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Welcome to SEEd E-News

Welcome to the February 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 UNESCO Survey

Things are gathering pace in the world of Education for Sustainability and I am surprised as anyone to say that!

So firstly a huge thank you to the 175 of you who responded so far to the UNESCO survey about ESD practice across all sectors. UNESCO were very impressed that we achieved that in 3 weeks. But there is still time! So click here to complete the form - HINT: you do have to do it in one sitting, so allow 10 minutes. We are aiming for 250 responses from schools, NGOs, businesses, universities, local authorities and government across the whole UK. This will be the biggest survey of ESD practice yet. If you want to be part of it you have until 29th February. The results will be shared with everyone who has responded and you will get an invite to the Policy Forum on April 26th in London, meet UNESCO reps and discuss the implications for the UK including how this practice relates to progress in Sustainable Living. If you would like to sponsor this event or the publication from it please contact me.

Rio+20 is not far off now and there are opportunities to comment and add input through the Education Caucus - again contact me with your views, input etc. Another opportunity is through the Education Dialogue Group who have recently become members of SEEd. They have a long history of engagement with UN processes on behalf of the education community in the UK. Read Mairi Kershaw's (the Chair) update here. Mairi is organising follow up workshops after the Rio+20 conference, so keep an eye open for them.

The Expert Panel for the National Curriculum Review produced a report and suggested framework for DfE in December. It has gone quiet since as Ministers digest the recommendations and how they fit with their concepts of Core Knowledge. But the report is worth a read especially if you need to be cheered up! The Panel recommended that 5 objectives be listed for the NC with citizenship and environmental stewardship / sustainability being the 5th! Write to your MP as Bill Scott has done and show your support of this objective and how it should be linked to the inspection framework - Bill's template letter is here.Cycling4SEEd

Our Cycling4SEEd project is about to take off and anyone can be part of the documentary showcasing the Best of Sustainability in UK schools. There is even a competition for students to make a commercial. The big celebration day of all of this sustainability in schools is 11th July 2012. We are looking for sponsors currently, event, film, student competition, prizes or the book. Contact me if you are interested. Meanwhile mark your calendars!

Finally, we will have our first big collaborative working day on the Sustainability Curriculum Project on March 20th 2012, at Baden Powell House (10am - 4pm). Bring your ideas, practice, concepts and dreams to be part of this important process. Cost is £40 only for lunch and refreshments. We can only take 150 people so book early. Contact admin@se-ed.org.uk

Plenty to do and be part of - looking forward to seeing you at our events.

Ann Finlayson, Chief Executive

 

SEEd News

Join SEEd to promote your work and new initiatives, resources and events in this newsletter. Go to our website and join us today.

  • Cycling4SEEd want your input - With less than a month to go there is still time (just) to take part in the inaugural documentary entitled "The UK's Best Sustainable Schools". Read more...

  • Reminder: We have moved! Just in case you haven’t noted it down yet, please be sure to take down SEEd’s new address and contact details. Read more...

 

 

As always, if you have any articles or pieces that you would like to be included in future newsletters, send them to us NO LATER than the 10th of every month. We do our best to include as many of the incoming pieces as possible, so if you’ve seen a relevant article, blog, video or tweet for education, the environment (or environmental education!), please send it to us at news@se-ed.org.uk.

  • School Car Share – We’d like to extend a very warm welcome to new members, School Car Share. Read more...

  • Waste Watch – Waste Watch would like to invite you to their annual conference, which aims to bring together individuals and organisations to illustrate why we need a new integrated approach to achieve a deeper social change for sustainability. Read more...

  • Groundwork Thames Valley – Groundwork Thames Valley are now offering free waste and energy themed workshops to both primary and secondary schools in Oxfordshire. Read more...

 

Field Studies Council: Get online today for free teaching resources

  • For all those confused about the coming national curriculum: ‘Dear Mr Gove: Michael Rosen’s letter from a curious parent.’ Read more...

  • London’s teachers to embrace the world outdoors. Read more...

  • University funding for 2012-13 confirmed. On 25th January, the Government published its annual grant letter to the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). Read more...

  • Field Studies Council: Get online today for free teaching resources. Read more...

  • Update from Scotland: What has been going on in terms of SDE over the northern border? Read more...

  • What is ‘Soundscape’? And what are they doing around Heathrow Airport? Read more...

  • Change Learning online – Heard of Change Learning? Read more...

  • A short film from Nottingham County Council: SCoRE (Schools Collaboration on Resource Efficiency) Read more...

 

 
 

The following examples are Good Practice studies from Ofsted, and part of a series of Good Practice case studies.

  • Southwood School, Milton Keynes: Children are prepared to become valued members of the local community. They are involved in key decision-making in the school and the community. They are taught to develop a social and moral conscience and skills for the future, including conflict resolution and critical thinking. Read more...
  • Fleetwood’s Charity Pre-School Group, Bournemouth: Fleetwood’s Charity Pre-school Group uses the forest school environment to provide a thrilling and inspiring environment for children to explore and take risks. Children thrive in this inclusive, exciting and stimulating setting, because practitioners focus their attention upon their unique and individual needs. They are healthy and safe and develop superb skills for the future. Read more...

 

  • Children, Citizenship and Environment: Nurturing a Democratic Imagination in a Changing World, by Bronwyn Hayward: This book sets out an 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. This title is now available for pre-order, publication date as 28th June 2012. Read more...

  • Sustaining the Impact: Exploring the Outcomes of Professional Recognition of Scottish Teachers for Sustainable Development Education: This research report has been prepared by Dr Hamish Ross of Edinburgh University. The study explores the outcomes of the recently established system of Professional Recognition of work in sustainable development education. Read more...

 

Salix Energy Efficiency Loan Scheme

  • Salix Energy Efficiency Loan Scheme: £20 million of interest free loans are now available for energy efficiency projects across the public sector, covering schools, hospitals, local authorities, further and higher education organisations. Read more...
  • Get your Government to debate Outdoor Centre closures: One in three Local Authority outdoor education centres are facing closure (some have already closed) which could mean large numbers of young people are denied potentially life-changing experiences, at a time when health, physical activity and contact with nature are all declining. Read more...
  • Upcoming 2012 seminars: FACE: There are a number of seminars coming up in the next few months – why not investigate if they’d appeal to you, your children or your students? Read more...
  • A letter from Dr William Scott: Earlier this month, SEEd Fellow Dr William Scott wrote to his local MP, Duncan Hames, with a view to pass on his thoughts and ideas to Michael Gove. Read more...
  • Pick and choose from Environment Days: How many days of 2012 do you think are devoted to the environment? And how many could you take part in yourself? Read more...

 

 
 
  • Waste Watch Conference: Creating Social Change, 22nd March 2012. Read more...
  • UK ITE Network for Education Sustainable Development/ Global Citizenship: now renamed the Teacher Education for Equity and Sustainability (TEESNet), 12th July 2012. Read more... 
  • Minstead Study Centre: Early Years’ Magical Mornings. Read more...

  • The Sustainability Centre: Courses for Adults and Teachers. Read more...

  • Sustainability Curriculum Stakeholder Day: Baden Powell House, London - 20th March. To register contact admin@se-ed.org.uk

  • SSA/SEEd Policy Forum: 'Education (ESD) practice and it's contribution to Sustainable Living' - 26th April. Baden Powell House, London. Attendees will receive the UNESCO survey results report for the UK. Cost £75. To register contact admin@se-ed.org.uk. More details to follow.

  • Sustainable Schools Conference: incorporating Cycling4SEEd student commercial awards and premiere of "The UK's Best Sustainable Schools" documentary film - 11th July 2012. Baden Powell House, London. To register contact admin@se-ed.org.uk.

 

  • Green Alliance: Head of Sustainable Business: This is a new senior post responsible for leading and developing Green Alliance’s sustainable business programme and for growing the reach and impact of our work with business across all of our activity. Read more...
  • Green Alliance: Senior Policy Advisor: Green Alliance is seeking an experienced environmental policy specialist, with strong research and analytical skills, excellent relationship skills and an entrepreneurial outlook to lead our resource stewardship theme which, alongside sustainable economy and low carbon futures, is a central policy focus under our 2012 – 2015 strategy. Read more...
  • Think Global: Business Development Manager, Fundraising Manager, Programme Manager and Office Manager: Think Global are looking at ways of collaborating and working in partnership to progress their ideas. A few of these ideas include working more closely with schools to help us develop the development education curriculum, further developing their website, helping schools to deliver global dimension assemblies with high quality resources, and working with schools to accredit their efforts.
    To help Think Global achieve these plans, recruitment for the above posts is being offered. Read more...

 

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