National Sustainable Schools Online Conference 2015






National Sustainable Schools Online Conference

Learning for Our Future – Engaging for a Changing World

About the day:

On the 2nd July, the University of Bristol, in partnership with the Sustainable Schools Alliance and SEEd, hosted and delivered the 2015 National Sustainable Schools Conference. Teachers and young people from across the South West came together for an exciting day of keynote speeches, workshops and launches.

About the online conference: 

The online conference features: videos of the workshops, launches and keynotes as well as links and resources on where to go next to help you continue on your journey to making your school more sustainable. It is available as both a training and CPD resource for a year and can be used in your classes with your pupils to help them to engage with sustainability online.

Cost of the online conference: 

  • £30.00   – Single Delegate
  • £10.00   – Single Student Delegate

Details of the Keynotes, Workshops, and Launches: 

Doug Hulyer

Doug is an advisor to the heritage and environmental sectors on strategy, change and public engagement; he also is a public sector commentator/writer and policy maker. His mission has been about putting people at the heart of the environmental and heritage worlds – through learning in all its forms, participation and community cohesion.                                                             

Quinn imageQuinn Runkle

Quinn is Senior Project Officer for Communities and Curriculum within the NUS’ Department for Sustainability. Before joining the NUS, Quinn managed the Student Green Fund Project at the University of Bristol Students’ Union and delivered student sustainability engagement programmes at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. Quinn’s keynote focuses on: ‘the significance of curriculum reform matter, what can we do about it and how can we support our learners in asking for it?’

Justin Dillon

Internationally renowned Professor of Science and Environmental Education and Head of the Graduate School of Education at the University of Bristol. Justin’s keynote explores: Post-election 2015, where now for education for sustainability and the environment?


    • AshdenAlex Green – ‘How to create behaviour change at your school’ – This workshop explores examples of best practice from Ashden Award winning schools around the country.
    • Beetles and BeesJenny Stevens – This workshop raises awareness of the importance of Hawthorn in the countryside through the use of handmade headgear/handpuppets representing insects (including pollinators), birds and mammals.
    • BiGGY – Gloucestershire’s Big Green Gap Year, Megan Baker – BiGGY is a brand new University of Gloucestershire Students’ Union initiative, launching in 2015. This workshop explores how sustainability themed placements and ESD workshops for students at the University of Gloucestershire (UoG) can be integrated/ replicated in schools and FEIs.
    • Bristol 2015 Green CapitalJo Taylor – This workshop looks at using technology enhanced learning in your classroom. Attendees had a sneak preview at an exciting new online game, teaching critical thinking skills and sustainability
    • Bristol Students’ Union – Sustainability and Engaged Learning Coordinator, Hannah Tweddell – This workshop explores how schools can engage in biodiversity initiatives in their local community using Bedminster as a real life example.
  • Concern Universal , Jo Davies – ‘Inspiring Climate Champions of Tomorrow’ – This workshop focuses on global Perspectives on Climate Change and Energy Use.


  • doug's workshopDoug Hulyer – With decades of running his own education programmes and departments andencouraging public engagement and understand, Doug’s workshop is a condensed overview of all you ever wanted to know about ecology and how to integrate it into your work.


  • Global Learning Programme, Vikki Pendry & Clive Belgeonne – This workshop explores data sets that describe and celebrate global difference and diversity. It looks at an innovative collection of Key Stage 2 numeracy activities aimed at engaging pupils in data handling and problem solving activities to ‘paint the world by numbers’.


  • Go Green, James & Tatiana Tanner – The Tanners workshop isIMG_5067 an educational experience  which communicates in a simple, accessible, fun and interactive way the problem of Global Warming and encourages children to make life style changes to help tackle Climate Change.  Many national curriculum topics are covered.



  • Graduate School of Education, University of Bristol, Celia Tidmarsh – Groups of students discuss their experiences of having taken part in 3 workshops (at their schools on 18th June – about 6 schools taking part) with the focus on climate change – each workshop will have had a different subject perspective: geography, history and science.
  • Green Capital Project Assistant, Bristol Students’ UnionJessica Sharratt – Get Green is a two-year project funded by the NUS Students’ Green Fund, with four strands: Learn, Act, Engage, Cr
  • eate. This workshop applies this four step approach to secondary schools in a fun and innovative way.
  • Leeds Development Education Centre, Adam Ranson – This workshop looks at the benefits of assessing the impact of Global Learning/Sustainability on students’ knowledge, understanding and attitudes. It considers results from case studies of the Transatlantic Slave Trade and Fair Trade.

food workshop

  • PECT, Jill Foster – This workshop explores the variety of opportunities in the curriculum to get children thinking about and using food grown locally or in school. The workshop draws attention to the health benefits of eating local seasonal food.



  • Project Earth Rock, Jess Gold & Jonathan Palma – In this workshop, participants learn IMG_5074‘Disposable’ the Project Earth Rock recycling song that is featuring on the main stages of Glastonbury this summer and then create a new eco song together.





  • Railway Land Wildlife Trust, John Parry – The Railway Land Wildlife Trust in Lewes has been IMG_5072pioneering approaches to environmental education for 0ver 25 years. The workshop explores different ways of thinking about green open spaces within reach of schools.





  • Severn Wye Energy Agency , Mark Stead – Primary aged children present what they have learned through the ‘Energy Detectives’ project and participants use this information to design an energy saving plan for their own classroom.
  • Chair of South West Learning For Sustainability Coalition, Mairi Kershaw – Action learning workshop for secondary age practitioners based on Mairi’s research into personalised ESD.


These launches occurred at various points throughout the day and covered innovative and exciting projects taking place in various locations across the UK.

  • Bristol Green Capital 2015 overview and the National Schools Programme, Jo Taylor – Bristol Green Capital
  • Sea Level rise in the Ouse valley – lessons for all, John Parry – The Railway Land project
  • Modeshift STARS – The National School Travel Awards scheme, James Hardie – Modeshift

SSA members include: Bluewave.SWIFT, British Gas, Centre for Alternative Technologies, East Midlands RCE & Association of Science Educators, Eco Schools, IAPS, Learning through Landscapes, LSSF, Modeshift, NAFSO, NESPSS, NUS, PECT, RSPB, SEEd, TEESnet, Yorkshire & Humber Sustainable Schools Network, University of Bristol

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