The Brighton & Hove environmental education project (BHee) is funded by Brighton & Hove City Council.
Dear Eco Coordinator
Welcome back to the new school year! If you've returned to school determined to raise the profile of outdoor learning in your school or to achieve your next Eco-Schools award, the results of the Natural Connections Demonstration project will be welcome reading.
The 4-year project worked with 125 schools across the South West of England to empower teachers to use the outdoors to support learning. Its findings should convince even the most skeptical of your colleagues:
90% of staff found outdoor learning useful for curriculum delivery
95% of children said outdoor learning makes lessons more enjoyable
93% of schools said outdoor learning improves pupils’ social skills
92% of schools said outdoor learning improves pupils’ health and wellbeing and engages them with learning
At BHee, one of our aims is to support teachers in getting pupils learning outside. Many of our FREE workshops foster a love of of the natural world through curriculum-linked activities in your school grounds, on the beach, on the Downs or in a local green space. Check out the options on our website, and book soon to avoid disappointment!
We'd also urge you to take part in the Council's consultation about the future of our local parks and green spaces. See below for more information. They'd like to hear from as many school staff as possible, so please forward the link to your colleagues.
Best wishes Helen and Katie
BHee is funded by Brighton & Hove City Council so all our support is completely FREE to local authority funded schools.
BHee Eco Conference
12th October, Cardinal Newman School
We are delighted that this year's Eco Conference will be hosted by Cardinal Newman School. The event, for KS1, KS2 and KS3 members of Eco Committees around the city, will be a fantastic day packed with hands-on workshops, inspiring speakers, and opportunities to share ideas with other local schools. Each school is invited to bring 8 pupils and 2 members of staff. Places are limited so email Helen now to take part.
'Bike it' Ben and Lucy from Sustrans are keen to help you start the day in style by cycling to the Conference. When booking, please let Helen know if you're interested in arriving by bike; Ben and Lucy will be in touch to discuss the details.
BHee Twilight: Intro to Eco-Schools
19th October, Bevendean Primary School, 4 to 5.30pm
Are you a newly appointed Eco Coordinator wondering where to start? Have you been running an Eco Club for a while but need a reminder about the Eco-Schools process? This twilight is for anybody who'd like to find out more about Eco-Schools. Contact Helen to book your place.
Bike to Nature
We're thrilled to be offering even more 'Bike to Nature' workshops for this school year, working with Bike-It Ben from Sustrans. Visit the Downs, the beach, or a local park to learn about the amazing wildlife living on our doorstep. Email Katie for more information and to make a booking.
LESSCO2 - Save Energy and Money
With autumn just around the corner now is the perfect time to think about involving the whole school in saving energy. BHee is supporting environmental charity Ashden to deliver another phase of the great LESSCO2 project FREE to Brighton and Hove schools. Sign up NOW to be sure of your place. For more information click here.
The 2015/16 school year saw a host of Eco-Schools awards around the city. Congratulations to Bevendean and Aldrington primaries on achieving their Bronze awards and to Stanford Infants,Brunswick and Coldean Primaries, Dorothy Stringer, Patcham High, Varndean and BHASVIC on their Green Flag awards.
Whichever award your school is aiming for during the school year ahead, contact Helen for advice and support.
Congratulations to Esme in Y8 at the King's School, on designing the winning image in last term's 'Biosphere Design Challenge.' The judges loved the way Esme represented the three zones of our amazing local environment - the Downs, city and sea - in a simple and eye-catching design. To find out more about our Biosphere click here.
The information below is from other organisations who support schools with their sustainability work. In some cases there is a charge to schools; click on the links to find out more.
Shape the Future of our Parks
Do you use a local park or green space for outdoor learning? If not, why not? How could the Council improve our parks to encourage more teachers to use them as a resource?
Take part in the Council's consultation about the future of our parks using a simple online survey. NB please answer question Q2 as 'other' and enter the word 'educator' in the box. Then use the box for Q10 to explain your role, how your school currently uses local parks / open spaces, and any changes you would like to see.
Walk to School Month
It's time to get ready for Walk to School Month in October! To encourage pupils to take a healthier, safer and more sustainable way to school, don’t forget to order your FREE resources from the School Travel Team. Look out for the order form which will be arriving in schools soon.
Tycoon in Schools
Tycoon in Schools is a free national enterprise competition spearheaded by Peter Jones CBE, entrepreneur and star of Dragons’ Den, which gives young people the chance to run their own business. Why not combine it with your Eco-Schools work and challenge students to generate business ideas with green credentials? For more information click here.
RSPB Free Schools Outreach Sessions
The RSPB are running free introductory sessions to help pupils explore all that flies, creeps, crawls and grows within your school grounds. For more information click here.