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Climate Change: Curriculum

Volume 463: debated on Tuesday 17 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what resources have been provided to primary and secondary schools by his Department to ensure improved teaching of issues relating to climate change; and what future such resourcing is planned. (149906)

In May 2007, DCSF and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs sent a climate change pack to every secondary school in England. The online teacher guidance accompanying the pack provided material to support the teaching of climate change in geography, science and citizenship. DCSF has also funded a carbon detective kit for pupils aged seven to 14 to help them investigate the sustainability performance of their own school www.carbondetectives.org.uk. The pack and detective kit are part of the wider DCSF sustainable schools programme, which aims to embed sustainability in the curriculum, how schools operate (e.g. reducing energy and water usage) and in their work with the local community:

www.teachernet.gov/uk/sustainableschools

As part of the action plan for geography launched in March 2006, teaching resources are being developed for the new secondary curriculum to be taught in schools from September 2008, and they include modules on climate change. This work will be linked to wider guidance being developed by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority to support the implementation of the new curriculum.

In addition to work being supported by DCSF, DEFRA has sponsored a number of projects aimed at raising awareness of climate change through the climate challenge fund. Seventeen out of the 83 projects have schools as their main audience or have specifically targeted aspects of their project. These projects include a wide variety of resources from online tools, workshops for teachers, DVDs, peer to peer education and touring exhibitions:

www.climatechallenge.gov.uk

In the autumn, DCSF will make a sustainable schools teacher resource pack available that will include materials on climate change.