Bill Scott's blog

Thoughts on learning, sustainability and the link between them

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  • I take full responsibility for the contents of this blog

    Of course, I know that this is as good an example of the *******' obvious as you'd wish to find; however, as there is now a fashion for making risible statements about responsibility, I thought I'd join in, least anyone thought...

  • At last, some sense about change

    A kind colleague, someone better read than me, pointed me to a recent Thinkpiece by Lancaster’s Paul Trowler.  In it, are the points he made in a talk to leaders involved in a sustainable university initiative.  He set out some...

  • When is ESD not ESD? That is the question

    Well, that might not always be the question, but when curriculum audits are in the offing, it certainly is an important one. This issue cropped up (again) last week at the HEA sustainable development advisory group, and in a separate...

  • One of the most challenging conclusions for HEFCE ...

    ... or for anybody else, come to that. In 2007, HEFCE commissioned the Policy Studies Institute, PA Consulting Group and the University of Bath to undertake a strategic review of sustainable development in higher education in England.  This review was one...

  • Faith, Hope and something untranslatable, but probably a heady but ineffable mix of Love, Charity, ...

    To Liverpool last week for a first visit to Liverpool Hope University. In the morning, I gave a conference keynote on Learning in a Sustainable School – exploring educational and social benefits, and then ran a workshop on Knowing how...

  • NAS / UWT reverts to type

    The papers today have what I thought might have been be a universally-welcomed good news story about the government's reducing some of the Health & Saftey red tape around out of school activties with a cutting of the "guidance" from...

  • Like the poor, will the Fafferati always be with us

    A new neologism (tautology, perhaps) this morning.  Catching up with Simon Carr over breakfast, I came upon his coining of " fafferati " which he defines as that "wide conspiracy of over-educated, self-soaping professionals who don't know what to do...

  • School Food Mistrust

    The taxpayer, generous to a fault, has just wished £4.3m on the non-departmental public body the School Food Trust [SFT] for its work in 2011/12.  The detailed remit letter from Mr Gove is worth a read, especially if you were...

  • Discussion Groups in the Neolithic

    As I noted in the last post, during my couple of days on the Isle of Wight last week, there was some discussion of ARUP's 10 Winning strategies for the ecological age.  These were written to stimulate a consideration of...

  • Lets hear it for Edgy Co-existence

    Another stimulating couple of days with the Ellen MacArthur team on the Isle of Wight working with a richly diverse group of people from across interests, disciplines and sectors, all of whom are working with the Foundation on the idea...