Bill Scott's blog

Thoughts on learning, sustainability and the link between them

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  • School Design Futures Seminar

    In an earlier blog [ John Huckle Redux ] I mentioned that I was to make a presentation at a School Design Futures seminar.  A video of my talk can be found  here.

  • Calculating the Cost of your Curry

    A cautionary tale from today's SDRN Update: A new carbon footprinting tool, developed by researchers at the University of Manchester, suggests that lamb curry ready-made meals eaten in the UK amount to an annual carbon footprint equivalent to 5,500 car...

  • Postcard from Sweden

    I've spent the last few days working with the GRESD network in Uppsala.  This is a splendid group of Swedish PhD candidates and supervisors interested in ESD issues, one way or another.  Between them, the research comprises a rich mixture...

  • Goodbye to all the rainbows

    Farewell, then, DCSF; no more possibilities for jokes about soft furnishings and curtains; no more a colourful website; whatever the coalition turns out to be, it won't be a rainbow one it seems.  I'm told that the colour was drained...

  • The Dissolution of the Quangos

    The new government's promise to release the creative talents of those locked into quangos has started with QCDA.  The Secretary of State's letter confirming this is here.  There are two reasons, it seems to me, to applaud this: [i] it...

  • Evidence of impact of sustainable schools

    DCSF has recently published evidence of impact of sustainable schools that CREE has produced.  This sets out the educational and social benefits to young people of learning in a sustainable school. Written for school leadership teams, under five themes, it sets out 15 top tips based on...

  • John Huckle redux

    It will be good to see John Huckle again after a few years when we share a platform at a School Design Futures seminar in Oxford next week.  I shall be arguing that policy and practice around sustainable schools, and ESD...

  • Just how sustainable will Sustainability prove to be?

    Last week's THE announced the resignation of the University of Gloucestershire's Vice Chancellor (Professor Patricia Broadfoot) amid what the THE called "conflicting views on financial health".   The THE reports that the University's 2008/09 financial statement showed a deficit of £6.3m...

  • Divisions of labour to be?

    I've been reading the Embercombe Centre's website with the details of their two wildcraft programmes:  One for young men: You could find yourself building a coracle and sailing on the lake; climbing trees; constructing shelters; whittling around the camp fire;...

  • Sometimes, a comment is hardly needed ...

    Last week, at a sustainable schools event, in a presentation, a teacher said: " When you get your third Green Flag, you've more or less reached sustainability." No, I thought: No, NO!