Monthly Archives: February 2016


Forest Education update

By | February 12th, 2016|Webwatch|

You can catch up with the latest news from FEN – the forest education network here, although there doesn't seem much about actual forests.    

Open Access land and new horizons for environmental education

By | February 12th, 2016|Blog|

Today’s guest blog is by Geoffrey Guy who lectures at Reaseheath College.  Geoff is the Director of Education for Bushcraft Education Ltd, and the founder of the Bushcraft Education blog. The clash between game keepers and ramblers from Manchester and Sheffield on Kinder Scout on the 24th April 1932 and other ‘mass trespasses’ which followed helped pave the way [...]

News from National Geographic

By | February 11th, 2016|Webwatch|

You can catch up with the latest news from National Geographic here It begins with a feature on Malala Yousafzai, the leading campaigner for girls' education globally, and co-founder of the Malala Fund. National Geographic has also developed a broad range of free education resources for social studies and science classes to help students learn about a variety of topics.  These [...]

Rainforest Studies in the National Curriculum

By | February 10th, 2016|Environmental Education Feature|

 Juliette Green sets out the opportunities provided for rainforest studies in the English National Curriculum Geography Key Stage 1: Identify seasonal and daily weather patterns and the location of hot and cold areas of the world in relation to the Equator and Poles. Key Stage 2: Identify the position and significance of latitude, longitude, Equator, Northern and Southern Hemispheres, [...]

World Water Day Resources

By | February 10th, 2016|Webwatch|

UN Water is the United Nations inter-agency area for all freshwater related issues, including sanitation. The website has a good overview of goals related to water, the specific targets, and related UN campaigns including World Water Day – which is on 22nd March this year.  The website says that water is at the core of sustainable development: [...]

Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril

By | February 10th, 2016|Blog|

Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril is a new book from Trinity University Press. It contains eighty essays from theologians, naturalists, scientists, politicians, business leaders, activists, and writers each of which examines why it's wrong "to wreck the world." The publishers say: In the face of environmental degradation, species extinction, and climate [...]

Viridor works with Oxfordshire schools

By | February 9th, 2016|Webwatch|

Just before Christmas, Viridor welcomed teachers and pupils from the Bicester School to its state-of-the-art Energy Recovery Facility at Ardley to mark the start of a partnership to help pupils gain invaluable insight into how subjects, such as maths and science, directly link to careers within the recycling, resources and renewable energy sector. The partnership, [...]

Two reports on Global Learning

By | February 8th, 2016|Webwatch|

The Development Education Research Centre [ DERC ] has launched two new research reports, both written as part of the Global Learning Programme in England. Fran Hunt and Olga Cara have produced baseline analysis of the GLP’s Whole School Audit and look at how 563 schools are adopting global learning; and Kate Brown has written a [...]

Education and Sustainability Blogs

By | February 8th, 2016|Blog|

Here's a selection of blogs that address learning, environment and sustainability (viewed in a broad sense): Education 4 Sustainability is a project coordinated by Nektarina in order to help embed sustainable development into the curriculum, and educate students about sustainable living, practices and futures. Education for Sustainability provides professional development in designing and implementing [...]

Teaching with Flowers

By | February 7th, 2016|Book Review|

Juliette Green examines Julie Warburton's book on teaching with flowers. This is a colourful, chunky handbook full of practical and innovative ideas for using flowers across the curriculum. Julie Warburton is a former teacher and educational consultant and this comes across through the strong curriculum links and the easy-to-follow teaching ideas. She subsequently retrained as [...]