Climate Change & Sustainability: curriculum, Careers, Community & CPD

Wednesday 13th December 2023

We are delighted to be in partnership with Hays Education, hosting a series of free breakfast seminars, bringing together thought leaders and education leaders up and down the country to explore our most pressing education issues; and what the possibilities are with a longer-term vision for our Education system.

In our second event, we invite you to join Emma Knights OBE and guests for a panel discussion on what schools and colleges need to be doing to meet the requirements of the DfE’s Climate Change Strategy and how they can best do this in the interests of compliance, our young people

and the planet. We will showcase the FED’s groundbreaking Climate Change and Sustainability Toolkit.

Our Panel

Emma Knights OBE: CEO of the National Governance Association and passionate climate agitator

Dr Paul Vare: Chair- elect of the National Association for Environmental Education, Adult Advisory Board Teach the Future & Academic Advisor to the UN Economic Commission for Europe’s Steering Committee on Education for Sustainable Development

Ömer Görgülü: Co-founder TwinScience, Volunteer at Young Guru Academy

Claire Pritchard: CEO at Broadleaf Partnership Trust

Nicholas Mort: Director, Futures Teaching Alliance & STEM Learning UK ENTHUSE Partnership Regional Education Lead

Date & Time

Wednesday 13th December 2023

8:00 – 8:30am Registration & Complimentary light breakfast

8:30 – 8:45am An introduction to the work of The FED

8:45 – 9:35am Panel discussion

9:35 – 9:45am Climate Change & Sustainability Toolkit demo

9:45 – 10:30am Q&A


Hays Education, 3rd Floor, 1 Colmore Square, Birmingham B4 6AJ

RSVP Places are limited so please register here to confirm your place ASAP:

Ömer Görgülü

Co-Founder and Chief Growth Officer of Ed-Tech start-up Twin Science & Robotics, Omer Gorgulu is aspiring to deliver holistic and sustainability-centred STEM education to children around the world. During studying economics & finance, Omer has selected in top 50 volunteers among 50,000 applicants to work at one of Turkey’s leading NGOs, YGA, initiating high-impact social initiative projects. During his volunteering years he travelled to economically disadvantaged schools to deliver quality science education to more than 20,000 children. After graduating he continued to grow the science movement project he volunteered and has led the financial transformation of YGA; kick-started YGA Ventures, a social incubator centre for tech for good start-ups. YGA Ventures has accelerated 5 successful start-ups so far in woman empowerment, economic & social development of blind people, sustainable tourism, sustainable energy, and education. Later Omer and his co-founders transformed the social responsibility project they led into a start-up under YGA Ventures and founded Twin delivering STEM for Sustainability education to children.

Emma Knights OBEü

As NGA’s Chief Executive, since 2010, Emma leads the charity to fulfil its aim of improving 

the educational standards and wellbeing of young people. Emma leads the organisation under the direction of NGA’s board of trustees. From September 2023, Emma is sharing the chief executive role with Emma Balchin, each working three days a week.

Emma promotes the interests of the school governance community and represents the voice of NGA’s members at a national level with legislators, policy makers and education sector organisations and in the media. She is also a keen campaigner for greener governance, and she is involved in wider discussions on how best  to protect the environment and integrate this within schools and trusts. Emma also actively encourages NGA staff to think about how they can reduce their carbon footprint.

Nicholas Mort

Nick originally trained as a secondary History & Politics teacher in mainstream 11-18 schools. He has worked as a Middle and Senior Leader in a diverse range of schools, including several inner city 11-18 mainstream schools, gaining the National Professional Qualification for Headship in the process.  Nick currently works as Director of Futures Teaching Alliance, and works in strategic school improvement within The Futures Trust, a MAT of eight schools in Coventry, Warwickshire and Leicestershire. Futures Teaching Alliance leads work with teachers, leaders and education professionals across Warwickshire, West Midlands, Leicestershire, Oxfordshire and Northamptonshire to provide teachers with the ‘Golden Thread’ of teacher professional development.  Futures Teaching Alliance is also a Teach First National SCITT Regional Delivery Partner. Nick is a member of the MAT Central Team, Best Practice Network National Advisory Board  and sits on the MAT Headteacher Board and Curriculum Leads Steering Group.

Claire Pritchardul

CEO at Broadleaf Partnership Trust

Dr Paul Vare

Paul is Chair- elect of the National Association for Environmental Education, serves on the Adult Advisory Board of youth-led Teach the Future and is Academic Advisor to the UN Economic Commission for Europe’s (UNECE) Steering Committee on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) having co-authored the UNECE ESD Strategy in 2005. Formerly, Paul was executive director of an international NGO, worked on community-based projects in sub-Saharan Africa and ran a regional ESD coalition in South-west England where he first worked as a secondary school teacher. Today, Paul leads the Doctor of Education programme at the University of Gloucestershire where he was Principal Investigator of A Rounder Sense of Purpose, an award-winning international research programme that developed a competence framework for sustainability educators. 


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