Monthly Archives: May 2019

Hillcrest School & Sixth Form Centre visit Birmingham Botanical Gardens

By | May 31st, 2019|Environmental Education Feature|

This is an account of the visit in January by a Year 8 group from Hillcrest School & Sixth Form Centre to Birmingham Botanical Gardens & Glasshouses as part of NAEE's Hugh Kenrick Days bursary scheme.  It's written by class teacher Mrs G. Sanger. With the support of the National Association for Environmental Education and a Hugh Kenrick Days bursary, [...]

Strategic Research Network for Learning in Natural Environments

By | May 28th, 2019|Blog|

This post sets out further links to the most recent evidence and reports, policy agenda developments, large scale delivery sector initiatives, resources and news items.  This supports the Strategic Research Network for Learning in Natural Environments and Outdoors for All to develop better coherence and collaboration in research and to improve links between research, policy [...]

May 27th Report

By | May 27th, 2019|Webwatch|

The UK Student Climate Network [UKSCN] has issued an open letter to government and educational institutions.  It's a radical read.  The students' broad demands are that … 1 – the Government declare a climate emergency and implement a Green New Deal to achieve Climate Justice. 2 – the national curriculum is reformed to address the ecological [...]

Rookery School students visit Mount Pleasant School Farm

By | May 22nd, 2019|Environmental Education Feature|

This is an account of the visit in February by a Year 1 group from Rookery School to Mount Pleasant School Farm as part of NAEE's Hugh Kenrick Days bursary scheme.  It's written by class teacher Mrs W. Ahmedi. In Geography lessons, Year 1 pupils at Rookery School had been learning about the physical and human features of different [...]

Strategic Research Network for Learning in Natural Environments

By | May 21st, 2019|Blog|

This post sets out links to the most recent evidence and reports, policy agenda developments, large scale delivery sector initiatives, resources and news items.  This supports the Strategic Research Network for Learning in Natural Environments and Outdoors for All to develop better coherence and collaboration in research and to improve links between research, policy and [...]

May 20th Report

By | May 20th, 2019|Webwatch|

The four Oxford Cheney school students, whose on-line petition calls for climate change to be made a core part of the national curriculum and for sustainability to be made a serious concern within the education system are asking for: The ecological and climate crisis to be made an educational priority Well founded, evidence based training for teachers so [...]

Children and Nature Network research

By | May 14th, 2019|Blog|

Here's a link to the latest research digest from the Children & Nature Network.  The work reported is: Attention Restoration Green Schoolyards & Surrounding Greenness Link between Childhood Experiences and Adults’ Connectedness to Nature Research Tools Social-Emotional Benefits Special Needs Here's more detail on two of these: Natural environments near schools are positively linked to the [...]

Kings Norton Primary School visits Birmingham Botanical Gardens

By | May 13th, 2019|Environmental Education Feature|

This is an account of the visit in January by a Year 5 group from Kings Norton Primary School to Birmingham Botanical Gardens & Glasshouses as part of NAEE's Hugh Kenrick Days bursary scheme.  It's written by class teacher Mr K Lees. Prior to visiting the Botanical gardens, Year 5 had been studying the topic ‘Our Local Area’.  During [...]

May 13th Report

By | May 13th, 2019|Webwatch|

A motion at the NAHT conference seeking support for climate change lessons in schools was passed unanimously.  This adds to pressure for change and mirrors the motion passed by the NEU conference at Easter (full details here).  We will report back on what happens as a result.   The Young Environmental Project is a new competition [...]

Climate change: still a challenge for English schools

By | May 6th, 2019|Blog|

Today's post is from Ben Ballin, the chair of the West Midlands Sustainable Schools Network [@wmsussch ].  He is an NAEE Fellow and writes here in a personal capacity Young people are on the march against climate change, inspired by the Swedish climate striker Greta Thunberg and her accusation that older generations are “stealing their future [...]