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SEEd at 7

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Cherish Watton

on 13 September 2015

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We are THE hub for bringing together, sharing and enhancing best practice in sustainability and environmental education.
Why do we
network base spans over 4,000 individuals, and our website sees
1.5 million unique hits

connect and support
organisations through our online resources, run an
annual policy forum,
and organise the
National Sustainable Schools Conference.

We partner with Engynious to supply schools with
free solar panels

After receiving over 2,300 signatures and the support of MPs Joan Walley and Kevin Brennan, and Natalie Bennett (Green Party leader), SEEd is campaigning to
keep sustainability in the National Curriculum objectives

A SEEd Planted...
SEEd, formerly the Council for Environmental Education, was
relaunched in 2009 by CEO Ann Finlayson
. Ann held positions such as Head of Education/Social Change at WWF-UK and the Commissioner for Education and Capability Building for the Sustainable Development Commission.

Her observations of a need for stronger education for sustainable development (ESD) influenced her to build SEEd on the principle that
ESD is a necessary tool for younger generations to become ‘future-proof’ – equipped to tackle the social, environmental and economic challenges in society.
A membership organisation...
SEEd membership offers individuals and organisations a host of benefits including;
access to resources
up to date information
discussion groups
professional development

SEEd members can now
earn £10,000
through commissions with our Engynious SEEd Solar programme.
One of SEEd's first initiatives was to run a
4 day facilitation course
. Participants from a range of backgrounds (including from education, charitable and corporate) continue today to come together to learn about:-
social learning
facilitating groups
creating new ideas and practices in order to help groups sustain their ideas and work
The course enables
transformational learning
and change through group processes for sustainability.
Training & Building Capacity...
“A great leap forward in application of many concepts that I have learned throughout my career. Excellent opportunities to learn new skills."
"I’ve been really surprised because we’re not learning only techniques, but we’re also learning a lot about ourselves, our way of thinking and about the world around us."

Since 2009, SEEd sends out a free monthly newsletter.
Today we have over
4000 subscribers
to our newsletter, with views from around the world. Readers come from a variety of backgrounds; individuals, schools, LAs, charities, businesses and the corporate world.
Sharing & Caring
The Sustainable Schools Alliance was
launched in March 2011
, with support from Defra by a working party of
3 membership organistaions
behalf of more than 300
who responded to the initial consultation.

The working party was
SEEd, the National Children’s Bureau (NCB), and Think Global

The Alliance is now composed of a working board of 18 different organisations. Their goal is to continue driving change in the education system so that
all schools put sustainability at the heart of their curriculum, their campus and their community.

An Alliance...

a mission and priority of tasks

a database of interested organisations

a popular advisory committee communication with schools,

annual National Sustainable Schools Conference run by SEEd and the SSA

3 SSA members sponsored the TES Sustainable Schools Award in 2012 (SEEd, NCB and WWF-UK)

SEEd launched the Sustainability Curriculum Project.

The SSA is the
programme endorsed by the Department for Education in the Defra Natural Environment White Paper 2011
Achievements so far...
National Sustainable Schools Conference

has taken place every year since 2011.

It aims to
share best practice from across the country
, bringing together educators and pupils.

Sharing & inspiring...
2011 saw the launch of the SEEd Academy;
providing online webinars on a variety topics
. These have included:

10 Top Tips for a Sustainable Schools
Climate Change, Science & Geography
In Full Sing: Why Nations are Coming Together for Sustainability

SEEd's Schools Webinars kicked off in October 2014
with a live broadcast by Sir David King (UK Special Representative to the Foreign Secretary on Climate Change) as our first ‘expert in the classroom.’
Sharing online...
A bank of free online resources...
After a month interning with SEEd, Anna Marika Ramsden had the crazy idea to cycle across the UK capturing stories of sustainability in schools. The project ‘cycling4SEEd’ covered over
1500 miles

and directly worked with
1000 students from Primary through to University level.
Cycling For SEEd
On the 4th April, using change.org, we launched a petition
keeping sustainability in the National Curriculum
. It received an astounding
2000 signatures in the first month
with the majority wanting to stay in touch with SEEd!

We also worked with EcoSchools (Keep Britain Tidy) to send the same message in a
letter signed by 31 CEOs of organisations
. The reply was not encouraging and sustainability was dropped as an aim of the National Curriculum.
Starting a campaign...
change the Education Act
so that the inclusion of ESD is
no longer dependent on the resources of individual schools

Climate change is only a small aspect of sustainability and therefore it
requires a specific legal acknowledgement
. Securing a place of sustainability and environmental education in the national curriculum would be achieved
via amendment of the Education Act.

Section78 of the Education Act (2002) will be amended by inserting the following after subsection (1) (b): (c) instils and ethos and ability to care for oneself, others and the natural environment, now and in the future.
Our Aims
Since 2009,
SEEd has run an Annual Policy Forum
, bringing together all the best ideas, practice and research to inform policy decisions.

2014 saw the launch of
SEEd's call for evidence on sustainability in education
. Information was collected and will be shared in order to appreciate the
scale, variety and depth of sustainability education and its impacts.
Collecting Evidence...
Changing curricula...
changing lives...

SEEd worked in partnership Talik&Co to
facilitate UAE to embed ESD within their curriculum
. They are now among the
top 5 countries in sustainability education in the world

In The Press
International Partnerships

SEEd has been invited to
partner with UNESCO on their Global Action Programme (GAP) on Education for Sustainable Development
. The Global Action Programme is the main follow-up to the fantastic work which emerged throughout the Decade of Education for Sustainable Development.

As a partner network member, SEEd will continue to
implement our own ESD activities to contribute to the GAP
. SEEd’s work will be given the opportunity be
recognised at an international level.

SEEd is
one of 90 global Key Partners
, in a group focussed on
Whole Institution approaches
. We are the
only UK partner focused on the education system

SEEd @
Celebrate SEEd's 7th Birthday
and see what they have achieved since 2009.

Building Capacity
As a membership, national ‘umbrella’ organisation SEEd
supports organisations or individuals with training, learning events, identifying good practice and keeping up to date with policy and sustainability research.

This helps educators keep going by being
flexible, adaptive and effective
. Our baseline surveys, website and newsletters contribute to building this understanding.

Often these educators are ‘pioneers’ and are already very motivated to do this work. However our events, marketing and website
bring in new audiences and educators
who are interested but not sure how to get started. We have one of the most visited websites in environmental and sustainability education in the UK (1.5 million hits/year).
Spreading good practice to new audiences
By gathering
good practice and encouraging learning about change
, SEEd influences policy and practice.

The setting up of the
Sustainable Schools Alliance was referenced by the Department of Education in the Natural Environment White Paper
(Defra, UK July 2011) and shows how we have been able to influence government.

Our biggest change project is our new
Sustainability Curriculum Project.
Our goal is to
change attitudes so that all educators feel it is the right of children, students, and workers to be able to live and work sustainably and to be able to constructively contribute to that work.
The ‘sustainable schools’ framework has
been completely removed. That’s the bad news. The good news is that there are is a group of organisations called the Sustainable Schools Alliance, led largely by SEEd [here in London], who are actually taking on the role of trying to promote this [‘sustainable schools’ framework] in schools.

Mark Stead
Severn Wye Energy

I also don’t think that there is anyone who is more aware of the reality of the current context in which learning for sustainability is now struggling to maintain its hard won position in the day-to-day life of schools across England [than SEEd].
Ben Hren
Waste Watch



Encouraging collaboration
SEEd develops alliances, networks, and collaborative projects to
ensure the education for sustainability work not only carries on
but new ways of working and new practices are adopted.

Many of SEEd’s members and supporters are individuals in organisations or in very small charities who can achieve more by joining together with others on projects.
Our annual Policy Forum is a ‘seed’ bed for these alliances and collaborative projects.
The biggest of these is the Sustainable Schools Alliance which seeks to bring together the over 300 registered organisations working on bringing sustainability into the school campus, curriculum and community.
We are about change at the
at the
individual level
(facilitation course, online offers)
at the
institutional level
(SSA, evidence, university leadership programme, evaluation at Gloucester University)

system wide
(campaign, policy fora, consultations, alliances).
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