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Should Climate Change Remain in the Curriculum?

Friday 17th June 2011

The head of the government review of the national curriculum is recommending that climate change should not be compulsory. The syllabus review by Tim Oates is to be published before the end of this year and is aimed at getting back to the core subjects. It has been reported that Mr Oates wants schools to make up their own minds whether to teach their pupils about Climate change, however some experts are worried that it could encourage sceptical teachers not to teach the subject at all.

The Guardian today reports that this decision has already come under some criticism for example it reports that Bob Ward, policy and communications director of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics, warned that Tim Oates’ idea on climate change education might notbe in pupils’ best interests and could make science much less engaging for students. Although climate change may no longer be part of the National Curriculum, pupils are currently taught how to care for their environment as part of a topic on life and living things in science classes. Older students learn about how human activity is affecting the natural world and about waste reduction, recycling, renewable energy and pollution, as well as about the social, economic and environmental effects of decisions made about science and technology.

You can find free climate change teaching resources available to download on the Practical Action website. Climate Choices Children’s Voices include interactive resources looking at climate change and how it affects food supply.


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