Learning by staying away from home

In June 2015, York Consulting published its evaluation of the Learning Away residentials project, identifying the impacts of overnight stays on young people. Learning Away set out to support schools enhancement of young people’s learning, achievement and wellbeing by using innovative residential experiences as an integral part of the curriculum.  The initiative was funded by the Paul Hamlyn…

New Journal edition now available

Volume 109 (Summer 2015) of NAEE’s journal, Environmental Education, has been mailed to members this week, and will be available as a pdf on the member pages of this website from Monday.   Volume 109 contains case studies and feature articles about how EE and ESD can be used to make learning and the curriculum come alive.…

The Countryside Classroom Consortium – an opportunity knocks

The Countryside Classroom is a new initiative from FACE: Farming and Countryside Education.  This is their website – although it is still being developed.  You can become a Partner, a Contributor, or a Sponsor: details are here. Why get involved?  FACE says: Countryside Classroom is the largest ever partnership of organisations committed to helping children learn about food,…

Inspirational pond dipping

Last May, the Countryside Jobs Service magazine had a special focus on environmental and outdoor education which included a lead article by NAEE.  This included extracts from teachers’ reports of pupil visits to two outdoor learning centres that were made possible by NAEE’s Kenrick bursaries.  One teacher reported: It’s been a delight to see pupils who struggle with academic…

When two Presidents meet …

What do they talk about?  Well, climate change, conservation, wildlife on TV, …  Did you miss it?  For many it was the TV event of June; others we know were disappointed.  The Guardian has a short clip here, and the full 30 minute programme is available on BBC iPlayer.  See what you think. NB, Barack…

NAEE meets NAAEE

The Executive Director of NAAEE, the North American Association for Environmental Education, Judy Braus, was in the UK briefly at the end of last week, en route to the 8th WEEC in Göteborg.  While here, she met NAEE President, Bill Scott, and discussed a range of issues that are common to both organisations.  They also explored some of…

PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE USE 24 June 2015

New NAEE guide highlights ‘environment’ in the school curriculum How can teachers respond to the challenge of teaching about pollution, endangered species, deforestation, climate change, and other environmental issues? The National Association for Environmental Education (NAEE UK) has looked carefully at the numerous opportunities that the new early years and primary curriculums provide, for teachers and children in early years settings and primary schools, to…

A new UNESCO report promotes GCE

UNESCO’s report on delivering global citizenship education, Global Citizenship Education: Topics and Learning Objectives, is aimed at anyone who wants to promote the idea of global learning.  The report sets out a series of nine topics to explore GCE in the classroom.  It identifies learning objectives and themes for teachers to explore with students, and for policy makers to incorporate into the curriculum…