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Welcome to the March 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.Sustainability Curriculum

Well, things are really hotting up here at SEEd! We’re certainly getting busier as the year progresses, and thrilled to be so. We currently have four projects underway; ones that we hope to see you all at in the near future. The projects are the Sustainability Curriculum, Cycling4SEEd, the Cycling4SEEd video competition and documentary (and premiere - 11th July 2012), and the Policy Forum incorporating the UNESCO ESD survey results for the UK (26th April 2012).

The Sustainability Curriculum project really has gotten off to a flying start. We had our first successful working group with 110 registrants on the 20th March. There were still however, a large number of individuals who were unable to attend on this day. As such, SEEd will be running another event in the near future and we will keep everyone informed as to the upcoming workshop dates. Meanwhile, you can keep up to speed on comments and thoughts via twitter and #sustcurric.

Cycling4SEEd have now begun their cycling journey, despite some initial hiccups with Ordnance Survey maps and unexpected hills! Their website, photos and blog are updated very regularly, so if you’re interested in keeping up to date with their progress, you can find their website linked in this newsletter. The Cycling4SEEd video documentary (The Best of Sustainability in Schools) and the Cycling4SEEd video competition is still ongoing; I for one am very excited to see what kinds of videos schools will produce.

And finally, I’d like to offer my thanks to all of our new followers on Twitter! Over 600 followers on Twitter is really quite an achievement, and we do hope to keep the numbers growing. We doubled our visitor rates to the website last Monday and are heading to 1.5 million hits a year! If you have a message remember the hashtag #ESDGC, and for the sustainability curriculum project, it’s #suscurric.

Ann Finlayson, Chief Executive

 

SEEd News

  • En-route updates from Cycling4SEEd – Cycling4SEEd have now begun their mountainous (in more ways than one) cycle journey. Read more...

  • Welcome to our new SEEd interns Nemanja, Emily and Tanya have now joined the growing SEEd team. Read more...

  • Sustainability Curriculum Project update – the project is now underway, and off to a great start. Read more...

  • Thanks! For what? Nearly 230 organisations and individuals completed the UNESCO online survey that SEEd promoted earlier this year. 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.

  • The Co-operative – green initiatives have saved the Co-operative an astonishing £40 million in the past year. Read more...

  • Lancashire Global Education Centre – a warm welcome to our new members, LGEC. Read more...

  • For SEEd members: Govtoday’s Annual National Greening the FE & HE Sectors Conference and Exhibition offers fully-funded places for SEEd members. Read more...

 

Field Studies Council: Get online today for free teaching resources

  • Details of 2013 Seventh World Environmental Education Congress announced start investigating flights to Morocco. Read more...

  • Mainstreaming Sustainable Development: one year in - Jonathan Tillson, Head of Defra’s Sustainable Development Team, introduces a a series of reviews on the year’s progress. Read more...

  • Peace Child International launch Education Hub – Rio+20 Education launches in time for the UN’S Rio+20 summit. Read more...

  • Boris Johnson announces Mayor’s Low Carbon Prize winners. Read more...

  • ‘Children’s rights take centre stage’ in Jo Confino’s article, businesses are to given guidance on how to incorporate children's rights into the heart of everything that they do. Read more...

  • Rob Hopkins on Four Thought the founder of the Transition Towns movement discusses a new approach to energy, society and our surroundings, by way of a beer bottle. Read more...

 

 
 

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

  • Edwardsville Primary School, Merthyr Tydfil: Edwardsville Primary School is already recognised as an example of good green practice: over the last five years it has received over £100,000 in grant funding which has paid for the outdoor classrooms, environment and development projects, the permaculture design and more. Read more...
  • Bury Church of England High School, Bury: Bury Church of England High School has a humanities specialist status by effectively developing an outstanding citizenship curriculum at Key Stage 3, using a well considered integrated humanities approach. Read more...

 

  • The Framework for the National Curriculum: A report by the Expert Panel for the National Curriculum review: This report summarises the Expert Panel’s thinking on a range of fundamentally important issues, which are crucial to defining an overarching conception of the purposes, shape, size and structure of the curriculum. The report focuses in particular on a number of recommendations, some of which have the potential to result in radical change to the National Curriculum, beyond change to curriculum content. This report is now available for download from the Department for Education website. Read more...

  • In Sight of the Finish Line: A review of the preparations to stage a sustainable Games: This thematic review has just been released by the Commission for a Sustainable London 2012. With the Olympic Games rapidly approaching, the Commission undertook a review of the sustainability commitments that need to be delivered at or immediately around Games time. This involved reviewing a sample of the preparations that are being made to ensure that London 2012 is on track to meet the commitments and to provide assurance over the likelihood that they will be met. The review is now available online. Read more...

 

Salix Energy Efficiency Loan Scheme

  • Join the Energy Bill Revolution: This new campaign is asking Government to use the money it gets from carbon taxes to help make homes super-energy efficient and drive down fuel bills and carbon emissions. Read more...
  • Institute of Education seminar: Education for sustainable development and teacher education: a case study in Japan. Read more...
  • Call for papers: The Teaching and Learning of Research Methodology: The International Journal of Research & Method in Education calls for scholarly papers for a special issue focused on the teaching and learning of research methodology. Read more...
  • TES School Awards now open: Enter your schools and teachers now. Read more...
  • Keen to be Green: Go-Givers lessons and ideas: Research conducted by Go-Givers in 2009 indicated that 50% of primary children think that sustainability issues are the most pressing issues of global concern, even putting them above human rights and safety. In response to this, Go-Givers have provided a series of cross-curricular opportunities to show children how climate issues are human rights issues as well. Read more...

 

 
 
  • University of Kent: Ph.D scholarships, application deadline 30th April 2012. Read more...
  • Green Economics Institute: 1-week Green Economics Training Programme: Greening our World, Business and Careers. Reform of Economics. Read more...

  • National Trust: Creative Ideas for the Outdoor Classroom. Read more...
  • Centre for Global Awareness: The Olympic Games as a Global Learning Opportunity. Read more...
  • Govtoday: 2nd Annual National Greening the FE & HE Sectors Conference and Exhibition: Promoting Environmental, Economic and Social Sustainability. Read more...
  • Lancashire Global Education Centre: National Conference for Sustainable Skills. Read more...

  • University of the West of England: ‘Changing Lives, Changing Society’ conference. Read more...

 

  • New Barn Field Centre: ‘Living History’ Interpreter: Based at New Barn near Dorchester, this position focuses mainly on KS2 invaders & settlers. Applicants must be enthusiastic and keen. Read more...

  • New Forest National Park: Park Ranger: Join a team of rangers which provides the New Forest National Park Authority with first points of contact throughout the National Park and its surrounding communities. Read more...

  • Cherwell District Council: Recycling Officer: Cherwell District Council is one of the top performing recycling councils in the country. An opportunity exists to join the high performing team which is looking to take Cherwell’s recycling rate beyond 60%. Read more...

 

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