News and Updates

  • The Westminster Forum Green Fandango

    I did not to the latest Westminster Education Forum event on May 18th.  It was a tour d'horizon of "green and climate education in England – sustainability and action on climate change in the curriculum, outdoor learning, and priorities for...

  • SDG 4.7 and Our Shared World

    A report by Doug Bourn (UCL) and Jenny Hatley (Bath Spa) on behalf of the Our Shared World coalition of organisations, was launched the other day.  The report gathered evidence of the extent to which the themes of Sustainable Development Goal...

  • Toilet Hummus

    Notes from a Small Town The elected council of my local town likes to present itself as "progressive", usually in comparison to the unitary authority in which it finds itself embedded which is both large C and small c conservative....

  • Two cheers for REF 2021

    I see that the outcomes of the latest universities research assessment exercise [ie, the REF: research excellence framework] have been published today.  Thank goodness not to be involved in this.  It's a major plus of retirement; indeed the thought of having...

  • Who ate all the canapés?

    An article in Schools Week says that the DfE spent over £11,000 on "canapés and booze" to launch its new strategy on sustainability and climate change.  As I was there, I need to put the record straight. The article reports...

  • Stan, Loretta, midwifery, and the Enlightenment

    This is my 2250th post since this blog began in June 2009.  And in all that time I've not had the opportunity to write about Monty Python.  That is odd given how often I've mentioned ESD which is Pythonesque in...

  • Windy

    The NAEE weekly round up reports new research published by RenewableUK shows the total planned capacity of the UK’s offshore wind projects now stands at 86GW.  It is more than eight times the current operational capacity (around 10.5 GW) and over two and...

  • Ronald Rovers and wise passiveness

    The latest from Ronald Rovers is a provocation – deliberately so, of course. He begins: "There are actually only two options (‘scenarios’): Either we go into CO2 lockdown, or we party on until the whole thing collapses…. The latest IPCC...

  • Natural History, but not as we know it

    Here's a comment on the new GCSE from Polish News *.  I swear that I have not made this up; just a feral AI translator in action, I guess. "The brand new pure historical past GCSE is “important” to equipping...

  • Vision and inspiration from the DfE

    I was at the launch of the DfE's new sustainability and climate change strategy last night at London's NHM.  I stood for 2 hours under the bones of the blue whale honing my canapé-attracting skills.  It's a splendid venue as...