Education policy

We promote high quality ecological teaching in both schools and higher education.

Scolastica Ndegwa

Schools

Our schools work focuses on school curriculum content, particularly changes to fieldwork and practical science provision. We believe that all young people should have access to field-based ecological teaching, and that these experiences enhance their understanding and appreciation of the natural world.

We work closely with the Royal Society of Biology, the Association for Science Education and the Field Studies Council, often collaborating on joint consultation responses.

We are often called upon to advise on the ecological content of courses for students under the age of 18. If you are a teacher or have a strong interest in schools education policy please contact Karen Devine, External Affairs Manager to find out how you can join the expert panel informing our work in this area.

Higher education

Higher education in England is undergoing substantial changes, with the Higher Education and Research Bill currently passing through Parliament. The impact of Brexit on higher education across the UK is also a source of major concern.

Our recent higher education policy work has focused on engaging with these reforms, which includes proposals for a new Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). If you would like to contribute to this work, please contact Camilla Morrison-Bell, Senior Policy Officer.

We contributed to the Royal Society of Biology’s Green Paper consultation response, and response to the TEF Technical Consultation, which while supportive of the aims of the proposed TEF, raised concerns that the model currently proposed would fail to meet those objectives.