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Natural England’s early Summer Update

By | August 20th, 2019|Blog|

Here's a selection of research and other reports related to learning and the environment collated by Natural England. The Impact of Participation in an Outdoor Education Program on Physical Education Teacher Education Student Self-efficacy to Teach Outdoor Education K Hovey, D Niland, JT Foley - Journal of Teaching in Physical Education Results indicated a significant increase [...]

Getting Started in the Forest

By | August 13th, 2019|Blog|

Today's blog is a case study of introducing outdoor learning into a primary school by Rebecca Wilkinson, Teaching Trees Programme Officer, at the Royal Forestry Society. The Royal Forestry’s Society’s Teaching Trees Programme is undertaking a two year pilot programme in Staffordshire to offer free training and consultancy to primary schools with the aim of increasing [...]

Nature Friendly Schools

By | August 6th, 2019|Blog|

Nature Friendly Schools is one of three projects within the Children and Nature programme which is a flagship programme for the 25 Year Environment Plan, led jointly by Natural England, Defra and Department for Education and with a budget of £10m. The Children and Nature programme has two priority outcomes, to achieve ‘positive benefits to pupils’ mental health and wellbeing [...]

UK Student Climate Network Newsletter 1

By | July 30th, 2019|Blog|

This is the first newsletter from the UK Student Climate Network [UKSCN].  We shall bring you future editions when they're published.* Youth Strike 4 Climate #6 On Friday 19th of July, the UK once again saw thousands of students take to the streets in over 70 locations to demand climate justice in our 6th national [...]

Save the Planet from Plastic

By | July 23rd, 2019|Blog|

The Rotary / NAEE Heart of England Save the planet from plastic schools competition ended with an extensive exhibition that was launched by the Lord Mayor of Coventry, Councillor Linda Bingham, and the Rotary Heart of England District Governor, Saroj Bala Jaspal, at the end of June.  The exhibition comprised six large collages constructed from plastic bags and other plastic objects.  A [...]

Keeping Northern Ireland Beautiful

By | July 16th, 2019|Blog|

Today's bog is by Ian Humphreys, CEO of Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful. For decades Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful has been championing the often disparaged subject of litter.  But now, through research and TV shows such as Blue Planet II, the ramifications of our convenience and throwaway lifestyles are being fully understood.  Even something as simple as plastic pollution [...]

Environmental education meeting with David Drew MP

By | July 9th, 2019|Blog|

Today's blog is an extract from the Oakridge Parochial School Allotment blog From the Ground.  This is an account of a visit to the Stroud school by David Drew MP, the Shadow Minister for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.  It's written by Gill Skeffington and is reproduced from her blog with permission.  The original post has lots of action photos of the [...]

A balanced brain

By | July 2nd, 2019|Blog|

In a recent Circle of Life Rediscovery blog, Jon Cree asks in the context of challenging behaviour: How does the outdoors promote a balanced brain?  This is how the blog begins: Challenging Behaviour – how does the outdoors promote a balanced brain? This was a question put to me on a play structures course last weekend.  I had been [...]

Art and Climate Change

By | June 25th, 2019|Blog|

Kate Parker writes in the TES about how primary schools have worked with the Eden Project on an art project to bring climate change to life.   This is how the article begins: The art project opening pupils’ eyes to climate change "Climate change can be a difficult concept for primary pupils to grasp – but one art project [...]

Costing the Earth

By | June 18th, 2019|Blog|

The following data are taken from a presentation made by Alan Reid, editor of Environmental Education Research, in April. A Nature Conservancy enquiry report, presented at the 1965 Keele Conference, stated that funds being spent on research into the education of all our future citizens equalled the amount devoted to research on glue. Sean Carson said that in the 1970s the UK's [...]