The National Sustainable Schools Conference
Last month our South East Programme Coordinator, Charlotte Hosier, attended The National Sustainable Schools Conference in London. Sustainability is at the core of our organisation, and particularly of our Big Ideas programme, so events like these that bring stakeholders together to share knowledge, are incredibly beneficial and inspiring.
The National Sustainable Schools Conference was held at Baden Powell House in London on November the 13th. The conference, organised by SEEd and the Sustainable Schools Alliance (SSA), brought together educators, thought leaders and pupils to take part in action learning workshops centered on ‘Making the World a Better Place Now and in the Future’.
The conference was launched by Ann Finlayson (SEEd CEO) and kicked off with two inspiring keynote speeches from James Murray and Georgina Stevens. James (Editor in Chief of Business Green) reflected on his path to working as an environmental journalist and the education that took him there. As James said ‘The raising of a child is like building a cathedral. We can’t cut corners.’ Georgina (sustainability consultant) reflected on her path from working for big business, to how becoming a mother made her aware of a gap in sustainability education that led her to launch Be the Change Books.
Following the main introduction, a variety of workshops and sessions were on offer throughout the day showcasing work being done in environmental education. One workshop I attended was led by Henry Greenwood of the Green Schools Project . The workshop focused on helping attendees, like me, explore how we can support students to lead environmental projects in schools. We reflected on the barriers to this work and produced an action plan for a project we wanted to run in schools. Having a mixed team of teachers, energy experts and various social enterprises meant we looked at the project from a number of different perspectives.
Throughout the day at the various talks and workshops this learning continued, and it was invaluable to share our experiences of embedding sustainability into the curriculum.
Written by: Charlotte Hosier, S4TP Programme Coordinator, South East
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