The presentation produced by Students organising for sustainability (SOS) shows the extremely worrying fact that a majority of teachers do not feel that they have received quality training to educate students on climate change and the related issues for the future. This is drastic and needs urgent rectifying. Quality, thorough training is essential to equip teachers to tackle this sensitive but important issue.
New Natural History GCSE: Bear Grylls gives it the thumbs up
The DfE has announced a new GCSE in Natural History - this is fantastic! Not only will it be fascinating but I'm sure it will have a marked impact on student's confidence and skills in finding the solutions needed for the future. However, it is coming out in 2025! That's a long way off but hopefully, taken the urgency of the relevant issues into account, it might be fast-tracked.
UCL Centre for Climate Change and Sustainability Education
Led by the director, Professor Nicola Walshe, who has amongst other achievements, a PhD in glaciology, the UCL department aims to provide research-based professional development, for school leaders and teachers in all stages of education - early years, primary, secondary and further education.
The aim is to go beyond just the teaching of the science of climate change, by also focusing on the mental health and wellbeing aspects, such as eco-anxiety, to ensure that children are equipped with the skills and knowledge to make a positive impact in the future.