London’s Environmental Educators Forum secures funding for another 3 years

SEEd member, the London Environmental Educators Forum, have successfully secured funding for a further 3 years of work. Over the past year, Beth Barber (LEEF part-time co-ordinator) has ensured the network continues to grow and is open to new audiences and educators. Beth will be leaving LEEF to devote more time to practical outdoor education, but has said it is “testament to the great work that we are all engaged in that they [the funders] are prepared to invest such a sum in LEEF over a multi-year grant. Well done all of us!”

LEEF is a network for urban environmental educators and those passionate about improving the quantity and quality of environmental education delivered to Londoners. They deliver training, workshops and seminars with the goal of enhancing skills, spreading best practice and networking.

On Tuesday, 22nd November, SEEd took part in a LEEF training workshop on the role and purpose of evaluation in assessing the impacts of sustainability and EE on young people and their connection to nature. The morning featured a talk from Stephanie Pace at ZSL on the impacts of multi-site visits on a select group of young people from two London boroughs. This was followed by Lucy Hellier – learning manager at WWT Slimbridge – who discussed the impacts of involving young people in the evaluation process from the start. Both projects were fascinating and I would strongly recommend taking a look at the reports once they both become available. For the final session of the day, SEEd’s Executive Chair, Ann Finlayson, delivered a workshop on evidence and provoked some deep reflection on the purpose and aim of evaluation. Ann asked attendees to question whether we do need to measure everything or whether, as a sector, we might be able to develop more intelligent ways of collaborating together to target specific areas which have been identified as gaps in the pre-existing research.

You can find out more about LEEF via their website. If you are interested in finding out more about SEEd’s work on evidence gathering, please contact ann.finlayson@se-ed.org.uk or victoria@se-ed.org.uk.