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Welcome to the Julu 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.

An overview of the National Sustainable Schools Conference

The National Sustainable Schools Conference was held at Bristol University Students’ Union on July 2nd. 
This year the conference aimed to bring together educators and thought leaders from the formal and non-formal sectors to share best practice in developing more sustainable schools and in Education for Sustainability curriculums. Read more →
By Neil Jones, headteacher and IAPS representative on the Sustainable Schools Alliance Management Board, @neiljones, http://neiljones.wordpress.com
SEEd News and Members News

SEEd News

  • The National Sustainable Schools Online Conference 2015  - our most successful conference yet has now been and gone, but you can re-live all the best bits, join in on discussions and find out how to develop your learning for sustainability further via the online conference. Read more →
  • SEEd facilitation course - SEEd: Facilitation for Learning for Sustainability course, (Part 1) 30th Sep -1st Oct, (Part 2) 25th-26th Nov, The Earth Trust, Oxfordshire. We are pleased to announce that we will be running the SEEd facilitation for learning for sustainability in the fantastic location of the Earth trust in Oxfordshire. This four day course focuses on how transformational learning and change is achieved through group processes for sustainability. Read more →
  • Over the weekend of the 18th/19th August, SEEd’s CEO Ann Finlayson spent the weekend at the Seeds (not us, sadly) Hawkwood Festival in Stroud listening to inspirational speakers talking about the future of ESD in the UK. You can read all about her time there in next month’s newsletter, but in the meantime check out there page for more information on the fantastic lists of speakers and keynotes they had assembled there. 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.
  • Circle of life rediscovery  - provides nature based experiences in East Sussex for families, schools, adults and children that are educational, fun, and life changing! Read more →
  • In December 2014, Okayama City hosted Stakeholder Meetings of the "UNESCO World Conference on ESD". We will continuously promote ESD as one of the UNESCO Key Partners of GAP in Priority Action Area 5. To contribute the promotion of the GAP, Okayama City will set up the "ESD Okayama Award" in cooperation with "Okayama ESD Award Steering Board" composed of organizations which have been contributing ESD promotion in Japan and in the world. Read more →
News and Research

Education and Environment News

  • Netherlands ordered to cut greenhouse gas emissions – July opened with some exciting news from the Netherlands where a Dutch court has ordered the government to cut greenhouse gas emissions by at least 25% by 2020, in a case environmentalists hope will set a precedent for other countries. Read more →
  • Don’t distort the system – good curriculum design is key – An interesting blog piece from the RSA on the need to need to develop business-outreach into a core function that has influence over curriculum design as well as a renewed focus on quality teaching, “universities”. Read more →
  • Observer ethical awards 2015 winners – Andover Trees United – This fantastic project set up by teacher Wendy Davis in 2011, with the aim of ensuring that every young person in Hampshire and the surrounding area got the chance to plant a tree, has become this year’s Young Green Champions. Read more →
  • Education ‘essential to a vision of a life of dignity for all’ says Ban Ki-Moon at Norway summit’  - On the 7th July, leaders at the Oslo summit on Education for Development gathered to galvanize international support for education. Read more→
  • Circular economy inspires young people to change the world - In this article young people highlight how the circular economy is inspiring them to actively shape the sort of world they would like to be a part of. Read more →
  • UN in deal to fight global poverty - Rich and poor countries have agreed to overhaul global finance for international development and unlock money to end global poverty. The United Nations announced the deal on its website following three days of negotiations in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Read more →
  • Historic Win for Environmental Education in Senate Act - The US Senate’s Every Child Achieves Act, S.1177, passed the Senate last Thursday, 17th.  This is the federal funding bill for education, previously known as the No Child Left Behind Act. Read more →

Research, Publications and Guidance

  • Health and climate change: policy responses to protect public health. Published: June 23, 2015. The 2015 Lancet Commission on Health and Climate Change maps out the impacts of climate change, and the necessary policy responses, to ensure the highest attainable standards of health for populations worldwide. This Commission is multidisciplinary and international, with strong collaboration between academic centres in Europe and China. The central finding from the Commission is that tackling climate change could be the greatest global health opportunity of the 21st century. Read more →
  • Sacred Economics, Charles Eisenstein. Sacred Economics traces the history of money from ancient gift economies to modern capitalism, revealing how the money system has contributed to alienation, competition, and scarcity, destroyed community, and necessitated endless growth. Read more →
School Stories and Events

Sustainable Schools Stories

This month’s Sustainable Schools stories come from two schools who have been involved with SEEd through this year’s National Sustainable Schools Conference.
  • Pupils from Coberley Church of England Primary School in Gloucestershire joined us on the 2nd July as part of a workshop in which they shared information on the Energy Detectives project they have been working on with Mark Stead from the Severn Wye Energy Agency. Find out more here →
  • Pupils from St Teresa’s Catholic Primary School in Bristol have been sending us in details of the ways they are becoming more sustainable, including: Creating better habitats for animals in the gardening club, trying to use less electricity, eating their own plants grown during gardening club, walking to school and back home therefore to reduce the amount of pollution added to the atmosphere. A full list of these will be available on the SEEd website, so make sure to keep checking the Sustainable Schools section.


  • SEEd: Facilitation for Learning for Sustainability, (Part 1) 30th Sep -1st Oct, (Part 2) 25th-26th Nov, The Earth Trust, Oxfordshire – This “informative, transformational and fun” course is the perfect opportunity for anyone with an interest in sustainability and education to develop effective facilitation skills applicable in both a work and personal context. Find out more →
  • Growing up Green and Global, 18th Sep, Shropshire - This specialised one-day educational conference and exhibition for the West Midlands will be focusing on sustainability and global education. It is relevant to all schools and covering all key stages. Read more →
  • 4th European Fair on Education for Sustainable Development, 9th-11th September, Hamburg, Germany - The quest to pursue sustainable development is, and will remain, a top priority on the world´s agenda. A contribution towards a dialogue has been provided by the European Environmental Education Fairs. Read more →
  • Bring a Knot / Learn a Knot Afternoon, 24th July (2-5pm), Holland Park Ecology Centre - Join us in the woods of Holland Park to learn and share different knots used in Forest School. We aim to cover knots that can be used for putting up a tarpaulin, good knots for children to learn and lashing. The free training is open only to FSA members and those who are training for or have completed FS level 3. Contact Trevor for more information: trevor.bowyer@rbkc.gov.uk.
  • Engaging science: creating links between science and environmental education, 21st August, Chelsea Physic Garden – one-day event packed with training and networking opportunities around public engagement with science. Read more →
Take Part

Take Part

  • World’s Largest Lesson – On September 25th the UN will announce the Global Goals for Sustainable Development. During the week of the 27th, the aim of the World’s Largest Lesson is for children around the world to learn about the Goals and begin to contribute to their achievement. Read more &rarr
  • International Youth Day will be taking place on 12 August 2015, bringing youth issues to the attention of the international community and celebrating the potential of youth as partners in today’s global society. Read more →
  • Salix Schools: Switching to Low Energy, In partnership with the Department for Education and the Department for Energy and Climate Change, Salix is looking for 40 state maintained schools across England to take part in an innovative and exciting energy reduction pilot. Read more →


  • Sydenham Garden: Sydenham Garden Assistant, Closing date Monday 27th July, Are you ready for something truly rewarding?  We are looking for a versatile and enthusiastic person to assist us with the delivery of our therapeutic market garden project: Growing Lives, on our new site, as well as maintaining the resource centre and gardens of our more established site. Read more →
  • New Forest National Park Authority: Education Officer (Maternity Cover), Closing date Monday 3rd August, We are looking for an enthusiastic Education Officer to join the Education Team in the planning and delivery of quality education in and about the New Forest National Park to young people of all ages and abilities. Read more →
  • Change Agents UK/LSE: Sustainability Assistant, Closing date 26th July, The Sustainability Assistant will deliver a range of sustainability engagement projects, working with stakeholders across the LSE community to encourage environmental behaviours. In particular they will manage the ‘Green Impact’ campaign, which encourages staff and students to embed sustainable practices within their own offices. Read more →
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