rs Ritchie: UN Accredited Climate Change Teacher!


Mrs Ritchie has become one of the first teachers to be a UN accredited Climate Change Teacher. This innovative programme was only launched on April 22! All primary and secondary school teachers need to do is log onto the Climate Change Teacher Academy to access the free lessons (

Mrs Ritchie can now deliver up to date climate change lessons to the children at Jessie Younghusband School and plans to share Best Practice with all teaching staff so that they too can take part in a new innovative programme being trialled in UK Schools.

The UN Climate Change Teacher Academy is being delivered by Harwood Education, in partnership with the One United Nations Climate Change Learning Partnership (UN CC:Learn). Not only will teachers be able to teach their pupils vital lessons about climate change but they will also earn CPD and certification from the United Nations.

Mrs Ritchie is passionate about the environment and says that being a Climate Change Teacher is really exciting and that she is delighted to be sharing her new knowledge with the school. "Making the next generation climate literate is one of the most important things we can do for our children right now!"

Once teachers have completed the five units of the course, they will be accredited by UN CC:Learn to deliver climate change facts and mitigation best practices. They will be able to encourage and generate social innovation, and prepare today’s youth to protect the planet.

Teachers are being offered the chance to take part in a climate change education programme created by Harwood Education, with The One United Nations Climate Change Learning Partnership (UNITAR/UN CC:Learn) and sponsored by YPO. The online training for teachers in primary and secondary schools has been designed to equip educators with the knowledge and confidence to deliver lessons on the topic of climate change to their class and across the school curriculum.


The Eco Team asked each class what they felt should be in our school's Eco Code. The team then put the ideas together and wrote our school's Eco Code:


The JYS Eco Code - September 2016

We will respect and take care of all living things in our school grounds - humans, animals and plants.

We will ‘take a minute before we bin it’ by:

  • reusing and recycling as much as we can;
  • putting fruit and vegetable waste in the compost bins.


We will create a clean and tidy school by:

  • always putting rubbish in the litter bins.


We will save water and energy by:

  • turning off lights and taps when they’re not needed;
  • closing doors and windows to keep the heat in during cold times.


We will keep healthy by:

  • walking or cycling to school as much as possible;
  • exercising regularly;
  • being healthy in our food choices and drinking plenty of water;
  • growing our own fruit and vegetables.

Let’s work together to respect today for a better tomorrow!

Our ECO team have made their own decorations to dress the school's Christmas tree.
Some photographs taken at the Eco-Summit in October 2018.
Development of the pond area

Three student teachers from Chichester University are working to make a real difference to our pond and wildlife areas.

So far, they have dug new beds for butterfly friendly plants; cleared the pond area of weeds so that plants can grow and we can explore; made chalkboards for us to record what wildlife we see.

They have other exciting things planned to help us make the most of our lovely grounds – keep an eye out!