Summer update from Natural England – part 1

Natural England has released its latest round up of recent evidence and reports, policy developments, large scale initiatives, resources and news items. This is to support the Strategic Research Groups for Learning in Natural Environments and Outdoors for All [SRGLNEOA] to “develop better coherence and collaboration in research and to improve links between research, policy and…

LEEF summer activities

You can join bgen, LEEF and BGCI for a Networking Day at Kew on Wednesday 23rd August 2017, 10am-4pm. They will be exploring successful educational initiatives that thrive on working together. The aim is to “bring together like-minded professionals to mingle, get inspiration and share their best practices”. Participants will have the chance to: Hear how partnership working has…

Monday Round up – July 31 to August 6

1. The Natural History Museum is looking for teachers to support the development of learning and training opportunities as the Museum. Amongst others, these include representation on our Teacher Advisory Networks, attendance at consultation sessions and providing advice on teacher support and training needs.  You can register your interest by providing us with your details including the…

Popular websites about birds

Here is a selection of the many websites that focus on birds. 1. Birds of Britain  Over 450 pages including changing monthly features and a permanent guide to Britain’s bird reserves and clubs. 2. Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB)  The RSPB’s website provides you with your local RSPB reserves, the birds that should be around…

The impacts and benefits of a residential experience

Today’s blog comes from Kim Somerville, coordinator of the ‘Brilliant Residentials’ campaign for Learning Away.  In the post, Kim explains what pupils, teachers and schools can gain from high-quality residential stays. Learning Away began working closely with 60 primary, secondary and special schools in 2009, to demonstrate the positive impact of high-quality residential learning. The schools have…

A Living Planet

The last part (The Path Ahead; page 122) of WWF’s 2016 Living Planet report says this: The facts and figures in this report tend to paint a challenging picture, yet there is still considerable room for optimism.  If we manage to carry out critically needed transitions, the rewards will be immense.  Fortunately, we are not starting…

TEESNet’s 2017 Conference

The annual TEESNet conference takes place in Liverpool on September 14th. In addition to Stephen Twigg MP, Chair of the International Development select committee, and Irmeli Halinen, previously Head of Curriculum Development at the Finnish National Agency of Education, there are wide range of other topics to discuss.  These include: Applying an SDG Lens to Youth Led Active…

Get Growing at School

The Guardian has been running a feature on food growing in schools that began way back in February 2016.  The details are here. Postings include: Children must know how the food they eat affects the planet.  Corinna Hawkes says more needs to be done to help children make better food choices. a sustainable diet is one way…

Monday round up – July 24 to 30

1. Rooted Forest School, based in Herefordshire, but works around the Midlands and Wales as well through mobile provision accessing woodlands near to where you are, thus keeping transport costs to a minimum.  It caters for all ages working in partnership with Cambium to provide outdoor learning and Forest School training around the UK. See: Forest School and…