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Schools should be more environmentally-friendly with the sustainability GCSE subject
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Schools should be more environmentally-friendly with the sustainability GCSE subject

Schools to go green with environment and sustainability GCSE subject

Ministers are discussing the introduction of a qualification called natural historian that includes teaching about biodiversity and the dangers posed by climate change.

School will teach teens about the dangers of climate changes

Schools will go green with a new GCSE subject that will inspire a new generation of Greta Thunbergs.

Ministers are currently in negotiations to establish a qualification in sustainability and environment, which would cover topics such as biodiversity or the dangers of climate changes.

Swede Greta was a worldwide icon for the cause after she started speaking out at age 15.

The natural history course, which is an addition to the courses that are taken by 14-16-year-olds, will include lessons on biodiversity and the dangers posed by climate change.

Joanne Roach from The Foodies, a campaigner who teaches kids about food sustainability, stated to the Sunday Mirror that this is a great start towards greening the school curriculum.

Greta Thunberg went from being a schoolgirl, to becoming a climate icon


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She said that GCSEs are not only for conservationists. However, it is important for young people to be able to apply their knowledge of the environment to other fields.

Two of my children are also school leavers. I worry about the future and find it frustrating to know that there are problems, but not being able to solve them.

It is important to be able to help others.

Robin Walker, minister for schools standards, said that talks were ongoing with OCR exam board with a view towards introducing the course.

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He stated that it was vital that children are taught about sustainability and environmental issues.

The department is currently looking into proposals for a new GCSE (Graduate Certificate in Science and Engineering) in natural history. These proposals are being carefully considered by the department and further details will be provided as necessary.

Mary Colwell, a naturalist and broadcaster, came up with the idea for GCSE. A survey showed that 80% of children couldn’t recognize a bumblebee.

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Sharon Darcy is the director of Sustainability First. She stated that understanding the natural world must begin in primary school. Sustainability courses could be added to GCSEs as well as technical qualifications and apprenticeships.

Education and the national curriculum should be more concerned with climate change, biodiversity, and sustainability. These topics should be integrated across disciplines, as well as in discrete subjects.

It is important that learners understand the importance of sustainability in all subjects and in all careers.

Different types of knowledge and heritage perspectives should be used to teach subjects. There should also be a greater understanding of the role of culture and traditions in climate and environmental action.

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