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What is Climate Education?

Welcome to Climate Education, brought to you by environment charity PECT, who have been working with schools for over 25 years.

Having been created in consultation with teachers and educators, Climate Education has been specifically developed for schools. It supports the aspirations of the Department for Education’s Sustainability & Climate Change Strategy, whilst also linking closely with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Climate Education enables schools to showcase their commitment to enhancing knowledge of sustainability and fostering long-term behaviour change amongst their communities. 

It’s an exciting time for schools to be a part of the sustainability journey, with lots of changes coming from charities and organisations as well as central government. Climate Education can help you keep up-to-date and part of the movement – future-proofing your school, and changing the tide on climate change.

How does it work?

Climate Education is the only sustainability accreditation that has flexibility at its core. We know schools are busy, so each school chooses what they do, how they do it, who is involved and when. There is no portfolio of evidence and no formal assessment – leaving teachers to do what they do best – teach!

Our interactive Sustainability Action Plan tool, supports a whole school ethos towards sustainability, enabling you to look at the bigger picture, reduce costs and embed these principles into all aspects of your curriculum and beyond.

The scheme works through 5 different areas of sustainability:

As with everything, not one part of sustainability exists alone, hence we understand that some schools might concentrate on one specific area whilst others will work simultaneously on several at the same time, inter-linking the different concepts together. 

Your Climate Education journey will also support core areas such as Spiritual, Moral, Social, Cultural Development, British Values, Health & Well-Being, SDGs, Character Education, Health Education and The Sustainability & Climate Change Strategy.

We want schools to view sustainability not as something additional they need to do but something that becomes part of, or a consideration of the teaching and learning that already takes place every day in classrooms.

Action Planning and Targets

The DfE’s Sustainability & Climate Change in Education Strategy requires schools to have a Sustainability Action Plan to evidence their contributions towards the reversal of climate change.

As part of the Climate Education dashboard, members will have access to an interactive tool, helping them to set targets, actions, and keep track of their progress. This can also be shared with other staff, leadership and governors, to ensure that all stakeholders are working together in a whole school approach.

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Each area of Climate Education is linked to the SDGs. These global goals, set for 2015-2030 and recently extended to 2050, aim to end poverty, protect the planet, and improve the wellbeing of all worldwide.

By aligning our themes with the SDGs, we are helping schools to understand how their efforts directly contribute to these critical goals. It’s all about showing students the impact they can make, empowering them to become global citizens and actively participate with others in creating a sustainable future for all.

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