Who are we?
Glynis Goldsbrough has worked in primary education for over 35 years and during the last 2 decades has promoted environmental education, ESD and learning beyond the classroom in Lancashire.
- In 2007 she introduced the first Lancashire Children’s Sustainability Conferences and continues to facilitate these events, which now attract schools beyond the county boundaries. She’s a former headteacher of an outstanding rural primary school with Eco-Schools Ambassador status.
- In 2009 she was presented with an Eco-Schools’ Hero Award recognising her commitment to supporting its programmes of study and sharing good practice in the North West. She has undertaken sustainability focused work for the National College and supported action research undertaken by SOLAR, University of the West Midlands.
Glynis is passionate about the role of learning for sustainability and for it to be about real people, real opportunities and real responsibilities. She was a SE-Ed Trustee for 4 years and continues to advise schools on moving forward with their ESD agenda. Glynis’s leadership on all manner of things to do with sustainable schools is renowned; sharing her knowledge with others through hosting conferences, mentoring students and helping other schools adopt a more sustainable approach.
Wendy has been teaching for over 18 years, mainly around East Lancashire, the last 10 years at St Christopher’s Accrington. Specialising in science, with a passion for sustainability she has transformed the school into a leading school for sustainability, through pupil initiatives. The school has been recognised by a plethora of local and national awards, including the TES awards, Climate week awards and more recently the SSAT national sustainable school award. Working in partnership with local schools, she has developed the Hyndburn and Ribble Valley Eco Cluster Group and successfully received funding for a part time food growing officer to enhance St Christopher’s provision and that of our local primary and secondary schools.
Working in partnership with Glynis Goldsbrough they have extended the Sustainable Schools Conference to include secondary schools. As more university degrees require knowledge of sustainable practice and employers demand environmental considerations, the interest in sustainable issues has never been higher.
Eco-Schools is a global programme engaging 19.5 million children and nearly 1.5 million teachers across 67 countries- making it the largest educational programme on the planet.
Since 1994 Eco-Schools England has been empowering students to drive change and improve their environmental awareness through the same simple Seven Step process, that has been used successfully across the world. Our student-led programme; involves hands-on, real-world learning, motivating the whole school and the wider community to take part in exciting environmental projects based on our nine Eco-Schools topics.
Register today to join the 52,000 Eco-Schools across the globe working together to create a happier and healthier future.
The Eco Group
Schools are busy, complex organisations often in a rush for academic brilliance. The ‘softer’ and less tangible activities such as food growing, and general learning for sustainability initiatives are often viewed as a nice but ultimately disposable supplement to Education. But not in Accrington, where The Eco Group thrives and supports the NW Eco Schools Conference whole heartedly.
The Eco-Group shares its knowledge of education for sustainability and good practice with local and national schools. It enjoys a plethora of benefits linked to promoting Sustainability initiatives within its school community and the wider community. It works in partnership with the Lancashire Schools Sustainability Forum.
Not only do students fully participate in all learning activities on offer at the conference and have in the past delivered peer to peer workshops, but many help to set up the venue and support the Conference Facilitator run the programme which aims to ensure teachers and pupils experience a varied range of activities and ideas in just one day. This year senior students will take on the role of Conference Stewards. They will engage with their given group of primary school children (supporting their learning, ensuring inclusion, participation and a sense of well-being). The Eco-Group will showcase some of its projects in the Marketplace.
This year, St Christopher’s CE High School’s renowned Trashion Show will form the Conference Finale. Students will model their creations made from ‘trash’ (a curriculum textile project lead by textile specialist Ann Morrison) and will walk down the catwalk to students’ soundtracks.