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Sustainability: Beyond the DfE’s climate change policy

7 July | 4:30 pm - 5:15 pm

After COP26 in Glasgow, Nadhim Zahawi put the DfE on a footing to prioritise sustainability across the sector. Six months later, we have a sustainability and climate change strategy with plans to review and reform curriculum, reduce the emissions of the school estate, prepare schools for the effects of climate change and improve the estate’s biodiversity and children’s access to nature.

But is it achievable? And is it enough? And more importantly perhaps, what can schools do to take the lead on the net-zero agenda and model sustainability to their communities? Will energy price inflation force action? Are schools equipped to get the best return on their investments? And can access to nature – and the tools to preserve and nurture it – be delivered equitably, or will the better-off schools benefit the most?


7 July
4:30 pm - 5:15 pm
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Chair: Anita Kerwin-Nye, Executive Director, YHA and Lead, Every Child Should, Mick Waters, vice president, National Association for Environmental Education, Emma Knights, Chief executive, National Governance Association, Dawn Haywood, CEO, Windsor Academies Trust, Nicola Walshe, Executive Director, UCL Centre for Climate Change and Sustainability Education