16th October 2023

Net Zero Schools – This week Teach the Future launched its report with Energise on the cost of net zero schools.   Teach the Future wants to see all schools in the UK decarbonised as they say that this will reduce their climate impact and save money in the long term.  Doing this, they say, will also allow education buildings to…

Education, Climate, Action

“Education, Climate, Action” – was a teacher-led event in London last Monday aimed at bringing organisations together. NAEE President, Prof Justin Dillon was there and here are his thoughts on the event. As ever with our blogs the ideas expressed are not necessarily those of the Association. Ian, the chemistry teacher from a local school,…

A policy framework revealed

The Labour Party’s Policy Framework has appeared on line. This is the party’s policy platform which is set to shape its next manifesto. As anticipated following much lobbying, Teach the Future’s main asks are contained within it as headlines: Integrate learning about climate change and sustainability throughout the curriculum in schools and on vocational courses…

9th October 2023

DfE Snapshot – The DfE’s latest Climate in Education Snapshot is now available.  It says that the DfE’s Climate Change and Sustainability Unit has been very busy, and that the Chief Sustainability Officer, Jonathan Dewsbury has taken up a new role as Director of Capital Operations and Net Zero.  Features in this edition include: National Education Nature Park and Climate The…

2nd October 2023

Nature Park – A recording is available of the of the 30-minute: Nature Park and Climate Awards teacher webinar (July 2023) in case you missed the broadcast.  There is also a Teaser webpage ahead of its October 4th launch.  Go to: Home | Education Nature Park. . Do You See What I See? – NAAEE says join NASA educator Tina Harte-Ballinger for a webinar…

State of Nature

The new State of Nature report says: “The UK, like most other countries worldwide, has experienced a significant loss of biodiversity. The trends in nature presented here cover, at most, 50 years, but these follow on from major changes to the UK’s nature over previous centuries. As a result, the UK is now one of…

25th September 2023

Climate Action Awards – The Climate Action Awards will recognise schools and colleges that have brought about change at an institutional level, supporting their students in developing green skills, championing nature and working towards a sustainable future. This includes recognition of the work already underway in many education settings through existing awards and schemes that can be built…

Through a Glass Darkly – Part 1

Today’s post is by regular contributor, Richard Jurin. Before his retirement, Richard led the Environmental Studies programme at the University of Northern Colorado, where he launched a degree in Sustainability Studies.  His academic interests are environmental worldviews and understanding barriers to sustainability. As ever, with our blogs, the views expressed are not necessarily shared by…

Victorian Building Lessons

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). As usual with our blogs, the views expressed are not necessarily shared by the Association. The media and the political classes have become very agitated by the latest news…

19th September 2023

Gillian Keegan Letter – The Secretary of State’s response to questions from Teach the Future is online here. . Wednesday 4 October – A reminder that, from this date, all schools, nurseries and colleges in England will be able to join the National Education Nature Park on a new website.  They can celebrate the launch and get a taste of…

ESD, EfS, Shed-Share and Claude

This question was recently sent to the SHED-SHARE JISCMail: “Dear all, I have a question about the language that our institutions use in relation to Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). I see some institutions using Education for Sustainability (EfS) instead of ESD and would love to know if there is a reason that one phrase is used…