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climate dorsetShaftesbury School teacher Alex More could be named UK teacher of the year this week for his pioneering education work in schools focussed on climate change, writes Richard Thomas.

He is one on a short list of six nominations for the award, the winner of which is due to be announced on Thursday 26 May.

The news comes just days after he organised what is believed to be Britain’s first climate change symposium for schoolchildren at Shaftesbury School.

The symposium, on 11 May, attracted some 230 students aged 9-14 from nine Dorset Schools, and its results are now being studied not only by Dorset’s education officials but also by Department of Education officials who are looking to including them in the UK schools’ curriculum.

Alex, who is Shaftesbury School’s assistant head, said there’s ‘a lot of interest’ at national level at what the school is doing because of the growing realisation among education authorities that concerns about climate change and their future is becoming ‘a burden’ on many school children.

‘Many young people are worried because they don’t trust the current generation to do enough about it,’ he said. ‘They’re not frightened so much as they see it as a burden on them.’

Alex, who is a member of the global ‘HundrED’ innovation in education organisation and recently won a £50k award from industry for his work promoting ‘The Classroom of the Future’, hosted another conference on climate change at Shaftesbury School last week.

‘Shaftesbury 2030: Choosing Our Future’, organised jointly with Planet Shaftesbury, was attended by some 100 residents from the local area who heard ten speakers on various aspects of climate change and sustainability followed by a panel discussion.

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