New Publications

  • Environmental education in England 1960 to 1979 – a pen picture

    In the book Learning, Environment and Sustainable Development: a history of ideas – written by myself and Paul Vare, and published by Routledge/Greenleaf on the 12th of November 2020 – we present a number of time-line sketches of some of the significant events...

  • Wordsworth's weak link to the East India Company

    I wrote last week about the National Trust's Interim Report on the Connections between Colonialism and Properties now in the Care of the National Trust, Including Links with Historic Slavery.  Subsequent to this, I wrote to the Trust about this passage...

  • Go on, rewild yourself

    Rewild Yourself: 23 Spellbinding ways to make nature more visible is a wonderful book by Simon Barnes with lovely illustrations by Cindy Lee Wright.  Published by Simon & Schuster UK – ISBN: 978-1-4711-7542-8 – at a cost of £8.99 (p.back).  You...

  • The UK's missing carbon footprint

    Everyone reading this will know that the UK has made a legally binding commitment to becoming carbon neutral by 2050.  Green-tinged government supporters make a lot of noise about this.  But did you know that this target excludes emissions associated...

  • My TES bookends

    It's 48 years ago this month that I had a letter published in the Times Educational Supplement.  I was a PGCE student at the time and on school placement (teaching practice), and I hoped that no one at my comprehensive...

  • Can Tomlinson replace GCSEs?

     Geoff Barton, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders [ @RealGeoffBarton ] thinks so.  What follows is the beginning of his article in the TES late last year: "In Bristol this week, at the annual conference of...

  • Resurrection Trust

    Resurrection Trust is a book of “funny, dark, mad, bad, upbeat, downbeat and fantastical short stories about living sustainably”. They arose from the University of Southampton's Green Stories writing competition.   The editor, Amanda Saint, says that the stories “showcase a...

  • Is this why residential experiences for pupils are so popular?

    I’ve been reading The impact of residential experiences on pupil progress and attainment in year six (10 – 11 year olds) in England.   This is a report on behalf of the Learning Away Consortium by Jane Dudman, Carrie Hodges and...

  • Two hours max for wellbeing

    Research by the universities of Exeter and Uppsala, published in Scientific Reports, found that people who spend at least 2 hours a week in natural settings such as town parks, woodlands, country parks and beaches are more likely to report good health...

  • Powerful geographical knowledge

    I've been reading John Huckle's recent paper – that is, his latest re-write of his perennial plea for more critical realism in geography teaching and life more generally.  The latest iteration of the paper will be familiar to those of...