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Research by Teach the Future has revealed that 70% of UK teachers have not received adequate training to educate students on climate change, its implications for the environment and societies around the world, and how these implications can be addressed.
Following the IPCC report issuing its most severe warning on climate yet, students from across the country came together outside the Department of Education to demand urgent action over a curriculum which is failing to address the current crisis.
Since 2010, we've researched the expectations and experiences of students in higher education in relation to sustainability, and in 2016 we extended the research to also gather the views of students in further education. We've been working with Green Schools Project to survey students in primary and secondary schools as well to capture experiences of learning and sustainability at all levels of education.
We are facing a climate and ecological emergency which requires immediate action if we are to avoid catastrophic impacts from human induced climate change. To address this urgent need, the whole of society needs to come together and realise their roles as a individuals and as a collective. This is why we are calling on theG20 Education Ministers' meeting to make this a top priority.
Although the Thatcher government’s Section 28 has been off the statute books since 2003, many places in the UK are still opposed to LGBT representation in the classroom. In fact, even though the UK ranked 9th in a list of Europe’s most LGBT-friendly countries, there were 3,000 sexual orientation hate crimes recorded last year in London alone.
Teachers say climate change content in the national curriculum is currently "limited" and should be extended.
The campaign in Scotland said: “We believe that climate action and thus climate education policy must be at the forefront of the election as the education system is currently not preparing students and pupils for the challenges we face now and in the future nor is it empowering students to fight for climate justice. Therefore, it is essential that climate education is embedded through the curriculum and this starts with the inclusion of our asks in party manifestos. We thank the Scottish Green Party for taking this important step.”
LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Nearly three quarters of British teachers say they have not had enough training to educate students about climate change, the implications of global warming and how best to confront them, a poll showed on Tuesday.
Teach the Future, a campaign formed by secondary school students who went on strike against climate change in 2019, want the topic to be taught across the curriculum.
Most teachers have not been given enough training to do it, campaigners say
Young campaigners called for the climate crisis to be covered across the whole curriculum to prepare kids for their futures