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  1. Sue Falch-Lovesey Adviser (Head) Environmental & Outdoor Learning, NCC Children’s Services Overview and Scrutiny 12th May 2011 Energy, Environment and Education for Sustainable Development

  2. Plan • Background • Why maintain a core specialism? • How does the Service work to build capacity? • Current initiatives and Priorities - case studies • Member involvement

  3. Background • Specialism in Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and Outdoor Learning • Environment and Outdoor Learning Team based at Holt Hall (deliver countywide) -Residential & day experiences for young people -Teacher training and advice & support - Project work - Consultancy (both within Norfolk & beyond) Holt Hall Environmental & Outdoor Learning Centre

  4. Financial aim linked to core objectives • To become fully self-financing by September ‘13 • With core work aligned to; - raising achievement - improving the environment (biodiversity) - carbon reduction and - supporting more vulnerable young people with gaining experiences & qualifications

  5. Why maintain a specialism? Current trends: Resource depletion fewer resources as time passes Our challenge Population increase 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 Negative impacts Positive impacts ethos 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

  6. ‘’Sustainability is about using our unlimited brain capacity instead of our limited natural resources” Helsinki District Councillor

  7. How do we work? • Research and Collaboration • Coordination • Capacity Building • Direct Delivery • Building expertise & linkages across Children’s Services

  8. Current Initiatives and Areas for Development • Schools Energy Programmes • Holt Hall Residential and Outdoor Learning Centre • Outdoor Learning & Forest School • INSET, Advice and Support, consultancy • Roots and Shoots • EU funded opportunity • Linkages across NCC

  9. Energy, Ecoschools and Holt Hall (1) Energy Busters (Primary) eFutures (Secondary) MARS funding the Ecoschools programme in West Norfolk

  10. Energy, EU funding and Holt Hall (2) ‘ANSWER’ real time metering in schools In Norway ‘ANSWER’ Swedish and Norwegian schools at Attleborough High

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. Member Involvement • Through assigning a representative to specific areas that are of interest or significance • Through membership of certain committees or groups e.g. Friends of Holt Hall

  14. OFSTED: A good school with outstanding features 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.

  15. Sue Falch-Lovesey Adviser (Head) Environmental & Outdoor Learning susan.falch-lovesey@norfolk.gov.uk www.norfolk.gov.uk/outdoorlearning