About Us

SWLfSC [the Coalition] is a Community Interest Company that is a network of over 130 organisations and individuals across the South West of England. Coalition members share expertise in sustainable development, education and learning, and understand that learning, viewed broadly, is crucial to the development of a sustainable South West.

The Coalition, which was established in 2004 and has grown through the voluntary efforts of members and supportive institutions, exists to champion education for sustainable development [ESD] in the region. The glue that binds SWLfSC together is, firstly, a shared conviction that sustainable development is a priority, and that learning is the key to this; and, secondly, commonly-held values around the importance of education, the need to promote systems thinking and active citizenship, and the central importance of co-operation across interests and communities.

For further information...
It is free to join. Please email swlfsc@gmail.com to become a member.

If you would like to advertise a regional event through our network please email Paul Vare (learning4l@aol.com) and he will add it to the monthly update.

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Our Executive Director, Paul Vare, has put out our November update.  Access it through the update archive on this page; it is worth the read!

Friday, 29 June 2012

The Herschel Centre for Sustainability would like to meet us!

Our Executive Director, Paul Vare writes:


A mission from the Heschel Centre for Sustainability, Tel Aviv, Israel (see below) are touring the UK at the moment and have asked to meet with members of the SW Coalition.

They will be passing through Bath on Tuesday 3rd July and the University has kindly agreed to provide a room for us to meet - all Coalition members are invited.

Room 1W 3.5 is booked on the campus from 11.15 to 1.05 and Prof. Bill Scott and I will be at the centrally located 'Claverton Rooms' coffee bar at 10.45am to await the arrival of participants.

Please drop me a line if you are able to join us and I will send more details to ensure that we meet up.

Thursday, 19 April 2012

The report from our second seminar 'Seminar 2:  The new curriculum:  more or less sustainable?' can be accessed here
Please note the suggestions for filling up your MP's mailbag!  We look forward to hearing your thoughts.

Sunday, 18 March 2012

March 2012

Our new update is out!  Access it here or in the archive box on this page.  We hope you find it an informative read.  Your comments are always welcome.

Friday, 17 February 2012

Seminar 2: The New Curriculum: More or less sustainable?

When? Thursday 29th March 11.00-13.30 
Where? Abbeywood Community School, New Road, Stoke Gifford, Bristol. BS34 8SF

A 10 minute walk from Bristol Parkway Station.

All welcome!

This seminar will feature a discussion of the  recommendations by the National Curriculum Review Expert Panel. We have invited a guest speaker from the Department of Education (to be confirmed) to guide our discussion. Abbeywood School has also kindly offered to supply lunch so we do need a fairly accurate idea of numbers. If you expect to attend, please inform Elsa Lee at: swlfsc@gmail.com by Friday 16th March.

Please see the latest update for more information.

Monday, 23 January 2012

Minutes Directors' Meeting 12 Jan 2012

You can access the minutes from our latest meeting here or in the Directors' Minutes archive box.  We welcome your comments and suggestions!

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

December 2011 - Minutes

Please see the Coalition Minutes box for the notes from our first seminar with the slides and handouts provided by some presenters.  We hope you find these useful and stimulating.  We look forward to seeing you at future events.

Monday, 9 January 2012

Seminar 1 - Beyond the KPI

Our first seminar held at Bicton College on the 8th of December was a great success and led to some interesting discussions and insights.  Watch this space for details of the next one.  The minutes from discussions and the meeting that followed the seminar will appear here shortly.  In the mean time please look at the resource box to see some of the presentations that were given by members Sarah Chave, Bill Scott and Sheila Gundry.
Thank you to all of you who attended and contributed.

Members of the Board of Directors

Paul Vare - Executive Director
Professor William Scott - Chair
Mairi Kershaw - Treasurer
Elsa Lee - Secretary
Helen Adams
Rupert Bannister
Sarah Chave
Lynn Cutler
Jo Matthews
Professor Stephen Sterling

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