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Climate Confidence for Teachers - accredited Carbon Literacy training

Research shows even 10 minutes in nature has benefits for children’s mental health and focus, yet children are getting increasingly worried about what they know about the climate and nature crisis.

In response to The DfE Climate Education and Sustainability Strategy (launched April 2022), that includes a target of all schools/colleges having a sustainability lead trained in carbon literacy by 2025, The Hive has developed a 1- day climate literacy and action training course to enable teachers to embed sustainability into their lesson and to turn this anxiety into knowledge and action. Teachers will gain a UN recognised Carbon Literacy certification upon completion.

Dates for 2023/24:

  • Thursday 7 March, 9am - 4pm
  • Wednesday 24 April, 9am - 4pm
  • Thursday 11 July, 9am - 4pm (Secondary school and college focus)

Read the full details and book your place here.

Cost:

For Waltham Forest maintained schools and academies - £10 per teacher (please contact Poppy Flint for LBWF discount code). 

Non Waltham Forest Schools - £80 per teacher. 

Location:

The training listed on Eventbrite will be held in person at The Hive, Church Road, High Beach, Loughton, Essex, IG10 4AJ. 

Course content:

The course is designed for teachers that are going to take a lead on bringing climate and sustainability into the schools’ curriculum and/or teachers and support staff that lead an Eco-Committee or equivalent that are taking pro-active steps to increase the school’s sustainability.

It is recommended that two teachers attend from each school to build in sustainability and peer support.

The day will cover;

  • deepening understanding about the science of climate change
  • social justice, well-being and the climate emergency
  • linking climate and sustainability to subject curriculums
  • techniques for teaching outdoors
  • opportunities for schools to make a positive change
  • strategies for communicating about climate change to different audiences
  • starting a whole school Climate Action Plan

Teachers are expected to share the outcomes of the training with their school staff team and will be provided resources to help do this.

Check out how Waltham Forest council is ahead of the curve with the Schools and Colleges Climate Charter and are delighted that there are so many schools in the borough keen to set a high standard in sustainability education and climate action.

The feedback from attendees is that attending this course in-person has been very valuable for the group work, rich discussions and finding out what other schools are doing over lunch with other attendees. 

What participants have said about the course:

'I learned a lot more about the climate crisis which made me feel more confident talking with students and also more confident in taking the strategic lead in school on the climate action plan.'

Secondary school Assistant Head Teacher

'It is a brilliant informative course which help to understand why we need to change our behaviour,'

Primary school Eco-Lead Teacher'


The Hive's Carbon Literacy trainers can tailor this course to specific schools and trusts. It can be delivered at your school or half in-person / half online. Please contact poppy.flint@walthamforest.gov.uk to find out more.