Teach the Future  England 

We're campaigning for Education Secretary Gillian Keegan and the Department for Education to implement our 4 specific policy asks:

  1. Review and revision of DfE’s Sustainability and Climate Change strategy to include measurable targets and provision of sufficient funding to deliver it.
  2. Adoption of our Climate Education Bill by Government.
  3. Inclusion of the climate emergency and ecological crisis in teacher training and a new professional teaching qualification.
  4. Substantial investment for the retrofitting of existing educational buildings.

You can read our full asks for more details. We hope that these asks will achieve our vision of broad climate and environmental education.

Our Climate Education Bill (in England and Wales) is currently making its way through parliament. If passed, it would integrate sustainability throughout the curriculum. For more information on the bill and what it would mean, read our briefing for MPs.

You can get in touch with us at england@teachthefuture.uk.

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Policy documents

See our Curriculum for a Changing Climate

A briefing for our Climate Education Bill, including what we want to change, the opportunity our Bill presents and what the implentation of the Bill would mean.

Our full asks we want to see from the current UK government. As education in the UK is a devolved matter, these asks apply primarily just to education in England - we have separate policy asks for education in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

An outline of the changes our Climate Education Bill would enact regarding education in England and Wales.

The Department for Education released their final version of their Climate Change and Sustainability Strategy in 2022. This is our formal response.

Report on the estimated costs of achieving Net Zero in Primary and Secondary Schools in the United Kingdom. Prepared by Energise (pro-bono) for Teach the Future. September 2023.

Teach the Future responded to a letter recieved from Education Secretary Gillian Keegan, which we found to be out of touch with the reality of the education system.

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News in England

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Why it's important for young people to talk to parliamentary candidates about climate education

Why it's important for young people to talk to parliamentary candidates about climate education

Mystaya Brémaud

May 3, 2024

Meeting to talk with our political candidates as part of Teach the Future's "Is Climate Education on their Cards?" general election campaign is our chance to open up a nuanced and effective political discussion of the issues that matter to us.

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Next phase of Curriculum for a Changing Climate is complete!

Next phase of Curriculum for a Changing Climate is complete!

Suhaib Shaukat

March 11, 2024

Find out more about how the national primary curriculum can be reformed for sustainability.

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Are You a Voter for Climate?

Are You a Voter for Climate?

Mystaya Brémaud

January 27, 2024

The elections of today have higher stakes than ever before. We need politicians to be taking action if we are to prevent climate catastrophe, and our votes and political engagement are an essential part of how we show politicians what we care about.

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A Year of the DfE’s Climate Strategy: Progress or No Progress?

A Year of the DfE’s Climate Strategy: Progress or No Progress?

Django Perks

January 17, 2024

In April 2022, we published our reaction to the final draft of the Department for Education’s Climate and Sustainability Strategy. When we first met ministers pre-COP26, there was no section about climate education. Thanks to Teach the Future’s tireless campaigning and efforts, it was put into the strategy and was made the first theme on the strategy. It was a strategy that, yes, we had a significant amount of input into but at the end of the day, it was the government’s choice as to what to put into the strategy and what not to. There were some positives in there but the majority of our reaction wasn’t positive at all due to the strategy’s failure to meet the necessary standards. It was indeed very concerning to see a strategy published that did not meet what the Secretary of State at the time, Nadhim Zahawi, promised. 

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The RAAC Crisis is a Sustainability Issue

The RAAC Crisis is a Sustainability Issue

Mystaya Brémaud

January 12, 2024

After collapsing school buildings hit the headlines in September last year, the government's pledges to solve the RAAC crisis are suffering the same fate as their promises to reduce global warming. Yet, retrofitting to remove RAAC could help us also take action to mitigate the climate crisis

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Teach the Future Student Staff - National Organiser Reflections

Teach the Future Student Staff - National Organiser Reflections

Charlie Clift, Ellen Taylor & Alyson MacKay

December 4, 2023

We asked our current National Organisers to share their reflections on working for Teach the Future.

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£16.3 billion: the cost of net zero in UK schools

£16.3 billion: the cost of net zero in UK schools

UK National Organisers: Alyson MacKay, Charlie Clift, Ellen Taylor

October 6, 2023

Teach the Future and Energise launch new report on the cost on net zero in UK schools

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You Have a Right to Climate Education

You Have a Right to Climate Education

Ellen Taylor

October 4, 2023

A few weeks ago, on the 22nd of August, the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) published something very important - General Comment 26, on children’s rights and the environment, with a special focus on climate change. As a volunteer-led youth organisation campaigning for climate education, this could not be more perfect!

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Meetings with MPs, crowdfunding and a Welsh Parliamentary Reception: Teach the Future September Newsletter

Meetings with MPs, crowdfunding and a Welsh Parliamentary Reception: Teach the Future September Newsletter

Zoe Arnold and Alyson MacKay

September 16, 2023

Thank you so much for your continued support for our Teach the Future campaign. We are making real progress and have some exciting updates we'd like to share with you...

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What is Gillian Keegan saying about climate education?

What is Gillian Keegan saying about climate education?

Charlie

September 12, 2023

We wrote to Gillian Keegan: this is her response, and our response back.