News and Updates

  • When language gets in the way of science

    There I was trying to help my stuck-at-home grandson with his chemistry school work.  It was an on-line test about reactions such as what happens when an iron nail is put into copper sulphate solution, or carbonates and other compounds...

  • CPRE manifesto launch

    This morning, I  attended the launch of CPRE, the countryside charity's regeneration manifesto which sets out how CPRE thinks the government should help us "regenerate ourselves, regenerate our green spaces and regenerate our rural economies".  And in the longer-term, how we...

  • DfID RIP

    So the DfID is to be no more, although we're keeping the 0.7% of national income devoted to development.  We're one of only a small handful of countries to do this as hardly anyone else took seriously that UN idea...

  • Recycling stories

    I wrote the other week about my local council's Catch 22 recycling centre policy.  Those familiar with the book will remember Major Major who could not be consulted when he was in the office, but only when he wasn't.  He'd...

  • Talking Scotland down?

    I see that Teach the Future has set out its policy asks for Scotland.  They broadly mirror the three English ones, but there's an additional ask of “Increased priority for sustainability in school inspections and publicly influencing educational rankings”.   As NAEE notes, the...

  • Dead white man’s clothes

    Who's doing any education about the baleful effects of the fast-fashion industry on the environment?  Not schools, it would seem, and not the industry either as they've a vested (pun not intended) interest in keeping shtum. Research shows that since...

  • Rebooting schools or booting politicians?

    I got this email the other day: Dear Friends,  As part of our new open conversation on #RebootingEducation, we are inviting you to join us for a virtual conversation with some of the most innovative voices working across education, on Thursday 18th...

  • Rendering sustainability visible

    I was struck by a message sent recently to the EAUC Mailbase: "Through a programme analysis I have shown that the majority of our college programmes include aspects that are easily linked to the UN SDGs targets in some shape...

  • How cold are you prepared to be next winter?

    Talk is cheap; wild rhetoric even cheaper.  Thus, talking green and making demands of other people are easy; it’s facing up to the implications of being green that’s hard.  We should all know this, and maybe we shall come to...

  • To be sold, a fine negro boy, ...

    JH Plumb quotes (p.159) the following advert from the Liverpool Chronicle (15 December 1768) in his England in the Eighteenth Century: a study of the development of English society (Pelican Books): “To be SOLD, A FINE NEGRO BOY, of about 4 feet...