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Natural England’s January research update Part 1

By | January 28th, 2020|Blog|

This is the latest update from Natural England in relation to Nature & Schools; Learning & Development. . Psychological benefits of a biodiversity-focussed outdoor learning program for primary school children DJ Harvey et al - Journal of Environmental Psychology This investigation sought to discover whether engaging school children with nature could produce sustained improvements in mood [...]

Letter to the Prime Minister

By | January 23rd, 2020|Blog|

This is the text of the letter sent this week by Zamzam Ibrahim, the President of SOS_UK and the NUS to the Prime Minister reminding him that, thirty years ago, Margaret Thatcher called for urgent action on the greenhouse effect at the UN General Assembly.  The letter asks for the Prime Minister's personal help in ensuring that [...]

Environmental misconceptions in the USA public

By | January 21st, 2020|Blog|

In an article in The Conservation, Bobby Duffy (King's College London) writes that "people still don’t realise how bad the world’s climate and natural environment have become.  Misperceptions about climate change and the ecological crisis are all too clear from a new survey of Americans that tested their understanding of how far the problem has [...]

Reframing environmental education

By | January 15th, 2020|Blog|

Today's blog is by Morgan Phillips, an NAEE trustee.  Its focus is the request from Global Action Plan (GAP) and Reboot the Future for organisations to join them on a project to reframe environmental education.  The project is grounded in research into the importance of values to the development of environmental attitudes and behaviours.  Morgan Phillips is working  on [...]

When HMI were interested in curriculum

By | January 14th, 2020|Blog|

Our Chair of Trustees, Bill Scott, here reflects on a 40 year-old publication from HMI.  He writes in a personal capacity. The text that follows is a brief extract from a long 1979 HMI publication: Curriculum 11-16 Working papers by HM Inspectorate (second edition, 1979).  The section on environmental education is on pages 71 to 74.  The whole [...]

An NAHT podcast on climate activism

By | January 7th, 2020|Blog|

Graham Frost is headteacher of Robert Ferguson Primary School, Carlisle.  He has written for NAEE before.  You can hear him speaking about his work on climate change activism in schools on the NAHT Leadership Podcast on Soundcloud. You can find Graham on Twitter – @GrahamFrost1

The latest from Natural England

By | December 9th, 2019|Blog|

Here's a recent round up from Natural England of recent evidence and reports, policy agenda developments, large scale delivery sector initiatives, resources and news items from the UK and abroad.  This supports the Strategic Research Network for People and Nature to develop better coherence and collaboration in research and to improve links between research, policy and [...]

COP 25 in Madrid

By | December 2nd, 2019|Blog|

As we noted last week, The Economist has a new fortnightly summary of climate change issues.  Its first edition focused on the annual UN climate talks now being in Madrid. These are a prelude to next year’s COP26 in Glasgow when the nearly 200 countries that signed up to the Paris agreement in 2015 are expected to commit [...]

The importance of bringing climate change into the curriculum

By | November 26th, 2019|Blog|

Ria Dunkley,  Lecturer in Geography, Environment and Sustainability, at the University of Glasgow, writes in The Conversation about the importance of bringing climate change into the curriculum: It’s too late to protect them from it, so how do teachers tell children about climate change without scaring them? The good news is that young people are already [...]

Our leaders have been badly educated …

By | November 19th, 2019|Blog|

So said Zamzam Ibrahim, the NUS and SOS_UK President in her address to the recent NUS sustainability summit.   More fully, she said: "Our leaders are making bad decisions because they have been badly educated."  This is how her talk begins: "SOS-UK is NUS’s brand new sustainability charity, created so we can go further and faster with our sustainability [...]