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Teachers call for climate change to be taught to under 11s

New research has shown that over 90% of primary school teachers in England believe they should be teaching children about the effects of climate change, despite sustainability no longer being a statutory requirement in the curriculum.

The study - commissioned as part of Bristol’s year as the UK’s first European Green Capital - found that over half (51%) of those surveyed felt it should be a high priority in primary school education, regardless of the national curriculum. However, over three quarters (76%) say they do not have the right resources to teach sustainability in the classroom.

In response Bristol 2015, the organisation set up to facilitate Bristol’s year as European Green Capital, is launching a new UK-wide education resource, designed to put sustainability back on the education agenda. Nearly all primary school teachers surveyed (96 per cent) said they would use a dedicated resource that enabled them to teach sustainability while covering multiple curriculum objectives.

The national schools programme will be shared with delegates at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP21) in Paris next month.

Bristol 2015 | UK & NI Ireland | Climate change

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