Green Balconies

Workshops Session One



Carbon Neutral Schools

Sian Morgan, Rosa Archer, David Hackett, Ben Grant - University of Manchester

In this interactive workshop we will teach and reflect on a maths lesson delivered to Year 7 secondary school pupils. The lesson, designed using the lesson-study approach, aims to incorporate the idea of carbon neutrality into maths education by giving pupils the task of making their school carbon neutral. In this workshop, we will briefly teach the lesson and share findings from post-lesson pupil voice and discussions. We will also discuss other ways of incorporating climate issues into maths education.

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Rewilding the Curriculum

Naina Kotecha, Gerry Peat, Lucy Morris - University of Manchester

Rewilding is an exciting and promising conservation strategy aimed at restoring natural processes and wilderness areas, providing connectivity between such areas, and reintroducing large herbivores and predators.

Nature has the power to heal itself and to heal us, if we let it. That’s what rewilding is all about; restoring ecosystems to the point where nature can take care of itself, and restoring our relationship with the natural word.

So how do we get started? Come to the workshop and work actively with us to reinterpret the ecology curriculum and how we teach in school.

Eco-club Storytelling

Raichael Lock, PhD Student and Manchester Environmental Education Network

What is the Eco Schools Programme and how can it help schools reach the zero carbon target of 2038? MEEN supports Eco Schools by helping teachers work towards the award whilst also facilitating projects with young people. This workshop will explain how Eco Schools works and will share stories about high schools working with the programme.

The educational role of nature in urban areas

Mersey Forest, Liverpool John Moores University and Urban GreenUp.

Now we have built our concrete jungles, how do we make room for city greening and its educational benefits? The Mersey Forest have worked with Liverpool John Moores University and the innovative Urban GreenUP project to engage young people in exciting initiatives with numerous benefits.

Are you curious to learn how to improve your students’ attainment and activity? Do you want to enhance (yours and) their wellbeing and mood? Are you interested in how to create a positive learning environment whilst also addressing key issues of future climate change at the same time? This workshop will give attendees the chance to learn about the overwhelmingly positive environmental and social impacts of nature-based solutions in the North West and inspire ideas on how to implement similar projects in our schools, institutes, and places of work.


Workshops Session Two



Tell someone who cares...

Alastair Thorley, Head of Classics - Stockport Grammar School

As educators we have an opportunity to respond to the current ecological disaster. We launched the Eco Schools programme in our school last year. Since that time we have done what we can to challenge fixed mindsets, to create new ways of thinking and to inspire staff and pupils. None of this is easy. All of this is rewarding. Together we can discuss our inspiration, our ideas and our frustrations.

Charged up transport

Gareth Hunt, Christopher Halstead and Andy Howes (University of Manchester)

Many of us believe that we must make a change to slow down climate change. However, some of these people are not aware of the leaps and bounds we are already making to charging our lifestyles using renewable resources. This workshop will focus on how we can teach core ideas about physics through the progress we are making to electrify (and therefore decarbonise!) public transport. This workshop is being developed in partnership with Stagecoach Manchester.

What on earth is a life cycle assessment? 

(and why they are more important than you think!)

Mark Williams

So, you think you know what a Life Cycle Assessment is? This workshop will explore the ideas behind LCAs in the curriculum and explore how they should feature in more than a stand-alone lesson, and their importance in the matter of sustainable chemistry… But these are just the tip of the GREEN iceberg (which has sadly broken off from the Antarctic shelf due to Climate Change.) Where should the topic of recycling feature in your students’ education? Is there a need for teaching about crude oil in a sustainable curriculum? All of these questions, and more, explored in this 45-minute workshop.

Making Climate Politics Easier

Robbie Macpherson, Schools and Youth Outreach Officer - Hope for the Future

This workshop will bring to you an overview of the work of UK charity, Hope for the Future. Hope for the Future is a Sheffield based charity that works to support communities in engaging their local and national politicians in climate action, through the establishment of strong relationships and finding common ground. This workshop will provide an insight into what it means to have an effective engagement with your elected representative, how young people can and have been key actors for making change and provide you with details of how you can support change happening within the borders of your own classroom.