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Is Learning for Turning?

By | June 11th, 2019|Blog|

As we noted a couple of weeks ago, Stephen Sterling has a new website, and on this you'll find his new blog.  We draw this to your attention because we think it will be something to watch as it develops over time.  It might even be his main mode of communication from now on. Today, [...]

Ofsted’s new inspection framework

By | June 4th, 2019|Blog|

Along with others interested in environment and sustainability, NAEE responded to Ofsted's call for comments on its draft Inspection Framework.  This was our response, and others can be seen here. Ofsted says: "The proposals generated a significant amount of interest.  In total, we received more than 15,000 responses to the consultation.  This included almost 11,000 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

From a Cumbrian Headteacher

By | April 30th, 2019|Blog|

Today's blog is by Graham Frost, headteacher of Robert Ferguson Primary School in Carlisle.  Graham blogs at: cumbriahead.wordpress.com and this post is reproduced here with his permission.  You can follow Graham @GrahamFrost Educators should give young people knowledge and understanding about climate change, but then allow them to speak out about it. School leaders have a [...]

Teachers for Climate Truth write to the DfE

By | April 23rd, 2019|Blog|

Here's the full text of the letter sent by Teachers for Climate Truth (part of XR) to the DfE: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) told us last October that we have 12 years to radically change every aspect of society if we are to avoid disaster.  Highly regarded scientists, like Peter Wadhams, have highlighted [...]

Getting ready for the first ‘urban’ environmental conference in the UK

By | April 16th, 2019|Blog|

Today's blog is by Rachel Cook a PhD student at King's College, London who volunteers with the Lambeth Natural Thinkers project and with LEEF, the London Environmental Educators’ Forum. It is an interesting paradox that no one speaks more loudly than young people when they have been persistently silenced.  Thanks to young peoples’ direct action to demand greater environmental action from the [...]

The NUS response to Ofsted

By | April 9th, 2019|Blog|

Last week we featured the NAEE response to Ofsted's consultation on its proposed revisions to its inspection framework.   This is the response by NUS to Ofsted: "We welcome the proposal to introduce a quality of education judgement and to judge personal development separately from behaviour and attitudes.  Specifically, we very much welcome the new [...]