Teaching climate change NE213 / C21

Available from
9 May 22
3 Weeks
Learning Method
Online Delivered CPD


Online, self-paced course. Participants can join and start this course at any time after the advertised date. Developed in partnership with ESERO Ireland and ESERO UK, this course introduces the topic of climate change and the work of the European Space Agency. 

In this course you’ll explore the difference between weather and climate, as well as how climate is affected by earth process and human factors. You will have the opportunity to examine causes and effects of Climate Change, develop your confidence teaching climate change and plan to lead students through ESA’s Climate Detectives project.

To support your students with climate change projects, you will look at what makes a good research question, analyse and identify data which is fit for purpose, and organise and communicate findings in a variety of ways using relevant scientific terminology and representations.

Who is it for?

This course is for teachers of secondary school students aged 11-14 years old, including Key Stage 3, S1-S3 and Junior Cycle (Ireland).

What topics are covered?

This three week course covers:
  • what is climate change?
  • climate change in the taught curriculum
  • climate science projects for students, such as ESA Climate Detectives
  • how climate change is measured using satellite data
  • mitigating climate change

How will you learn?

This online, self-paced course can be completed flexibly. Participants can join and start this course at any time after the advertised date. Find out how our online CPD works.
This course is not facilitated. You can learn independently or with colleagues to directly address your individual needs.

How long is this course?

This course takes around three hours per week to complete and you do not need to be online at any specific time. You can take the course at your own pace.

Who is the course leader?

  • Course Authors:

    • Tom Lyons
    • Stephanie O'Neill
    • Catherine Daly

    Developed in partnership with ESERO UK and ESERO Ireland.


By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • explain the difference between weather and climate
  • investigate the causes and effects of climate change
  • collect and interpret Earth Observation satellite data
  • develop activities that engage your students in investigating and communicating local climate issues and solutions
  • collaborate with other teachers to develop your teaching practice and use of climate change as a context for curriculum learning


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State-funded school or collegeActivity feeFreeStandard bursary available*£0.00
Fee-paying school or college (independent)Activity feeFree

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