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Geography in outstanding primary schools

Iain Freeland HMI, Ofsted’s subject lead for geography, has posted a blog Geography in outstanding primary schools in which he outlines the findings from the subject inspection of geography in 23 outstanding primary schools. This is how it begins: “Studying geography is so important for children, regardless of their age or stage of learning. Geography helps them…

Emergency Education

Today’s post is the latest by Mick Haining. As ever with our blogs, the views expressed are not necessarily endorsed by the Association Here’s what to do in an emergency, according to WikiHow: [1] Remain calm.  [2] Seek additional help. [3] Determine the nature of the emergency [4] Know that sudden changes can be emergencies. [5]…

July 5th 2021

A July 7th Deadline for COP26 Activity – Global Action Plan / Transform Our World is sharing a set of slides (here) about its Pupil Poster Roadshow and opportunities at COP26 (inside the Green Zone) for secondary students. Anyone interested should complete this form. . A July 8th Deadline for that Big Conversation – A reminder…

Natural England Research Update

This is a recent round up by Natural England of relevant evidence and reports, policy agenda developments, large scale delivery sector initiatives, resources and news items from the UK and abroad, with a focus on schools, education and learning. This supports the Strategic Research Network for People and Nature to develop better coherence and collaboration…

The Long Spring

Chair of NAEE Trustees, William Scott, reviews The Long Spring: tracking the arrival of Spring through Europe.  Author: Laurence Rose; Illustrator: Richard Alen. On a couple of occasions in the 1990s, when I travelled a lot on the continent for research meetings, I had the good fortune to experience Spring from the south of Spain to the…

June 28th 2021

The Ministry of Eco Education – A partnership of teachers, supported by the Green Britain Foundation, has been formed to create ‘the education we need now’. Working with teachers and children, the group has co-created a curriculum which places sustainability at the heart of education. The curriculum brings together the best resources already out there, into one cohesive and…

Young People’s Blogs

Well done to SEEd for promoting the views of young people about climate change and education. Here are two recent examples: Shaping the Future: Why I’m fighting for Sustainability and Climate Education – Olive Coxon talks about her experiences having to teach herself about the climate crisis, joining the youth strikers, and a responsibility to try…

Project Milestones

The Wiltshire Wildlife Trust’s Milestones project is one of 31 Our Bright Future initiatives across the UK. Each one is equipping 11-24 year olds to make a difference in their local community and for the environment. Our Bright Future is a £33 million programme funded by the National Lottery Community Fund. Milestones delivers bespoke nature…

June 21st 2021

Second Reading – The Education (Environment and Sustainable Citizenship) Bill will have its second reading in the House of Lords on July 16th. This aims to “make provision in the national curriculum regarding sustainable citizenship and protection of the environment.” You can track its progress here. At second reading, the member responsible for the Bill…