June 10th Report

By | June 10th, 2019|Webwatch|

"From the freedom to explore comes the joy of learning.  From knowledge acquired by personal initiative arises the desire for more knowledge.  And from the mastery of the novel and beautiful world awaiting every child comes self-confidence." This quote by E.O. Wilson headed a recent message to NAAEE members and supporters from NAAEE CEO (and NAEE [...]

June 3rd Report

By | June 3rd, 2019|Webwatch|

The Education in England (the history of our schools) website contains HMI publications including the (1979) second edition of its Curriculum 11-16 Working Papers which deals with environmental education.  This was a time when HMI took it seriously, unlike Ofsted today.  But then, HMI thought seriously about curriculum, as did a lot of other groups – unlike today [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

May 7th Report

By | May 6th, 2019|Webwatch|

If you click here, you will find the petition by Izzy Lewis, Kamila Chamcham, Rasha Alsouleman and Lucy Gibbons from Cheney School on change.org  who are deeply concerned about the damage we’re doing to our planet and how it will affect our futures.  They say that climate change is the biggest issue of our time, [...]

April 29th Report

By | April 29th, 2019|Webwatch|

Just before Easter, school children in Cumbria came together for a climate change summit.  It was held at the University of Cumbria and organised by Robert Ferguson Primary School in Carlisle.  Thirty schools attended the summit which was an opportunity to hear what young people are concerned about, and what they think businesses, local councils and [...]

April 22nd Report

By | April 22nd, 2019|Webwatch|

Today is Earth Day. On April 22, 1970, millions of people took to the streets to protest about the negative impacts of 150 years of industrial development.  Earth Day is now a global event and probably more than 1 billion people in 192 countries will take part this year. It's a day of political action and civic [...]

April 15th report

By | April 15th, 2019|Webwatch|

Click here to here what the NUS said to Ofsted about its new inspection framework.  This was a key point: "Given the environmental and sustainability is popular with students, we see it as enriching the curriculum, and something that positively contributes to student achievement." As far as we can see, only NAEE is calling on Ofsted to do the [...]

April 8th report

By | April 8th, 2019|Webwatch|

NAEE published its response to the Ofsted consultation about its new inspection framework last week.  It's here if you missed it.  We told Ofsted that it was time for schools began to take the issues of the world seriously in the curriculum and help students prepare to play a part in addressing them.  NAEE also contributed to (and supported) the [...]