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                   and Eco-Schools

These three professional learning sessions are all focussed on different ways to develop sustainability initiatives within a school setting. They will provide a range of practical ideas for teachers and other staff who have an interest and/or responsibility for sustainability, Eco-Schools and related areas.

Who is this course for?

Staff at primary and secondary schools with a responsibility or interest in promoting sustainability in schools through the curriculum, whole school initiatives and student led activities. The course would be particularly beneficial for those leading (or interested in starting) student eco-groups and looking for practical ideas for developing this area of work.

What are the objectives or outcomes?

On this programme participants will explore different ways to enhance their school’s sustainability work with a particular focus on:

  • The opportunities provided by local initiatives
  • How to run effective student eco-groups and gain Eco-Schools accreditation
  • How to incorporate a focus on food and farming

Session 1: Local initiatives to support sustainability work in schools

This session will provide an opportunity for participants to find out about local organisations that can support sustainability work in schools. We will hear from Transition St Albans who are a lead organisation in Sustainable St Albans Week (November) and explore ways in which schools can get involved in this year’s Sustainable St Albans Week (end of November) which has a focus this year on Sustainable Food. We will also identify ways in which schools can collaborate and share ideas relating to sustainability.

Session 2: Eco-Schools – student led groups and Green Flag Assessments

This session will provide an opportunity to explore ways to make student led Eco-Schools groups effective and also provide advice for schools who are working towards (or considering) the Eco-Schools Green Flag Award.

Session 3: Outdoor learning and sustainability (at The Farmschool, Kinsborne Green)

This session will provide an opportunity to visit a local farm which offers school visits. We will have the opportunity to tour the farm and hear from the farmer about how sustainability features in his work. We will also explore the wide range of different ways in which schools can enhance their sustainability work by getting students outdoors (including initiatives such as Forest Schools and school gardening).

Practical Information

These sessions take place at Sir John Lawes School, Harpenden. Twilight sessions run from 4.00pm to 6.00pm.

  • Session 1 - Thursday 13th October 2016
  • Session 2 – Wednesday 22nd February 2017
  • Session 3 – Wednesday 24th May 2017 hosted at The Farmschool, Kinsbourne Green

The course will include:

  • Practical input on ways to develop sustainability in your school
  • An opportunity to share ideas with staff in other schools and develop links for potential collaborative work

Meet the Facilitator

Helen Cox

Helen Cox

Helen is a geography teacher and Leading Practitioner at Sir John Lawes School in Harpenden. She has lead on a wide range of global learning and sustainability initiatives at a whole school level and beyond. Recently she was the Lead Practitioner for SJL in their role as an Expert Centre for the Global Learning Programme. She has delivered a wide range of CPD from small workshops through to national conferences. 


£30 per session, £70 to attend all three sessions

What didothers think?

Lots of good ideas and examples shared of real projects”

What didothers think?

“Good balance of delivery and discussion time”

What didothers think?

“I will now happily contribute and share information learned from today’s course.”