News and Updates

  • Learning becomes UNESCO

    Thanks (I think) to the NAEE weekly round up for the info on the latest UNESCO wheeeeeeze.  It's another research commission; this time on the Futures of Education.  Note the plural.  The commissioners seem a random selection from the great...

  • A Farewell to GCSE

    ok; that's maybe a bit premature, but I've been reading Hemingway (again). That said, the arguments against this time warp of an exam certainly continue to mount.  It was good to see Philip Collins adding to them last week.  If...

  • Evolving a net-zero plan

    What seems likely to come to be seen as the most significant policy decision of recent times was not enacted by a vote in parliament after a considered debate, but was taken by means of a statutory instrument.  This is...

  • Climate leadership

    It seems that I am now a climate leader – or so says the 26,000 conversations campaign. Who'd have thought it?  The campaign was created by Oxford University School of Geography and the Environment students and recent graduates, and is collecting "conversation...

  • The DfE doesn't do climate

    In January 2021, the government published the Skills for Jobs White Paper, with a clear focus on the pivotal role that further and technical education has in helping people get skills for good jobs now and in the future.  The Government followed...

  • The race between Natural History and the end of GCSEs

    Despite my confident reporting back in February that the DfE had decided to give the go-ahead for the next stage of the development of the GCSE in Natural History, it seems I was premature.  If DfE has made a decision,...

  • Climate Emergency Manchester

    Climate Emergency Manchester invited me for an email interview recently.  This is what I wrote in response to their questions: – A little bit about who you are, how you came to be interested in issues of "the environment", education and...

  • It's a record for environmental education

    Where I searched the UK National Archive from 1960 to the present for the phrase "environmental education" I came up with 26 entries.  These started in 1972 with items about environmental education in Bournemouth, Hertfordshire and Doncaster.  Prominent entries related to the Belgrade...

  • WWF is in the GB News

    I watched the launch of the UK's newest news channel on Sunday.  GB News is the UK’s first new news channel for some while.  In his opening remarks, Andrew Neil set out the channel’s philosophy: "We will puncture the pomposity...

  • Changing Society: one learner at a time

    As promised, I didn't pay much attention to the UNESCO World Confluence on ESD but I have been looking at the resulting Berlin Declaration.  "Declaration", I ask you!  The obvious and unsubtle aim here is to encourage us to think of...