Bill Scott's blog

Thoughts on learning, sustainability and the link between them

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  • DEFRA and DfE finally give up on environmental education

    DEFRA, with the DfE and Natural England, have now launched their Children and Nature Programme.  This will start in 2019 and end by spring 2023.  It sets out to deliver actions that they have committed to in the government’s 25...

  • Progression in outdoor learning – part 2

    As I noted last week, the respected Institute for Outdoor Learning has drafted a childhood progression in outdoor learning.  This is a "mapping of the range of outdoor learning interventions designed to enable children and young people to form a healthy, developmental and sustainable...

  • Progression in outdoor learning – part 1

    The respected Institute for Outdoor Learning has drafted a childhood progression in outdoor learning.  This is a "mapping of the range of outdoor learning interventions designed to enable children and young people to form a healthy, developmental and sustainable self-led relationship with the...

  • NUS research in schools

    I have long thought that it would be good were NUS to be allowed to operate in schools.  It would, for example, be good for 'student voice', and clearly would encourage schools' interest in sustainability and the SDGs. I was...

  • Rectifying the export tariff

    Climate Action included this in a recent message to its supporters: "While most of us were out catching rays in the heatwave earlier this summer, the government snuck out a call for evidence about small-scale renewable energy in the UK, and...

  • In the line of fire

    This was the title of a leader in the Economist in August.  The sub-head was "The world is losing the war against climate change." The article included the following: Three years after countries vowed in Paris to keep warming “well...

  • Rationing my footprint

    I've been measuring my carbon footprint out of curiosity.  If I were still a teacher of environmental science, I'd be having students to do this as part of their studies – and then exploring the implications and limitations of what...

  • A new Bath blog

    For all you educational researchers out there, can I recommend Bath's new educational research blog, co-ordinated by Eric Joyce.  You'll find the blog here.  The first posts relate to: Social Constructivism is madness, it says here... 'Fresh Ed Podcast'  

  • When Clearing isn't clear

    I had hoped this year to avoid writing about exams, exam boards, universities, courses, student joy, student pain, grade inflation, etc etc.  However, as August becomes more autumnal, it's not to be. Call me naive, but I really did think...

  • Herdy instinct

    I was almost taken in by the claims of on a soft toy "born in the English Lake District and inspired by our lovable Herdwick sheep".  Herdy, I was told, "will find a place in your heart".  I think not,...