News and Updates

  • A school striker in the family

    One of my granddaughters is striking tomorrow – but with permission which hardly counts in my book, but read on as there is curriculum intent in this madness.  This is the letter her parents received: Dear Parent/carer(s) School Strike for...

  • CLOtC wins international award

    Congratulations to the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom for winning the 2019 Dullest Conference Byline award (international).  There was tough competition for this annual award, but CLOtC's entry for their November 7th 2019 conference in Blackpool: Beyond the Classroom was the...

  • Cuckoo in the nest

    I heard my first cuckoo last weekend – calling over the fields.  Always a welcome event, even though the birds have well-evolved habits that (in humans) would be condemned as anti-social and have ASBOs in place. I was surprised to...

  • Is your flight really necessary?

    In last week's THE Joanna Kidman of the Victoria University of Wellington [ @JoannaKidman ] says that we need to talk about climate change.  The "we" being frequent flying academics like I used to be.  She begins: I arrived in Toronto during last...

  • Forget the people when it comes to climate change

    A noteworthy letter in The Times from some of the Green Great 'n' Good about what to do as a priority over climate change.  The authors were: Shaun Spiers, executive director, Green Alliance; Mike Clarke, chief executive, RSPB; Beccy Speight,...

  • The state of environmental education in England

    If you're an optimistic, glass-half-full sort of person, you might be tempted to think that this is an unusually bright time for environmental education in England despite the gloom of two recent reports from King's College London, and the fact that...

  • The Climate at Cheney School

    I see that the petition by the 4 students from Cheney School in Oxford has got to over 71,000 signatures.  What an achievement. If you were headteacher of that school what would you think?  Would you be rather proud?  Mildly...

  • EAUC limps aboard a bandwagon

    A breathless email last week from EAUC: "We are calling for all post-16 education institutions and support bodies in the UK and Ireland to declare a Climate Emergency and to commit to the Committee on Climate Change’s recommendation to adopt as...

  • Reform of the 2002 Education Act please

    I hear that the following propositions are taken as read in green educational reform circles these days: "The education system needs to be reformed to address the ecological crisis"   "The education system needs to be reformed to address climate change"...

  • XR Educators agenda

    This is the agenda for the meeting of Extinction Rebellion [XR] educators that took place in London last night: 1.  Check in and welcome to new members 2. Updates following Rebellion: total change in media/political debate; head teachers call for CC...