We're campaigning for Education Secretary Gillian Keegan and the Department for Education to implement our 4 specific policy asks:
You can read our full asks on our policy documents page. We hope that these asks will achieve our vision of broad climate and environmental education.
Our English campaign has two parent organisations, the UK Student Climate Network and Students Organising for Sustainability UK.
You can get in touch with us at email@example.com.
‘Now we’re going to do the most human thing of all: attempt something futile with a ton of unearned confidence and fail spectacularly!’ – Michael, ‘The Good Place’ 2×10
‘Activism is the rent I pay for living on this planet’ Alice Walker
Groucho Marx. "Why should I care about future generations? What have they ever done for me?"
“if the kids are united then we'll never be divided”
There is no right way to protest because that's what protest is. It can't be considered 'right' by the system that it's protesting. - Trevor Noah
Jude Daniel Smith
Every man is guilty of the good he did not do' - Voltaire
“The secret to doing anything is believing you can do it” - Bob Ross
“For there is always light. If only we’re brave enough to see it. If only we’re brave enough to be it.” - Amanda Gorman
"All I know is that I’m here. And I’m alive. And I’m not alone." - Solitaire, Alice Oseman
Phoebe L. Hanson
"Be aware of the place where you are brought to tears. That's where your heart is and where your heart is, is where your treasure lies" from the book The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Dr Martin Luther King Jr "The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice."
"Cause you never think that the last time is the last time. You think there will be more. You think you have forever, but you don't." -Meredith Grey, Grey’s Anatomy
"No matter what happens in life, be good to people. Being good to people is a wonderful legacy to leave behind. - Taylor Swift"
We've launch our new England campaign asks, which we updated to include our Climate Education Bill and to reflect the publication of the DfE's sustainability and climate change strategy.
Sarah Dukes, a teacher at The Chase School, discusses how she is embedding sustainability and climate education into her teaching.
Teach the Future are excited to announce the latest addition to the Curriculum for a Changing Climate: Tracked Changes review of the national curriculum for England, with reports now complete for the English and Modern Foreign Language (MFL) curricula for KS3 and KS4. The updated curricula for English and MFL highlight the range of opportunities for climate change and sustainability to be integrated into these subjects throughout secondary school.
Two days ago, on Tuesday 24th January 2023, alongside a group of other Teach the Future volunteers, I visited parliament to host a drop-in briefing for MPs as our Climate Education Bill was being presented in parliament by Nadia Whittome, MP for Nottingham East.
In this paper we present an analysis of the sustainability and climate change strategy for education and children's services systems in England, produced by the Department for Education. Using critical discourse analysis, we juxtapose qualitative data collected from >200 youth teachers and teacher educators in the context of co-creating a manifesto for education and environmental sustainability. Through analysis of these two datasets, we evaluate the government's proposals for climate education and sustainability. We find that the strategy foregrounds economic concerns, with educational priorities driven by the ‘net zero’ policy agenda, and an over-reliance on increased science-focused knowledge and skills. The strategy suggests an absence of governmental responsibility and attention to the political dimensions of climate change. This is in contrast to stakeholder perspectives which see economic priorities as part of the problem and call for pro-environmental action at all levels, including from policymakers. The strategy has a depoliticising effect as it introduces additional demands for teachers and schools without the associated enabling policy environment. We argue that the strategy runs the risk of becoming a placebo for policy, with the appearance of ‘doing something’ whilst failing to address the fundamental policy problem.
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“Without climate education, I don’t see the value in going to school at all,” says Eleanor Andrade May, a quantitative social science student at the University of Sheffield (p 4). This is a disconcerting statement. When students are unable to see the connection between their studies and their future, it suggests a deep flaw in our education system. Fundamentally, we are failing our young people. But young people are taking action. Eleanor is part of Teach the Future, a youth-led campaign that aims to repurpose the UK’s entire education system around the climate emergency, and this action makes for a very positive statement. Teach the Future’s vision is for broad climate education in the UK. Futurum’s vision is to help students connect the subjects they are learning in school to real-world research projects, all of which aim to solve pressing societal needs. Where there is vision, there is action, and this is how to teach the future.
Our response to the DfE's commitments to climate change and sustainability.
At the start of November, the Department for Education announced their new draft strategy plan for climate and sustainability. While it touches on some of our asks, it falls short of what is needed in three key areas from our Teach the Future asks.
Climate change will inevitably big a huge part in our children's future, so how do we teach them about it, while still protecting their innocence? On this week's episode of Sky News ClimateCast, host Sarah Hewson is joined by Teach the Future campaigner Scarlett Westbrook, who tells us how she's on her way to changing the school education system to have climate change embedded into the curriculum.