Let nature be your classroom. Teach Earth is a fully-funded programme combining “hands-on” scientific research which can be replicated in a school setting and innovative tailored learning sessions for teachers.

Teach Earth: A residential training programme to develop the leader in you. 17 - 21 August, 2015

Teach Earth is designed for UK Teachers and Environmental Educators from Key Stage 2 and upwards and is suitable for all subjects.

It aims to increase confidence and develop skills in delivering environmental educations outside the classroom and the course is held in the inspiring location of Wytham Woods in Oxfordshire.

Thanks to support from the Garfield Weston Foundation, Earthwatch is pleased to offer 12 funded fellowship places on the Teach Earth programme in 2015 and participants will only have to cover travel costs and any kit needed.

The course involves hands-on citizen science activities; resource and information sharing; exploration of current environmental issues and challenges, such as climate change and fresh water issues with scientists and networking with teachers and educators from all subjects and year groups.

This is all done in a space away from the classroom to re-energise, refocus and plan.

Feedback from previous participants is extremely strong:

•     “Teach Earth has given me new ambition to get the message out and get more students and staff involved’

•    “My week at Teach Earth has reinvigorated my enthusiasm for teaching. I feel confident in tackling difficult issues related to a changing climate in positive and engaging ways. Brilliant. Thank you team! It's great to be doing real, exciting science"

•    "A rare chance to step back, reflect and learn about environmental issues and to meet other like-minded educators.”

The deadline for submitting your application is Friday, April 27, 2015.

Charlene Duncan, Teach Earth 2014 participant and primary school teacher in London, describes her experiences.

"I loved being able to benefit from the expertise and enthusiasm of others. It helped to renew my own enthusiasm for outdoor education and I came away with lots of ideas to try in the classroom.

"As Maths co-ordinator I am planning a week with the theme of Maths in Nature for our whole school. I learned that Education for Sustainable Development does not have to be complicated; it all starts by getting children to engage with nature.

"Being able to leave everyday pressure of teaching begin to be reflective about my own practices was invaluable."

What you will gain

  • Inspiration and confidence to use environmental education inside and outside the classroom to develop outstanding lessons
  • Extended professional understanding of the importance of sustainability
  • Supported creative planning and cross-curriculum approaches
  • Increased level of achievement through creative teaching methods
  • A network of like-minded peers in a fun and interactive environment