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What’s the big idea?

By | July 7th, 2020|Blog|

Today's blog is written by Ben Ballin.  As with all our authored contributions, what follows are Ben's views which are not necessarily shared by NAEE. What's the big idea? Back in April, Richard Dawson and I wrote a blog for NAEE taking a wide-ranging look at the content and purpose of a ‘green curriculum’.  This blog picks [...]

Climate and Change in the UK

By | June 30th, 2020|Blog|

Late last year, the Blagrave Trust published a report on Youth led change in the UK – Understanding the landscape and the opportunities.  The purpose was “To inform future strategy and future investment decisions, the Blagrave Trust is looking to understand better how it can effectively support young people to lead change ... The Trust is looking to [...]

Green Teacher Vol 122

By | June 23rd, 2020|Blog|

Every edition of Green Teacher comes with a number of open-access articles in addition to those that are restricted to members.  The February 2020 edition [ Vol 122 ] contained the following two articles: Changing the Face of Science — Shattering Stereotypes and Inspiring the Next Generation of STEM.  By Kyle Walsh This begins: The [...]

Taking Science into the City

By | June 16th, 2020|Blog|

Today's blog comes from the Wild Awake project which is a not for profit social enterprise.  Its purpose is to develop and provide learning which inspires change towards a more sustainable planet, and support people to live healthy and happy lives which respect natural limits.  It achieves this through providing learning which reconnects people with the natural [...]

The COBIS Eco Film Awards

By | June 12th, 2020|Blog|

NAEE worked with COBIS – the Council of British International Schools – over the past few months to develop and then judge the 2020 COBIS Eco Film Awards.  This encouraged students in COBIS member schools to make videos about the work they were doing in their schools [i] to learn about environmental and sustainability issues, and [ii] to [...]

Green Teacher Vol 121

By | June 9th, 2020|Blog|

Every edition of Green Teacher comes with a number of open-access articles in addition to those that are restricted to members.  The Fall 2019 2020 edition [ Vol 121 ] contained the following two articles: Escape the Mundane By Matt Downs Creating a digital escape room to engage students This begins: As a science educator, I [...]

Helping to develop Natural History as a GCSE

By | June 2nd, 2020|Blog|

Today's post is by Elsa Lee of the University of Cambridge who sits on OCR's advisory board for its proposed GCSE in Natural History. I had the pleasure of representing NAEE in a discussion about the proposals from OCR to introduce Natural History as a new optional subject at GCSE.  The initiative is the brainchild [...]

Most people, deep down, are decent – part 2

By | May 26th, 2020|Blog|

Today's blog is part 2 of a review by Morgan Phillips of Rutger Bregman’s Humankind – a Hopeful History.  Part 1 was published a couple of days ago. At Global Action Plan, in partnership with Reboot the Future, we have been convening a group of education practitioners to respond to a question that we feel is now key to the [...]

Most people, deep down, are decent – part 1

By | May 22nd, 2020|Blog|

Today's blog is part 1 of a review of by Morgan Phillips of Rutger Bregman’s Humankind a Hopeful History.  Part 2 will follow in a couple of days. Whenever something challenges my assumptions and leads me to understand something in a new way, I ask myself what the implications and applications are for my work and often, my [...]

George Monbiot, the environmental educator

By | May 19th, 2020|Blog|

George Monbiot's latest blog (also in the Guardian on May 13th) is titled: The University of Life.  It's about his discovery of environmental education: "... During the lockdown, I’ve been doing something I’ve long dreamt about: experimenting with an ecological education.  I can’t claim to have found it easy, or to have got it all [...]