Monthly Archives: April 2019


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: 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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

My First Book of Garden Birds

By | April 12th, 2019|Book Review|

My favourite book to use with children!  The colourful illustrations appeal to young children, but there is sufficient information about each of the 20 featured bird species to engage older ones as well.  Each bird has a ‘Guess Who’ page, which gives clues to help identify the species—for example: ‘This bird likes being around gardeners. [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

NAEE response to Ofsted

By | April 1st, 2019|Blog|

Ofsted recently launched a consultation seeking views on its proposals for changes to the education inspection framework from September 2019.  NAEE has contributed to (and supported) the response to Ofsted made by the Natural Environment Sector Partnership [NESP], which is organised by the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom on behalf of the learning outside the classroom sector.   [...]