The government has rejected calls to expand environmental education across all school courses in its response to a key report on green jobs.
In October, MPs on the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) recommended that environmental sustainability be embedded across the whole curriculum in order to prepare young people for green jobs in the future.
In a response published on Thursday, the government rejected the recommendation, saying: “Topics related to climate change and the environment are already included within the citizenship, science and geography National Curricula”.
The government also rejected a recommendation to include an environmental sustainability module in all A- and T-Levels, saying this would only be included where “occupationally relevant”.
EAC chair, Philip Dunne MP, called the response “disappointing”, adding: “The national curriculum is not embedding environmental sustainability nor even restoring the teaching of nature into schools as we [the EAC] had recommended.”
The government has pledged to provide two million green jobs in the UK by 2030, but the EAC warned in its October report that plans for delivery “lack detail” and could put key environmental targets – like the 25-Year Environment Plans – at risk.