Wicked Weather Watch’s new school year got off to a flying start training over 40 teachers to be climate confident through two inset days.

On Monday, we were at Robert Ferguson Primary School, Carlisle, with the fabulous CDEC delivering our first joint workshop. The focus was the Sustainable Development Goals (Global Goals), with a specific focus on Goal 13 – Climate Action and how to be more sustainable.

Debbie from CDEC looked at what the Global Goals are, where they came from and whose responsibility they are, before giving some great examples of how other schools have integrated them into their teaching. WWW then looked at where climate change fits into the primary curriculum with a specific focus on how the Arctic can be a great lens through which to teach climate change as it offers scope for teaching several subjects and topics. We then split the teachers into groups to look at how they could put being a more sustainable school into action, looking at what they could do at a whole school level, in a class, as individuals and how and who they could influence more widely in society. It was a
great day, with enthusiastic participation from all and some brilliant ideas for action.

On Tuesday, a rather different setting at Lanercost Primary. A much smaller group of 7 teachers, we had a less formal session aimed at looking at individual teachers’ plans, their up-coming topics and the climate change resources that could be used to enhance their lessons. The morning generated some great discussion about the actions a small school can take, how to present climate change in a positive, rather than daunting way to the pupils, how the teachers can role-model small but important changes, and how an all-round approach could be taken from teaching in the classroom, to school values to action in the school and community.

Thank you to both schools for really inspirational, action-oriented inset days and what a great way to start the new school year.