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Ocean Conservation Curriculum

We have taken the decision to postpone our Conference booked for 8th October 2020 and are planning a new date in 2021. Ticket holders will be refunded and given priority booking for the new date.

Welcome to our Ocean Conservation in the Curriculum Conference.

The Ocean is the heart of our planet and offers a rich diversity of learning opportunities for children of all ages - while reinforcing the importance of conservation. The Ocean can be used to teach:

  • Literacy
  • Science
  • Maths
  • Scientific and Research Skills
  • Conservation and Sustainability


This online conference brings together leading experts in curriculum development, conservation and the oceans in a practical and inspiring series of talks and workshops.

Talks include a Key Note Address from Monty Halls. Monty is a British TV broadcaster and marine biologist best known for his BBC Great Escape series, programmes on the Great Barrier Reef and Lost Worlds.

Speakers are drawn from across the education spectrum, with contributions from the Ocean Conservation Trust, EMSEA (European Marine Science Educators Association), Devon Wildlife Trust, UNESCO, Ofsted, Connect Academy Trust and the Shadow Environment Minster


Key Speakers:

Monty Halls – Conservation at a Global Level

Ann Finlayson -  Introducing sustainability into schools

Doug Skinner  -The science behind the climate emergency

Rachel Musson - Practical examples of environmental projects in schools


Workshop Programme:

The conference will be running 3 streams of webinar workshops focused on giving you the chance to focus on the aspects of conversation and curriculum that interest you the most. You can choose to watch the webinar OR be part of the ‘room’ with the speaker. 


Connect Academy Trust is introducing a new Ocean Conservation Curriculum from September 2020 in partnership with the Ocean Conservation Trust, Plymouth Marine Laboratory, and the Marine Biological Association. They are applying the 7 Principles of Ocean Literacy across the new curriculum to inspire and educate children about the importance of the Ocean. As part of the Conference, The CEO of Connect Academy Trust and other leaders will share how they developed the new curriculum and how they are introducing it into their 5 successful Primary Schools. Ocean Conservation Trust runs the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth, which has been adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. A significant proportion of ticket sales will go towards supporting the work of the Ocean Conservation Trust.


Schedule (8/10/20)



0845                                         Open to join & networking / sponsor booths

09.00                                        Connect Academy Trust                               Welcome                                            

09.15                                        Dr Franscesca Santoro, UNESCO                 Ocean Literacy and the role of schools

09.30                                        Ann Finlayson                                                 Introducing sustainability into schools



09.55              Luke Pollard    Shadow Environment Minister

10.10              Harry Barton   Devon Wildlife Trust

10.30              Nicola Bridge Ocean Conservation Trust

10.45              Stephen Lee    Ofsted


                                                  BREAK and networking


11.30              Doug Skinner   The science behind the health of the ocean

11.55              Introducing climate into the curriculum; KS1 – KS5 and beyond                 


12.30                                        LUNCH & Networking


13.00              LIVE from NMA – what’s happening in the fish tank?



1.30 – 2pm

Option 1        Connect                                Developing a new curriculum for primary schools

Option 2        Rachel Musson                    Connecting the Dots - an introduction to systems thinking

Option 3        Stu Higgs                              The Ocean: WOW!

Option 4        Doug Skinner                       Curriculum for Change – KS3


Webinar stream 2; 2.00 -2.20pm

Option 1        Connect                                Developing a new curriculum for primary schools

Option 2        Ann Finlayson                    Teaching sustainability (when I am not trained in it!)

Option 3        Doug Skinner                       Curriculum for Change; secondary level

Option 4        Stu Higgs                              Seagrass and the science of conservation


Webinar stream 3; 2.30 – 3pm

Option 1        Rachel Musson                  Connecting the Dots - an introduction to systems thinking

Option 2        Stu Higgs                             The Ocean: WOW

Option 3        Ann Finlayson                    Teaching sustainability (when I am not trained in it!)

Option 4        Mary Myatt                        KS3 talk


15.10              Connect                              Ocean Conservation Curriculum in Action                             

15.25              Monty Halls                       Conservation on a global scale

16.05              Panel                                   Speakers in a panel - LIVE

16.30              Networking areas and sponsor booths


Learning together, stronger together