Monbiot on Re-wilding

Our book review feature at the moment is George Monbiot’s Feral. Monbiot had a related article in last week’s Guardian … “Let’s make Britain wild again and find ourselves in nature” This offers a quick summary of the arguments, and begins in his characteristically engaging style: “When the robin was voted the UK’s national bird last month, we chose to celebrate…

Developing character outside the classroom

There is less than a week left to benefit from the early bird discount for the CLOtC Conference 2015: Developing Character Outside the Classroom.  Book today for only £160 (standard full price £180), or join CLOtC and save a further £45. During the day, delegates will hear Bus Stop Pre School talk about their journey to achieving LOtC Mark Gold, and listen…

A Nature-based Plant and Games Day

In Ringmer, on September 23rd,  Marina Robb, Director and co-author of ‘Learning with Nature’ will run a CPD event that will … “equip you to safely inspire young people to build their own knowledge of plants, with games and activities linked to the curriculum.”   The training is for teachers and TAs and Forest School practitioners. More detail is…

Eco-schools in Bruton

Are you a teacher in / around Somerset who is interested in sustainability and the environment? If so, Eco-school’s Roadshow on September 15th at Bruton School for Girls may be just for you. The event will bring together teachers, sustainability education professionals and the Keep Britain Tidy Eco-schools team.  It will explore the learning benefits that Eco-schools…

Learning by staying away from home

In June 2015, York Consulting published its evaluation of the Learning Away residentials project, identifying the impacts of overnight stays on young people. Learning Away set out to support schools enhancement of young people’s learning, achievement and wellbeing by using innovative residential experiences as an integral part of the curriculum.  The initiative was funded by the Paul Hamlyn…

Feral

When you visit a National Park, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty or an SSSI do you ever question the decisions behind the creation and management of such an area? Are there now so many ‘givens’ in the world of conservation that we blindly accept these as a justification for the many decisions taken on…