Nine new Ambassador Schools in England

Eco-Schools has announced the nine schools that will hold its Ambassador role for the next two years. These are the exceptional schools across England that have been chosen to represent the Eco Schools programme, and encourage new schools to join.  To be considered for the role, the schools must have held the Eco-Schools Green Flag award for four consecutive years. The idea…

Scottish project takes flight!

Jenny McAllister, Education Officer at the Scottish Seabird Centre, writes about the centre’s education work. The Scottish Seabird Centre in North Berwick, East Lothian, an education and conservation charity, opened its doors in the year 2000 with the aim of inspiring people to appreciate and care for wildlife and the natural environment in a fun, interactive and informative way. The formal education…

Environmental education at Thornhill primary school, Cardiff

The third winner of this year’s Ashden Sustainable Schools Award was Thornhill primary school in Cardiff.  What follows is taken from the Ashden case study which details the school’s success. The Ashden judging panel said: “We found Thornhill Primary School to be a real innovator.  What’s more, Thornhill is willing to share ideas with other schools and help others to make the same…

Environmental education at Marton primary school, Lincolnshire

Another winner of this year’s Ashden Sustainable Schools Award was Marton primary school in Lincolnshire.  What follows is taken from the Ashden case study which details the school’s success. The Ashden judging panel said: “Marton Primary School is an excellent role model for other small schools.  The staff and pupils have adopted a very simple approach focusing on low cost or no cost…

Educating at the Scottish Dolphin Centre

Lorna Hall, education and outreach officer at Whale & Dolphin Conservation [WDC],  writes about its Scottish education programme based at Spey Bay on the beautiful Moray coastline. WDC is a leading global charity dedicated to the conservation and protection of whales and dolphins.  Its Scottish education programme facilitates experiential education through a variety of methods, encouraging learning and active conservation.  Located at the mouth…

School Grounds Day

Rupert Brakspear writes about Bretforton First School’s work to involving everyone through the Eco-Schools Challenge. Bretforton is a small, vibrant school for 73 Foundation to Year 5 pupils. The school catchment serves families from the village and neighbouring communities lying to the east of Evesham.  The school’s motto is ‘Small enough to care, Strong enough to grow’ and the Head Teacher…

The Adventures of Ed the Bear

Steve Savage, Biologist, Environmental Educator and Author, writes about the One World One Ocean project and the key role of Ed the Bear. One World One Ocean links UK schools with ocean scientists around the world and creates real time events that are shared with schools.  The project also provides opportunities for scientists, climatologists, marine archaeologists and conservationists to share their knowledge and experiences with…