Teachers will be supported to deliver world-leading climate change education through a model science curriculum, to be in place by 2023, to teach children about nature and their impact on the world around them. Children and young people will also be encouraged to get involved in the natural world by increasing biodiversity in the grounds of their nursery, school or college.
They will be able to upload their data onto a new, virtual National Education Nature Park – which will allow them to track their progress against other schools in the country, increase their knowledge of different species and develop skills in biodiversity mapping.
Children and young people will also be able to undertake a new Climate Award in recognition for their work to improve their environment, with a prestigious national awards ceremony held every year. The Climate Leaders Award will help children and young people develop their skills and knowledge in biodiversity and sustainability and celebrate and recognise their work in protecting the local environment. It will be developed in collaboration with children and young people to ensure it supports them in making an impact in their local communities. Pupils and students will be able to progress through different levels of the award, ‘bronze’, ‘silver’ and ‘gold’, in a similar way to the Duke of Edinburgh Awards.
For more on these, and other, measures intended to make the United Kingdom the world-leading education sector in sustainability and climate change by 2030 go to: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/education-secretary-puts-climate-change-at-the-heart-of-education--2