Teacher Education for Equity and Sustainability Network
In the UK, NGOs are at the forefront of promoting and supporting education for sustainable development
TEESNet, formally known as the UK Teacher Education Network for education for sustainable development and global citizenship, evolved from collaboration between the World Wide Fund for Nature UK, Oxfam and teacher educators.
The group's work is carried out as a theme of LSBU's Centre for Cross Curricular Initiatives, a subgroup of the Centre for Educational Research, within the university's Institute for Social Science Research.
In the UK, environmental and development NGOs have been in the forefront of promoting and supporting Education for sustainable development (ESD). The Network has representation from nearly all UK providers of teacher education including School Centred Initial Teacher Training institutions (SCITTs) and further education; NGOs; subject associations; national educational bodies including the University Council for the Education of Teachers (UCET); The Higher Education Academy and Think-global. The network currently has a membership of over 70 Teacher Education providers (many with four to five individual members), 42 NGOs and 10 national educational bodies.
The network has three major aims that shape its work:
- to develop a UK-wide community of practice in ESD/GC within Teacher Education (TE) in higher education and schools in order to share and disseminate good practice and initiate and develop new understanding across the sector
- to embed ESD/GC in UK Teacher Education in relation to ethos, curriculum content, learning, teaching and assessment.
- to encourage and promote research on sustainable development and global citizenship within TE, with particular emphasis on exploring its impact on student teachers, teachers and young people.
To meet these aims TEESNet has supported the development of regional networks and groups across the UK, organised conferences and created an interactive online forum space for members. The network also has made links with international networks engaged in similar areas, while continuing to attend meetings with UK based educational bodies such as the TDA and Department of Education.
They continue to be committed to embedding radical practice that underpins theory and develops a genuine community of practice for those committed to ESD/GC.
The TEESNet Community
The TEESNet community offers all network members (industry experts, academic leads, student teachers and NGOs) the opportunity to share and learn from cutting edge practice. The forum provides a space for individuals to network with colleagues across institutions and organisations in the UK and internationally to discuss policy, research and good practice.
Through the community members also develop an overview of current issues in ESD, as well as view specific events and training opportunities.
Professor Sally Inman – Director of the Centre for Educational Research
Teacher Education for Equity and Sustainability
London South Bank University
103 Borough Road
Tel: +44 (0)20 7815 8125
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