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Why join the UK Schools Sustainability Network 

 

The UK Schools Sustainability Network (UKSSN) brings together networks of students to connect and collaborate on issues they care about, fully supported by school staff. There are a wide range of benefits for those involved... 

For pupils... 

  • connect and collaborate with like-minded peers 
  • access unique online and in-person activities
  • have more impact than as an individual
  • learn from experienced school staff and experts
  • develop social and workplace skills
  • evidence for Duke of Edinburgh, CVs, interviews, UCAS etc.

For staff... 

  • connect and collaborate with like-minded peers
  • access and contribute peer-rated resources
  • access high quality CPD opportunities and projects
  • provide opportunities for your students
  • join projects within your local community
  • have more influence and fun working together

For schools...

  • provide opportunities for pupils and staff
  • give a voice to your pupils and staff
  • part of a wider community of schools 
  • access to communications & PR opportunities 
  • part of school improvement or development plan
  • evidence for schemes e.g. Let’s Go Zero, Eco-Schools 

"The range of guests/topics has been really enriching and has allowed me to expand my knowledge and passion for environmentalism" - Year 12, Yorkshire

“Developed confidence talking to new people, bringing up the climate & ecological crisis, connecting to larger community with similar passions” – Year 13, Avon 

"Not feeling alone in the daunting fight against climate change” – Year 13, Midlands

“Talking about COP in schools helped us connect with others in our area and collaborate to spread awareness and increase our impact” – Year 12s, Berkshire

“Confidence to run an all staff INSET [and] support in completing Eco-Schools Green Flag Award” – teacher, London

"Interacting with such a passionate, inspiring bunch of students and staff regularly has made teaching feel worthwhile!" - teacher, Somerset

Quotes from 2021/22 evaluation 

 

A robust safeguarding and GDPR policy is followed by UKSSN and the regional networks, based on the latest Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSiE) and NSPCC guidance, as well as member schools' own policies, in particular for online collaboration, to ensure pupils are safe and supported at all times. 

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How to join UKSSN 

 

Headteachers or other senior leader: sign up your school as a member of the UK Schools Sustainability Network and identify a member of staff to act as the point of contact for your pupils for safeguarding and support.  

Staff: any educator working in a school or other setting is welcome to join the staff-only UKSSN WhatsApp group and/or sign up for the termly staff e-newsletter whether or not you have pupils involved (click on links to right). If you are a member of school staff supporting your own pupil(s) who are members of UKSSN and/or a regional network then you must return the UKSSN Staff Code of Conduct.

Pupils: direct your Headteacher or a teacher to this webpage or email [email protected] (copying in a teacher) for more information on how you and your school can join your regional network and/or UKSSN. If you have been invited to represent UKSSN by your regional network or school, you must return a digital parental consent and pupil code of conduct form so you can join meetings, activities and Microsoft Teams. 

Operations staff: staff working in school operations are invited to join the UKSSN Ops Group, co-chaired by Helen Burge (DCOO, Priory Learning Trust) and Paul Edmond (CFO, Heart Academies Trust), which meets online 4-5pm mid-week once a month and has a UKSSN-hosted Microsoft Teams site for discussion and resource sharing. 

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How to join or support your regional network 

 

You can find out more about some of our regional networks by looking for them on our homepage. Click on the hyperlinks below to get in touch with staff running many of the regional networks to find out how to join or support. If there isn't a hyperlink then email [email protected] 

Pupils should copy in a teacher whenever emailing outside school or ask a teacher to email on their behalf.  Bear in mind that many of the networks are run by busy full-time teachers so they may not be able to respond for a while, especially during the school day. 

If you would like to discuss establishing or supporting a regional network not listed below please email [email protected] 

Contact

 

If you would like to know more about Transform Our World, the UK Schools Sustainability Networks or any of our programmes, please get in touch.

 

Please detail your enquiry here

Thank you for submitting your enquiry! We are currently receiving a large number of enquiries and are trying our best to get back to people as soon as possible.  In the meantime, you might find one of the following links helpful: 

 

General Transform Our World 
  • Are you a teacher? Learn about how to use the website here
  • Looking for teaching resources? You can find our collection of highly-rated resources here
  • Looking for something more long-term? Check out our featured programmes here
  • Want to see what other schools have been up to? Have a read of some case studies here
  • Alternatively, take a look at our FAQs and About pages as they might help to answer your question(s). 

All the best,  
The Transform Our World team