Bill Scott's blog

Thoughts on learning, sustainability and the link between them

Latest posts

  • Bill Bailey's about FACE

    If you're still not sure where your food comes from, FACE and Bill Bailey have got together to put you straight – sort of.  Satire, I think.   Enjoy, just don't think about the ethics too much.

  • LSIS, NIACE and McDonald's

    On behalf of the Learning & Skills Improvement Service (LSIS), NIACE (with others) have developed Sustaining Our Future which is a "draft framework for moving towards a sustainable learning and skills sector", and there's an online consultation on all this.  I spend more...

  • The soft bigotry of low expectations

    This, rather un-Gove, phrase stood out me as I read his speech at the Education World Forum last week in London.  Mr Gove did not attribute it, but as it seems firmly associated with one of George Bush Jnr's speechwriters (Michael...

  • World Rankings for Green Universities

    Just when you thought it was safe not to think about league tables of universities for a while, up pops another green ranking – this time an international one.  Whilst the UK has 6 out of the top 25 places,...

  • More on the Academy's linguistic contortions

    I wrote the other day [ 22 December ] about the Higher Education Academy's revision of its professional standards framework, and its attempts to add a reference to sustainability within these as a new professional value.  I noted the difficulties it...

  • Let's hear it for SusEd

    I've reviewing what I think has evolved into a rather good paper for EER.  In it, the author uses (following Stephen Sterling's lead) the phrase sustainability education as a "generic and inclusive term that can accommodate different interpretations".   Well, I...

  • Carbon Neutralism

    Happy New Year.  I've been reading one of my Christmas presents: The Economist's Book of Isms by John Andrews.  From Abolutionism to Zoomorphism, and beyond, this casts an informative eye on 400+ of these constructs.  Carbon neutralism isn't in the...

  • The Academy Revises its Professional Standards

    The Higher Education Academy has embarked on a process to revise its professional standards framework, last agreed in 2006.   The Academy notes: Over the past four years, in addition to an emphasis on initial professional development, there have been...

  • DfE Statement

    I'm pleased to see that the DfE's position statement on sustainable schools is now published online. A personal disappointment is that the work that we did for the DCSF on the evidence for the benefits to young people of sustainable...

  • Watching the Swirling Snow ...

    ... from the 12th floor of Centre Point on Friday afternoon was only one of the pleasures afforded those of us lucky enough to be at the latest meeting of HEFCE's sustainable development steering group.  This was a workshop rather...