Benefits for students

Chart of CO2 levels rising

Thinking critically about Climate Change

We encourage secondary students’ independent learning to explore the facts, be it the latest climate change stories, or briefings on countries’ positions and data tables on carbon emissions. This supports the National Curriculum, has influenced students’ choices of subjects to study and has proven useful for UCAS statements.

Solar panels

Support for Climate Action in Schools

Students at our events meet and question MPs, local politicians and sustainability experts so they can find out more about what’s important and what can be done to make a difference. These opportunities can be directly linked to the Gatsby Benchmarks. See Climate Conferences for more information.

Climate Voices includes in-school workshops, assemblies and resources for ideas and planning of climate action. Continuing mentoring and expert advice is there to enthuse young people to develop their skills to lead their own action and advocacy.

Houses of Parliament

Promotion of Climate Voices

Our new Climate Correspondents opportunity is an exciting way for young people’s views to have a wider reach.

ICN also facilitates engagement in local consultations and signposts competitions and creative opportunities for students to make their work known and have a say. This helps to build confidence to speak about critical issues to each other, in their schools, communities, and with political decision makers.

People in conversation

Life Skills Practice

We know from teacher feedback that our work contributes to students’ development as individuals in society, and provides insight into what it means to be a global citizen. In addition to learning about climate change, Climate Voices helps students develop a range of transferable generic life-skills. These are not only highly valued by teachers but are also skills that employers actively seek:

Thinking skills: problem solving, decision making, critical thinking, accessing & analysing information

Working skills: team working (communication/collaboration/cooperation), time management, negotiating, leading by influence

Learning skills: agility & adaptability, learner autonomy

Social skills: citizenship, social responsibility, networking

Benefits for teachers

Climate Voices programme offers a multi-dimensional learning opportunity that reinforces the Climate Change aspects of the syllabus for GCSE and A’ level Geography and overlaps with Science.

Resources are there to be used and re-used. The programme also provides valuable opportunities for schools to meet and work together.