Climate Summit Continuing Professional Development

Climate Action is…. educating.

Waltham Forest Council is putting young people at the heart of action against the climate emergency and education needs to play a key role in tackling carbon emission and nourishing resilient future citizens. Whether it is about direct carbon emission reductions, caring for one another and the planet, or careers in the green economy climate change education and action can take in many forms.

This set of CPD sessions are taking place as part of the Waltham Forest Climate Summit for schools and colleges. They will offer ideas and opportunities for climate change learning as well inspire a call to action. More information can also be found on the Suntrap website


Monday 8 November

Runnings a People’s Assembly with students

4pm - 5pm

People’s assemblies are a structured way for a group of people to discuss issues or make decisions collectively, so that all voices are heard and valued equally, and no one person or group dominates the discussion. It is a great way to get the quieter voices heard. The assemblies are based on three pillars which provide a supportive and empathetic space for participants to share and be listened to. These are: radical inclusivity, active listening and trust.
In this session we will discuss:

  • The structure of a People’s Assembly
  • How the three pillars to create a democratic and inclusive way for large group to discuss issues, generate ideas and make decisions.
  • The key things to know to help you run an assembly and support students to participate.
  • How to turn listening and ideas into action in your school

People’s Assemblies are a useful tool and versatile tool that can be used in many contexts, for example you could run a People’s Assembly on the question: “What does Climate Action mean for you?” on the final day of the Waltham Forest Climate Summit.

This session is led by Emily Purser and Poppy Flint, Climate Action Outreach Coordinators, LBWF

Tuesday 9 November

Zero Carbon Schools

4pm - 4.45pm

Zero carbon, net-zero, carbon footprint – these are all phrases we are hearing a lot these days and it is crucial students are knowledgeable and feel empowered to tackle this subject.
This session will introduce teachers to the Zero Carbon Schools programme run by Waltham Forest based social enterprise, Green Schools Project. Find out about how you can include climate change and the natural world in your curriculum, measure your school's carbon emissions, and get pupils involved in projects to reduce them.

The session includes a brief introduction to the national Eco-Schools programme and how Waltham Forest Council will be supporting schools to achieve their Green Flags.

Wednesday 10 November

How to become an Eco-School in Waltham Forest

4pm - 4.45pm

Waltham Forest Council (LBWF) has pledged to support every school in the borough to take part in the national Eco-Schools programme and will pay for schools to complete the Green Flag accreditation in the next two years.

In this twilight session Poppy, the Waltham Forest Climate Action Outreach Coordinator, will explain how schools take part and what support is being offered by LBWF. The Eco-Schools framework consists of seven steps and 10 topics which students can choose from. This session will help you consider which are most aligned with learning about and taking action against climate change, and which would make the most impact for your school.

There will be tips and ideas for engaging the whole school in the programme and plenty of time for questions.

Thursday 11 November

What is Possible? Building momentum for Climate Change Education

4pm - 4.45pm 

There is growing attention on the need for more thorough education on climate change through the national curriculum and schools can play a pivotal role in nurturing sustainable mindsets for the future.  

In this session Suzanne Jeffery, teacher at Geoge Mitchell all through school, and campaigner with Campaign Against Climate Change and the NEU Climate Change Education Network will share what visions for education are being put forward by these organisations and how we can get involved. 

Poppy Flint, Climate Action Outreach Coordinator for LBWF will talk about Teach the Future and how students can get involved in standing up for education which is meaningful in a changing climate.