August 3rd 2020

The NAEE AGM this year will be by zoom: Saturday November 7th at 1030. All members will get a message in September with details of how to attend.  ∫∫∫ . Figures released by UCAS, show more than 21,000 graduates have applied to teacher training programmes since the start of the coronavirus lockdown, a rise of…

July 27th 2020

NAEE has a new Facebook page.  Please check it out and contribute to it.  We’d obviously like you to Like and Follow it. ∫∫∫ . Teach the Future has a post with an update on what its proposed English Climate Emergency Education Bill, and Scottish Climate and Biodiversity Emergency Bill are setting out to do.  Their rationale for why a climate education bill is…

July 20th 2020

Teach the Future has a new Adult Advisory Board.  This is a small group of adult volunteers who will advise on campaign strategy.  It had its first meeting last week.  NAEE’s chair of trustees is a member. Teach the Future has written to the House of Commons Education Select Committee, encouraging them to run an inquiry into how…

July 13th 2020

NAEE’s most recent blog was written by Ben Ballin.  What’s the big idea? is a follow-up to a  post post by Ben and Richard Dawson which took a wide-ranging look at the content and purpose of a ‘green curriculum’.  What’s the big idea? picks up on that question and considers the related question of ‘curriculum intent’.   This is…

July 6th 2020

Teach the Future’s open letter to the Chancellor calling for fiscal stimulus to be spent on retrofitting schools to net-zero, was signed by 53 environmental and educational NGOs and trade unions. The letter is here along with a blog.  NAEE was pleased to support this.  ∫∫∫ . The government announced plans to invest £1bn into a ten-year school retrofit and…

June 29th 2020

In the next few weeks Teach the Future Scotland will be launched.  This will be led by a group of students across Scotland and supported by Scottish Youth Climate Strike (SYCS) and NUS Scotland. Meanwhile, they have written to John Swinney MSP the cabinet secretary for Education in the Scottish Parliament asking for an economic recovery that creates green jobs and improves the mental…

June 22nd 2020

CJS, the Countryside Jobs Service, has published a focus on environmental education and outdoor activities.  This sets out accounts of the work of a wide variety of organisations, including NAEE, and is downloadable as a pdf.  ∫∫∫ . Teach the Future is organising an open letter to the Chancellor from its organisational supporters.  The letter in support of its case for education to…

June 15th 2020

NAEE has 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]…

June 8th 2020

NAEE was pleased to receive an honourable mention for its curriculum guides at the launch of the consultation for the OCR Natural History GCSE.  The guides’ careful analysis of the way that the national curriculum provides opportunities for the study of environmental and ecological issues was described as “brilliant work”.  If you’ve not come across these, you…

June 1st 2020

Turning learning inside out  The Department for Education’s COVID-19 guidance on implementing protective measures in education and childcare settings recommends considering which lessons or classroom activities could take place outdoors.  As a result, the organisations involved in helping schools take teaching and learning beyond the classroom have united to help schools by enabling high-quality learning experiences in…