South Yorkshire Schools' Climate Conference
Coming virtually to your classroom on 5-7 July 2021
We're planning an exciting 3 day event for schools in South Yorkshire to join completely free. It will feature a wide variety of local organisations and prominent individuals doing amazing work in climate change, education and related fields.
The conference will explore what climate change is and why we need to be concerned about it, what we can do to mitigate the impacts of climate change on the planet and its people, as well as how we can embed climate education into the national curriculum. It will do this through workshops, short films, webinars and a panel discussion.
Our aim is to create an inspirational, fun and transformative experience for students, teachers and school leaders in both primary and secondary education settings.
We'll update this page with info about speakers, workshop facilitators and panellists very soon - watch this space!
Sign up to join our virtual climate conference 2021
We are creating a network of schools seeking to include climate education in their curriculum and reduce their school's impact on the environment. The network will give schools the opportunity to learn from each other as they continue on their climate education/carbon reduction journey. By signing up to the conference you are agreeing to be part of this network in South Yorkshire. The network will also be able to gain from the experience of other school based eco-networks around the country.
You will get free access to all the workshops, videos and panel discussion for you and your students. We'll keep you posted about plans for the conference and email you joining instructions nearer the time.
The story so far...
Before the Coronavirus pandemic struck, we were on course to hold our inaugural conference on 9th July 2020 in the Charles Street building of Sheffield Hallam University.
We had secured support from Sheffield City Council, Rotherham MBC and Doncaster Council. As well as a Barnsley school expressing interest, around a dozen Sheffield secondary schools had signed up for the conference. With the spaces available to us the conference had reached capacity.
Applications to lead workshops were coming from the Centre for Alternative Technology, Sheffield Hallam University, the Grantham Centre at the University of Sheffield amongst others. Supporting organisations included Development Education Centre for South Yorkshire ( DECSY), Groundwork, Learn Sheffield, Sheffield City Council, Sheffield Climate Alliance, Sheffield Friends of the Earth, National Education Union branches of Sheffield and of Barnsley.
As part of the outcomes of the conference, ways of schools sharing and feeding back were being explored including:
- what is being done in schools now
- how could they engage with the wider public
- how could sustainability be taught and embedded in the culture of the school and its community
This would feed back to SCESY and be shared with other schools. The experience would be built on and seek to embrace more schools in South Yorkshire and their communities.
Unfortunately, we had to postpone the conference due to Covid-19.
We are now planning a virtual conference on 5-7 July 2021. If you would like access to the conference for you and your schools' students, please use the sign-up form above.
Support the conference
You can help us deliver our free conference to schools in South Yorkshire by donating what you can today. Please click on the button below to donate to our crowdfunder on Go Fund Me. Thank you!