One of the UN’s sustainable development goals (SDGs) is ‘partnership’. We’re not going to solve the sustainability challenges we face alone but across the further education (FE) and training sector we absolutely have it within our power to bring more people together to ensure education is being used to solve problems, to innovate and to scale work so we equip our learners with the knowledge, skills, behaviours and values they need to contribute positively to sustainability in their lives and careers. 

Communities of practice can be a powerful form of continued professional development (CPD). They foster learning, encourage collaboration, and offer an opportunity for creative problem-solving and innovation. 

That’s why we’re delighted to support various communities of practice, across the sector.  

#SustainFE community

A community for educators seeking to embed education for sustainable development (ESD) in their teaching and learning practice. They meet online twice per term and are co-hosted by Jane Chillingworth (Adult Community Learning Essex) and Jenny Willis (Heart of Worcestershire College).  

Upcoming meeting dates are: 

  • Thursday 14 March 2024, 3pm to 4.30pm
  • Friday 3 May 2024, 1.30pm to 3pm
  • Wednesday 19 June 2024, 4pm to 5.30pm 

Anyone from across the sector is welcome, of all knowledge and experience levels. If you would like to join the group please complete this form

‘Green Thread’ Special Interest Group 

A group for senior leaders within Association of College member organisations who are working to mobilise action for ESD, particularly using the Climate Action Roadmap for FE Colleges. They meet bi-monthly and the chair is Will Baldwin, principal of BHASVIC. If you’d like to join the group, please contact Ian Munro.  

Technical and regional communities of practice 

EAUC host various communities of practice for their members covering topics such as biodiversity, divestment, energy and water, transport, scope 3 emissions, waste and sustainability communications. They also convene regional networks. Visit their website for more information.