News and Updates

  • Just about COPing

    A whole bunch of educational organisations are taking the Glasgow meeting of COP26 seriously by either planning to be there to encourage delegates, by producing resources for schools, or holding webinars – or all three.  This follows government calls for...

  • Wild LIVE: Is education failing our young people and the natural world?

    I listened into the latest Wild Live webinar the other day, but came away disappointed. In case you wanted a reason not to watch it, I can reveal [Spoiler Alert!] the answer to the question posed in the title is:...

  • Luna, Aria, Albie, Carol and Nigel

    Way back in what now almost seems another life, I used to travel round Somerset and Wiltshire watching PGCE students teach.  I got into the habit of looking at class lists to note the fore-names of those being taught, and...

  • Wordsworth and the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust

    In The Tables Turned, Wordsworth wrote: "... One impulse from a vernal wood  /  May teach you more of man,  /  Of moral evil and of good,  /  Than all the sages can.  ..." I've just returned from such a wood which...

  • Government solves the housing crisis

    In a bold move today, the government has announced plans to nationalise all England's golf courses and open them up for housing development.  A spokesperson for the newly merged government DEpartment For Golf, Housing Innovation and Justice (DEFGHIJ), Dx Sandy...

  • Dear Michelle, ...

    A while back, Teach the Future launched a campaign to have members of the education professions write to their MPs calling for better climate education in schools.  I duly obliged.  Below is what I sent based on a template provided...

  • Rhododendrons must fall

    News comes that Kew Gardens is to decolonise its collection.  Kew recently published a manifesto for change, saying that it was going to “ensure the diverse countries and cultures that partner with RBG Kew and contribute to our collections are accurately...

  • Supporting a Natural History GCSE?

    I've been asked, given what I've been writing lately (see this and this), whether I'm still a supporter of the promised natural history GCSE from OCR. Well, given that I'm still a member of the advisory board, the answer is...

  • Let's hear it for scepticism

    I've lost count of the number of times that I've had to argue that scepticism is a positive process.  In part this is clearly because some people conflate scepticism and cynicism which they regard as negativity whereas it is also...

  • Natural History GCSE 0 – 1 Sceptics

    I've been re-watching the BBC1 Countryfile show where there was a feature on environmental education.  As the NAEE weekly round-up noted, one strong theme of the programme was that it’s young people who are demanding and driving curriculum innovation, and...