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The Book of Bees

The winner of the 2017 Educational Writers’ Award is THE BOOK OF BEES, written by Wojciech Grajkowski, illustrated by Piotr Socha, and translated into English from the Polish by Agnes Monod-Gayraud. This year’s judges – school librarian Marion Le Lannou; London headteacher Mike Reeves; and writer, editor and publisher of books for young people Annemarie Young –…

Exploring the environmental aspects of locality

Exploring the environmental aspects of locality as a response to curriculum change in Mongolia In the academic year 2014 and 2015, a major modification of the core curriculum of primary education has been introduced in every school in Mongolia. It has strong emphasis on encouraging different learning approaches, opposing traditional classroom teaching where didactic teacher…

Press for Progress

Press for Progress was the title of a recent blog written by by Katherine Mathieson, Chief Executive of the British Science Association  She began: Today is International Women’s Day. It’s a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the achievements and successes of women throughout history and around the globe, as well as reflect on what more can be done…

News from Natural England

This is a round up from Natural England of recent and relevant evidence and reports, policy agenda developments, large scale delivery sector initiatives, resources and news items. This supports the Strategic Research Groups for Learning in Natural Environments and Outdoors for All in order to develop better coherence and collaboration in research and to improve…

March 12 News Round up

If you fancy being Wild and True with Debbie Warrener in The New Forest, there are still spaces for March 23-25 (with early bird prices for the May 25-27 weekend).  There’s more detail here. A Gaia Sensitive Living Workshop in Exeter will explore what a ‘right relationship with Gaia’ might be.  The workshop will address such questions as: Can we create…

Changing children’s attitudes to nature

Can a school trip change children’s attitudes to nature? asks Lorna Fox, WWT’s National Learning Adviser in a recent COtC blog. The post explores the results of research which tracked 500 pupils aged 8-9 who went to visit a WWT wetland centre for a pond dipping session.  Lorna’s post begins: “What was your best day of the school year when…

March 5 News Round-up

New Scientist says that the clothes on our backs are responsible for huge amounts of pollution – but lab-grown fabrics and changes to our fashion habits can make a big difference.  It adds: Dressing ourselves is a necessity that has spawned one of the most polluting economic activities on the planet.  The clothing industry creates carbon emissions…

It’s World Book Day

It’s world book day today and many young people all over the world will be going to school dressed as their favourite characters.  There will surely be lots of Harry Potter, David Walliams, Roald Dahl, Jacqueline Wilson, Tom Fletcher, Clare Balding (etc) and Disney (etc) characters as world book day becomes more about commerce than about…