News and Updates

  • Update on Writing to the DfE

    UPDATE:  It took about 3 weeks to get a response – which is what they promise, more or less.  But all it said was that there was no news, yet.  Meanwhile, I've written again – at SEEd's behest –  this...

  • Bath Plummets in Green League

    For the third year running, the University has dropped in the People & Planet Green league.  From a dizzy 57th= in 2009, we are now 77th=, just scraping a 2.2, sharing this fame with Cardiff, Leicester, Westminster and Sunderland.  ...

  • Another Day, Another Quango ...

    On June 2nd, as the DfE website notes, it's the GTC whose time has come to an end.  Apart from its own, whose tears will be shed I wonder?  There's a useful list of (and comment on) what seem quite...

  • New ESD Action Plan

    Scotland's Action Plan for the second half of the UN's Decade is available here.  More comment when I've read it.

  • Postcard from Sweden

    I've spent the last few days working with the GRESD network in Uppsala.  This is a splendid group of Swedish PhD candidates and supervisors interested in ESD issues, one way or another.  Between them, the research comprises a rich mixture...

  • The Dissolution of the Quangos

    The new government's promise to release the creative talents of those locked into quangos has started with QCDA.  The Secretary of State's letter confirming this is here.  There are two reasons, it seems to me, to applaud this: [i] it...

  • John Huckle redux

    It will be good to see John Huckle again after a few years when we share a platform at a School Design Futures seminar in Oxford next week.  I shall be arguing that policy and practice around sustainable schools, and ESD...

  • Low Marks for re-writing of Nursery Rhymes

    As the Times and Telegraph have reported today, the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has ruled that government adverts based on Jack and Jill and Rub-A-Dub-Dub make exaggerated claims about the threat to Britain from global warming, going farther than the scientific consensus...

  • A Pedagogy for ESD?

    In a recent mailing, SEEd has said that it "is wanting to explore what it can contribute to the question about pedagogy and ESD", and it asks "some very basic questions: What can we say about pedagogy and ESD/global learning? What...

  • Leaving fear, sin and guilt to the environmental movement

    In a recent radio programme the following exchange took place: Jane Little's Introduction: “The Government’s former Chief Scientific Advisor, Lord May, has called on religious leaders to play a bigger role in helping to tackle climate change. The Peer said...