SEEd’s Sustainability Curriculum is an initiative to create a sustainability curriculum, to help schools develop their ‘local school curriculum’.

With the National Curriculum being slimmed down to represent ‘essential knowledge’ in key subjects, all schools will be expected to develop their own complementary school curriculum which comprises all learning and other experiences that each school must provide for its pupils.

Research increasingly shows that schools using sustainability principles help their pupils to develop positive attitudes to their futures, enjoy learning which means they are more likely to be better behaved, aremore engaged in class and attain better results.

The DfE’s recent White Paper and outcomes of the Curriculum Review are anticipated to bring a change in how teachers use their time and space to create lessons that engage their pupils and enable them to fulfil their potential.  The school curriculum will aim to develop knowledge, understanding, skills and attitudes necessary for each pupil’s self-fulfilment and development as an active and responsible citizen.

 

Who’s doing it?

This is a collaborative project for us all! SEEd will work with associations, teaching unions, student unions, teachers, heads, NGOs, teacher trainers, universities, examining bodies together to develop a sustainability curriculum for our students futures.

It will help teachers stay informed or get started, link action projects to real achievement that can be tracked, ensure that all students can get an understanding and skill set around sustainability (not just the eco-club members).  There is a wealth of experience, good ideas and good practice out there – now is the best time for the last 3 decades to bring this work together, share and develop more.

The Department for Education are interested in seeing how the project develops as an example of how schools can be supported to develop their own school curriculum, sharing resources and best practice with each other and drawing from wider expert knowledge.

 

When? Where? How?

Started in 2011, the project will run until 2014. We have 2 years to gather good practice and thinking, challenge ourselves and deliver a really useful curriculum for teachers both experienced in sustainability and new to it. Then we aim to roll it out with training around the UK.

As a national project, and to keep carbon footprint down, we will be coming to you, online and regionally. Teachers and organisations are already signing up and expressing their interest. We will run consultations and data-gathering workshops in 2012, as well as create an online forum to share, discuss and create together. SEEd has, and is, the leading ESD online provider of online courses, conferences and consultations.

 

Why get involved?

Schools strongly value preparing young people for a sustainable future and say they need help embedding sustainability in their schools. The outputs from this project will help primary schools develop a creative, integrated curriculum.  Secondary schools will get motivating, real learning examples to weave into their subject curricula – not just science or geography.

As a school, you can join in by joining SEEd for free. However, to get us going and to show how we all want to invest in this project, we are asking everyone – teacher, student, parent, educator or organisation – to donate £25 to kick us off. SEEd is donating £5000. Your money will help us raise more and get started: it is an investment. When you want to attend the training sessions from April 2013 onwards you will be able to deduct that £25 donation from the cost of attending those sessions.

 

Next Steps?

The first Sustainability Curriculum Workshop in March 2012 was the start of an on-going process and series of workshops over the coming 18 months. Participants included teachers, NGO’s and local government staff who generated ideas and began discussions about developing school curricula which embed sustainability concepts. The outcomes of these discussions are to be provided to the attendees, listed here as an initial resource for educators and others.

We have also set up an on-line discussion forum on moodle for these debates to be continued.

If you would like to be part of the Sustainability Curriculum, please complete our online form. Looking forward to working with you further!