Staff at a Berkshire independent school have become the first in the world to become certified carbon literacy teachers.
Holme Grange School in Wokingham signed up last summer to awards organised by eduCCate Global, worldwide deliverers of teaching on climate change.
“Our journey with eduCCate Global enables us to work alongside like-minded people to make a positive change to our lives, and to those of the future,” said Holme Grange School headteacher, Claire Robinson.
“The carbon literacy teacher course was outstanding and has given us, as a school, the knowledge, skills, understanding and confidence to build a curriculum across our school with sustainability at the core.”
The course was delivered via a partnership between eduCCate Global and Professor Petra Molthan-Hill, who is professor of sustainable management and education for sustainable development at Nottingham Business School, Nottingham Trent University.
I was excited to trial the delivery to the Holme Grange School teachers and am so proud to announce that these are now the very first certified carbon literacy teachers in the world – Professor Petra Molthan-Hill, Nottingham Business School
Prof Molthan-Hill had originally developed the training for universities and business CEOs.
“I was excited to trial the delivery to the Holme Grange School teachers and am so proud to announce that these are now the very first certified carbon literacy teachers in the world,” she said.
“I will be working with the eduCCate Global Team on further research and on the development of unique online carbon literacy teacher training, so that we can scale this CPD out to all schools throughout the world – this teacher training is crucial now.”
Robinson reported that the training had made a positive impact on the whole school.
“Our pupils are engaged and feel empowered as a result of the work being undertaken as a direct result of this training,” she said.
“To be the first school in the UK to have staff trained in this way is a privilege and a responsibility we do not undertake lightly.
“We are actively working in partnership with other schools and building on our local, national and international links to ensure this is no longer an optional extra but an essential part of every school’s work.”
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