10 facts School Leaders should know

10 facts School Leaders should know about the sustainability and climate change paper.

Here are 10 facts School Leaders should know about the sustainability and climate change paper. Did you know that on the 10th June 2022, we celebrate National School Business Leaders’ Day? We want to recognise and celebrate the incredible contribution School Business Leaders make to their schools and the wider community.

Before we introduce you to 10 facts School Leaders should know about the government’s paper, we have listed a few facts.

Did you know?
  • Firstly, schools and universities represent 36% of total UK public sector building emissions.
  • Amazingly, in 2019, schools alone, spent £630m on energy.
  • Importantly, 8 in 10 children and young people (85%) agreed that being in nature made them very happy.
  • 16 million children, young people and adults are in UK education.
  • Sadly, connection with nature declines in childhood to an overall low in the mid-teens.
We have put together 10 facts School Leaders should know about the sustainability and climate change paper
  1. Are you aware paper applies to early years, schools, further education, and higher education?
  2. Importantly, one goal is to reduce our environmental footprint and achieve net zero 2030.
  3. One teaching aim is to provide opportunities for children to develop a broad knowledge and understanding of the importance of nature. In addition, it wants to encourage knowledge of sustainability and the causes as well as the impact of climate change.
  4. Since we know children feel less connected to nature children and spend less time outdoors as they get older, schools will facilitate an increase in children and young peoples’ time spent in nature, learning more about it.
  5. Above all, children will find out more about the impact of energy and water use.
  6. Similarly, another teaching aim is to educate children on climate change.  Consequently, they may take positive action and influence solutions as well as communities with regard to climate change.
  7. A leading by example approach to cut energy bills and carbon emissions is expected.
  8. Standardised reporting will be introduced to get a better understanding of the scale of the problem (energy use etc.) across all sectors.
  9. A Climate Leaders Award will be introduced to the classroom.  It will recognise education providers, children and young people who have developed their connection with nature or have contributed to establishing a sustainable future.
  10. Leadership will be able to share best practice, access funding, and develop networks.
Do you want to read more?

You can read the government paper in full by clicking here

You can learn more about what OEG do on sustainability, by clicking here

To find out more about the role of a School Business Leader, career progression, click here