This week I highlight the latest DfE School Governance update and the launch of the Sustainability and Climate Change strategy detailing a new model science curriculum, a virtual National Education Nature Park and a Climate Leaders Award.
DfE School Governance update
Today the DfE published its November school governance update with a welcome message from Baroness Barran. The document contained:
- Information on the updating of the Understanding your data guide – all sections updated to reflect changes in policy, new subsections on cyber security, additional support for pupils with special educational needs or disabilities and governing body composition and included links to additional sources of information, such as the ‘View my financial insights’ (VMFI) tool.
- Updated information on the designation of 60 new National Leaders of Governance (NLGs) – who provide fully funded governance support to eligible trusts and schools and all of the NLGs meet the new NLG Standards.
- Promoting the Inspiring Governance and Academy Ambassadors services which help schools and trusts to source new governors and trustees.
- Promoting a webinar on implementing flexible working measures in schools.
- Advising Academy Trusts that VMFI has been updated with their latest data.
- Reminding schools and trusts that Get Information About Schools should be kept updated with governors details.
Launch of the Sustainability and Climate Change draft strategy
Today at COP26 the Education Secretary will be announcing a range of measures setting out his vision for all children to be taught about the importance of conserving and protecting the planet.
A draft Sustainability and Climate Change strategy to 2030 has been published and will be under review from November 2021 until March 2022, with a final strategy published in April 2022. The range of measures includes:
- A new model science curriculum, which will be in place by 2023, to teach children about nature and their impact on the world around them.
- Pupils will be encouraged to get involved in the natural world by increasing biodiversity in the grounds of their school and will be able to upload their data onto a new virtual National Education Nature Park – which will allow them to track their progress against other schools in the country, increase their knowledge of different species and develop skills in biodiversity mapping.
- Children and young people will be able to undertake a new Climate Leaders Award to help develop their skills and knowledge in biodiversity and sustainability and celebrate and recognise their work in protecting the local environment. Pupils and students will be able to progress through different levels of the award, ‘bronze’, ‘silver’ and ‘gold’, in a similar way to the Duke of Edinburgh Awards.