable Communities Conference, ‘Delivering a sustainable local future’, in association with Alliance, at the Brewery, The City of London. Discounts are available for group bookings. Find out more here →

Jobs

  • New Forest National Park Authority: Education Officer - The New Forest NPA is looking for an Education Officer to join the Education Team. Read the full job description →
  • RSPB: Area Manager - The RSPB is advertising for the position of Area Manager for Sussex and Surrey. Job description →
  • Forum for the Future: Principal Sustainability Advisor - Forum for the Future is looking for a Sustainability Advisor to provide futures expertise and experience to UK and international businesses. Job description →

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