Working with UNESCO

UNESCO has been recognized globally as the lead agency for Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). In 2015, SEEd was selected as Key Partners on their Global Action Programme for Education for Sustainable Development

The Global Action Programme is the follow-up to the decade for Education for Sustainable Development which came to an end in December 2014. The programme serves as UNESCO’s main commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals, particularly that of quality education for all, and seeks to generate and scale up concrete action on ESD.

SEEd are working in Priority Action Area 2 which focuses on the transformation of learning and training environments to embed a Whole School/Institution approach. Our work with UNESCO involves gathering best practice on whole school approaches as well as looking at the evidence of the impacts of Sustainable Schools. You can download our backgrounder document on Whole School Approaches here. If you are a member of SEEd, you can access this research via our member’s only login area.

SEEd works on a one-to-one basis with a select number of partners.

We support these partners by providing advice on how they can embed sustainability into the services they offer to schools and educational institutions. You can find out more about our partners and their services below. If you are interested in becoming a partner with SEEd, please contact us.

Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) is about enabling us to constructively and creatively address present and future global challenges and create more sustainable and resilient societies


Solar for Schools

SEEd is advising Solar for Schools on ways schools can make more of their solar panels in the classroom.

Solar panels, and the ability to use a renewable energy source, are within the reach of many schools. In the UK and internationally, Solar for Schools is looking to put solar panels on to school roofs. If your school would like to have clean, renewable energy at no cost to the school, (whatever country you work in) please contact

At SEEd we see how solar panels can bring opportunities to link to the curriculum and the campus. We believe that by working with organisations like Solar for Schools we can achieve more and so encourage more schools to embrace a lower carbon future. Together we can achieve.

If you would like to join and help more schools take advantage of the opportunities, contact at or Ann Flaherty at Solar Options for Schools on 07946 245 556 or email

N.B. for every £50,000 Solar for Schools invests in solar panels on a school in the UK, the school will benefit for between £100,000 and £200,000 in savings and profit share over the first 20 years of the system while saving over 600 tonnes of carbon emissions and helping reduce climate change.

Plymouth University

Plymouth University are one of the world’s leading Higher Education institutes in sustainability education. Their award-winning Centre for Sustainable Futures supports staff and students to bring sustainability into the very heart of their learning experience.

Plymouth joined as a member of SEEd in September 2016. Over the course of the next year, our work together will look at the opportunities presented by the Sustainable Development Goals. In particular, we will explore how the Goals can enable HE institutions to further embed sustainability education across their campus, curriculum, and community.

For a number of years, Plymouth have been producing cutting-edge research and developing innovative approaches to sustainability education. As a Key Partner on UNESCO’s Global Action Programme for ESD, SEEd will collaborate with Plymouth to ensure this work reaches new audiences and forms part of a global evaluation on the progress of Education for Sustainable Development.

If you would like to find out more about sustainability education at Plymouth, please contact Paul Warrick.

Bluewave Education

Bluewave Education is a market leading provider of school improvement management software supporting school leaders to deliver efficiency, cohesion and streamlined processes. They won a BETT Award in the category of Supporting Institutional Leadership and Management Solutions.

The Bluewave approach enables schools and other organisations to manage all their development strategies in one place and ensures that impact on student outcomes can be linked to each of those strategies. Their online platform facilitates collaboration, sharing good practice and peer-to-peer support wherever you are in the world. They also provide access to school improvement solutions and strategies created by leading practitioners in education who can deliver their support and guidance via the platform.

Bluewave joined SEEd at the start of 2017. Together we ensure that their work reaches the global audiences and potential it deserves, in particular through our relationship with UNESCO. We are working with Bluewave to develop an evidence base using examples which fall under one, or more, of the following areas: NeedPracticeImpact, and Scaling Up. This will be available to our members through our new online membership portal which you can read about here.

To find out more about working with Bluewave, please visit their website:


Wellington College

Wellington College is one of the world’s top co-educational boarding schools. They have a strong commitment to embedding sustainability into the heart of their Campus, Curriculum and Community.

Wellington are the first school to join our Whole School Approach network which we launched at the beginning of 2017. Schools involved in this network receive up to four consultation sessions from either a member of the SEEd team or one of our many fellows and advisors, depending on your personal interest and specific areas of need. You can find out more about joining this network here.

Our initial work with Wellington began with a full day of environmental events which were organised by students and took place across the whole school. We look forward to further developments across 2017.

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Our members and supporters

SEEd has a cross-sectoral membership that includes individuals, teachers, FE colleges, schools, local authorities, NGOs, and other organisations. To join, simply select your level of membership and complete our simple online membership form.