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Climate Change and Environment for schools

The Climate Change and Environment for schools page aims to support those teachers and school leaders needing information or inspiration around this area to help their school and Cambridgeshire meet their Net Zero targets and improve biodiversity in their local spaces. If you have any ideas or best practice you wish to share, links or information you think would be useful, please contact Gemma Jewell, Climate Change Officer at climate@cambridgeshire.gov.uk.

The Great Big Green Week

The Great Big Green Week is the UK's biggest celebration of action to tackle climate change and protect nature, taking place in communities nationwide from 8 to 16 June. Get involved with a range of activities and events taking place across Cambridgeshire Libraries. Find an event - Great Big Green Week

Great big green week

National Education Nature Parks Programme

Want to incorporate nature into your lessons? The National Education Nature Park Programme provides educators with support to integrate climate and nature into children's learning. Children will develop key skills in communication, decision making and creative thinking as well as scientific and digital skills. All schools, nurseries and colleges in England can join for free regardless of outdoor or green space on site. To find out more visit the National Education Nature Parks website.

Ministry of Eco Education free sustainability resources

The Ministry of Eco Education is a charity supporting schools to embed sustainability across their existing curriculum. They have woven together free resources from 100s of organisations and are engaged with more than 3,000 schools across the country. They aim to enable young people to develop the knowledge, values and skills to participate in decisions about the way we do things individually and collectively, both locally and globally, that will improve the quality of life now without damaging the planet for the future. For more information please see the Ministry of Eco Education Information Pack.

Climate Education - an online platform for school sustainability

Created in consultation with teachers and educators, Climate Education is an online platform for schools working on sustainability. It has been specifically developed for a whole-school approach working across five key themes: Zero Waste & Sustainable Living, Carbon & Climate Change, Our Natural Environment, Sustainable Travel, and Local & Sustainable Food. Each theme supports the aspirations of the Department for Education’s Sustainability & Climate Change Strategy and links closely with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Members benefit from free lesson plans, funding updates, news and events, training, and their own interactive action plan.

Climate Education also offers one-off services, including school development plans, tree planting and wildflower creation, and whole-school training.

Find out more here: www.climateeducation.co.uk

Report shares easy wins for Climate Change in secondary education across ALL subjects

A report published by the Royal Meteorological Society (RMetS) reveals there are many opportunities for better climate change education within the current secondary school curriculum in England.

A key finding was that, through supplying teacher support and assessment resources, very rapid improvements can be made to the climate literacy of English school leavers.

GCSE specifications across all subjects and exam boards were reviewed and highlighted how many concepts already taught in schools are relevant to students’ understanding of climate change and its relevance to their future lives and careers.

This report covers the many aspects of climate change that are relevant to subjects like Design and Technology, Art, or English. 

Synthesis Report

Free School Carbon Footprint Calculator

Please complete this short survey to help build a data baseline for the new Keep Britain Tidy and Eco-Schools free to use school carbon footprint calculator, the `Count Your Carbon Tool', supported by Let's Go Zero. Your answers will help make it as accurate as possible, establishing averages for use when schools might not know all the answers. It will allow schools to count their carbon across all three `emission scopes'. Schools can input information which will be used to produce a bespoke carbon emissions report, and provide schools with a personalised Climate Action Plan. It will be launched in the 2023/24 academic year.

Useful links

On The Verge Cambridge: On the Verge Cambridge promotes the growing of nectar-rich flowers around the city and includes the School Meadows Programme

Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT) Eco Education

UK Schools Sustainability Network (transform-our-world.org)

Woodland Trust Free Trees for Communities: The Woodland Trust offer free trees to schools and communities. Further information about trees and woodland can be found on the Trees and Woodland page of the Cambridgeshire County Council website, along with information on the Queen's Canopy Project and The Queen's Green Canopy Project Tree Planting Guide. Please ensure you engage the Education Capital Team before planting.

Cambridgeshire County Council Schools Energy Retrofit Programme:

Schools Energy Newsletter

 Our newsletter is sent to schools each academic term, and includes:

  • The latest news on energy, including industry price forecasts.
  • Great tips to reduce energy bills and increase energy efficiency.
  • Support to implement other energy conservation measures.

If your school is interested in any of the above information, you can subscribe to the newsletter below.

Cut Your Carbon - Eco Schools (eco-schools.org.uk): In order to learn how to easily Cut your Carbon, complete the short sign-up form to register your school for the November campaign. You will then be e-mailed all of the resources you need to successfully deliver the campaign, including the 9 Challenge Checklist, a Cut Your Carbon assembly, our Teacher Delivery Guide and printable Pupil Certificates. You will also receive further updates about the campaign, including information on our free events and competitions.

‘PLEASE NOTE: Cut Your Carbon 2023/2024 has now finished, but will be returning next academic year’

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