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Teacher CPD: Joining the journey to Transform Our World

Thursday 22nd September 2022, 4pm-5pm


Marking three years since its launch, this session offers a tour of Transform Our World and what it offers, from the point of view of teachers who’ve used its tools and resources to empower students and to improve the school environment.

Environmental educators can join this session to discover how to use Transform Our World to inspire students and create change that begins in the classroom to benefit the wider community and planet.

Sign up and join online on Thursday 22nd September.

Meet your panellists

Introducing the amazing teachers part of the panel for this event! Find out who they are and what has inspired them in their work this far.

Shabana Esa  

Assistant Headteacher 

Heald Place Primary

Shabana Esa  

Shabana will be sharing her experience of using the Transform Our World Schools Climate Action Planner.

She joined Heald Place in September 2004. She has been the Assistant Headteacher for 10 years. 

She is passionate that every child should be a confident learner no matter what their background or ability. She believes in inspiring life-long learning with a lasting love of learning and a sense of curiosity in the world around them. 

Nicola Evans

Nicola will be sharing her experience of using the Transform Our World Schools Climate Action Planner from her perspective as a school business leader.

She has 15 years of experience in educational finance. She joined the senior leadership team at Heald Place 3 years ago having previously worked at One Education as a School Budget Officer. Nicola is passionate about providing a quality, safe and enriching learning environment to meet the needs and aspirations of the pupils and all stakeholders including the governors. 

Nicola Evans 

Schools Business Manager 

Heald Place Primary 

Emma Huskisson 

Primary School Teacher 

St. Gerard’s School Trust 

Emma Huskisson 

Emma is a primary school teacher; living in Bethesda, North Wales, who is running the Dirt is Good Schools Programme in their school. She graduated with a degree in BA Fine Art and went on to complete a PGCE in Key Stage 2 primary education, qualifying in 2017. Emma currently teaches at St. Gerard’s School Trust Junior School, a small independent school in Bangor, North Wales, where she has been a member of staff for the past 3 years. Although she teaches Years 3-6 a range of subjects, she pioneered a new subject for the school – Global Citizenship & Life Skills. It is through this that she shares her passion for the environment and first introduced the ‘Dirt is Good Project’. Aside from school, Emma also teaches Drama and Musical Theatre for a local Performing Arts school and in her spare time, loves to bake and develop her new garden (not an OAP just yet!).  


Student at St. Gerard’s School Trust Junior School 

Rowan is a student at St. Gerard’s School Trust Junior School and lives in the mountains of North Wales with his sprocker Lyra and cat Eeva. He has been a student at St Gerard’s since 2016 and has just moved into Year 6 for his final year with the Juniors. Rowan’s favourite things about school are seeing his friends and learning new things. He especially enjoys Science, ICT, maths and English. Outside of school, Rowan has a very active lifestyle and enjoys kayaking, skiing, paddle boarding, open water swimming, reading and biking! 

Nancy Bassil

Nancy is an English teacher from Beirut, Lebanon who has reviewed the resources on Transform Our World.

During her time in Beirut, Nancy built strong liaisons with different partner schools from the UK, Europe, Africa and Asia exchanging and collaborating on projects related, but not limited, to the SDGs, Fair Trade, global citizenship and cultural diversity.  

Nancy is also trained in Media and Information Literacy (MIL). She was part of an EU funded project where she empowered youth by training them on MIL skills and addressed the radicalization of the youth by promoting human rights, social justice, and freedom of expression. 

Nancy is keen on being a part of the ongoing conversation in education, celebrating student agency, global ethos and the planet.  

Nancy is an animal lover and currently lives in Doha, Qatar with her cat, Ikaika. Nancy’s favorite book is The Little Prince, a contemplative text that advocates human values and environmental consciousness.   

Nancy Bassil

Phoebe Mortimer

Secondary School Teacher

Cheney School

Phoebe Mortimer

Phoebe is an English teacher at Cheney School in Oxford and is also the Sustainability Lead for her MAT, the River Learning Trust. She also helps with the Oxford regional network and has been heavily involved in UKSSN this year – she came to COP26, represented UKSSN on the DfE teacher panel and at a NEU conference, joined the summer trip and has had a number of her own students involved in various UKSSN activities. 


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