ASCL Conference for a Sustainable Future

Millenium Gloucester Hotel, London Kensington

Supporting your organisation to contribute to a greener planet

ASCL is delighted to host our inaugural Conference for a Sustainable Future which will focus on empowering and enabling leaders to make changes in their education setting for a greener, more sustainable world.

There will be a range of inspirational speakers and workshops to support schools, colleges and trusts on their sustainability journey. This will be linked to meeting the aims within the DfE’s Sustainability and Climate Change Strategy, published in 2022, and which includes the action that all education settings will have a nominated sustainability lead and climate action plan in place by 2025.

There will be workshops throughout the day linked to three strands:
  • operations 
  • education and curriculum
  • biodiversity 
You will receive practical advice and the support you need for your organisation to continue with this essential work and build a sustainable culture in your community. 

Our conference coincides with World Environment Day on 5 June 2024.  It is time for us all to act and show leadership in building a sustainable future, and be a good ancestor for today’s children and young people and generations to come.  

Join us at the ASCL Conference for Sustainable Futures where you will be inspired to begin or continue your setting’s sustainability journey.
 
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Emma Harrison

Business Leadership Specialist

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Phoebe L Hanson

Climate and youth empowerment advocate

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Laura Tobin

TV weather presenter and meteorologist

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Robert Gould FRICS

Partner, Barker

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Alex Green

Head of Schools for Ashden and Head of Let’s Go Zero

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David Shields

Chief Executive Officer, Value Match

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Dr Jessica Tipton

Head of National Education Nature Park, Natural History Museum

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Rachel Musson

Founding Director, ThoughtBox Education CIC

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Emily Brunton

Senior Sustainability Lead, United Learning

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Helen Burge

Interim CFO and COO, The Priory Learning Trust

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Heena Dave

Co-founder, Climate Adapted Pathways for Education (CAPE)

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Professor Leigh Hoath

Chair, Association for Science Education and Co-Founder of  CAPE

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Chris Berry

Director of Operations, Windsor Academy Trust

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Paul Edmond

Chief Finance and Sustainability Officer, HEART Academies Trust

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Mary Jackson

Head of Education and Communities, Learning through Landscapes

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Joe Billington

Deputy Director in the Strategic Policy Directorate of the Department for Education

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Amy Ball

Teaching and Community Manager, WWF UK

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Charlotte Bonner

CEO, EAUC

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£225 + VAT per person
Multiple delegate rate: £199 + VAT per person

ASCL reserves the right to amend the programme should circumstances dictate.
 

8.30am     Registration, exhibition and refreshments
       
9.30am     Welcome
Emma Harrison, ASCL Business Leadership Specialist
       
9.40am     How to Teach the Future
Phoebe L Hanson, Climate and youth empowerment advocate
       
10.10am     Healthy people and a healthy planet go hand in hand
Rachel Musson, Founding Director, Thoughtbox Education CIC
       
10.40am     Headline sponsor - Barker Associates
       
10.45am     Refreshment break and exhibition
       
11.05am     Movement time
       
11.10am     Workshop session 1 - delegates can attend one session

Climate Change Education: Provision for high-quality implementation
Heena Dave, Co-founder, Climate Adapted Pathways for Education (CAPE)
Professor Leigh Hoath, Chair, Association for Science Education and Co-Founder of  CAPE

How to Decarbonise your School and Create your Climate Action Plan
Rob Gould FRCIS, Partner, Barker
Alex Green, Head of Schools, Asden

Boosting Biodiversity with the National Education Nature Park
Dr Jessica Tipton, Head of National Education Nature Park, Natural History Museum
       
12.00pm     Movement time
       
12.05pm     Keynote and Q&A
Laura Tobin, TV weather presenter, meterologist and author
       
12.50pm     Lunch and exhibition
       
1.50pm     The Journey to a More Sustainable Future: The role of educational establishments
Chris Berry, Director of Operations, Windsor Academy Trust
       
2.20pm     Movement time
       
2.25pm     Workshop 2 - delegates can attend one session
Sustainable Futures: Building green career pathways

Amy Ball, Teaching and Community Manager, WWF UK

Sustainable Procurement
Helen Burge, Interim CFO and COO, The Priory Learning Trust,
Emily Brunton, Senior Sustainability Lead, United Learning,
David Shields, Chief Executive Officer, Value Match

Using your School's Grounds to Teach About and Address the Impacts of Climate Change
Mary Jackson, Head of Education and Communities, Learning through Landscapes
       
3.10pm     Refreshment break and exhibition
       
3.30pm     Sustainability and Climate Change in Education: Climate action and ambassadors
Joe Billington, Deputy Director, Strategic Policy Directorate, DfE
Charlotte Bonner, CEO, EAUC The Alliance for Sustainability Leadership in Education
Paul Edmond, Chief Finance and Sustainability Officer, HEART Academies Trust
       
3.55pm     Closing remarks

11.10 Workshop Session 1

Climate Change Education: Provision for high-quality implementation
Heena Dave and Prof Leigh Hope, Co-Founders, Climate Adapted Pathways for Education (CAPE)
 
This session will consider the implementation of high-quality climate change education through considering resourcing, supporting staff and sensemaking.  We will examine the role of leaders to facilitate and be accountable for the quality of climate change education in their settings and have an impact on pupils so teachers and learners alike feel equipped to respond to the rapidly changing planet.
 
How to Decarbonise your School and Create your Climate Action Plan
Rob Gould FRICS, Partner, Barker
Alex Green, Head of Schools, Ashden


Everyone wants to take action on climate change. Put simply, doing nothing is no longer an option. However, with many technologies, suppliers and funders in the market, many organisations do not know where to start or are worried about making the wrong decision.

In this session, experts from the schools climate change campaign, Let’s Go Zero and property consultants Barker will demystify sustainability and decarbonisation for schools and trusts.

You will gain a clear understanding of the terminology, the support and resources available and take away a clear roadmap for developing your own Climate Action Plan.

In the session you will learn:

  • the fundamentals of sustainability​ in schools
  • how to create your Climate Action Plan​
  • how to save costs and reduce carbon emissions​
  • how to engage your whole organisation, lessons learned and sharing best practice
Boosting Biodiversity with the National Education Nature Park
Dr Jessica Tipton, Head of National Education Nature Park, Natural History Museum

Come and find out how to get your school or college on the National Education Nature Park map! Your students and staff will join a growing network across England mapping, monitoring and enhancing their spaces for nature. Hear about the free learning resources and digital tools we’ve developed as part of the Nature Park programme that will enable young people to take the lead in improving their school site for people and for nature. We will talk about the numerous co-benefits of taking part. The development of creative, green and digital skills is embedded in the programme, as well as curriculum learning in a range of subjects across key stages. Young people will contribute to real scientific research, develop an increased connection to nature, and enhance their wellbeing. Taking part in the Nature Park will also contribute to your setting’s work on climate and sustainability, including your Climate Action Plan.

14.25 Workshop Session 2
 
Sustainable Futures: Building Green Career Pathways
Amy Ball, Teaching and Community Manager WWF UK

Tackling the climate and nature crisis and delivering on net zero will take a skilled and diverse workforce, and every job can play its part. Sustainable Futures is a free careers programme for UK secondary schools and colleges that prepares young people to thrive in a future green economy, regardless of their career path. This session will cover:

  • context of sustainability and the climate and nature crisis
  • the future ‘green’ net-zero job market
  • overview of the Sustainable Futures programme including a look at some of the resources
  • ways you can embed the Sustainable Futures programme in your school
Sustainable Procurement
Helen Burge, Interim COO and CFO, Priory Learning Trust
Emily Brunton, Senior Sustainability Lead, United Learning
David Shields, Chief Executive Officer, Value Match

 
This workshop will focus on the Operations and Supply Chain aspect of the DfE’s Sustainability and Climate Change strategy. A focus on the circular economy, global supply chain, carbon footprints and case studies from schools that have successfully overcome some of these challenges. Sustainable procurement should be combined with ensuring all schools achieve value for money, rigorous compliance, and greater efficiency. This workshop aims to inform and inspire sustainability procurement as well as provide an opportunity for you to ask your procurement sustainability questions.
 
Using your School’s Grounds to Teach About and Address the Impacts of Climate Change
Mary Jackson, Head of Education and Communities, Learning Through Landscapes
 
School grounds are the place where your pupils can see the impacts of climate change first hand. They are also the place where they can make a difference themselves.

This workshop will look at how pupils can learn about the impacts of climate change through hands-on activities in their school grounds, and how they can be engaged with researching, planning and making nature-based changes to their grounds in response. This could be looking at how to reduce the impact of overheating of the grounds, buildings and people, how to capture carbon through planting in and managing the grounds, managing water, or improving air quality.

By developing the skills and knowledge to make a difference, pupils feel empowered and engaged with the issues and learn skills that will last a lifetime, whether in ‘green jobs’ or in their everyday lives.

The conference is suitable for Business Leaders (including Director of Estates and Sustainability Leaders), CEOs, Headteachers, Senior leaders, Trustees and Governors.