There are now UK regional networks established in London, Berkshire, Midlands, Avon, Surrey and Somerset, with networks set to launch in the autumn term 2021 in Buckinghamshire, Greater Manchester and the Mersey Region. A similar network has also set up in Ireland. The networks provide students and staff with a way to connect with peers, share ideas and resources, collaborate on local, national and international initiatives, and develop personal, social and workplace skills.
In spring 2021 the UK Schools Sustainability Network (UKSSN) was formed as an umbrella to bring all these regional networks together. UKSSN meets a few times per term on Zoom to bring student and staff reps together from all the regional networks. They also meet for specific projects and activities.
Plans are underway to establish a UK primary network, which will enable secondaries to be paired with local primaries to work on environmental projects together.
International twinning is also being set up with schools in Kenya, South Africa, Malawi, Russia, Bulgaria, Nepal and Korea.
Each regional network has a staff branch to act as a support network for educators from various disciplines and school roles to share resources and ideas. There is a UKSSN staff networking group that interacts online and occasionally meets in person for away days around the UK.
The regional networks are run at grassroots level - often centred around a hub school - and the whole network is now hosted and supported by Global Action Plan to enable wider reach.
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