We've launched a consultation in response to the call for developing a GCSE in Natural History. Last year we were approached by naturalist Mary Colwell, who has been spearheading a campaign to address the gap in natural history content in education. Since then we have been working closely with Mary, the Natural History Museum and many others to understand the purpose and themes of such a qualification.
“We think there's a gap in the curriculum that isn't encouraging a connection with the natural world, and at the same time, we know that young people are very much engaged in the debate on the environment and they understand what their role should be and could be in protecting for the future.” - Jill Duffy, CEO, OCR
This consultation is an important step in helping to shape early thinking about what a GCSE in Natural History might look like. It starts by seeking your views on the purpose of Natural History – what Natural History is – before going on to explore key themes such as conservation, the early world, and the study of flora and fauna. We are interested, too, in the practicalities and the importance of observing nature in real situations outside the classroom.
The consultation launched on the 4 June 2020 and is open for everyone to take part. The closing date is midnight – 19 July 2020
The consultation date was deliberately chosen to coincide with UN World Environment Day on 5 June 2020. This year's theme is biodiversity which is fitting as it is included within the Natural History draft themes.
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