Who we are  

Teach the Future is an inclusive, well organised and persistent campaign by secondary and tertiary education students to greatly improve education on the climate emergency and ecological crisis in the UK.

We are campaigning for change across the whole of the UK, but education in the UK is a devolved matter, meaning there are different education ministers and education laws in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. A lot of our work is relevant across the UK, but we also have specific campaign branches in Scotland, Wales and England:

Teach the Future Scotland
Launched - 06/07/2020
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Teach the Future
Northern Ireland
Work in progress
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Teach the Future Wales
Launched - /12/2020
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Teach the Future England
Launched - 12/10/2019
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Press

We have a group of amazing, well-trained spokespeople in various parts of the UK ready for media interviews or speaking at events. Find out more.

Volunteering

We have a team of over 40 young volunteers working on Teach the Future. Click here if you're interested in volunteering for the campaign.

Staffing

Our campaign has ten staff members, two of these are experienced campaigners from SOS-UK, lending their time and advice a day or two per week. We have one young staff member working full time on UK-wide work, three student staff in both Scotland and England working one day a week and one student staff member working on International outreach one day per week.

Funding

Teach the Future is mostly funded by donations from independent foundations as well as individuals. Our finances are looked after by SOS-UK (registered charity 1184011), who commit to only using it for Teach the Future. If you're able to donate, please do.


FAQs

How do I get involved?

There are loads of ways to get involved!

If you’re a student and want to volunteer with us you can sign up here, you can donate here, if you’re a teacher you can join our teachers network here and you can write to your MP in support of climate education here. You can also follow us on social mediau using the links in this page's footer.

What is the English Climate Emergency Education Bill all about?

The English Climate emergency education bill is the first bill in the UK written by students, and sets an expectation for all education providers to teach about the climate emergency. It would require resources and training to be provided by schools and teachers taking broader social justice objectives. The bill will also require that all buildings used for education become net-zero by 2030. To support our aims we have also released a spending review and a costings for our net zero buildings objective. This is just a draft bill, and hasn’t actually been submitted in Parliament, we hope the government will listen to us and implement the bill.

There is also a bill specific to Scotland coming soon! 


What levels of areas of education do you cover?

We want the climate crisis to be taught through the lens of social justice at all levels, right through from primary to tertiary education including vocational training in colleges.


What are your plans for the future?

At the moment we are focusing on the upcoming local elections in May, as well as making plans for COP 26.

As well as this we are working to gain more public support for the campaign and raise the profile of climate education.


What are we campaigning for?

Education in the UK isn’t preparing students to face the effects of climate change or help us understand the causes and solutions, we are looking to change this!


Don’t we already learn about climate change in school?

Unfortunately, the climate crisis is only taught briefly in a couple of optional subjects and we’ve found that often where it is taught, it’s not done to high enough quality. 

Only 4% of students feel that they know a lot about the climate crisis and 75% of teachers feel that they haven’t received adequate training to educate students about the climate crisis. You can find more statistics about climate education here.


How are we trying to achieve our asks?

Currently we are focusing on the upcoming local elections, getting candidates to adopt our asks as well as building support on social media. 

We also have specific policies that we want to see implemented in each nation. 


When did Teach the Future start?

Planning for Teach the Future started in the summer of 2019, but things started properly moving in December 2020, since then we’ve grown more and more!


Are there similar campaigns in other countries?

Yes! We will be sharing more details about our international network soon, if you want support setting up a similar campaign in another country you can contact us.