The first schools’ conference was held in 2007 and targeted Year 4 and Year 5 pupils in schools engaging with Eco-Schools programmes of study. It was held at Chipping Village Hall and Brabin’s Endowed School when Glynis Goldsbrough was Headteacher. Four further conferences were held in Chipping, each with input from FACE, Global Renewbles, Lancashire Global Learning Centre, Lancashire Wildlife Trust, Penwortham Environmental Education Centre, RSPB, students from St Christopher’s CE High School (Accrington) and staff from the host school. Each of these organisations were at the time members of the Lancashire Schools Sustainability Forum. From 2013 St Christopher’s CE High School hosted the annual conferences in their 6th Form Centre and three years ago a programme for able and gifted high school students was introduced. Support from Forum members has continued and other environmental groups have inputted into these well-attended events.
The Lancashire Schools Sustainability Forum provides a platform for sharing skills, knowledge and experience in promoting education for sustainable development in schools and other learning communities in Lancashire and beyond. It encourages environmental education and learning outside the classroom (LOtC). The Forum has a commitment to promoting learning for sustainability in schools and includes many local environmental education groups with members giving of their time and expertise to assist in delivering two Schools’ Sustainability Conferences each year. Members supporting the 2016 and 2017 conferences represented The Eco-Team, St Christopher’s CE High School, FACE, Lancashire County Council, Lancashire Wildlife Trust; Newground CIC, STEMFirst, Sustrans and Wildaid Education.
In 2017, a joint Key Stage 2-4 event was held at Blackburn Rovers Football Club. This proved very successful, attracting additional environmental groups and new schools.
We attended the Schools Sustainability Conference for the first-time last year. Following the exceptional experience, we had, we would be delighted to be a part of next year’s conference. It was such a valuable opportunity for us to both engage with a wide range of young people in the marketplace on the day and promote our education programme to schools. This year, we have made links with schools as a direct result of conversations with teachers at the Sustainability Conference.Emily Bateman
The Bee Centre team greatly enjoyed contributing to our first Schools Sustainability Forum conference in 2017. It was wonderful to meet so many youngsters and staff who are enthusiastic about the natural world. The event generated many valuable contacts and increased visitors to our Bee Centre at SamlesburyThe Bee Centre
fairandfunky love joining the eco-school conference. The energy and commitment we see from students and teachers to take their own little steps to change the world is inspiring. There is so much to discover and we always learn new things too! A brilliant, well organised event.fairandfunky
Blackburn Rovers were pleased to host the 2017 Eco-Conference and be involved in such a fantastic event that highlighted many important issues facing the world today in a child-friendly manner. We look forward to working with the team going forward to help further educate our local community about the positive changes we can make now to improve the lives of generations to come.Blackburn Rovers