Labour Education Policies

As a UK educational charity, NAEE is politically neutral, but we do have an interest in what political parties say and get up to in relation to education and environmental policy. As it now seems distinctly possible that the leader of the Labour Party will be asked to form the next UK government after the…

29th April 2024

Supporting Sustainability and Environmental Education – On Tuesday July 2nd Middlesex University, in partnership with UCL’s Centre for Climate Change and Sustainability Education (CCCSE), and the London Schools Eco Network (LSEN) is hosting a face-to-face conference on Supporting Sustainability and Environmental Education in Secondary Schools.  The conference is aimed at secondary education staff especially sustainability leads, senior leaders or any staff…

Climate Haiku

Jasmin Kirkbride, a Lecturer in Publishing at the University of East Anglia and Paul Chambers, a PhD Candidate in Creative Writing at the University of Bristol, wrote recently in The Conversation about the haiku poetry form and climate change. It begins: “A successful haiku could be described as a half-finished poem. Originating in Japan in the…

22nd April 2024

Climate Education Needed – Cambridge University Press & Assessment is calling for the next UK government to appoint an independent review to gather evidence and advise on the climate knowledge and skills young people need and how to embed those in the education system.  According to a very recent YouGov poll: More than 65 % of the British…

The Need for Climate Education

Reacting to the new poll findings released by Cambridge University Press & Assessment on April 18th, Jamie Agombar, Executive Director of Students Organising for Sustainability said through LinkedIn: “A new poll found that more than 70% of the public think a greater focus on climate change at school would help students better understand how to…

Ten Urban Myths about Climate Action?

A recent post on Neil Kitching’s carbon choices blog discusses what he sees as 10 urban myths about climate action. What do you think of these? 1) recycling2) solar panels3) population growth4) local beef5) natural gas6) hard working families7) 30,000 eco-homes8) carbon neutral aviation9) electric Vehicles10) environmental regulations Neil can be contacted at carbonchoices@gmail.com where you can…

15th April 2024

SOS UK – Here’s an update about what Students Organising for Sustainability is planning in its lineup of sustainability and wellbeing programmes for the 2024-25 academic year. . O4YC Curriculum – There are two free online sessions to explore what the OY4C Curriculum looks like.  They are for anyone including students, teachers, climate scientists/experts, NGOs, parents, Heads of schools, governmental officials…etc.  Details:…

Arts, Education and the Environment

Today’s post is by Ben Ballin, who’s a member of the West Midlands Sustainable Schools Network [@wmsussch], and an Educationalist at Big Brum. He reports on the work of the Standing Conference on the Arts, Education and the Environment. “We are literally in the mouth of the Giant” – conference participant “Children are too often…

Schools making a meal of it

Today’s post is by David Dixon, NAEE Trustee and author of Leadership for Sustainability: saving the planet one school at a time (Crown House Publishing, 2022). David is Tynedale’s Bicycle Mayor. As usual with our blogs, the views expressed are not necessarily shared by the Association. Recently school meals hit the headlines when a headteacher…

Natural History

The most recent Spectator Schools magazine had an article, Better Nature, which focused on “how to make the new natural history GCSE more worthwhile”. This is a plea for natural history to be focused on plants and animals rather than on fashionable causes such as the need to ‘save the world from catastrophe’ as suggested…

Secrets of the Saltmarsh

Secrets of the Saltmarsh  By Claire Saxby; illustrated by Alicia Rogerson  CSIRO Publishing, 2023  isbn 9781486317141 (hbk)   It’s not every day that you think of, or use the words ‘salt marsh’. Wetlands, yes, vaulable and quickly disappearing habitats,  a habitat type that we are losing each year to drainage to make way for farmland.…

3rd April 2024

Curriculum for a Change – Did you see the launch last week of the Curriculum for a Changing Climate from teachthefuture.uk?  If you didn’t, you can now view and download the primary papers.  As these are still working documents, suggestions and critique are welcome.  The launch webinar can be rewatched or shared with colleagues: Launch Webinar: Primary Curriculum for a Changing…