The recent Brighton and Hove environmental education (BHee) Eco-Schools conference 2014 was a resounding success, reports Resource Futures. Over 50 pupils, aged 6-14, from nine local schools, attended the event in July to take part in eco-themed activities.
Resource Futures’ education team organised the full-day conference which was hosted by the Linklater Pavilion in Lewes, a venue with a wealth of sustainability features to inspire pupils and teachers. Rich Howarth, project officer from the Brighton & Hove and Lewes Downs Biosphere Partnership, was keynote speaker for the conference.
A busy day of practical workshops and animated group discussions, the conference provided opportunities for pupil Eco Committees to learn more about sustainability while establishing links and sharing good practice between schools. Children of all ages returned to school inspired to develop their role as resident ‘green’ experts and leaders of their school’s eco projects.
Following an enthusiastic atmosphere on the day, we were pleased to receive positive feedback from teachers after the event including this from Ms Barnes, from Davigdor Infant School:
“Just to say thank you so much for today’s conference. It was a fantastic day and brilliantly organised. All the activities were pitched appropriately and definitely inspired us. Based on what they learnt, my children have decided to create a 'pollination station' as the school’s next Eco-Schools project, and we’re hoping to work on this with the Eco Team from Somerhill Juniors. Thanks again - can I sign up for next year already?!”
“The conference is an important part of the Brighton & Hove environmental education project, supporting the council’s aim to increase their schools’ participation in the Eco-Schools programme,” said Sheila Gundry, Resource Futures’ Education Manager. “There was a great celebratory atmosphere at the event, as schools at different stages on the Eco-Schools journey were recognised for their hard work on a wide range of projects. It was a pleasure seeing pupils of all ages, and their teachers, having lots of fun and learning together.”
Resource Futures also provides on-going support and teacher training to Brighton and Hove’s schools, and is pleased to see Brighton & Hove in the top 10 Local Authorities in England for the number of Green Flags as a percentage of schools in the Authority, with an impressive 16 Green Flags.