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Get involved in the National Education Nature Park and Climate Action Award scheme

The Department for Education (DfE) has announced £15 million in funding as part of a wider roll out of the National Education Nature Park and Climate Action Award scheme. This scheme, led by the Natural History Museum partnership, will be launched in the autumn and aims to drive and increase engagement with nature for all children and young people. 

The new funding will be available to support settings and young people who need the most help in accessing nature. For example, the money could be used to buy equipment to help empower disadvantaged children to take part in nature-based activity or to provide accessible routes to nature in SEND schools.

The DfE will use evidence to develop the grant programme over time to ensure it supports settings to overcome barriers to accessing nature. The department will also develop partnerships and local networks to make the most of the many organisations and individuals that would like to offer practical assistance to settings to help them enhance the biodiversity of their sites. 

From the late autumn, you’ll be able to access more support to help you lead, develop and implement a climate action plan to take a holistic approach to sustainability – including participating in the Nature Park and Climate Action Award, teaching about climate change, and taking practical steps to adapt and decarbonise buildings for the future.

Schools can use these free online resources to plan future scheme activities, and begin their biodiversity journey ahead of the autumn roll-out.

Find out more about the National Education Nature Park and Climate Action Award.

First published 19 May 2023

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NAHT Life gives you the opportunity to continue your membership of the biggest union for school leaders both in post and in retirement.


NAHT Life focuses on helping retired members receive excellent trade union services and allows you to continue to play an active volunteer role within NAHT regions and branches, if that’s what you choose to do!

Please note to qualify for the benefits of NAHT Life membership you must join NAHT life within six months of retiring. 

Please ensure NAHT has your correct post-retirement contact details.

NAHT is currently reviewing, renewing and refreshing its services to support NAHT life member.

The Life Members' Sector Council (LMSC)

Whether leaving a labour of love or embracing a life of leisure, there can be no doubt that retirement from school leadership marks a huge change in lifestyle. There will be adjustments to make, new challenges to take and a range of new opportunities. At a time like this, it is important that our experienced members do not lose all the support they received in their working life. Our life members’ committee is here to ensure members are supported in retirement.

This committee feeds its extensive wealth of experience and know-how to support the work of NAHT. It also gives our life members the chance to make important contributions to our campaigns for working members.  

The committee, which meets four times a year, is made up of one elected representative from each of our regions, with the addition of one place each for Northern Ireland and Wales. And these elected committee members, normally, serve a three-year term.

Areas of focus for the committee include the following: 

  • Current legislation issues eg pension provision
  • Action against discrimination, including age discrimination.
LMSC chair

John Killeen (National Executive member): john.killeen@nahtofficials.org.uk

LMSC vice-chair

Nigel Patton: nigel.patton@nahtofficials.org.uk

LMSC communications officer

Michael Wilson: Michael.wilson@nahtofficials.org.uk

LMSC deputy communications officer

Eugene Symonds: eugene.symonds@nahtofficials.org.uk

Committee servicing officer

Frances Geddes has the responsibility for working closely with the LMSC as servicing officer. She can be contacted via email frances.geddes@naht.org.uk.

For further details and contact information about all current LMSC members please check out ‘Who’s who’ and the ‘List of LMSC members'.

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