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Education and the climate crisis: a curriculum for sustainability

Over recent years, the climate crisis has become an accepted scientific fact, and around the world, children and young people have become some of the most vociferous activists for  a more sustainable future. How should the climate crisis and the push for sustainability shape the school curriculum? 

This British Curriculum Forum (BCF) event brings together education professionals from different systems and sectors in education to share their critical perspectives on and practical implementation of curricula for sustainability. Aimed at all key stakeholders interested in the importance of tackling climate change in schools, the event considers the perspectives offered by school-based practitioners and researchers. This will include an opportunity to hear from the winners of the 2022 BCF Curriculum Investigation Grant with the theme:“Developing a curriculum for climate and sustainability education.”

Join us for a fascinating evening of keynotes, workshops and panel sessions. 


16:00 Introduction and welcome
Sarah Seleznyov, British Curriculum Forum
16:05 The DFE strategy on climate action plans and how Reading is supporting schools to achieve this, demystifying it, what support is available, how it crosses education, operations, grounds
Andrew Charlton-Perez, University of Reading
16:35 The double dividend of sustainable school food
Kevin Morgan, Cardiff University 
16:45 Against the grain – why we need diversity
Denise McKeown, South Island School, Hong Kong

Whose climate crisis is it anyway? A case study of helping a hard-to-reach audience engage with sustainability goals
Jane Essex, University of Strathclyde

  Breakout rooms
17:05 Nature connectedness through the Arts: Co creating a curriculum to support pupil wellbeing in primary schools
Lucy Taylor, West Lodge School, Harrow; Nasreen Majid, Centre for Climate Change and Sustainability Education, University College London
Students as the Co-creators of the Sustainability Curriculum: Developing an Introductory Course on Climate Change, Social Justice and Sustainability
M. Mahruf Chowdhury Shohel, Research and Development Manager, Bedford College Group
Towards Curriculum Design Coherence (CDC) in primary geography education for sustainability
Diane Swift, Advisor, Keele and North Staffordshire Teacher Education, Seabridge Primary School
17:25 Panel Discussion: All speakers
(chaired by Sarah Seleznyov and Gerry Czerniawski)
18:00 Event close

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Sarah Seleznyov, Mrs

Co-headteacher at Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam

Sarah Seleznyov has worked in London schools for over 25 years and is now leading a brand new primary school in Newham. She has led a Teaching School, been a Deputy Head, a School Improvement Consultant and School Improvement Partner. She also...

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Gerry Czerniawski, Professor

Professor of Education/Research Degrees Leader at University of East London

Gerry Czerniawski runs the Professional Doctorate in Education at UEL and teaches on Initial Teacher Education (ITE) courses. In addition to his role as a researcher, author and teacher educator he is the Lead Editor of the BERA Blog and a...


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Andrew Charlton-Perez

University of Reading

Andrew Charlton-Perez is Head of School of Mathematical, Computational and Physical Sciences and Professor of Meteorology at the University of Reading. He has BSc and PhD degrees in Meteorology from the University. He helped to lead development...

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Denise McKeown, Ms

Teacher at English Schools Foundation

Denise is from Belfast and currently teaching Chemistry in Hong Kong, She studied Biology at undergraduate level and then taught in the UK and Mexico before undertaking a master’s degree, in leadership for sustainable development. She combined...

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M. Mahruf Chowdhury Shohel, Dr

Group Head of Research, Innovation and Scholarship Engagement at Bedford College

Dr Mahruf Shohel is an academic researcher with special interests in education, childhood studies, international development and social science research methods. He has conducted research on education for sustainable development, learning...

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Diane Swift, Dr

Advisor, Keele and North Staffordshire Teacher Education at Seabridge Primary School

Diane has extensive experience in schools as a teacher, senior leader and an academy councillor. She has worked extensively with teacher-colleagues on a variety of projects in relation to Philosophy for Children, History and Geography. Diane is a...

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Jane Essex, Dr

Senior lecturer in chemistry education at University of Strathclyde

Jane is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK. Her main work is in the field of Initial Teacher Education. Her research focus is inclusion in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and her research...

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Kevin Morgan, Professor

Professor of Governance and Development

I am Professor of Governance and Development in the School and I am also the University Dean of Engagement for Cardiff University. What makes places tick? That's one of the common threads running through my research interests. It's why I'm...

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Lucy Taylor

Teacher & Art Leader at West Lodge Primary School

Lucy Taylor is a teacher and art leader at West Lodge Primary School.

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