Shadow Education Secretary Angela Rayner will use a visit to a school in Manchester to unveil plans to make climate change a “core part” of primary school lessons. Politics Home reports.
Chemistry and geography classes currently include lessons on climate change, however Labour say the reforms are required to reverse a “severe underrepresentation” of knowledge about ecological damage.
The announcement comes ahead of a further wave of strikes by children across the country organised by the Student Climate Network.
Speaking ahead of the visit, Ms Rayner said: “Today, young people are taking to the streets to send a clear message to the government that climate change will be a fundamental and defining feature of their adult lives, and we must take the action needed to tackle it.
“We need to equip people with the knowledge to understand the enormous changes we face, and skills to work with the new green technologies that we must develop to deal with them.”
The announcement comes just days after Shadow Energy Secretary Rebecca Long-Bailey announced bold proposals to nationalise the UK’s entire £60bn energy sector as part of a “green industrial revolution”.
Kevin Courtney, Joint General Secretary of the National Education Union, said the plans showed Labour were listening to students’ concerns.
“Labour is helping to move education policy away from a sterile emphasis on testing towards a focus on new questions, essential to present day society,” he said.
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