St Matthew’s Primary School visits Birmingham Botanical Gardens

This is an account of the visit in December by a Year 6 group from St Matthew’s C of E Primary School to Birmingham Botanical Gardens & Glasshouses as part of NAEE’s Hugh Kenrick Days bursary scheme.  It’s written by Foundation Subjects Leader Mr T. Etheridge. As part of their Geography work, Year 6 at St Matthew’s CofE Primary School, Nechells, Birmingham,…

Is Learning for Turning?

As we noted a couple of weeks ago, Stephen Sterling has a new website, and on this you’ll find his new blog.  We draw this to your attention because we think it will be something to watch as it develops over time.  It might even be his main mode of communication from now on. Today,…

June 10th Report

“From the freedom to explore comes the joy of learning.  From knowledge acquired by personal initiative arises the desire for more knowledge.  And from the mastery of the novel and beautiful world awaiting every child comes self-confidence.” This quote by E.O. Wilson headed a recent message to NAAEE members and supporters from NAAEE CEO (and NAEE…

Ofsted’s new inspection framework

Along with others interested in environment and sustainability, NAEE responded to Ofsted’s call for comments on its draft Inspection Framework.  This was our response, and others can be seen here. Ofsted says: “The proposals generated a significant amount of interest.  In total, we received more than 15,000 responses to the consultation.  This included almost 11,000…

June 3rd Report

The Education in England (the history of our schools) website contains HMI publications including the (1979) second edition of its Curriculum 11-16 Working Papers which deals with environmental education.  This was a time when HMI took it seriously, unlike Ofsted today.  But then, HMI thought seriously about curriculum, as did a lot of other groups – unlike today…

Hillcrest School & Sixth Form Centre visit Birmingham Botanical Gardens

This is an account of the visit in January by a Year 8 group from Hillcrest School & Sixth Form Centre to Birmingham Botanical Gardens & Glasshouses as part of NAEE’s Hugh Kenrick Days bursary scheme.  It’s written by class teacher Mrs G. Sanger. With the support of the National Association for Environmental Education and a Hugh Kenrick Days bursary,…

May 27th Report

The UK Student Climate Network [UKSCN] has issued an open letter to government and educational institutions.  It’s a radical read.  The students’ broad demands are that … 1 – the Government declare a climate emergency and implement a Green New Deal to achieve Climate Justice. 2 – the national curriculum is reformed to address the ecological…

May 20th Report

The four Oxford Cheney school students, whose on-line petition calls for climate change to be made a core part of the national curriculum and for sustainability to be made a serious concern within the education system are asking for: The ecological and climate crisis to be made an educational priority Well founded, evidence based training for teachers so…

Children and Nature Network research

Here’s a link to the latest research digest from the Children & Nature Network.  The work reported is: Attention Restoration Green Schoolyards & Surrounding Greenness Link between Childhood Experiences and Adults’ Connectedness to Nature Research Tools Social-Emotional Benefits Special Needs Here’s more detail on two of these: Natural environments near schools are positively linked to the…