Last week, CHES attended the launch of the Department for Education’s Sustainability and Climate Change Strategy. The Strategy presented a major opportunity for the education system to support sustainable development and to meet the urgent challenge of the climate crisis. The final Strategy has largely failed to live up to those expectations, with some positive ambition but key details and action plans still missing.
How did we get here?
What’s in the final Strategy?
- Sustainability leads in every education setting, with the promise that each of these leads will receive carbon literacy training
- Measures to improve reporting and monitoring on school emissions and progress towards meeting the Strategy
- More information about pilots for two key initiatives: the National Education Nature Park and the Climate Leaders Award
- New commitments to improved sharing of best practice (albeit without full details of how this will be achieved)
- Plans for a natural history GCSE
- Many other small changes and additional details, including recognition of the role of professional, statutory and regulatory bodies in developing skills