The Education Secretary today launched a new GCSE which will focus on how pupils can protect the planet.

The new GCSE in Climate Change, which will be available from September 2025, aims to enable young people to explore the world by learning about organisms, the environment and sustainability issues.

The Education Secretary has also pledged to further support climate change teaching at all levels – new requirements for teachers will be introduced by 2023.

Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi said: “The new Natural History GCSE will give young people a chance to develop a deeper knowledge and understanding of this amazing planet, its environment and how we can unite to keep it.”

Reacting to the Education Secretary’s announcement of the launch of a natural history GCSE, Environmental Audit Committee Chairman Philip Dunne said: “Nature is in a fragile state in our country and nurturing our next generation of conservationists is essential if we are to turn the tide on the risk of extinctions in our natural world.

“Fewer and fewer young people are spending time outdoors to enjoy and learn about nature: a formal qualification can help build knowledge and instill a love and respect for the great outdoors.”

Craig Bennett, Chief Executive of The Wildlife Trusts, said: “I hope the study of natural history will encourage students to fall in love with nature and inspire a diverse new generation of naturalists, conservationists and scientists.

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