"Never before have we needed to join up for the sake of our shared planet more and schools are so key in this. From speaking to the UKSSN at COP26 and online I am aware of the critical need for this forum for students and staff to know they’re not alone, to transform their schools and communities, and amplify the voices of our young people. I can’t think of a better way of supporting the younger generation than joining or sponsoring the UKSSN”
~ George Monbiot
There are now UK regional networks established in Avon, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, London, Mersey, Midlands, Oxford, Somerset and Surrey, with further networks being developed in Beds, Cambs, Chester (led by the zoo), Devon, Essex, Guernsey, Manchester, Norfolk/Suffolk, Northumberland (led by the Council), Scotland, Wiltshire and Yorkshire & Humber. A similar network has also set up in Ireland. The regional 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. The UKSSN meets a few times per term online to bring student and staff reps together from all the regional networks. They also meet in person for specific projects and activities such as our trip to COP26 and a summer residential. Read more about our recent projects here.
The safeguarding and wellbeing of network pupils is of paramount importance for the regional networks and UKSSN. A rigorous policy, based on the latest Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSiE) and NSPCC guidance, as well as member schools' own policies, is followed by all staff and students involved. Click here for our current Safeguarding and GDPR policy. Click here to see our Mental Health Charter produced by Jack, Year 13 UKSSN Board Member for Comms and Recruitment.
Most schools in the networks are secondary but students and staff often work on environmental projects with local primaries.
International twinning is also being set up with schools in Bulgaria, Kenya, Korea, Malawi, Nepal and South Africa.
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 (with offshoots for school business leaders/operations staff, subject specialists, and for primary and secondary staff) that interacts online and occasionally meets in person for away days around the UK.
In spring 2022 UKSSN appointed a representative board of pupils, staff and alumni from across the regional networks with a majority of pupils. The Board meets twice per term and collaborates online to make decisions about the governance, aims and projects of UKSSN.
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.
"The school climate strikers, led by Greta Thunberg, helped change the way the world views climate breakdown and highlighted, especially, its impact on our young people. To me, UKSSN is a great way of carrying that momentum forward. I have been awed and humbled every time I have worked with them." ~ Professor Rupert Read
Our mission statement & aims
In spring 2022 we agreed that our Mission Statement is to make our schools, communities, regions and countries more aware of the climate and nature crises, and ultimately more sustainable, through…
Collaboration and Support
Representation and Inclusivity
Education and Empowerment
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The Transform Our World team