A new Whole Education project…
In the words of the late UN secretary Kofi Annan, “there is no Planet B”.
Whole Education believes that our schools and young people have a key role to play in tackling the climate crisis now. With this in mind, we’ve set up a new climate change project which sees us working with a coalition of organisations to explore one big question:
How do we enable and encourage school leaders to bring action on climate into their school?
While many teachers and schools already educate about climate change through their subjects, or perhaps because of personal interests, we want to provide support that will help to bring this important issue into more classrooms.
In June, we hosted the first of two events to discuss what can be done to enable and empower teachers on this subject, and how we can ensure each school has the capacity to increase their students’ access to learning and action on the climate crisis.
At these events, you will:
- hear from school leaders about their passion for the subject, what challenges they’re facing in delivery and what solutions they are already considering.
- hear from the Future Proof Ed coalition partners and other organisations about their existing offers and resources to raise awareness and support staff in schools.
- discuss ways of embedding the subject throughout school life, including the proposed Italian approach model where schools will dedicate at least one hour a week to sustainability and climate change issues.
All schools, whether members of Whole Education or not, are warmly invited to join us.
Event 1 : How do we enable and encourage School Leaders to bring action on climate into their school took place on 30th June.
Event 2: How are schools moving forward on their journey of truly embedding action on climate into the every day life of our schools will take place in Autumn the term.
If you’re interested in being kept in touch about this project more widely, please record your interest here and we will keep you informed
If you’re looking for more support and learning on climate change, our partners AimHi run a four-part course: ‘Climate and Nature: Everything you need to know about climate, nature and how to make a difference’. The course is suitable for anyone interested in finding out more but is particularly recommended for teachers and colleagues in schools. The course will increase your confidence in knowledge and understanding of the climate situation and will help empower you to consider how to make a difference in your school.
The next course begins in September ( you can register here). Whole Education will work with participating colleagues to understand how this can be disseminated further across our schools.
Whole Education and AimHi are part of the Future Proof Ed Coalition , whose mission is to empower students through climate education. We need climate action in schools to prepare students for the challenges of tomorrow, today. Future Proof Ed is campaigning to provide teachers with engaging climate and nature education training and resources, a mandate from school leaders and government to put climate action in school timetable and a pledge for all schools to be carbon zero by 2030.