Us, Our City, Our World: A project exploring change with SEND students

Ann McGuire, Baskerville School, Birmingham This project involved five Birmingham schools: one primary for hearing impaired, two all-age special schools, one secondary autistic specific school and one small group of students from a mainstream secondary boys’ school (44 students in all). We wanted to make Global Learning especially meaningful and practical to our cohort of…

More research c/o Natural England

Here’s the latest in a selection of articles recently identified by Natural England in the Nature Connection, Engagement and Pro-environmental Behaviour category The green care code: How nature connectedness and simple activities help explain pro‐nature conservation behavioursM Richardson, HA Passmore, L Barbett, R Lumber. R Thomas, A Hunt – People and NatureThis study is the first of…

September 14 2020

WWF has released the latest annual Living Planet Report which estimates that the population sizes of mammals, birds, fish, amphibians and reptiles have all fallen by an average of 68% in 50 years. The report is no based on an index measuring global biodiversity, and it tracks data on ~ 20,000 populations of more than 4,300 vertebrates.…

Creating memorable moments through informal education

Dr. Philip Ryland & Jim Mitchell write about the power of informal environmental education to create memories. Environmental interpretation is widely accepted as a process of communication which aims to deliver meaningful information in an informal, relaxed way to visitors (Benton, 2009; Brochu, 2003).  The type of information provided varies considerably between sites but will…

September 7th 2020

The virtual Youth Climate Summit runs from 9-13 November and there are the following opportunities to get involved – secondary students can apply to become a YCS ambassador by this Wed 9th Sept. – schools or organisations can propose a virtual event by 22nd Sept. – there are opportunities for students to apply to speak at the Global Youth Mock COP26 which is linked to the Youth Climate…

New-normal in the wildlife world

Today’s blog is by Sheila Gundry, the Development Manager at Froglife and an NAEE Fellow. As ever, the views expressed are Sheila’s, and are not necessarily shared by NAEE. My work involves developing and managing environmental education programmes, particularly with the more disadvantaged groups in our communities, so how can this continue given the Covid-19…

August 31st 2020

Would a Nature Premium help children recover from lockdown and set them up to learn? The case for this is published on the Wildlife and Countrysie Link website. The background to this is that during a meeting early in lockdown, volunteer directors at the Forest School Association (FSA) were worrying about the effect that lockdown would have on children’s…

Research round-up – Summer 2020

Natural England has brought together recently published research on learning and the environment. Highlights include: What future/s for outdoor and environmental education in a world that has contended with COVID-19?Contributions from Simon Beames, Rowena Passy and Sue Waite – Journal of Outdoor and Environmental EducationThis article brings together the perspectives of many on the journal’s editorial board,…

August 24th 2020

Earth Overshoot Day this year was on Saturday, August 22, more than three weeks later than in 2019, according to Global Footprint Network. The date reflects the 9.3% reduction of humanity’s Ecological Footprint from January 1st to Earth Overshoot Day, compared to the same period last year. This is a direct consequence of the coronavirus-induced lockdowns…

August 17th 2020

eduCCate Global says that UK State-Funded Schools in the United Kingdom can apply for funding to take part in its environmentally-focused school projects. Eligible schools could receive funding of up to £4,375, funding the eduCCate Global Bronze and Silver Awards as well as allotting funding towards Supply Teachers or additional resourcing. Schools will be assigned…