29th November 2021

10 Minutes – Labour MP Nadia Whittome (Nottingham East) introduced a ten-minute rule bill into the Commons last Tuesday to require climate change and sustainability to become key content across the school curriculum, integrated into every subject.  The bill is the culmination of her work with Teach the Future on climate education and the decarbonisation of the…

November 22nd 2021

Youth Engagement Panel – The House of Lords Environment and Climate Change Committee – a cross party group of Members of the House of Lords appointed to consider the environment and climate change – is offering schools and colleges the opportunity to work with the committee and advise on the issues the Committee should look at and the…

November 8th 2021

Climate Education 1 – The DfE launched its new Sustainability & Climate Change strategy last Friday at COP26.  You can read it here.  The strategy will apply to the Department’s arms-length bodies; the education and children’s services systems in England (Early Years, Schools, Further Education, Higher Education and Children’s Social Care).  Its focus is on environmental sustainability.  DfE says that it…

November 1st 2021

In the Zone(s) – UKSSN is taking over 20 sixth form students from 12 UK regions to COP26 from 4-7 November.  Students will be featuring in the blue ministerial and green civil society zones with partners PPL PWR, Ucell and Climate Psychology Alliance, supported by Global Action Plan, the Royal Society of Chemistry outreach department and UKSSN member schools.  A further 35 UKSSN students from Year 10-13…

October 25th 2021

In the Green Zone – Tickets are now available to book to attend Green Zone events at COP26.  They are free of charge, open to the public and you can book up to 6 tickets at a time and over 3 days.  You can see the full programme here.  It includes: 12th November – ‘Glasgow meets New Orleans, Africa and the World: Climate Change…

October 18th 2021

Schools and Climate Change – The Battle of Ideas Festival held a session on schools and climate change on Sunday October 10th. The organisers asked: “Was it right for so many schools to accept climate strikes as legitimate, perhaps even encouraging pupils to take part? Why have young people today responded to the threat of climate change in…

October 11th 2021

Climate Change Playlists – The Educational Recordings Agency has published a number of climate change playlists ahead of COP26. These comprise brief videos taken from TV programmes that explore climate change issues. NAEE has contributed an introduction to the impacts of climate change section for key states 3/4.  . Mind the Gap – As part of the launch of Global Action…

October 4th 2021

Learners Stakeholder Council – The FED is looking for up to 20 people aged 16-25, who are either current learners or have recently left education within England, to join the FED Learners Council in 2021-2022. It is also looking for up to two current learners aged 25 or over who are in full-time or part-time…

September 27th 2021

Climate Science Course – The UK’s nationally determined contribution statement – NDC – that has been submitted in advance of COP26 has an Education and Skills section. The first paragraph says this: – The UK Government is strengthening awareness and building consensus in tackling climate change through various education initiatives at all stages of life, including: a new…

September 20th 2021

Change at the Top – Both the Secretary of State (Gavin Williamson) and the Minister of State for School Standards (Nick Gibb) have gone from the DfE in last weeks reshuffle to be replaced by Nadhim Zahawi and Robin Walker. It is too soon to say whether these significant changes will make a difference to…