News and Updates

  • Forget Villanelle; the UK has 7.5 million assassins at large

    According to the Pet Food Manufactures Association [PFMA] there are 7.5 million domestic cats in the UK, the vast majority of which have a negative effect on wildlife and biodiversity.  How could we move to an effective policy to gradually...

  • Unsuccessful Futures in Wales

    I see that the hapless Welsh government is having another go at curriculum reform – finally embarrassed by its PISA scores, perhaps.  This is called “Successful Futures”.  Inexplicably I note that it has hired the guru who designed Scotland’s woeful Curriculum...

  • Train or car: a carbon comparison

    I went to London recently by train (and returned).  On my ticket receipt, Last Great Western noted that they had contributed 29.54 kg to the atmosphere on my behalf to get me there.  Had I gone by car, I'd have contributed...

  • Remembering Robert Lowe

    I thought of Robert Lowe this morning.  He was the minister responsible for education policy who introduced Payments by Results into English schools in 1860s.  This is such a pellucidly clear policy that it needs no explanation here.  As he...

  • Character and Climate

    I see that Damian Hinds has launched a call for evidence as he names a character education panel to help schools develop “character and resilience” among pupils.  The education secretary thinks that trying new activities and learning from failure will boost...

  • Meeting UK political leaders today

    Today's post is brief.  It simply reports that representatives of the young people who make up the UK Student Climate Network [ UKSCN ] are to meet the leaders of political parties at Westminster to press their case that young people's concerns...

  • Changing the debate: schools climate conference workshops

    There's more here on Wednesday's school climate conference organised by the Green Schools Project, School 21, and WE.  This was designed "to provide rigorous knowledge, skills and motivation to allow young people to change the debate in their schools and local communities". This...

  • Changing the debate: schools climate conference inputs

    The school climate conference on Wednesday, which was organised by the Green Schools Project, School 21, and WE, was designed "to provide rigorous knowledge, skills and motivation to allow young people to change the debate in their schools and local communities". So how...

  • Changing the debate: schools climate conference summary

    I went to the school climate conference yesterday organised by the Green Schools Project, School 21, and WE (and by UCL).  It was designed "to provide rigorous knowledge, skills and motivation to allow young people to change the debate in their schools and...

  • Changing the debate: the London schools climate conference

    I'm at this school climate conference today.  It coincides with London Climate Action Week. This conference is organised by the Green Schools Project, School 21, and WE, and is designed "to provide rigorous knowledge, skills and motivation to allow young people...