Commenting on the launch of the Department for Education’s Sustainability and Climate Change Strategy, which includes a new natural history GCSE, Helen Osgood, National Officer with Community, the union for education and early years professionals, said:
“Accelerating the roll-out of carbon literacy, with the ambition for the UK to become a world leader, and the development of the National Education Nature Park will be fabulous for pupils, especially for those from urban areas.
“We already have some excellent work being done in nurseries, schools and colleges, including the forest school programme.
“However, the strategy must be properly funded and not increase either the strain on budgets or already expanding workloads for staff.
“A properly funded sustainability lead in every locally maintained nursery, school, college and university would therefore be most welcome – especially if it means additional, rather than existing, staff.”
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