From a Cumbrian Headteacher

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…

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

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

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…

NAEE response to Ofsted

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.  …

More research c/o Natural England

Here’s a further set of evidence and reports, policy agenda developments, large scale delivery sector initiatives, resources and news items from Natural England.  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 practice in…

The Latest Green Teacher journal contents

The Fall 2018 edition of Canada’s Green Teacher (Vol 118) has been published.  Here are the contents: Plastic Grass isn’t Greener  by Rochelle Rubinstein An exploration of the environmental and human health hazards of artificial turf in our schools and communities   Teaching the Sustainable Development Goals  by Grace Van Mil A new strategy for engaging students on…

Bees in Primary School?

Today’s blog is by NAEE Fellow, Tim Baker, Headteacher of Charlton Manor Primary School in Greenwich. In 2007 I turned up to the school after a meeting to be greeted with a swarm of bees which had attached itself by the school entrance. The premises manager had taped off an area around the swarm and visitors…

More updates from Natural England

This post sets out links to recent (Autumn 2018) 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…

The ‘impact’ agenda: how does it influence our practice?

Today’s blog is by NAEE Fellow Melissa Glackin from King’s College, London. ‘Does the policy-making process engage authentically with practice?’ This is one of the important questions that colleagues at King’s College London are exploring in the ESRC-funded study: Rethinking Impact, Evaluation and Accountability in Youth Work.  This week I had the good fortune to attend…