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A GCSE in Natural History is finally happening!

An exciting new GCSE in Natural History will officially be introduced by September 2025, an announcement from Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi confirmed today. The new GCSE is the result of a long term campaign, spear-headed by naturalist Mary Colwell, to address the gap in natural history content in education. 

With a background in education, and a passion for Natural History, I’m personally delighted to hear the announcement made official today. I first wrote about the campaign and shared a petition 5 year ago — which can be read here.

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My own experience of delivering a Natural History themed assembly to a secondary school

The new Natural History qualification will enable young people to explore the world by learning about organisms and environments, environmental and sustainability issues, and gain a deeper knowledge of the natural world around them.

It also offers young people the opportunity to develop skills such as observation, description, recording and analysis, through sustained and structured field study — all much-needed skills for carving a future career in the natural world.

Secondary school students will be able to gain the qualification for studying the natural world through the OCR Exam Board.

Kate on Conservation giving an assembly on British Wildlife. Prior to the new GCSE much of the Natural History teachings in school has been limited to school assemblies and after school clubs.

It forms part of new plans announced by the Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi today (Thursday 21 April), detailing how the UK education sector is to become ‘a world leader in climate change by 2030’, as part of the launch of the government’s flagship Sustainability and Climate Change Strategy.

The Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi said the GCSE would “offer young people a chance to develop a deeper knowledge and understanding of this amazing planet, its environment and how we can come together to conserve it.”

Environmentalist Mary Colwell said the new qualification “could be a game-changer for the nature of Britain”.

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