The state of environmental education in secondary schools in England

A two-part report exploring the state of environmental education in secondary schools in England has been published.   The project was: Understanding Environmental Education in Secondary Schools. Where is it, what is it and what should the future be?  Here’s a brief summary with links: Report 1: Policy Perspectives Summary: The provision of environmental education in formal schooling…

An NUS survey for schools

Every year, for the last eight years, NUS has surveyed over 60,000 HE/FE students on their views on sustainability, which shows clearly that students want to learn more about it, and expect their institutions to do more to bring this about. Given the success of all this, NUS is now working with the Green Schools Project on a survey of school…

October 8 – News Round up

We covered Chris Packham’s manifesto last week.  If you have read it, you’ll already know the prominence it gives to education and school-relied activities more widely, and sets out 8 proposals.  Here they are: Rewrite Section 78 of The Education Act to place nature at the centre of the state curriculum from nursery to secondary school Outdoor…

Using farming activities to improve the wellbeing of young people and adults

Mary Sellers FarmBuddies writes about improving the wellbeing of young people and adults. Social Farming, also known as Care Farming, is the practice of offering Family Farms and other similar farming holdings as a form of social service.  Some farms can be a specialized treatment farm but more often they remain a typical working farm where…

One simple thing

Here’s a link to the OneSimpleThing, blog for the naturally curious, dedicated to all things to do with sustainability.  This, the homepage says provides everything you need to help you make informed choices, and live lives full of passion and purpose. The section on the environment has recent foci on: Energy saving tips and tricks “Definitely sense a slight chill in the air…

October 1 – News Round up

NAEE is to receive a Green Apple Award (2018) for environmental best practice.   Our submission for the award will be included in The Green Book, an international work of reference. The Green Apple Awards began in 1994 and provide recognition for environmental endeavour among companies, councils, communities and countries.  The awards are organised by The Green Organisation –…

National Get Outside Day

Sunday [Sept 30th] is National GetOutside Day which is an idea hatched by the Ordnance Survey with the aim is to get a million UK people outdoors to have a good time – and maybe even to learn something valuable – even if it’s only that you can have a good time outside. Wordsworth knew a thing to two about this: The…

EER Bulletin 11

Environmental Education Research Bulletin 11 has been published.   This synthesizes and summarizes research from journals on issues pertaining to environmental educators.  The following caught our eye: Scientific Citizenship: Understanding student knowledge, motivations, and beliefs Vesterinen, V. – M., Tolppanen, S., & Aksela, M.. (2016). Toward citizenship science education: what students do to make the world a…

September 24 – News Round up

NUS has published the 8th year of its Sustainability Skills research, which includes perspectives on sustainability in education from students studying in the UK in both higher and further education.  As before, demand for action remains high with around of students 80% saying they want to see action from their institutions.  The proportion of students who say…

September 17 – News Round up

NAAEE says “Imagine if we treated educators and scientists like the superstars that they are.  Imagine if everyone believed that they had the power to effect change, even in the smallest of ways”. To facilitate this, they launched a new podcast about climate resiliency and education on September 12th.  You can listen to the promo here.  With support from National Geographic,…

Green Schools Blog

The Green Schools Project [GSP] was set up to enable young people to get involved with environmental projects.  The idea is that schools should be setting a good example, educating students about how to live in a way that minimises negative impacts on the environment.  GSP says that, in reality, this is often not the case…