Reading between the Lines

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The University of Reading is holding a Climate Education Summit on September 15th.  It aims to attract young people, scientists, teachers, policy wonks and activists to create "a new, nationwide action plan for better climate education in schools and colleges".

I'm attending and was invited to submit questions for the distinguished panel of experts.  My two inter-related questions were:

–1– Given [i] that the national curriculum already requires schools to help young people learn a limited range of facts and ideas about about climate, climate change and other environmental issues, and [ii] that the DfE consistently refuses to either require or encourage schools to do more than that specified by the curriculum, what is the best way to encourage and help all schools provide a more effective climate education for their students?

–2– It seems clear that some schools go beyond (and sometimes well beyond) what the national curriculum requires in terms of educating their students about climate, climate change and other environmental issues, whilst other schools struggle even to do what the curriculum requires.  How do you explain this difference, and does your explanation offer any insights into what might be done to help all schools do an effective job?
I wonder whether they will make the cut.

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