Sue Falch-Lovesey Adviser (Head) Environmental & Outdoor Learning, NCC. Children’s Services Overview and Scrutiny 12 th May 2011. Energy, Environment and Education for Sustainable Development. Plan Background Why maintain a core specialism? How does the Service work to build capacity?
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Adviser (Head) Environmental & Outdoor Learning, NCC
Children’s Services Overview and Scrutiny
12th May 2011
Energy, Environment and
Education for Sustainable Development
-Residential & day experiences for young people
-Teacher training and advice & support
- Project work
- Consultancy (both within Norfolk & beyond)
Holt Hall Environmental & Outdoor Learning Centre
Financial aim linked to core objectives
- raising achievement
- improving the environment (biodiversity)
- carbon reduction and
- supporting more vulnerable young people with gaining experiences & qualifications
Why maintain a specialism?
fewer resources as time passes
more people drawing on limited resources
Impact of climate change
regardless of whether this is human induced or not
These trends can be magnified by over-consumption and disconnection with nature
The ‘feel good’ balance
We can deal with these challenges by reducing our negative impacts (e.g. reducing our use of fossil fuels) and/or increasing our positive impacts (e.g. growing our own food) thus improving our quality of life
‘’Sustainability is about using our unlimited brain capacity instead of our limited natural resources”
Helsinki District Councillor
How do we work?
Current Initiatives and Areas for Development
Energy, Ecoschools and Holt Hall (1)
Energy Busters (Primary)
MARS funding the Ecoschools programme in West Norfolk
Energy, EU funding and Holt Hall (2)
‘ANSWER’ real time metering in schools In Norway
‘ANSWER’ Swedish and Norwegian schools at Attleborough High
Roots and Shoots, experiences & qualifications for more vulnerable young people (1)
NCB PRU’s climate change project
Roots and Shoots year 1
Outreach - Growing for Success at Stibbard
Roots and Shoots, experiences & qualifications for more vulnerable young people (2)
Consultancy; new allotments in Great Yarmouth
Woodfields – planting sensory garden at Holt Hall
Outreach; Sheringham High Community Allotments
Education + &Taverham High working together – Holt Hall
Overall effectiveness of the school………
During their time in the school the pupils make good progress in their learning and exceptional progress in their personal development. A contributing factor to this has been the outstanding work done to achieve ‘ECO’ school status and the excellent development of the school grounds to provide a sustainable and environmentally friendly outdoor classroom.
…they have developed an advanced understanding of how to stay healthy and safe, and of how by working together they can be more successful.
Adviser (Head) Environmental & Outdoor Learning