A Berkshire school has become the first in the world to boast certified carbon literacy teachers.
During the Covid-19 lockdown last summer, Holme Grange School in Wokingham took on the mission to upskill all its teaching staff to teach a cross-curriculum climate curriculum to an exceptionally high level. It did this by following eduCCate Global’s Original Certified Climate Change Teacher Course.
Melanie Harwood, co-founder of eduCCate Global explained: “Schools that sign up to achieve the eduCCate Global Bronze and Silver Awards want to ensure their teaching staff receive the very best teacher training related to the delivery of climate literacy. We deliver a M.A.T.T. Framework (Mitigation, Adaptation, Transition, Transformation) to ensure that the basics of climate literacy are covered to an exceptionally high standard. Our aim is for schools like Holme Grange, with a leadership intent on delivering the leaders of tomorrow, to then level up to Transition and Transformation by taking part in our Gold and Platinum Awards.”
Headteacher, Claire Robinson commented: “Our journey with EduCCate Global enables us to work alongside like-minded people to make a positive change, to our lives and to that of those of the future. 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 and the global goals threaded throughout.
“By September 2020 all staff, teaching and non-teaching, completed the eduCCate Global Bronze Award which includes the Children and Climate Change Course and we now have a team of Sustainability & Climate Change Lead Teachers who have all completed a suite of training to become accredited.
“The Certified Carbon Literacy Teacher Training opportunity was the next step in our process and has enabled us to ensure sustainability is at the core of our school curriculum.
“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 embrace the opportunity to continue to seek solutions with and inspire those around us to do so too.”