DfE promises final Climate Change Strategy by April 2022

A model science curriculum, a Climate Leaders Award for young people, increasing biodiversity in school grounds, and supporting schools to reduce carbon emissions.

These are just a few of the goals set out in the Department for Education’s draft strategy for sustainability and climate change which was unveiled last week at COP 26 (DfE, 2021).

The strategy proposes to introduce “world-leading climate change education” via the introduction of a model science curriculum at primary level by 2023 which it says will “teach children about nature and their impact on the world around them”.

It also pledges new CPD for science teachers focused on climate change and sustainability (by 2022) and free access to “high-quality curriculum resources” (by 2023) for teachers of all phases and subjects.

The DfE says that the draft strategy is to be “built on over the next six months in collaboration with young people, educators, sustainability experts and environmentalists”. Final publication is scheduled for April 2022.

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