The NEU has joined forces with UCU, NUS and TES in promoting Climate Learning Week.

The aim is to support schools, colleges and universities to integrate activities and themes related to understanding the climate and ecological crisis into this particular week, and begin to embed them into our education system.

The focus of the week is on supporting educators to work with children and young people to give a glimpse of a curriculum in which they are informed about the urgency of the crisis facing us and empowered to do something about it.

Young people are deeply concerned about the climate crisis and angry that those in power are destroying their future.  Climate change will affect our children much more than older generations and change must start in the classroom. 

As educators, NEU members have a key role to play in teaching about the scale of the problem and the measures needed to address it. But what is an age-appropriate way to engage children and young people in this crucial issue? 

Please consider involving your school or college. This is an example of a secondary curriculum programme for the week submitted by an NEU member.

Curriculum resources

To help you get started we have put together a set of resources to tap into. The NEU does not necessarily endorse material linked to.

Sustainability and Environmental Education

SEEd supports and enables educators and young people to place sustainability at the heart of their work and learning.

Learning Rebellion


XR Educators are a group of teachers and others taking action within this climate and ecological emergency as part of Extinction Rebellion.

Thoughtbox


A fully supported climate crisis curriculum to empower the climate strike generation.

Share my lesson


Climate Change Lesson Plans and Resources

Teachers against climate breakdown

Everything you need to teach the climate and ecological emergency: a collection of resources for teachers to teach the climate and ecological emergency – teach/watch/read/host/join/attend.

Pulled together by geography_paul, aka Paul Turner, Head of Geography at Bedales School in Hampshire.

Learning week ideas


A collation of resources and ideas for teaching climate change from the UCU, so some college focus.

Other resources

Climate Change in Schools

A starting point for teachers and others to find resources for climate change education.

Teach the Future

a youth-led campaign to urgently repurpose the entire education system around the climate emergency and ecological crisis.

Eco-Schools

For nearly 25 years Eco-Schools has been empowering children to drive change and improve their environmental awareness through the simple Seven-Step framework in order to achieve the international Eco-Schools Green Flag award.

Encounter Edu Climate Change

Encounter Edu resources that relate to climate change. Organised into activities, multimedia, and teaching resources (individual lessons and units).

How to: Declare a Climate Emergency at Your School or College

By teachers at a London school.