Schools

Resources and helpful information for schools.

On this page we’re signposting some of the most useful and relevant organisations and online teaching resources and materials for schools in relation to our objectives at The Living Coast:

  • Conserve and enhance nature
  • Support sustainable human development
Photo by Liz Finlayson/Vervate The Living Coast, the Brighton & Lewes Downs UNESCO Biosphere Region includes land and sea from Shoreham to Newhaven. Telscombe Tye - Youngsters up on Telscombe Tye

Get in touch

If you are organising events, activities or projects in your school that you want to share with others in the biosphere we want to hear from you.

We’d also like to hear about resources you’ve found useful in your school for teaching young people about nature, conservation, environmental awareness and sustainable human development.

Resources

UNESCO

Biosphere Reserves are part of the wider UNESCO programme which aims to support global peace through international co-operation of education, the sciences and culture, and delivering the Sustainable Development Goals. They also lead the global Education for Sustainable Development Programme.

Suitable for: all ages

Youth program website
Education for Sustainable Development website

Brighton and Hove Environmental Education (Bhee)

Bhee gives schools curriculum and practical support via events and resources. It also has a helpful, regular newsletter. Delivered by Sussex Wildlife Trust, directed and funded by Brighton & Hove City Council.

Suitable for: all ages

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Teach the Future teachers’ network

This Teachers Network – created by Teach The Future – is a place for teachers across the UK to share resources and have chats with other teachers interested in Climate Education.

Suitable for: all ages

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Green United

Green United works with pupils in primary and secondary schools in Lewes, East Sussex supporting young people in taking action to make the world a better and more sustainable place.

Suitable for: primary & secondary

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John Muir Award

The John Muir Award encourages people of all backgrounds to connect with, enjoy and care for wild places.

The Award is inclusive, accessible and non-competitive, though should challenge each participant.  It encourages awareness and responsibility for the natural environment through a structured yet adaptable scheme, in a spirit of fun, adventure and exploration.

Suitable for: all ages & family group option

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Sussex Wildlife Trust

The Sussex Wildlife Trust provides environmental education and teacher training to encourage the enjoyment and understanding of wildlife through life-long learning. Activities and games are designed to support aspects of the National Curriculum, but also to inspire participants to protect the natural world around them.

Suitable for: all ages

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Rampion Visitor Centre

The Rampion Windfarm Visitor Centre is an exciting and interactive educational experience for children and adults of all ages. The Centre offers free group visits and workshops for schools.

Suitable for: all ages

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Veolia Materials Recovery

School children can now find out about waste and all sorts of materials that end up in the bin that could be recycled, thanks to Veolia’s new Schools Pack. The aim is to get kids thinking about where things need to go to be recycled or reused instead of throwing it away.

Suitable for: all ages

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Southern Water

Southern Water offer resources for teachers and students of all ages to learn more about water.

Suitable for: all ages including youth

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Brighton Waste House

Available for group visits, the Brighton Waste House at Brighton University’s City Campus is Europe’s first public building made entirely from material thrown away or not wanted. Learn how everyday materials can be reimagined to maintain valuable resources.

Suitable for: secondary +

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Man and the Biosphere Youth network

This network for young people across the world supports engagement and early career opportunities in the Man and the Biosphere programme’s global objectives: conservation, sustainable development, learning and awareness.

Suitable for: youth 18 – 30

Visit the website

Schools Without Walls

Schools Without Walls champions high quality learning outside of the classroom for all young people by providing opportunities for children and young people to get outdoors to enjoy, appreciate and learn. They offer a wide range of creative and innovative outdoor learning opportunities to connect with nature, be more active, be creative and have fun.

Suitable for: all ages

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Eco Young and Engaged

The E.Y.E. Project brings schools & young people in West Sussex together to focus on the importance of caring for our planet. The Project aims to raise sustainability awareness and encourage young people’s interest in the environment through fun and educational activities available at our Eco-Summit events across West Sussex.

Suitable for: 7 – 24 years

Visit the website

Stanmer Park family learning

A family learning resource pack specific to Stanmer Park has been created to help families explore Stanmer and other local parks.

Suitable for: all ages

Visit the website

South Downs National Park

The National Park provides schools resources, grants – particularly to help with travel costs for schools, teacher training and access to a wide network of providers via its Education Team, to help local children connect with nature.

Suitable for: all ages

Visit the website

ONCA Gallery Curiosity Club

After school club for East Brighton area creating student-led inquiry into how science, technology and art can equip young people with tools to help each other and the world.

Suitable for: all ages

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Blueprint circular schools

Blueprint is a European funded project supporting the development of a local circular economy. Brighton & Hove City Council are part of Blueprint and delivering a Circular Schools project alongside Brighton & Hove Environmental Education.

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The Aquifer Partnership

The Aquifer Partnership can deliver learning sessions for schools to engage the next generation in the importance of ground water and where our local drinking water comes from. They are also working with local schools to create raingardens in school grounds.

Suitable for: all ages

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ThoughtBox

The ThoughtBox programme aims to support learning in schools to be focused on making sense of the world around us by helping us feel connected to ourselves, society and the natural world, with particular attention paid to addressing eco-anxiety.

Suitable for: all ages

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Low Carbon trust

Low Carbon trust offer education days for schools and colleges, with a wide range of activities such as: making things with recycled materials, green wood-working, organic gardening or activities relating to the sustainability issues embodied in the Earthship Brighton project.

Suitable for: all ages

Visit the website

Sustrans

Sustrans work with schools across the region, supporting pupils to cycle to school by running regular bike rides and inspiring young people to travel actively.

Suitable for: all ages

Visit the website

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