May 30th 2022

GreenComp – The EU has published a European sustainability competence framework: GreenComp.  This identifies a set of sustainability competences to feed into education programmes.  The framework defines the four competence groups that should be acquired by learners of all ages related to sustainability.  These are: [i] embodying sustainability values; [ii] embracing complexity in sustainability; [iii] acting for sustainability; and [iv] envisioning…

May 23rd 2022

More NAEE Manifesto Reviews – So far there have been a number of comments on the NAEE Manifesto on naee.org.uk, and you can find the latest here (Richard Jurin) and here (David Dixon).  There will be more.  If you’d like to comment please just let us know. . UKSSN – The UK Schools Sustainability Network (UKSSN hosted by Global Action Plan) is an umbrella group…

May 16th 2022

The Queen’s Speech – Last week’s announcement of the government’s proposed legislative programme said this: “Reforms to education will help every child fulfil their potential wherever they live, raising standards and improving the quality of schools and higher education [Schools Bill, Higher Education Bill].” . The HE Bill has a focus on skills. Details are…

May 9th 2022

Responding to the DfE – Here is an updated set of comments on the DfE’s new sustainability and climate change strategy. . E-STEM Awards – The Pratt & Whitney E-STEM Awards support programme engages students in meaningful STEM learning experiences through environmental problem-solving.  This opportunity is open to non-profit organizations around the world that are working to increase students’ environmental literacy,…

May 1st 2022

NAEE Manifesto Launch – NAEE launched its Young People’s Learning and the Environment Manifesto on April 28th.  The manifesto aims to build on existing work in schools and colleges to further stimulate change in thinking and practice, and thus help to better prepare young people for the social and environmental challenges they will face through their lives.  The Manifesto sets…

April 25th 2022

DfE Strategy Launch – The DfE published its strategy on sustainability and climate change this week.  You can read the policy paper that accompanied this here. . The DfE Strategy – You can read what DfE says about its strategy here. . Reactions to the DfE Strategy – Here are views from the National Governance Association, Teach the Future and the NEU.  You’ll find others here.  As more…

April 18th 2022

Launch Date – Two dates for your diary this week: The Department for Education Sustainability & Climate Change Strategy launch, Thursday 21st and Earth Day Friday 22nd.  There’s likely to be a good turn out for the DfE launch and there is much speculation about what the strategy will (and will not) say.  Here’s a view from our Chair. . Tendering to the DfE – The…

April 11th 2022

Bio Security – During 2021, RSPB worked with over 100 pupils from primary schools across Scotland to co-design biosecurity activities in a digital education pack.  Their ideas included board games, art activities, outdoor activities, digital games, treasure hunts, songs, and films.  For example, pupils from the Small Isles Primary invented a board game based on the playing principles…

April 4th 2022

Manifesto Launch – NAEE is launching its Young People’s Learning and the Environment Manifesto on April 28th by zoom: 1700 to 1800.  Please use this link to the launch event registration page to reserve a place.  The Manifesto sets out 16 commitments that we think will help guide institutions to become more sustainable, and improve the education that pupils and students receive.…

March 28th 2022

DfE Strategy launch – The DfE is launching its Sustainability and Climate Change Strategy on Thursday April 21st at London’s Natural History Museum 7 to 9pm.  There will be a keynote speech by the Secretary of State, the Rt Hon Nadhim Zahawi MP. . Another Launch – Unlike the DfE’s event, we are all invited to the launch of…