The Education Working Group (EWG) is an essential part of quality education in the UK and internationally.

Our curriculum is used worldwide and our certified teachers register is joined by teachers globally who want to give out our certificates in their country.

The working group play a crucial role in the quality of our education provisions, they support the certified teacher register application process and constantly update our curriculum, adding new curriculum and challenging assumptions held in education.  It is a voluntary group of educators dedicated to improving education.

The following are the latest developments from the Education Working Group. If you have any feedback or questions, please contact our Education Lead Jemma.

Sustanability lead

After the Education Gathering in Essex in 2023, several educators came together to work on getting permaculture into mainstream schools and supporting teachers who were putting themselves forwards as Sustainability Leads, within their school. 

Every school in England must have a Sustainability Lead by 2025, but the government has not provided any meaningful support to teachers taking on this crucial role. Sustainability Leads support their school to evolve - to be climate literate and to take action towards mitigating climate change. Our members required support with this work, so this became a sub group of the EWG, who are providing support in this partnership project to develop quality resources on our community hub platform for schools. 

Blended template course offer

Blended Courses Template

We are now offering our positively reviewed online course - the CTR reviewed Introduction to Permaculture Course to our educator members, as a template for them to edit, for use in their blended teaching. 

To read more about this work: view this pdf.

Education Strategy poster

Education Strategy 2024-25

We are 40 this year, so it’s a good time to celebrate our learning impact. This will help determine how to move our movement forward in a way that is fitting for the needs and challenges of our time. It presents a strategic approach that can be translated into an action plan for phased delivery, as we secure the resources and capacity we need. We hope this document supports our education network to prioritise impact and delivering more permaculture to more people.

To read the 2024 Education Strategy you can follow this link. 

Jo Barker teaching at the Festival of Permaculture

Education Report 2022

The purpose of this report is to give its readers an overview of the recent and planned developments in permaculture education activity involving or influenced by the Permaculture Association (Britain) - and to celebrate them. Then, to consider how the Permaculture Association and the permaculture education movement can continue to progress and improve on these developments. The report has been written by Jemma Findley - Education Lead for the Permaculture Association Britain (PAB) by curating many resources across permaculture networks, with support from the Education Working Group (EWG) and Educator members. To contact us about anything written in this report, please email [email protected].

Download the Education Report.

Permaculture Design Certificate core curriculum review

The curriculum presented here describes the content that must be included in a Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course, if a certificate from the Permaculture Association (Britain) is to be awarded. This latest review is in light of equity considerations. We have updated the curriculum to better reflect the world we live in now. It has been reviewed by external equity partners, the Education Working Group, and peer reviewed.

Read the curriculum document.