RCE London-2011

1. General Information
Contact Name(s): 
Sally Inman
Ros Wade
Organizational Affiliation : 
London South Bank University
London South Bank University
Role in the project: 
2. Project Information
1. Project title: 
The London ESD Teacher Education(TE) Network
2. Project Description: 
This project is a teacher’s network involved in research with universities and the Open University to support education for sustainable development throughout London’s education providers.Approximately one quarter of all UK teachers are trained by London providers, hence through the multiplier effect, the potential is very great for influencing the orienting of not merely London but UK formal education towards sustainable development. Between them London TE providers work in partnership with the majority of London schools and there is an integral relationship between schools and HEIs around teacher education and training, through teacher mentors and school placements and training. Therefore potential synergy is very high. In addition, a large number of these beginning teachers do go on to teach in London schools but the possible influence is much wider and this may have potential for links with other UK RCE projects. London teachers have the potential to be key agents for change in addressing many of the issues of social cohesion and inequality which present one of the key challenges for sustainable development . The network will provide opportunities to learn, explore and practice strategies for social learning for SD.
The London network is also a part of the UK ESD teacher education network (which in turn is part of the Unesco Teacher Education network) so there will be many opportunities to share ideas, activities and to develop UK and wider synergy. The London RCE ESD TE network at present involves participants from 8 teacher education institutions in London and will aim to involve every London provider. The network will work closely with its key partner, the London Sustainable Schools Forum which has been very effective in engaging practising teachers and schools in ESD .
3. Project Status: 
4. Key Words
Sustainable education, global citizenship
5. Project categories
Project categories: 
Awareness building
Influencing policy processes
Networking and partnership development
Material production
6. Expected outcomes:: 
The network is influential at a national and regional level through its membership which includes acknowledged experts in ESD and teacher education. A number of network eventa and conferences are held in London and the Director of the network aso writes and travels to other countries as an invited speaker or prominent delegate.

Expected outcome include:
The provison of a forum for mutual support and exchange of ideas;
To raise the profile of ESD in Teacher Education;
Llearning from the experience of other sectors e.g. schools, community, business;
The development of partnerships for ESD programmes and projects;
Provision of a platform for joint activities and events;
To gather a body of interesting practice and research in the field of ESD practice and ITE; and
To form a strong base of support from which to influence change towards ESD.
7. Duration of the Project:: 
3. Project Leadership & Vision
8. Project coordination (e.g. teams): 
Co-ordinated via the Centre for Educational Research, London South Bank Univesity
9. Leadership structure
a. Administration: 
b. Transactional: 
c. Transformational: 
4. Project results
10. Project results : 
Within the network there are 5 new projects and therefore now 8/9 in London working on curriculum and evaluation /impact of work.
A UK national conference had 7 regional workshops with a London based seminar in March 2011 which fed into the UK network in July 2011.
13.Core Partners: 
London teacher educators, London NGOs, business, civil society organisations.All higher education and further education partners.
5. Partnership and networking
14. Project Network
a. Information network: 
b. Knowledge network: 
c. Innovation network: 
6. Participation
15. Type of involvement: 
rganisation of conferences and research.
16. Participation opportunities
a. Informational participation: 
b. Consultation participation: 
c. Decision influencing participation : 
Project Reports
Teacher Education
Pollicy Engagement
Teacher Education and Better Schools
One More Issue: 
United Kingdom