Professor Robert Winston hosts talk on educational first for Morecambe Bay

Professor Robert Winston is to host a talk on a unique ‘place-based curriculum’ for Morecambe Bay.

By Michelle Blade
Friday, 19th February 2021, 3:55 pm

The curriculum, designed to equip children and young people with the skills to look after themselves and the planet, will be the subject of the Lancaster University public talk this month hosted by the professor.

Eden Project North and Lancaster University, in partnership with schools, Further Education Colleges and Higher Education Institutions, as well as business, health and community partners, are working together to create the innovative Morecambe Bay Curriculum (MBC).

Based on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, the MBC is the first of its kind and aims to engage early years settings through to higher education institutions to support learning from birth through to postgraduate study, including apprenticeships.

Robert Winston attends The British Book Awards at the Grosvenor House Hotel on May 8, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)

Community placements offered to children as young as four and schemes to help support some of the poorest families to grow their own food are just some of the initiatives centred around the ‘place’ of Morecambe Bay, aiming to better connect young people of all ages to their local area.

Hosted by Professor Winston, Professor of Science and Society and Emeritus Professor of Fertility Studies at Imperial College, London, Lancaster University is holding the online public talk on Wednesday February 24 from 6.30pm to 8pm to unpack the ideas and themes behind the new curriculum.

In his role as the Eden Chair for Education and Engagement at Lancaster University, Professor Robert Barratt will deliver the public talk to introduce the curriculum. Although in its infancy, the new curriculum has already received positive feedback from Ofsted and has been developed alongside plans to bring Eden Project North to Morecambe Bay.

By providing a clear pathway for school leavers into higher education and employment via specially designed traineeships and apprenticeships, the MBC hopes to support graduate retention in the region and improve the quality of local employment.

The approach aims to achieve significant and lasting improvements for those living in the Morecambe Bay area and will ensure that the different stages of the education system provide the skills, knowledge and behaviours required for the future.

Professor Dame Sue Black, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Engagement at Lancaster University, said: “The Morecambe Bay Curriculum is the result of the education sector coming together in light of Eden Project North to make a unique commitment. By working together, Morecambe Bay is leading the way by providing an innovative and integrated educational offer for young people across the region - something that has the potential to be adopted far and wide.”

Lancaster University’s Professor Barratt, an expert in children’s participation in environmental education who is leading the devewlopment of the new curriculum, said: “The Morecambe Bay Curriculum sits alongside the national curriculum and is an attitude as well as an extension to the knowledge and skills currently promoted through education - it aims to make significant and lasting improvements to the lives of those living in the Morecambe Bay area by engaging children and young people in practical projects.”

For further details and to register your place, please visit the Eventbrite page or telephone 01524 592994.