Date(s) - 05/03/2024
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Hints and tips for enhancing student interest and wellbeing though nature connection at school, when you are not a nature expert yourself.
We know that time in nature improves wellbeing for everyone, and that getting absorbed in learning is good for our brains. In the face of the mental health and absence crises, nature might just be our secret weapon. The DfE National Education Nature Park and the new GCSE in Natural History are on the way. How can schools enhance and use their own spaces for nature, for the benefit of the school population, and for teaching? How can busy teachers help students notice and learn about what is around them? We’ll look at easy cheap wins, where to get help, curriculum links, and tools and techniques to get your students engaged. They can become citizen scientists, ease their eco-anxiety, find pleasure in coming to school, boost their personal statements, be inspired by future green jobs, and join a community of life long nature learners. This is not just for biologist and geographers – environmental issues are now pervading all careers from architecture to law, farming to engineering. You can give your students a boost by making use of what is literally outside the window.
Teachers of any subject, School Leaders, Senior Leaders in Secondary and Special Schools
About Dr Kim Polgreen
Dr Kim Polgreen is a sustainability educator based in Oxford. She has a background in business, sustainability and education. She is an Honorary Fellow at the Oxford University Department of Education, is the Community Engagement Officer at the Oxford University Leverhulme Centre for Nature Recovery, and is the Youth Educator in Residence at Wytham Woods, Oxford University’s research woodlands. Kim runs work experience for groups of students from Oxford schools, supports careers fairs, does careers talks in schools, and ran a Green Careers Fair for local schools in 2022.
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